RNLI Week!

Water Safety
This week we have been learning about water safety and how we should keep safe when we go to the seaside. The children have worked hard to create posters to show awareness of how to keep safe near the water.

RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution 
On Thursday we had a visit from the RNLI who came in and talked to us about their job. They showed us the different boats used and the uniforms that the coastguards and life guards wear. The children thought Miss Vickers looked very funny wearing the coastguard’s outfit. After the talk we all had the chance to try on some of the uniforms and go in the rubber dingy boat which was lots of fun.

Outdoors in the sunshine
What a glorious week it has been. On Thursday we went out onto the trim trail with Miss Vickers and practiced our balancing and coordination skills. It was great to see how children’s confidence has grown since the first time they went on the trim trail.

Have a great weekend!

Another Busy Week.

First I must apologise for having no photos this week. I left my iPad at home😬. However we have still been very busy in the cafe!

Tuesday saw a ‘pass it on’ demonstration of delicious onion bhajis.

On Wednesday a group of children from 3DC made fruit crumbles and sold them on the playground. Were you a lucky customer?

Then on Thursday some of the students from 4DM used some of the ‘fuel for schools’ food to make Collcanon for their class mates. A traditional Irish recipe, using potatoes, cabbage and onions, it was enjoyed by the majority of Mr Moore’s class.

This morning we served coffee and tea both before Ahmed’s  assembly and for the open day of our September intake. Finally 4CC made jam tarts for their celebration event next Friday. They each made their own pastry and filled the tarts with plum jam made from the plums picked in our own orchard. A treat to look forward too.

Fi Fi Fo Fum!

This week in Reception we have read the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The children have really loved reading this traditional tale. We think the traditional tales should be read over and over again in the early years, they are great fun to read and the children love joining in with their repeated refrains such as “fee fi fo fum”. This week we have been learning about growing and have learnt that plants need sunlight, water and nutrients from the soil to grow. We learnt that the stem grows up towards the sun and the roots grow downwards into the soil. This week we have planted some beans and we are watching our beanstalks carefully to see if they grow up to the castle we have placed there. We hope we won’t have too many giants in our classroom!

Our planters in the outdoor area are looking beautiful and we have been talking about looking carefully after all the plants that are growing outside. We have been practicing using our looking eyes and not our picking fingers to look closely at the beautiful tulips. Mrs Willis has even spotted the start of our poppies growing. They really are magnificent when they grow. We are watching carefully to see them turn from seedlings into the poppy.

Day 2 – Sight! (Harlow Carr)

What a wonderful time we have had at Harlow Carr in Harrogate. It was fantastic to see such a transformation since when we went in Autumn and notice the changes between seasons. We made some perfume for a very smelly fairy called onion. We had to use the herbs in the gardens to create a perfume to help onion smell a little bit better. We all came up with different names, can you remember your perfume name? My group decided on ‘herby explosion!’ as their perfume name, aptly named as they used lavender in their perfume. We had a picnic lunch outside in the sunshine and then had all afternoon to explore Harlow Carr gardens for ourselves. We have a lot of tired children on the coach on the way back now! Thank you to all the parent helpers who make these trips possible, your help is much appreciated.

Sense Week Day 1 – Taste!

This week we will be looking at a different sense each day as part of Science Week. Today we introduced Senses to the children and told them each one. The focus of today’s sense task was ‘Taste’. We had breads from around the world to taste and decide whether we liked or disliked them. The options were; malt, pitta, tortilla and naan.

Here are some pictures of us using our taste sense in our bread eating challenge!!



Can you get your child to describe what each bread tasted like? Comment below with some quotes to receive 1 house point!

A fantastic week in Reception!

This week the children designed a superhero cape. They thought about the colours they would use, whether they were going to put a pattern on their cape and any additions such as logo, initial, lightning bolt etc.

The children then used their designs to make their capes. They had to look carefully at their designs and be sure to paint their capes exactly as their design showed. The children were very good at this and were able to experiment mixing colours to create the desired colour for their capes. The children started by painting the background of their capes and then these were left to dry.

Once the capes had dried the children looked at their designs and added the details to their capes. They all look fantastic!


This week in the Post Office we had some blank maps and different symbols that can be put on a map. Miss Vickers made a demonstration copy and explained the different symbols and what they mean on the map. The children independently created their own maps in the area thinking about where car parks, roads, footpaths and houses may go- maybe you could try and make a map at home?

Number Formation
Last week we learnt some poems for writing our numbers. This week in our maths area we had to use these poems and practice number formation. The children were very good at this and can form their numbers beautifully- keep it up Reception!

Last week we looked at 2D shapes where we talked about the name of the shape and the properties – sides and corners. The children were very good at identifying and understanding the properties of the shape. This week we moved on to looking at 3D shapes which again the children were very good at counting how many corners, edges and faces the shapes had. We are still learning the properties of 3D shapes as they are a little bit trickier and there are lots of them.

Sum Dog
You may have noticed that the school Mathletics subscription needs renewing and so your login may not currently be working. At school we are trialing ‘Sum Dog’ which is an alternative website. This weekend we would love for you to try ‘Sum Dog’ using the free trial (see link below). If you like ‘Sum Dog’ then the school will be looking at purchasing this subscription (so do not buy a subscription yourself, please just trial the free versions on the website above).

Here is the link to the website where you can have a go yourself! The feedback from children has been really positive throughout school and they seem to prefer this to mathletics. See how you get on at home and please feel free to add your comments about it below, we’d love to see what you have to say too.


Next week is Maths Week in school and so we will be doing lots of maths throughout the week!


In Reception children start school at 8:40am and finish at 2:50pm. It is important that children are brought to school on time so that it does not disrupt the school day as this has an impact on the children’s learning and attendance. Children should also be picked up on time as this is when the school day finishes. If children are not collected on time they will be taken round to the school reception area where they will wait with a member of staff until collected. At the end of the school day this is a time where teachers set up and prepare for the following day or may have arranged to meet with parents who need to speak with the teacher regarding their child. It is important that children are collected on time so that we are available to support parents and speak with them at this time.
Thursday is our day for P.E. Please remember to bring P.E Kits in on this day. If you have not yet received your school P.E kit, your child can bring in a t-shirt and shorts to wear until their school P.E kit has arrived.
Have a great weekend!

Chinese New Year

What a fantastic day we have had celebrating Chinese New Year. We started the day by acting out the story of how the Chinese zodiacs were established and heard how this year it is the year of the Rooster. The children took their parents and relatives down to Reception where they listened to traditional Chinese music, made Chinese lanterns, ate Chinese food, made Chinese fans and explored using chopsticks. All the children were dressed in red, red is thought to bring good luck! Some children wore their traditional dress and looked fabulous.

A huge thank you to everyone who came, we had approximately 56 adults that we counted who came to join in our celebrations!

Kung hey fat choy!! (Happy New Year)

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Police Week!

Following our visit from the Police, the children talked a lot about the role of a police officer and what they look like in terms of what they wear, vehicles they use, animals that may help them etc. The children used the information they had found out to create a police fact sheet.

On Wednesday morning when we came into the classroom we were surprised to find….A CRIME SCENE! Right there in the middle of our classroom. The police had spoken to the teachers and asked if the children could become CSI Secret Agents and work on the crime scene to find out who committed the crime. The police had taken photos of the evidence for us to analyse and given us some clues about the three suspects. Who could it be…The Big Bad Wolf? Goldilocks? or The Troll? It was Reception’s mission to investigate using the evidence and come to a conclusion. The children enjoyed using the magnifying glasses to closely identify the evidence left at the crime scene. They completed evidence found sheets so that the police knew what evidence had been left at the scene. So the police knew that it was not any of the children we created CSI Secret Agent cards where we put our fingerprints. As the children know, we all have different fingerprints so from creating our secret agent cards the police will know it is not us.
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The children were fantastic at putting together the evidence to create an idea of what really happened. As there was a smashed egg on the floor and a banana skin we knew it was someone who must have been hungry and had tried to pinch the eggs from the chickens pen and snack from our snack tray. We investigated some more and saw oats on the floor along with some muddy size 12 footprints and a blue headband..who could it be? The children knew that only one of our suspects liked porridge, was a size 12 shoe and usually wears a blue headband. After lots of investigating the children came to the conclusion that it had to be GOLDILOCKS who was our criminal!

Now we knew who the criminal was the police needed our help to catch her. How could we do this? We decided to create WANTED posters with a picture of Goldilocks on them so that people could identify her and ring the police. The children are all aware that to ring the Police we call 999. After all of our hard work creating wanted posters we received a letter from the police, Goldilocks had been spotted at the three bears house breaking chairs and eating porridge and they finally caught her. In their letter they thanked the children for being super special agents and helping them catch the criminal.

What an exciting week it has been!