A Gruffalo Picnic

This morning we made all the food we wanted for our Gruffalo picnic. Our culinary schools were amazing. We did mixing, cutting and much more.

Whilst making our food we also took some time to make a fire engine! This was donated to us by a very kind family in school. But we will have a whole post about that soon.

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In the afternoon we finished our Gruffalo masks and went up to read the Gruffalo while eating our Roasted fox tails, scrambled snake, Owl ice cream, ham and mouse tail sandwiches and chocolate Gruffalo cake and crunch. Needless to say we were very full after all the food!

What a great way to finish our first Julia Donaldson book. Next week we will be starting to read Superworm!






Supporting Reading at home


A guide to reading.

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How to help at home

Reading at home is one of the most important ways you can support your child. Here are some ways you can help.

· Try to create a relaxed reading atmosphere. Establish a regular time and place to read and ensure the surroundings are as calm as possible. If your child doesn’t feel like reading, offer to read to them instead. Be positive about reading!

· Children don’t have to read with you. It can be very motivating for them to read with siblings, grandparents or friends.

· Talk to your child about the books they are reading. Before reading, challenge your child to be a book detective: look at the book cover and see if they can guess what the book will be about or what type of book it is. As you read together, talk about what is happening in the book, what might…

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Let’s play hockey!

This morning we started our day by being taught how to play hockey! We were taught how to hold our sticks, how to move with our sticks, how to push a ball around the playground and stop it and how to hit it, all in 1 lesson and we loved it! 😃


Then we went for an assembly and met Jon our Rector. He told us how he was going on a long journey soon with his wife Ella and they are going around the world.


Then in the afternoon we planned what we wanted to have and make for our Gruffalo’s picnic tomorrow.

A Gruffalo hunt! What’s a Gruffalo hunt?

Today we practised our new sound ‘I’ and finished our first sound card sheets. A copy will be coming home soon so we can use them at home with our families, to support our reading and writing.

After playtime we had a special delivery from Percy. He’d sent us a letter saying he’d made us a Gruffalo hunt! We didn’t know what a Gruffalo hunt was! He explained we needed to find the Gruffalos on the field and there might be a prize at the end. So off we we went.IMG_0075

On our hunt we heard Owl in the tree, saw snakes log pile and found fox’s hole. Then Nathaniel and friends found a parcel. In the Parcel was a Gruffalo! It was a puppet and a small world background. So now we can re-tell the story and play the Gruffalo with our puppets.

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In the afternoon we had French with Mrs Oakes. We learnt to sing bonjour with Albert the French boy.

After French Mrs Armitt read the story of the journey with us. We’ve been learning about journeys in our worship. We thought about journeys we would go on. Our ideas blew Mrs Armitt’s mind!

Tomorrow we plan our food for the Gruffalo picnic. Such busy days we have at school, it’s no wonder our brains are so big and heavy at night when we go to sleep.

A Magnificent maths Monday

Today we were looking at and practising our numbers. We were counting objects and finding the matching numbers, making patterns and forming numbers is messy shaving foam! As well as building the odd airline runway in our spare time!

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I the afternoon we had P.E up on the field. We were so excited! We played games in teams- which helped us to think about others. We also played coordination games. Finally we finished with a game of football.





Newsletter 12th September

Dear Parents,

This week has been our first full week at school and by Friday afternoon we all seemed very ready for a weekend rest, including the adults.

We have done so much this week its a wonder our brains haven’t exploded!  We have learnt more letter sounds, which means we can start to write the words-sat, pat and tap. We have tried to remember how to hold our pens with our ‘pecky fingers’-this is are our thumb and first finger which we pinch together to hold our pencil.


We have also been practising our maths by forming our numbers, counting objects and recognising numbers to 10 and 20. This has helped Miss Irwin to understand what we had already learnt before we came to school, so she can plan what we need to learn next.

As well as maths and reading and writing we have also practised important skills like our cutting. Holding scissors and opening and closing them is a very tricky skill. But as Miss Irwin always says ‘Practise makes perfect.’

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The most important thing we have been learning this week though, is learning our new class mates names and how to play and share nicely with our new friends.

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Next week we will be learning to form numbers and recognise their amounts. Learning how to segment and blend letters together to make words and we will be planning our Gruffalo picnic.

How you can help us at home

  • Practise writing our learnt letters at home-s,a,t,p.
  • Practise writing our numbers.
  • Read and look at our books with us and remember to write in our diaries when we do.


Meet the teacher meeting is this Friday 19th September in Class Jonah at 5.30pm. All parents are invited to come. You will find out about the curriculum, classroom and school rules,  what is expected in the coming year and how to support us at home. Parents will also have time to ask any questions.

*Remember any other school information is available on the school website. Important dates and relevant information to this term is on the  school newsletter, available to download from the news section.

Have a nice weekend :)

The Reception Team


Outside phonics and playdoh Gruffalos

On Tuesday morning we practised forming the letter ‘a’ in our phonic lesson. Then Miss Kippen and Miss Irwin had a surprise for us…outside phonics. We got to use squirty bottles, big chalks, ribbons and paint brushes.

After playtime we had a number hunt from Percy. He’d left hidden numbers around the playground for us to find. Some of us even thought we had seen him through the window.

After that we used our new colourful playdoh to make our own Gruffalos.