The children have enjoyed celebrating different saints this week. We had a particular focus on St Frances Xavier Cabrini, who showed love and mercy to the poor. The children recognised that they can show love to everyone and they have been trying to do that this week. I hope they continue to do this as they grow. In RE, we have been learning about The Annunciation this week. The moment when Angel Gabriel came to Mary to share the good news; she was chosen to have a baby boy, God’s son, to be named Jesus. In a few weeks, we will begin our nativity rehearsals and the children will bring home their lines to practise. Reception’s nativity performance will be in the school hall on Friday 13th December at 2pm.

We have continued our Read Write Inc this week, the sounds we have learned are:

  • l - Down the long leg

  • h - Down the head to the hooves and over his back

  • sh - The individual letter rhymes are used for writing this sound. The children have learned that we can have two (or more) letters together that make one sound. We call these ‘special friends’ and we remember this one by: the snake was hissing and the horse told him to shh

  • r - Down his back, then curl over his arm

    In maths this week we have been sorting - looking at objects and recognising what is the same and different. The children have chosen two objects and explained to their friends what is the same and what is different. We have also been grouping objects and animals using a variety of headings e.g. patterned animals and non-patterned animals, wings and no wings, woodland creatures and ocean creatures. I wonder if you can spot some things that have similarities and differences at home or outside.

Our new book focus is the owl babies, we have enjoyed learning about what it means to be nocturnal this week. The children have all sequenced the story and made their own owl babies books. Next week we will be learning more about light and dark.

Important request - Please put your name on your child’s school uniform and on hats, gloves and scarves. This can be written on labels, stuck or sewn in. Items of clothing that can be removed from your children are placed on their peg, items can fall off and be placed on the incorrect peg easily. Without their names, it is very difficult to ensure children have their own items.

Please could children wear their PE kit on Tuesdays aswell as Mondays and Fridays for the next four weeks (From Tuesday 12th November - Tuesday 3rd December). The children are going to have a go at some yoga with our wonderful yoga teacher. There should be no jewellery, including earrings on PE days.

If you are at the park or the woods this weekend, please collect some woodland objects, for example: leaves, acorns, conkers, feathers and twigs and bring them into school for us to use in the coming weeks!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

AuthorLeanne Dixon

We have loved doing Mathematics this week. This week we have been learning about time and ordering events, using words such as: before, after, next and then. The children have ordered pictures of a typical school day and we have looked at o’clock on the analogue clock. Please have a look together at home!

Thank-you for spending so much time with the children’s outfits for Maths day, the children all looked fantastic! We had a lovely day playing games such as connect 4 and dominoes, hanging numbers on the washing line and ofcourse making repeating pattern fruit kebabs! Take a look at some of our pictures from Maths day:

We have learned two new sounds this week:

  • f - Down the stem, and draw the leaves

  • e - Lift off the top and scoop out the egg

See if you can find them on your RWI mat at home!

The children have learned about Diwali this week, we have watched videos of people celebrating Diwali and made Rangoli patterns. The children have made Diwali cards for their buddies and we will hopefully be making tea light holders next week.

Thank-you for coming to our parents day on Monday, it was lovely to speak to you and recognise just how far the children have come in one half term!

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

AuthorLeanne Dixon

And there we have it, the children have completed their first half term of Primary School. I am sure you are all beaming with pride, they have made a fantastic start to their learning journey and we have enjoyed watching them settle into their new classroom and school. Friendships are forming and we are creating a lovely school family.

We have only had four days this week but we have been very busy! The children have learned 3 new sounds this week:

  • k - Down the kangaroos body, tail and leg.

  • u - Down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle.

  • b - Down the laces to the heel, round the toe.

The children have been blending the sounds to make words using their Fred Fingers this week. The children hold up a finger for each sound and ‘pinch the sound’, with their other hand. Then blend all sounds together to make the word. See if they can show you this at home!

In Maths, we have focused on the number 5 this week. The children have been learning their number bonds to 5 by playing a ‘magic counters’ game! It has been lots of fun. We also enjoyed counting red and blue aliens which helped us with number bonds to 5, the children were laughing uncontrollably at the funny sounds which the aliens made!

Aswell as learning about ourselves and where we live this half term, the children have been introduced to two key words from the Jesuit School Values; ‘learned and wise’. These are the first 2 key words that we are learning about as a school. This encourages the children to think about what they have learned and be the best they can be, making good choices for themselves and their community.

On Tuesday, we had a ‘move and play’ session which was great fun. When the children return to school, our PE days will continue to be on a Monday and Friday, please ensure the children come in PE kit on those days. Please do not send the children in trainers with shoe laces, unless they can tie them independently. We do not allow jewellery or earrings for PE.

We said goodbye to Seth today as he moves to a school closer to home. We enjoyed a little treat together and we hope Seth loves his new school. Please keep in touch!

The children return to school on Tuesday 29th October, I look forward to seeing you on Monday 28th October for our parent meetings.

We hope you have a wonderful half term with your family and friends.

Miss Dixon and the Reception team

AuthorLeanne Dixon

The children have really impressed me this week, they seem to have really settled into life in Reception. We have enjoyed completing our creation wheels, which are now on display! The children have been practising the hymn which we will sing as part of Monday’s harvest assembly, ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’. I wonder if the children could sing this for you at home?

In Read Write Inc this week, we have had a real focus on Fred talking the sounds of a word, then blending them together to make the word. Aswell as this, the new sounds we have learned are:

  • g - Round her face, down her hair and give her a curl

  • o - All around the orange

  • c - Curl around the caterpillar

Please practice the sounds we have learned in class on the children’s special RWI mats at home, it will really help them to embed the sounds.

The children have been learning all about the number 4 this week. The children are now aware of many different ways that 4 can be represented.


Please could the children wear their PE kit on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th October (next week) as we have a special PE session on Tuesday afternoon. After half term we will go back to PE kit on Monday and Friday please.

The children break up for half term next Thursday 17th October at 3.25pm. The children return to school on Tuesday 29th October. Please make sure you know the time of your parents meeting appointment which is on Monday 28th October, the meetings will be in the school hall.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Dixon and Mrs Mahoney

AuthorLeanne Dixon

The children have been working away this week in Reception. In Read Write Inc we have been learning new sounds and how to blend the sounds to make a word. The sounds we have learned are:

  • t - down the tower, across the tower

  • i - down the body, dot for the head

  • n - down Nobby, over his net

  • p - down the plait and over the pirates face

We use ‘Fred Talk’ - Fred is a frog who can only say sounds in isolation, he cannot blend the words to make a word. The children have been learning to say the sounds in Fred talk, such as m-a-t. Then we have been blending the sounds together to make the word - mat.

In Maths, we have been focusing on the number three this week. The children have also been practising their counting skills (counting one object at a time) and reaching a certain number.

We had a visit from Amanda from the library on Wednesday and she read The Cave to the children. This book was sent home with the children a couple of weeks ago. She was impressed with the amount of children who were familiar with the story and the children loved meeting her and Wolfie. Please visit your local library with the children, Amanda would love to see the children visiting and choosing books to read at home!

We have continued to learn about God’s wonderful creation this week and I have been impressed with what the children can remember from our learning last week. The children have also continued to think about where we live in Blackpool and what they love about where they live.

Please make sure you have booked your tickets to come and watch the Royal Shakespeare Company perform The Merchant of Venice in our very own school hall, next Tuesday 8th October. You don’t want to miss it!

Miss Dixon and Mrs Mahoney

AuthorLeanne Dixon

What an exciting week we have had in Reception. We started the week with the children’s welcome assembly, they sat and listened so well and showed great confidence in standing at the front of the hall to receive their medals and certificates.

We have started our Read Write Inc Phonics this week and the children have learned four new sounds!

  • m - Maisie, mountain, mountain

  • a - Round the apple, down the leaf

  • s - Slither down the snake

  • d - Round his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet

Please see if the children can spot these sounds on their sound mat at home! It would be great if you could practice writing the sounds.

The children have loved learning about where we live this week. We have looked at Blackpool on the map and talked about what we love about where we live. We also learned about God’s creation in RE, the children loved learning about what God did on each day and we have started some lovely art to show this.

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Celebrating European Languages Day on Thursday was lots of fun. The children looked fantastic and we looked at the globe, made England flags and managed to say hello in four different languages!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Mahoney

AuthorLeanne Dixon

And there we have it, the children have all completed their first full time week in Primary School! I am so impressed with the children, they have settled in very quickly and they have learned so much already.

This week we have enjoyed reading The Rainbow Fish and retelling the story together. The children have made rainbow fish collages and their own books with pictures. One of the most important things we have learned from the story is how important it is to share with our friends. This is something which the children have been trying to do this week with their new friends and I am sure this will continue in the weeks to come.

In Maths we have focused on the number one this week. The children played a game using 1p coins and we have practised counting one object at a time so we count accurately. We have enjoyed singing number songs, I wonder if you could sing a number song at home?

On Monday 23rd September it is the childrens’ welcome assembly. Please drop your child off at the classroom at our normal starting time (8.45-8.55am) and then make your way around school to the front entrance, where you can sit in the hall whilst we register the children and bring them into the hall.

On Thursday 26th September it is European Languages Day, please bring the children in their clothes for England! The children have brought a colouring sheet home for this, it is a competition with some prizes up for grabs! Please return them by Tuesday 24th September.

We hope you have a lovely weekend in the sunshine,

Miss Dixon and Mrs Mahoney

AuthorLeanne Dixon

This week has been fantastic. The children are all settled and ready to begin learning lots of new things as we begin our first full time week, next week! This week we have enjoyed counting through number rhymes and reading exciting picture books together with lovely illustrations. Everybody has shown fantastic speaking and listening skills which we will be using lots throughout our reception journey.

We met our buddies this week and the children have shown such confidence playing together in our classroom. Their buddies will keep a look out for the children around school.

The curriculum overview for the year is downloadable from the Reception Curriculum & Parent Partnerships section of the website.

Here is a reminder of the timings of our school day which apply to us from Monday:
Arrival: 8.45-8.55am (10 minute window to drop your child off at our reception gate).
Pick up: 3.25pm

Please come in full PE kit on Monday as we will begin PE lessons next week. Our 2 PE days are Monday and Friday. Please do not wear any jewellery on PE days (most importantly no earrings as we are unable to take them out) and no laces unless the children can tie them theirself.

I hope to have confirmation of photo permission by next week so I can pop our photos on the website, then you can see how much fun the children are having in school!

Upcoming dates

23.09.19 - Welcome assembly - Reception will be officially welcomed to Our Lady’s, a letter came home about this so please make sure you have returned the slip so we know whether to expect you there!

26.09.19 - European languages day - Reception are studying England. Please could the children come dressed in the colours of the England flag on this day.

31.10.19 - Maths day - We ask the children to come dressed in a number theme, there are lots of ideas online for this.

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Miss Dixon and Mrs Mahoney

AuthorLeanne Dixon

What a lovely first week we have had in Reception. Thank-you all for taking the time to come to our parent meetings at the beginning of the week, it has been lovely getting to know you all. 

The children have blown everybody away this week with their fantastic listening and exploration skills! They have been very busy in their new classroom. We have enjoyed sharing stories together, working away in the vets, making food in the home corner, painting self portraits and playing games, the children have displayed great confidence and kindness towards one another.

We have taken lots of photos of our first couple of days in Reception, once I have confirmation regarding photo permission, I will pop photos on the website.

Dates for your diary:

26.9.10 - European Languages Day - Year 1 will be studying Italy. We are asking children to come dressed in the colours of the flag that day - so red, white and green please! As fancy or simple as you like!

31.10.19 - Maths Day. Please can the children come dressed in a number theme - again as fancy or simple as you like! A t-shirt with numbers written on or shapes or come as a famous mathematician! Have fun with the theme.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Dixon and Mrs Mahoney

AuthorLeanne Dixon