Egg Bonanza in Nursery!

March 31, 2017 at 1:44 pm

It might be the last week of term but the Nursery children have been busier than ever! On Monday we had a parcel delivered; inside was a letter that asked us to look after some eggs, keeping them somewhere warm and we would meet them soon. The children had lots of ideas of how to keep them warm: making a nest with towels, using a radiator and the sunshine. In the end, we introduced them to a new word: ‘incubator’. We carefully placed the eggs inside and each day we are checking to see what might have hatched. The ideas of what could be in the eggs so far are dolls, chocolate eggs, crocodiles, chicks, lions, elephants, monkeys, ducks and giraffes!

The children have listened and learnt about the Christian festival – Easter. We have talked about Easter and what Christians do to celebrate it.

We have recognised the cross on the hot cross buns before we ate them! We gave the children the opportunity to cut out eggs, find eggs using tweezers, draw patterns on eggs and paint/draw what they think is inside our eggs. The children have enjoyed making Easter nests and going on an Easter hunt! I wonder what they found?

Stay and Play
After the holidays we will be starting our Stay and Play sessions on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to play with your child, read books or play games. Remember you don’t have to come every week; the sessions run from 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm and everyone is welcome.

Nursery trip
I am pleased to inform you that ALL the Nursery children will have the opportunity to come on a summer school trip to St Leonard’s Farm, Esholt on Thursday 13th July. This trip will be a whole day trip and we will need lots of adult volunteers (drivers too!). More details to follow.

We hope you and your family have a lovely 2 week break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 18th April.

The Nursery team

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The Wedding

March 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm

What a fantastic day we had yesterday! All the children had a great time as well as learning about Christian weddings. Lots of parents came to watch and we hope they enjoyed both weddings. The wedding was the culmination of three weeks of work by the Reception children and they are very proud of their achievements.

All the children and staff want to say a big thank you to The Oak Church for helping to make the day such a success!

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Excitement in Reception

March 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

As part of our learning about different celebrations, Reception have been learning about weddings.

We began the topic by reading the story ‘The Scarecrows’ Wedding’.

This lead to lots of discussions about what weddings entail and the children talked about weddings they had been to.

Last week, Mrs Kaur came to visit the children to talk about Sikh weddings. Mrs Kaur talked about her wedding and  brought her wedding dress and jewellery in to show use. This week, Eden’s Mummy came to chat to Reception about Islamic weddings. Eden’s Mummy had both an Islamic wedding ceremony and a wedding ceremony in a castle in Ireland. We saw some lovely photographs.  Mrs Puddiphatt and Mrs Fulton have also shared their wedding photographs and memories and have talked about Christian weddings.

As you all may have heard, Reception are holding their very own ‘mock weddings’ on Thursday 30th March. We have a lot of planning to do! Next week,  you should receive your invitations from the mother and father of the bride and you should also receive a letter from the dressmakers to explain what the children need to wear. Some outfits will be provided by school.

In maths, the children have been learning about subtraction. We have used lots of different language linked with subtraction, such as less, minus, subtract, take away and so on. The children have completed lots of practical activities and we have really over emphasised the ‘taking away’ of objects. We have also touched on the inverse of subtraction by modelling that if you put those things back, you get back to the number you started with. The children have also been subtracting on a number line by counting back the number of jumps to find the answer. 

A catchy subtraction song (you’ll be singing it all weekend):

In phonics, we have been revising phase 3 sounds as well as introducing some more consonant clusters. Consonant clusters are when two consonants together are formed at the beginning of a word, the end of a word or both. Some examples include /pl/, /cl/, /dr/, /nk/, /mp/. We teach the children to read (chunk) the sounds together to form fluency with their reading. We have read both real and alien words containing consonant clusters. Some examples: drink, paink, plus, clown, brown, train and so on.

Woodwork Bench

We now have full use of a new woodwork bench in the outside provision for Foundation Stage. The children have been very busy making some wonderful pieces of DT work.


Pokemon PE

James in RH is a Pokemon expert. He was delighted to find out today that Reception were having Pokemon PE lessons. James spoke to both classes about some different Pokemon characters and modelled to the children how they move. The children then had to complete the Pokemon challenges.

  1. Fitness camp
  2. Catch the Pokemon by throwing pokeballs (beanbags)
  3. Climbing under and over equipment to find the capital letters and number pokeballs
  4. A Pokemon battle – the children were on their knees on mats and had to throw and catch the balloons or keep the balloons in the air for as long as possible.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team

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Piet Mondrian

March 13, 2017 at 7:39 am

Last week Shailen told us about a piece of artwork he had done at home based on the artist Piet Mondrian. His work includes black lines and blocks of primary colour – red, yellow and blue. We gave the children the opportunity to create their own pieces of artwork. We used different methods to create the pictures: we used a ‘paint’ program on the computer, real paint and colouring.

I think you will agree it has made a super, colourful display.

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Another busy week in Reception

March 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm

What an exciting and busy week we have had in Reception!

On Tuesday we celebrated Shrove Tuesday or as the children like to call it – Pancake Day! We made pancakes and then tasted them. Most children liked them especially with jam on them.

We have also been practising our addition skills and played some games with counters and boxes. The children tossed the counters into the box and had to count how many were on each side of the line and then count how many there were altogether.

Then on Wednesday we started planning birthday parties for our class bears. Farsley Bear and Sky Bear were going to be 5 years old on Friday and the children were very excited about it. They talked about what happened at parties and set about making cards, hats, decorations, presents and cakes.

Today was the busiest day of all! The whole school celebrated World Book Day and the North building came dressed in pyjamas. We read our stories and had hot chocolate (But managed to stay awake!).

Friday afternoon was party time and everyone had lots of fun helping the bears to celebrate.

Everyone should sleep well tonight!

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Nursery’s Pizza Restaurant

March 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Last week we found that we could make a pizza shape using the magnetic shapes. This lead to talking about pizzas and making our own.
This week we opened our pizza restaurant. We wrote a sign, shared the menu with adults and then came the hard work! Lots of different children went and asked the adults in the north building what kind of pizza they wanted. The orders came in and we made labels to go with the pizzas. We prepared the mushrooms and tomatoes by chopping them carefully and then we made them.
We showed our customers where to sit, laid the table and offered them a drink. We got some excellent feedback and we earned £1.40. We now have to decide what to buy with the money!

Great team work!

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Nursery’s trip to Farsley library

March 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

The children had a fantastic day yesterday visiting Farsley library. They listened to and Elmer story and did lots of moving around to the Animal Bop. They then had the opportunity to choose books to look at and choose one to bring back to school. We hope to read them over the next few weeks. The children were very well behaved and had lovely manners.
Thank you to all those parents who helped us; we couldn’t have done it without you.

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