West End Primary School

West End Lane, Leeds,
West Yorkshire LS18 5JP

0113 2582819


We are now taking bookings for Nursery places for 2018/19, please contact the school office for more information.

Nursery - Toucan Class

Summer Time.

 Our main aim this half term in the lead up to our Summer Holiday is to continue with our Transition activities for those children beginning school in September and continuing to develop the self esteem and confidence of our N1's who will be staying with us into the new academic year.  Additionally we will be inviting teachers from settings in and around Horsforth to visit our children within our Nursery setting as well as the children making their exciting series of visits into their new schools. We will be building upon our learning experiences with our Toucans as we home our running and sporting prowess in readiness for our themed Healthy Schools Week in school having lots of fun in the process! We welcome your support to enable your child to become independent and confident in our setting as we continue to provide a wide breadth of wonderful experiences to fully support our Foundation Curriculum. Our main focus this half term as the weather continues to be warm and sunny is 'Summer & New Life' with our main theme being 'Farms & Life Cycles'. As part of our Project work we would like to invite members of our Toucan families to come in to Nursery to share their pet's and pet experiences with our children in our setting. We would like to also invite any of our parents that may work with animals on any level to come in to Nursery to talk about their chosen professions with the children. We will be continuing to work in our Nursery garden to plant vegetables and flowers and would appreciate your kind donations of plants, shrubs and seeds. We hope you will support your child in practising our songs and rhymes relating to the Butterfly Life-Cycle as the children experience first-hand, hand rearing caterpillars into butterflies in class. As we approach the end of our successful Nursery year we will be sending out an open invitation for you to join us in celebrating our wonderful year in Nursery by attending our annual, family Teddy Bears Picnic. Our emphasis as always in Toucan Nursery remains unchanged and  is upon  excellence and enjoyment and learning through play with our focus being on child-led learning. Please check our Nursery Website Calendar for all our forthcoming Summer events.

 Wk 6. 09/07/18  into Wk 7. 16/07/18

Transition Continues:

As part of our continuing transition process we have continued to welcome teachers from other Reception settings into our Nursery to spend time with our children as they continue to personally make their visits in to their schools. 

Horsforth Walk of Art: Saturday 7th July

I am pleased many of our Nursery families were able to enjoy the Horsforth Walk of Art over last weekend. I am sure you will agree that our West End caterpillar was amazing .... we hope you managed to follow the map and find our other exhibited works of art.

Toucan Wow! Moment:

 We were so excited to discover the first of our beautiful butterflies in Toucans this week. Our caterpillars have magically transformed, emerging from their restful sleep (two weeks in the safety of their cocoons) to become butterflies. We went into our Nursery garden to begin to release our butterflies into our flower, wild patch. 

Keeping Safe in the warm, sunny weather: 

We have been keeping our Nursery children safe by giving them a choice to work inside or out, making sure that that those children spending time outside are wearing their sun hats.  We have been applying sunscreen after our lunch eaten in the shade and drinking plentyt of extra water. If the afternoons have become too hot we have sought out the cool shade of our Sensory Area or taken all our children into our air conditioned Nursery unit. During our mindfulness sessions our children have had the opportunity to re - charge their batteries to ensure that they are pacing themselves during our summer heatwave!

We have been continuing to develop our personal targets by practicing our drawing, writing & counting skills as well as working on the initial letters of our names and the letter sounds contained in our names. We hope you will be able to support your child over this half term in practising  and developing  their targets using their target slips as part of their Toucan homework tasks.

End of Year:

Gosh! I cannot believe that we are almost coming to the end of our academic year in Toucans. We have shared an amazing adventure together across the year (with lots of giggles, fun, play and learning) and although our children who will be starting school in September are fully prepared and ready, it will be very hard for our Nursery Team to let our little people go. We would like to thank all our wonderful families for your invaluable support across the year, it has been an amazing team effort. Well done everyone!This week we will be sending home your child's end of year Bertie Bear certificate and All About Me Nursery Activity sheet for your children to treasure. Our end of year School and Nursery Reports/Learning Journeys will shortly be emailed out to our families. We ask that you complete your parent, comment sheets (as we value your feedback) by email and or send in a paper copy to Nursery. We will close Tapestry (our on-line Toucan Learning Journey) on Friday 20th July. For those children starting school in September their parents will receive an email with a  link to a downloadable PDF file of your child's Tapestry Learning Journey for you to treasure and keep.

Head Lice Alert:

With the warm weather we are asking you to be extra vigilant in checking your child's head for head lice as we have had several reported cases of head lice in Nursery. We have sent a Parentmail and a letter home in your child's book bag (detailing the best way to check your child, how to treat their head if you find eggs/lice... and how to prevent them from returning) to alert you to the fact.  

FOWE PTA Bun Sale: Thursday 5th July:

Thank you for your kind donations of baked goods. Our summer bun sale proved very popular, raising over £90. Well  done everyone!

FOWE PTA Summer Disco: Friday 6th July: 

We all had fun at our summer, end of year school disco.... it was so lovely to see so many of our Toucans enjoying the dancing and joining in the themed games. Despite the warmth of our school hall we raised a very healthy £425. A brilliant team effort everyone.

Advance Notice: Nursery End of Year Teddy Bear's Picnic Tuesday 17th July

We would like to invite all our Nursery families to join us in celebrating a fabulous school year in Toucans by joining us for our end of year Teddy Bear's Picnic in our Nursery outside classroom on Tuesday 17th July from 2.00pm for the last hour of our school day. I have placed a sign - up sheet on our question table. Everyone is welcome... including any children who do not attend a Tuesday session along with parents, grandparents, carers, babies and toddlers. I will be sending out food requests this week of items to contribute to our party.


Polite Reminder:  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the warm, sunny weather. We ask that they keep a sunhat and sun-cream in Nursery for their personal use. 

Latest Toucan Class Nursery Events

Nursery End of Year Teddy Bears Picnic17Jul2018

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ In our Nursery Out-Side Classroom

Bring your Teddy along to our end of year party. Parents/carers, grandparents, babies and toddlers are all welcome. Party contribution slips will be sent out to those families who are able to attend our special end of year event.

Break up for Summer Holidays24Jul2018

@ School/Nursery Closed

Enjoy a lovely summer with your Family & friends. Returning Monday 3rd September.

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