Reception Week Beginning 19.3.21

It’s been another exciting week in Reception!

The story focus has been ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and the children have have had lots of fun learning the Enormous Turnip song, acting out the story and writing their own enormous object story.

In Religion, the children learnt about The Last Supper and demonstrated their understanding of the story, through role play. They also learnt about The Eucharist and how the prayers and readings during this part of the mass remind those taking part of that final meal that Jesus shared with his disciples.

Today, the children celebrated Red Nose Day by taking part in a special egg and spoon daily mile, telling jokes to each other and thinking about what makes them laugh. It was decided that Joseph S and Ayrabella told the funniest joke and they were given the opportunity to tell it to the rest of the school in a special live assembly this afternoon!

In the glorious sunshine this afternoon, Reception once again met with Year 6 for an Act of Worship led by Jamie, Ava, Dejon and Emilia.  Thank you Year 6!

Thank you for your positive feedback regarding the online reading books. This is of course a temporary measure, but it is comforting to know that we are able to provide an extra layer of protection for our families, in our fight against Covid. It is also wonderful as a teacher to be able to see how much time you are spending with your child reading every day. Thank you parents!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Ms Pemberton

Reception Week Beginning 8.3.21

It was wonderful to welcome all of the children back to school on Monday. To celebrate being back together again, we had an exciting class disco in the afternoon!

On Tuesday, we took advantage of the glorious weather and went for a walk together on the farmland next to the school. The adults were so impressed with how far they could walk and the fact that there was no complaining whatsoever!

On Wednesday, Reception had a road safety online workshop, where they were taught the importance of using a seat belt when inside a car and how to stop, look, listen and think, when crossing the road with an adult.

On Thursday, we joined the rest of the school in celebrating World Book Day. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and had lots of fun showing them off. They were even treated to a story read by a special visitor- the old woman from the book ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’.

Today, Reception finally got to meet their Year 6 reading partners, in a socially distanced Act of Worship, led by Matthias, Bella, Thomas and Emily. It was a truly special moment.

Parents, please remember to return all reading books from last term. We will continue to use the Collins online reading books for the foreseeable future, until all restrictions have been lifted.

If your child wears a school shoe and not a trainer every day, please supply them with a plimsole that can be left in the classroom for when we do PE outside. Thank you all for bringing in welly boots this week. They have been well used on our muddy daily walks!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 14.12.20

What a fantastic week of fun Reception have had this week!

The Christmas dinner and party were definitely the highlights of the week. The photos alone tell the story!

It is hard to believe that the children have completed their first term at Pope Paul School. They have already grown up so much! Thank you all for your generous cards and gifts; we really appreciate them.

Wishing you all a fun and happy Christmas- see you in the new year!

The Reception Team


Reception Week Beginning 7.12.20

It’s safe to say, that this has been the most exciting week in Reception so far this year!

On Monday, the children were filmed performing their Nativity play. They were absolutely brilliant- true professionals, who did us all proud! Please see your child’s individual Tapestry account for their individual photograph. The class watched themselves perform on the big screen on Wednesday afternoon, when it went live on the school website; it was very exciting, especially as they had popcorn, just like in the cinema!

The children spent most of the remainder of the week role-playing the Nativity and trying out the different characters, writing about the story, making angel wings and using different materials to build the stable that Jesus was born in.

Today, the class couldn’t believe their eyes when, during the school virtual assembly, Father Christmas walked right behind Mrs Heymoz while she was talking to the children and unbelievably, she didn’t see him! When they told her afterwards, she was in complete shock! When they met Father Christmas later, he explained to them that he had travelled a long way to see them and he had just been looking for a mince pie to eat, because he was hungry.

Yesterday, we received hampers from you all. These have been put into quarantine, so we haven’t opened them just yet, but thank you so much for your generosity. We really do appreciate it!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Early Years Team

Reception Week beginning 30.11.20

This week the children have been learning about National Tree Week and Advent. The class started the week off by making their Advent promises and learning about the Advent wreath. They then went for a walk in the school grounds, looking at the features of different trees. This was followed by a technology session with the school iPads, where the children enjoyed exploring the Joy Noodle app and using it to create their own tree pictures.

On Tuesday, the children had a huge surprise; some tree fairies had been inside their classroom and in the outdoor area, leaving a trail of fairy dust behind them! The children then realised that some of the candles from the class Advent wreath were missing! The fairies had borrowed them and had left a note explaining why. They also asked the children lots of questions in the letter. The children immediately set about following the fairy dust trail, looking for the fairies and writing letters back to them. It was so exciting!

The children have also been very busy rehearsing the class Nativity in full costume. They are very excited about the filming taking place on Monday and can’t wait to watch it on Wednesday afternoon!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team


Reception Week Beginning 23.11.20

The children started the week learning about the Jewish Festival of Light- Hanukkah. The word ‘Hanukkah’ means ‘Dedication’ in Hebrew. It celebrates a miracle that happened in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago and is celebrated in November or December every year, lasting for eight days.

Reception learnt that it is celebrated by playing games, eating food, lighting candles on a menorah, giving gifts to loved one and praying. The children had the opportunity to play the Jewish game ‘Dreidel’, make their own menorahs, create ancient Jewish temples from a range of media and make their own Star of David.

Later on in the week, the class continued to think about the theme of light and dark by reading the story, ‘Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?’ Inspired by this, they made their own paper lanterns and other light sources such as torches and candles from junk modelling materials. The children also learnt about bears and even made their own bear caves, fit for a bear to live in.

Rehearsals for the class Nativity are well under way now and lots of our time this week has been spent learning lines and working out stage directions. We are looking forward to sharing this with you all on the school website on the 9th December.

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team


Whole School Home Learning Advent 2020 Friday 27th November 2020

Advent  is the period leading up to Christmas. It starts on the Sunday nearest to 30 November which this year is Sunday 29th November and ends on Christmas Eve. The word ‘advent‘ comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning ‘coming’ which is a translation of the Greek word ‘parousia’. It is a time of waiting and preparation rather than a joyful celebration like Christmas.

Advent reminds us to remember and prepare for the birth of Jesus.

To help us prepare for Christ’s coming during Advent we invite you to take part in a creative home learning opportunity.

Make an Advent Wreath

One of our Advent traditions is to pray around an Advent Wreath.

Create an Advent Wreath or Advent Candles from card and paper and display in your home as an Advent focus. Here are some ideas for making a craft display.



Taking part in this activity will help us to prepare and focus for the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Mrs Joyce

RE Co-ordinator

Reception Class Week Beginning 16.11.20

The whole school focus this week has centered around National Anti-Bullying Week and in Reception, the children have been thinking a lot about what makes a good friend.

The class started off the week by listening to the story ‘The Rainbow Fish, a book well known for it’s message of selfishness, friendship and sharing. The children discussed what it feels like when you feel included, cared for and respected by others. They also discussed what to do if you are feeling left out, upset by someone’s behaviour towards you, or if you are ever physically hurt by someone. Reception also learnt about how to keep safe online and cyber-bullying.

The theme of how to be a good friend continued all week long.  Amongst many other things, the children made friendship bracelets for one another, decorated hearts and gave them out, made cards with messages of friendship inside and wrote about who their special friends are and why.

This week, the children got to choose their parts for the class Nativity; rehearsals will begin next week!

You will not need to provide any costumes, as we have our own, thank you.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 9.11.20

Reception Class have been very busy learning about Remembrance Day this week. The children made some beautiful poppies to wear, created poppy paintings, wreaths and medals and held a two minutes silence with the rest of the school on Wednesday, as part of the virtual Remembrance Day assembly.


On Wednesday, the children were taught Karate in the big hall. This is to be a new weekly session right up until Christmas!

Reception have a new imaginary role play area- a church! They have filled it with lots of religious artefacts made in class, including Bibles, stained glass windows and tabernacles, to name a few.

In Maths this week, the children have been learning about sorting objects into groups and have had lots of hands-on fun when doing so!

The children have now been taught all of the Phase 2 Letters and Sounds and tricky words. We will now be revising all sounds and words daily and will  continue to focus on applying them in reading and writing. Please continue to practise all sounds taught whenever possible. Thank you !

This week, we also welcomed Caitlin, a student from Oaklands College. Caitlin will be working with Reception every Monday and Friday, from now until the end of the academic year. She is really looking forward to getting to know all of the children.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 2.11.20

Despite the shorter week, Reception have managed to squeeze in a lot of learning!

This week, the children have been learning all about Diwali- the Hindu Festival of Lights. They listened to the story of Rama and Sita and learnt about how Hindu families prepare and celebrate this special celebration.

Over the course of the week, the children had the opportunity to make their own diva lamps from clay, they have made Mendhi hand prints, created Rama and Sita shadow puppets and have produced Rangoli patterns.


Yesterday, the class learnt all about Guy Fawkes Day, the failed Gunpowder Plot and how King James I wanted everybody to celebrate this day annually. The children discussed how to keep everyone safe on Bonfire Night and made some posters. They also thought about what would be needed to host their own fireworks celebration.

During November, we especially remember our loved ones who have died and so on Tuesday, Reception participated in a very special whole class Act of Worship, where they offered up prayers for their own families and friends that have passed away.

By now, you should have all received your activation email for Tapestry, the online learning journal platform. Please check your junk folders if you haven’t. A huge well done and thank you to the parents who have already added some observations/ photos of their own. These are hugely helpful to us, as they give us a more rounded picture of your child’s capabilities and interests!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 19.10.20

This week, Reception joined the rest of the school in celebrating One World Week. Sadly, we couldn’t visit Italy, our chosen country, so we brought Italy to us!

The children learnt that Italy is actually shaped like a boot and that Rome is the capital city. They also found out about Pope Francis and St Peter’s Basilica. They learnt about the Colosseum and the water ways of Venice and even constructed their own gondolas from different materials.  They also made The Leaning Tower of Pisa from clay. The most popular activity by far however, was making props for the Italian restaurant and using them in imaginary role play. The service and food in the restaurant was fantastic!

Today, Reception participated in a special class Harvest Festival act of worship. Thank you for your generous donations.

Wishing you all a well deserved break,

The Reception Team