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Rufford Park Primary School


Rufford Ave, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7QR

0113 391 0906


Friday 19th July

We all really enjoyed our picnic on Monday and hope you did too!

The children had fun preparing the delicious(!) snacks and were very excited to play games on the field.

The children behaved beautifully in very unusual circumstances and it was brilliant to have so many parents and friends join us. We really appreciate all the support you have given us over the year, we all love our job and value the relationships we build with the children and their families.

We wish the children who are moving on the very best of luck in Reception class, we will miss them greatly but they are ready for new adventures and they have all promised to come and see us.

We look forward to seeing our returning children in September and to welcome lots of new faces to Nursery.

Thank you so much for the very kind words and lovely presents you have given us.

Have a fab summer break enjoy the time together.

Our staff is unchanged for September and we are already looking forward to a new year(!!) and a long rest!

Very best wishes

Mrs Sudall, Mrs Bull and Miss Sands

Friday 12th July

We have continued to 'practise' for big school with carpet times, group sessions and writing our names. The younger children are definitely walking taller ready to take over!

One week to go and we are so sad that some of our older children have caught the dreaded Chicken Pox and will be missing their last few days in Nursery. Hopefully see them before the holidays.

Don't forget our picnic on Monday; parents from 2.45. £1 for goodies please.

Friday 5th July

Our ice cream shop has been very popular this week. The children took turns to be behind the counter, taking the money and serving customers. We have talked a lot about our favourite flavours, enjoying ice cream on holiday and 3D shapes; spheres and cones.

We explored the Interactive Whiteboard this week to practise writing names and drawing. The children are taking 'getting ready' for Reception class very seriously and the second parent's visit seemed to go well. Some of the children recognised and chatted to children from other nurseries which will help when making new friends in September.

Two weeks to go; we still have viruses and Chicken Pox doing the rounds.

Friday 28th June

Well done to everyone who took part in our sports day today and thank you if you were able to join us! 

We have enjoyed the sunshine and managed to keep hats and sun cream on!

The children seemed to enjoy their transition visits to Apple Tree class and parents didn't look too scared or worried!!

I thought I would add the photos of the children playing with the tubes; great imaginative play followed. Who needs expensive toys!

Next week we are talking about holidays.

Only three weeks left!!! Where has the time gone?

Friday 21st June

This week we read 'Bright Stanley' and thought about creatures that live in the sea. We have named and described unusual ones, made our own shimmering creatures and tried to predict which objects float and which sink. We have also learnt some new pirate songs and rhymes.

Outside we used our muscles to create foam with sponges and have really enjoyed the  sunshine.

We have been talking about moving up to Reception with the older children and most seem very keen and excited at the thought! Only four weeks to go!

Next week; New school starter meeting, Reception visit and Sports day!

In Nursery more sea adventures!

Friday 14th June

We have played out between showers and downpours this week and also used the hall in school for games. We practised numbers and throwing with our new target game. Continued to hunt for treasure but also worms and snails and got plenty of exercise on the trampoline and bikes.

We have worked on our cutting and name writing skills ready for 'big school'. We also talked about water; what we use it for and why it is so important.

It is lovely to see friendships developing amongst our younger children which hopefully carry on to next year when they become the 'older children'!

We now have our' borrow a bedtime book' box in the cloakroom. Feel free to take a book home then pop it back when you've finished.

Next week; under the sea.....

Friday 7th June

We have been over run by scurvy pirates this week at the start of our topic on water!

The children are fully embracing the role and enjoying dressing up and looking for treasure. They have made their own maps, taken it in turns to hide treasure and practised counting with gold coins. 

We enjoyed taking our new balls down to the field, we practised throwing and catching and sharing!!

It was very exciting to go and play in the Reception classroom. We went when no one else was there to have a good rummage around, we tried out the toilets and talked about how it was similar and different to Nursery. The children have been playing schools, doing homework and trying out some uniform.

The class photo went well, all looked very serious but listened well to instructions!

Next week; more pirates!

Friday 24th May

It has been a hectic but lovely week.

We started by watching a dress rehearsal of 'The Lion King' which prompted lots of hyena chasing games and singing.

We enjoyed going to the natural area of the school grounds, which is being developed to encourage wildlife, with our magnifying glasses and jars to collect specimens. We did talk a lot about caring for creatures and making sure we returned them to the right place.

We loved having the visit from Sam's Safaris to show us mini beasts and predators we might find so close to home!

A super week enhanced by the weather. I have been very proud of the children's behaviour throughout. We do have high expectations but the children always rise to meet them.

Have a lovely half term break and then its the last few but very busy weeks of the year.(Don't mention moving on!!)

Friday 17th May

Water play was busy in the sunshine this week. The plants were watered well and maintenance jobs undertaken! The children experimented with wheels and tracks noticing how quickly they disappeared in the sun.

Our shoe shop prompted lots of talk about size and matching pairs. We had some very polite shop assistants!

We have also read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and found out about the lifestyle of a butterfly.

Next week we have our visit from Sam's Safaris and we will be watching a dress rehearsal of The Lion King.

PLEASE name all your child's belongings, especially sun hats, water bottles, cardigans and hoodies as they don't always recognise their own.

Thank you!

Friday 10th May

We have been keeping fit this week! Talking about why exercise is good for us and what happens to our bodies when we exercise. It was also the first visit to the hall for some children. All coped well in the new space and listened to instructions well.

We have looked closely at ladybirds this week-painting, using play dough, counting spots, sorting by colour and enjoying the story; 'What the ladybird heard'. Did you know they come in lots of different colours and none are poisonous!

It is lovely to see developing friendships and and super cooperation-they are a lovely bunch!

Friday 3rd May

We have enjoyed finding out some spider facts this week, and have used spiders for counting, sorting, artwork and speaking and listening. We have discussed how spiders help us to get rid of pests such as house flies and about being kind to all living creatures!!! (Even scary ones!)

We have talked about the effect of exercise on our bodies after a keep fit session(I delegated that one!) and why exercise is important to staying healthy.

In small group work we have continued our phonics games and the older children also did some number work. They showed great listening skills and looked very grown up sat at the table together!

 Next week;ladybirds.


Friday 26th April

All things wriggly this week! The children looked for mini beasts outside and set up a snail home in our tank.We tried to catch spaghetti worms with tweezers and used them for painting. We also talked about length and shape and compared worms.

The older children are doing well at practising writing their names and organising their own things which we are practising in preparation for Reception. 

Next week; Spiders!!

Friday 19th April

A short but VERY busy week this week! Eight new starters, one new member of staff, an egg hunt and an Easter Egg scramble!

Thankfully everyone has just got down to business as usual. Our older children have been very kind and considerate to our new children, showing the way and including them where possible.

Our new starters have settled in beautifully and seem to be enjoying themselves.It does seem a little busier(and more noisy!) on a morning but I'm sure once we all know what to do the routine will take over.

Welcome to Miss Birks who has joined us to support us for some mornings and lunchtimes.and is also settling in well! 

This week we talked about Easter and made pictures and crafts. We have been developing fine motor skills with cutting and threading on an Easter theme.

Some children performed songs for an audience, singing beautifully and soaking up applause.

Inside a bit of a conga line developed which hopefully set the tone for this last term!

Next week;Minibeasts starting with worms.

Friday 29th March

We've had a  lovely end to the term and finally had our Spring walk.The children were excited despite us only touring the school grounds!

One of our children brought their giant pet snails which we all enjoyed investigating.

We hope you enjoy your little surprise and have a fantastic break!

Friday 22nd March

Our Vet's surgery has been very busy this week, with the children taking the role of both vet and animal.There has been lots of super talking; booking appointments, doing examinations and explaining what is wrong. The best thing though, has been observing the lovely caring nature evident in all the children's play!

We were very lucky as one of the children brought in the skin from their pet snake, and someone else brought in Siberian Husky fur!  We loved finding out and talking about these unusual things and also about how to care for our pets. We have had lots of fun discussing unsuitable pets and reading the 'Dear Zoo' book.

Its great when the children independently play games we have played at carpet time. Phonics games are very popular at the moment; making 'silly soup' by sounding out ingredients such as a 'l-o-g' and playing I Spy. All very good practise!

Next week we will continue with this very popular topic!

Friday 15th March

We have really enjoyed finding out about frogs this week.

We talked about where they live, what they eat, how they move and their life cycle. We have shared lots of frog stories and particularly enjoyed 'Oi frog' by Kes Gray and Jim Field, which led on to a focus on rhyming words. We made our own frogs who spent a LONG time jumping around the classroom!!!

We sang the 'Speckled frogs ' song to practise counting, the children even did their own version outside.

The stormy weather wasn't great for talking about Spring. It was great for running with ribbon sticks though. The children used trial and error to find the best length of stick and ribbon for streaming. They spent quite a while testing their ribbon sticks, covering quite some distance.

Next week;Pets and Vets-always a favourite with the children and hopefully Spring!!

Please could you send in a picture of your child with their pet to display and for us to talk about.

Friday 8th March

There was a great display of animal costumes for World Book Day which prompted lots of discussion and play. We chose new books for our classroom, talked about how to look after books and really enjoyed seeing the costumes throughout school. Thanks so much for making the effort and encouraging the children to join in. 

We have sung lots of songs about farms, matched mum and baby animals and identified their noises.

Earlier in the week we were overrun by Superheroes! Never a dull week in Nursery!

Next week:frogs and Spring!

Friday 1st March

Time flies when you're having fun but I can't believe its March!

The children have enjoyed finding out about jungles, wild animals and snakes in particular! We have had lots of tigers roaming the grounds outside in chasing games and animals escaping from snakes. We looked at patterns and length of snakes in Maths.

The nice weather has encouraged writing outside as well as a little bit of gardening!

It has been fantastic to see our 'older' children playing and interacting with our new children. They are so welcoming and everyone is getting along beautifully. 

Next week; farms and Spring.

Friday 15th February

We have really enjoyed our focus on rhymes this week and all the activities we have tried

We sang lots of nursery rhymes, acted them out with props, tried to fix Humpty back together again and used Humpty Dumpty to practise positional language. We have used rhymes to practise counting and found different versions of popular rhymes!

The warm sunshine has been a bonus and felt quite springlike. Enjoy your half term break together, lets hope the coughs and colds disappear.

Friday 8th February

The children have enjoyed finding out about Chinese New Year this week. We looked at artefacts and found out how some people celebrate, which lead to lots of fantastic role play! We even tried some crackers and 'lucky candy'!

Our castle was still very popular. Naughty fairies and wizards could often be heard cackling; 'mou,ha,ha,' as they turned staff to stone, into frogs, or the preferable-sleep for a hundred years.

In maths we were comparing length and height of objects such as wands and hair plaits.

The brighter weather saw lots of group games and teamwork outside and made us think of spring. 

Next week; our focus is Nursery Rhymes.

Parents Evening is Tuesday and Wednesday.

Friday 1st February

Snow at last!

We finally got to play in the snow, however it was the 'wrong' type of snow and not at all suitable for making a snowman! Instead we made tracks,snow castles, snow angels and filled containers. We had lots of fun and the children were very sensible,helping each other to get togged up and coming inside to warm up as soon as they were asked. We also brought the snow inside to play with!

During the week, the castle has held various knights, princesses and dragons as well as a very bad fairy. There have been super ideas for role play, some based on traditional stories and some with a modern twist and I think everyone has been involved at some point.

The small castle and figures lead to lots of discussion and language and was great for reinforcing sharing in Nursery. As did our hand puppets which we used to make up our own stories.

In maths we counted dragon eggs and in the craft area we made shields and wands and experimented with pipettes and straws in the paint. 

Its been a really enjoyable week full of enthusiasm! Lets see what happens when more bad fairies and wizards move into the castle next week!

Friday 25th January

A busy week, all about snowmen, the only pity being that we didn't have enough real snow to make one outside! We have used a variety of materials and techniques to make a snowman and done lots of talking about the weather and the children's own experiences. We counted the snowman's buttons, penguins and ordered numbered snowmen.

Staying inside because of the weather has led to some lovely group games and dressing up.We also went to the hall to use the large space to play some listening games. Our newer children coped well with the change of scenery and we all enjoyed the games.

Next week; Castles!


Friday 18th January

The weather obliged at just the right time this week! We were able to investigate real ice and frost to follow up our look at ice cubes in a tray. We used lots of describing words for how they looked and felt learnt a new rhyme '5 Little Icicles'.

In maths we added the right number of objects to match the number on the hat, matched the patterns on hats and scarves and used the Interactive whiteboard for counting practise.

The snowy small world with polar bears and penguins is stimulating new language and imaginative play and the role play area has been extremely popular. The girls and boys who have wanted to dress up have all shared the resources well, waiting patiently for their turn, choosing something else until their time. Having to wait for something you really, really want is good training for life!! As is having to keep trying when things are difficult; which lots of the children had to do with our cutting activity. It was a new skill for some and everyone tried really hard.

Next week; snowmen, a new rhyme and snow(hopefully!)


Friday 11th January

Welcome back to the children and their families this week and also welcome to our new starters and their families!

Everyone came back excited to see their friends and ready to get busy! We had a very smooth start to the year and are looking forward to getting stuck into our new winter topic! We sorted items by deciding whether they would keep you warm and dry in cold wet weather, which led to lots of discussion. 

Next week freezing and melting!

Friday 21st December

Wow what a week!

Singing at Blossom Court Tuesday, party Wednesday, Christmas Jumper Day today, presents, cards, dreadful wet weather, sickness bugs, high temperatures .......and a visit from Santa!!

BUT the children have remained calm, polite and good fun throughout the week!

We have had a lovely time, the children are very excited and its great to be able to share that with them.

Thank you so much for the lovely cards, gifts and good wishes. Have a super holiday, 

Happy Christmas!

Friday 14th December 

 The children did a FANTASTIC job on Tuesday for our Nativity!

 Everyone was aware of the expectations and sat quietly and still until it was their turn and remembered where they were supposed to be. It is a very big occasion with the lights, costumes and audience but the children coped brilliantly and seemed to enjoy it. They have been singing and acting out the story all week! I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and if you didn't manage to come I hope you like the photos.


Friday 7th November 

We have had quite a few children off with the sickness bug this week. Its going through school and comes on suddenly. We are constantly reminding the children about the importance of washing their hands after sneezing, going to the toilet and before eating. I think we are getting there, it does help that they enjoy washing hands and playing with the bubbles!

I hope you enjoyed the videos of the children using the 'magic way' of putting on their coat. They were excited to show you, it works with the coat on a table too! They are very capable and do enjoy their independence.

We have rehearsed and tried on costumes for the Nativity this week and all is going well.There are a variety of animals in the stable, some you may not have heard mentioned before!!

We made some decorations and trimmed up the classroom. The children are really good at decorating and stripping our Christmas tree which is great for their fine motor skills. I have said they should ask before touching anyone else's tree!.

We look forward to seeing some of you on Tuesday. You should have received information about our party, if not please ask.

Friday 30th November

We've had a very busy week and time is flying. We went into the hall for our first run through of our Nativity play: 'I spy Christmas' and the children were fab so fingers crossed! 

We talked a lot about how the police force are here to look after us and protect us and not just put bad guys in jail, although there was lots of that in role play! 

Lots of play has led from the Christmas story; numerous mums have given birth in stables surrounded by animals and we had the rock version of the songs outside!

I love my job!

Next week; more rehearsals, listening games, 3D shapes.

Friday 23rd November

What a miserable week outside!

The murky weather didn't stop our children being busy though and we did get VERY excited midweek with the snow. 

We have explored different types of lights that people use such as lanterns, candles, torches and fairy lights. We looked at reflective clothing and how it helps to keep us safe and found out that shiny things show up best in the dark cave. We talked about people who have to work at night when we are in bed and set up our own fire station.

We used a light box to show that our eyes need light to see which the children tested independently for a long time, just to make sure!

Outside we used natural objects for maths; build a triangle from sticks, get 5 leaves etc.

We have started practising our Nativity songs, which are coming along nicely and we have visited the hall to get used to the surroundings and let off steam when too wet outside. 

Next week; the emergency services, comparing heavy and light, starting rehearsals.

Friday 16th November 

Our dark cave was the place to be this week! The children really enjoyed exploring the dark with torches, some were more comfortable around the classroom but some brave souls risked the cave! The children have taken turns with the torches and supported each other when it was a little scary. We have talked about how the dark makes us feel and enjoyed lots of stories about the dark!

We have talked about animals that come out at night and have made nests for hedgehogs to hibernate. We have also thought about night and day and sorted objects that we use in each case.

We used bats for a counting activity and using positional language to place the bats.

Next week ;keeping safe, reflectors lights.

Friday 9th November

The children came in bright and enthusiastic this week and ready to see their friends.

We have talked about fireworks; what they look and sound like and how they make us feel!! We used the musical instruments to make our own firework sounds and made marks on the large tray. We have talked about some animals going to sleep in Autumn.

Water play took place in puddles this week; wellies would be a good idea!!!

Finally, we played a game called 'Silly Soup' where we add unusual items depending on their beginning sound. The children loved it and have played it all week taking it in turns to be Mrs Sudall. Very interesting hearing myself!!!

This morning we joined the rest of school in making a poppy to place on the grass bank as part of national Armistice day celebrations. We had some very good and thoughtful questions from the children which we tried our best to answer.

Friday 26th October

Fabulous shape work this week!

We have named, sorted, described, matched, found and built with common 2D shapes both inside and out, as well as painting on different shaped paper, printing and sticking. 

The children are now shape experts (?) so it would be lovely if you could encourage them to spot shapes when you are out and about over half term.

Some children made collage pictures using natural objects and our Autumn tray is now overflowing with treasure they have found.

It has been a very successful half term of settling in and getting to know each other. The children deserve a rest and hopefully will get rid of the horrible coughs and colds that are lingering.

Have a lovely week together, we will be exploring light and dark when we return.


 Please will you make sure your child has a warm coat and wellies after the holiday as we play out in all but the worst weather. Thanks

Friday 19th October

The fruit and veg shop has been very busy this week with shop assistants and customers.We have used vegetables throughout Nursery for describing, printing, painting, comparing size and weight and finger strengthening exercise in the form of scooping out the middle of a pumpkin.There has been lots of chatting about healthy foods and which fruit and veg we each prefer as well as paying in shops, numbers and counting.

We read the story 'Handa's Surprise' and children then acted it out.

Children have enjoyed mark making on whiteboards and mixing their own Autumn colours with paint. We also had a 'royal visit' from several princesses.

Everyone coped really well with the photographs on Thursday, they waited patiently for their turn and gave their most fetching smile!

Next week; shapes.

Friday 12th October

I thought we would show you the pictures of our lovely Autumn walk this week. We had glorious sunshine which showed the trees in all their glory. We stayed within school grounds to look for treasure and the children all filled a bag with leaves, pine cones and conker husks. I hope you appreciated them coming home!! The children listened carefully and followed instructions.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday morning. I hope you enjoyed our very brief Harvest celebration, the children said they did!. I was thrilled with how the children coped with visitors and hope it showed you how well everyone is following our routines and joining in.(Fingers crossed for our Nativity!!)

Next week;harvest on farms, and a fruit and veg shop.


Friday 5th October 2018

Two types of photos this week; some showing our work on senses and some of our new friends.

We played games and did activities that focused on each of our senses; feely bags, smelly pots, identifying sounds and exploring instruments, seeing far and near and a sensory basket to extend our language. The children were very trusting(well some were!) in our blind tasting session, we tried to describe fresh lemon, cocoa powder and icing sugar. The funny faces said it all!

I am thrilled at how the children are getting along. Children have joined us from a number of different settings, for some it is their first experience of Nursery and some have been here a year already. They are all at different ages and stages but are trying very hard to have fun. Some lovely friendships are developing but the nicest thing is when the children play together in a large group.

What a lovely bunch!

Next week Autumn and Harvest.



September 28th 2018

The doctors surgery has been very busy this week! People have struggled for an appointment. 

There has been some fabulous imaginative role play and language as the children looked after each other, used the telephone and wrote prescriptions. Sore throats and ears seemed the most common ailment!

We have been talking about keeping clean and healthy,  comparing height and naming parts of the body.

The group are gelling well and often play games all together which is lovely to see. We have had a bus journey and lots of picnics already!

There was science in action when the children discovered that they could change the sound of popping bubble wrap by changing the speed they rode over it. 

In real life the sickness bug is going around . Please remember if your child is sick they should wait 48 hours from the last time they are sick before returning to Nursery. 

Next week;the senses.

September 21st 2018

Welcome to everyone old and new!

We have had a lovely couple of weeks settling in and getting used to routines. The children have made new friends and renewed old ones. It does feel like our brand new children have been here forever as they have adapted so well in such a short time.

Here are just a few pictures from the start of term to show what we have been up to.




Next week; our bodies and keeping healthy!