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Rufford Park Primary School


Rufford Ave, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7QR

0113 391 0906


Nursery news 2016-17


17-7-17 Last day of term.

Luckily the rain held off on Wednesday and we had a lovely picnic. we played games on the field, sang some songs and then munched a lot of goodies! The children all joined in had fun. We had ice lollies once we had hiked back up the hill!

It has been very sad this week saying goodbye to our older children but they are ready and excited to move on and I will of course be keeping an eye on them through the fence!(My first nursery class!!!)

Thank you so much for all your kind gifts, messages and cards and for all your support throughout the year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year in Nursery with such a lovely group of your children and look forward to next year.

Miss Sands will be working full time in Nursery in September, Miss Sanderson is moving to Year 1 and we have a new colleague starting after the holidays.


Have a fantastic summer and see you in September!




A very busy week with some technical problems, so just messages this week , no photos!

We went to  Art Club assembly this week as part of our transition and the children enjoyed spotting siblings and friends in the hall. A few of our new starters have been to play and  Mrs Richardson has spent sometime in Nursery.

We had some adult visitors in school and our children took them in hand to 'show them the ropes.'

The ice-cream shop has prompted some lovely role-play and taking turns.

We are desperate for pants and socks and boys joggers so if you have a clear out over the summer please think of us and also return any that have been sent home.

Mrs Millen, Mrs Deen and Mrs Mace will be coming in next week to spend some time with the children.

We are looking forward to our picnic on Wednesday and starting to tidy and sort for the summer break. I am at my son's Graduation on Thursday back for the last day on Friday:(

Where has the year gone??




Some lovely messy pictures this week. The children love handling the goo and luckily cornflour is easy to clean up!

Another successful visit to Reception class this week and we have had teachers from other schools visit us to see the children who are moving away. We had lovely comments about how friendly our children are and how well they communicate which is great to hear!

We still have children coming down with Chicken Pox and a new wave of coughs and colds have arrived. We are very good at sharing!!!

End of year picnic on Wednesday morning 19th July - all children are invited! Please speak to Mrs Sudall if this is not your child's usual session. £1 towards goodies please.

If your child is staying in nursery next year and you haven't confirmed your preferred sessions yet please let us know asap.

I really can't believe there are only two weeks left!

26-6-17 Sam's Safari visited us as part of 'Science fest' this week.

The children sat enthralled for over an hour as we heard about what the animals need, how they move and where they come from. Back in Nursery we drew pictures of our favourite animal.

Our visit to Reception was a success! I was very proud of the children, they behaved beautifully and chatted to children from other nurseries.


Lots of lovely action shots this week. 

A parent of a Reception child kindly donated our new playhouse which the children are really enjoying. The first job was to give it a thorough spring clean. Look at the concentration and teamwork! It has been a house, a jail, a shop and a castle already.

Some paddling pictures from a very hot day and then some sports day snaps.

I thought the children did very well in front of so many spectators and all seemed happy to take part and run their fastest!!

Lots of exciting things happening over the next few weeks starting with a visit from 'Sam's Safari' and her animals on Tuesday. 


Welcome back!

We are thinking about all things creepy crawly this half term.The children have enjoyed making a habitat for garden snails this week.They thought about what the snails would need and how we should look after them.The tank sits in the classroom and is monitored constantly! Some children thought of ways of becoming snails wearing crates as shells!

We changed the role play area to a 'school office' which has had the children talking about moving up to Reception class and trying school jumpers out for size! They have been fascinated by the hole punch and paper clips; all good practise for fine motor skills.

The younger children who are staying in Nursery next year are now finding their feet and new friendships are starting to form.

Not a great week for outdoor play but the children have been very involved inside with some beautiful butterfly prints and lots of writing.





A lovely week to finish the half term!

The role play area became a pet shop with lots of talking and counting out of pennies. We have revamped the play dough area and included lots of kitchen utensils and baking equipment which has turned the children into expert cake decorators. Our display of paintings looks very effective and has encouraged children higher up the school to think about animals and camouflage.

The children love our story time and are showing super listening skills, which is really important as the first step for learning!

We really enjoyed playing 'seaside' in the sand and water in the shade on one of the hot afternoons. The children are very sensible about wearing their sun hats. 

The children have enjoyed the pets and then wild animal topics this half term. Next half term; mini-beasts.

Have a super holiday, enjoy the sun!



The wet weather kept us in at the beginning of the week so we played board games to practise turn taking and counting.The children have also made some beautiful camouflage paintings after talking about where wild animals get their food(not Morrisons!!!) The paintings are on display in the cloakroom and the corridor.

We used the hall to play some listening games and get used to being in other areas of school.

Outside the children are as fascinated as ever by snails and other creepy crawlies and set up a snail Nursery.

There were lots of Princesses visiting on Friday with strict rotation of the Elsa dress!

The children were really well behaved when we sat for our class photo. The photographer praised their listening and cooperation and I praised her patience in trying to get us all looking the same way! We look forward to seeing the finished item.


We have really enjoyed making our own pets this week so thought you might like to see the results. If there isn't a photo of your child here they probably chose not to make one but there is always next week! 

We have talked about wild animals this week and changed the vets role play to a jungle. There have been lots of cheeky monkeys and roaring lions wandering around!

Class photo on Thursday am(18/5) approximately 9-9.15. All welcome even if its not their normal session. Ask for further information.


Lots of outside play and exercise this week!

We told Mr Rothell that lots of children were enjoying playing football and he brought us a goal to practise in. The children were really excited and have made the most of it. (As have some parents!!) We can tell Gareth Southgate not to worry as the next generation of soccer talent is developing here at Rufford Park.

We have also had parachute fun and a few picnics!

Less exciting news; we have had a case of head lice so please check your child.


The children have really enjoyed the vets role play this week. Children who don't usually choose role play have enjoyed tending to poorly pets! They have made appointments by telephone, written down details and symptoms and then bandaged anything that sat still. It was a good opportunity for mark making and speaking and listening. We talked about what living things need and how to care for them and we also had valuable chats about pets that have died.

Outside we had some children pretending to be snails in the tyres and we found real ones. Band practise took place and some lovely team work to build a slide for the ducks in the water tray.

Summer term 17-4-17

Welcome back!

It was lovely to hear all the children's news this week about what they had been up to over the holiday, from haircuts, chicken pox and Easter Eggs to days out, camping and playing out on bikes and trampolines.

The children are firming up existing friendships and developing new ones. They were all really kind to our new starters this week, inviting them to join in and letting staff know if anyone needed help. They really are a lovely bunch!

The older children have been talking about 'big school' and they will have the opportunity this term to play in Reception class to ease transition. One child very kindly reassured me that they will still talk to me through the gate when they go in to Reception!

Our new willow house has proved very popular this week, sometimes as a rocket and other times as a cave or a house. As ever they have found new ways to use our equipment and worked together on interesting (and messy!) projects!


Some bargains were had  in our shoe shop this week with the sparkly gold shoes being very popular. The children talked about size and pairs as well as making price labels for the shoes.

We have talked about new life this week and have been naming and matching parent and baby animals than made our own chick and egg.

The children have been practising counting and mark making in a variety of ways some very inventive!

The egg scramble went well and all seemed happy with the egg that they 'won'

Hope you have a happy and healthy break with lots of sunshine for outside play.

Thanks for your continued support.

24-3-17 An exciting week in Nursery as some of our new equipment arrived!

We had some lovely mark making inside and out. In Maths we were counting objects and then matching the numeral. We have been checking(every few minutes!!) to see if bugs have moved into our log pile house and talking about why lots of worms were around after the rain.

We really enjoyed our visit from Mrs Trotter and School Council to sell us buns for Red Nose Day. Thank you for your contributions.

Last week of term next week and we are looking for more signs of spring, thinking about Easter.

Happy Mother's Day; hope you enjoy your child's surprise!

17-3-17 As we had technical difficulties last week,here are photographs from the last two weeks for you to see what we have been up to.

The glimpse of Spring weather made us very keen to be outside and active! We had tennis practise ready for Wimbledon, lots of imaginative play with boxes.

We started looking for signs of spring and have built a 'log pile house'. We are hoping for plenty of bugs to take up residence.

We have been naming 2D shapes and using the language; curved, straight, sides, corners to describe them.

Our new shop counter has been great for maths talk, role play, writing shopping lists and receipts as well as customer service! 

Have a good weekend and please save any egg boxes for us.

27-2-17 We have been really busy this week!

On Tuesday we tasted pancakes and had a go at making and flipping play dough pancakes. On World Book Day we enjoyed watching the Reception and KS1 Parade and showed everyone our super costumes in the school hall.

Throughout the week we have been thinking about the different ways that we use water. We talked about keeping clean, brushing our teeth and drinking water to stay healthy.The dollies got a good wash, people went fishing and we tested objects to see if they float or sink.

In maths we have been using positional language such as under, beside and in front etc.

It was great to see lots of 'writing' happening in the different areas of the classroom, including school registers, pattern making and shopping lists.

Our cafe is proving a hit, the children enjoy helping themselves and having time to chat.

Next week PIRATES!!!

Have a good weekend!


The children have really enjoyed thinking about the sea and it's creatures this week.We looked closely and described the different creatures and then made our own to display. Outside we built bridges and used the puddles for 'footprint art'. We learnt a new rhyme about a hungry shark and used it to practice counting and matching numbers to amounts. 

I was very pleased on Monday when a visitor commented on how calm and engaged the children are. They always impress me with their interest and enthusiasm for new things!

Next week; floating and sinking and we are trying out a new self-service cafe at snack time. 


This week we have had the builders in. Some have been doing repairs around the classroom and some have taken up the challenge to build a ‘wagon for our dragon’ using the construction kit and tools.

We have been talking about and naming colours and finding out what happens when you mix them in paint.

We have also been exploring sounds with the instruments and making our own music.

Next half term our topic is ‘under the sea.’ If you have anything interesting to do with the topic at home that we could chat about or put on our exploration table it would be great.(Unusual rocks, shells, real seaweed if you're going to the coast!...)

We would also appreciate any unwanted cds for an art activity.

Thanks, have a lovely break!



We have seen some lovely co-operation and team work this week.

The children worked together to build and share the train track and in our castle role-play they took turns really well with the costumes and props

Outside the children worked together to decide the layout for the obstacle course and fix it together. Some people liked to show their strength by carrying pieces themselves, some did a 'Chuckle Brothers' routine with one at each end;("To me, to you!) and someone else decided to use the wooden truck to transport pieces from the shed. Fantastic!

On Friday it felt as though Spring was in the air and we had a look at the garden and noticed bulbs coming through. We talked about letting the grass recover a bit and the mud dry up and have put tyres across to remind us to keep off the grass.




The children have really enjoyed our castle role-play this week, there has been lots of rescuing of princesses by brave knights and the wooden castle and horses have been really popular! We have listened to stories and used hand puppets to tell our own.

We always enjoy our singing at carpet time and our newer children have joined in straight away which is fantastic!

We have made snowmen using different materials and enjoyed finding out about Chinese New Year.


It has been lovely to see lots of different children using their mark-making skills both at the writing table and outside. Some people were writing letters, some colouring pictures and a group set up a home office in the Home corner! Outside the children used chalk to see who could draw the longest line and worked together to build a tower that was taller than Miss Sanderson.

Once again, I was very impressed with the friendly way our children welcomed new starters, all of whom settled really well.

Just a reminder to label all clothing and footwear. We seem to have a lot of welly swapping and sharing going on! Thanks!

9-1-17 The weather definitely didn't disappoint this week!

We were able to design and try out kites on the very windy day, as well as talk about the damage some people had seen on their way to school!

We  explored ice cubes inside in the water tray and waited for them to melt, then on Friday we built snow castles outside.

We have been making winter pictures and playing with polar animals in our snowy small world. The penguins have proved irresistible!

The children have shown some lovely cooperation and friendly group play this week. Some of the girls organised themselves in a game of 'What time is it Mr Wolf?' outside whilst inside some boys shared the tools to work on a building project.


Happy New Year!

The children quickly settled back into our routines  this week and made our new starters feel very welcome!

They really enjoy having their turn at being the 'waiter' at snack time, handing out the fruit and listening for lovely manners. 

We are thinking about winter this half term and have a new icy role-play area complete with polar bear! Hopefully(!) we will get lots of snowy and frosty days so that we can explore what happens to the weather.


Wow! What a very busy but lovely week in Nursery!

On Monday we listened to a story told by Saviour Pirotta, our school patron of reading. The children listened well and joined in with a story about a greedy boy who gets a monkey tail!

On Wednesday we enjoyed our party. All the children joined in with dancing and games, they took turns and accepted being 'out' without any fuss! What a lovely bunch!

We had a visit from Santa after our party snacks and he said he was really impressed with the children's manners!! (They know who to impress!)

On Thursday morning we visited Blossom Court, the sheltered housing complex opposite school. We sang Christmas songs, chatted to residents and had a drink and a biscuit. Our children were very sociable and sang beautifully! They were also very sensible on the short walk there and back.

They all deserve a good rest and will hopefully get rid of the coughs and colds.

Thank you so much for all the lovely cards and gifts and for your support this term.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


I hope you enjoyed our Nativity as much as we did!

I was so proud of how the children joined in, sang and followed instructions. They really seemed to enjoy wearing the costumes and taking part in what was really quite a big event with lots of people in the audience. The children were asking if they could wear the outfits to play in today and have been singing the songs in the classroom!  It was a little difficult to rehearse as the children all come to different sessions but everyone took it in their stride and were FANTASTIC!

Well done everyone!

We are looking forward to our party on Wednesday next week, all children are welcome on that session. £1 towards goodies please.



Rehearsals have been in full swing this week for our Nativity play.The children are very excited about the costumes! We look forward to seeing you at the performance!

Outside there has been a lot of cycling and scooting, including some stunts while inside we had a 'tinker table' where the children explored nuts and bolts and new felt pens for drawing! 

We have an 'interactive'  Christmas Tree in Nursery; I remove the baubles after each session and then children enjoy decorating it whilst developing their fine motor skills and their teamwork as well as their eye for interior design!!



The children have enjoyed being outside this week!

 We talked about jobs that people did during the night when we are asleep. We have since had lots of firefighters, police officers and quite a few nurses on duty!

We looked at light and colour through bubbles and have been sorting items into shiny and dull.

A few superheroes turned up towards the end of the week to rescue us! Thank goodness!!

14-11-16 Another busy week in Nursery!

The children have really enjoyed exploring the dark cave with torches and thinking about night and day, light and dark.

We have started to practise the songs for the Christmas performance which will be;

Wednesday 7th December at 9.30 and Thursday 8th December at 2 pm.

The form to request tickets will be on a news letter soon.

If your child does not normally attend on those days please feel free to bring them along to Nursery so they can take part. Any queries, questions, worries please just ask!

For Children in Need day on Friday we made spotty biscuits to enjoy at snack time. Look at the concentration!

Thank you for your donations!

For our school Art Day on Thursday we painted owls. We listened to the story  'Owl Babies ' and thought about animals that come out at night as part of our work on dark and light.



The highlight this week was definitely our snow day! Only brief but we made the most of it with a snowman, tracks and footprints and lots of digging and filling of containers.

We also thought about Bonfire Night and  made sparkly firework pictures and counted rockets.We used instruments to make firework sounds.

The children looked fab in their photos!

Now that the weather has changed, please can the children bring pumps to school so that they can change out of their wellies and boots.

Thanks, have a good weekend!


We are so proud of the children for performing their lovely Harvest song this week.

Thank you for all your kind Harvest contributions.

If you are out and about in half-term please will you talk about the changes that happen  in Autumn and look out for Autumn treasure; conkers, leaves, acorns and pine cones for us to talk about when we get back.

Have a super half-term, hopefully the children will have the chance to get rid of all their coughs and sneezes!

The children have been mark-making inside and out and there has been lots of role play involving naughty babies!

14-10-16 The doctor's surgery was very busy this week but we are all feeling much better now!

We have had great fun getting messy with jelly, cornflour and paint and talking about how they feel, smell and look.

We have played listening games and some board games.

Next week we are thinking about Harvest and Autumn.

If you are free on Wednesday morning you are welcome stay and  hear our Harvest song . It will be a VERY short performance!



We have had a

great start to the year!

All the children and staff have settled well and made new friends!

Have a look at what we got up to in the first few weeks.

Next week we will be playing in the Doctors role play, doing messy play outside and exploring our senses.