Gruffalo Hunting at Blackhills Campsite

October 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm


The children had a fabulous day in the woods yesterday completing lots of activities based on the story ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. The children rotated around four activities.

The four activities were:

Designing a Gruffalo on a biscuit

Hunting for animals from the story

Making homes for the animals to live in

Designing a piece of artwork using nature  in the style of Andrew Goldsworthy




At the end of the afternoon, Mrs Fulton read the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ as the children walked through the woods. Suddenly they bumped into an unexpected visitor…

The Gruffalo was feeling very sad as nobody wanted to speak to him because he looked scary. The children all said they would be his friend and decided that he may look scary, but he’s actually really shy and very kind. 

 We  had a lovely day and the children were enthusiastic and extremely well behaved. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us today – we couldn’t have done it without you.

The Reception Team





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It’s definitely Autumn in Reception

October 13, 2016 at 5:41 pm


Reception have been very busy learning about Autumn and Harvest Festival. The video below sums up what wonderful learning we have been doing. The song playing in the background is also a song that the children have been learning. Perhaps they could sing along as they watch…



We are into our second week of phonics and the children have been picking up the letter sounds really well. New sounds this week are:

The children have eaten the following tasty treats to help them recognise and remember the letters and letters sounds: ice cream, naan bread, mango and grapes


The children have been learning about the following numbers:

The children have counted objects and made pictures to show their understanding of the value of each number.

Look at our super work:


Next Wednesday is Reception’s trip to Blackhill Woods where they will be completing lots of ‘Gruffalo’ activities. You may want to read this book over the weekend in preperation. Alternatively,  follow the link to listen to the story on YouTube.

The Reception Team


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Welcome to Reception

October 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm


The children have all settled in extremely well and are really enjoying playing in their new classrooms.


This week, the children have started to learn single letter sounds. Each day, the children will be read a story which contains the letter sound in the title and will be trying  foods beginning with the letter sounds.

Every day, the children will be completing activities to help them spot the sound, read the sound and form the sound using cursive script. The children will learn an action alongside the sound and will come home with a ‘sound button’ sticker. If you press the button, your child should make the correct phoneme sound.

The sounds this week are:

The video below includes short rhymes to match each letter sound and models how to say the different sounds correctly.

Letter Formation

It is important that the children begin to start forming the letters of the alphabet correctly. The two pictures below show a couple of ways to make practising letter formation fun!


Shaving foam!


Tracing a letter with a magnet and magnetic ball







For guidance about forming the cursive letters correctly, please click on the link: Handwriting Powerpoint


This week, we are focussing on the numbers 1-4. The children will be finding objects to represent the value of each number and will be spotting it in the environment. They will practise saying which number comes before and after the given number, and will also be practising forming them. Similarly to the Literacy, the children will come home with a numbered sticker to share what they have been learning.

The pictures below show pieces of Numicon. Numicon is a resource that we use in school to help the children visualise numbers.

We look forward to another fun-filled week in Reception!

The Reception Team


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Fun in Nursery

September 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm


Most of the children are now in Nursery and we are so impressed at how they are settling in. They are investigating their new classroom and our outdoor space. These pictures give you an idea of what we have been busy doing…

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Nursery Newsletter September 2016

September 20, 2016 at 10:24 am


Click on this link for the newsletter:  Sept 2016


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Welcome to Farfield Nursery and Reception classes

September 12, 2016 at 2:59 pm


Welcome to the start of a new term and for some the beginning of their journey at Farsley Farfield Primary School. The children are all settling in well and learning the daily routines.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child then please contact us: or call 0113 205 8136 for children in Nursery – RF – RH

or call 0113 205 8137.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim families a very ‘Happy Eid al Adha’. We hope you have enjoyed your celebrations today.

Have a great week.
The Foundation Stage team

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