Things are quacking in RS and RC this week!

April 30, 2014 at 9:02 am

We can confirm that we have only managed to hatch 2 ducks this year. The ducklings are growing fast and next week they will be going to their new home.

In literacy this week the children are producing non-fiction books about…ducks!! In small groups they will be using the iPad to take photos, record their voices and use the app ibook creator. As part of the content of the book the team of children will be producing the life cycle and writing a sentence giving us a duck fact!

In our phonic groups we are working hard on learning our phonemes, digraphs, tri-graphs and handwriting. Mrs Booth’s group are looking at tricky words, alternative spellings of the ‘igh’ and ‘ee’ phonemes. Miss Baird’s group are revising the digraphs ai, th, ch, sh, ng. Miss Curteis’ class are practising their tricky words and revising the tri-graphs ear and air. Mrs Longhorn’s group are learning the new digraph ng and revising sh, ch and th.

In Mathematics we are learning all about ‘time’. We will be looking at the days of the week and sequencing a typical day. The children will all make their own clocks and use them to look at o’clock and half past. They will be introduced to a lady called Mrs Cogsworth – I wonder what she will do?!

Don’t forget it is a bank holiday weekend so we will see you bright and breezy on Tuesday morning.

Have a great weekend!

The Reception team.

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Last week in Nursery

April 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

What a busy first week back in Nursery. We are getting our shop ready for business. We made salt dough fruit and vegetables and the children helped to paint them to look very realistic. We read the story of Oliver’s Fruit Salad and painted pictures to display in the shop.
The children also took part in lots of different pre-reading activities from tapping out rhythms to learning initial sounds. Ask your child what they did at Nursery last week.
This week we are continuing to get our shop ready and also concentrating on number activities. Some children will be practicing writing numbers for labels in the shop whilst others will be taking part in counting activities.
We are planning a “Stay and Play” session on Wednesday 14th May but you will receive an invitation soon.
Have a good week , from all the Nursery staff.

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The suspense is over!!!

April 24, 2014 at 7:44 am

Finally 2 eggs have hatched, some of the children predicted the right animal – ducks!!! Samson arrived on Tuesday evening closely followed by Delilah yesterday. We are hoping for more but there are no signs as yet!

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RS trip to Rodley Nature Reserve

April 24, 2014 at 7:32 am

RS class had a super trip to the Nature Reserve. They learnt so much from the lovely volunteers. The children created their own sticky board using leaves/flowers, investigated the dragonfly ponds and did some pond dipping! Here are a just a few of the photos from the day…

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An exciting start to the term!

April 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Welcome back! We hope you have had a great 2 weeks. Who can believe we are in the summer term and getting ever closer to the children moving up to Year 1! As part of the transition, the children will no longer self register and they will put their fruit in their tray.

Expectant eggs

The children are excitedly awaiting something to hatch from the eggs! They are due to hatch so make sure you keep checking in RS’s classroom for any new arrivals. 2 of the eggs have got holes and have been seen rocking and squeaking today; we hope they will hatch out tonight!

Rodley Nature Reserve

Thank you to the parent volunteers today who helped with the RS trip to the nature reserve. Also a huge thanks to the volunteers at the reserve who shared all their expert knowledge on wildlife and nature. The children had a great time investigating the dragonfly ponds, pond dipping and creating their own grass/leaves sticky board. We are sure RC class will enjoy their visit on Tuesday 13th May.


RS children will be writing a sentence about their favourite part of today’s trip to the reserve. We will also be doing a piece of writing about what is about to hatch out of the eggs! The children will also be using the ipads to take photos and record their voices, along with lots of creative work based on the new arrivals!


We are focusing on subtraction. The children will be solving subtraction, take away, minus calculations using objects. We will be explaining to the children that when we take a number away from another number the answer will get smaller. Some children will be challenged to solve subtraction problems like – There are 9 people on the bus 3 get off. How many people are left on the bus?


Over the next 2 weeks we are assessing all the children in order to update their targets. Over the next term we will be really pushing the children to help them reach their potential and hopefully get ‘a good level of development’. The Early Learning Goals we are aiming to reach were given out on parents’ evening.

We hope you have a great week. Don’t forget to keep checking our blogs for updates about our new arrivals. We would love to read any comments you would like to make.

The Reception team.

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RS trip to Rodley Nature Reserve

April 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Please remember that on Tuesday 22nd April (first day back) we are visiting the Nature Reserve. Your child will need to wear their school uniform, appropriate footwear and bring a packed lunch. We will be returning to school by 1pm.

If you have any questions then please email me on [email protected]



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An egg-cellent end to the term in Reception!

April 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

This week Reception have been very busy getting up to all sorts of Easter themed activities! We have all been taking part in an ‘Egg protecting’ competition. Children selected materials to protect their egg and then we dropped them from a height in the hall to see if the eggs cracked. Many of them survived but I’m afraid in a few egg-treme incidents there were some eggy-endings! The children have also been creating chocolate nests from shredded wheat and making beautiful Easter cards to take home. This afternoon we all had fun in the mud searching for an Easter treat by following lots of clues. We hope you all have a brilliant Easter break!IMG_9295 IMG_9312 IMG_9350 IMG_9345IMG_9305 IMG_9309 IMG_9328 IMG_9358 IMG_9363 IMG_9379 IMG_9375 IMG_9390 IMG_9409 IMG_9425 IMG_9435 IMG_9438 IMG_9442

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Number bonds to 10 – Farmer Pete song

April 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Please practise singing this song to help you learn your number bonds to 10.

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Our egg delivery

April 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Both RC and RS had a delivery of eggs last week. We talked a lot about how we could keep them warm. One suggestion was to put them in a ‘binkubator!’ So we put our eggs in the incubator and we all have different ideas as to what might come out – dragons, chicks, snakes, pig, turtle, giraffe and much more!

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Reception trip to the Sea Life Centre

April 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Reception are planning a trip to the Sea Life Centre. Please click the links below to see a copy of the letter giving details of the trip.

RC Sea Life Trip letter

RS Sea Life Trip Letter

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