Video memories from the Soft Toy Sleepover

May 25, 2018 at 1:22 pm


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Working hard in RH

May 25, 2018 at 1:08 pm


The children have been as lively and creative as ever this week…


In maths, we have been revisiting subtraction. The children have practised subtracting practically,  drawing pictures, using ten frames and using number lines.

See the video below for a fun game we have played this week. The children had to subitise the numbers (recognise the amount quickly without the need to count).



In phonics, we have been learning the phoneme ‘ure’. This is a very difficult phoneme for the children to learn so we have spent some time practising reading and writing words containing the phoneme. We have also continued to practise reading words containing all the phase 3 phonemes. The children do still struggle with some of these so we have included them in this week’s homework for the children to have a practise over the holidays.

Phonics Play is a great website to use. Click here for a direct link and click on ‘Free Play’ for the free games.

Finger Gym

The children love tracing over letters so we changed the Finger Gym to a handwriting station this week. The children have to trace over the cursive letters in the different letter groups: zigzags, one-armed robots, curly caterpillars and tall ladder letters. They then have to practice writing them underneath.

If the children form all the letters correctly, they get a certificate.

We’re pleased to say that lots of children have received certificates already and they’re very motivated to receive them.

Some children receiving their certificates:

If you would like a copy of the sheets to take home and practice, please ask and we can get you some printed.

What else has been happening…

The children have been making Suncatchers. We watched a video on CBeebies – link here. Instead of making Easter Suncatchers (like the ones on the video), the children designed their own shapes. Some children took them home and some are on display in the classroom.

After months of listening to the song ‘Cheerleader’, we thought it was about time we bought some real pom poms. The children have been very excited and have loved making up their own routines.

Lastly, we have been catching up with the news on CBBC’s Newsround. One of the main stories was the exciting Champions League final on Saturday! Some of the children were getting very excited about the match (and being a Liverpool fan, so was Miss Hutchinson) so we decided to learn a little bit about Liverpool Football Club. We looked a map of the United Kingdom and talked about how long it would take to get there. We also found Kiev on the map and discussed how we could travel to Liverpool compared to how we could travel to Kiev.

Fingers crossed for the match on Saturday and we hope you enjoy the half term holiday.

See you in a week!

The RH team

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Outdoor fun in the sun in Nursery

May 25, 2018 at 10:31 am


Every week I download the photos of our week from 3 different ipads and I think you will agree we have done a lot of learning and playing using our amazing outdoor space. Some children visited the farm and chickens, others collected pond weed for our tadpoles and there was lots of fun had playing on the hill on tyres too…

As well as all the fun we have outside we have been learning a new phoneme. This week we have revised the phonemes we have learnt so far s, a, t, i, p and now we know ‘n’. We discovered it is a long sound and that objects like nuts, net, nine and Noah start with a n.

In our number work we have reached the number 10. We are practising counting claps and the beats of a drum as well as showing how to record 10. Most children did really well writing the figure 10. We continue to count down from 10 to 0 and up to 20/30.

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The last term will be soon upon us and this is when we will do our final trip in Nursery. Letters will go out after the holidays but so you can be prepared the dates are as follows:

Thursday 12th July (AM, WTF, plus other children)

Monday 16th July (PM, MTW, plus other children)

The trip will almost be a full day either starting early in the morning (8.30)  or 11.30. We will need a lot of volunteers in order for this trip to take place so please put the dates in your diaries. On the day your child doesn’t go on the trip they will do some transition time in one of the Reception classes.

Also this week, some indoor learning…

We hope you all have a super half term and we look forward to seeing you in June!

The Nursery Team

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This week in RF

May 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm


It has been another busy week in RF.

The week started with some children making a volcano in the sand area. They were talking about what it was and I asked them if they knew what volcanoes do. One child said they erupted but didn’t know what that meant so I suggested we use the internet to find out. Later they returned to the sand and asked if they could keep the volcano and they were told yes but they had to write signs to put on it so that other children would not disturb it. They did a fantastic job of making the signs.

In Maths this week the children have been practising doubling, halving and sharing. Of course things like this are made more exciting if the children can make something to eat so they toasted a slice of bread and cut it into two pieces the same size and knew they had two halves.

Other learning opportunities involved children using the internet to listen to music and join in with some dancing. The favourite at the moment is ‘The Greatest Showman’.

Our wonderful grounds have been used by the children this week to find things growing such as a tiny strawberry and to visit the chickens. Some children were interested in leaves so went on a leaf hunt to find different types. They found a great many and enjoyed making a collage with the ones they collected.

A group of children had great fun in the gravel pit making barbecue food for me to eat! Of course I told them it was delicious.

Next week is a half term holiday and the homework will be on reading. Please practise reading with your child at home. Play the key word games with them and practise the Phase Two and Phase Three phonemes from the sheet in your child’s communication book.

Have a lovely week,

From the team in RF

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This week in RF

May 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm


This week the children have been talking about the forthcoming Royal wedding. At the beginning of the week the children used the internet to find out who is getting married. They discussed what they would like to do during the week. They had lots of ideas and everyone was enthusiastic. As the week progressed the children made bunting and flags and worked together to ensure they ended up with flags they could wave. Some children wrote invitations and others made red jelly for everyone to eat. The children wanted to have their faces painted so most of them had something in red, white and blue. They knew that these colours represented our country because they are the colours in our flag. Finally today we played the games the children had suggested in our PE lesson and we had a picnic lunch outside with everyone dressed in red, white and blue.

There were other things happening this week. Some children made hot cross buns and everyone chose a picture of their favourite character or interest and wrote about it. The pictures ranged from castles to My Little Pony!

We learned a new but very tricky sound this week, ‘ure’ and continued to practise all the other Phase 2 and 3 phonemes. Next week we will be learning the ‘er’ sound.

Enjoy the weekend and the Royal wedding if you are watching it.

From all the staff in RF.

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What a lot of fun in RH!

May 18, 2018 at 1:34 pm


This week we have had the arrival of two new fish. We have opened up a competition for the children to decide on names for the fish. Thee names will be decided next week.

This week we have been learning about fish and how to look after them. We have also been learning about the Royal family and have been getting very excited about the wedding on Saturday. We have looked at the family tree, read a book named ‘Does the Queen sleep with her crown on?’ and have watched the changing of the guards on You Tube. We have talked a lot about where we live and that London is the capital city of England which is why the Queen lives there. We have also read the story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ which the children found very funny.

In maths, we have been revisiting addition. The children have been adding two groups together by counting on from the first number. For example, 5+6, the children start at 5 and then count on 6,7,8,9,10, 11. This is a really important skill for the children to learn. They have also been using drawings to complete additions and have been counting on using numberlines.

Fun in Reception:

Royal Wedding:


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