Reception Autumn Term Week 6

Reception had a very exciting start to the week when they were visited by Jamie’s mum and her collection of reptiles! As well as learning lots  of facts about each one, the children were invited to handle them too. We certainly have lots of brave children in our class!

On Tuesday, the children were visited by a road safety officer who explained that before crossing a road, we must stop, look, listen and think!

In RE, Reception continued to explore the act of being stewards of the earth. They talked about how beautiful creation is and how important it is to take care of it. They then went on a walk around the school grounds, collecting natural materials that God created. When they got back to class, they worked in groups to create their own works of art.

Next week, Reception will be thinking about when they were babies and how much they have grown. If possible, please provide your child with a baby photograph. These will be returned to you in due course.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception- Autumn Term Week 5

It’s been another very busy week in Reception!

We started the week off by reading the book ‘Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor’ alongside the rest of the school. This proved to be a real hit with the children and shaped the learning that followed for the rest of the week.

Joan knew that she wanted to be a scientist from a very young age and that got the children thinking about what they would like to be when they are grown up. There was a lot of interest and excitement during discussion about this particular topic! Each child then painted a beautiful portrait of their future self which will be available for all to see during the celebration morning in a couple of week’s time.

Reception class were also very keen to have a vets role play, so that they could look after the animals, just like Joan Procter. This proved to be an extremely popular learning area and so the children decided to start a register, so that every one got a turn. What a great way to practise writing names!

On Tuesday, the class had lots of fun participating in a skipping workshop. It is a very tricky skill to master, however there were a lots of examples of children using their learning power- having a go and not giving up! Lots of children then applied this new skill during Child Initiated Learning throughout the rest of the week.

In RE this week, Reception have been learning about what it takes to be a ‘Steward of the Earth’ and ways that they can help God’s creation. The adults around the school were so impressed with their ideas!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer


Reception Autumn Term Week 4

This week we began our phonics program ‘Letters and Sounds’; we have had lots of fun learning the letter sounds and phrases in class. Thank you for supporting your child with their daily phonics activity; it really helps to reinforce the new learning and makes an incredible difference to their reading and writing over the long term.


Although we have had bad weather this week, Reception have still continued to learn in the outside area. They had lots of fun using their leaning power to get rid of the enormous puddle right outside the classroom. The children set their own challenge of using the syringes to transport the water to the large jars. This proved to be a very popular activity. Which learning powers do you think the children used to achieve their task? If you are not sure, ask one of the Reception class and they will tell you!

In RE this week, Reception had lots of fun reinforcing their understanding of the story of creation through a whole class role play and dance!

Next week, we are looking forward to joining the rest of the school in focussing on the story book ‘Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles’. Children, why not get a head start and find out what you can about reptiles?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

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

Year 6 – 13/09/19

There was a lot of excitement this afternoon as the Year 6s met their Reception learning partners for the first time! They spent their time getting to know each other and playing in the sunny outside learning area – a lovely way to end the week!

We are very fortunate to have Mrs Burgess – the art specialist from Stormont School – working with us this half term. Today she taught us about proportions of the face when drawing portraits.

In PE, he children did problem solving and learnt that communication is key when solving a problem as a team.

Here is this week’s home learning, due on Tuesday 17th September.

English SPaG – questions on apostrophes

Complete on the sheet then stick into the back of your yellow home learning book.

there were
their where
they’re wear
your we’re

Times tables – Complete tasks on place value

Continue to revise all times tables.

Reading Daily reading. Reading Records are on order.

Well done on another busy week. Have a restful weekend and see you Monday.

Miss Donatantonio

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

Year 6 – 19/07/19

Firstly, well done Year 6 for the beautiful mass that you led last night at the church. I was a very proud teacher and it was a privilege to present you with your leavers’ gifts. Please remember to bring in a USB stick on Monday if you would like a copy of the photo powerpoint that was shown, as it’s too large to post on here.

Today has been a special day for the class, with a special pizza and dessert station for lunch, followed by an exchange of friendship bracelets, cards, and a dance-off with their Reception learning partners.

In RE, we have been learning about the cardinal virtues and we used our beautiful outdoor learning space to role play scenarios in which these virtues might be displayed.

Yesterday, we also heard from our instrumentalists for the final time. Congratulations to all the performers for singing and playing with confidence and for sharing the progress you have made over the years; it was a joy to listen to you.

In art this week, we learnt how to draw eyes – take a look at the fantastic results!

Last week, we said goodbye to Michael, and he led a beautiful act of worship about the importance of love.

And finally, here are the photos from last week’s Sports Day!

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