Our Lady and St Swithin's

Catholic Primary School

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Love, Live and Learn



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                         Welcome to Reception class, where we love to learn both indoors and out.                                               We have many opportunities to learn through active play, investigations, stories and visits.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship

As a whole school, we raised money for CAFOD.  Reception class wrote messages for people they love or who they would like to remember on heart shaped cards .  The children read out their cards and planted flower seeds and bulbs.  The children can watch the flowers grow and think of the people they love.  Thank you very much for your support.

CAFOD Planting seeds for our loved ones


As part of our RE topic Growing, we talked about how spring is a time when things grow.  We looked for signs of spring, as well as planting our very own flowers and vegetables.  We have also watched tadpoles hatch from frogspawn.  Also during this topic, we have been learning about how Lent is a time to grow in God's love.  We wrote Lenten promises and talked about how we could try and be more like Jesus during Lent and in the future.  We have also been learning about Good Friday and Easter Sunday and recognising them as bible stories.

Planting flowers and vegetables

We acted out the story of Jesus, Mary and John on Good Friday


As part of our topic about Gathering, we have been learning about the joy of gathering together at Mass to celebrate the word of God.  We set up an altar in class, to act out a Mass.  



As part of Come and See topic Celebrating, we learnt about what a celebration is and when we have them.  We discussed gathering together in church to celebrate baptisms, weddings and communion.  We took part in celebrating Cinderella's wedding to her prince in class.

We set up a temple in class to act out the presentation of baby Jesus at the temple.

Presentation of Jesus at the Temple


During our Judaism topic, we learnt about the story of the lamp in the temple.  We discussed how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah and took part in our own clebration, using our class made menorah.  We made Hanukkah cards to share with our frinds and family.


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.


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

We visited the Book Bus today.  We had the opportunity to look at the books and share them with our friends.  We were very lucky to have been given money to buy a book.                        Thank you parents for your support.

Outdoor play in the beautiful spring sunshine

Reception Cafe

Following on from the children's interests , we set up a class cafe.  The children have the opportunity to go into role of customer, waiting on staff and cashier.  The children have been writing orders, as well as counting out the pennies to pay their bill.                The children have had a wonderful time.

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!


Talk for Writing  The Little Red Hen

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. 


Talk for Writing  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

TTalk for Writing Cinderella Pantomime

We learnt the story of Cinderella off by heart by using a storymap of the main events and by adding actions.  We wrote invitations for the Nursery class and delivered them personally.      We made the props needed for the pantomime, which included Cinderella's pumpkin carriage.  We performed our pantomime for  the Nursery class, who attended both the ball and wedding celebrations.  We went on to "innovate" the  story, which means, we changed the characters or setting and drew our own storymap and wrote our story.



Talk for Writing  The Stolen Mona Lisa Painting!

The  famous painting of the Mona Lisa, which Mrs Blair borrowed from her friend at the Louvre Art Gallery, went missing from Reception corridor last week.  The children were shocked but determined to find it before it needed to be returned.                         The children searched for clues, finding footprints, fingerprints, hair, as well as scratches on the hall floor.  The children watched CCTV footage from over the lunchtime period but it was decided that the Police needed to be called.  The Police officers took all of the children's fingerprints, in order to eliminate them from their enquiries.  The children wrote Police reports of the incident, which included the evidence they had collected during their investigation.  The children made posters to seek help from the general public and posted their appeal online.  It was decided, that a trap was the only way to catch the thief and a cheap version of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflower painting was hung in the same spot, with an ipad on record.  It worked! The Sunflowers painting was also stolen but once the thief saw the children's posters, he had a good think and listened to his heart.  He brought the Mona Lisa back with a letter of apology.  The Police are now dealing with the matter.  The children were delighted, when both paintings were returned!


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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! 

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!

We took part in the RSPB Garden Bird Watch.  We made bird feeders for the birds and recorded how many different types of birds we saw both in school and at home.