St Francis Xavier

Catholic Primary School

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Class Teacher: Mrs Foster and Miss Crawshaw

Teaching Assistant: Miss Wilkinson

Learning Support Assistant: Miss Al and Miss Pell-Taylor


Hello everyone! A warm welcome to our Reception class page. We hope you have had a wonderful break and are as excited as we are to start our new topic this half term.


Our topic this half term is 'Chomp, Stomp, ROAR!'. Within this topic, we will investigate animals which are extinct as we explore when and how they lived. We will discuss and compare similarities and differences between pre-historic creatures with animals that roam our planet today. We will also understand that fossils help us to explore the world millions of years ago!




Our Learning

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.