When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears!!!

January 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Nursery children are practising singing the song below, please can you help?

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The Jolly Postman and counting in 2’s.

January 20, 2015 at 4:37 pm

This week in Reception we are focusing on the story The Jolly Postman and counting in 2’s.


This week we are reading The Jolly Postman and looking at sequencing the story. The Jolly Postman visits lots of people on his journey. Can your children remember who? The children will also be contributing to our ‘story road’ and we will re-telling the journey of the Jolly Postman using pictures and labels on a large reel of paper. We are re-capping the language; first, next, then, finally etc and encouraging the children to recreate the story in role play scenarios. Our new tricky word this week is me!


In our maths lessons we are learning to count in 2’s. We are learning to count in 2’s because this helps us to count a larger numbers of objects faster. We are also looking at the pattern of numbers on houses in a street. We have been discussing odd and even numbers and noticing that on a street of houses 1 side is even and 1 side is odd and each side of the street goes up in 2’s. Can your child notice this pattern on the way home from school? We are continuing to work on our number formation and counting up to 50. We are also continuing to focus on 1 more and 1 less.

Have a great week!

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Tapestry information for Reception

January 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Our new online learning journals are up and running. You should have received your login password and have read some of the observations on your child. Usually each observation will contain a comment and a photograph. Each observation will also highlight the area of the curriculum the it demonstrates and an age band. Generally the observations will cover the 30-50 and 40-60 month brackets. Please do not be concerned if an observation sometimes does not match your child’s age as it is sometimes a best fit level for the activity observed. Feel free to comment on the observation if you have anything to contribute. We hope you enjoy a further insight into your child’s learning at school.

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Let’s pretend in Nursery!

January 19, 2015 at 8:39 am

This sees the start of our new topic ‘Let’s Pretend’. The children will be listening to lots of well known and popular stories. This weeks story is Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We will be asking the children for their help in setting up a theatre in the classroom, we hope this will encourage some great story telling! We will be setting different Goldilocks and the 3 Bears activities including an investigation.

In Nursery we are  introducing the school’s ethos statements. This week we are learning about being a ‘good citizen’. We will discuss what makes a good citizen and read stories.

Stay and Read

Don’t forget stay and read starts this WEDNESDAY – 21st. When you bring your child to Nursery we encourage you to stay a little longer and share a book or 2.

Abbey House Museum

Please can all trip money be in by this week please – £1.50. We also need some volunteers.

Wrap up warm and have a great week.

The Nursery Team



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More ice & water fun in Nursery!

January 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

This week the ice fun has continued and how fortunate were we to get some snow on Wednesday! The children have done lots of problem solving with the ice and worked really hard.

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What an exciting day in Reception!

January 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Wasn’t it exciting waking up to snow!
The children in Reception have had a very exciting day because we also had a very interesting visitor. A firefighter called Lindsey came to speak to the children about her job. She told us all about what she does to help people and then showed us her very important uniform. The children know all about the various items for protection and asked some very good questions.

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Another exciting week in Reception!

January 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

This week in Reception is another busy one! We have a special visitor on Wednesday from Stanningley Fire Station! The visitor is going to be answering lots of questions about being a firefighter. Can you and your child think of any questions they might want to ask?


In our Literacy lessons this week, we will be focusing on writing sentences about firefighters.The children will be using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Our new tricky word is we. Maybe your child can spot this tricky word in their reading books or story books at home? We are encouraging the children to begin to recognise these key words confidently and a ‘Bee Job’ this week will be to find and read different tricky words in the sand. The children will also be labelling a firefighter’s uniform as well as pretending to be firefighters during role play.


In our mathematics lessons this week the children are continuing to combine 2 groups together. The children are getting very good and we are beginning to combine larger numbers. Bee Jobs will include number activities on the iPads, using objects to combine groups and finding 1 more and 1 less.

Tapestry – online learning journal!

Last month we purchased an online learning journal. It is a secure platform where we will upload observations of your child. Very soon you will get an easy-to-follow guide of how to use the programme along with log in details. Each parent will be given a unique password (which you can alter). The aim of the journal is to alert you when an observation has been done on your child; you can then read it and make a comment to send back. If you are feeling brave, you can also write an observation for your child to send to us. We are happy to help if you get stuck!

Both of our new role play areas are now open! Take a look at the pictures below to see the children exploring them. There are also photos of some fantastic fire engines made today.

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What’s happening in Nursery this week?

January 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm

This week the children are practising mixing powder paints to create a ‘cold’ picture. The children are beginning to understand which colours are warm and which are cold. We will be displaying our winter work in the classroom – so look out! We are finding out about floating and sinking. What do the words float and sink mean? We will be predicting which objects float and which will sink. There is also an ice problem to solve – where is the quickest place to melt ice? Children will be given ice in pots and they will have to decide where to put it, then the melting race begins!!!! Finally the children will have a go at marbling using the cold colours – blue and silver. They will see how colours can float on the top of water and how they transfer on to paper.

We continue to do lots of counting forwards to 20 and backwards from 10 and 5. We sing lots of number songs and practise counting objects carefully and slowly.

Staff Training

Don’t forget we have a training day on Monday 19th January so school will be closed.

Abbey House Museum

Our next trip is coming up on Wednesday 28th January. We will be doing ‘A Gingerbread Man’ workshop at Abbey House Museum. The cost is £1.50 per child. If you are able to help then please let us know on the return slip.

Have a great week.

The Nursery team


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Icy happenings…

January 9, 2015 at 11:38 am

The Nursery children have had great fun exploring ice! We have looked at ice balloons and seen what happens when salt is put on them, made our own ice lollies and snowflakes. We observed what happened when coloured ice cubes were put on ground rice/tapioca. It made some great colours. The biggest problem we had to solve was how to get objects free from the ice! We had lots of suggestions…

“Cut it with a knife”, “Smash it with a brick”, “Put it near a radiator”, “Blow on it”, “Drop it”.

Look at the fun we have had….

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Welcome back Reception!

January 5, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Welcome back Reception! We hope you have all had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas break. It was lovely to see the children coming back into school today full of energy ready for a new term!

This week in Reception we are introducing our new topic – People who help us! Today we discussed people who help the children in Reception. The children came up with some fantastic examples such as; a firefighter, a policeman, a vet, a doctor and even a teacher! This week we will be developing our new role play areas and learning a little more about garages and post offices. We will also be looking at non-fiction books and discussing the different features we can see e.g contents pages, page numbers, labels. We will also be continuing to focus on letter formation and using our phonics to sound out different words and writing labels. Our new tricky word this week is she. Don’t forget to test your child by pressing their sticker! Tricky words are taught every Wednesday.

In our Mathematics lessons this week we are focusing on finding the total of 2 groups! This will be done practically and the children will be using lots of different objects to do this, including ourselves! We will be using different language such as all together and finding the total.

Have a fantastic week!

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