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Fearnville Drive, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD4 8DX

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Mrs A. Gray

We believe. We achieve. We succeed.


"Helping children grow, to reach their full potential."


We are a home like environment providing a safe base, where there is a balance of teaching, learning, care and structure. Children attend four sessions per week.

The Meadow is staffed by two experienced and nurture-trained Teaching Assistants - Mrs Dooling and Mrs Cerny who are supported by the school SEN co-ordinator - Mrs Doran

The meadow - nurture - 2016/17

 Click here to see previous years.

Summer (2nd half )

Welcome back!

Our book focus continues with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The younger children played The very hungry caterpillar game and recapped on the story as they moved along his body. Both groups have played Emotion-oes and there has been lots of discussions about feelings. 

Last half term the children designed their own bugs, work has begun and we are slowly bringing them to life.

Father's Day

All week our focus has been our Dad's,  Grandad's and special men in our lives. We have shared through discussion, what makes these people so special and acknowledged this fact with unique cards.

Our younger  children collectively made a very hungry caterpillar, using tights, shells, sand and cress seeds. We discussed what would be needed for the seeds to grow. They agreed that, "Water, sand or soil and sunlight would make them grow." 

We played Healthy Living and Eating board game, to support our thoughts and help design healthy lunchboxes.

This week we harvested and cooked our new potatoes for snack. See the recipe below, for a tasty change.

Baked new potatoes in browned lemon butter

 650g new potatoes (washed) 

125g butter

juice of half a lemon

salt and black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 190c  
  2. Add the potatoes to a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes.
  3. Add the butter to a pan, melt until golden brown and nutty in smell. Then pour into a bowl and add the lemon juice.
  4. Drain the potatoes and add them to the liquid in the bowl.
  5. Transfer to a roasting tray, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 8/10 minutes until crisp.
  6. Enjoy!

Summer 1 (1st half)

This half term we are thinking about new life and growth.Our book focus is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This week the children have made a diary of the events and designed their very own hungry bugs. Watch this space for their finished models.

This week we have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, the children have sequenced The Very Hungry Caterpillar story in preparation for role play next week. Motor skills have continued and the children are beginning to display confidence and their core strength is improving. 

As part of our daily routine we discuss the weather, date and feelings. The children refer to the  BBC weather graph and transfer information like temperature, wind speed and expected weather onto our chart in class. 

Spring Term (2nd half)

As the new term began we made pancakes and tasted several different toppings, ordered them from largest to smallest and played a pancake barrier game. We planted our seed potatoes outside in plastic grow bags. We have topped them up with compost twice, as green shoots were becoming visible. 


Our celebrations began with the children learning about the christian belief. They sequenced the story using pictures and retold the story in their own words. They made cards for their special grown ups and made chocolate Easter nests. See below for the recipe.

Easter Nests


75g of cornflakes/rice crispies

250g milk chocolate

2 tbsp golden syrup

75g butter

100g mini eggs


1.Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases.

2.Melt the milk chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl in the microwave.

3.Put the cornflakes into a bowl.

4.Pour over the melted mixture an stir until covered.

5.Spoon the mixture into the cases and decorate with mini eggs.

6.Leave to set in the fridge.


Spring Term (1st half)

Spring has sprung!

Although the weather feels cold, new shoots and daffodils can be seen around our room. Changes have also happened inside too, we now have a sink with running water and a bathroom.

This half term we will be continuing our focus activities around the book One Snowy Night. The children will be designing a practical outdoor outfit and through discussion and testing, we will investigate the best materials to use.


Spring Term (1st half)

 Happy New Year!

Welcome back, we hope you all had a Merry Christmas and are recharged and ready for the new year. This half term our book focus will be One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth.

Chinese New Year

 We have been learning about the Chinese New Year, the traditions, rituals, relevance and tasting delicious foods. During art we have recreated roosters. This animal will represent the Chinese New Year which begins on the 28th January.

Autumn Term  (2nd half)

Happy Halloween

The children were excited to return to school after the break on such a spooky day. We carved pumpkins, spoke about our outfits for the night, played a barrier game and discussed our fears.

Remember, remember the 5th November

We talked about the history of Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes, then we designed safety posters, had lots of discussions about how to keep ourselves and others safe, finally we used paint and cardboard rolls to produce individual firework art.

Remembrance Day

After watching a video and gathering information we already knew,  we made posters, poppies to wear, produced poppy wreaths and decorated buns.

Butternut squash soup

This week we made butternut squash soup for snack, the children practiced their cutting skills and measured out liquids.

Follow the recipe below for a low cost, delicious, hearty meal.

You will need:

2 butternut squash

2 large onions

2 cloves of garlic

1 pint of vegetable stock

2 tbsp of olive oil

pepper to taste


1.Cut off the top and bottom, peel and scoop out the seeds of the squash.

2.Dice the squash.

3.Peel and dice the onions.

4.Fry the onions and garlic in a pan with the oil.

5.Add the squash and fry for a further 5 minutes.

6.Pour in the stock and simmer until the vegetables are soft.

7.Add pepper to taste.

8.Allow to cool and blend to a smooth texture.

9.Serve with crusty bread.





Continuing on with the autumn theme the children have enjoyed playing bingo, making natural collages and drawing symmetrical leaves.

Autumn Term  (1st half)

Amazing Autumn!

Welcome back after a mixed summer. As the season begins to change our nurture group welcomes some new additions. This half term our topic is "Marvellous me!!" we will be focussing on  what makes us individual and special.

The children have used mirrors and carefully sketched themselves, paying special attention to their unique features.

The meadow - nurture - 2015/16


Nuture Staff: Mrs J Dooling & Mrs T Cerny


Summer Term (2nd half)

Sizzling Summer!

Hope you all enjoyed the break and the glorious weather, lets hope it stays that way. Our raised beds are blooming and the crops are almost ready to harvest. We have tried to bring the outside in, we have made flowers from the seed packets we previously designed. Our grass hedgehogs are amazing and in need of a trim.

One day this week we baked bread, shaped into hedgehogs. We carefully followed the recipe and timings and the bread rose well and tasted delicious. They were all unique and individual. Our teachers ate theirs with butter and jam for lunch. 

We have played old fashioned games too, including dominoes with our younger children and  had a connect 4 knock out with the older ones. It was good to see their competitive yet fair personalities.  


Our group has taken part in The Grow Your Own Project. We have had support from two of their gardeners, offering suggestions of produce to grow and plenty of hard labour. We were visited by two judges on Wednesday, our children showed them round our raised beds and recalled what we planted. Fingers crossed we have done our best and the results will be published in the next few weeks.

Tyersal Park

Fun was had on our nurture trip to Tyersal Park. We travelled there by bus where we looked at all the features that make a good park. The children recorded their findings, which we will use at a later date to design our ideal parks. After a tour and discussions we had an enjoyable snack time. Then we all investigated the playground equipment and had chance to run off our energy. Finally returning to school on the bus again.

As the school year comes to an end, so has our gardening project. We finished with a cook and eat session, where the children made Spanish omelettes with our very own home grown potatoes and donated eggs from one of our teachers farms.

What a surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just as we broke up for the summer holidays, we had a surprise visit from Jen Scott from the grow your own project. She came to present us with a trophy. We won the gardening competition. We produced the best crops, we impressed the judges with our gardens and hard work.

Summer Term  (1st Half)

Welcome back!!!

Although we are now in the Summer term the weather has yet to show this. Fingers crossed it will improve as we are looking forward to getting outside more for gardening and outdoor learning. We have welcomed to both our groups new children, who are settling in nicely and beginning to follow the routines of the day.

Our book focus is The Secret Path by Nick Butterworth. We have been very busy, just like Percy the park keeper, the main character in the story. We have designed and painted bird feeders, which are now in use by the birds outside our room. The gardening is finally paying off!!!!! We are now seeing the tiny shoots grow into sturdy plants and our raised beds are looking wonderful. Many thanks to Miss Scott from the grow your own project for all her help and patience. We have made character masks and are looking forward to our trip to the park at the end of term.

We have had a great time making the characters from The Secret Path with plastercine and modelling tools.

As we are coming to the end of the Summer term, we have made grass hedgehogs, designed our own seed packets and enjoyed taking about the activities we hope to do during the holidays. Our pm group have enjoyed playing games such as Frustration, Scrabble and Topple Tree. The gardening continues and crops are looking good.

Spring Term  (2ndHalf)

Spring has sprung

Our raised beds are looking good! Green shoots are starting to poke through and our hard work seems to be paying off.

We are continuing with our book focus One Snowy Night. We have played a circle game named Percy's Park, the children have used good listening, good looking and moving around the room skills sensibly. 

Outside in the lovely weather we have played Snakes and Ladders with our morning children, taking turns, counting correct amount of jumps and learning to loose graciously.


We had lots of fun designing and painting Easter egg cups, making cards for our special grown ups, we had an exciting time hunting for eggs around the playground, made chocolate bird nests and most importantly we learnt about the Easter story and it's significance.

Spring Term  (1st Half)

Surprising Spring

We have moved!!!!!! We are now situated in a building just outside the main reception with  the best view in school.

Our book focus this term is Percy the Park Keeper, One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth. After reading the story and discussing keeping warm in Winter, we produced our very own Percy puppet using collage materials.

Bubble and Squeak

Our pet guinea pigs are thriving and settling in well to their new surroundings. The children spend time each day grooming, playing with and feeding them.


What am I?

We enjoyed playing What Am I? The children took turns answering questions with the answer yes/no, while the hot seat tried to guess who or what they were.



This week the children used their maths skills to weigh and measure the ingredients for Chocolate chip cookies. Once baked we enjoyed them with hot chocolate at snack time.


Chocolate chip cookies

You will need:

100g butter

100g muscovado sugar

1 tablespoon golden syrup

150g self-raising flour

85g chocolate chips


1.Beat the butter and sugar together.

2.Mix in the golden syrup

3.Fold in half the flour.

4.Stir in the chocolate chips and the remaining flour.

5.Work the dough with your fingertips, when combined, divide into 14 balls.

6.Place the balls evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10/12 minutes at 180oc.

7.Transfer the golden cookies onto a wire rack to cool.

Chinese New Year

Kung Hei Fat Choi! (Happy New Year)

In nurture we have started learning about the Chinese New Year, it's traditions, decorations and meaning. We have read the Zodiac story and learnt why the Chinese name each New Year after an animal. During Art we have made Chinese number lines, lanterns and money wallets. Snack time has been fun tasting a variety of Chinese foods, please ask your children to tell you all about this experience.



Autumn Term  (2nd Half)

Awesome  Autumn

This term has started with a BANG! We watched a power point on the history and the do's and don'ts of Bonfire Night. The children have made safety posters to display in and around school, to help keep their families,friends and pets safe. We baked Flapjacks and made chocolate sparklers, which we enjoyed at snack time. Ask your children to show you how to bake it at home, the recipe is below.


100g butter

60g oats

15g SR flour

75g crushed cornflakes

100g Demerara sugar

1 tablespoon golden syrup

Melt the butter and syrup gently in a pan. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, oats, flour and cornflakes. Spread the mixture in a greased baking tray, 2cm deep. Bake in the oven at gas mark 5, 190 degrees for 15/20 minutes. Cut into rectangles and cool on a wire rack.


Armistice Day

We spent time learning about the significance of the poppy, the wars and the brave soldiers who lost their lives to save our country. Our younger children made a piece of art work to be displayed in school for all to see. Both groups of children created a unique poppy badge to wear with pride.


It's been too wet to do any gardening so we made bird feeders with Jen from the Grow Your Own Project.

The weather improved, so the gardening began again. Our morning children worked their socks off, weeding and planting onions and garlic. 

Christmas 2015

Due to our imminent move, Christmas came slightly earlier. The children have had lots of fun printing bags for their special gifts. They followed instructions, shared equipment and helped each other to make stockings, baubles, snow globes, tea light holders, cards to name but a few. 


Autumn Term  (1st Half)

Marvellous Me

We will be looking at our bodies and how they work, teeth and health and hygiene. Our motor skills programme will continue to run on Monday's and we are looking forward to a visit from Colin, who runs the  grow your own project and further developing our raised flower beds. We hope to encourage the rest of our school to follow our lead.

Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

This week we have looked at our bodies and identified the different parts, organs, bones and their function.


We have used our recently learnt sewing skills to make puppets of ourselves and show our individuality.

Our 5 senses

Our children have been learning about their senses. They went on a sight and sound walk around the school grounds recording their findings. A fun time was had with the feely tubs and lots of adjectives were used, on Friday we will be tasting and smelling unknown foods and objects. Watch this space...


This week we have been focusing on our teeth, the parts of each tooth, the different names and functions of our teeth and most importantly a good dental hygiene routine.


Summer 2

 Welcome back! Our topic this half term is healthy living, therefore we are basing all our activities around the books Oliver's Vegetables and Oliver's Fruit Salad. Our motor skills programme continues and the children are developing their gross motor skills. We have cooked this half term, we made carrot and coriander soup which was delicious, see below for the recipe.

Carrot and Coriander soup.

You will need:

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 leek sliced

1 onion sliced

450g carrots sliced

1.2 litres vegetable stock

1 tbsp coriander

salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onions, cook until soft.
  2. Add the leek and carrots, cook for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetable stock, coriander, then bring to the boil.
  4. Turn the  heat down and simmer until the vegetables are soft .
  5. Blend the vegetables when cool.
  6. Enjoy


Daily we are playing social and emotional games. The children especially enjoy Who's calling, Send a squeeze and the Dice game. Please ask your children to explain these games to you.


Exciting times ahead!!!!!!

Hard work began this week on our gardening project. Colin from Bradford  Community Environment Project (BCEP) has taken us under his wings to transform our raised flower and vegetable beds as part of the Grow Your Own Project. Session 1 of 10 went really well, both children and staff enjoyed themselves.

Summer 1

Our book focus this term was The Very Hungry Caterpillar we sequenced the story, we discussed the different foods he ate, we sorted the foods into healthy and unhealthy plates, then tasted them all. A food diary was completed, we talked about symmetry, made symmetrical butterflies and look at the life cycle of a butterfly. During Art we designed and made cress caterpillars and our very unique mini beast.  

Mother's Day

The children used their creativity, to design and make cards for their mum's. They used their fingers to print petals which became individual and unique flowers.

Spring 2

Our book focus continues with The Three Little Pigs. The potion the children made to change the big bad wolf into a kind and caring character has worked!! Therefore he was invited for snack, invitations were made and sent, an acceptance letter was received and the date was set.


The story was sequenced and our older children enjoyed making a collage of both the big bad wolf and the kind, caring wolf. They thought about his feelings, characteristics and traits.

As Spring is upon us, we began our gardening, chitting potatoes for The Sun newspaper competition and tidying our outside area.

As always we've had fun with messy play, social and emotional games, as well as traditional style board games and cards.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

We have spent two weeks learning about how Chinese people celebrate the New Year. The year of the Horse ends on 18th February and the year of the Goat begins on the 19th. We have read the Chinese  Zodiac story and now know the relevance of the twelve animals in the lunar calendar. After our research, we can now identify the animal that represents the year we were born in. Use the website below to find out what animal represents the year you were born in. 

The children have enjoyed making lanterns, flags, banners and money wallets. For snack we have tasted lots of different foods, such as spring rolls, prawn toast, noodles, duck pancakes and fried rice. 

Spring 1

Happy New Year!!!!!!!

This half term all our activities will be based around the very popular children's book, The Three Little Pigs. We have read the story, used puppets and role play to explore how the characters and ourselves feel in different situations. We discussed how to make a magic potion to change the Big Bad Wolf into a kind and caring character, fingers crossed this works! We have played both picture and word bingo and started to design our own safe, strong houses.

Christmas 2014

We've been busy, busy, busy making unique gifts for our special grown ups, these included cards, calendars, stained glass baubles, wrapping paper, Santa puppets and photograph frames. We hope you all liked them? On the last day of term we celebrated with a party, games, food and a Christmas DVD. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and we played games such as pass the parcel, pin the red nose on Rudolph and musical chairs.

Parent Event

Our parent event was a huge success with most parents attending. Parents read with their children, were served breakfast and spent quality time doing different activities of their choice with their child.

Autumn 2

The term started with a crackle, whoosh, fizz and BOOM!! As we started our bonfire night celebrations. We made and ate flapjacks (see the recipe below), produced a piece of artwork outdoors, investigated firework flowers in science and during circle time we discussed what type of firework we would be and the reasons why.


100g butter

60g oats

15g SR flour

75g crushed cornflakes

100g Demerara sugar

1 tablespoon golden syrup

Melt the butter and syrup gently in a pan. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, oats, flour and cornflakes. Spread the mixture in a greased baking tray, 2cm deep. Bake in the oven at gas mark 5, 190 degrees for 15/20 minutes. Cut into rectangles and cool on a wire rack.

Autumn 1

This half term we have taken elements from the book Nurturing Success by Helen Sonnet. We have played games such as Two dice lotto, Farmyard, Zoom and Eek and Whom are you calling?  

Each day we have a special activity, these include baking, gardening, science, art, cooking and whole group games.

Summer 2

All our activities this half term will be based around the popular story Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne, le Tour de France and personal safety, healthy living and well being.

The younger children have sequenced the story, wrote simple sentences, maths based activities around the book and role play.

Our afternoon group have played Seal games such as Road Safety and Cyber Smart to extend and share their knowledge. They have made bunting , designed cycle helmets and are about to design cycle jerseys after researching the meanings of the coloured jerseys. They harvested their potatoes and logged the weights on The Sun website competition, fingers crossed we win as our crop was much larger than last years. We washed, prepared and boiled them, then ate them for our snack. All the children agreed the were very tasty. 

Summer 1

The book focus this half term for our younger children is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We have read the story, using props, sequenced the days of the week and matched quantities to digits.


Our older children have worked extremely hard re-weeding the raised flower beds, after the half term break, in preparation for planting. Hopefully the weather holds out!

We are also thinking about the importance of personal hygiene through SEAL and circle time games and discussions. 

Spring 2

Upon our return to school, we cooked pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, played barrier games and ordered objects. Singing practice with Miss Kitson continued as did handwriting, logical sequencing and SEAL activities. 

Our afternoon children have been busy chitting and planting seed potatoes, preparing our raised flower beds and sowing California Poppies. Snack time has been fun, we designed and cooked pizza wraps.

Spring 1

We have been busy in 2014 writing thank you letters to Santa, setting New Year resolutions, continuing with our motor skills programme, cooking (see the recipe below), making fat cakes for our feathered friends and welcoming new members into our group.


Easy Peesey Tomatoey Pasta

350g pasta shapes

1 medium onion (diced)

25g flora buttery

2 cloves of garlic (crushed)

1 red pepper (diced)

1 courgette (diced)

400g chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp basil

Black pepper

1. Melt the butter and add the onions, garlic, pepper and courgette and fry until soft.

2. Add tomatoes, basil and black pepper.

3. Bring to the boil, then reduce and simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Cook the pasta as directed on the packet.

5. Add the pasta to the sauce, stir and serve.




Chinese New Year

This year is the year of the horse. We researched the Chinese zodiac calendar and found out what year we were born in. We tasted lots of different food, learned how to eat with chop sticks and opened a restaurant, where we used our new knowledge and skills after our visit to a local café.



Autumn 2

We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday ? Bubble and Squeak certainly did !





Our term began with a Bang!! The children did junk modelling and produced some fantastic fireworks for our display, alongside learning about The Gunpowder Plot. Ks2 children made safety leaflets for our younger members of the group and we all enjoyed baking parkin. Take a look at the following website for the delicious recipe.

Singing with Miss Kitson

Ks1 children enjoy singing with Miss Kitson every Monday morning and have built up a quite a repertoire including Lemon, Lime keep in time, Tommy Thumb and the old favourite Wind the Bobbin Up.



Look at the fantastic bird houses Ks2 children have designed and painted, keep your eyes open for them around and about school.

Another Success!!!!!!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

175g butter

175g Demerara sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

250g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

50g coco

150ml milk

1. Cream the butter and sugar together.

2. Beat the eggs in one at a time.

3. Add the vanilla essence.

4. Stir in the flour, baking powder and coco.

5.Fold in the chocolate chips.

6. Stir in the milk.

Divide the mixture between 12 muffin cases and bake for 15 minutes, gas mark 6, 200 oC 


Maths Games

We played various maths games to help with counting, 1 more, 1 less,  most and least, colour recognition, sharing and turn taking.

Our older members of the group played one of their favourite games 21's


Christmas 2013

We have been very busy preparing for the big event, writing letters to Santa, printing our own wrapping paper, designing cards for our special grown ups, making snow globes, sewing and creating a magic potion for a happy and contented Christmas.

Autumn 1

The children in Ks1 have been focusing on social skills, helping others and developing their gross and fine motor skills. We played games, baked, prepared and served snack, started a 12 week motor skills programme and welcomed on a Monday morning Miss Kitson, our new singing teacher.

The children in Ks2 have been focusing on their new theme, All About Me, baking, gardening, SEAL activities and have also started the Motor Skills Programme.


Here is the recipe, why not give it a go?

100g butter, 60g oats, 1 tbsp. golden syrup, 100g Demerara sugar,   15g SR flour, 75g crushed cornflakes  

1. Melt the butter and syrup in a pan.

2. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, oats, flour and cornflakes.

3. Spread the mixture in a greased baking tray.

4. Bake in the oven at gas mark 5, 190 C for 15/20 minutes.

5. Cut into rectangles and cool on a wire rack.


Preparing and serving snack

Magician's Cloak

The children made a potion to make Charlie feel happy. We encouraged the children to think of imaginative ingredients, such as a joke, cuddly toy, smile or a hug. We added these to our mixing bowl and said the magic words.

Abra cadabra,

Bish, bosh, bash,

Make Charlie happy,

As quick as a flash!!!!!!

Motor Skills Programme

We embarked on a challenging new 12 week programme, to help improve our core strength and eye/foot coordination. Each week the children are encouraged to practice the skills they have learnt within our fun filled session, at home.

Bullies, Victims and Bystanders

This game is designed to raise awareness of the effects of bullying and it's use for mediation and resolution purposes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another delicious recipe!

100g butter, 100g light Muscovado sugar, tbsp. golden syrup,

150g SR flour, 85g chocolate chips


1. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl.

2. Mix in the golden syrup.

3. Fold in half the flour.

4. Stir in the chocolate chips and the remaining flour.

5. Work the dough together with your fingertips.

6. Divide the dough into 14 small balls and place them on baking trays. Do not flatten.

7. Bake in oven gas mark 4, 180 C for 10/12 minutes.



Family Tree

Linking to our All About Me theme we talked about our family members and what they mean to us. We shared our family history and constructed an Autumn themed 3D model.