What a fantastic first week we have had all together in reception. The children have been a joy from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave our classroom. Many of our teachers here at Our Lady’s have commented on what a lovely, calm class we have. The children have been introduced to two of our special people in class this week:
- Merlin the Maths wizard, who has been very impressed with the children’s number knowledge and he has joined us for our number rhymes, some of which involve counting up to 10 and back!
- Bob the dog, our new addition! The children suggested lots of lovely names including Fluffy, Ralph, Milo, Arthur, Cuddles… and from our ‘pick a name out of the hat’ style choice tool, he is now named Bob! He watches out all day for children working extremely hard in our classroom and at the end of the day he has the hard task of choosing one person to look after him for the evening.

As we know, pictures can speak a thousand words, so I will let the photos do the talking this week!

Here we are in our Reasoning Area:

Here we are in the library, sand, home corner, small world and our art studio:

We have enjoyed learning outdoors and making Bob the builder with Mrs Mahoney!

As I am sure you are, we are very proud of the children. Next Monday 24th September we have our special Welcome assembly at 9.10am, I hope you can make it!

Have a lovely weekend!
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 big books together with lovely illustrations. Everybody has shown fantastic speaking and listening skills which we will be using lots throughout our reception journey. Some children have spotted a special box at the front of our classroom and asked what is inside, we decided we would have a look next week when everybody is together to see what is inside the box!

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

Here is a reminder of the timings of our school day which apply to us from next 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 Thursday. Please do not wear any jewellery on PE days (most importantly no earrings as we are unable to take them out).

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!

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 inside and outside of the classroom. We have also enjoyed sharing stories together and playing games, the children have displayed great confidence and kindness towards one another.

We have taken lots of photos of our first week in Reception, once I have received all return slips regarding photo permission I will pop them on the website.

Please click here to access a letter from NHS England regarding children's immunisations. 

I look forward to seeing you next week, have a lovely weekend.
Miss Dixon


AuthorLeanne Dixon

This week in Reception, we have been continuing to learn all about Superheroes, using the stores about Supertato to help us. 

In literacy we have been planning and writing our own newspaper reports to tell everybody all about Supertato and the Evil Pea. We have also been thinking about what super powers we would like and how we would us them.

In maths, we have been focusing upon subtraction and have been showing how well we can use our fingers to take away. As well as starting to subtract larger numbers. We have been playing games such as bingo and kerplunk to help us!

Our topic has been human life cycles and we have talked about the different stages we will go through in our lives. We have thought about our own history and looked at photographs of ourselves from when we were babies. We have also made superhero cityscape pictures.

Sadly, we said goodbye to one of our class mates who is moving to his new school. We will miss him very much and we hope he continues to bring smiles to his new friends as he has to us. Good luck!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week.

AuthorLiam Whetnall

On Monday, we were very excited that England were playing their first game in the World Cup. We decided we would cheer them on by making our own St George's Cross England flags. Some of us also chose to make our own Poland flags to cheer Poland on too!

On Tuesday, we asked if we could watch the football. We really enjoyed cheering on the teams and learning all about the different countries.


AuthorLiam Whetnall

Just before half term, we finally finished observing our butterfly life cycles. After 7 weeks of eating and growing, our little caterpillars emerged from their cocoons as beautiful butterflies. The whole experience was so magical for the children and their amazement and fascination was lovely to see.

We were joined by our neighbours from Year 1 to wave bye bye to our little insect friends as they began the next part of their exciting life cycle. Hopefully they will leave us some eggs of their own in our garden!


AuthorLiam Whetnall

We've had another busy week in Reception as we begin the journey towards Christmas. Hopefully, everyone has received their words for our Christmas Nativity - Fishing for Stars, which will take place on Friday 15th December at 2pm. Please practice these as regularly as you possibly can with your child so that they begin to memorise them. Over the following weeks, we will be spending more and more time practicing for our show and I bet lots of you have already been regailed with our wonderful songs!

In class, we have been further developing our story language through our retellings of The Gruffalo and some of us have even been able to write some of our stories! We have also been using our Fred Talk to sound out words and have been challenged to decide whether these are real words or alien (made-up) words which have been sent to trick us.

In maths, our focus has been upon ordering, estimating and writing numbers with a particular focus upon the difficult teen numbers. We have been making our own board games to play with friends and have been really enjoying guessing how many objects we have collected by sight.

We have also been continuing to make maps of the Gruffalo's deep, dark wood - thinking about the key things a map needs to show! Finally, we have been using newspaper to make models of the mouse and the snake from the story which we will be decorating in the next couple of weeks.

On Friday, we also celebrated Children in Need with our annual Pennies for Pudsey campaign. We really enjoyed dressing in our pudsey ears and counting and arranging our coins. Thank you all for your incredibly kind donations, you really make a difference.

This week's golden award winner was Lexi and the writing award went to Elsie.

AuthorLiam Whetnall

Welcome back to everyone and I'm glad to hear we have had an exciting half term break!

This week we have been focusing upon The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and have been thinking hard about some key book vocabulary such as 'author', 'illustrator', 'setting' and 'character'.  We have been predicting the next lines of the story using our knowledge of rhyming and have thought carefully about words which rhyme. 

In our literacy, we have been continuing to work on ordering and sequencing stories and developing our story language in retelling these stories. We have also begun to use our ABC books to practice writing our letters correctly.

In maths, we have been focusing upon measuring - we have ordered and measured different snakes using cubes as our non-standard unit of measurement; we have put the characters from the Gruffalo in size order and have also been measuring our friends using string and discussing different heights.

Our topic work has been focused upon exploring maps, using our knowledge of the Gruffalo's 'deep, dark wood' from the story to create our own simple maps of this setting.

The children are beginning to settle back in and are continuing to develop their independence in accessing the continuous provision in class and directing their own learning.

I hope you all enjoyed the phonics workshop on Thursday and that it gave you an insight into how you can best support your child's reading. We hope to send out reading books on Monday.

AuthorLiam Whetnall

It has been another busy week in Reception!

We have been learning all about rhyme this week and have been making our own rhyming soup models by writing CVC words and finding the corresponding rhyming word.

We have also been learning about repeating patterns and have been naming, describing and drawing 2D shapes to help us to create our own fantastic patterns.

In our topic work, we have been continuing our work on the Rainbow Fish and have begun to look at the Hindu festival of Diwali. We have been making colourful friendship bands, using our knowledge of patterns and have used 2D shapes to make Rangoli patterns for Diwali cards.

On Thursday, we celebrated World Maths Day. We enjoyed exploring a range of practical maths activities. We made our own repeating pattern fruit kebabs, number counting biscuits, played board games, went on a shape hunt and used our knowledge of space and shape to construct models and dens!

Don't forget - next Tuesday is Reception class photo day and Thursday is Parent's Day.




AuthorLiam Whetnall

Well, can you believe we are beginning our fourth week of full time learning at school? It's certainly gone very quickly.

The children have really settled in well to our rules and routines and are all beginning to make lots of new friends! We have also been playing with our new Year 5 buddies who have been helping us to learn how to play nicely with others in the playground!

In class, we have been learning all about ourselves. We have looked at the story of Funnybones and have been thinking about the different bones we have. We even made our own art straw skeletons! We have also begun to think about the structure of stories and have been doing our own sequencing of the Funnybones story. 


This week we have become interested in the Rainbow Fish and we will be making our own Rainbow Fish using collage techniques - as well as our own sea creatures using our art resources. We will also be acting out the story using masks and continuing to focus on the way that stories are structured. With our Rainbow Fish story, we will be focusing upon sharing and looking at the gifts that God has given us to share with others we meet. In science, we will be looking at our five senses and will be thinking about whether they always tell us the truth about what is around us. 

Running alongside our 'ourselves' focus, we are also going to be exploring Autumn and how our world changes around us as the season progresses. We will be looking at hedgehogs, counting with conkers and using our fine motor skills to make leaf necklaces through threading. 



AuthorLiam Whetnall