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



Early Years




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What we’ve been doing…

HogElland Potion Making Class

This week the children have been learning all about capacity! We have carefully measured our ingredients in cups in order to make a stirring spell. We have focused on the terminology full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty and empty.

Feel Good Friday 

On Friday the children enjoyed making monster milkshakes and tasting them! We also came to school in our feel-good clothing!

Relationship paper Chain Challenge 

The children were each given a partner who they usually do not work with. The children were set the challenge of working with someone different and ensuring their paper chain does not break. This challenge demonstrates friendship, acceptance and connections. 


Thankful Thursday 

In early years we made our friends a note of gratitude to show how thankful we are.


Wellbeing Wednesday 

For wellbeing Wednesday the Children enjoyed learning how to create cards for someone they love as well as designing their very biscuit to share with someone who makes them feel loved. We have had a fun filled day eating ice cream for our gold balloon reward! In the afternoon, the children created their own person, which will be made into a paper chain to celebrate our differences! We also played a game using string to demonstrate how we are all connected!  

Terrific Tuesday

Today the children spent time learning how to deal with overwhelming feelings through a simple guided meditation. During  lunch the children went on a walk and talk with someone new encouraging friendships and communication. We discussed how friendships, exercise and talking can really help our mind and bodies!   

At the end of the day we held an Elland’s got talent where each child showcased their talent. We celebrated each child’s success. We also had a range of talents such as dancing, singing, dinosaur facts, jumping and telling jokes.

Movement Monday 

This week in Early Years we are celebrating Mental Health week. Monday was based all around movement and how this has a positive impact on our mental health. We spent some time in the hall playing simple games that demonstrated teamwork. The children then enjoyed playing with a parachute and taking turns. We also learnt how powerful a hug is and took some time to hug our friends! 

Come and Write With Me 

Last week the children in early years received their very own writing folder or writing book. The children enjoyed taking ownership of their new intendent busy job! We spent some time decorating the front cover and then children were able to go and explore with their new writing tool. 

Read and Walk 

As part of our active school program we are trying to encourage our children to be physical in many aspects of their learning.This activity was created with the intent of children reading a word whilst walking around the provision areas. They were encouraged to create words for their peers to read as well as challenging their own reading capabilities.

Map Enhancements 

This week adults have added maps into the small world area. The aim was for children to discuss their local area and use directions whilst playing.During busy jobs some of our students decided to create a small world setting of Elland.

We observed teamwork and key language focused on our community.

Nursery Mathematics 

Nursery have been super busy this week! They have enjoyed learning how to match an amount to a numeral using penguins and cubes!We are mathematicians in the making!

Vets 4 Pets Elland

Following our children's interests and request we have transformed our role play area into a vets!This brand new area has brought around lots of conversations and imaginative role play!

Chinese New Year Celebrations!

This week the children in early years have enjoyed learning all about Chinese traditions during this festive period. As part of our busy jobs the children created collage lanterns, dragon masks and silhouette rabbits to represent the year of he rabbit.We also wanted to say a huge thank you to our wonderful parents who have taken their time to help create dragons as part of our topic homework! We were blown away by the children's efforts.

Hot chocolate on a cold winters day

As part of our shiny jar reward the children in early years were able to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate with cream Yum!The children enjoyed having a chit chat and cheers whilst enjoying their well deserved reward!

We are Artists

This term we are learning all about Antarctica and The Artic. As part of our expressive art and design session we learnt the skill of collaging using tissue paper and PVA glue. Each child was given a choice between collaging an emperor penguin, blue whale or a polar bear.The children then had the opportunity to explore each others work and describe what they could see and how it made them feel.

Outdoor Learning 

Early Years enjoyed exploring in the winter snow. We discussed the changes in season and allowed children to use all of their senses to investigate both ice and snow.

Big Draw 

Our Nursery students love to take part in big draw. This lesson allows children to mark make and explore holding a pencil effectively. This week we learnt how to draw a Penguin. The children followed small simple steps and had achieved this fantastic outcome! 

Balance Bike Ability

Early Years enjoyed learning how to ride a balance bike safely and effectively. We were lucky enough to receive some funding to take part in this fantastic session.
The children worked their gross motor muscles and exercised their leg muscles by pushing their bike with their feet.

SCARF Workshop

This week we had a fantastic visitor from our friend Harold the Giraffe. He helped early years learn all about their bodies and ways of staying active. We discussed the importance of our physical and mental health! 
We really did have a fun filled session! 

A Special Visitor

One Cold Frosty Winter's morning Elland C of E had a very special guest!
To our Suprise Father Christmas came to visit our pupils! 
Father Christmas was very impressed with all of our busy jobs and acts of kindness (including the grown-ups) 

A Miracle in Town

Our pupils blew our socks off during their nativity performance this week. Here is a little snippet from our cast! 

Food For Maths

This week Nursery have enjoyed sorting and sharing food in the home area as part of our mathematics topic. The children then went on to create their own picnic sharing between 4.

Biscuit Bear Homework 

The grown ups in early years challenged the children to create their very own biscuit bear during their homework. We then held a show and tell and discussed the process of making the biscuit bears.

Nursery Counting Games

During our maths session in nursery the children enjoyed throwing bean bags into a hoop and counting how many landed in each hoop. We focused on careful counting and modelled counting beyond 5.  This activity also relates to gross motor skills which enables children to become effective writers.

Phonic Race 

We have transformed our challenges this week so that they focus and reflect the needs of our pupils. This activity enables children to understand the rules of simple turn taking games as well as recognises, reading and saying taught sounds and tricky words. Using a dice enables children to recognise numbers in various contexts as well as early substituting skills.

Maths Challenges 

During our busy jobs our pupils have been keen to take part in our mathematics challenges focusing on matching amounts, recognise the most and least in amounts. For further challenge we have encouraged children to create number sentences and explore the composition of numbers to 10. 

A messy busy job 

In nursery our pupils have enjoyed exploring textures using porridge and rice krispies. Following our children's interest we enhanced our sand area and encouraged the use of cups and containers to explore capacity and size.

Festive Fine Motor 

During our Busy Jobs the children in early years enjoyed decorating our abstract Christmas tree using baubles, tinsel and a range of 2d shapes.

Autumn 2 Gold Balloon Reward

This term the children in early years wanted to have a pyjama teddy bear picnic. We talked about our teddies and why they are special to us. During our picnic we listened to the nursery rhyme 'teddy bear's picnic' and read the story we are going on a bear hunt! 

Can a Biscuit Ever Be Safe?

Here is a clear and beautiful example of child initiated play. This half term the children have enjoyed reading the book 'Biscuit Bear' written by Mini Grey. As part of our curriculum we discussed the question 'Can a biscuit ever be safe?following on from this discussion some of the children decided to create somewhere safe for Biscuit Bear to live using junk modelling. One child planned our their ideas first before finally creating their final product. WOW!

Patterns Patterns everywhere 

Last week our mathematics focus was patterns. We learnt how to make a simple pattern using colours, fruit, counting bears and other loose objects! 

Bonfire night celebrations 

As part of our curriculum the children have been learning about different celebrations that take place in our country as well as across the globe. This week we have discovered the meaning behind bonfire night and why it is such an important part of history.  

  • We have shaped our bodies and travelled in various creative ways pretending to be fireworks blasting off in the night sky. The children enjoyed this activity and were able to express and demonstrate their ideas through dance.  
  • The children have also created firework paintings by carefully selecting illuminous colours and mastering the technique of flicking their paint brush to cause an effect.  
  • We have also created our very own sparklers using bread sticks, melted chocolate and sprinkles to replicate a sparkler. This activity focused on following instructions and managing personal hygiene. We followed up this activity by allowing the children to take their sparklers outside and pretend to write letters and shapes in the sky like they would with a real sparkler.  
  • We discussed fire safety and stressed the importance of keeping ourselves safe when visiting bonfires and watching fireworks. The children then helped to make a pretend bonfire outside in our outdoor area!  

Adult initiated activity      playing and exploring           UTW, EAD, CL, PSED and PD

Stirring Spells 

As part of our 'Messy Busy Jobs' the children cooked up a spell using a range of pumpkins. We added a range of ingredients to create a frothy potion. The children were able to use their imaginations to produce an idea for the outcome of their spell such as 'this potion will make you freeze' and 'my potion will turn you into a frog'. 
Our nursery children also enjoyed the process of mixing and stirring the solution, as well as using descriptive language to describe what they could see.

Pumpkin Carving 

As part of our Halloween celebrations our students thoroughly enjoyed carving pumpkins.
 They were able to explore the pulp and seeds through messy investigation using interesting language to describe textures and smells. This activity also promoted teamwork and sharing skills as children had to take turns and discuss what face their pumpkin would have. 

Diwalli Rangoli Patterns 

This week the children in early years have enjoyed learning about the Hindu celebration Diwalli. 
As part of the celebrations, we encouraged children to explore and create their own rangoli patterns using pasta.

Winnie the Witch Big Draw 

This week our big draw was based around our spooky celebrations. 
The children found a broomstick in our classroom and discussed who they thought it belonged too. With further investigation we found out the broom belonged to Winnie the Witch and wanted to give it back to her. We created some wanted posters and learnt how to draw a witch. 

Fine Motor Pumpkin Challenge 

The children enjoyed using hammers to place golf tees into the large pumpkin. This activity also focuses on children's hand and eye co-ordination as they have to carefully assess where to place the golf tee before using the hammer. 

Spooky Potions 

During our Busy jobs some of our children were inspired to create their very own spooky potions based on our activity from the Halloween get busy with me session. The children selected a range of resources to use as ingredients for their spectacular potions. 
One potion turned you into a dragon if you drank it!

Gold Balloon Reward 

This term the children chose to come to school in fancy dress for their golden balloon reward.

Halloween 'Get Busy with Me' Morning

This half term Early Years hosted their very first Get Busy with Me morning. The idea of this event was that parents and carers were able to experience some of the activities their children take part in during 'Busy Jobs' at Elland C of E school. We had four activities planned including  potion making, ghostly biscuits, magic wands and pumpkin sun catchers. 
One parent said "I really enjoyed getting to see all the wonderful ways my daughter gets to learn through play'

Pumpkin Sorting 

This week in Early Years we have been learning all about size using a range of pumpkins. The children sorted the pumpkins from smallest to largest comparing each pumpkin as they arranged them. We then asked our students to cut out the pumpkins from smallest to largest and order them onto black paper. 
This activity not only focused on mathematics but encouraged independent use of scissors and a broader range of vocabulary based on size.

Books Glorious Books

We have clearly founded a love for books. During our busy jobs we managed to capture a picture of this special moment! Our students are clearly demonstrating their ability to get lost in a good book. They are focused on their book and have shown the ability to look at the illustrations and print, as well as carefully demonstrating how to turn the pages. 

Spooky Season Is Here

Today the children arrived to school to find some pumpkins placed on our investigation table. This activity was created to encourage descriptive language and for our students to speak in full sentences.However, the adults noticed that some children wanted to complete a still drawing of the pumpkins or mark make their thoughts!

Incy Wincy Spider

The adults in Early Years have responded to our children's next steps by teaching them the skill of using scissors correctly to cut through paper.Using scissors helps children develop their fine motor muscles and is a great skill to have when creating in the expressive art and design corner.

Ball Skills

During our P.E sessions this term we have been focusing on small and large ball skills. Today's session was based around co-ordination and balancing skills. P.E is a great way to focus on our physical development as well as the importance of teamwork.

Mathematics During Play

Here are some great snippets of math's investigation during our busy jobs. This term we have focused on matching, sorting and patterns. The children then explored these concepts further during their child-initiated play.One child sorted all of the bears based on colour and discussed which group had the most and weighed more.

Matching and Sorting 

Our mathematics topic has been focused on the concepts matching and sorting. 
We have enhanced our provision by creating a new challenge area which allows students to explore matching in a play-based way. 
Our students have been matching the ten frames' cars to the numicon houses during their 'busy jobs'. They have further extended their learning by adding counting bears and numerals to stretch their knowledge of matching and sorting.

Autumn Arts and Craft Morning 

Today Early Years put on their crafty caps and became artists for the morning. We have been learning all about autumn and investigating animals who hibernate during the winter months. Following our children's interests, we split into 3 groups and looked closely at pictures of squirrels, badgers and hedgehogs. 
Our students then got busy drawing features of their chosen animal, putting their imagination to paper. They carefully looked at images of their animal and discussed features and described their animal. "mine is spikey" "mine has a stripey face"
We then discussed how we could add texture to our drawing bringing it to life. 
This was our first craft morning and showed the importance of teaching artistic skills to further develop and enhance our work. 


We have already founded our love for all things phonics! 
At Elland C of E, we follow Ruth Miskin's 'Read Write Inc' and have enjoyed spending time with Fred the Frog who taught us the game 'splat it' 
The children then enhanced this activity during our 'busy jobs' by adding a timer to test their speedy sounds. 
We really do have a can do attitude! 

Godly Play 

During Mrs Greenwood's Religious Studies, the children learnt about the bible story of 'Jesus Blessing the Children'. The children were then invited to explore the small world play during their 'busy jobs' and re-tell the story in their own words. 


Our mathematics lessons have been based around the mathematical concepts of matching and sorting. 
We have enjoyed matching socks, numicon and pigs! 
We have also explored matching in different ways such as matching sounds created by instruments and sorting pompoms by colours during our 'busy jobs' to consolidate learning. 
We have encouraged the use of correct terminology so that our students can discuss why items match in detail promoting language development and reasoning. 

This is no Ordinary Stick....  

Our Power of Reading book this term is 'Stanleys Stick'
As part of our work, we collected a range of sticks for the children to explore. They were then invited to create and interpret their stick whatever way their imaginations would let them. 
Some of the children created wands, broomsticks, walking sticks and marshmallow toasters. 
Links to curriculum: 
Being imaginative and expressive art and design. 

Queen Elizabeth II

As a mark of our respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II our Early Years Foundation Stage wanted to pay their respect to her legacy and hard work throughout her rein. Today we enjoyed a traditional English Afternoon tea in which we discussed our memories of the Queen and described the factors that made her so highly thought of throughout  the world. Our pupils then went on to decorate pictures which they can treasure for the rest of their lives. At the end of the day, we gathered together and lit a candle in remembrance of our queen and so that "God's light can guide her to heaven"
"I really liked the dresses she wore" said one student. 
One pupil said "She has a crown on her head and the king were so sad" when talking about the funeral cortege 

What a brilliant start to the new academic year! 

Say hello to our new pupils who are at the beginning of their learning journey. 
Our Early Years foundation stage have settled into their new learning environment with great curiosity and excitment! 

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