St Francis Xavier

Catholic Primary School

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EYFS Leader: Mrs Foster

Deputy EYFS Leader: Miss Viggars


Class Teachers:
Mrs Foster - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Miss Lowe - Thursday and Friday


Early Years Practitioner: 
Mrs Cholewa



Hello everyone! A warm welcome to our Reception class page.

We hope you have had a wonderful summer and are as excited as we are to start our new topic this half term.


Our topic this half term is 'Myself and My World'.

Throughout this topic, we will share what they know about ourselves and our families. We will compare what makes us similar and different to our friends.

Following this we will explore transport and the different ways we can travel around the world, exploring different countries and occupations. 




Our Learning

This week in Reception we have enjoyed setting up a teddy bear's picnic to explore matching objects in equal and unequal sets! We have been using new vocabulary such as: same, different, compare, guess and equal! The children have made the teachers so proud of their fantastic learning this week! Great job, Reception!

Our RE topic is 'Myself'. We have been developing an understanding of our first and family names. We also discussed happy times we have shared with our families.

In Reception we have enjoyed talking about our families. We have been celebrating how all families are different and special! Take a look at our fantastic drawings and writing!

In Reception we have enjoyed exploring different cultures within families as we talked about traditions and beliefs. We discovered how cultures vary by exploring different music, food, clothes, celebrations and languages from all around the world!

Our visit to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

We have been learning about grouping and sharing.

We have enjoyed making crowns!

We have enjoyed planting beans and placing them in different environments to see how they grow!

We were very excited to discover the frogspawn in our classroom! We talked about the life cycle of a frog and created a habitat to help them survive.

On World Book Day, we enjoyed dressing up, sharing books and using props to act out our favourite stories!

Today we planted some seeds in our outdoor area. We talked about what plants need to help them to grow and made signs to remind others not to dig in this area.

We have been learning about how the parish family gathers together to celebrate. We created a church, danced, read bible stories and wrote thank you cards to God for his guidanace. We also listened to the story of Jesus with the children and acted it out using small world figures.

For our Religious Understanding RSE lesson we were learning about role models. We learnt through the story of Jesus washing the disciples' feet that Jesus is our ultimate role model and we should always follow his example. So we showed love to each, like Jesus, by washing each other's feet.

Did you know that many reptiles lay eggs!? We talked about which animals lay eggs and how baby reptiles are very independent at the start of their life! We then used paper mache to create our own reptile eggs.


Meet Apollo! Apollo is a bearded dragon who belongs to one of our pupils. It was very exciting to learn about how he is cared for!

This week, we started our new topic: Chomp, Stomp, ROAR! We have been using our small world to retell stories and create our own. Inspired by our text: The Girl and the Dinosaur, some children have also become paleontologists!

Today we explored our frozen playground. We talked about why water turns solid and how it melts. We also discovered some beautiful cobwebs which had frozen.

As we get ready for Christmas, there's so many things to do! I'm trying to remember, Jesus, that it all comes back to you. I am part of your family, a branch on this Jesse Tree. Help me listen to these stories, and what they are saying to me. Amen.

I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’M STICK MAN, that’s me...This week we have been bringing our story to life by creating the characters, acting out the story and writing signs to help the stickman find his family tree!

Today in RE children helped set up for our RE lesson! Children enjoyed the independence. In our lesson we talked about Hannukah and children had lots of questions. Children learnt about the oil that helped keep the menorah candles burning!

Children have been learning all about the number 5 and looking at the number bonds to 5!

All about teeth and staying healthy! Reception had a lovely visit from ladies from the NHS! Children learnt all about teeth and ways to look after them! Children had lots of questions!

Remembrance Day - Children created their own poppies, which they held during the 2 minutes silence with the whole school! Children then made more poppies using tissues paper! Children remembered everyone who had fought for our country and were so grateful for all they had done!

Messy Art with Jackson Pollock! Reception children have been looking at the artwork of Jackson Pollock and created their own Jackson Pollock inspired art using paint, spoons and sticks!

October - Month of the Rosary! During today's collective worship, children were given rosary beads to hold while they were praying. Children learnt all about rosary beads and were able to ask questions!

Today children have been sat in our cosy den outside reading our story The Gruffalo! Children enjoyed pointing out their favourite characters.

Today children have been learning all about Baptism. Children learnt about what happens when a baby gets baptised and were able to take it in turns to act it out.

Today in RE children have been talking about being kind and how we can be kind to others!

Reception children have been using their instruments to sing their autumn song!

Welcome - In RE reception have been talking about how we would welcome someone new into our class. Our children loved meeting our new friend and giving them lots of hugs!

Bear Snores On - Reception children have enjoyed learning about the story Bear Snores On. Children have been acting out the story using the puppets and cardboard boxes!

Autumnal Art - Reception children have been exploring using pastel crayons to make autumnal pictures of leaves! Children enjoyed collecting the leaves and using them in their art.

Exploring Patterns - In maths reception children have been exploring patterns. Children have been making patterns using natural materials and also from different objects in the school!

Making music everywhere! Today children have been using different instruments and have been exploring the musical term tempo. Children played the instruments very fast and also very slow!

Who is taller? Children in maths have been exploring who is taller and who is shorter in their class. Children have had lots of fun seeing how tall they are!

What letters are hidden on the pumpkins? Children have been exploring the letters and have enjoyed trying to write the letters!

Owl babies everywhere! Children have been enjoying the story Owl Babies. Children have been making sure that they are quiet and gentle when handling the owl babies in the box!

Lots of building and counting. Children have been building towers in maths and comparing which tower is bigger and which tower is smaller!

Look at this amazing art! Today children used beads and paint to create some beautiful artwork. Children enjoyed mixing different colours and using the trays to create move the ball around the page!

This week in Maths, children have been looking at matching objects. Today children had to find a friend who had the same sock to complete their pair! Children had so much for and did such a great job!

Children enjoyed using blocks to count the number of letters in their name!

Reception had a lovely first day back at school after the summer holidays! Children decided to put on a talent show for their fellow peers. Children loved joining in and showing their support!

Homework: Homework is given out each Friday and is due in the following Friday. Homework consists of phonics sounds the children have learnt this week along with a reading for pleasure book from our school library. We challenge each child to share a story with their adult every evening. Please return your book and signed reading record to show you have read at home.