Reception have been learning all about Baptism. Thanks to Father Saji, last Wednesday we had the opportunity to visit church where Father Saji spoke to the children about what happens during a Baptism Ceremony, re-enacting a Baptism with the children. We all had a lovely time.

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Reception Welcome Assembly

Today St Mary’s welcomed the new reception class into our family. Thank you to all of the Year 6 pupils who looked after and supported their ‘buddies’ on their special occasion. The children from reception have formed such positive relationships with their ‘buddies’ and it is lovely to see. We would like to say a huge thank you to the families of the reception pupils for all of their support today. We hope you enjoyed finding out about what the boys and girls enjoy doing and what they would like to be when they grow up.

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Reception making a cake


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Today, the children have been focusing on writing a list. We read the story The Toy’s Party and role-played making a disgusting cake.

We put in:

  • Baked beans
  • Jam
  • Cornflakes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Milk
  • Sugar

We then wrote a list of what we would put in our own cake.

Reception have been working hard this week learning how to count in order and match the correct amount of objects to selected numbers.

In RE we have been working hard together to create our own class prayer discussing what we are thankful for in our lives. We are looking forward to starting our new topic ‘Welcome’ where we will be joined by our families in our special assembly to be welcomed into the St Mary’s family next week.


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Dear God,

Thank you for our school. We pray it will be a safe place of learning, fun and friendship. Please watch over all our teachers, children and families.

Please help us to learn new things, to explore the world together and to play, grow and be happy.

Help us to have love for each other, to have forgiveness at our heart, and to build kindness into every day.




Frozen Dinosaur Eggs!

Reception were very excited to learn that a special delivery of frozen dinosaur eggs had been delivered to our classroom. We all had to work together using different tools and resources to free the trapped baby dinosaurs in time! We then worked hard to build our own dinosaur homes to keep them safe, warm and well fed.

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Reception have settled into school really well this week and are enjoying playing in their new classroom and exploring a variety of new activities and challenges. The children have started to look at ‘Myself’ in RE, where we all sat together in a circle and talked about the importance of our name and how we are all special, unique and loved.

Here are some photos of our first few days together:

Reading week.

We had a really lovely day in Reception class celebrating the end of our reading week. Children brought in their favourite story books and some of our parents kindly came in to read these books to the children in class. We also enjoyed writing book reviews and dressing up as our favourite book characters.

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Forest school fun

For the past three days we have taken to the great outdoors.

On Monday, we explored the environment that we were in and made lists of items that were natural and man made.

On Tuesday, we were given the extra special task from the Jarrow Superhero Society to build some dens so that they could have a meeting. Fantastic team work, problem solving, language and opportunities for independent writing. We even learnt how to tie knots properly.

Today, we read the story of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and made our very own Stick men.

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