Our Lady and St Swithin's

Catholic Primary School

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Love, Live and Learn


Welcome to Reception class at Our Lady and St Swithin's Catholic Primary School, where we love to learn both indoors and outdoors. We have many opportunities to learn though active play, investigations, stories and visits.

Come and take a look!



Class of 2018-2019

  Reception class 2018-19 settled with ease into the rhythm and routines of the school day.    They have made many friends and are busy exploring their new learning                                   environment and activities.

Welcome to Reception Key Information

Parent/Teacher Consultations

Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th October in the school hall

I look forward to meeting with you all


Read Write Inc Meeting

As promised, there will be a Read Write Inc meeting on

Thursday 1st November at 3.30pm in class

This meeting will explain how your child is taught to read and write and how you can support them at home.                                 Please try to attend this important meeting

Please look at the following website for further information


Talk for Writing

This year the children are taking part in the Talk for Writing Project, which helps children to learn stories off by heart, as well as creating new ones of their own.  This half term the children learnt The Little Red Hen off by heart and retold it for their family in class.  They followed a story map, as well as using props  to support the retelling.  The children thoroughly enjoyed making their very own bread, which they shared with their family. 


Goldilocks and the Three Bears


We learnt the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears off by heart.  We learnt actions to help us to remember the story.  We retold the story for the Nursery class.

Our retelling of The Little Red Hen

We Made Vegetable Soup

As part of our topic about keep healthy we made vegetable soup.  We read a big book called Growing Vegetable Soup, which explained how vegetables grow and how to make them into soup.  The children had a wonderful time handling the vegetables learning the names of the vast variety, sent into school by parents.  The children discovered which country the vegetables came from and how end up at their local supermarket.  After that the children got to dice, slice, peel and chop the vegetables, ready for their soup.  Finally the children got to blend their soup and eat it with bread for their snack.  It was delicious!

We discussed the size, shape, colour and quantity of the vegetables sent into school.  We counted how many different types of vegetable we had, as well as counting how many of each we had.  We made our very own number line using the vegetables.

Sorting and counting our vegetables

We followed a recipe, to make cakes for our school McMillan Coffee Afternoon.  We really enjoyed making them and they tasted vry nice too!
As part of our keeping healthy topic, we collected a wide variety of fruit to discuss, taste and blend.  We counted how many different types of fruit we had, as well as sorting them by shape and colour.  The children talked about the country of origin, as well as the health benefits of eating fruit.  The children diced, sliced and chopped the fruit for their very own made to order smoothie.  They were delicious! 

Come & See Topic Birthdays

During the period of Advent the children developed an understanding about the real meaning of Christmas.  They learnt about how we prepare to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.

During this time the children made an advent wreath, wrote Advent wishes as well performing the Nativity story for friends and family.

Farmer Ted visit to Father Christmas

The children had a wonderful time at Farmer Ted's this year.  A great time was had by all!


Come & See  Topic WELCOME

As part of our Come & See topic "Welcome" the children brought in Baptismal items from home to share with the class.   They also made their very own Baptismal candle, which they took to our class Baptism of doll Rosie.

Reception class went to visit Father Kenny and Deacon Malcolm at our school, church Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.  They had the opportunity to see the altar, font as well as going into the Sacristy, where they looked at Father Kenny's special items and clothing that he uses during his church services.  The children also had the opportunity to have doll Rosie blessed in the church font.

Our visit to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church

This week the children took part in an obstacle course outside, to challenge their balance,      co-ordination  and fitness.  A great time was had by all!

Class of 2017-2018


         The children had a super day at Blackpool Zoo this week. They enjoyed looking at the variety of different animals and they learnt a great deal.  The children wrote wonderful recounts about their trip today.  Here are a few photographs of the day.

Well Being Week


The children had a super week, learning about keeping healthy.  The children learnt about looking after their teeth, eating a balanced diet, as well as the benefit of regular exercise. Also this week the children completed their sponsorship challenge and met GB Paralympic footballer Roy Turnham and his assistance dog.

The children thoroughly enjoyed sports day, thank you for your attendance.

Read Write Inc

Thank you for attending our first Read Write Inc meeting on Friday 10th November 2017, I hope you found it useful.  After the meeting, I sent home a booklet attached to the newsletter.  The booklet explains how we teach reading and writing in school.   The following link is to informative videos,  which will help to demonstrate how your child will be taught to read and write in class and how you can support them at home.



Read Write Inc & Moving on to Year One Meeting Thursday 12th April 2018 2.30pm

The children are progressing well through the Read Write Inc Programme. The next stage within the programme involves your child learning sounds with contain 2 or 3 letters, as well as learning to read many words just by sight. As promised at the parent/teacher consultations this meeting will explain how to pronounce the sounds and how you can support your child at home.

Also at this meeting, we will also discuss how we prepare your child for their transition into Year One, as well as answering any questions you may have.

Thank you attending our last Read Write Inc meeting.  I am sure you will agree, a lot is expected of children in Reception, which is why your continued support at home is invaluable.  If you could not attend the meeting and would like further support, please do not hesitate to speak with me.

Please listen to your child read each day and complete the reading/writing homework.

March 2018 - To save you scrolling through all of the pages I have placed the most recent photographs at the top.

This half term, the children have been learning about Kenya     in particular, about the Masai Mara Tribe.                                               The children went on safari using their home made binoculars, they then drew and wrote about what they saw. 

On Safari in Kenya

The children really enjoyed using the apparatus in the hall last week.  I believe we have some budding gymnasts, as they were superb on the ropes, beam and high horse.

Look at us move!

Following on from the children's interests, we opened a class café.  The children had a wonderful time serving the customers, writing down their orders and adding up the cost of the bill.

Reception Class Cafe

Following on from the observations of children playing school in class, we opened a school in class.  The children took the register, listened to readers, read big books and practised their phonics skills.               A great time was had by all!

We sang Ester songs for our families and made Easter cakes for them to enjoy. We also had a visit from the Easter Bunny!

During our topic this half term, we have been learning about keeping healthy.  We read the story of Oliver's Vegetables and talked about the importance of fruit and vegetables in our daily diet.



We acted out the story of Oliver's Vegetables

We brought in vegetables from home and used our senses to explore them.  We chopped, sliced, diced and peeled the vegetables for our soup.  We had a wonderful time, tasting the raw vegetables before putting them into the pot.

Cinderella Pantomime

Reception class rehearsed and acted out the story of Cinderella for the Nursery children.  The children wrote invitations for the children and delivered them by hand.  Reception children were absolutely fabulous and a great time was had by all.

People Who Help Us


Hello! Hello! Hello! What's all this then?


As part of our topic about people who help us in the community, we set up a robbery in class for the children to investigate.                  The children's Christmas toys which they had brought into class to discuss and play with, were stolen.  The children were totally engrossed, searching for clues, taking fingerprints and interviewing possible suspects.                                                                                                 The children collected the evidence they needed including CCTV footage of the thief in action.  The children had a wonderful time in the Police station role play area and writing up their Police reports.



Local Police Officers helped Reception class to solve the robbery case

As part of our people who help us in our local community topic, we invited  the local Fire Service into school.  The children had been acting out possible situations, which would require help from the Fire Service.  The children were delighted to see the Fire Fighters in action, putting out fires and rescuing the cat rom the tall building.  The children compiled a list  questions to ask the Fire Fighters.  The children had the opportunity to go inside the fire engine, as well as discussing the different equipment on board.
As part of our people who help us in our local community, we invited our local postman into school, to discuss his job and to collect the letters written for our class bear Paddington.  Paddington had been poorly and he asked if the children would write letters for him, to cheer him up.  The children willingly obliged and it was off to the post box to send them.

Our Local Postman

To encourage storytelling, the children worked in pairs or small groups to make up a story about how the Police and Fire Service help people.  The children shared ideas and illustrated a story map to show the beginning, middle and end of their stories.

We visited the book bus.  We looked at many different types of books and bought one with our own money.


Following on from the children's interests, we set up a school in class.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed acting out the role of teacher and pupil.

To introduce our book for the week, we had a wonderful visit from Lena, Ellie and Mason's little red hen. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about Lena, asking really interesting questions about what Lena eats, where she sleeps, how old she plus many more. The children fed her and had the opportunity to stroke her. The children could not wait to hear her story.

As part of our Come and See RE topic, we acted out a Baptism for Nursery children.  We made our very own Baptismal candles to take to the church. 

Thank you very much for sending into school the boxes and containers of different size. The children had a wonderful time comparing the capacity of the bottle and boxes.  They used their new mathematical language to talk about the bottles and boxes being full to capacity, half full or empty.  The children estimated how many small bottles of water, it would take to fill the large bottle.  They also estimated how many polystyrene pieces it would take to fill the small cornflake box and the large one.  The children counted 14 pieces in the small box and 200 into the large box. 

full   half full  full to capacity   empty   estimate   capacity 

Capacity in Reception