Spring term Week 6 Reception

Well, we are officially half way through our first year of school and to mark it, Reception performed their first ever class assembly today, all about love.

Their teachers were very proud of them all- Well done Reception Class!


As part of the school’s Other Faith Week, Reception have been learning about Judaism. On Tuesday the class participated in a fun, hands-on workshop, where they got to wear and look at lots of symbolic Jewish artefacts.

The class also participated in a Safer Internet workshop, where the children learnt about how to stay safe and what to do if someone is being unkind online.

Wishing you all a wonderful half term break!

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer



Spring Term Week 5 Reception

Our story focus this week has been the ‘The Ugly Duckling’. The class have spent lots of  time discussing the positive aspects of being different, and recognising and celebrating the similarities and differences between themselves. Inspired by the ending of the story, some of the class decided to make their own flying creations and test them outside!

As part of Safer Internet Day, the children took part of in a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectively, critically and creatively. They each designed a poster saying, ‘Don’t post mean pictures…post this instead’, and drew a picture that had nice content and didn’t require consent from  another person.

Our Maths focus this week has been addition, and the children have had lots of fun, practical experiences creating and solving simple addition problems.

We finished our week sharing an Act of Worship with our Year 6 Learning Partners. Well done to Kate, Kiera, Alex and Thomas for leading so beautifully.

Please remember to sign up for a parent consultation time – sheets will be left out in the hall next week.

We look forward to seeing you all at our first ever class assembly on Friday at 9.15am.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer


Spring Term Week 4 Reception

Our story focus this week has been The Three Little Pigs. The children have been thinking about what materials they would make their own houses from and have enjoyed using the building site role play area. They also made their own houses from different materials, and worked together to create this fantastic den!

Due to the freezing temperatures this week, Reception have spent a lot of time investigating ice and were surprised to hear just how loudly the ice crackled when you put salt on it!

Today, the class enjoyed using watercolour paints and painting directly onto the snow. They also had fun participating in a team challenge of making a snow person together.

This afternoon, the Year 6 Healthy Living group cut up and shared the fruit the children had brought in this morning. Reception enjoyed trying lots of different exotic flavours.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Term Week 3 Reception

What another busy week of learning Reception have had!

This week, the story focus has been ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. The children have been very busy turning the fairy tale cottage into Grandma’s house. They have also been designing bags suitable for transporting a cake to Grandma, drawing maps of the forest, writing lists of items to make Grandmas feel better and writing own versions of the story. The children were also challenged to independently make a free standing tree! We had some fantastic creations in class!

After Tuesday night’s snowfall, the children were keen to get outside on Wednesday morning. They were excited to see tracks left in the snow from different wild animals and the mud kitchen became the snow kitchen for the day!

On Thursday, Reception welcomed a very important visitor to the class- Bishop John Sherrington. The children learnt about the different vestments that he wears and the religious objects that he carries, such as the crosier. They shared their learning with him and sang their favourite song, Yellow Bird.

Friday’s PE lesson built on last week’s learning and the children had lots of fun working together to perform group balances to the rest of the class.

*Reception will be doing their very first assembly on Friday 15th February at 9.15am. Please join us!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Term Week 2 Reception

Since returning from the Christmas break, Reception have been reading different versions of the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, as part of their new topic- Traditional Tales.

During this time, the children have written their own versions of the story in various different forms and have also written ‘Wanted’ posters to help find Goldilocks. They have created letters to say sorry to the three bears from Goldilocks and have made puppets, props and masks. They have made the three bears’ cottage from a range of large and small construction and have enjoyed role playing the story in the bears’ cottage in the outdoor area.

On Wednesday, the children were shocked to find that a crime had been committed! Someone had broken into the cottage, smashed up Baby Bear’s chair and made a real mess. The cottage was taped off as a crime scene! Luckily, we had lots of police detectives in the class, who were very keen to track down the suspect. Unfortunately, even though the police used all of their available resources, the criminal remains at large!

During part of our RE lesson this week, the children were introduced to their new topic, Sacramental People. The children thought about how God is all around us and within us and that he loves everyone. The children then thought about all the people who care for them at home and discussed how God is like those special loved ones, because like them, he cares for us too.

The class have enjoyed being taught gymnastics by Mr Dugan, the PE teacher from Dame Alice Owen School, for the past two Fridays. This is set to continue for the rest of this term.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception- Christmas

What an exciting end to our very first term at Pope Paul!

On Tuesday, we enjoyed watching the pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, with our Learning Partners and the rest of the school. Thank you to all of the parents who accompanied us.

On Wednesday, we had our Christmas dinner with our friends and teachers. The food was delicious!

This was followed by the school’s annual ‘Pope Paul’s Got Talent’.

In assembly this morning, the Liturgy Group and Year 2 told us the story of Christmas. They were then joined by some special visitors; Aanay’s parents and his new baby sister, who reminded us of how special the birth of a baby is.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the term and for your overwhelming generosity.

We hope you all have a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception Blog 14.12.18

After the excitement of last week’s Nativity performance, we have tried hard to keep to the usual daily class routines!

In Maths, we have been very busy focussing our learning on the concept of time. The class have had lots of fun trying to complete various challenges against the clock, using both digital and sand timers. Activities included counting how many times the children could race their didi cars up and down the playground in a minute. Seeing how many times they could sing ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’, seeing how high they could build a tower in a minute and counting how many times they could write their name.

The children have engaged in a range of different activities focussing on the Nativity. They wrote their own versions, sequenced the story, role played using props and costumes from last week’s performance, made stables from various materials and even made the road to Bethlehem, complete with a tollgate!

The children also enjoyed watching their friends in KS1 perform their own version of the Nativity.


Children, please remember to practise your act, if you intend to audition for Pope Paul’s Got Talent on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

The Nativity

It’s been a very busy past couple of weeks for Reception, as they prepared for their very first class performance- The Nativity.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as they did!

We were extremely proud of them all and think that they were fantastic!

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team


Autumn 2 Week 3

The children have been very busy getting ready for our Class Nativity, which will be on Wednesday 5th December at 9.30am. We will provide every child with a costume, but we will need you to provide clothes for your child to wear underneath. Look out for a letter in your child’s book bag early next week that will give you  further information about this.

Today we were treated to a Fitter Future workshop with our Year 6 Learning Partners.

Fitter Future is an online website with fun video workouts for the children to follow. It is designed to increase the fitness levels of children. Each workout lasts ten minutes with additional workouts and monthly fitness challenges continuously added to the programme. Pope Paul children get completely free access at home, where they can complete additional monthly workout challenges. Reception will be bringing home their logins next week.

Wishing you all a restful weekend,

The Reception Team

Autumn 2 Week 2

What a busy week!

Anti- bullying has been the main theme in class this week, with Reception focussing more on how to be a good friend. The children have worked very hard producing posters to tell you how this can be done.

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They also made friendship bracelets from a range of materials and gave them away to their friends in class.

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On Tuesday, Reception participated in an Anti-bullying workshop, where they thought about the importance of being part of a team and how important it is to listen to each others’ ideas.

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In Maths, the children have continued to focus on shape and problem solving. In small groups, they have been deciding on their own criteria for sorting shapes, according to the shapes’ properties. Using bubble mixture and different shape cutters, the children had fun investigating whether or not the bubble shape changed, according to the shape blown through.

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In RE, we have been thinking about preparing for a baby and relating this to how the Catholic church prepares for Christmas, during Advent.

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Today, the children played their own part in deciding the future name of our school, by individually voting.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team