Jesus said "Let the children come to me" We live and learn and love in His way.
Mrs Coleman Miss Hamil Mrs Devlin Miss Walsh Mrs Preece Mrs Stokes
EY Phase Leader/Teacher Class Teacher Class Teacher Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant
Take a look at our Reception classrooms...
Today was our sponsored Welly Walk. As the glorious autumn sun shone down, we explored the school fields talking together about the changes we could see happening all around us.
We crunched and stomped through the leaves with our friends and our walk ended in our school wildlife area. We toasted giant marshmallows on a bonfire remembering all the things we had learned about staying safe.
We made some wonderful memories together today.
A big thank you to our families and friends who have generously helped us to raise lots of money. You have all been so very kind. We are going to use this money choose some lovely new learning resources for our outdoor classroom. We are going to hold a reception vote to decide what to buy.
Today we visited our church, Holy Family.
We call church 'God's house.'
We talked together about how we use Holy water to bless ourselves as we enter God's house.
As they explored our church with interest and fascination, The children were in awe of its size. They recalled previous learning about the meaning of a cross to us, commenting, "That's for Jesus; he died on there."
The children were encouraged to notice some very special parts of our church; The Altar, The Baptismal font, Statues and figures of The Holy Family and the benches where we sit or kneel to pray.
Finally, we knelt down and said a prayer together thanking God for His love and for creating our wonderful world.
It is Black History month here in Reception. Our learning is based on the story Handa's surprise. In our African themed area we have been learning how to copy repeated rhythms using instruments from Africa. We have observed some traditional African dancing and have had fun dressing in African clothes and copying the dance moves. Looking at picture books, we talked together about the differences between our lives and the lives of African children.
Thank you to Morrisons, Holbrooks for sending us some special gifts. The Reception children LOVED playing with the bubbles on this Autumnal day. What a treat!
We are very proud of how the children are settling into Reception.
They have been exploring their new learning environment with curiosity and excitement. They are learning to take turns and share the resources, talking and listening to one another about their play and their ideas, and learning how to be good friends. We are enjoying getting to know each one of them as a unique individual.
Our first week of lunchtimes has been a wonderful success. The children who have a school lunch are brilliant at choosing their meals in the lunch hall and are really enjoying the delicious healthy meals at school. Lots of clean plates!
Our packed lunch children are becoming really independent at opening their lunch boxes and eating their sandwiches together. They try to remember the rule that Snap and Squeak taught us; to eat our sandwiches first!
On Wednesday 24th June, Holy Family Reception visited Ash End Farm. We travelled on a coach along the motorway, past other schools and fields and arrived safely at the farm. We were greeted by Farmer Kerry who taught us how to be safe whilst looking and interacting with the animals before beginning our tour around the farm. We fed the goats and ducks, held baby chicks, found eggs in the hens nest and even gave milk to a lamb! After sharing lunch in the big barn, we ventured into the play area and bounced on the huge bouncing pillow before making our way back to school. We had an incredible day and truly learnt so much.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to help us on Gardening Day. We were truly overwhelmed by your support and working together we have made such a difference to our outdoor classroom. Doesn't it look amazing?! The children are absolutely delighted and are very proud of their families. Lots of parents have even talked to us about coming back to develop and complete some of the children's ideas for their garden, and we will be organising this to happen over the next couple of weeks.
The children have been very excited and engaged with our new Little Red Riding Hood Topic. We have learnt all about the story, and even had some special visitors come to school- unfortunately they got lost of their way to the woods. The children had lots of questions to ask them! Outside, the children have had the opportunity to act out the story with their friends. As you can see, they had great fun. We even had a police investigation, with some evidence left on the carpet! The children were very excited to write what happened to inform the police of the key events and how the characters felt.
Since we have been working so hard in Reception to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ birthday and with all of our other learning, we were surprised by a special visitor this afternoon.
First, we received a letter from our class elves… Sparklebell and Jack who gave us some instructions:
We had a little think about who or what it might be, before creeping over to the yurt as we were told. You won’t believe it… Father Christmas made an appearance in Holy Family School!
We were all so excited at the magical experience! Father Christmas spoke to us about the true meaning of Christmas before asking us what was on our list. He even brought us a little gift. It was so special!
‘Come back to school for a Bedtime Story!’
All of the children truly adored coming back to school for their bedtime story. We enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows before listening to some of our favourite Christmas stories in candlelight. We even had a little Christmas boogie! It was a magical evening!
Every day after Lunch, we play quiet music while the children prepare to meditate. During the meditation there is complete silence. The children close their eyes during the one minute pause in the music. This is a time to be a calm and respectful.
We discussed that we call God who created the world ‘Our Father.’ We learnt how to make the ‘Sign of the Cross’ and thought carefully about each action. As we said, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” we remembered that God is in our heads, in our heads, across us and right through us. We spoke about how special this prayer is and how we therefore use it to begin and end every prayer.