Our First Trip!

October 25, 2019 at 8:14 pm

The highlight of our week was our first school trip. All staff were very impressed with how well behaved the children were.

The children made a magic wand, created some natural art, made their own birds nest and decorated some delicious biscuits. We were lucky to have had such fantastic weather meaning we even managed to have our picnic outside.

We would all like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to help on our trip. We would not have been able to go without your support.


This week in phonics we have introduced tricky work ‘the’ and the sounds ‘ck’ and ‘e’. The children now know all three ways of making the /c/ sound (c, k and ck)!


In Maths this week we have been comparing numbers. We are really focusing on numbers 1-5 trying to ensure that the children have a secure understanding of these numbers.

The children used the language of ‘more than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘the same as’. Some children extended this learning and began to discuss ‘equal’.

Bubble Painting

Whilst playing in the bubbles this week one child told her friend that she has painted with bubbles at home. We did some research and decided to do our own bubble art. The children had lots of fun but made a huge mess! Luckily lots of the children in reception are very good at tidying up so they soon had the classroom cleaned up.

Thank you for all of your support during our first half term. Have a fabulous holiday!

The Reception Team

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Harvest Festival, Sorting and a Special Visitor

October 18, 2019 at 4:20 pm


We have introduced tricky word ‘no’ this week. The children really enjoyed answering ‘NO!’ when asked if they could remember the word of the week.

The sounds that we have focused on are ‘g’ ‘o’ ‘c’ and ‘k’. Mrs Spencer had a very special visitor for us beginning with ‘K’ can you child remember who it was?


In maths this week we have been sorting by shape, colour, size and number. The children found lots of opportunities to demonstrate these skills during their choosing time.

Ice Cream Parlour

When we had some new sand scoops delivered some of the children thought they looked like scoops they would use for ice cream. They decided they’d like to transform the role play area into an ice cream parlour. We started with tissue paper ‘ice cream’ but, later in the week, the children decided to make some play dough to use.

In the craft area, they made cones and lollies to add to the shelves and enjoyed selling all sorts of treats to their friends. This provided us with lots of opportunities to talk about healthy eating. The children decided that ice cream every day might sound like fun but would probably give them a tummy ache! Most children could explain that ice cream was ok as an occasional treat.

Apple Cakes

Some children visited the orchid to collect juicy apples for our cakes. We carefully peeled and cut the apples before placing them into a cake mixture. We discussed healthy eating and not having too much sugar. The children really enjoyed tasting them!

Harvest Festival

School Trip Reminder

We need to politely remind parents/carers that our school trip is on Wednesday. We still have some children who are yet to be given permission. If this is not received these children will not be able to attend. If you have paid on ParentPay there is no need to return the paper form. Thank you to the parents/carers who have volunteered to support the trip. We will be sending volunteer packs out on Monday. If anyone else would like to offer their assistance then please notify the Reception team.

Have a fabulous weekend,

The Reception Team

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Lots of Maths in Nursery

October 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

This week we introduced the children to some shape resources and let them investigate them independently as well as supporting them to use them and modelling making patterns. The children really enjoyed this resource and lots of them were able to name some of the shapes they used. Some children made simple patterns whilst others spent a long time making very intricate designs…

Shape work was also evident in other areas of provision..

Other children were interested in numbers this week…


Earlier in the week some children went on a walk around our school grounds to look at the changes which happen in Autumn…

The children later made pictures using leaves they found and conkers children had collected on their walks at home…

This weekend you could go on a walk with your child and look at the changes which happen in Autumn. You could collect leaves to use for leaf printing next week in Nursery.

Have a lovely weekend, from the Nursery team.

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Autumn in Reception

October 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm


This week in Phonics we have learnt the tricky work ‘to’. We have focused on the phonemes for m, d and g. Try asking your child if they can remember the actions. If they can’t, don’t worry. We have attached a video to help you.


Maths has been lots of fun! The children have been looking at lots of different ways to represent the number 5. We have had lots of sorting activities which have supported the children to group by; colour, shape, size and so on. You may like to have a go at home too.

Muddy fun!


We had lots of fun during PE. The children played different games using a parachute.

Can we please ask parents to support their children in learning how to dress and undress as we are still taking quite a long time.


This week the children have shown an interest in the different seasons. We discussed all four seasons before focusing on Autumn. The children enjoyed creating their own Autumn themed pictures and hunting for Autumn treasures.

Lots of children are excited to visit Leeds Light Night. We would love to see the photos. Whatever you are doing we hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

The Reception Team

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A week in Nursery

October 11, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Another busy week!

This week the children have had lots of opportunities to develop their mark making skills. Some children have been practising the initial letter of their name whilst others have been making big marks on big paper. Other children used boxes to make pirate ships inside and then outside. Have a look at the photos of all these activities and other things the children have been doing…


As we move into the colder weather the children need to be wrapped up when they go out to play. We encourage the children to hang their coats up independently and then be able to put them on themselves and fasten them up. We always support the children in this but aim for them to do these tasks for themselves. Please practise independence skills at home and when you drop your child off and collect from Nursery. Thank you for your support.

Have a good weekend, from the Nursery team.

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Toy appeal, wiggling worms and so much more!

October 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm

Toy appeal

The children have been very thoughtful this week and have been considering how they can cheer up children who are in hospital over Christmas. They have contacted a local charity and are going to try and collect as many toys as possible. They found a large box to collect toys, wrote letters to their friends and made posters to explain their plan. There is a box in RB if anyone would like to donate. Unfortunately, these toys do have to be brand new for them to be accepted by the charity. All donations will be gratefully received.

Worms, worms and more worms!

This week the children have been worm mad! We have made our own ‘Worm World’ and enjoyed watching them travel around it.

As well as looking at habitats we have also discovered that their favourite food is waste! We have collected left over food from the kitchen to keep our worms full and healthy.

The children enjoyed observing the worms and drawing their own interpretation of our ‘Worm World’.

The children watched a video which explained where worms live, what they eat and how they move!


This week in Phonics we have learn the tricky word ‘I’. The children practised writing it and saying it in a sentence.

We have introduced the phonemes; p, i and n. The children are very proud of their ever increasing phonic knowledge.


This week in maths we have focused on the numbers 3 and 4. We have practised forming the numerals as well as investigating how to show each number in different ways.


We all had lots of fun building a race track and directing the Beebots around.

Letters have been sent home today to book your parents evening appointments. We look forward to meeting you all.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

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Nursery’s week

October 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm

Another varied week in Nursery! The children have continued to develop their friendships and explore the Nursery environment. They have been climbing, hiding, building, cutting and drawing. They have been inside, outside and having fun in the hall. Have a look at some of the photos we have taken…

Wet Weather

It has been a very wet week this week and will probably continue to be so. The children have access to the environment everyday no matter what the weather is like. Lots of children have brought their own wellies but we also have our own supply. If you send wellies please write your child’s name in them and familiarise them with what they look like. If they come to Nursery in wellies please change them into shoes for playing inside as wellies are not ideal to wear all day inside. Thank you for your support with this.

Have a good weekend

From the Nursery team

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