Nursery News

December 7, 2018 at 11:44 am


This week we have been very busy getting ready for our Nativity performances next week. We will be performing on Tuesday morning at 9.30am and Thursday afternoon at 2pm. You should have received a letter telling you where your child will be sitting for the performance and other information about Christmas arrangements in Nursery including the party which is on Wednesday 19th December.

This week we put out a basket of coloured links and the children have been very keen to join them together to make a variety of things. Some children made pirate belts and others made necklaces. This resource gave us a very good opportunity to develop different aspects of Maths. We worked on patterns using only two colours in our chains. We made long and short chains and talked about who’s was the longest and shortest. We estimated how many links would be needed to make a necklace and if the number was not right would we need more or less. The children were also supported to make links to match numbers on the number line. This resources is also excellent for developing fine motor skills.

During our library times this week we have been encouraging the children to look carefully for a book they wanted to take home and not just to pick up the nearest one. They looked through the books before their final choice was made and were supported to turn the pages carefully. Then they were encouraged to put the book into their book bags by themselves to promote independence.

Other things this week…

Don’t forget our two Nativity performances next week and have a lovely weekend.

From the Nursery team


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Christmas has arrived in RK!

December 6, 2018 at 11:52 am


We have well and truly entered the Christmas spirit in RK. The children are enjoying decorating the tree and making their own patterned baubles.

This week the children have learnt about 2D shapes and had fun trying to make some shapes in teams using string, they also enjoyed a game of shape bingo!

The children used their knowledge of 2D shapes to create their Christmas cards. Different shapes were used to create characters, Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees and lots more!

The children have also been choosing to use their maths skills around the classroom.

This week has been busy with concert rehearsals. The children are doing well learning the songs and remembering when to go on stage. We look forward to seeing you on either Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon. The performances will be held in the North building. If you have been asked to provide any clothing please ensure it is put in your child’s tray by Monday 10th December.

A huge thank you from Annie and all of us in RK as she has raised almost £19 to go and buy some toys for children who are less fortunate. We will keep you posted on what we buy and where we send the gifts. Isobel who has planned some fun games and ball skills will deliver Friday’s PE lesson. Although the weather has been wet, the children have still loved using chalk to write words and explore outside in the rain!

The rest of the week:

Please can we ask that you ensure your child’s clothing has their name in everything! We are doing many clothing changes over the next few days and it is very difficult to identify tops, tights and trousers when they don’t have names in them.

Have a super weekend

The RK team

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Reception Learning and Key Information

December 6, 2018 at 10:55 am



The children have learnt the phonemes /v/ and /w/ this week.


This week we have looked at 2D shapes. We have discussed the difference between 2D and 3D shapes and have been finding simple 2D shapes in the environment, including circles, squares, rectangles, triangles and ovals. The children have also been using language to describe shapes, such as ‘it has 4 equal sides’ and so on.

The children have loved playing this game.

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Christmas Performance

Our Christmas performances are next Tuesday (9.30) and Thursday (2.00). On Monday, the children will be completing a dress rehearsal for the children in KS1. If you haven’t done so already, please can you bring in any costume items that have been requested. It will either be black tights for sheep or white tights for angels.

Trip to Abbey House

Next Thursday, the children in Reception will be visiting Abbey House Museum. RK will be going in the morning and RH will be going in the  afternoon. The children do not require a packed lunch and they’re to wear their school uniforms.

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It’s nearly December!

November 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm


The children are getting excited as they worked out today is the last day in November and tomorrow is Christmas!!! (I did explain it was the beginning of December). This week the children have written their letters to Santa and they will be posted tonight so fingers crossed they will get a letter back. They have all done well listening to the initial, middle and final sounds in words. We have talked about a sentence starting with a capital letter, using finger spaces and a full stop at the end.

In phonics we have practised reading j and ss words. Today the children worked in pairs to put a mixed up sentence together recognising where the capital letter was and the full stop.

The rest of the week in pictures…

Christmas concert

The children are working hard to learn their lines and/or the songs. If you’ve been sent a letter regarding providing some of your child’s costume please make sure it is named and it can go in their classroom tray.

Have a great weekend.

RK team


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Reception Learning

November 30, 2018 at 11:50 am



In phonics, the children have been learning the phonemes /ss/ and /j/.

We have also revised the tricky words that we have learnt: I, to, the, no, go.

We have practised reading these words in a sentence and have spent a long time distinguishing between words that the children can sound out and blend


The children received an exciting video on Monday from Santa.

The children have been busy writing letters and wish lists to Santa.


In maths, we have looked at ‘doubling’. We have learnt the concept of ‘doubling’ and have been learning about scenarios were we’ve had to double a number to find the answer using a ‘doubling machine’. On Thursday, the doubling machine came to school! The children practised putting a piece of Numicon in each side and the doubled number came out of the front.

Christmas Performance

Letters about the children’s roles in the Christmas Performance have been sent out this week. If you’re not sure what part your child is playing, please ask the adults or email Mrs Kumar or Miss Hutchinson.

Abbey House

The children are going to Abbey House during the last week of term. Please ensure you return the reply slips to school/pay on Parent Pay.

Have a good weekend.

The Reception team

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Nursery News

November 30, 2018 at 11:49 am


We had quite a different day on Tuesday this week. As you will know we lost all our electricity in the morning. The children were fantastic and carried on as normal. They only realised how dark it was in Nursery when they returned to class after being in the hall to do some singing in the afternoon. We adapted our lunches to involve the children and they all made jam sandwiches. This developed their fine motor skills and gave them practise in using tools.

Stay and Read

We also had our first ‘Stay and Read’ of the year and we got a good response at the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions. Thank you to all those parents who were able to stay. Don’t worry if you couldn’t stay this week we will be continuing with sessions all year.

Something different in the playdough…

This week we put some cinnamon into our playdough. The children enjoyed mixing it in and watching the dough change to a deep orange colour. Then as they played they were able to experience the warm wintery smell.

Some other things…

Have a lovely weekend from the Nursery team.


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