This week in RD…..

May 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm

We have been working so hard this week trying to learn our tricky words. We have been learning how to write words such as ‘all’ and ‘my’ in the sand and we made our own ‘Tricky Word Book’. We have been writing in our book all week!


Some of us have been making words in the soil using the ‘or’ phoneme. We made all sorts of real and nonsense words!


Our challenge this week was to try to thread and plait ribbon. We could choose to use either short, medium or long thread!


We have been very busy writing in RD this week. Look at our beautiful writing on our working wall!



This week in maths we have been learning how to subtract by counting backwards. We have been practising this in the number area and recording our number sentences on our maths working wall!

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Dinosaurs take over Nursery!

May 24, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Dinosaurs have taken over the nursery! Arghh!

The children have been talking about dinosaurs so this week we have had lots of activities around the subject available.

Making dinosaur necklaces using clay…

Icing dinosaur biscuits…

Acting out the lives of dinosaurs…

And making dinosaur masks…

Some children have been going into the hall to develop their physical skills. They have been climbing, balancing, bouncing and sorting as well as working on their listening skills and turn-taking abilities.

A few other things from this week…

And enjoying playing in the water…

The weather is slowly improving and as it gets sunnier the children need to bring a hat with them and have sun cream applied. Please apply sun cream before your child comes to Nursery.

Have a lovely week’s break.

From the Nursery team.

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RH Blog

May 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm


The children have continued to revise the phase 3 phonemes and phase 3 tricky words. We have done lots of work this week on sentences and have been reading and writing sentences containing the phase 3 phonemes. The children have spent time organising words to make  sentences and have looked at what makes a sentence, including having a capital letter, full stop and finger spaces.

We have also been challenging the children to see how many phonemes/tricky words they can write in a minute; they have really enjoyed this activity.


We have continued the work on subtraction this week. The children have been using a number lines to count backwards when subtracting. They have really liked this video which supports counting backwards from 20-0:

Coffee Shop

A child in RH organised a ‘coffee shop’ this week. We settled on the more child-friendly option of having hot chocolate! The children had to write down what they wanted from the ‘coffee shop’ and pay for their items using real money. They had a lovely time sat outside in the sunshine.


The children have been spending more and more time playing outside so we have taken reading to the outdoors! The children have had to read special tasks and follow the instructions/answer the questions.

School Trip

Due to RH’s trip falling on possible days of Eid, some children from RH will now be going on the trip with RK on Thursday 13th June. Parents of those children have had a letter to notify them of the date change.

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Banana buns and much more in Nursery

May 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm

This week the children have again been very busy. Earlier in the week some children wanted to bake and we had some over ripe bananas left. So that they weren’t wasted we made buns and made them healthier by adding mashed up bananas.

Lots of other things have been happening this week…

Building fire engines…

Writing lists…


Building towers…

Working with numbers…


And finally…

Have a lovely weekend from the Nursery team.

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A fun week in RH

May 16, 2019 at 2:35 pm

We’ve had a fun-filled, busy week in RH. The children have been developing a ‘space area’ in the classroom and have been learning about the different planets. They have made paper mache planets and some great ‘space’ pictures.

We went on a trip on a rocket and have enjoyed playing in the new area.

Some children did some lovely writing about the planets:


We have been very impressed with the children’s subtraction work this week. It is evident from the children’s ability to solve number problems that they have a really good understanding of the numbers 1- 10. This is really positive and shows signs that the ‘mastery’ approach we have used this year is proving to be successful!

Other activities:

Click here for information about Phonics and Maths:

Have a lovely weekend.

The RH team

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Phonics and Maths in Reception

May 16, 2019 at 2:07 pm


This week, we have been looking at subtraction. We have been practising counting back from numbers to 0. The children find it quite tricky counting back from numbers 11-20 so this could be something to practise at home.

A lot of the subtraction work we have completed has involved the children solving problems in a context and working out the answer by using counters, drawings, Numicon and numberlines.

An example problem:


We have now learnt all the phase 3 phonemes and are recapping on some of the ones that the children find tricky. The ones they find the trickiest: or, ar, ur, ow, oa, ure, air, er.

Please do play games with the children at home to help them remember the phonemes. A good game online to support this is:

Click here for a link to the game.

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A short week in Nursery

May 10, 2019 at 3:05 pm

This week has felt like a very short week. Another Bank Holiday Monday and then class photographs on Wednesday which involved two trips to the South building.

We have still managed to have a varied week. One child was playing with a Duplo bus putting passengers on and driving them around. This led to a bus being set up in Nursery with a real driver complete with cap and improvised steering wheel. The children all wanted to be passengers and someone gave out tickets. It was a very FULL bus ( our word from last week!) We then used our music programme, Charanga, to sing the song “The wheels on the bus” and the children played instruments to accompany their singing.


We continue to have our twice daily sessions of ‘Disco Dough’ and our dough has lasted several weeks but was becoming tired. The children asked if we could make some new dough. A few children were encouraged to write lists of the ingredients needed and then helped to make the dough. The result is some fresh, soft orange dough!

One of this week’s focus children talked about eating fruit at home and which kind of fruit was her favourite. Mrs Myers suggested the children make some fruit kebabs in Nursery so they discussed the fruit they wanted to use or that was suitable to go on a kebab. When they were assembling them they talked about ‘5-a-day’ fruit and vegetables, being healthy and food they liked. Each child made a kebab  but as they were making their kebab they had to count the 5 pieces of fruit.

Have a lovely weekend

From Mrs Fulton and the Nursery team.


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Phonics and Maths in Reception

May 10, 2019 at 12:52 pm


The children have learnt about the number 20.

They have  also been doing lots of estimating this week and then counting to check how many there are.


This week we have focussed on the /er/ phoneme. It’s a difficult phoneme to learn because it sounds very similar to the /ur/ phoneme that the children have already learnt.

It is also most commonly used as a suffix attached to a root word, for example ‘runner‘, ‘swimmer‘ so we have practised ‘chunking’ sounds together to read these words. This means decoding the first part of the word (r-u-nn) then adding the last part (er).  This is a useful reading strategy to use when decoding longer words and is something we encourage the children to do.

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Artists in RH

May 10, 2019 at 12:39 pm

It’s been a wet and windy week but it hasn’t stopped us having fun.


Due to a parent in RH being elected as the new Counsellor for Farsley and Calverly, the children have been learning about what ‘voting’ is and how during elections, it gives everyone a voice. The children have been able to vote in class this week for which treat they wanted on Friday afternoon. They had to cast their vote and then add their ballots to the voting box. The winning vote was to play on the adventure!


The children have been learning about the Artist, Andrew Galsworthy.

They braved the weather and made some fantastic 3D art using natural resources.

A glimpse of other activities:

Phonics and Maths

Have a great weekend.

The RH team


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This week in RD…

May 10, 2019 at 11:47 am

This week RD have been learning how to measure. We challenged ourselves to see who could build the tallest tower!! Henry and Annie built a model of The Shard in London!


We have also been learning how to estimate. We estimated how many times we could run around the playground in one minute and took it in turns to watch the timer!


It has been very wet this weeks so we have enjoyed playing outside exploring the water!

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