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Church of England First School


Welcome to Reception!


The friendly staff in Reception are Mrs Peet, Mrs Thornley, Mr Thomas, Mrs Heming, Mrs Morrissey and Mrs Jolly.

In a Land Far, Far Away


What a funny term the Spring term was! Some of us worked at home and some of us worked at school, and now that it is the Summer term we are all back together and we love it! 


Our topic for this term is called 'In a Land Far, Far Away' and to start it off we had an exciting launch day! We all dressed up as our favourite character from a book and we looked so good! We also tasted porridge like Goldilocks, planted beans like Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk and went ‘trip trapping’ over the Billy Goats Gruff bridge.


Here are some photographs of us launching our topic :)


Angel Express! 


We are so proud of all of the children who transformed in to actors and actresses for our school nativity. Every single child SHONE and gave it their all. What an amazing production. 

Our Topic Highlights


As we are almost at the end of a busy term we wanted to share some photographs with you. We have had a super term and are very proud of how hard the children have worked. Every single child has made progress and can now do things that they couldn't do in September, whether it be counting, reading, moving in different ways, writing their name, exploring with different materials or experimenting in science! Here are some photographs for you to have a look at :)

Sharing your child’s successes with you


We hope that you have received a letter with details on how to access Seesaw, an app we are trialing which helps us keep you informed with all of the brilliant things your child has been up to at school. 


Whilst we get the app up and running we will be uploading a little bit less on to this page of the website, so Seesaw is the place to go for all the latest news/ pictures please.  We will however, still upload some of our highlights and best bits to this page every half term :) 


We hope you like the app. If you have any feedback then please do get in touch because we would love to hear your thoughts. 

A mystery to solve!


Today we launched our new ‘Sirens and Lights’ topic. We arrived at school to find a strange scene… somebody had been in to our classroom and stolen BB-8 from Mr Thomas and Take Home Ted from Mrs Peet and Mrs Thornley! The middle classroom was all messy and there were lots of clues for us to find. We looked closely at the clues and became detectives. In the end we worked out that it was Mr Ridlinton who had taken our teddies but he only borrowed them because he wanted a cuddle. He returned both teddies to us at the end of the day and we were very pleased to see them. 

Happy Half Term


Wow! What a fantastic first term at school. The children have been absolutely amazing since joining us in September and we are so proud of each and every one of them. They have made huge progress already and we are very excited to spend the year with them as we know they are going to achieve brilliant things. 


To celebrate such a fantastic term, we all dressed up in our spooky clothes and had lots of fun together. There are some photographs below.


Have a wonderful break everybody- the children certainly deserve a rest! See you soon and thank you again for all your support this term. 

A Harvest video from the Early Years superstars

Happy Harvest

Still image for this video

                                     Our Learning Environment


We are so lucky to have such an amazing free flow layout In Early Years and have experienced many different activities during COOL (Carry On Our Learning) time this term. As we are not able to invite parents into school we wanted to give you a sneak peak into how our areas are set up and share with you your children’s wonderful work that we have put on display. We hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we have loved creating them!

Catching the colours of Autumn


This week at Forest School we discussed the change of season and looked for signs of Autumn in our pond area. Harry the Hedgehog also shared a story with us about his favourite activities at Autumn time. We had a go at colour catching and also made cheerio bird feeders. After a yummy snack we put our peelings in the compost bin to make super soil for our digging pit. We have had so much fun!

Another busy week


We have had another busy week in Early Years and have learnt lots. Some of us even had our first Forest School session this week which was so much fun. 


Here are some photographs so that you can see what we’ve been up to. We cant wait for more fun next week!

Phonics and handwriting


What an exciting week in Early Years! We have started learning our sounds to help us  read and write. We have loved joining in with the Jolly Phonics songs and listening to the super stories.


Not only have we started to learn our sounds but we have also met Marvin the Monkey who brings his magic into school to help us write our letters. Marvin lives over the mountain under the rainbow and has many friends.

Our First PE Session


Firstly we would like to say a big thank you for sending the children to school on Wednesday wearing their PE kits. They LOVED their first PE lesson and worked hard to learn lots of new skills. Children practised finding a space, starting and stopping and moving quickly and slowly. 


We can’t wait to have another PE lesson next week! 

Our first gold medal winner!


We are so proud of this little superstar! She is always smiley, kind and brilliant in the classroom. She listens well all of the time and is very friendly to everyone so she reached the gold zone. Well done!

Zone Board


Each day all of the children start with their picture on green. If they are spotted following our class rules or demonstrating one of our school values they get moved up the zone board to silver and receive a sticker. If the same child is spotted a second time their picture gets moved up to gold and they get to take home a gold medal!


The zone board also consists of an orange and red zone. Orange is used when a warning has been given and a child persists on displaying an unwanted behaviour. Red is only used if a child needs a little 'time out'.


In Early Years we focus on praise as much as possible and love to reward your child's fantastic behaviour and effort! We can't wait to see lots of children reach the gold zone!

A busy and brilliant few days!


Over the last few days we have really enjoyed exploring our new classrooms and the outdoor area. We have been very busy! We have made lots of new friends and have already started to settle in to our new routines. The grown ups in Early Years have been amazed at how brilliant we have been during our first few weeks at school

Our First Week at School


Wow! What an amazing start to our school journey. Our teachers have been so proud of us as we have shown great maturity coming into school with huge smiles on our faces. We are so excited to be part of the St Richards family smiley