Carlton Junior and Infant School

Carlton Junior and Infant School

Dream - Aspire - Achieve Beyond Excellence

Dream - Aspire - Achieve Beyond Excellence

Carlton Junior and Infant School, Upper Road, Dewsbury, WF13 2DQ

01924 325265

Reception Saplings

Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Saplings class page

Where the journey begins…

We are Miss Hewitt and Mrs Sajjad  and we are the adults that will be working with you this year.

If you would like to get in touch with us in regards to any questions or queries that you may have, we will be more than happy to help! Please contact us on the following email address's:

Summer 2024




EYFS children enjoyed making banana split during World Fairtrade Fortnight.  The children used fairtrade ingredients  to make their delicious banana split. It was a big hit as they all devoured it!




During outdoor play, children used their number recognition skills to match the numerals to the number of spots.



In English, children used their phonological awareness to find all the rhyming words.





EYFs children collaboratively created a story map for The Train Ride. They retold the story and even acted out some scenes.



The children used the tens frame to subtract some number stories. They also attempted to write subtraction number sentences too.



During outdoor play, children had fun creating a car wash. They scrubbed and rinsed without any hesitation.  The children loved talking about their own experience at the car wash!



EYFS re-enacted Midsummer Nights Dream as part of our Shakespeare Workshop.


Gallery 2023 - 2024


  • Saplings have settled in well and have enjoyed exploring the reading area.



  • Saplings have created a building site in their outdoor area. Please wear a hat and be cautious!





  • Saplings ventured out of the classroom to the forest school to create natural portraits. We used leaves, sticks and chestnuts to create our self portraits.






  • EYFS had a messy morning practicing our phonics letters in shaving foam. We talked about texture and smell and one child said it looked like “santas beard.”




  • Saplings ventured out of the classroom to the forest school to create natural portraits. We used leaves, sticks and chestnuts to create our self portraits.




  • Saplings had fun on the outdoor gym working on our gross motor skills as well as our coordination and balance.



  • Our topic this half term is ‘Marvellous Me’ so today EYFS created self portraits using natural materials. We learnt how important it is to be able to represent ourselves for others to see but also how everyone is different.



  • As the weather starts to change, EYFS have started to learn about Autumn and what happens to the leaves in Autumn. This morning, we tried painting with broccoli instead of using paintbrushes.



  • Can you believe it is only week 3 in EYFS for these children? Look at this writing!



  • Another fantastic morning in EYFS with more self portraits created.


Jeans For Genes Day!

  • Thank you so much for your donation. Your fundraising effort will make a big difference to children and families affected by genetic disorders.


World Teacher Day

  • EYFS celebrated World Teachers Day by saying thank you for all the hard work they do!




Mental Health Day

  • Tea and talk in EYFS this morning with a reading twist. Parents appreciated the opportunity to read with their child as they don’t always have the chance with busy home lives.





  • In EYFS, we celebrate every achievement and celebration including birthdays. Children get the opportunity to wear the birthday hat and everyone sings happy birthday.


Special guests

  • Saplings had a visit from the English department at @BradfordCollege this morning. Lovely to have the lecturers to help with our phonics and letter formation.



  • EYFS had their first music lesson with Mr Isaac today. We talked about how music makes us feel sad and happy.




  • New musical instruments have arrived in EYFS and we are slowly creating a band. Check back here for updates soon...



  • Can you guess which nursery rhyme we have been learning in EYFS?




Flying Fridays

  • EYFS learnt some fun facts about France this afternoon. They tasted croissants, painted French flags, created their own Eiffel Tower masterpieces and sang ’Frere Jacques’.



  • EYFS had lots of fun learning about Mexico where pumpkins are believed to have originated from. The children tasted tortilla chips and even danced the Flamenco!





  • EYFS children consolidated their learning of the number three by having a teddy bears picnic and counting three items for each bear. They also drew pictures of three things on the playground as well as counting three colourful ice cubes.




  • EYFS have been busy applying their maths learning independently in the provision by sorting beats by colour.







  • EYFS have been creating their own repeating patents within the provision.



  • EYFS have learnt a new sound today. Check it out below... 



  • Yesterday in phonics, the children practiced writing j using their tummies. This strengthens their core muscle and particularly the boys enjoyed this.


  • EYFS children loved making a music wall and explored the different sounds by hitting a range of objects.




  • EYFS took their learning outside by sorting natural objects. As well as developing their fine motor skills the children counted the number of natural objects they had in each basket.








  • We are so happy with our new whiteboard for outdoor Learning.


  • EYFS children practised using their scissor skills to cut colourful spaghetti using bilateral coordination and sensory awareness.



  • EYFS have been learning how to take care of Simba the Rabbit. The children now have the responsibility of cleaning, feeding and ensuring Simba has water daily.



  • EYFS parents learning all about RWInc in reception. Fred fingers was a great hit and we can’t wait to see how parents support their children moving forward.







  • EYFS children and their parents had a busy afternoon during the Pumpkin Stay and Play. They even had lots of yummy party food to finish the day. Thank you to everyone who came and made it special for the children. 





  • The rain didn’t stop the children in EYFS having fun. The children explored making secondary colours by mixing the primary colours together. One child said “Colours are exploding!”



  • Eyfs were exploring their senses yesterday with this fabulous tuff tray activity. One child said ‘The Vicks rub makes my nose tingle’ while another child said ‘ the flowers make my nose open wide’


Room on the broom 

  • Having learnt about witches this week, EYFS have been broomstick mad in preparation for their witches and wizards party next week.



  • EYFS children demonstrated some good strength, balance and coordination skills during this weeks Gym session.


Pumpkin soup 

  • Pumpkin Soup has arrived in EYFS. This morning consisted of lots of investigation, curiosity, mixing and scooping.

  • Pumpkin soup upgraded to the water tray today, where the children continued to scoop the seeds before using the pumpkin as a mixing bowl for their witches spell.



  • The construction area was busy with teamwork and imagination today as the children worked together to build a witches house ready for Halloween.



  • After reading ‘Little Red Hen’ EYFS children learnt about how perseverance and hard work pays off, as well as being selfish does not benefit you. They then had lots of fun with flour sensory activity during outdoor play and explored making rainbow bread by using food colouring. 

  • EYFS children explored ice around the playground last week. They said “It’s slippy, hard, frozen and sparkly”.


Witches and Wizards

  • Witches and Wizards in EYFS all ready for a fun packed day!


Firework extravaganza

  • The bouncy castle has arrived ready for our Firework Extravaganza.


Remembrance day

  • EYFS have started to learn about Remembrance Day within provision today. They focused on the red poppies today and recreating these in different ways.


Kindness day

  • EYFS have celebrated Random Acts of Kindness day by giving flowers to our special adults. The children would like to say thank you for all your support in helping us settle so well at Carlton.

  • EYFS continued their random acts of kindness today by decorating biscuits and giving to their friend.

  • Eyfs continued their random acts of kindness by making their teachers a cup of tea and biscuit. We hope the teachers take a break to enjoy their cup of tea.


EYFS open evening

  • Thank you to all the parents who attended the EY Open Evening this evening. It was lovely to see new faces, as well as those familiar faces too. We look forward to welcoming children in September to our new cohort.

  • Thank you to the parents who attended the EYFS maths workshop this morning.



  • After learning about Diwali the children in EYFS created Rangoli patterns, threaded coloured pasta and decorated mehndi hands during outdoor play.


Three Billy Goats 

  • EYFS children worked collaboratively to build a bridge for the 3 Billy Goats. They then tested it to see if was a strong and stable structure.

  • During outdoor play EYFS children used all the resources they could find to build a bridge for the 3 Billy Goats.



  • Christmas has arrived in EYFS ready for 1st December. We cant for all the Christmas activities to start next week.




  • Introducing this years Santas Little Helpers. We will be available every day to deliver Santas post from the post box. We look forward to meeting you all.



  • Christmas has arrived within the provision today.


  • The Naughty Elf strikes again!



  • A festive stay and play session in EYFS with lots of parents in attendance. Thank you to all the parents who attended the session and completed so many Christmas crafts.


  • EYFS had a lovely festive Christmas lunch today. Thank you to the cooks for our lunch.


  • EYFS have really embraced the Christmas spirit today by wearing our Christmas jumpers. We know that Christmas is a time for love and giving.



  • EYFS had a visitor this morning for all the children on the ‘nice list’. Santa hopes you all enjoy your presents and well done for being on the nice list. We hope this continues next year.


  • A party in EYFS isn’t complete without a game of pass the parcel.



  • Beethoven is EYFS‘s composer of the term. We have learnt all about him in school and our learning has extended to home. This canvas was created at home with parents support to recognise Beethovens work.


Post office

  • EYFS are walking to the local post office to post our letters to Santa. Hopefully we are all on the nice list.

  • We bought our own stamps from the post office to put on our letters to Santa.

  • We have successfully posted our letters to Father Christmas. we look forward to a reply to say if we are on the nice list this year.



  • EYFS learnt all about Christingle today and then had a go at making their own. We learnt the orange represents the world and the red tape is God’s love for the world. We then added sweets to represent God’s gift to us.



  • EYFS had fun decorating their crowns when learning about London. They learnt about the vibrant culture and the famous Landmarks such Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Eye and Buckingham Palace.



Stockeld Park

  • EYFS have arrived at Stockeld Park and were met by Santa. He was shocked at how all the children are on the ‘nice’ list. It was lovely to meet Santa. Hohoho 



  • EYFS have entered the Enchanted Forest.



  • EYFS have discovered lost treasure at Stockeld Park today. 



  • After learning about Germany EYFS had a go at building castles just like the grand castles in Germany like Nueschwanstein and Hohenzollern Castles.



  • A fantastic morning was had by the EYFS children today preforming Wiggly Nativity. The children have been practicing so hard and we were so happy to finally preform to all the parents. We hope you all enjoyed.



  • EYFS and KS1 have arrived at a magical Sundown Adventureland.


Party games

  • The children in Early Years enjoyed playing board games on the last day of term. They were able to take turns, think critically, problem solve and build communication skills.



EYFS children enjoyed planting cress and broad beans. they said “Plants need water and sunlight to grow”.


Winnie the Pooh day 

The children in EYFS learnt about Winnie the Pooh today. They were reminded about being brave and the joy in little things. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”.

To continue their learning about Winnie the Pooh, lots of the EYFS children went home and watched an episode. Parents couldn’t believe how focused the children were over the weekend.


National cheese day

The children in EYFS enjoyed tasting different types of cheese on ‘National Cheese Day’. They learnt that cheese is made from milk and although cow’s milk is popular, buffalo‘s milk, sheep’s milk and goats milk are also popular around the world.



Can you guess what we have been trying to draw in EYFS today? A clue: it links to our topic, Outdoors



After reading the story The Giant And The Beanstalk EYFS children podded some beans, planted flowers and sorted a variety of beans.


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Gallery Archive 2022-2023

Summer 1

Our World

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The children have decided to create the planet earth using cotton wool pads pipettes and water based paint to represent the land and the sea as watched how they merge together.

Traffic Lights

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Saplings have been learning all about transport this morning. They made their own traffic lights in provision.

Worm Hunting

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Worm hunting in EYFS this morning. Did you know worms don’t have eyes?

Eid Mubarak 2023

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The children thoroughly enjoyed the Eid festivities at school today. They all had an opportunity to go on the bouncy castle, buy sweet treats and raffle tickets to win some amazing prizes!

Raising Money for Charity


A big Thank you to K.A for raising lots of money for the Social Action Project. We all raised a total of £376 for the Moonlight trust and £376 for the One Nation charity. Thank you for your kind donations.


Kings Coronation

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What a fun filled day we had in Early Years for the King’s Coronation! The children started the day with dough disco coronation then sang ‘God Save the King’ in assembly with great enthusiasm. We later had lunch in the classroom and were happy to see our parents joining in.



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Saplings loved learning about past and present transport and had fun playing with some vehicles on the track during outdoor play.



After reading ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ Early Years children made a big boat just like the one in the story and counted the total number of people in the boat by adding one more each time.

Music and Singing 

EYFS have been enjoying singing nursery rhymes at every opportunity. Can you believe some of these children had very little English when they first started and now they are forming full sentences and singing with their friends. Please click on the link to watch the video.

Pictures through Shapes

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The reception children created some transport pictures using 2d shapes. They could even name the 2d shapes they used!

Outdoor Play

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During outdoor play reception children had lots of fun skipping. They even skipped in pairs!

Life Skills


EYFS children are learning the valuable lesson of cleaning up after themselves and promoting independence.


Welcome to Saplings 


This week we welcomed a new addition to our cute little rabbit Simba. He is our new class pet which all the children will be encouraged to help to look after him. 

Spring 2023

Our Art Work


  This half term we have really enjoyed using the painting easel to create different art work with paint and paint brushes, lots of children made artwork using their own experiences.


Outdoor Play


 We are focusing heavily on the outdoor play and exploring the outdoor area. Carlton have bought some new and exciting resources for our outdoor area such as balls bats hoola-hoops skipping ropes stilts and much more to enhance our play. Over the next few weeks the children will explore the new resources.


Playing in the snow


 Today we played out in the snow! The children loved watching the snow fall catching it in their mouths their hands and throwing small snowballs. Some children said this was the first time they played in the snow and really enjoyed exploring the different affects of the snow such as: melting on the floor.


 Chinese New Year Workshop


 Today in our class we asked all parents to join us to help to celebrate Chinese New Year, lots of our parents joined us and joined in with the activities set up. 

 We tried noodles for the first time in school, made Chinese lanterns using collage materials, we cut our our own Chinese lanterns, we made envelopes with money and sweets in and much more.

 The activities were greatly enjoyed by both parents and children.


Creating natural faces


 The children created their own faces using natural resources, they were encouraged to look into the mirror and replicate what they could see with a range of different materials. When the children first started they made the same faces and we have looked back at the first portraits they made and looked at the differences between them. We also looked ahead and discussed what differences we might have when we are grown up. 


Reading with year 5


 An exciting opportunity has arose in early years where the year 5 students read to early years, each child gets an opportunity to read a book with the year 5's and use language to explain about different parts of the story. Each week the children will come to early years to read with the children. 




 In maths this week we have learnt how to pair different items up, here the children have used wellies to match them correctly. The saplings children loved this game.


Making a kite

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 Using a black bin liner, string and Sellotape children enjoyed making kites and going onto the mugger to fly their kites they had make. This encouraged the children to become creative using simple resources to create amazing results. 


African animals


 Our term for this half term is animals and this week we have focused on African animals, the children increased their knowledge by role playing African animals, drawing which animals they think live in Africa and reading books along with lots of other activities. 


Baby animals


 The children in Saplings have spoken about baby animals and which animals have which parents and the correct name for each baby animal. The children explored activities such as: matching games, mark marking, colouring and painting the animals.


Our pets


 The children have been talking about which pets they have at home and drawing these animals, they also discussed which animal they think would make the perfect pet and gave reasons for why they thought this.


Recognising numbers


 Some children in saplings enjoyed rolling the dice and recognise the number on the dice depending on the amount of dots shown, they were then encouraged to represent the number using small blocks.




 The children were all asked to sort block towers into the correct order depending on their size. Most children could sort the blocks into the correct order. 


Numbers Day


 Today in saplings we all dressed up as our favourite number, all the children made a huge effort and used their imagination to create tops, hair styles and accessories with numbers on. We focused heavily today on numbers and why numbers are so special to us and where we use them in every day life.


Guide Dog


 The amazing guide dog Oasis came to visit us today, we learnt about the amazing work that a guide dog does and why they have their special job. We all took turns to stroke the dog and some of us even fed the dog its treats. We invited parents to also join us with siblings to see the guide dog.


Library Visit


 Today we visited the library as a whole class, we walked from school to the library with our teachers and loved seeing all the new and exciting books in the library we could access. Whilst at the library, Janice read us some books, we played games and sung lots of songs that we joined in with before walking back to school again.


Butterfly Day


 Today was butterfly day, we had lots and lots of fun! We raised lots of money for EDS charity through bun and cake sales, bouncy castle, Mendi, face painting, butterfly crafts and much more. All the children took part throughout the school and was lovely to see the excitement shared by all. 


Bring a parent to school day


 Today was bring a parent to school day, we had so many parents attend it was lovely to see, the parents were showed out morning routine from the register, morning starter books and phonics to our amazing continuous provision.


Pancake Day


 Today was pancake day the children loved watching the adults make the pancakes, it took a few attempts but we got there in the end, they enjoyed helping pour the ingredients together and shaking the mixture together. The children also enjoyed trying the pancakes some had sugar and lemon and some has syrup. 


Making Mud Pies



 Today was visited the forest school to make mud pies, by collecting lots of resources from the forest floor such as mud, twigs, leaves, acorns, stones and flowers they mixed them all together using sticks they found or spoons. The children loved to dig the mud up and create their own mud pies. We added water to all the ingredients to make it bind together when mixing.


Our gym equipment


 The children loved visiting the mugger with the gym equipment on, they used many skills we have learnt in our various P.E lessons to become successful at climbing and other physical activities.


Reading Breakfast  


  The reading breakfast was very successful, thankyou to all the parents who attended and read books with their child whilst having some special breakfast items that were provided.


World Book Day

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Today was world book day, all children made a huge effort to dress up as their favourite book character, also all the staff dressed up as a character from Alice in Wonderland and decorated our classroom door. We joined in with a parade of our costumes throughout the school and the teachers picked the best dressed child from each class. Also on world book day Ms Mahmood came to read our books we brought from home which all the children enjoyed.


Our Chicks

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In reception this half term we have looked at life cycles, we ordered some eggs so we could watch them hatch in our class. We have welcomed 4 healthy chicks into our school, their names are: Matilda (yellow), Dottie (black with yellow head), Nugget (black) and Wednesday (grey). When they are big enough they will be living in our chicken coup in the top field.

Exotic animal visit

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This week is British science week and we had the pleasure of meeting lots of different exotic animals, most of the children had not seen these animals before such as, a snake, a bearded dragon, Guinea pigs, gecko and much more. The children were very brave even though sceptical at first most attempted to touch the animals and ask the handler questions about each animal.


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In EYFS this week we have focused on planting and growing over many aspects of our subjects, we planted sun flowers into large pots and they have started to grow! The children have loved looking daily at the sunflowers to see who's is growing the tallest and which they think will produce the best flower. We have also planted cress seeds and they have grown super fast, the  next step is making and eating egg and cress sandwiches.

Number bonds to 10


In maths we are focusing on number bonds to 10, the children have quickly grasped the concept of number bonds and even learnt a new song. Why not as your children to sing the song to you? 

3D Shapes


Alongside number bonds we have also began to learn 3D shapes and what shapes we can see in our environment, lots of children already know lots of 3d shapes and their names so as a parent you could ask your children the shapes as you are out with them in your house or local area.



In EYFS we love the snow, all children enjoyed playing outside in the snow and throwing snow balls, mainly at Mrs Wood, catching the snow in their hands writing their name in the sand, seeing who could throw the highest snowball against the wall and generally exploring the changes in the weather. 

Red Nose Day

Today was red nose day for comic relief all children were encouraged to come to school in something red, the children all looked amazing. We then spoke about comic relief and how they help others around the world and asked EY to tell us what they would do for red nose day.

Exploring Properties of 3D shapes


Today in maths we have focused on properties of 3D shapes, we used a ramp to see which shapes would roll, slide and build.

World Down syndrome Day


We celebrated world down syndrome day today by wearing odd socks to school and talking about everyone's differences from each other and what makes each of us unique and special. 

Our winners of progress in reading.

Well done to the two children who won free books for trying really hard and having amazing progress in reading this term.


Petting Zoo Visit


Today the amazing petting zoo came into Early Years for us all to pet the different animals, they brought in 4 chicks a hen a cockerel, bunnies who were only 3 weeks old, a guinea pig and 3 adult rabbits. The children absolutely loved this opportunity to hold, pet and see the animals running, jumping, flapping and hopping around.

Ramadan Mubarak


In EY today we have discussed Ramadan and what it means to us as a person and a school, children enjoyed sharing first hand experiences and telling their friends what they do during Ramadan and also what their families do.

Reading at the park


The whole school walked to the park today as part of our reading month they  enjoyed sharing books with partners in groups as a whole and individually, they really enjoyed having a different experience when reading.

Shakespeare workshop


In the Shakespeare work shop the children enjoyed re-enacting the story of the Tempest and playing some small games with the lady delivering the workshop.

Tatty Bumpkin Yoga

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The amazing Tatty Bumpkin company came in today to teach our children a yoga lesson, they enjoyed following the story of the mermaid and incorporating it into a yoga routine. We was encouraged to stretch up high and low and we also practised our breathing to help us feel calm and relaxed.  

Easter Hunt

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This week the whole school completed an Easter egg hunt, the eggs were hidden all over the grassed area and the children raced to find the eggs, once the eggs were all found they were equally shared out between them all. The children loved doing the Easter egg hunt.

Our Farm Trip

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Our amazing farm trip to Swithens Farm this year for our annual farm trip, this year the children have loved feeding and petting lots of different animals, we saw new born lambs, pigs, lamas, donkeys, chickens cows and many more animals. 

The Colour Monster 


We have been reading The Colour Monster as our core story and discussing our feelings. The children then created sensory bottles, each child was asked how they were feeling and depending on their feelings they created a different coloured sensory bottle using different media in that colour. 

 Our Self Portraits



We have created our own self-portraits using natural resources, we had different choices such as conkers, shells, leaves, sticks and string. Each child was encouraged independently to create their own self portrait with different natural resources of their choice.

Representing number 3



We have been learning our numbers in maths over the last few weeks, we have learnt how to write, represent and count to 1 and 2 and we are now focusing on number 3. The children have completed activities to help them learn the different ways to count.

 Our Families.


The children have learnt about each other's families and how they are different. Using different natural materials and stones the children were encouraged to make their own families. 

Forest School


We have been visiting our forest school over the last few weeks and exploring our outdoor area. When we went up to the forest school we drew our faces using different materials we found in the forest such as twigs stones acorns and leaves. 

 Fruit Faces


The children have created faces using fruit, they were all asked to look at themselves and create a face using different types of fruit that they chose. 

 Repeating Patterns


Reception children have created repeating patterns this week, they have used different materials and resources to make repeating patterns such as numicon, coloured paint, fruit and natural resources. The children have become very good at creating their own repeating patterns.

 World Porridge Day


Today was world porridge day a group of children helped to make their own porridge using milk and oats and putting it into the microwave with help from Mrs Wood. All the children were then encouraged to try the porridge the children had made, and it was thoroughly enjoyed. Some of the children had never tried porridge before but did really well at tasting it.

 Our Visit From The Community Support Officers

The community support offices came to visit our school and spoke to us about their job and what they do around our community. The children were asked questions about how they should behave in and out of class and what good and bad behaviour means. The community support officers will be visiting our school over the next year. 

Bradford College Student Visit


We had a visit from the Bradford College this half term they came into our classroom, and we encouraged them to join in with our Squiggle while you Wiggle warm up, which we do each day. We all had a partner from Bradford College that we had to show how to do Squiggle while your Wiggle. Everyone really enjoyed this and said it was 'lots of fun!' 

 Our Music Lessons 


Mr Isaac comes every week to our class for a music lesson. He teaches us different ways to use instruments to make sounds and we enjoy learning new songs together and creating dances to different songs.  

 First Aid Training

All the children attended a small first aid course, they were all taught simple first aid such as: what number to call if in an emergency, recovery position, what to do if someone is choking and how to apply bandages and plasters to others. This was really enjoyed by all children, and they learnt valuable skills. 

 Our writing skills


So far this half term we have focused on forming recognisable letters in our literacy lessons. The children have started to recognise and form the letters of different words related to our core story 'The Something'. 

World Poetry Week


Today it was world poetry week, we created our own poems and tongue twisters in our class together with our teachers. We then had the pleasure of a small group of year 6 children that came down to our class to read us their amazing poems. They first read them to us in English and then different languages such as: Urdu, Punjabi and even Japanese!

 Exploring Our senses


The recpetion class have been exploring our 5 senses, we have had a discussion about what our 5 senses are and what they are used for. The children identified all 5 senses and then they walked up to the forest school to explore which senses we use in the outdoor area. We used our nose to smell the flowers, eyes to see the trees blowing, ears to hear the cars going past, our mouths to taste our apples for snack and our hands to feel the grass. 

 Playdough Hedgehogs


 The children made hedgehogs to fit into our autumn theme they used brown playdough for the body, pasta for the spikes and googly eyes to stick on. This activity was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children. 

 Making Pumpkin Soup



A group of children helped Mrs Wood to make carrot and pumpkin soup using lots of different ingredients, we used garlic, pumpkin, carrot, ginger, pepper and water to make our soup. The children used child friendly knives to cut the carrots and pumpkins and stirred the ingredients before adding everything into the soup maker to cook. 



The children have been focusing on circles this week and exploring the circles in our environment, the children were encouraged to find circular objects in the environment. 



The children have been focusing on triangles this week and exploring triangles in our environment, the children were encouraged to find triangular objects in the environment. 

Shape Sorting 


The children were encouraged together to sort the shapes for an activity, they were all given a shape to sort into either triangle, circles or an unknown shape.

  Witches and Wizards Day


 On 20th October we organised witches and wizards' day for the children and staff, everyone was encouraged to dress up as witches and wizards and the staff set up Halloween themed activities. The activities set up where: making potions, designing masks, decorating our own biscuits, colouring monsters and making a monster using playdough and other resources. All the children looked amazing in their outfits and the day was enjoyed by all!

Staff training course

Mrs Sajjad and Miss Hewitt attended a course about outdoor play to update our knowledge and improve our outdoor provision. The course informed us of lots of interesting information and ideas about the outdoors which will be implemented next term. We also met a famous lady called Shonette Bason Wood. She spreads the happiness pedagogical approach by helping educators believe in themselves with self motivation tips and ideas.  Shonette created 'dough disco' and 'Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle' which we complete everyday at school to help with our fine motor and gross motor skills. 

Rainy Day Experiments


During Outdoor play today it was very rainy, the children were asked to put their wellies and rain coats on to play outside in the rain. They really enjoyed splashing in the puddles in their wellies and using powder paint to create colours into the puddles, the children shared their ideas on what the colourful puddles looked like, one child said "it looks like the Galaxy"

Bike Ability

We have the pleasure of John coming into school to help us to become more confident at riding our bikes, all the children have taken part in bike ability and have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to ride our bikes and to be safe when doing so.

Pudsey Bear

For Children in Need the children were invited to wear spots or yellow and donate money for the charity. Lots of children made a huge effort and looked amazing. Thank you for the donations for Children in Need.

Remembrance Day Stay & Play and Nursey Rhyme Stay and Play


Parents were invited to join their children at school for the morning to create different Remembrance Day activities. We also had lots of parents attending  the Nursey Rhyme stay and play session which was enjoyed by all!

Christmas Jumper Day


Today the children were all invited to wear Christmas jumpers along side having our Christmas dinner. The staff and children all looked amazing wearing their Christmas jumpers and outfits. We also completed lots of Christmas themed activities throughout the week. 

Stockeld Park Trip


The children all visited Stockeld Park as our school trip, every child had an amazing time exploring the different areas and activities around Stockeld Park. 

All children visited Santa and received a present which was very special.

The children had the opportunity to explore the different areas around the park such as: Light Trail, Ice skating rink, play areas, slides, sand pits, fairy garden, enchanted forest and the Maze which was very difficult to find our way out of!

Our Nativity Performance

This year we performed our Wriggly Nativity, all the children practised very hard with the nativity and it was a great success. The EY staff would like to thank all the parents and carers for their support during the Nativity from helping them practice the songs and lines to attending the performance itself. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

Decorating the Christmas Tree


The children all enjoyed decorating the Christmas trees around the provision.  Children were split into two groups to decorate each tree with an adult.  They enjoyed  putting the lights, baubles and tinsel onto the  trees to make them look pretty and sparkly. 

Our visit to the Church


We had a Church visit this morning and the children and staff really enjoyed speaking about Christmas and the story surrounding Christmas and baby Jesus. Everyone was very curious and enjoyed looking around the Church.

Our Christmas Dinner 


Today was our Christmas dinner, all the children had the full traditional Christmas dinner. We had crackers to pull with our friends and received a prize in our crackers. We all enjoyed trying the new foods on our plates. 

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