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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This week in Nursery

October 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm


All the children have had another busy week both inside and outside.

There are just a few things to remind parents about.


When the children arrive at the beginning of the session they need to collect their name cards and practise writing their name. Please help them with this by encouraging them to hold their pencil with a pincer grip and work on each letter in turn. When they have mastered the first letter move on to the next one and so on.


Please provide one piece of fruit each week to put in the fruit basket. This is fruit that all the children can choose from. We also supply fruit from school.


Your child can select a library book each week to take home and share with you. Please send book bags in on Wednesdays unless your child does not attend that day and then choose another convenient day.

What has been happening this week?

Some children have been to visit the chickens.

Other children have been doing lots of Maths work including playing ‘Scardey Cat’ and working with Numicon.

There has also been lots of fun!

Have a good weekend from the Nursery team.


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RH this week

September 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm


We’re at the end of another busy week and the weeks seem to be going so fast. We have now started  maths and phonics sessions every day.


We have been learning about the numbers 1 and 2 this week. We have spent a long time looking at the numbers to ensure that the children fully understand the value of the numbers as well as how the numbers can be represented.

Finding one object:

Different ways to see the number:

At school, we form the number one  as a straight line down.


We have learnt the phonemes /s/, /a/ and /t/ this week. We have looked at how the letters are formed, what words begin with the letters and we have tasted some food beginning with the letters. We’ve had strawberries, apples and tomatoes. We use precursive font in school and the children have practised the precursive /s/, /a/ and /t/ this week.

We have also read lots of books with characters whose names begin with /s/, /a/, /t/.

What else have we been doing?


The children have all chosen a book from the school library today. Please share these books with the children and read them together. The children’s library books will be changed on Fridays so please make sure they have their previous library book in their book bag to swap.

Communication Books

The children should have come home with a Communication Book today. These books will be sent home every Friday with a task for the children to complete over the course of the week with the support of family at home. The children can complete the tasks in any way they wish – even a noted down conversation will suffice. Please put the books in the labelled box in the cloakroom every Thursday so they can be marked and returned to you on Fridays.

School Trip

RH are going on a school trip on Monday afternoon to Leeds City Library and we’re going on the train. On our return journey, our train arrives back at New Pudsey at 3:20  so we should be back at school around 3:30-3:40. Please come into school through the front entrance  and wait in the hall. Children will be dismissed from the classroom as soon as we arrive back.

As part of our learning this week, we have learnt about train safety and how we should behave at the train stations/on the train on Monday. The children seemed very excited!

We hope that you have a lovely weekend – fingers crossed the weather stays nice.

The RH team

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A super busy week in RK!

September 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm


Another week has flown passed in RK class. The children are doing so well and this week saw the start of us teaching letter sounds and numbers.

In phonics we have learnt the phonemes (letter sounds) s, a, t. the children have identified objects which start with these sounds and have practised forming the letters using a cursive script s, a, t. We have also practised blending the phonemes together to make words such as: at, sat, as. The short Jolly Phonic clips below will help your child remember the phoneme…

In maths, we have been practising counting up to 20 and back from 20/10. We have also worked hard on counting objects, which cannot be moved such as claps or the beat of a drum. This is trickier than it sounds! The children have then focused on learning the number 1 and 2 and were introduced to the Numberblocks.

The children showed us different ways to show us the number 1 and 2. For example one jump, 2 eyes, one car, two dots, one nose. We are hoping that the children are really grasping the variety of ways in which we can see the numbers 1 and 2.

As for the rest of the week it involved identifying bugs, creating leaf pictures, learning football skills, making models, drawing, writing stories and acting them out and playing with friends.

Have a super weekend

RK team

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Nursery fun inside and outside

September 27, 2018 at 2:58 pm




The Nursery children have really settled in well and are having lots of fun both inside and in our outdoor provision. This week children were playing with fruit in the Home Corner so we talked about eating apples and fruit being a healthy option. Some children went to our orchard to collect apples.

All the children have enjoyed playing outside this week. Here are some of the things they have been doing.

The children have also been busy inside too.

Some children were keen to be pirates!

Don’t forget we have started Library lending on Wednesdays. If your child does not come on Wednesday please bring the book bag in on another suitable day.

Have a good weekend from the Nursery team.

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