St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School

St Wilfrid’s
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 Class 1 2020-21


The children have been so enthusiastic about learning more sounds and have really enjoyed representing them in different ways while chanting the rhymes to help us form the letters correctly. I'm sure you will hear lots of 'round the apple and down the leaf' and the song 'a a ants on my arm' over the weekend!


On Monday we had our first Phonics lesson. We focused on the sound 's' and learned how to say it and write it. The children enjoyed a range of activities to help embed their learning including threading a 's' and making it into a snake, making a 's' in play dough and using our rhyme 'we slither down the snake' to help us paint a 's'!


You should have all now received information regarding the Curriculum zoom meeting which will be taking place on Tuesday 29th September at 6pm. The invitation for the zoom meeting will follow on Monday and we hope to see as many of you as possible on the night!


This week in RE, we continued the story of Creation. The children all took turns to add different items to our representation of The Creation Story. 

The children remembered lots of details:

"God made planets and the animals, he made the birds and the fish, the sky and the sea."

"He made the light and the moon, last he made people then he had a big rest."

"At first it was dark and then God made light. Then he made the sky and the clouds, then he made everything else. On day number seven he rested because he had done lots of work."


Today in RE we started to learn about The Creation Story and all the colours in God's Wonderful World. Each child picked their favourite colour ribbon and told the class why they had chosen it. The children had amazing ideas, red represented roses and fire from a dragon. White was fluffy clouds and snowflakes, green was leaves and apples growing on the trees, we even had a blue moon!


Welcome to our new Reception Class!


We have had a fantastic week getting to know all the children and they have been absolute superstars, especially the children who are new to St Wilfrid's School.

We are settling in great to new routines, snack time is proving to be very popular and the children are making lots of new friends. 


Class 1 2019-20

On Tuesday afternoon we went to Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm. We were very excited about going on the bus and enjoyed talking about the things we could see from our seat. When we arrived we ate our packed lunches before we had some time in the play barn. We loved climbing, jumping and sliding down the big slide while some of us had fun in the role play area. Next, we got to meet the different animals that the farm have living there. We fed baby lambs and stroked a range of animals from an alpaca to a big pig. Before we left, we made delicious milkshakes! First we chopped the fruit, then added ice cream and then it was blended with milk to create a smooth, frothy milkshake. Everyone enjoyed them, including the teachers! 

Thank you to the farmer and his staff for providing us with a wonderful experience which was fun and educational! If any parents are looking for a day out with their children we would highly recommend a visit! Have a look at their website for more information. 


"Who will help me make the bread?" said Mrs Harland. "We will" replied the children. This week we have been looking at the story 'The Little Red Hen'. After reading the story and learning how the Little Red Hen made the bread, we decided to have a go at it ourselves. The classroom smelt wonderful and the children really enjoyed taking their bread home for tea (if it got as far as home). 


In RE this week we focused on how and why we say sorry. We acted out the story of Zacchaeus and everyone made a movable picture of Zacchaeus coming down from the tree. We used the duplo and magnetic shapes to represent what we had heard in the story. 


On Friday 28th February we celebrated World Book Day. It was hard to recognise some of the children in their fantastic outfits. We had a fun and busy day with all our activities planned around some of our favourite stories. At the end of the day we enjoyed listening to stories in different classrooms and with different groups of children.


We incorporated our Valentines day celebrations into our maths activities this week. We did lots of weighing, measuring and talking about shapes. Everyone made a heart shaped biscuit and when decorating we investigated different ways of showing 8 using 2 different coloured smarties. 


In RE, we learned about the miracle healing of the man who could not walk at the pool of Bethesda. We talked about how lucky we are to have wonderful doctors and nurses who help to make us better. We had a lovely afternoon dressing up and pretending to be doctors and nurses. The playmobil hospital was a very popular choice for the children!



Kung Hei Fat Choi!

This week we have celebrated the lunar new year! This year is the year of the rat.


We added a panel to our dragon and performed our dragon dance for some of the other classes at school!   


We finished the week with a new year party where we ate noodles, prawn crackers, vegetables spring rolls and every child took a fortune cookie home! 


Dear Zoo

We found some strange parcels in our outdoor area...they were from the zoo!


They had sent us lions, monkeys, frogs and snakes. We thought they were very strange pets so we decided to send them back!



Autumn 2019

At the end of a busy week we celebrated by having our class Christmas party. We hope the children had as much fun as we did! 


We were so proud of each and every one of our children who sang their hearts out and never stopped smiling! 


The nursery children along with their parents and siblings were invited to a Christmas concert at Borrage House. We had great fun dancing along to the Christmas songs and also gave the residents a preview of our Nativity Play, which some of the residents came to see at school. We would like to wish everyone at Borrage House a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. 


For the last few weeks we have been exploring number 5. The children have enjoyed a range of activities including number formation in shaving foam, matching numbers to 5, addition and subtraction to 5, making 5 gingerbread men and becoming number 5 detectives in the classroom. A favourite for the children was learning about ordering 5 which came with a catchy jingle which we keep hearing in the classroom. 'I'm bigger than you, I'm smaller than you, diddly diddly do'


We had a very dull and sad Christmas tree in our investigation area. The children were the given the task of making decorations for it. They used their imagination to make their own baubles. We wonder if anyone will make a fairy for the top? 


The children were very excited to see that a Christmas tree had arrived over the weekend! The children have enjoyed acting out the nativity story with the small world and telling Christmas stories to the puppets. 


In RE the children talked about the start of Advent. Everyone made their own advent wreath using holly tinsel and pipe cleaner candles to take home. We made a class advent wreath using evergreen leaves for our Act of Worship table. We are all getting our hearts ready for Christmas.


Each week we practise our gross motor skills during our squiggle sessions. After dancing with our flipper flappers we recreate the shapes using different media. This week we had lots of fun making circles in the shaving foam! 


In RE we are starting to get ready for Advent. We heard the story about Angel Gabriel coming to see Mary to ask her to be the mother of God's son. We acted out the story using stick puppets and by pretending to be Angel Gabriel and Mary. We enjoyed making pictures of Angel Gabriel and wrote about what happened in the story and how Mary felt.


Our first 2 weeks back have all been about number 4. We have explored number 4 in a range of ways and enjoyed lots of practical activities in our learning.


This week in phonics we have been learning the sounds j, v and w. The highlight was definitely making jelly and then enjoying eating it. The children worked together to cut up the jelly cubes, melt the jelly by stirring in hot water and pouring it carefully into the mould. 


On Tuesday 12th November the nursery children joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate to plant snowdrop bulbs in Minister gardens. We are looking forward to going back in the Spring to see them flowering!


We hope you all have a fun filled week and we look forward to hearing about all of your adventures on the first day back, Tuesday 5th November!


For the last two weeks, the children have been learning all about number 3. They have been searching the classroom from top to bottom looking for anything that is either 3 or there is 3 of. We enjoyed hunting for triangles and cylinders as they both show 3, 3 sides on a triangle and 3 faces on a cylinder. The children learned how to play noughts and crosses and what numbers add together to make 3. 


This week in phonics we have explored more sounds and had fun doing practical activities to enhance the children's learning. A particular favourite was Rory the Robot which the children designed and made themselves by working together as a group. 


The nursery children had another wonderful visit to Borrage House. They loved going on the minibus and following the rhyming clues on our autumn hunt around the garden. Everyone had juice and biscuits before we had an exciting disco, dancing with pom poms. Before they left they visited some of the residents in their rooms and entertained them by singing nursery rhymes. 

Thank you to the staff and residents of Borrage House, we look forward to seeing you again soon!


All sealed and ready to go! The children worked very hard making their Gruffalo Crumble so we hoped they all enjoyed them!

Next, we had to prepare the crumble and the apple filling. We had to mix the flour and butter together using our fingers until it looked like crumbs, then we added the oats and brown sugar. The children were extremely careful while cutting up the pieces of apple and blackberries for the filling and enjoyed adding the secret ingredient, cinnamon! The children made their own individual crumble in a tray ready to go in the oven. 

One of our parents was kind enough to bring us some apples this week so we saw it as a perfect opportunity to bake some apple crumble to link with our new sound 'c'. The children started by weighing out all the ingredients. They concentrated very hard and worked together as a team to make sure they measured out the ingredients correctly. 


For the past 2 weeks we have been exploring number 2. We have been looking at how number 2 can be represented in a range of ways including different coins and the time of the day. The children dusted off their magnifying glasses and became number 2 detectives searching for anything they could find that showed 2. We were introduced to part part whole models and how 1 and another 1 makes 2. Printing, number 2 jigsaws and a shopping list of 2 proved to be great fun and the children got to show their knowledge and understanding of 2. 


In RE this week we have been looking at how God made us special. We explored what is different about us and how that makes us unique because there is no one else like us. We also read a very interesting book that had a surprise at the end!


Signs of Autumn have appeared in the foundation unit this week with pumpkins in our investigation station. The children have enjoyed using the magnifying glasses to observe what they look like and have even been ordering them by size from smallest to biggest. 


In phonics this week we have been looking at d, g and o. We have enjoyed having a go at fun, hands on activities to practice and help us remember each sound. We have made dinosaurs using a d, glittery gold g's and orange octopuses. 


In Mathematics we have been exploring all aspects of number 1. We watched our first Numberblock video where we met number 1. The children became number 1 detectives and created a table display of all the things they found 1 of. We learnt how to write the numeral for 1, we searched for circles around the classroom as they have one side and we found out what is one more and one less than 1. 


The nursery children have been learning about different fruits in God's world. They tasted mango, blueberries, passion fruit, grapes, apples, bananas, raspberries and pears. The children talked about their favourite fruit and joined in with a prayer thanking God for all the good things we have to eat.  


This week the children have been introduced to sounds p, i and n. We have enjoyed printing p's on a pink pig, making our own inky mouse and making group collages of things beginning with n. The children have been keen to independently practise their letter formation skills during child initiated learning time. 


A massive thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Reception information evening this week!

We hope you found it interesting, if you have any queries please come and see us. We hope the handouts that everyone received are helpful in supporting your child's learning. 


This week saw the start of our Phonics sessions. The children have been very keen to learn new sounds and consolidate their learning through fun and practical activities. So far we have learned s, a and t. We all got a phonics folder so we can share our learning at home with our parents and carers. Please remember to keep these folders in book bags as we will be adding new sounds on a regular basis. 


This term in RE we will be focusing on God's World, how we care for it and how God made us special. The children enjoyed using the small world resources to follow the 7 days of Creation Story. We finger printed a map of the world and decorated numbers 1-7 showing what happened on each day. 

Autumn 2019

This was the children's reaction to whether they had had a good first week at school! The children have had an amazing week settling into the Foundation Stage. We are extremely proud of how they have coped with a very busy and tiring first few days.

We look forward to having lots more fun next week, and the weeks that follow!



Summer 2019

On Tuesday 16th July the Reception Garden Centre opened its doors to parents and carers! The children were excellent shopkeepers and sales people making sure that they had the correct money and gave everyone the correct change. We sold parsley, basil, thyme and petunias which we grew from seeds. We had stalls selling peppermint cremes and beautiful artificial flowers which we had made. Following our exciting visit on Monday we had a last minute stall selling photographs of the day, which proved very popular! After browsing the stalls parents and carers enjoyed visiting our cafe. Thank you to everyone for your contributions, events like this make learning fun and real for the children! 


On Monday 15th July we had a visit from Ryan at Owl Adventures. The children were much braver than Miss Rimmer and Mrs Harland and showed the virtue of courage when holding geckos, cockroaches, spiders, snakes and owls! As well as having hands on experiences with the different creatures, the children learned lots about them which then inspired their learning this week!


On Wednesday, the sun shone for the FSU Sports Day! The children showed great courage and sportsmanship in front of a large crowd of very supportive and encouraging friends and families. Thank you to the SWA for organising refreshments at the interval and to our generous parents who helped to raise £80 through donations, we plan to put this money towards developing our outside area. The SWA have already provided us with the opportunity to buy new outdoor storage ready for September. Thank you to all the parents and carers for your continuing support over this year!


This week, Mrs Harland thought she had seen a fairy flying past the window and the children discovered we had had some visitors move into our outside area! We have had great fun playing imaginative games with our new fairy friends!


1st July 2019

During Sports Week we were lucky enough to have our own skipping workshop with George. We did lots of exciting activities which tested our balance, physical skills and also our listening skills. You can see from the photos that the children had a fantastic time and had lots of fun!


The nursery children had another wonderful visit to Borrage House care home on Friday 28th June to celebrate the 6th National Care Home Day! We had great fun playing with chocolate and lavender scented playdough, decorating stones, hand printing and were treated to a delicious cupcake and ice cream. Thank you once again to Borrage House for your amazing generosity and friendship!



WC 24th June

We have been looking at the story 'Mad about Minibeasts' this week to continue our Growing topic. After finding out lots about different insects and creatures, we decided we would like to invite more minibeasts into our outdoor area so we made a Bug Hotel! Mrs Harland's big boy Nick was kind enough to bring us some tiles and bricks which we could use. The children were very excited to make it more comfortable for the different bugs and used lots of different resources to do this. 

So far we have found snails, spiders, worms and ladybirds! But we think we may have been visited by a hedgehog as our pine cones had been knocked all over the grass!


The children have really enjoyed the RE topic of Our Church Family. After exploring St Wilfrid's Church on a school visit we turned our role play area into a church. The children have loved playing the different roles like a priest or a welcomer. We have used the wooden blocks to create our own churches, decorated our own tabernacles and wrote information leaflets about St Wilfrid's Church!


WC 17th June

We have had lots of fun planting some herb and flower seeds this week in preparation for our Garden Centre on Tuesday 16th July!

The children filled their pots half full with soil, planted the seed and then covered it over with more soil. They knew we needed to water the seeds to help them grow.


Our RE topic this term is Our Church Family. On Tuesday the Reception children visited St Wilfrid's Church and explored what we see in a Church. The children learned how to show their love for Jesus by dipping their fingers in holy water and making the sign of the cross and genuflecting in front of the tabernacle. 


We introduced our new theme this week, which is all about growing. We started our theme by looking at the story Oliver's Vegetables. The children learned about lots of different vegetables and how they grow. We had some fantastic writing going on about the story and children were exploring the large fruit and vegetable jigsaws. On Thursday we were able to look at the vegetables Oliver tried in real life and we even tried some of them on Friday. The children showed great courage in trying both beetroot and rhubarb!


The children have really enjoyed the topic of Traditional Tales over the last term. We decided to find out which has been the most popular tale in our class. We worked in groups to make our own pictograms and then made a whole class one to see which one was the overall favourite. Reception's favourite was.....The Runaway Pancake! This might have had something to do with making and eating real pancakes!


We know that May is special month for Mary the Mother of Jesus. We crowned our statue of Mary each day during our Act of Worship with the crowns the children had made. The children enjoyed singing the chorus 'O Mary we Crown Thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.'



In RE this term we have been looking at New Life. We went on a walk to look for signs of New Life around our school grounds. The children enjoyed using the iPads independently to evidence what signs they had found and added their pictures to our display.


Spring 2019 

This week the Nursery children were invited to a very special birthday party at Borrage House care home. Our friend Barbara was celebrating her 100th birthday! We had a teddy bears picnic and Barbara's 100 year old teddy bear joined in! 

Happy birthday Barbara! 


This week the Reception children have been on a trip to Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate! We had a workshop with Louise where we learnt how plants grow and spent some time looking for seeds around the gardens. We found lots! 


We also planted our own crocus bulbs to take home! 


Louise showed us the biggest seed in the world which was nick-named the 'Elephants Bottom Seed' - The children found this hilarious! Can you see why it might be named that?

In the afternoon we went on a treasure hunt! We were a little bit worried when our list told us to look for two lions...but very relieved to find that they were concrete and not about to gobble us up! Thank you to all our lovely grown-ups who volunteered to help on our trip! We hope you had as much fun as we did! 



This week we loved reading Superworm! We found a worm outside in the garden area and watched how it wiggled and squirmed - just like Superworm! This made us think about whether the worm we found might also have super powers...We use the internet and some information books to learn about how worms help our plants and gardens to grow by eating waste and making healthy soil! We all agreed that worms must be pretty super if they can do all that! 

We made a wormery to keep him in for a few days before putting him back in the garden to help our soil become really healthy! 




On the week we read 'The Snail and the Whale' we had a visit from a giant African land snail! The children were fascinated by it and loved learning about what it liked to eat and how it moved! Thank you for visiting us - enjoy your trip around the world with the whale! 




One week there was a shock visit from The Highway Rat who stole Mrs Alderson's  cake! All that was left were some crumbs on the plate, a few sneaky footprints and a hat! The children were busy for the rest of the week making wanted posters and warning the children in classes 2,3,4 and 5 that there was a greedy rat on the lose! 




This term we are thinking about our favourite Julia Donaldson stories! We chose our favourite books and brought them to life through drama, games and explored them in our writing and maths! 

Autumn 2018 


We are really proud of the fantastic Job all our children did in performing their nativity play. Thank you very much to all of our parents who have helped their children practise words and songs at home and thank you to our friends from Borrage House who came to watch. It was wonderful to have such friendly faces in the audience! 

We hope you have a very peaceful and happy Christmas! 


Thank you to everyone who came to our 'Stay and Play' morning! We hope you enjoyed spending the morning with your child at school. We were very impressed at how helpful the children were in showing you around our unit and explaining the different tasks we had to do! 


Our Christmas party!



We has a visit from some fire fighters! We were very lucky and had the opportunity to explore the fire engine before they were called away to an emergency! The children loved learning about all the special tools they could use. 




In preparation for Advent the children have been making Advent wreaths and begun to explore the story of the birth of Jesus. We learnt about the special message that the angel Gabriel gave to Mary. She was special and would have a baby boy names Jesus. 



The children have been busy baking Gruffalo crumble with Mrs Harland! The chopped, scooped, weighed, poured and baked their ingredients and even washed up their equipment!





We had a pumpkin themed week! We read 'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper, the children acted out the rhyme '5 little pumpkins' and made pumpkin soup! It was delicious!



In our maths learning we have been thinking a lot about the numbers 1-6 and in particular using dice to recognise groups of numbers. 

Some of the children even made their own dice in the creative area. They recognised that their dice needed flat faces, a different number on each side and that their dice worked much better when they were cube rather than cuboid shaped! 



Our interest in Autumn led us to start thinking about animals we see more often at this time of year. The children were really interested in hedgehogs and we explored our school grounds looking for some. We didn't find any but learnt that this is because they are nocturnal and like to sleep during the day. We also learnt that if we saw a hedgehog out in the day time it might mean it was poorly and it needed to go to the vet. Thinking of nocturnal animals and those that hibernate we collected leaves together to make warm and cosy beds for them. 


 We have continued to check our leafy beds but haven't managed to spot any signs of hedgehogs or other nocturnal visitors! 




Some of the children have been really interested in the changing weather and season. We have started a class collection of things we find outside that are clues Autumn has arrived! We have been looking at these closely and talking about what they are called and why they are signs of Autumn. The children have been really interested in this and have brought in all sorts of things - including a little pumpkin! 





This week we had a visit from an author called Eleanor McKone. She read us her book about a girl called Piper who visits Australia! She told us all about the animals that live there, including Koalas and Kangaroos! This really helped us in our phonics sessions this week too, as we were exploring the 'k' sound! The children sat beautifully and had lots of great questions to ask Eleanor!

 "How did you write the story?"                  "Have you ever seen a kangaroo?"             "How big  is the spider?"                    "Did you draw the pictures?"


 The start of the year has meant we have all  been busy making new friends, trying new things and exploring new areas in our environment. 

Here are a few ideas of what the children have been enjoying!






 Welcome to all our new Nursery and Reception children! 


  Reception cohort September 2018!

Summer 2018

We have been fascinated by the changes in our outside area as the days have become a little warmer! We noticed that our daffodil flowers had grown and that there are lots of new insects visiting them!  We talked about how the insects help the flowers to grow and wondered what else helps our gardens to grow.

We decided to turn our outdoor role play into a Garden Centre. We looked at some of the different things we would need to sell and the children thought of what we could call it! The children had some fantastic suggestions! We narrowed it down to 'Seedlings' and 'The Flower Pot'. We then voted to decide! 


We counted that 10 people wanted to call our garden centre 'Seedlings' and 13 people wanted to call it 'The Flower Pot'.


We started work writing signs, decorating, choosing what to sell and how much all our items should be.



The children have loved working in the garden centre. There has been lots of turn taking and conversations about what will help our gardens to grow. The seeds, garden tools and books have been very popular purchases! 



The children have also been interested in the insects that help our gardens to grow. We went on an mini-beast hunt around the school grounds and found ladybirds on leaves, worms and slugs under logs and we saw bees and butterflies visiting different flowers. We talked about these minibeasts help flowers and plants to grow by burrowing under ground and making healthy soil or by transferring pollen from flower to flower. 



We read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle and welcomed some extra special guests to our classroom - some caterpillars of our very own! The children have been looking after them really well and observing them very closely. We were fascinated to watch them get bigger and eventually grow into their cocoons! We have been writing about their changes in our caterpillar diaries and we can't wait to see what happens next! We managed to record some of their changes in a time lapse video which we have loved watching.


Whilst thinking about life cycles of insects and animals we had a visit from the Ebony at 'Northern Ballet' who led a workshop with us on the story of 'The Ugly Ducking', which is their upcoming show. The children loved taking part in exploring the story and trying out the different movements of the characters!


Spring 2018

We have loved playing in the snow both inside and outside the classroom!




This week we were shocked to find our outside area in a big mess! The children spotted some unusual footprints leading to the sand tray. 


We discovered a rather large egg! 


After lots of discussion we decided that the egg might belong to a dinosaur! 


We measured the egg and wrote letters to Andy Day from Cbeebies to ask for help in looking after the it. 


We created a dinosaur museum in our role play areas and the children had lots of fun making different discoveries to add to our museum collection. We have been thinking about measuring length and height this term so the children were very good at working out the sizes of the fossils! 


One child brought in a special fossil he had found on the beach on holiday. We looked at the pattern and talked about what animal it might belong to.                                                                  

We started to think a bout what dinosaurs might eat - just in case our dinosaur egg hatched! We learnt that some dinosaurs eat meat and we call them 'carnivores' and some dinosaurs eats plants and we call them 'herbivores'. We hoped the dinosaur in our egg was a herbivore! 


After a few weeks our egg hadn't hatched so we decided to give it a little help..


We were so relieved to find that the dinosaur inside was just a toy! It was a tyrannosaurus rex! Once we knew he wasn't going to eat us we decided to let him join the family of dinosaurs we have in our small world area. We think he'll be very happy with them! 

We spent the last week of term thinking about Easter and other animals that hatch from eggs, like ducks and chickens. We read the Ugly Duckling and made crispy cake nests for our little chocolate eggs. Some of our nursery children even went on an Easter egg hunt at Borrage House care home. We had so much fun there! 


Happy Easter everyone! 

Autumn 2017 

Welcome to our page! 

We have been at school for a few weeks now and everyone has settled in well. Below you can find out a little more about what we have been exploring in our learning so far! 

We started the term thinking about ourselves and our families. We painted self portraits, built houses and and talked about our families and friends.




We have been exploring how we keep ourselves healthy and fit. We talked about people who look after us such such and doctors, nurses and dentists and we created a doctors surgery in our outdoor roleplay area.


Harvest led us to think about healthy fruits and vegetables we can eat and we shared the stories 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett and 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra.   




The change in seasons led us to explore was 'Autumn' meant. We went on an Autumn walk around school and noticed that the leaves were falling from the trees and that it was getting colder! 




 Our exploration into Autumn led us to learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We acted out the Story of Rama and Sita, made and decorated our own diva lamps and we shared our learning with the whole school in sharing assembly. 



The darker evenings led us to think about nocturnal animals and animals that hibernate. We learnt some facts about hedgehogs and owls and some of the children worked hard building different homes for animals to hibernate in. 


In November we spent some time thinking about remembrance day. We made big poppies using paper plates and we talked about the remembrance day processions that would be happening at war memorials around the country and in Ripon.



The children loved exploring the colder weather, particularly the snow and ice! We went on a Winter weather walk and found all sorts of signs of Winter arriving. 



For the last few weeks of term we enjoyed learning about the birth of Jesus and preparing for our Foundation Stage Unit nativity performance of 'Whoops-a-Daisy Angel'. We made christmas cards and decorations, enjoyed dancing and the Christmas party and the children baked some gingerbread men to give as gifts! Merry Christmas everyone! 




Parents/carers and children of the Foundation Unit 2015-2017

Thank you for such a wonderful 2 years. I will be leaving with such reat memories of you all!


You came into my class, how well I remember.

Some of you were smiling and giggling a lot
Some were very quiet and a few tears I could spot

You came here to learn, to be taught how to read
You were then very much like a tiny new seed

You were all in my garden just waiting to grow
So this gardener got busy with her rake and her hoe

I fed you the water and let in the sun
You took in the soil, but we had only begun

Each day as I worked in this garden of mine
I saw you all growing so strong and so fine

Then finally one day I took a good look
And saw each of my flowers reading a book

It was obvious then that you had worked too
Soaking up all the food I had given to you

But although you have blossomed, you still need to grow
So I'll pass you on now to another gardener I know

She too has a rake and hoe she can use
And plenty of food from which you can choose

I hope you will keep your roots open wide
Take in all her food and keep it inside

Yes, a gardener can work all night and all day
But the flower must be willing to take in each ray

So work very hard in your garden each year
Do the best you can and you'll have nothing to fear

Grow strong and tall, reach up for the sun
Stay as nice as you are and have lots of fun.

Sports Day

We had a great Sports Day. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us!

Thank you for my surprise!! I can not wait to watch my beautiful rose bloom in my new garden.  


Stay and Play

Teddy bears picnic at Borrage House


Thank you Borrage House for such a lovely morning! We really appreciate your generosity.


June 2017

Making bath bombs

Thank you Izzy Anderson and Natalia for a wonderful sensory experience. The children got to touch and smell natural plants and food which could be used to make essential oils which we added to the bath bombs.

What a lovely morning and the Foundation Unit smelt amazing all day long!!

If you have any questions about this activity and would like to know more about essential oils please contact Izzy Anderson or One Happy Village Essentials on Facebook.

Learning about minibeasts at Harlow Carr

Practising the waggle dance. 

We practised flying like a bee with our flipper flappers collecting nectar and pollen from flowers and then we did the waggle dance. 


Well done for finding bee friendly plants in our outside area. 

All Stars Cricket

This week a coach from All Stars Cricket centre came to play cricket with us. The children really enjoyed this session!  We practised being a batsman and a fielder. 

Even Miss Miller had a go! 

For further information and to see if you would like your child to join this activity and game based programme please visit their website -

Closest All Stars Cricket centre- North Stainley CC

Thank you to the All Stars coach who came to teach us this fun sport. 

Blowing bubbles

May 2017

Class 1 wedding 

We read the story 'The Scarecrows Wedding' by Julia Donaldson. The children loved this book and decided to write wedding lists and pretend to get married! We had flowers, bridesmaids and rings....what more could you want! 

 Practising for sports day



We have been painting flowers in a vase. We looked at the shapes, colours and lines of our subject. We explored mixing colours with support and had great fun!! The results were stunning!!!

Fun outside

We loved using our mini-me's in Numeracy this week!

Cheep cheep cheep, who came to visit us?

Thank you to Borrage House for bringing these special visitors to our class. We are looking forward to a class vote to name your chicks and hope to visit them soon to see how they have grown.

Glitter fun in the mud kitchen

April 2017

Newby Hall Easter Egg

We decorated a massive egg that would be displayed over the Easter break at Newby Hall. Well done Class 1, we were rewarded with free admission tickets for the whole school.

Voting for our favourite Julia Donaldson story

Squiggle whilst you wiggle in the sunshine

We love P.E outside


April 2017 

Easter egg hunt at Borrage House for Nursery morning children

Mrs Harland went on a visit with the nursery morning children to see the residents of Borrage House. 

The children:-

  • Had a fun Easter egg hunt in the garden. 

  • Entertained the residents by singing Easter songs. 

  • Distributed Easter eggs to the residents. 

  • Enjoyed a delicious snack. 

Thank you to the staff at Borrage House. We hope to visit you all again soon! 

Chocolate fun!!!

Over two days the Foundation Unit have made Easter chocolate nests. It was a great learning experience! 

March 2017

Mystery in Class 1

We listened to the story 'What the Ladybird Heard'' by Julia Donaldson. 

The children found some footsteps on the playground. 

We found a map and went on a exploration around the school until the directions led us back to our playground. The children found some silver eggs. 

''it could be a chick''. 

''a snake's egg''. 

''We could get the vet to take an x-ray to see what animal it is''. 

''I will look after it''. 

''maybe Lanky Len and Hefty Hue tried to get it'. 

''it can't be a dinosaur egg as they are not alive''. 

''We need to keep it warm and comfy so that it will hatch''. 

The children were so excited by this new arrival.

They made; 

  • notes to tell people not to touch them. 

  • a nest for it to sleep in. 

  • a bird house. 


Zumba fun 

The Reception children enjoyed a zumba session as a reward for raising money for Lepra. 

10 in the bed.......

In numeracy this week we have been having fun practising taking away with teddies. 

February 2017

Class 1 Assembly - Going on a Bear Hunt

Here is the video in 3 parts, of the recent Class 1 Assembly.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3



Little Ripon Bookshop Visit

This afternoon the nursery children went to visit Gill at 'The Little Ripon Bookshop'. They had great fun listening to a variety of Julia Donaldson stories and met a Gruffalo.  As a special treat Gill provided juice and biscuits for our snack. 

Dont worry morning nursery children, it will be your turn soon. 

Thank you to the parent helpers who gave up their time to help Mrs Harland.

Stick Man fun at Harlow Carr

Reception children went to Harlow Carr this week. 

The children listened to the story 'The Stick Man' and went on his journey through the book. 

We identified different types of trees. 

 We threw our pooh sticks in the river and then looked at the other side of the bridge to see who won.

We then created our own Stick Man using sticks, ribbon, googly eyes and glue.  The children suggested to use the tops of acorn nuts to be used as hats for their Stick Men.

  Do you like our Stick Men?

 We went on the slide, practised our balancing skills and had lots and lots of fun. 

We loved playing in the 'Logness Monster' play ground.  

 Thank you to all the helpers who gave their time to come and help on the trip. It was a great success and could not have been possible without your support.

January 2017

Kong Hei Fat Choi

We had a special visitor this week. Mrs Alder came to tell us all about Chinese New Year celebrations. 

  We tried on some traditional Chinese clothes that Mrs Alder has collected from her many visits to Hong Kong. 

We made dragons.   

 We practised Chinese writing outside.

We wrote 'Happy Chinese New Year' cards in the mark making area. 

We created our next section of our dragon. 

 We used chopsticks and rice to practise our numbers.     Thank you to Mrs Alder for coming and sharing all her knowledge about China and Chinese New Year celebrations. 

We sang and danced to 'The Dragon Dance'

January 2017

In Literacy today we used descriptive language when we designed our wanted posters for the Highway Rat. 

''He has a pointy sword''. 

''He has whiskers tougher than wire''.

''He has a scary voice''. 

''He has big teeth and they are very sharp''. 

January 2017

The children have enjoyed listening to the story 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. This has inspired us to explore other stories she has created as our topic this term. I wonder what book we will read next? 


January 2017

Nursery have started 'Squiggle While You Wiggle'. These sessions will help them develop their motor skills and self-awareness ready to begin writing. 

January 2017

In Class 1 we have been enjoying reading the book 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. 

December 2016 

Foundation Stage Christmas Party

We all had lots of fun playing games, dancing and eating yummy food!


December 2016 

Foundation Stage Christmas Nativity 

December 2016

A Foundation Unit parent went to Nepal to visit the children's charity she supports. She came to tell our children about her experiences there.

November 2016

The children in our class have loved playing in the mud kitchen. 

November 2016

On Friday 18th November we raised money for Children In Need. We all dressed up as characters from Roald Dahl stories. 

November 2016

On Friday 11th November the Reception children visited Harlow Carr. 

We had great fun:-

  • learning about our five senses. 

  • making perfume from different herbs. 

  • creating a party hat from leaves, sticks and plants. 

  • listening to stories. 

  • making patterns on the grass with leaves.

  • playing pooh sticks on the bridge. 


November 2016

We have enjoyed practising our new phonic sounds in fun and creative ways.

Can you guess what sound we have been learning?

November 2016

Today we had a visit from Diana who works for Blue Cross. She brought in Charlie a real dog.

We learnt that animals are very special and before you get a pet you must research it's needs. 

Pets need:-

  • company

  • exercise

  • grooming

  • food 

  • water

  • healthy diet

  • fresh air

  • sleep

  • love

We learnt how to handle and stoke different animals gently. 


 We then got to stroke Charlie. 

Charlie could do some special tricks. 

 Thank you to Blue Cross, Diana and Charlie for visiting our class. 

October 2016

We have enjoyed celebrating Diwali this week by making rangoli patterns, reading stories and practising indian dancing. 

October 2016

Our class 'Tiger' had a poorly paw and was sent away to the vets. 

Sarah a veterinary nurse came into our school to speak to the children about her job. She brought some special resources for us all have a look at. 

When tiger returned we changed our role play area into a vets. 

October 2016

The children loved investigating the autumn area where they could use a magnifying glass to look at the objects and make different types of potions. 

October 2016

How to help your child at home

  • practise the sounds and letter formations we have learnt so far, these are in your child's phonics folder in their book bag.

  • read the books your child has brought home as often as possible (daily is best). Encourage sounding out each letter and blending them together to make a word. 

  • in everyday situations count and talk about numbers you see in the environment.

  • develop your child's independence in dressing and undressing. 

October 2016

Finger gym activities are so much fun especially when we use marshmallows!! We had 15 to begin with and we finished with that number. The children resisted eating them. Well done!!

We used glue and spaghetti to make glittery gold  'g's. 

In PE we are learning how to move in lots of different ways. 

We have also been practising the 5 basic shapes of gymnastics;-

  • straddle

  • pike

  • star

  • tuck

  • straight


October 2016

Useful websites

  •  What to expect, when? Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early year’s foundation stage

  •  Development matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

  • Jolly phonics YouTube (sounds in correct order)

  • Phonics play (£12 per year)

  • Jolly phonics

  • Oxford Owls reading

  •  Alphablocks cbeebies


September 2016

This week we have enjoyed learning the sound 'p' as we got to make some fairy cakes for Peppa Pig's birthday. 

They were very yummy! 

September 2016

We have been very busy developing our literacy skills since the start of term;- 

  • practising writing names. 

  • learning new sounds.

  • completing fun activities.

  • working on our fine motor skills with finger gym activities. 

September 2016

We have enjoyed having snack in our class and helping Mrs Harland with the snack board. 

We have been practising our phonics at snack time. What sound can you see?

September 2016

Welcome to the new nursery and reception children who have joined us this term. We are looking forward to a fun filled year ahead during which we will learn lots of new things together. 

Miss Miller and Mrs Harland 


July 2016

Thank you to all the parents/carers who came into our class to 'stay and play' for the first hour of the school day this week. It was lovely to watch the children show off their work and achievements they have made this year.

July 2016

In literacy this week we have been reading the book 'The Light House Keeper's Lunch' by Ronda Armitage. We created story maps to help us remember the key events of the story.

July 2016

All the children in our foundation unit have been busy changing our role play area into a church. We have used cardboard and cellophane to create stained glass windows this week.

Spring 2016

May 2016

The reception class went on a school trip to Harlow Carr. We explored many areas of the garden and took part in the 'Incredible Edibles' workshop.

We had a great time-

  • looking around the kitchen gardens to see the different types of vegetables and fruit growing.

  • planting our own lettuce to take home.  

  • learning about what vegetables and fruit grow under or above ground.

  • eating our picnic made by Mrs Jones.

  • smelling a variety of plants.

  • listening to stories such as, 'Peter Rabbit' and 'The Billy Goats Gruff'.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a successful day! 



April 2016

Thank you to the families who supported our fund raising event this Saturday. Mrs Harland and I had such a lovely morning with the children who attended.

We had fun-

  • baking and decorating cakes.

  • watching films.

  • eating special chocolate treats at snack.

  • riding the bikes on the big playground.

  • playing inside and outside.


April 2016

We have loved reading 'The Gruffalo' this week and have used this book to inspire all areas of our learning.

We created a story map.

We worked out money addition problems to help the Gruffulo buy two items.

We made owl ice-cream in the mud kitchen.

 April 2016

We have been investigating in our 'Finding Out About Forests Area' this week. On Wednesday we put natural objects from the forest environment in this area for children to explore. Children were so excited about this they brought items from home to share with the rest of the class.


April 2016

The children are so excited with this terms topic, learning about the different environments we have in our world. Some lovely forest and underwater environments have been made at home and these inspired lots of children to have a go at creating their own in our craft area.

April 2016

We investigated our school grounds to look for signs of 'New Life' as part of our RE topic this term.  The children loved using our cameras to take pictures of what they discovered.


April 2016

A parent was so pleased that in the Easter holidays her child could re-tell the Easter story and shared with us what happened.

'At lunch we were all having a chat and Granny asked ''Why are hot cross buns connected to Easter?''. None of the adults could answer so the child said he knew why. He then went to tell the whole story of Easter and Jesus dying on the cross. When he finished the story he said ''The cross on the hot cross bun is to remind us all that Jesus died on the cross'.

March 2016

We have been learning about the Easter Story this week. A child in our class created a cross and said ''I found two sticks to make a cross. Jesus dies on the cross, he came alive again. The angel said 'Jesus is alive'. Judas got off his chair and told the guards where to get Jesus. They gave him a thorn of crowns''.

We made chocolate Easter nests and whilst making his own he recounted the Easter story  ''He went up to heaven to see his father. The stone it fell over. Jesus to the garden. He saw Mary crying for Jesus. He said 'don't worry because he is here'.

March 2016

Today we made Easter nests to take home. The children loved watching the chocolate melt, mixing the ingredients and decorating their nest.


March 2016

In Numeracy this week we each measured our own mini-me with uni-fix cubes.

March 2016

We have enjoyed listening to different versions of the traditional tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We created a story map to re-tell the story.

We have been learning about length in Numeracy this week.  In small groups we measured each other to find out who was the tallest and the shortest. Even Miss Miller and Mrs Webber had a go!!!

The Nursery children enjoyed mark making with chalk this week during their  'Write Dance' activity.

March 2016

We have been looking at patterns in our environment. Would you guess this is a wasp’s nest? We think these Wasps must have been very clever!!!

In numeracy we have been making repeating patterns.

With help from Mrs Webber we have been recycling worn books to create an outdoor reading space. It is starting to look fabulous!

Feb 2016

Our work on fairy tales and traditional stories linked perfectly with World Book Day.

Everyone in the Foundation Unit celebrated this day by dressing up as a character from their favourite book. Ms Martin found it very difficult to choose the winners. ‘Stick Man’, ‘Elmer’ and ‘The Crocodile Who Couldn’t Swim’ were picked as the best outfits.


Feb 2016

Kung hey fat choi

Happy Chinese New Year

Mrs Alder came and visited our class. She told us all about Chinese New Year. We listened to the traditional story which explains how they chose which animal represents each year. This year is the year of the Monkey. We learnt about how people celebrate in China. We were very busy this week creating Chinese dragons with different media and so much more…

Everyone had a turn at playing Chinese music and being a part of the dragon which danced around our playground.

We got to try on beautiful Chinese outfits.

It was very tricky eating noodles with chopsticks. We also tried spring rolls, tempura prawns, chicken satay, soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce. Some of us found it quite spicy!

We had a go at our own Chinese writing. It was very tricky.

Can you guess what fruit we had today?

Feb 1st 2016

The traditional story which we focused on this week was the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’.


We investigated the story through the different areas of the curriculum. This is what we have been doing…

  • Created a puppet show.

  • We made bridges and practised our positional language in the water tray outside.

  • Retold the story in the role play area.

  • Listened to different versions of the story and looked at the similarities/differences.

  • We used our phonic skills to write about the story.


Jan 25th 2016

This week in the Foundation Unit we had a special visitor from fairyland……Snow White. 

Snow White had been having fun with Sage over the weekend in Ripon and loved showing her his tree house. However, when we arrived on Monday to meet her she had vanished. All that was left was her suitcase in the cottage. Inside this bag were all different types of props from the story such as, a poisonous apple and a magic mirror.

We had fun…

Reading and watching other versions of the story.

Producing a puppet show.

Writing the story.

Describing the story to other children in our reading area.

Acting out and pretending to be the characters in the role play area.

 Can you guess what traditional story we will be learning about next? There are three animals in it looking for sweet grass…

Jan 18th 2016

In the Foundation Unit this week we have been creating Sage’s homes. All the children helped design and make a tree house for our outside area. We had to work as a team to build and decorate our wonderful construction. Did you notice a magical forest appear outside over the weekend ready for tree house?

Thank you for all the parents for being so generous in donating used shoe boxes, we have enough now. With these we have started to make a cottage. This is a work in progress task with the children modifying it at different stages of its development. Please feel welcome to have a look. 

Jan 5th 2016

This week we introduced our fairyland topic.

We thought we saw someone peeping in the window. When we went outside to explore, a magical creature was hiding beneath a table.






We wanted to find out who and where he was from. So we asked him lots of questions. We found out his name is Sage and he comes from Fairyland. Sage has lots of fairyland friends who we also would love to meet.

We have been so excited about our visitor that we could not wait to explain about his sudden appearance to the nursery group.

We wonder what adventures we will get up to with Sage?

July 2017We have also enjoyed spotting different insects in our outside area and looking for safe homes for them