Smith the Snail in RH

June 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm


We have continued the work on initial Consonant Clusters. This week we have looked at: /gl/, /gr/, /sm/ and /sn/.

The children seem to have grasped the idea that the letters can be pushed together to make one sound and it has been lovely to see the children now recognising both letters when writing words that begin with consonant clusters, e.g. from.

The tricky word this week was: are


This week the children have been learning the number bonds to 10; this is all the numbers that can be added together to make 10. The children have used Numicon and ten frames to help support their learning. They’ve also enjoyed this catchy song:

We’ve also presented some problems to solve which have encouraged the children to apply their knowledge. Here’s an example,


As part of their learning this week, the children received a letter from Smith the snail. They had to find all the /sn/ and /sm/ consonant clusters in his letter.

The children really enjoyed this activity so they all wrote a letter to Smith. Here are some examples:

Before writing, the children had a look through their books to see what their progress looks like over the year – they couldn’t believe how much their writing had improved and were very proud!

Yesterday, the children received a letter each from Smith answering the questions they asked. They were ecstatic!

Non-Fiction Texts

This week, we have looked at the features of non fiction texts and have been hunting for phonemes in books. The children enjoyed telling  me which pages they wanted to turn to using the contents page.

Key Dates

Wednesday 10th July – Sports Day

Thursday 11th July – Reception Seaside Day – parents are welcome to join for a picnic at 2.30

S Factor

A big well done to Austin for his super experiment during the ‘S Factor’ today. He was very brave presenting in front of the whole school.

We hope you have a great weekend and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the Campover on Saturday.

The RH team

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Another busy week in Nursery!

June 28, 2019 at 11:01 am

This week has flown by and again we have been very busy.

The children who had not been to the hairdressers last week had an appointment on Tuesday. A big thank you to Freddie’s mummy for letting us visit so many times.

This week we have been learning to represent the number 8. The children drew 8 circles, 8 lines and then 8 objects of their choice. Finally they practised writing the number 8 which is very tricky. To support the children’s learning please talk about the number at home.

Some children had a session using the large piece of lycra. This promotes listening, turn-taking as well as developing physical skills. They had to stretch it as a group, hide under it and keep a soft toy in the air by working as a team.

Some children have enjoyed painting this week…

And finally today one of our focus children organised a dressing up day. The theme was princess’s, prince’s or Disney…

Don’t forget the Camp Over tomorrow. Lots of the Nursery staff will be there.

Have a good weekend, from the Nursery staff.

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Nursery visit the hairdressers

June 21, 2019 at 2:58 pm

The children in Nursery recently asked if we could change our role play area into a hairdressers again as it was previously very popular. We changed it last week and it has been a very busy area indeed. We thought it would be a good idea to visit a local salon so today we have been for several ‘appointments’.

This comes under the ‘Understanding the World: People and Communities’ area of our curriculum –

  • Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience.
  • Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.
  • Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.
  • Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends.

So please chat to you child about their experience. The children who were not in Nursery today may get the chance to go next week.

A few other things…

Reading and writing…

Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget the Camp Over next weekend.

From the Nursery team



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Budding Scientists in RH!

June 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

It’s been a very exciting week with the ‘S Factor’ competition. The children did a superb job with their science experiments and have enjoyed being scientists.

We have also had a great time in PE this week practising  hand eye co-ordination, balancing, rolling to a target and bat and ball skills. We also had a chat about Wimbledon and discussed where it takes place and what it is.

In maths, the children have been solving problems involving halving. They have practised splitting a number of things into half/separating into two groups.

In phonics, we have been looking at words that contain consonant clusters at the beginning of words, e.g. spin, bright, frog, flight, black.

The children have been practising sorting pictures, reading and writing words with initial consonant clusters. They have also been given a fun game to play for their homework to practise reading some of these words.

The children went to Special Mention this week. Well done to the children who received a Special Mention certificate this week.

Don’t forget it’s the school Campover next Saturday. If you haven’t got your tickets or want to find out more information, please speak to Diane Walton.

Have a great weekend.

The RH team


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This week in RD…

June 21, 2019 at 12:51 pm

We have been very busy in RD this week! We had an interesting visit to the farm with Mrs Longhorn. First we saw lots of plants and talked about what they need to grow. Then we picked some rhubarb and strawberries, they were delicious! After that we visited the chickens and collected some eggs!


On Monday RD took part in the ‘S Factor’ auditions. We shared lots of exciting experiments with each other and then voted for our favourite. Well done to Rai for winning with his fantastic erupting volcano! We look forward to seeing it again in assembly next Friday.

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RD trip to the steam trains

June 14, 2019 at 2:21 pm

This week RD have been on a school trip to Ingrow Train Station. We found out lots of facts about steam trains and we enjoyed our train ride to Keighley Train Station! Here are some memories from our day:

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June 14, 2019 at 11:42 am


The children have been continuing to practise writing sentences. We are now encouraging the children to use a capital letter at the start of the sentence and finish with a full stop.

We have also completed lots of ‘phoneme spotting’ activities to help them try and identify phase 3 phonemes when reading.


This week the children have been learning about what the word ‘half’ means. They have also been exploring other language such as same, whole and equal.

They have learnt that splitting something in half means creating two equal parts. They have then used this to start practically finding half of a number. An example, pretending counters are sweets and sharing them equally between two children so they have half each.

Healthy Eating

A child wanted to make fruit kebabs this week so the children made their own kebabs, cutting the pieces of fruit in half. They have practised using cutting skills and had to be very careful pushing the fruit onto the kebab spikes. They were very yummy!


We have discussed the purpose of exercise and activity and I was very impressed with the children’s understanding of how to be healthy. The children were presented the question:

‘Why shouldn’t I sit in front of the TV everyday from when I get home from school until I go to bed and have a bowl of chips for my tea?’

Some responses:

“Because you need to exercise and move around.”

“You will get square eyes.”

“You will damage your eyes.”

“Chips are full of salt.”

“They’re only made of potato and you need things like broccoli.”

Exercise in PE today:

The children have also been busy making some lovely Father’s Day cards. Happy Father’s Day for Sunday.

For the children who went on the trip this week, please check the blog for RD’s school trip post to see some pictures. Once the blog is uploaded, I will add a link to this post.

Have a great weekend.

The RH team

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This week in Nursery

June 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

This week we have been looking closely at the children’s physical skills.

The children access our outdoor provision everyday and are constantly active but we have provided the opportunity for them to use the PE equipment in the hall. They have been climbing, balancing, jumping, crawling and catching a ball.  They tried to balance on one leg and balance an object on their head. We also watched them climbing and descending stairs.

The 30-50 month Moving and Handling objectives we assess against are:

  • Mounts stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet.
  • Walks downstairs, two feet to each step while carrying a small object..
  • Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors.
  • Holds pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp.
  • Draws lines and circles using gross motor movements.
  • Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.
  • Can stand momentarily on one foot when shown.
  • Can catch a large ball
  • Holds pencil near point between first two fingers and thumb and uses it with good control.
  • Can copy some letters, e.g. letters from their name.

These activities also required the children to listen to and follow instructions as well as working on their turn-taking skills.

In Nursery we have a resource which is by far the most popular. This is the magnetic shape set. It consists of triangles and squares which can be joined together to make simple or more complicated constructions. The children are very imaginative with this resource and make anything from pizzas to towers and this week they have been making spinners. We chatted about what they had made and I suggested we go to the Maths cupboard to find the number spinners. We returned and compared the number spinners to the ones they had made. The children said that theirs didn’t have numbers on so we set about rectifying that. The children counted how many sides their spinners had and therefore how many numbers they needed. They wrote the numbers and stuck them on. They had fun with the home made spinners as well as the Maths resource ones and they enjoyed being able to say which number the spinners had landed on.

Finally this Sunday is Father’s Day so we provided resources for the children to make cards if they wished. They used their creative skills and practiced their writing.

Have a lovely weekend

From the Nursery team

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Reception News

June 7, 2019 at 2:40 pm

As we are now in the last term of Reception, we will slowly start to get the children ready for some new routines that they will have in Year 1.

As of next week, the children will start to have a scheduled playtime from 10.30-10.45 with KS1. A couple of members of staff from Reception will go out with the children.

The children will also start to attend ‘Special Mention’ assemblies with KS1 which are every Thursday. Special Mention assemblies are the school’s weekly reward assembly for significant achievement in one of the six hives on our school emblem. It is normally a couple of children who are selected each week from each class.



This week we have been learning to double. We have been exploring different ways to represent our number sentences.


We have also been designing and making boats in the junk modelling area. We had lots of discussions about the materials we could use and then tested them by putting them on the water.



Some of RD went on a school trip with RH to Ingrow West Station. Find out about their day by clicking on the link.



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Celebrations and School Trips in RH

June 7, 2019 at 1:28 pm


We hope that all the families celebrating Eid have had a wonderful week. We have enjoyed hearing all about the children’s celebrations and all children have had the opportunity to make Eid cards throughout the week. Some children have written about how they’ve celebrated Eid:


The children have been solving problems involving doubling in maths. Most children can now recall doubling facts up to double 5 and are starting to recognise opportunities for applying this knowledge when solving problems. The children have also enjoyed solving some number puzzles.

We have also been measuring how far our trains go outside:


We have been completing some phonics assessments this week to see which phonemes the children can read in words and which ones they still fund tricky.

We have also completed some work this week on speaking in full sentences, including the words ‘and’ and ‘because’ to add detail. We have provided sentence starters to help the children. For example, when talking about what they had done over the holidays, they  had the sentence starter ‘Last week I’ or ‘My favourite part was’.

Trip to Ingrow West Station

The children had a lovely time on the school trip. They enjoyed learning about trains and had a lovely experience on the steam train. We have been learning about the history of trains this week and comparing pictures of trains over time.

Some pictures of the trip:

Some writing about the trip:

Reception News

As we are now in the last term of Reception, we will slowly start to get the children ready for some new routines that they will have in Year 1.

As of next week, the children will start to have a scheduled playtime from 10.30-10.45 with KS1. A couple of members of staff from Reception will go out with the children.

The children will also start to attend ‘Special Mention’ assemblies with KS1 which are every Thursday. Special Mention assemblies are the school’s weekly reward assembly for significant achievement in one of the six hives on our school emblem. It is normally a couple of children who are selected each week from each class.


Have a lovely weekend.

The RH team

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