Duck update!

April 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm

We currently have 8 ducklings with number 9 almost there! This is the biggest number of ducks we have managed to hatch ever!!!! All we have to do now is look after them. Please feel free to pop in and say ‘hi’ to the ducklings.

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This week in Reception!

April 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm

What a busy week ahead in Reception…..


This week we are continuing with our new ‘growing’ topic and are focusing on the life cycle of a butterfly. We will be sequencing the life cycle, looking at Monarch butterflies and making the life cycle out of pasta pieces! We have had a special delivery of caterpillars today. Take a look in RC’s classroom where the caterpillars will be living. We will also be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We will be making our own moving caterpillars, writing our own Hungry Caterpillar stories and writing a list of things we would like to eat if we were The Hungry Caterpillar! Our new tricky word this week is ‘all’.
In our maths lessons this week we are continuing to focus on Subtraction. We will be solving practical subtraction problems, using number lines to count back and finding how many are left over. Why not ask your child how we subtract at home!?
RF’s trip to Farfield Farm this Thursday
RF are going to be visiting our school farm this Thursday! Please can you send your child into school with wellie boots? RC will be visiting the farm next Thursday.
RC’s S Factor
This morning in RC we had some FANTASTIC science experiments!! The children were all able to talk confidently about what their experiment was about, how they made it and what happened. Thank you very much for all your hard work! Take a look at the pictures below to see the experiments in action! A winner will be chosen this week and will show their experiment in an assembly this Friday with other winners from other classes.
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A busy week ahead in Nursery

April 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

We hope you have had a great weekend. We think the children are going to have a great week looking after our new arrivals! So far today we now have 6 ducklings with another 2 eggs starting to hatch! The children are enjoying watching and listening to them. Next week will be duck week!

This week we are looking at animals that grow. We are matching baby animals to their mummy and listening to sounds the animals make and finding their picture. We are talking about what else grows? The children recognise that they have grown and we will be looking at their baby photos to see how they have changed. We continue to do lots of counting and singing of number songs. Our small world area is now a farm.

Stay and Count
Don’t forget Stay and Count is every Wednesday 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm everyone is welcome even if you only have a spare 5 minutes come and join in the number fun!

Have a super week, feel free to pop in to see the ducks.
The Nursery Team

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The wait is over….

April 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Over the last 4 weeks the Nursery children have eagerly awaited the arrival of what they thought was in the eggs. We can now confirm that inside the eggs wasn’t a football, princesses, chocolate, a girl, a lion, a butterfly or chicks – they were in fact DUCKS!!!!! The first arrived before lunchtime and the brown 2 arrived after 4pm with a little encouragement and help from Mrs Longhorn. 4 more eggs are starting to crack so who knows how many more will arrive by the morning!!?

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Growing and St George’s Day fun

April 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

We have had a busy first week back. The children have been busy growing cress heads, measuring plants, painting trees using on our hands, reading books about plants and Jack and the Beanstalk and exploring the outdoor environment.
On Wednesday we celebrated St George’s Day and the children did very well to remember the story. They made swords, flags and played with a huge castle.

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Nursery’s Stay and Count

April 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

On Wednesday Nursery has their first stay and count. The children had a huge selection of number games and activities to do either with a friend or a grown up. Thank you to everyone who came. Don’t forget it is every Wednesday 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm.

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RC’s trip to Rodley Nature Reserve

April 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Today we had a FANTASTIC trip to Rodley Nature Reserve. We were very lucky with the weather and had a lovely morning outside in the sunshine. The children got busy with different activities including pond dipping, sticky board collecting and pond watching. The children behaved very well and were very grown up. We also had a lovely picnic outside in the beautiful sunshine!

Thank you so much to the volunteers at Rodley Nature Reserve and to the parents who helped us.

Take a look at the pictures below to see some of our fun in the sun!!

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Reception News

April 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Welcome back to the final term in Reception! We hope all the children had a good break. They have already shown that they are ready to continue with their learning.
In Literacy this week the children will be writing sentences. RC will be writing about their trip to Rodley Nature Reserve which takes place tomorrow and RF will be writing about Percy the Park Keeper. The children will also have the opportunity to understand how to use non-fiction books and learn about the key features of these books. In RC’s classroom the children will be able to read non-fiction books and in RF there are plenty of Percy the Park keeper stories to read.

The children will be practising their subtraction skills in Numeracy. They will learn to understand that subtraction means to take away an amount from another amount. They will have experience of using a number line to help them with subtraction and to count back. The children will be continuing to count forwards and backwards from a given number as well as saying what is 1 more or 1 less than a given number.

There are two new role play areas under construction this week. RC are having a garden centre and in RF there will be Percy the Park Keeper’s hut. The children are very excited and the areas will be ready for playing in very soon.

Have a good week, from the Reception team.

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Welcome back to Nursery!

April 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

We hope you have had a great 2 weeks and have managed to enjoy the gorgeous weather! As the sunny weather has arrived please can you make sure your child has a named hat on their peg and sun cream applied before coming to Nursery.

Since October we have had Miss Halalat and Miss Egan (Leeds Metropolitan teaching students) completing day visits and for the next 4 weeks they will be leading some teaching sessions. The children have a busy, fun packed few weeks ahead!

For the next few weeks our topic will be ‘Let’s get growing’. The children started the week by looking for natural objects outside and ticking them off. We are measuring plants using duplo bricks, playing in soil, making handprint trees and making cress heads!

St George’s Day
We are celebrating St George’s Day on Wednesday 22nd April (actual day is 23rd April). The children are welcome to come to school wearing red and white clothes, football tops, prince and princess’ outfits. We will finding out about the story of St George, making swords and shields and playing with castles and knights.

Hesketh Farm
Don’t forget to let us know if you are able to make the trip to Hesketh Farm on Friday 26th June. The price of the trip is £17.50 this includes entry in to the farm for an adult and child and transport. You are welcome to pay a deposit of £5.

Stay and Count
This Wednesday sees the start of ‘Stay and Count’. The timings are 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm. Instead ‘Stay and Read’ there will be lots of number games and activities for you to play to encourage and develop your child’s counting skills.

Have a great week.
The Nursery Team

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RC’s trip to Rodley Nature Reserve

April 2, 2015 at 3:46 pm

A quick reminder that RC’s trip to Rodley Nature Reserve is on Tuesday 21st April (the first Tuesday back after Easter!).

Children need to come into school in school uniform, wellies and a waterproof coat. Please remember that children will be having a packed lunch at the reserve and that this needs to be in a disposable container.

If you have any more questions then please email – [email protected]

Many thanks,

Miss Curteis

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