Nursery Class News

Healthy Eating

Posted on Saturday 30 June 2018 by Foundation One team

Week 4 – Healthy Eating

Children have loved tasting different types of fruits at snack time this week. Some children had never tasted some of the fruits and with a bit of encouragement to try them, they were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it!  Thank you very much for your kind donations. In group times, we talked about healthy eating and how to look after our teeth. Children enjoyed using toothbrushes to clean the ‘teeth’, making sure that they brushed the top and the bottom ones and got into all the gaps.

We were really pleased to see the butterflies had emerged from their cocoons. We looked at the patterns on their wings and talked about symmetry. In our painting area, we made butterfly prints and we used the Smartboard to draw symmetrical patterns.

Children were really excited to be able to release them into the garden and watched them fly away.

It was a very hot week in Nursery, we found lots of ways to try and keep cool. Can you guess what our favourite way was?

Week 5 – What are we learning this week?

There are lots of sports activities happening in school this week. Nursery will join in with some of them and take part in our own sports themed fun. We will:

  • Play ‘Sport’s day games’ outside involving running, jumping, throwing and catching.
  • Take part in Wake-up Shake-up.
  • Talk about how our bodies feel after we have been exercising.
  • Think about ways that we try to keep healthy.
  • Learn about the letter sound ‘j’ for jumping.
  • Play skittles and count how many pins are left standing.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Posted on Sunday 24 June 2018 by Foundation One team

Week 3 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Children loved listening to ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ last week; they especially enjoyed re-telling the story using story props in the puppet theatre. We have been monitoring our chrysalis closely, watching for signs of movement. So far, the majority are still hanging safely. On Friday, we saw that one butterfly had already emerged, but sadly, it had a damaged wing. Once we’d looked at it carefully, we decided the best place to let it go would be into the sunshine near some red flowers. Children were really thoughtful and suggested ways that we could try to help it. We decided that we’d become ‘butterfly vets’ and we tried to make it a new wing. Children experimented with mixing blue and yellow powder paints to make different shades of green and used the caterpillar outlines to carefully paint strip caterpillars.

Week 4 – What are we learning this week?

We’re going to continue learning about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ as this has been really popular. This week, we will talk about the food that the caterpillar ate and decide whether they are healthy or unhealthy. We will sort foods into categories, try some different types of fruit and find out about how to keep our teeth healthy when we do eat sugary foods. Look out for a brown paper bag in your child’s going home folder this week – there are some ‘teeth’ related goodies inside.These have been kindly donated by a member of Nursery – thank you.

Our letter for this week is… ‘f’ for food. Please sing along to the Jolly Phonics song at home and find things that begin with ‘f’ at home.

Home Link – Healthy eating

Posted on Sunday 24 June 2018 by Foundation One team

This week we are going to talk about the different foods that the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate.

– Which foods are healthy?

– Which have lots of sugar in?

We’d love children to be able to try some more unusual fruits, especially ones that we don’t get for snack time in Nursery.  If you are able to, please bring in a different fruit for us to taste. For example: plums, kiwi, mango, berries etc..

If you don’t want your child to take part, please speak to Nursery staff.

This week’s letter is ‘f’ for food. What can you find at home that begins with ‘f’?  Children love to add their items to our sound shelf, so please feel free to bring them in to Nursery.


Library competition – please vote!

Posted on Monday 18 June 2018 by Mrs Latham

Please vote for Scholes Elmet Primary in the National Book Tokens Competition!


Home Link – week beginning 18th June

Posted on Sunday 17 June 2018 by Foundation One team

We’re going to read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ this week. The caterpillars in nursery were beginning to make cocoons at the end of last week, so we’re hoping to see some butterflies emerging soon.

Here are few ideas of things that you might like to do at home to support your child’s learning:

  • Read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and talk about the story. What are your favourite types of fruit? Discuss the days of the week. What day is next?
  • Paint a picture of a butterfly or make a butterfly print. Talk about the symmetrical pattern on the wings.
  • This week we are learning about the letter sound ‘Bb’. What can you find around your house or outside that begins with ‘b’? You could bring it into nursery for our sound shelf.

Ladybirds and bees

Posted on Sunday 17 June 2018 by Foundation One team

Our ladybird and bee activities were popular last week; children especially enjoyed sampling different types of honey and looking at real honeycomb. We talked about how bees make honey and how it is collected from hives. It was lovely to see lots of creative activities throughout the week. Children painted and drew some great pictures of ladybirds with spotty wings and stripy bees. Outside, we used some large rollers to explore painting with different colours and textures. This led to lots of talk about colour mixing as children used the rollers to paint over existing patterns with different colours. At the end of the week, children enjoyed creating a giant race track down the hill using pipes and guttering.

Week 3 – What are we learning this week?

Hopefully, children will have told you that we have some caterpillar visitors in Nursery. Well, we did last week! We’re hoping that they will have been busy making their cocoons over the weekend. This week, we will read one of our favourite stories – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

In the maths area, we will make caterpillars with repeating colour patterns and will use loose parts to create caterpillars of different lengths. We’ll learn about symmetry and experiment in the art area with ‘butterfly’ printing and colour mixing to make different shades of green. Our letter sound this week is ‘b’ for butterfly. Please listen to the Jolly Phonics song on-line and sing a long at home together.

Visit this website for a fun caterpillar counting and ordering game or this website for a simple game about symmetry.

Transition to Foundation Two

For those children that will join Foundation Two at Scholes, we have begun our transition activities to help to prepare them for September. Children are getting to know the staff, visiting the classrooms and playground and are beginning to go to assemblies in the hall with the older children. At lunch time, children are learning how to carry their tray carefully to the table without spilling their lunch or dropping their cutlery! They’re doing very well.  We’re talking to children positively about the changes ahead and we hope that this will help them to feel happy and secure about the move to ‘Big School’.

Green fingers? Help needed!

Posted on Wednesday 13 June 2018 by Mrs Latham

Scholes in Bloom judging day is Monday 6 August this year. If you are available and would like to join the effort for gold, please come and collect a plant from Mrs Myers or Mrs Latham. All you need to do is look after it and meet us at the flower bed outside school on judging day at 10am. If you prefer, you could make a ‘scarecrow’ and bring it on the same day. The theme is ‘all creatures great and small’. Hope to see you there!

Home Link – L for ladybird

Posted on Sunday 10 June 2018 by Foundation One team

This week we are learning about the letter sound ‘Ll’.

What can you find around your house or outside that begins with ‘l’?

Please bring something into nursery that begins with L to put on our sound shelf. Remember to put your child’s name on it!

Minibeast madness!

Posted on Sunday 10 June 2018 by Foundation One team

Week 1 – Minibeast madness!

Welcome back to nursery. We hope that you all enjoyed the half term break. It was lovely to see everyone’s smiling faces on Monday morning; there was a real ‘buzz’ in nursery as children enjoyed chatting and playing with their friends again. This week, we enjoyed looking in the garden for minibeasts. Children spotted lots of different types of bugs. We made a list outside every time we found a new one and used the digital microscope to have a closer look.

Some children had remembered finding some tiny eggs and insects on the leaves before the holidays and went back to see if they could find them. They couldn’t see them, but they did find some ladybirds, including a black one, and lots of aphids. We talked about the lifecycle of a ladybird and how they change when they grow, just like the tadpoles did.

Week 2 – What are we learning this week?

Following on from our children’s interest in ladybirds, we will continue with this theme this week. In maths, we will count the spots on ladybirds and find ladybirds that have one more or one less number of spots. We’ll enjoy playing this ladybird counting game on the Smartboard.

Children have also been asking lots of questions about bees when they’ve seen them flying between flowers in the garden. We’ll enjoy finding out about how bees make honey; at snack time, we’re going to make toast and enjoy sampling some honey. If you don’t want your child to take part, please speak to a member of staff.  

 In the creative areas, we’ll experiment with different printing and drawing techniques to create spotty and stripy patterns. Can you make some spotty or stripy pictures at home? Please remember to encourage your child to mark make (draw) in lots of different ways.  Children will enjoy listening to ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’ – we’ll talk about what the music reminds us of.

In literacy, we’re going to read ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ and use pictures and props to re-tell the story. Please continue to play eye-spy games with your child to help them to hear the initial sounds in words. This week’s letter sound will be Ll’ for ladybirds. Click on the link to hear the Jolly Phonics song. What can you find around your house that begins with l?  


Scholes Gala and Scholes in Bloom

Posted on Tuesday 05 June 2018 by Mrs Latham

Please come and support our Skipping Crew and WUSU Crew at Scholes Gala this Saturday, 9 June 2018. We would also like as many children as possible to visit the planting stall. Children can take them home, look after them and then bring the plants and join us on judging day for Britain in Bloom on 6 August 2018 at 10am outside school. Scholes in Bloom are going for gold this year!