Lots of Maths in Nursery

October 19, 2018 at 11:24 am




This week the children have been demonstrating their Maths skills both inside and outside.


The children were looking at shapes on the playground as they practised on the balance bikes.


The children have been using magnetic shapes to create all sorts of things. Someone made a pair of glasses from squares and other children made pizzas from the triangles. They have also been using the 2D shapes to make 3D shapes. They counted 6 squares out and made cubes from them with some adult support. They loved the satisfaction of then being able to make them independently.

One child was very keen to help setting the table for lunch so was able to count out the plates and knives and forks.

In the ‘Funky Finger’ area the children have been making pictures with natural materials. Some of the small woodland creatures have numbers on the back so they children had opportunities to recognise numbers and put them in order from 1 to 10.

Some other photos…


Don’t forget that next week we have our Open Evenings. They are on Tuesday and Wednesday during Parent’s Evening. Tuesday 3.45pm until 6pm and Wednesday 3.45pm until 7pm. These are drop in sessions for you to come and have a look around and chat to staff.

Have a good weekend.

From the Nursery team.


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Spooky things happening in RH…

October 12, 2018 at 12:38 pm


There have been spooky things happening in RH this week. Some of the children had been drawing pictures of spooky characters, so we put some spooky things in the classroom. The children have decorated the house for Halloween, made magic wands and hats and have been dancing to spooky music. We have also been reading spooky stories and we even had a spooky PE lesson this week.


This week we have learnt the tricky word /to/. We have practised saying the word in a sentence, reading the word and writing the word.

The children have learnt the phonemes:

Here are some videos to help you pronounce the phonemes correctly at home:





We have been learning about the word ‘crunch’ this week as the children have been crunching in the leaves outside. We discussed the season of Autumn and we discussed how trees change in Autumn.


In maths this week, the children have learnt about the number 5.

Number 5:

As well as this, we have spent some time modelling how to draw a number of things and how to form the numbers 1-5. The children have had a go at following instructions to draw a number of things on a plate:

School Learning Hive

Last week we looked at the ‘Be happy’ hexagon and we read a story called ‘Everybody Feels Happy’. The children then reflected on what makes them happy.






This week, we have looked at ‘Be a good citizen’ as Vanshika had completed some charity work at the weekend. We also talked about how to be a ‘good citizen’ in school.






What else has been happening?


A couple of weeks ago, you should have received a letter containing information about Tapestry with a permission slip to return. If you have not sent in your permission slip, please do this as soon as possible. Everyone has now been sent an activation email (please check your junk email folders if you haven’t seen it) which gives you access to your child’s Tapestry observations.   If you have any questions or you’re unsure about Tapestry, please ask a member of the RH team.

Literacy Workshop

Don’t forgot our Literacy workshop is on Thursday 18th October. There are two time slots for the workshop, 2.30-3.15 and 6.45-7.30. The workshops are really valuable and show you how we teach Literacy in Reception and what systems we have in place. Hopefully, it may answer some of the questions below that you may have:

We hope you have a great weekend.

The RH team


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This week in Nursery

October 11, 2018 at 3:32 pm


Another busy week!

The children have been doing lots of varied things this week and having fun.


Baking is an important part of life in Nursery and this week children began to learn how to bake buns. The children learn which ingredients they need and how to weigh them out. They mix them together and spoon the mixture into cases. An adult will put them in the oven and the children will look through the glass to see when they are ready.


Lots of things have been happening this week. The creative corner is very popular and one girl who loves working there wanted to help to set up new storage containers. She was a fantastic help!

Some children made hand prints ready to display in the creative corner.

Other children were very interested in playing with the whales in the water. They also enjoyed finding out about them.

Finally writing for a purpose. One child made a model and wanted to draw a picture of it. He went to get some paper and a pencil and began to draw his picture. He was encouraged to write his name on it so that he could identify it as his.

Tapestry observations

We have been doing lots of observations of the children over the last few weeks. These show parents what children have been doing and what objectives they have achieved. Please remember to activate your account if you have not already done so.

Have a lovely weekend from all the Nursery team.

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A super exciting week in RK!

October 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm


What a super fun week we have had in RK this week! The children are really trying their best and working so hard learning letter sounds, tricky words and numbers. As well as remembering to share, listen, put their hands up, pleases and thank you’s.


This week we have revised the phonemes – s, a, t, i, p, n. They have been introduced to our new phonemes – m, d, g. The children have sorted objects for all the phonemes and practised forming the letters. We are practising sounding out and blending CVC words.


Our tricky word of the week was ‘to’. The children thought of sentences with the word ‘to’ in and tried to spell the word.

Phonics Workshop

Do not forget our phonic workshop is on Thursday 18th October. We are running 2 sessions for this one at 2.30pm and at 6.45pm. This is will give you the opportunity to find out how we teach phonics and how this links in to reading.


This week we have focused on revising the numbers from 1-4 and introduced the number 5. We challenge the children to show us different ways they can show us numbers, what number comes before___, what number comes after.

Today we have introduced the children to a tens frame. The children will put objects in the frame and count how many they have. They then match this to the correct Numicon piece.

School trip

We had a super trip to Leeds City Library. The children wrote their own train tickets and particularly enjoyed going on the train. I hear the best bit was having a biscuit on the train on the way back! They all did super well walking such a long way and listening to adults. We were so proud of them. A huge thank you to our parent volunteers.

The children have been enjoying listening to a number of stories by the author Nick Sharratt. We think the favourite one is ‘Mixed up Fairy Tales’.


You will have received and sent back you permission letters for Tapestry. You will have been sent an activation email. This gives you access to your child’s Tapestry observations. If you have not sent in your permission slip then please do as soon as possible. Please check your junk mail folders for the activation email. If you have any questions or are unsure about Tapestry then please ask a member of the RK team.

The rest of our week in photos…

Have a wonderful weekend

The RK team


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Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants and in RH

October 5, 2018 at 1:36 pm


We have had a really fun week this week. It all started with our trip to Leeds Central Library. The children loved travelling on the train. We had some really kind Railway Officers who assisted us on the trains and in the train stations. Thank you to the parent volunteers who were also extremely helpful in keeping the children safe.

At the library, the children explored the ‘Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants’ workshop. They were able to recognise many of the characters from Nick Sharratt’s books. Some of the children thought they were getting to meet Nick Sharratt so they were a little disappointed when they realised he wasn’t there! It didn’t stop the fun though…

Here is a video of Nick Sharratt reading ‘Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!’


In maths, we have been learning about the numbers 3 and 4.

Number 3:





Number 4:




This week the children have learnt /p/, /i/, /n/. They have also learnt the tricky word ‘I’.

The children have tasted pears and naan bread and have also read stories with characters whose names begin with the letters. They have also practised forming the letters. There is a sheet in the Communication Books containing the phonemes of the week so the children can have a practise at home. For those children struggling to form the letters, practising drawing circles clockwise and anticlockwise and lines up and down will help the children get used to the different movements involved in forming letters.


Vocabulary is a school focus this year as we need to ensure that children are being exposed to new and adventurous vocabulary and are being able to use vocabulary in the correct contexts. In Reception, children are still exploring the use of language so we have been supporting this by making ‘word webs’ of words that we come across. The children have then decided which areas of the classroom the words could go in.

Here are two ‘word webs’ we have completed this week:

Other fun and learning:

On Tuesday next next week, the children will be having individual photographs taken by a professional photographer. These will be available to buy. The children will also be having sibling photographs taken on Wednesday.

We hope you have a great weekend.

The RH team





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Lots of learning in RK!

October 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm


We have had another busy week. The children are continuing to work hard and play hard! The children have been enjoying listening to stories by Nick Sharratt in preparation for our trip next week. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered we wish we could take you all but unfortunately we are limited with train tickets. We will make sure those who missed out will help with future trips.

In phonics we revised the phonemes we have learnt s, a, t and we learnt 3 new phonemes – p, i, and n. The children sorted out objects, practised writing the grapheme and even tasted food which started with the new phoneme. So for p we ate pear and for n we ate naan bread.


On Monday’s we will be learning tricky words, words we cannot sound out. This week’s word was I. The children practised saying a sentence with I in like

“I like sweets”

“I am 4”

They then had a go at forming the word I.

In maths this week we have recapped the numbers we have already learnt 1 and 2 and go on to learn about the numbers 3 and 4. The children are enjoying meeting each Numberblock and showing us what the numbers 3 and 4 can look like – 4 dots, 3 faces, 4 lines. The children are beginning to understand there are lots of ways we can show someone 3 or 4 of something without just writing the number. We have also practised counting forwards and backwards.


Mrs Myers has started music sessions on a Thursday afternoon. The children have been listening to different kinds of music, listening to the rhythm and the pulse and giving their feedback on it. They have also been singing.

School hive

We have been looking at the schools logo – the hive and explaining what each hexagon means. Last week we looked at ‘Be happy’ and the children gave examples of what makes them happy. This week we learnt about being healthy. The children knew what foods and drinks made them healthy and that exercise was important too.

After all the phonics and maths the children have been making clay models, drawing bees, making models, baking, enjoying the outdoor areas, woodwork and lots more! Due to the children’s love of model making we are always on the lookout for boxes and tubes (please no toilet rolls), so please send your recycling our way.

Here’s some photos of our week…


Have a wonderful weekend

RK class team







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