Reception Autumn Term Week 3

It’s been another fun week in Reception!

We have been focussing on the book ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson this week and began the week with a Stick Man hunt around the school grounds. Unbelievably, we had numerous sightings of him!

We decided to collect our own sticks to use in our learning. As you can see, the children have been very busy creating their own stick people from a variety of materials, as well as thinking of their own alternative uses for a stick!

In RE this week, Reception learnt how to make the sign of the cross correctly and listened to the creation story. They demonstrated their understanding of the story by making their own little books, drawing pictures, making models and acting it out.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Autumn Term Week 2

The children have all completed their first full week at Pope Paul School and have been very busy making friends and learning the every day class and whole school routines. They have spent the week focussing on the story ‘Owl Babies’ and learning about nocturnal animals.

Reception have also been learning all about Learning Power and have been introduced to the different Learning Power characters and what they represent. We have already had Reception children demonstrating resilience, reflectiveness and team work in their learning this week. Next week, the whole school will be focussing on how we can all be resilient learners.

The children had a very exciting end to the week, as they got to meet their Year 6 learning partner!

You are warmly invited to attend our  Beginning of School Mass on Tuesday 17th September at 9.30am, where the children will be individually welcomed to the school community. There will also be the opportunity after to stay for a cup of tea and to meet with Mrs Heymoz to share your views on the aims of the learning opportunities we offer. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

The Reception Team

Reception Week 1

Welcome to Reception!

We have really enjoyed getting to know the children over the past few days; they have all settled in really quickly and appear very happy in their new learning environment. We were even able to explore the school grounds yesterday, as we were so impressed with the childrens’ behaviour and excellent listening skills!

Have a restful weekend! We are looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

The Early Years Team


Reception Summer 2 Week 7/8

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of the school year!

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the childrens’ very first year of their primary education and to watch them grow into confident individuals.

Thank you for your support over the past year and your overwhelming generosity. It is really appreciated.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer!

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception- Summer 2 Week 6

It has been another very busy week in Reception class!

The children have spent lots of time getting to know their new teacher, Mrs Carey and exploring their new classroom, as part of our planned Year 1 transition program.

The highlight of the week was the Sports Day and family picnic. The children began the day by joining in with the warm up dance to the song ‘Cheerleader’ with the rest of the school.

This was followed by the running race, throwing and jumping competition, egg and spoon race and the penalty shoot out!

Thank you for supporting the children; we hope you enjoyed the morning.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception- Summer 2 Week 5

Reception class have taken full advantage of the glorious weather and spent most of it learning outdoors this week; they have been very busy weeding the class flower bed and planting the sunflowers that they have grown from seeds. The children have also spent time practising for sports day next Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Reception joined the rest of the school in watching the Year 6 production. They thought it was fantastic and were so excited and proud to see their learning partners up on the stage! As a result of this, lots of the children  spent the rest of the week on the EYFS outside stage, dancing and singing songs from the show. In fact, their child initiated learning  has been so heavily influenced by the production, that Year 6 gave the children a mini drama workshop on Friday afternoon.

Next week, we will be collecting in all reading books. Please have a look around your home for any stray books, as we seem to be very low on yellow level in particular. Thank you.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Strawberry Fayre!

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer


Reception- Summer 2 Week 4

Reception had a very exciting Science workshop on Tuesday, when they were joined by a real forensic police officer who was investigating a crime scene in our very own home corner! The children learnt about preserving crime scenes, looking for clues,  looking at and matching footprints and learning how DNA and fingerprints help to catch criminals. They had fun taking their own fingerprints and looking closely to see if their particular patterns were made up of whirls, arches or loops!

In Maths, the children have had lots of fun exploring capacity in both the water and the sand. They have also been ordering containers according to how much they hold and recording their own predictions and findings.

In RE, Reception have been continuing to think about the story of The Good Samaritan and relating it to everyday life. The children looked at some photographs of people who seem very different to us, and then thought about what questions they would ask to get to know them better.

On Friday, the children met up with the Year 1 children to participate in a fun number activity, as part of our weekly transition program.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception- Summer 2 Week 3

Reception have continued to learn about mini-beasts this week, with a particular focus on snails and slugs. They used non-fiction books to find out about ideal living conditions for them and then created a class snail and slug world, filling it with creatures found around the school grounds.

Reception also had a special treat when Charlie brought in some of his own mini-beasts from his collection at home. He told the children what they needed to survive and answered lots of very interesting questions.

The children have also had lots of fun creating their own superhero characters, props and costumes to use in their superhero role play.

Lots of children showed an interest in bubbles this week, after Mrs Pandelli brought some into the classroom on Tuesday afternoon. As a result of this, the staff set up a science experiment the next day, to find out which shape created the best bubble.

This morning, the children participated in the whole school mass and the Blessed Sacrament Procession to the church this afternoon. As usual they made the adults proud by demonstrating reverence and excellent behaviour at all times.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception- Summer 2 Week 2

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Potters Bar Carnival on Sunday- you all looked amazing and seemed as if you were having lots of fun!

Reception brought their new topic to life, when they went on a mini-beast hunt around the school grounds this week. The children learnt that Pope Paul School is home to many wondrous creatures, many of whom the children and staff struggled to identify!

Our story focus this week has been ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. The children enjoyed thinking about what else Superworm could use his super long body for and even learnt a Superworm song! Reception also decided to turn the outdoor role play area into a superhero headquarters and are looking forward to spending more time in it next week.

In RE, the children heard the story about The Good Samaritan; they were brilliant at relating it to positive experiences in their own lives and retelling it in a range of different media.

Wishing you all a lovely Father’s Day on Sunday.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception- Summer 2 Week 1

It was lovely to welcome the children back after the half term break!

In RE, Reception have been learning about Pentecost. After hearing the story, looking at artwork and then watching a short film clip, the children made their own tongues of fire, retold and painted the story and used ribbons to move like the Holy Spirit in the outdoor learning environment.

The class also began their new learning focus, ‘Mini-beasts’ and enjoyed hearing the story ‘The Bad-tempered Ladybird’. Many of the children used the themes of the story to influence their Child Initiated Learning.


In Maths, we have been learning how to double, halve and share different amounts of objects.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the carnival!

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer