Elland C of E Junior, Infant & Nursery School (VA)

May God give us the courage to try, the will to succeed and hope without limits

Westgate, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 0BB







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What we’ve been doing…

Platinum Jubilee

We loved learning all about the Queen's 70th Jubilee last half term. 
The children were thrilled to experience history in the making! We enjoyed creating collages and completing portraits of the Queen as well as reading books related to the royal family such as The Queen's Knickers.

Following Children's Interests

One of our students wanted to create a spiderman mask. Our pupil wanted to create a mask which covered his head but wasn't sure how to turn his idea into reality. With some adult support he was able to create a paper Mache Spiderman mask which became a big hit with the rest of his peers! 
We love to see what magical things unfold when we follow the interests of our children!

Crime Scene Investigations 

AI/CI      P+E  AL   CT  

Following on from our student’s interests, we arranged for the police to come into school and work with our children. Our two robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len stole our fine prized cow. We had a crime scene set up for the children to investigate and explore. The police told us how to carefully collect evidence and gather information to help arrest the robbers. The police also demonstrated how they use their equipment and when it might be necessary. We collectively talked about theft and how it is a criminal act. The children also learnt the importance of telling the truth and not taking things that do not belong to them.   

The children were able to share their thoughts around theft in a safe environment. Following on from this activity the children then helped create wanted posters to share around the community. With the help from our two officers, they patrolled our school looking for further clues.  

The children had a phone call from the police officers asking for back up! When we arrived outside, we found the two robbers and placed them under arrest. We helped to put the robbers in the back of the police van!  

A job well done from the early years team and police officers!  

Our next job is to find our fine prized cow…. 


Mother’s Day activities  

As part of Mother’s day celebrations our students made a paper flower for a special lady in their lives. The children were given the opportunity to choose their resources and collage a flower. This activity highlighted our students opportunity to develop independence as well as evaluating their ideas.


Today the boys worked in a small team collaborating ideas to make a tall house. They shared resources and were moving resources to and from areas. The boys noticed once they stood their house up that they couldn’t all fit inside. This made them think of other alternatives and led to evaluation and reasoning skills.  


I am an artist, watch me paint! 

Today the children became artists for the day. We decided to paint a picture of the farm from what the ladybird heard at night time. The children took ownership of their learning by mixing paint to create colours they wanted to use as well as cleaning up their resources. We talked about famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and how pictures have changed from the past because we no longer need to paint portraits due to the change in technology. The children evaluated their work and others sharing things they liked and what they could improve

WILL MY SEED GROW?Some of our students wanted to know what would happen if they planted the seeds from our red peppers.

We have now started our very own vegetable patch! The children are watering their seeds daily and looking for changes within their garden.

PROVISION ENHANCEMENTSWe decided to a map of the farm from our story 'What The Ladybird Heard'In doing so our students have been able to create their own small world farm following the map as a guide. The children showed great team work collaborating on their roles and ideas.

This activity was also great for critical thinking and helping our children think deeper about their ideas.

FARM YARDHaving read the story 'What the Ladybird heard' written by Julian Donaldson, we have sparked an interest of all things farms with our students!As a result during our 'busy jobs' the children helped work together to create our very own farm yard with a tractor!!

Wellbeing Wednesday Spa 

As part of our Children's mental health week, we transformed our Early Years unit into the 'Wellbeing Wednesday Spa' 
The children arrived at school in their pyjamas so that they were comfy for their treatments. We had a range of stations such as snack, hot tub, nails, facials, hand and foot massage, yoga, and meditation. 
Every child was invited to try each station. We assessed and talked about our feelings throughout the experience. Our children said they felt "relaxed and calm" We certainly did have a relaxing and pampered morning! 

Chinese New Year 

We loved learning all about Chinese new year! As part of our celebrations, we tried some noodles with chop sticks, threaded black string on our tigers, took part in a dragon dance and opened some of our fortune cookies! We had a great day learning about different cultures and understanding the traditions for people who celebrate Chinese New Year! 
One of our students celebrated the Lunar Moon and made a book to tell us all about his traditions! 

The Wonderful Wizzarding World of Elland 

For our maths topic last week, we learnt all about capacity. As part of our session the children followed simple potion recipes following the capacity of full, half full, nearly empty, and empty. 
After we had experimented with our ingredients the children had the opportunity to create their very own potions! 

Before Christmas we had a visit from Father Christmas! He told all the Early Years students how wonderful they are, and we couldn't agree more!

Christingle Service

We had a magical morning during our Christingle celebrations. Thank you to St Mary and All Saints Church for a Wonderful Service that we are sure our children will treasure forever.Our Children along with the rest of our school helped contribute towards our donation to The Children's Society.


Today our students enjoyed creating their very own Christingle for our Collective Worship tomorrow. We discussed the symbol of the orange and how each part of the Christingle has a meaning

Festive Playdough

Our students have enjoyed exploring the new enhancements in our playdough area. This week we have made a range of Christmas trees and reindeer. 

The Very First Christmas Story

Our students have loved exploring our religious area in which they can write prayers and share special stories from the bible. Here is one of our students acting out the very first Christmas story.

Letters to Father Christmas

During provision, our Children were given the opportunity to write and post letters to Father Christmas.

Carol Service

During our R.E lesson we discussed our family traditions during Christmas. This then led on to the topic of Carol singing. The children wanted to sing some of their nativity songs to the staff who work in our School kitchen. We decided to preform a short snipit from our Nativity!They really enjoyed our singing and dancing!

Nativity Plays

Thank you to all of our Grown-Ups who could attend our Early Years Nativity on Monday! We hope you had just as much fun as we did!

Christmas Dinner Day

We love our traditional Christmas Dinner Day! This day provides an opportunity for all of Early Years students and staff to sit together and celebrate the festivities.

Shape Detectives

This week in Reception we have been learning all about squares and rectangles. The children have loved going on shape hunts and re-creating shapes with a range of resources! 

Reindeer Food 

This week Foundation Stage have enjoyed making food for Santa's reindeers. We discussed the ingredients of magic, love, and hope. This also linked to our Christian values and how we have hope for ourselves and others. Our children will be selling their Reindeer food at our Nativity performance! 

Acts of Kindness and Love

This week we have reflected on our fortunes and discussed how we could support people who are less fortunate in our local community. This Christmas our children wanted to spread joy and love to individuals who are "very poorly"
We wanted to give a simple act of kindness by creating Christmas hearts for patients at Overgate Hospice. Our children spent their Wellbeing Wednesday colouring and writing heartfelt messages.
Here at Elland we are hoping to change the world one act of kindness a day.

We are very excited to share our gifts of Kindness with Overgate Hospice very soon!

Simple Games

Here is a simple yet effective game for children to enjoy! All you need is an empty chocolate box, counting cubes and dice.

The aim of the game is to fill all of the squares! When you roll the dice, you must identify what number you have landed on. After that, you are then allowed to add that number of cubes onto their squares.

We are Mathematicians!This week we have been wowed by two of our students. During our busy jobs they wanted to find a 'challenge' and actively found a busy job that they could have the will to succeed in.Our two students wanted to write numerals to 10 and find the correct amount of objects to match.

It's beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!Our foundation stage had so much fun decorating their classrooms in preparation for our Christmas celebrations. We provided the opportunity for interesting conversations around different beliefs and traditions during this festive period. The children worked as a team and shared their ideas to create an environment loved by all.

Reading in a Winter Wonderland...

Our new provision enhancement has been a huge success. Our children are continuing to founder their love for reading. We have a wide range of winter warmer stories that the children can explore in an engaging and exciting environment.

We are Risk Takers!

Last week Early Years were focusing on stretching and curling using a range of equipment! We love taking risks in a safe environment. We demonstrate our school vision of 'courage' by trying something new! 

Child Led LearningWe love watching our children flow with curiosity. Today some of our students decided to move their dolls in to the porridge area so that they could explore playing families.

Bath TimeOur children proving that they are the leaders in their own education. During this activity our students decided to collect the dolls from our role play area to bathe in the water area. This activity became much more than exploring space and measure. 


Our children are very creative and love to use various tools to explore colour and painting. 
This week we have tried to re-create a very popular activity which is very easy to set up, yet so effective! 

Book ClubEveryone is a reader and that's just what our children love to do. As part of our continuous provision we have added some of our children's favourite books outside and this was the result!

Here at Elland we aim to create a love for reading and support our children in become fluid and confident with their reading.

Busy Jobs - Perfume Making

The children loved making perfumes as part of their 'busy jobs' this week.It was great to see the children working together to make up a beautiful recipe for the perfect perfume. This activity was created based on our children's interests of making potions and creating recipes.It was a great opportunity to see collaboration and sharing of ideas. The children also took the opportunity to experiment with measurements such as measuring spoons and measuring jugs.

WINDOW CLEANERSWe had so much fun cleaning our school windows! The children were very enthusiastic and our windows are now glistening!This activity focused on both fine and gross motor development!

Busy Job Wednesday

Our 'busy job' this Wednesday was to make some delicious cheese or jam sandwiches for our Teddy Bears Picnic.We followed a set of simple instructions and allowed the children to get to work with minimal adult support. We want our children to become independent in every aspect of their learning.

Today's The Day The Teddy Bears have Their Picnic!

A day full of fun! We loved every second of Wellbeing Wednesday. The children were keen to eat their creations and enjoyed having the opportunity to talk about their special teddy with friends. We observed some beautiful conversations during our chat and snack.

Firework Powder Paint 

During our outdoor provision, the children enjoyed making marks with Powder Paint. We explored using a new technique with our brushes to create thin and thick lines. The children worked in pairs showing that they can share resources and ideas. 
Our outdoor area was a range of bright colours by the end of the day! 

Bonfire Celebrations in Early Years  

Step 1
The Children enjoyed learning about the celebration Bonfire night. We discussed the role of Guy Fawkes and King James. 
Step 2 
The children created edible sparklers using bread sticks, melted chocolate and sprinkles. We discussed the importance of washing our hands to ensure we do not contaminate our food with germs.  Adults promoted independence during this activity. 
Step 3
The children learnt all about fire safety especially on Bonfire night. We watched a video that explained how to hold Sparklers safely. The children practised following these safety rules with their homemade sparklers. 
Step 4 
Once the children had followed the safety rules, they enjoyed practising writing their names, shapes and letter sounds in the sky. 
Step 5
The children sat around our homemade campfire listening to nursery rhymes and campfire stories. We enjoyed eating our delicious creations! 

Pumpkin Day! 

Foundation stage took part in 'Pumpkin Day' 
The children initially designed their own pumpkin using paper and crayons. We discussed various emotions and how we can display them onto our pumpkins. 
We talked about the celebration Halloween and discussed how lots of people like to make Jack O' Lanterns as part of the festivities. 
We then worked in small groups carving and scooping out the pulp from the Pumpkins. 
The children liked the sensory experience of pulling out the pulp and feeling the texture. 
This activity demonstrated our children's ability to work in a team and share resources. 
Once the pumpkins were carved, we used the pulp to create our very own Pumpkin soup!
The children loved tasting what we had created, we discussed what the soup tasted and felt like and scribed the children's comments. 
We then left the pumpkins out in provision for the children to explore freely. 


Reception and Nursery enjoyed learning all about Baptisms!  
We explored how Christians welcome children and adults into their faith. 
The children loved using our role play to act out the celebration of a Baptism. 
We discussed why we have candles and crosses present at Baptisms and practised blessing ourselves with the sign of the cross. 


CVC Potion Making 

We have completed some SPOOKY work!!
The children have loved our new potion making area! This provision was created based on our children's interest towards the celebration Halloween. 
This enhancement has encouraged and motivated our children to write simple CVC words for their potions. 
The children then placed their potion recipes on the wall for their peers to try and re-create them. 

Friendship Bracelets 

In Reception we have learnt the importance of Friendship especially when starting school for the very first time! 
Today we decided to make friendship bracelets for people who make us feel happy. 
This activity allowed children to explore what friendship means and how we can be kind to others.

Stanley's Stick 

Reception Power of Reading story this term is 'Stanley's Stick' 
The children loved using their imaginations to transform their sticks. 
The children played with their creations all day!
We had a range of ideas such as a bird, a hedgehog, a bridge, an airplane, and a dinosaur foot! 

Who Will Help Me Make The Bread? 

Foundation stage worked together to make some delicious hedgehog bread.
The children learnt all about hedgehogs and how they are preparing for hibernation. 
We then made our own bread using both our fine and gross motor skills to help us.
Making bread also allowed the children to have a real life experience similar to nursery's story of 'The Little Red Hen' 
The children loved this activity and provided a great experience that the children will cherish.

Autumn Scavenger Hunt 

This term in Reception our topic is 'Why Do Leaves Go Crunchy?' 
The children have enjoyed learning all about seasonal changes and how leaves change colour and fall from the trees.  
We followed the children's interests and decided to go on a leaf hunt in our outdoor area. 
We heard some fantastic vocabulary and even used some of the leaves in our creative area.
The children made leaf men and ladies which are now displayed in our classroom! 

Phonics Super Stars

Reception have been eager to learn their new sounds! 
The children have enjoyed mark making inside and outside using their formation skills. 
We Are Reception Ready 
Reception have had a fantastic start to the Autumn term. We have enjoyed investigating our new classroom and making new friendships. 
The children particularly enjoyed our campfire reading area and exploring our outdoor provision! 

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