Happy Easter!

March 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm

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Well Spring is well under way and we have now reached the end of our second term. We think the children have worked so hard on becoming more independent, solving minor conflicts and remembering their manners. We think they deserve a holiday!

In our phonic sessions we have been sounding out simple CVC words and the children are very good at hearing the words. They are working hard trying to break words up and they are brilliant at rhyming and have started making up rhyming strings. After the holidays we will start learning some letter sounds as well as practising our sounding out, segmenting and blending.

We have been learning about the number 5 and what 5 is and how to record it – 5 circles, 5 lines and writing the number 5. We also went on an Easter egg hunt and had to count all the eggs and find out if we had enough for 1 each or 2 each! We counted 2 lots of 24 eggs so we all got 2 each. Great problem solving.

In between learning our numbers and phonics we have been busy discussing the Easter story and how Christians celebrate Easter, making Easter cards and Easter nests, rainbow toast, treasure maps and hunt aboard the pirate ship and  playing with our friends…

Easter Egg Competition

Well done to everyone who entered the competition. Well done to Caitlin and Frederike who won from Nursery.

We are hoping to do some gardening work in outdoor area after the holidays, so if you have any spare large plant pots, compost or plants you’d like to donate we would be very grateful.

Have a fantastic 2 weeks, we look forward to seeing you on Monday 16th April.

The Nursery Team

 

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This week in RF

March 29, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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This week the children seem a little bit tired, perhaps they are ready for a break!

The children had the opportunity to learn about why Easter is celebrated by Christians. We talked about different religions celebrating different events and then they listened to a children’s version of The Easter Story. Easter cards were available for the children to make and they all made an Easter nest. Eggs at Easter symbolise new life and we had a chat about why some of the children receive eggs at this time of year.

Many children were keen to write this week for lots of different purposes. Some children painted pictures and then labelled things on their picture. Others wrote in their Easter cards. On Wednesday all the children wrote their names and the names of fallen RAF airmen on aeroplanes which they then decorated.

Some children went to the farm and planted sunflowers. It would be lovely if they brought photos in when they grow.

Many children entered the decorated egg competition. There were some wonderful entries and Claire the cook chose the winner. Well done Zakariya.

Have a lovely break everyone, from the RF team.

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Happy Easter from RH

March 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm

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We have had a super week in RH and we can’t quite believe it’s the end of term already.

Easter

We have talked about the changing seasons and how our environment will start to change now that Spring is around the corner. We have also talked about the Easter story and have made Easter cards as well as a chocolate Easter nest. Before making the nests, we completed an experiment to see how long it would take the children to melt a piece of chocolate in their hands. There were lots of sticky hands! The children were able to describe the process of the chocolate melting as it first became sticky, then it started to melt and become more of a liquid.

Story Competition

We have continued our learning about owls this week and have re-read the story ‘Owl babies’. As the children are now familiar with this story, we retold the story and discussed what happens at the beginning, the middle and the end of the story. This then prompted the children to write their own stories, so we held a story competition this week – the winners will be announced after the Easter holidays.

All the stories that the children have written are on display in the classroom so please do come and have a read. They have done a great job.

RAF 100 Event

Please click here for a link to Mr Harris’s blog which explains how the school has taken part in this event.

All the children contributed to the event by designing a paper aeroplane and writing the names of  the 4805 members of the RAF who lost their lives during the First World War and are buried across the UK.

Esme’s plane had the name of a WW1 RAF pilot from Farsley who died in training, Captain Charles Butler so she accompanied some of the older children for a service at St John’s church in Farsley.

Keep an eye out on Look North this evening and you may spot her!

Well done to all the children who entered the Decorated Egg Competition. Congratulations to our winner, Annie.

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Pyjama Evening

March 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

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Thank you to all the families that came to the pyjama reading evening.
Here are some pictures of the fun we had:
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RH

March 23, 2018 at 3:52 pm

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Literacy

In literacy, we have been doing some handwriting and spelling practice. The children need to be able to spell many words correctly in order to reach a good level of development at the end of the year. This week we have focussed on: to, the, be and he. We have also taught the /ow/ phoneme.

We have read lots of books this week with the children. During our reading sessions, we have focused on making predictions and have introduced the children to ‘Prediction Pip’ who encourages the children to predict what will happen next.

Handwriting

We learn to form letters in different groups as letters tend to follow different patterns. We use these resources in school:

Maths

In maths, we have been completing lots of number work. We played a game where the children were shown a number of objects for a couple of seconds and they then had to say what the amount was without counting. This process is called ‘subsidising’. We then moved onto identifying numbers on ten frames and then solving problems using ten frames.

To support with problem solving and mathematical thinking, we completed an activity using grapes. The children each had 5 green and 5 red grapes to put on a skewer. Lots of learning took place whilst the children were arranging their grapes including pattern work, doubling, one more/one less and so on. The children then practically took grapes away by eating them and then showed their subtractions on ten frames.

We have also been completing lots of shape work. We have been looking at 3D shapes and describing their properties. They have enjoyed listening to this catchy song:

 

Nocturnal animals

The children have also been very keen to learn about nocturnal animals this week. We have read lots of owl stories and have been learning facts about nocturnal animals.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The RH team

 

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A very busy week in Nursery

March 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm

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Thank you to all the parents who attended parents evening. It was great to catch up with you all as to how well the children are doing. It is at this time of year we really see the children becoming more independent. If you didn’t manage to get an appointment please let us know as we can arrange another time which is more convenient. To develop the children’s independence further we are encouraging them to try and solve minor conflicts with their friends by using their words.

A few children love anything messy and during a parent evening a little girl suggested making more slime. So this week we made slime. The challenge was to ensure everyone had the colour of slime they wanted! The children loved the fact they could roll it in to a ball before it dripped out of their hands!

In our Literacy we have been busy practising making silly soup using objects which rhyme like log/dog and hat/cat. The children are doing well blending 3 letter sounds to hear a word like c-a-t = cat. After Easter we will be starting to learn letter sounds, the first ones being s, a, t.

Our story this week has been ‘The Easter story’.  We started by talking to the children that not everyone believes in Jesus and some people say prayers to a different God. We talked at length about Jesus and when he was born, that he was a kind man and some people didn’t like him. We also looked at hot cross buns and saw the cross on them. We enjoyed eating them too!

Next week we will recap the story and look at how Easter is celebrated.

In Mathematics we have been learning about the numbers 3 and 4:

  • Listening to the beat of a drum and counting quietly
  • Clapping and jumping 3 and 4 times
  • Recording 3 and 4 by drawing pictures or making marks

The rest of the week has involved singing, writing stories and acting them out, music, playing with friends, making masks, playing the lava game, practising writing and cutting skills, baking, building and playing in purple sand…

Hopefully you all enjoy a milder weekend! We look forward to seeing you on Monday. Don’t forget we break up for the Easter holidays next Thursday.

The Nursery Team

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