Reception Week Beginning 17.1.22

It has been such an exciting week in Reception!

On Monday morning, the class received a letter from the Natural History Museum in London, asking the class if they could look after a rare dinosaur egg, while a new cabinet was being fitted. After much deliberation, the class all agreed, even though they knew that it was a very big responsibility! The children decided to write back to the museum to tell them their decision. They also began to think about the things that they needed to do in preparation. It was agreed that the egg would need to be put into a protective case and lots of the children offered to make one immediately.

On Thursday, the egg arrived by special courier and was handed over to Mrs Heymoz, who brought it into class. The children were very excited and couldn’t wait for Ms Pemberton to open the box. The egg was a very unusual shape; the children wondered what kind of dinosaur it belonged to and so they wrote back to the museum to ask them. We are looking forward to receiving their reply and finding out more information next week.


The book focus this week has been the traditional tale ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. Amongst many other things, Reception have enjoyed using puppets and props to retell the story, sequencing the story using special story cards, writing sorry letters to the three bears from Goldilocks and learning the Three Bears Rap.

In RE, the children learnt how God has no beginning and no end, just like a circle. They then explored and made circles using a variety of media.

In Maths, the children have continued their understanding of the composition of numbers up to five, when it is split into two groups, through lots of practical activities. They have also been impressing us daily with their growing subitising skills!

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 10.1.22

This week Reception began their new topic about time. Over the upcoming half term, this new  learning focus will cover aspects of the past, present and the future.

The children learnt about human development, from being a baby to old age during the Ten Ten RSE lesson. They also thought about how days are split into day and night and the daily routines that occur in both. Reception also discussed the big question, ‘Does everyone around the world go to sleep at exactly the same time?’ The adults were very impressed with their answers and the reasoning behind them!

Our book focus this week has been the traditional tale, The Ugly Duckling. As well as writing about how the Ugly Duckling must have felt, the class also made homes for him from a variety of construction material, drew story maps, learnt how to hot seat the characters from the book and participated in a whole class story sequencing!

In Maths, the class have been looking at the composition of the number five. The most popular activity of the week was the beanbag game; they children had lots of fun throwing beanbags into a hoop and noticing the different ways five could be split up/made, based on how many beanbags were inside and outside the hoop. They then recorded their learning independently!

In RE, the children continued to learn about the Epiphany and in particular about the importance of the star. They heard about how shooting stars are formed and watched film clips of them. They then went on to write about what makes them a star!

This week, we welcomed James and his family to our Reception class and Pope Paul Community; we hope that they will be very happy!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Spring Term Week 1

Happy New Year!

We hope that you all had a restful break and a happy Christmas. It has been wonderful to have the children back and to hear all of their news from the past couple of weeks!

Yesterday, the class celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, by participating in a special class act of worship. During this time, the children wore their special crowns and thought about the gifts that they wanted to give to friends and family. Please see the photos below.

We were also delighted to welcome Leo and his family to our Reception class and Pope Paul community this week!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 6.12.21

What an exciting week Reception have had!

This week has been mainly focussed around preparing for the class Nativity play. The children performed their dress rehearsal to the whole school on Wednesday; this was filmed and will be available to purchase if you wish.

On Thursday, the  children performed to their families and were absolutely fantastic! Their teachers, families and friends were all very proud of them! In the afternoon, the class were then treated to the wonderful KS1 performance.

Today has been one of complete joy and excitement. Reception met Father Christmas and had their Christmas photo taken in the morning. This was followed by a fabulous party in the afternoon. I am sure we have sent home some very exhausted children tonight!

Thank you so much for your Christmas gifts yesterday; it took us by complete surprise! We really appreciate your generosity.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 29.12.21

It’s been another very busy week in Reception.

The children have spent lots of time rehearsing for their Nativity performance next Thursday. Thank you to all the families who have already sent in undergarments; if you haven’t yet done this, please send them in by Tuesday at the very latest.  Thank you for your continued support.

Reception have been learning all about Advent in class this week. They discovered  that the first candle on the Advent wreath represents ‘hope’. This theme has been central to the learning this week. The children discussed what it means to have hope and shared their own hopes and wishes with one another. Following this, they wrote down their thoughts and put them in the class jar of hopes, now on the prayer table.

The class listened to the story, ‘The World Made a Rainbow’ by Michelle Robinson. This beautiful book is set during one of the Covid Lockdowns and is the perfect reminder to have hope, fun and to pull together, even on the darkest of days. The children then drew pictures and wrote letters to people that they miss; they also painted beautiful rainbows which decorated the classroom beautifully!

The children also heard the story ‘My Friend Bear’ by Jez Alborough. This story is about a bear and a boy who both hope to find a friend and end up finding one another. Following this, the children made their own bears, bear masks and enjoyed writing about bears.

Directional language is an area for development for many of our children in Reception. To support this, the children have been exploring and programming the Beebots- a small robot. The children absolutely loved using these this week and have had lots of fun setting up obstacles, drawing maps, and then programming the Beebots to negotiate their way around them.

To celebrate the start of Advent, Reception have begun playing ‘spot the Nativity figure’ hidden around the classroom. Today Aurora found the Angel Gabriel hiding on top of the projector!  Great spot Aurora!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team


Reception Week Beginning 22.11.21

This week, Reception have been very busy rehearsing for their upcoming Nativity performance and have had lots of fun practising on the stage in the big hall.

The children have now all been allocated parts. The school will provide a costume for your child, but we will be asking parents to supply the undergarments that will need to be worn. Please look out for a letter in your child’s book bag next week; this will explain what they will need to bring in. Thank you!

In class, Reception have continued their topic of ‘The Wider World’ by learning about the Jewish Festival of Light- Hanukkah.

They children learnt about the story of Hanukkah, when Judah Maccabee led a tiny army against the huge Syrian army and defeated them. They also learnt about how the Jews believed that God sent  a miracle, when one day’s oil burned for eight whole days and they were able to rebuild the beautiful temple in Jerusalem.

Reception then went on to create their own temples from small construction. They also made Torahs and menorahs, played the Jewish game Dreidel and made armour for the Maccabee army!

The children also used torches to explore shadows. They made shadow puppets and enjoyed trying them out with the strong light from the projector.

After hearing the stories ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’, and ‘Can’t You Sleep Little Bear’, the children spent time thinking and talking about the things that sometimes scare them and what helps them to feel better when they are frightened.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. Take care in the predicted high winds!

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 15.11.21

This week, Reception have joined the rest of the school in Anti-Bullying Week, focussing in particular on the themes of friendship, being kind and what to do if someone is being mean or they hurt you.

Reception started the week listening to the story of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. This classic story embodies the simple message that sharing and being kind makes us all happy. In the book, a beautiful but selfish fish quickly lost friends when he refused to share and was  rude to other fish in the ocean. Luckily, by the end of the story he had gained them all back again, as a result of acting on some good advice and sharing his sparkling scales. In response to this, the children made their own beautiful scales and gave them away to their friends.

The children also used props from around the classroom along with the under-the-sea small world animals, to set up an ocean scene and re-enact the story of The Rainbow Fish.

Other activities focussing on friendship this week included: Making friendship bracelets for one another, writing cards, painting hands of friendship and thinking about who our special friends are and why they are good friends.

In Maths this week, the children have been subitising objects to 5 and exploring the composition of 5 on a five frame. Not only did the children find multiple ways to make 5, many also recorded their learning independently and some children even had a go at writing number sentences!!! Amazing learning!

Next week, the children will be learning about the Jewish Festival of Light- Hanukkah.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team






Reception Week Beginning 8th November 2021

What a very busy week Reception have had this week!

The class started the week participating in a whole school ‘Waste Aware’ assembly, led by the Waste Aware Officer for Hertfordshire. She came to talk to the children about recycling and reusing waste materials.

Reception have now settled so well into their new learning environment that the staff felt that they were ready to eat their lunch in the hall! After a couple of practise sessions, the children felt prepared and had their first ever lunch in the dining room on Monday.

This week in class, the children have been thinking about the theme of remembrance. They observed 2 mins silence in honour of Armistice Day yesterday, listened to the Last Post and learnt about the significance of poppies.

On Wednesday, Reception had their first karate lesson and they absolutely loved it! Their instructor Michael, commented on their wonderful listening skills and learning behaviour. Lessons will commence every Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has a change of suitable footwear if they usually wear shoes to school. Plimsoles/trainers are also now needed on a Monday as we have begun to do PE in the hall. Thank you.

The class have also been busy making props and turning the outside role play area into a church this week. This has proven to be a very popular learning area, where the children have enjoyed applying what they know to their imaginary play!

Finally today, Reception took part in a live webinar, hosted by the Director of Kindness, from the company 52Lives; this centred on being kind and compassionate towards others, and has prepared us for next week’s learning focus on Anti-bullying and World Kindness Day, which falls on Saturday 13th November.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

The Reception Team


Reception Week Beginning 1.11.21

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term break!

This week, Reception have been learning all about the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali.

They learnt about how Hindu families prepare for this special celebration and why they celebrate it. The children then had fun making Diva lamps, Rangoli patterns, Diwali cards and trying on traditional clothing.

During the latter part of the week,  Reception learnt about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot and why we celebrate Bonfire Night. They also learnt the Firework Code and made their own firework safety posters. The children also thought about the things they would need to host a firework party- some children even used their phonic knowledge independently to write a list! They also made their own fireworks from junk modelling material.

It was lovely to see so many of you during the parent consultations this week. A summary of the conversation will be in your child’s book bag on Monday. Thank you for your continued support!

Wishing you all a nice weekend,

The Early Years Team

Reception Class Week Beginning 18.10.21

This week, Reception have been participating in One World Week, alongside the rest of the school. To start the week off, the class reflected and responded to the school’s big question, ‘Who does the world belong to?’ This led to a very interesting discussion, with answers ranging from ‘It belongs to God, because he made it’ to ‘It belongs to my daddy’.

We then thought about how water connects the whole world together, by looking at globes and maps. We also learnt how every living thing on the planet requires water to survive. The children were brilliant and listing all the different things that are made from water such as: tears, sweat, rivers, icebergs, oceans, rain, snow, streams, ponds, lakes, dew. Reception thought about how they could themselves conserve water, by turning off taps when they brush their teeth, having a shallow bath instead of a deep bath, or better still by taking a short shower and by using rain water collected in water butts to water plants.

Continuing with the water theme, Reception also focussed on the bible story Noah’s Ark. The had lots of fun construction their own large and small multi-media arks, making rain makers and rescuing animals from inside ice! The children also used their new phonic knowledge to write about the animals inside Noah’s Ark.

Today, Reception had a very special visitor- Father Shaun came in to teach the children about the Sacrament of Baptism, using role play. The class treated Father Shaun to a rendition of a new song they have been learning ‘My Hands Are Yours’ and they also showed him how they have learnt the school’s Mission Prayer; he was very impressed!

This afternoon, Reception joined Year 6 in a very special Act of Worship, to mark the end of One World Week. Well done to Beau, Lola, Nichola and Cian who led the two classes so well!

Wishing you all a very happy and restful half term break.

See you all on Tuesday 2nd November,

The Reception Team