YR K.Holmes

July 19, 2017

Minibeast Hunt


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Tropical World

Children in Reception Class visited Tropical World to find out about caterpillars, butterflies and lots of other animals.

We learnt about how caterpillars make a cocoon before turning into beautiful butterflies.

We learnt about tropical birds and how they are camouflaged in the tropical trees.

We learnt about snakes and spiders and how they shed their skins.

In the aquariums, there were so many different types of fish that we couldn’t count them all!

After looking around Tropical World we had lunch in the bandstand and then went for a long walk in Roundhay Park.  There were lots of beautiful flowers and interesting trees.

It was a great day out!


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Spelling Competition

We are proud to announce we had our first Super Speller Competition this year at Rainbow. Well done to all the children who worked hard all year to learn their weekly spellings. We had three rounds in the competition and finally arrived at one overall winner from each year group. The winners won a trophy, prize and certificate. We now have a big trophy in school which will be updated with the winners’ names annually. Do YOU have what it takes to be a Super Speller next year? 


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April 29, 2017

Lister Park

On the 28th April 2017, Reception went to Lister Park and Cartwright Hall. We explored the park and looked for different types of plants and flowers.  We saw lots of different birds on the pond such as ducks, swans, moorhens and geese. 

We had an art workshop in Cartwright Hall and looked closely at different famous pieces of art.

At the end of the day, we had some time to play in the playground before returning to school.


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April 6, 2017

Reading challenge


By sharing stories with children, parents can build their child’s self-esteem, build better relationships and have fun.  By reading to children, parents can stimulate their child’s imagination, teach and learn new words, improve concentration, develop their skills to explain and talk about their ideas. 

Reading is a wonderful tool to support children in all aspects of their development, both academically and with their personal development;

  • building relationships,
  • speaking and listening skills,
  • confidence
  • happiness to grow into happier, more successful adults.

Many parents joined in our READING CHALLENGE this term.  Their challenge was to read for 15 minutes per day for 2 weeks and then to increase the length of time reading with their child to 30 minutes a day for the following 2 weeks. 

They celebrated completing their reading challenge and received a free book and certificate.


“Getting fathers involved really makes a difference.”

“We had more fun time together.”

“It helped my child to read some of the tricky words.”

“It helped to develop vocabulary and concentration in a fun way.”





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February 14, 2017

Stay and Play


Thank you to parents who attended our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. 

Children in our Reception class love ‘Stay and Play’ sessions and sharing their experiences in school with their mum’s, dad’s and other family members.  

‘Stay and Play’ sessions in Reception give parents the opportunity to talk to their child about their play and learning. Parents can talk to teachers and find out about their child’s progress and how they can support their child at home.


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Bikes and Balancing

The Children in Reception are learning about balance.  They are having four lessons with a specialist to learn about balance using balance bikes.  

They are learning about safety too.  Children have learnt about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding bikes and wearing gloves to protect their hands.  They have also been practising looking forwards at all times when riding their bikes.


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January 25, 2017


In Reception we explore mathematics and counting using lots of different equipment.  From role play shopping games, to making patterns and counting games. Maths is in almost everything that we do! ​  We are learning about numbers to 20 and counting on and back.  We are matching numbers to quantity and adding two single digits to find the total.

You can help your child at home by asking them to find numbers in the environment and in shops.  Play shopping games and add 2 numbers together.  Let your child play with coins to count out a number, take 1 away or add 1 more.


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December 15, 2016

Children in Need

The school council at Rainbow Primary School raised money for Children in Need by making and selling cakes and buns. They managed to raise a total of £42.10!! A huge well done to them for all their efforts and hard work to help those who less fortunate than others.


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