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Rufford Park Primary School


Rufford Ave, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7QR

0113 391 0906


Friday 20th July- Our picnic pictures

We had a super time, ate lots of goodies and played games. it was a bit hot but everyone had fun.

I am sorting the blog before the children arrive this week as I am  feeling a bit of an emotional wreck, usual for this time of year. We have had a lovely year. I feel very lucky to share the children's 'light bulb' learning moments and to watch them grow and change. They also keep us entertained and very grounded!!

We will really miss the children who are moving on, some of whom started Nursery when I did and some who were here before me.They are ready for big school though and that excitement for a challenge is fantastic. They have promised to talk to me through the fence and someone even said they would come for a sleep over!!

The children who are staying will be the 'older' ones in September and help us settle our new starters. You can see them rubbing their hands at the thought of not being the youngest anymore!!

Thank you so much for your generosity and kind words.We really appreciate it. Our staff is unchanged for September and look forward to seeing you all then.

Have a great summer and thanks again.

Mrs Sudall, Miss Sands and Mrs Bull


Friday 13th July

The older children are very proud of the fact that they can either write their name or the first letter of their name for 'big school'. We enjoyed showing Mrs Deen and Mrs Millen what we can do!

We have had our own World Cup this week with successful penalties(!) and there have been a lot of 'new teachers' taking our register.

In a display against gender stereotyping, some boys chose to wash the dolls clothes outside and we had some female builders working inside. 

We are trying out new classes on Monday and will watch the Y6 dress rehearsal. We are looking forward to our picnic on Wednesday but not looking forward to stripping the walls and saying our goodbyes! 

The children were hilarious in the rain showers on Friday! It was as if we had not had rain for years and the children couldn't stop them themselves from celebrating!

Please remember £1 for picnic goodies and a carrier bag for pictures etc.


Friday 6th July

Here are a few pictures of our ice cream parlour. 

The children have enjoyed choosing flavours, taking it in turn to serve and paying for their ice cream.(Perhaps a bit cruel in this heat!!)

We have had successful visits to Reception class and down to the field this week where the children played Sports Day. We have played some games such as bingo and snap, inside to keep cool and the children have  been busy colouring and practising their names.

Where has this term gone?

Friday 29th June

A brief update this time as Friday was particularly hot and busy!

Last week's focus was on floating and sinking. The children selected objects then had to predict whether they would stay on top of the water or go under. It was very exciting and the children found some items surprising! 

Sports Day was brilliant! The children all joined in and tried their best in good spirits. Thank you so much for coming to watch if you were able to get away. 

We are coping well in the heat and drinking lots. Please remember to label sun hats.

Three weeks to go!

Friday 22nd June

We have really enjoyed 'diving!' into our under water topic this week.We have named and described creatures, found out what sea  creatures eat and enjoyed the story; 'Bright Stanley and the cave monster', then made our own shiny creatures for our cloakroom display.

Outside we used our hand and finger muscles to make bubbles on sponges, the more you squeeze the more bubbles you get. At one point it looked like it was snowing!

We set up our new outdoor sand tray which was very popular.

Fit Friday meant a super treat of a dance session with Hannah who runs one of our after school sessions. The children had great fun trying out the moves. everyone joined in and followed instructions well.

We have been doing assessments and report writing which has shown us how far the children have progressed and changed over the year and now we are hurtling towards the end of term and school year!!

Another lovely week and only four to go.

Friday 15th June

Writing and mark making in general has been very popular his week. Some of the older children are developing good control of writing tools and the younger children are experimenting with lines and circles using different media.

We went to the trim trail this week which gave some children the confidence to try new things and move in different ways.The pirate ship is as popular as ever not just with pirates but princesses too!

We have also used the interactive whiteboard for counting games and named and found 2D shapes.

Next week; under the sea.

Friday 8th June

Hope you all had a lovely break and a rest!! The children were back in at full speed on Monday and have not stopped all week. They have coped very well with the changes of staff and routine this week taking it all in their stride. One of the main benefits of established routines is that the children can cope with change without getting too worried. They were all very sweet with staff who were poorly and excited to see them return.

We have loved playing with the new pirate resources. The PTA paid for our new boat in the garden and the children have taken on the role of fierce marauding pirates brilliantly(a little too convincingly in some cases!!) We have learnt new vocabulary, listened to pirate themed stories and counted golden coins. Some children made treasure maps and experimented with disappearing maps using water on blackboards. We have practised cutting skills and played with small world toys and figures inside.

A great week, lots of fun and lots of learning!

Next week water and the sea.

Friday 25th May

We have enjoyed looking at frogs this week and talking about the frog life cycle.The children are very interested, so if you are at the Tarn over the holiday perhaps you could look for tadpoles.

We have sung the '5 speckled frogs' song, counting and taking frogs away. The water tray has had leaves, logs, pebbles and very splashy frogs in and we made our own frogs in the craft area.

On Thursday our class photo went well! We settled on shot 57, with everyone looking in the same direction! The children were quiet and listened well in what was a very new experience for lots of them.

We had a visit from our patron of reading Saviour Pirotta who told us two stories; one about a unicorn and the other about a ladybird. The children were engaged and listened beautifully. They really enjoyed hearing a different voice and asked lots of questions.

 There are some nasty viruses doing the rounds so hopefully the children will sleep them off over the week. Have a super holiday!.

Friday 18th May

We had a fantastic day at the farm!

The children behaved beautifully and were excited and enthusiastic about everything they saw.

They were patient when waiting for a turn, a stroke of an animal or their lunch and they listened and followed instructions well. It was a pleasure to take your children on the trip!

In other news, we enjoyed 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' story and have made our own caterpillars from play dough. We have done lots of counting and have ordered numbers on a caterpillar's body. 

There has been some lovely teamwork in the water tray and on the stage!

Next week; FROGS!

Friday 11th May

This week has flown past and of course we are all mixed up by the Bank Holiday.

We looked at ladybirds and found out that they come in many colour combinations and none are poisonous! We all really enjoyed the story 'What the ladybird heard ' and using the story characters and a map, the children acted out their own version. we had a lot of Lanky Lens the robber! We have counted the spots and legs and matched ladybirds to numbers on logs.We made our own ladybirds with moving parts and our older children have done some small group work as part of our transition phase to reception class.

We are all getting very excited about our trip next week. It will be normal drop off and collection times. Any questions, queries about arrangements  please do ask.

Friday 4th May 

Spiders were the focus this week.

We have learnt facts about spiders, used toy spiders for counting and for practising positional language. We enjoyed making our own spiders, which the children assured me they wouldn't use to frighten mums and and grannies! We have sung lots of spider songs and rhymes and used the Interactive Whiteboard to sort pictures of mini beasts by wings and no wings, 6 legs or 8 legs.

Outside some children enjoyed moving in different ways through our tunnel and exploring different ways with hoops.

Next week; Ladybirds

Friday 27th April

This week we have been finding out about worms and using them in lots of our activities. We rolled our own play dough worms and compared lengths then used cubes to measure paper worms; counting how many we had used. We used spaghetti worms for painting and also to develop fine motor skills outside. The children had to pick 'worms' out of compost using tweezers which required lots of concentration.

The wet afternoons this week called for board games and a lot of building and construction games.We also played in the hall when it was too wet to go out and talked about the effect exercise has on our bodies. The children had to run without stopping for a minute then we felt our heart beat, noticed if we were out of breath or sweaty and saw that some people had red cheeks.(Mostly me!)

Next week; SPIDERS!!!!

Friday 20th April

Welcome back!

The children seem to have grown over the holiday and all seem full of beans and eager to be back at nursery and seeing their friends. We welcomed four new children this week who are doing amazingly well at settling in and adjusting to routines. Our established children  have been super kind as ever!

We have looked for snails this week and created a nice home for them(to replace the chicks!) as we are looking at mini beasts this half term. It was lovely to hear that some of the children have visited the chicks at their new home.

We had our first picnic of the summer and have started the transition process for our children who will be moving up, by spending a little more time in Reception play area.

You should have received a letter about our trip, please speak to Mrs Sudall for further information or any queries. 

You should have heard about school places for September, I hope you all got a place at the school you requested.

Thursday 29th March

A busy end to the term! We shared stories with some of the older children as part of the World Book day celebrations which were re-scheduled.

We looked for eggs in our garden and said a very sad good bye to our chicks; Sunshine, Pecky, Charlie and Ginger who have grown far too big for our box in just a week. The children noticed and talked about how they have changed in that week and understand that they need to go to the farm for more space!! You can of course visit Meanwood Valley Urban Farm to see our chicks and check on their progress!

Enjoy the break, hopefully the coughs and colds will clear up as the weather improves and the children come back ready for our last term.

Friday 23rd March

This week has been hectic but also very exciting, scary and truly wondrous!

We have all been fascinated by the hatching process and seeing the chicks emerge. The children are being very sensible about leaving the chicks to have a rest at certain times and when we have stroked them they are being gentle.

We have had lots of visitors; staff and older children and the Nursery children have very proudly shown them around and chatted about our chicks. We put names into a hat and have now named them: Sunshine, Charlie, Pecky and Ginger.

In other news(we are obsessed with the chicks!) some of our older children watched the Mimika theatre performance and were a credit to us. It was potentially a little outside their comfort zone but all listened and watched beautifully.

Some of our younger children had a nursery sleepover in the book corner and we made kites on some windy days.

The incubator and remaining eggs and the

chicks are coming home with me for the weekend but will be in class until Thursday next week.

If your child attends on Thursday afternoon we will take part in the Egg scramble.

Please bring a pound in a named envelope and an Easter egg to join in. 


Friday 16th March

The children have really enjoyed our Pets and Vets focus this week. There has been lots of mark making, speaking and listening and imaginative role play going on and the children have all shown real care and concern for creatures; especially small fluffy teddy ones!

We have thought about the changes that happen in Spring and made some beautiful Spring pictures.

Outside the rain has not put us off and the children have enjoyed the brief spells of fresh air we have had. When it is too wet and cold outside we go into our school hall for a bit of exercise, to play games and develop listening and physical skills. The children really enjoy it and we get a lot of; "ahh cute" from the older children that we see on the way.

There are only six sleeps until the eggs might start hatching. Fingers crossed!

I have promised to film anything that happens outside of nursery times.

Friday 9th March 2018

No update this week due to technical difficulties but we hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day surprise. It was lovely to hear the children talk about how much they love their Mums and enjoy doing things together.

Friday 2nd March 2018

Hello Spring!

We have had an exciting if mixed up time this week. We had a visit from PC Willis on Tuesday who talked to the children about road safety and then let them have a try in the car. We enjoyed the snow very briefly on Wednesday but then played with snow inside on Friday. 

We have started to talk about Spring this week but it didn't really mean much as we watched the snow fall! We have taken delivery of a small incubator and six eggs and in 19 sleeps we may see the eggs start to hatch.We have talked about keeping the eggs warm and safe and are very excited about seeing the chicks. I have explained that they probably won't all hatch and if we do get chicks they will eventually go back to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm.

So fingers crossed 19 sleeps and counting!!

Friday 23rd February 2018

We went 'wild' in the jungle this week! The children found out about how animals hide from danger to avoid being eaten and made their own camouflage picture. We named and described wild animals and talked about why they wouldn't make good pets. Outside there were lots of super fast tigers catching their supper!

In that brief spell of sunshine we started our spring cleaning and gave the playhouse a wash.

On Friday we had a visit from the Fire Service. We all had the chance to sit inside the vehicle and even to spray the hose! The children were very sensible and had lovely manners!

Friday 9th February 2018

This week the children have been mixing powder paints and creating new colours. They worked very carefully with small quantities, adding water gradually and mixing with great concentration.

We have used props when listening to the story 'A squash and a squeeze' which is one of our favourites.

Along with the rest of school we talked about e-safety on Tuesday through a story about Smarty the Penguin. We talked about what to do if a strange picture or advert comes on the screen and the children agreed they should ask a parent rather than clicking or trying to fix it themselves. We also talked about not playing games that are meant for older brothers or sisters or grown-ups as some children have talked about characters that  they have seen and found upsetting.


Hopefully we will all get rid of coughs and colds during half term, looking ahead next half term's focus in on animals!


Friday 2nd February 2018

This week was National Story Telling week and the children have enjoyed a range of activities.

On Monday we had a visit from a professional story teller Caroline, who retold the story of Cinderella complete with bubbles, disco lights, pom poms and magic! It was great fun and a hard act to follow. Mr Bentham, Y4 teacher, visited on Wednesday and read 'The Cat in the Hat.' The children were very attentive to 'the big teacher!!' Throughout the week the children have been telling their own stories with hand puppets. The children were really good at giving the puppet a 'character voice.'

Outside we have been getting wrapped up and getting plenty of exercise, we borrowed reception's taxi bike which led to lots of good turn taking.

We have been doing an early reading exercise of recognising logos and brands. This is a really good game when you are out and about and you will be surprised at how many they recognise and 'read'.

Friday 26th January 2018

This weeks castle role play has been as popular as ever, especially with the boys. Equal opportunity knights have been riding around rescuing princes and princesses as well as trying to convince dragons to be good and kind! As well as acting out stories, the children have used puppets to create stories.

Good teamwork was seen both inside and out with lots of children getting involved together. 

We have enjoyed playing lots of listening games to help when listening to instructions. The children are very good at stopping when asked or when they hear the bells. Our newest children are super listeners and really settling in well.

Friday 19th January 2018

The weather has thrown everything at us this week but we have enjoyed exploring the snow, ice and wind! We worked together to build a snowman and then monitored him all day(!) as he melted.

We have done lots of counting; putting buttons on snowmen and penguins on the ice. We loved creating our own music and copying rhythms. We used the hall for some games and to practise catching with large balls.

Please could you make sure that all clothes, boots, hats and gloves are labelled. The children are very good at recognising their things but it would help us out. Thank you

Friday 12th January 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome back!

We were off to a flying start this week!

Everyone seemed happy to be back and were excited to see their friends. The children had lots to tell us and have played really well. Our six new starters have settled very well with the help of our 'old' children. They have quickly picked up the rules and routines, some of the children are completely new to school and some have siblings further up school so are already familiar with Nursery, but  have all got stuck in with the important business of playing.

Winter has arrived at Rufford Park, we have talked about what happens to plants and animals in winter and have really enjoyed dressing up and playing Frozen and the Snow Queen.

We explored the frost and ice outside and there has been lots of super mark making. There has been lots of great group play with the children listening and talking to each other to keep the game going.

We are singing Nursery rhymes daily and learning some very old traditional ones. The children have quite a repertoire!


22-12-17  Happy Christmas from the Nursery team!

Thank you for all the super cards, gifts and good wishes.

We have had a lovely, if hectic, last week.

The Monday session children were fantastic ambassadors for school when we visited Blossom Court Retirement home. They sang beautifully, remembered their manners and looked cute! The residents thoroughly enjoyed it and said how well behaved the children were. Well done also to the group from Reception class who were chosen to join us!

Our party was great fun! All the children joined in with good spirit and seemed to enjoy themselves. We had a visit from Santa and again all the children were excited,happy and confident when collecting their present.

Santa did say they were a tough crowd because of the tricky questions from the children including; 'Do you remember I rang you with my list last week?' 'Has my mum told you I've been good?'  'Why did you bring me that book?' 'Where have you parked the sleigh?' and 'If I'm good tomorrow will you come to my house?'

Have a wonderful break and a good rest(that bits for me!!) and we will see you in January with our new starters.

Merry Christmas!


We are so proud of the children this week with the way they coped with a very large audience for the Nativity. They all joined in, sang and wiggled well and remembered where they had to be. Fantastic!

You can see individual photos of the children in their costumes on their Tapestry online journal. If you have not received an email to activate your account then perhaps we have an incorrect email address. Please see staff if you have any difficulty accessing it.

The weather has meant that we have stayed inside for most of the week. When we did brave the elements the children found some inventive ways to do mark making and writing.and we had great fun chasing bubbles.

Inside, we have been very creative with glitter and sequins and the role play of the Nativity story has continued!

We are excited about party day on Tuesday, don't forget all children are invited even if it is not their usual session.

3 days and counting!!!




We have had quite a few sessions in the hall this week to practise our Nativity. It's difficult to get everyone together as the children all do different sessions but I have been very impressed with the children's listening and following of instructions. Everyone has been fitted with a costume and we are very excited to perform to parents.

When we are not singing, dancing, getting changed or practising getting on and off stage, we have shown some super teamwork with the blocks in and outside and the post office has lead to some great writing and role play. 

Don't forget your party pounds please!


The children loved the snow, frost and ice this week and just in case it was our only snow of the year, we made the most of it!

We did our own experiment, leaving a tray of water outside to see what would happen and many children were able to make predictions and enjoyed seeing if they were right.

We have put up our Christmas tree and enjoyed working together to decorate it,

I have reminded the children that at home and other places, people might not want them to re-arrange the baubles and decorations although I think they did a very good job on ours!

We are rehearsing in earnest for the Nativity now and the Christmas story has lead to some lovely role play. We have had lots of Marys, Josephs and a number of donkeys making the trip to Bethlehem. .Don't forget to get your tickets if you are able to come and watch. 


 This week we talked about how the emergency services work all the time to look after us even at night and our fire engine and fire station have proved very popular.

The children rang 999 and explained which service they needed and then dashed off with the hosepipe to put the fire out or to help the injured people. There were opportunities for writing as children recorded where the engine should go.

There was a lot of lovely sharing of resources this week whether it was helmets, vehicles or Duplo blocks and it was good to see people working together on ideas.

Outside, on a very windy day, we looked for sticks and then made streamers which soon turned into props for performing on our stage!

We have started learning the songs for our Christmas Nativity. Please ask for a letter if you have not already reserved tickets.



The children enjoyed wearing their pyjamas to school and showing each other their 'characters'  which prompted lots of talk!

We sang the song '10 in the bed' which fitted our outfits and allowed for counting practise. Thank you for your donations.

We  found out about nocturnal animals and talked about how the dark makes us feel.

Next week; our focus is  people who work at night such as the emergency services.

Don't forget Nursery is closed next Friday for a staff training day.


We have enjoyed the cold sunny days this week, our Nursery garden looks so nice in the sun and the blowing leaves and frosty starts have lead to lots of discussion and ideas for games.

The children have been doing mark making in the sand outside using large and small movements.

Children worked together to build bonfires inside and out and really enjoyed making sparkly firework pictures and rockets. The highlight(for the children!!) was using the instruments to make firework noises with the cymbals proving popular and loud!

In maths we have talked about shapes, naming, sorting and using them to create pictures.

We also talked about poppies and remembering soldiers who helped us.

Next week we will have a dark area to talk about night and day..


Our focus this week has been to think about what animals do to get ready for the cold weather. We have built hedgehog homes from logs and sticks and talked about hibernation. We talked about why squirrels have to collect and store extra seeds and conkers.

We dressed as witches and wizards to practise counting. We made potions and added different amounts of ingredients; 2 frogs, 1 lizard, 4 conkers etc

The children find it really exciting at this time of year, being outside in the dark and we have spent lots of time talking about Bonfire night, fireworks and how to stay safe. 

Year 1 donated balloons that they had finished with and the children had great fun chasing them around the garden. 

Inside we have noticed  the children are re-enacting songs and games that the adults do with them. It is lovely to watch them doing the song bag or singing '5 currant buns' with one child as the teacher! 

We mixed colours using powder paints and pipettes to add water in small amounts and then used very large amounts of water outside to clean the play house and the vehicles. The children worked together to get the job done and nearly start a drought in west Yorkshire!!

All the children had their school photograph taken as if it were a daily occurrence. They listened carefully, followed instructions and the photos are gorgeous.I was very proud of them!




We had a very busy week to end the half term!

As a follow up to our Autumn walk, we went on a squirrel hunt. We looked hard and  the children tiptoed around but unfortunately I think the squirrels might have spotted us and we were disappointed! 

We explored pumpkins, describing the texture and counting the seeds that we found.

We used conkers for messy play and there was lots of interesting mark making with chalk outside.

We were extremely proud of the way the children sang our Harvest songs, especially when you think that some have only been with us for a few short weeks. Thanks to those who were able to watch us and sorry that the children weren't able to drown out my voice! 

Thanks also for your kind Autumn gifts which we added to the rest of schools display.

We enjoyed watching the Harvest assembly by the older children in the hall . Our children enjoyed seeing siblings and spotting friends and they sat beautifully for a long time. Today we did our own version of Goldilocks and the 3 bears as they enjoyed it so much.

The children all deserve a rest and hopefully will get rid of coughs and colds during half term.

Please can you send wellies and a waterproof each day as we do try and get out in all but the worst weather.

Thanks for your support over this important settling in period.




We had a super time on our Autumn walk!

All the children were excited about looking for clues that Autumn has arrived.

They listened well to instructions and there were lots of opportunities for talking as they each filled their own bag with treasure.

Inside on a very rainy afternoon we had fun exploring the musical instruments, playing softly, loudly, quickly and slowly. The children showed great restraint waiting for their turn on the saxophone!! (Santa hint?!!)

We look forward to seeing you(briefly) for our Harvest song!


We have had fun thinking about our senses this week.

We used our fingers to guess what was in the 'feely box' and tried to describe what we could feel.

We sniffed the smelly pots and although it was confusing not being able to look, the children identified mint(toothpaste, chewing gum) and strawberries!

We listened carefully to clues to find the animals and when thinking about our eyes we talked about different things we wear and use such as safety goggles, sunglasses, binoculars, and magnifying glasses.

Outside the children worked together to build using the wooden blocks then a few set off on an aeroplane with Mrs Bull!

Next week we are thinking about Harvest and Autumn.


The children have settled really well into our routines and are developing lovely new friendships and cementing old ones. It is so good to see the more  established children welcoming new people and really looking after them. 

We were talking and thinking about ourselves and our bodies this week and a few people booked an appointment at the doctors in our role play. Boys and girls enjoyed bathing the dolls after we talked about keeping clean and keeping healthy.

We have been very messy exploring paint and getting busy in the craft area.

On this really wet Friday morning we had an adventure when we used the main hall in school to play listening games and run off a bit of energy. The children enjoyed looking around school and spotting older siblings!

A SUPER week and we're off and running!!


Welcome back to our parents and children from last year and hello and welcome to our new children and their families. We have had a lovely couple of weeks getting to know each other and are now on with the business of serious playing and learning! Welcome also to Mrs Bull our new teaching assistant who has settled in straight away.