Reception Buddies

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Although our Year 6 class have been unable to physically meet their reception buddies this year that has not stopped them from thinking about them. We spent some time on Monday making our very own well done cards that we then kept in quarantine ready to be sent out with the children on Friday afternoon. We hope our buddies have enjoyed their first full week here at Sacred Heart.


The Full Reception Team!

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Yesterday, all of the children in Reception were in class for the first time together. They loved playing together and meeting new and old friends. We stayed for lunch for the first time and the children were excellently behaved in the lunch hall. Well done Reception 🙂

Spring has Sprung!

March 13th, 2020 by

We have been very busy this week looking for signs of Spring. Our new RE topic is ‘Growing’ which sees the lead up to Easter. We talked about what we might see in Spring and went on a Spring hunt. We planted some bulbs to watch them grow over the coming weeks.

In phonics, we have learned the ‘oo’ and ‘ar’ sounds.

In Maths we have continued with 3D shapes. This week we have focused on working together to sort the shapes into groups based on their properties.

Please note next week is Wow Wednesday. Parents/carers are welcome to come and view children’s work from 8.30 – 8.40 or 3.10 – 3.20.

The online reading system should now be set up after some digital glitches. We hope the children enjoy having access to a wider variety of books.

The children will be joining in with STEM week along with their friends in Y2 as they partake in their Space Camp; Reception children will be completing Space themed experiments in class next Thursday and Friday.

3D shapes

March 5th, 2020 by

This week we have been shape mad! The children have completed all sorts of tasks involving 3D shapes. They have learned about the main 3D shapes and their properties, been on s shape hunt around school, played ‘guess my shape’ from a feeley bag, made 3D shape animals from nets, sorted real life objects into different categories of shapes and built 3D shape models using the giant k-nex outside.

We have also celebrated World Book Day this week. The children absolutely loved dressing up as their favourite book character and showing their costumes off to their friends and parents in the hall. We completed fun reading activities in class such as designing our own front covers and book marks and creating masks for our favourite characters.

We have also looked at number 20 in class as well as learning the ‘oa’ sound in phonics.

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂


Welcome Back!

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We are pleased to be able to share what the children have been up to once again after our website has undergone a transformation.

We have had a busy week this week with Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. The children absolutely loved making pancakes on Tuesday. We wrote instructions on how to make them first. Some of the children enjoyed making their own using flour and water in the mud kitchen afterwards (sorry for the messy clothes!).

The children were very well behaved in the Ash Wednesday Mass. We wrote our own Lenten promises before hand and talked about what Lent means.

The children also made scare crows in forest school!

In phonics, we have learned 4 tricky words this week; they all follow the same pattern (me, we, be, she). We also learned the ‘igh’ sound.

In Numeracy we have been thinking about time. This tied in nicely with making pancakes as we have been sequencing the order of making them. We have used sand timers to test out how many star jumps, hops etc we can do before the time runs out. We even managed to sit silently during a 1 minute timer to feel how long a minute actually is! We have also looked at number 19; the different ways to represent it and different pairs of numbers that add together to make 19.

We have had a few changes to our reading system recently. Please note that children’s books will now be changed twice a week; Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child’s reading book and record is in their bag every day to enable this to be smooth. Books will only be changed if a comment has been left in the reading diary and the current book is returned to school. You will also notice we are sending home brand new books which we have just bought into school. Each child in Reception will come home with a sticker tonight which gives a login to access all of the books we have bought online. Simply search for rising star on google, login using the information provided and you will be able to access any phase appropriate book for your child. You can check the back of the actual book sent home for which level is most appropriate.

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂

Christmas Crafts

November 29th, 2019 by

The children have thoroughly enjoyed making their Christmas crafts this week. They made cards with their buddies, decorated biscuits, drew pictures to make a calendar with and decorated ‘peg’ Christmas trees. We made an amazing £83 profit! Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the children’s crafts; we will spend our money on some lovely classroom resources for over the festive period.

Dates for your diary:


Tues 3 Dec: Parents Christmas Lunch
Wed 4 Dec: Parents Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper Day
Fri 6 Dec: Friends Xmas Market and Reception Class Liturgy

Monday 16th December: Little Hearts/Reception Nativity in church 2pm

Wed 18 December: Pantomime in school
Thurs 19 Dec: School Closes for Christmas
Fri 20 Dec: Teacher Training Day

Learning Update:

This week the children have thought about all things number 9. We have also briefly looked at the ‘total’ of 2 groups of objects.

In phonics, the children now know all tricky words in phase 2 and we have learned the sounds ‘r’ and ‘h’.

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂



Anti-Bullying Week

November 15th, 2019 by

The children at Sacred Heart have thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities this week surrounding anti-bullying… we even made the BBC news!

We kicked the week off last Friday with a performance from theatre company ALTRU. They spread the message that everyone is different and that’s OK.

The actors then came into Reception class to complete a workshop around anti-bullying. We thought about what makes each and every one of us special and unique and celebrated those differences.

On Wednesday, we had the NEBAB in school. They delivered an assembly telling us all about who they are, what they do and why they do it. We even got a turn on their bikes!

We finished off anti-bullying week with our local MP Liz Twist in school telling us all about the laws surrounding anti-bullying.



We also celebrated Children In Need today by taking part in the ‘Big Move’. The children loved doing a classroom workout and all donations go to charity.


Reading Books

The children are making great progress with their new home reading books. We thank you for taking the time to do this as it really does make a difference! Can we please just remind parents that books will only be changed when a comment has been written to say that the child has read the book.
Children are read with at school on a Thursday, ready for their books to be changed on a Thursday night and new books handed back out on a Friday. Please ensure to send in your child’s reading book and record on a Thursday if you’d like a new book. Thank you.


Money, Donations

Although we greatly appreciate the children bringing money into school to support cake sales and charity events, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of the amount of money each child has brought. Please make sure any money is sent into school in a named purse, money bag or envelope stating how the money is to be spent. Children are becoming very upset if they misplace money in school, however this is inevitable with such young children and a significant amount of loose money.

Learning Update

This week we have been focusing on sounds ‘e’ and ‘u’ and tricky word ‘go’. We have continued to look at money in Numeracy and thought about all things ‘7’.

Please note our Wow Wednesday is this coming Wednesday (20th November). The school enterprise day is Thursday 28th November (1pm – 3pm) where you can come and buy Christmas crafts the children have made. Our liturgy is Friday 29th November at 9am.

Thank you everyone and have a lovely weekend 🙂


Christmas comes early…

November 14th, 2019 by

I know, I know, it’s only November but our school enterprise fair is only 2 weeks away! Because of this, Year 6 have had two rather special afternoons this week; we’ve begun making our Christmas crafts!

On Tuesday, we met up with our special reception buddies to make some festive greeting cards that the reception children were able to keep to sell at their enterprise afternoon. The children were all very excited to spend some time with their friends. Sadly, the weather held us back as we had also planned to have some play time exploring the new outdoor area reception. Thankfully we still have many more days of Year 6 to enjoy the space with our buddies.

Following on from this, on Thursday afternoon Year 6 welcomed a visitor into class to help them making their own, very professional looking, Christmas cards. A friend of Miss Reid’s has her own stationary shop on etsy where she designs and makes everything from Christening invitations and birthday cards, to save the dates and wedding table cards. The whole class loved the activities that we had organised for them and I think you will agree their final products look fantastic!

Thank you to everyone who has given time to help us this week in our craft making and we hope to see you all on November 28th for the Enterprise afternoon.

Bonfire Boffins!

November 8th, 2019 by

The children have absolutely loved learning about all things Bonfire Night this week. They have learned the history behind why we celebrate bonfire night then re-told and sequenced the story and made lots of different types of fireworks/bonfire crafts. We also set up our own pretend bonfire and enjoyed ‘roasting’ our marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate around it.

This week we also welcomed our new member of staff into Reception… Miss Cummings. The children love her already and it is great for Mrs Bowes and I to have an extra pair of hands!

The children also loved their first golf lesson with Mr Ross this week. Mrs Bowes was very impressed at how good they were for their first time!

In phonics, we have been looking at tricky words ‘I’ and ‘no’. We talked about how the word ‘no’ would sound if we used the letter sounds to try and blend…it would sound like a made up word instead of ‘no’ and that is why it’s a tricky word.

In number, we have focused on all things number 6.

Just a reminder this Tuesday is our open day 9.30 – 11.30, Wow Wednesday is now 20th November and our first liturgy is Friday 29th November at 9am in the school hall.

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂

The Great Outdoors!

November 1st, 2019 by

What a week we’ve had in Reception this week! I can’t actually believe what we’ve fit into 4 days!

The children have already started to use the area and have had great fun exploring their new environment. The scooters, water area and sand pit were all a massive hit and it’s safe to say it makes our classroom feel a lot bigger! A special thank you to the Reception parents for all of their very kind and generous sponsors to the children in Reception during their sponsored silence to raise money for resources to put in our area. It really has made a huge difference.

We also enjoyed a brilliant visit to Hardwick Park on Wednesday. The children were perfectly behaved for their first out of school visit and had so much fun. Although it was Amazing Art Day in school, we didn’t miss out. Before our visit, we looked at the work of Goldsworthy who created art using leaves and the children made some art using leaves to re-create his work on their visit. They also went on a leaf hunt, learning about the different types of trees and leaves that grow on them. They then had their packed lunches which they were very excited about and finished off the day with a gruffalo hunt… we found him! Once we found him, we had to concentrate very hard to follow instructions to  make a gruffalo crumble out of all the yummy things we find in the forest.


We have also celebrated Halloween in class by carving out and decorating pumpkins, rescuing spiders from their creepy webs and having a feel of the spooky goo covered skeletons in our water tray. Some of the children also attended the annual Halloween disco (pictures on the main newsletter).

In phonics, we have learned sounds c, k and ck, thinking about which words start with which grapheme and noticing that ‘ck’ only appears at the ends of words.

The children have also attended their first celebration assembly with the rest of school today. They were very excited to see everyone getting their ‘star of the week’ awards.

Next Wednesday (6th Nov) we are inviting parents in from 8.30-8.50am and 3.10-3.30pm to take part in Wow Wednesday – a special time set aside termly when you are able to view your child’s learning journal and leave them a comment. Simply attend the session that is best for you. We hope this will enable some parents to come and see their child’s work if they are unable to make a parent’s evening appointment.

Just a reminder that reading books cannot be changed unless a comment has been made on their reading record.

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂


Shape week!

October 11th, 2019 by

Our main focus in Reception this week has been 2D shapes. We have talked about their names, properties and what is different/similar about different 2D shapes.

The children have loved going on a shape hunt around school, drawing around shapes, making a shape house for Stickman when he was lost in the story and playing ‘guess my shape’.

In phonics we have learned sounds ‘m’ and ‘d’ and have continued to try to blend sounds together to read.

We have also been focusing on rhyming and initial sounds.

We can’t believe next week marks the last week of our half term. It has come around so fast!

Next half term will be extremely busy with practicing our Christmas nativity, our first Liturgy as a class, our school visit, parents evenings, open day, Christmas market and enterprise day just to name a few. Very exciting times ahead!

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂


Autumn arrival

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The children have been learning all things autumn this week. They have really enjoyed going on autumn hunt walks collecting conkers and autumn leaves. We have made pictures of animals using the things we collected and used our fine motor skills to crack open the chestnuts.

We have been very excited to see the start of the work on our new outdoor area. We love watching what the men are doing.

In Maths we have been thinking all things ‘2’ – how to represent the number in many different ways and form the number. We have also been ordering numbers on autumn leaves.

In phonics we have learned sounds ‘i’ and ‘n’. We have also briefly thought about blending sounds together we have learned to make 2 and 3 letter words (at, in, it, pat, sat, sit, tap etc).

A reminder our handwriting workshop will be Thursday 10th October straight after school for any parents who wish to attend.

Please note we break up for half term on Friday 18th October and children return to school Tuesday 29th October. The Halloween disco is on this first day back after school. The next day (Wednesday 30th October) is our visit to Hardwick Park… a very busy week!

Reception week 3

September 27th, 2019 by

This week we have had a lot of fun learning all about ourselves; we’ve been exploring our senses and thinking about how to keep our bodies healthy.

We went on a listening walk, did taste and smell tests, looked for rhyming objects linked to our sight and were brave enough to have a go at the ‘feeley bag’.

We went outside and drew around our bodies pointing out different body parts and having a go at labeling them.

We made a packed lunch choosing from a variety of items but were only allowed to choose the healthy ones!

In phonics we have covered s,a,t and p and in number we have concentrated on number 1 this week. We thought about lots of different ways to represent the number 1 inspired by the book ‘I spy numbers’. We also made our own ‘1 black dot’ picture inspired by the book ’10 black dots’.

We have been very busy this week so hopefully the children will be tired out and go to sleep nice and early tonight 🙂 I know Mrs Bowes and I will!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Reception start phonics!

September 20th, 2019 by

The children in Reception class have started their phonics lessons this week. So far we have looked at sounds ‘s’ and ‘a’. We have learned how to recognise and write the sounds and thought about objects which begin with that sound. We have also been learning some Jolly Phonics songs which have actions to help us remember the sounds. If you would like to practice these at home, just type ‘jolly phonics’ into youtube.

Reception’s first full week at school!

September 13th, 2019 by

The children have had an amazing week for their first full week at school. Mrs Bowes and I are amazed at how well the children have integrated into school life. We have completed lots of firsts this week… first school dinners, first music lessons, first PE lessons, first time playing on the ‘big yard’ and meeting our Y6 buddies for the first time amongst many more. We are very proud of how confident you have all been taking everything in your stride. Well done Reception!


Reception’s first week

September 6th, 2019 by

The children in Reception have done amazingly in their first week of school. They are really looking forward to being altogether next week with the rest of their friends… pray for Mrs Gritton and Mrs Bowes please! 🙂

They have been exploring their new classroom and learning the class rules. A full class picture will follow on Monday.

Well done everyone, we are very proud of you all x

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We have signed up to another Terracycle recycling scheme, this time with the chance to win a recycled playground makeover worth £ 10,000!

Participating is easy! The school that sends in the most accepted waste between the 25th of March 2019 and the 5th of July 2019 will receive a recycled playground makeover worth £10,000, on top of points earned by the shipment weight.

The winning school will be able to choose from a selection of play equipment or gardening equipment made from recycled material worth £10,000. Depending on the prize selected, the overall area required to install the prize could be up to 25m x 3m.

There is a recycle bin allocated for these items at the front office in school. Please see the attached link below to see what is acceptable waste.

Let’s work together to look after our amazing planet.


Big Clean Up by Little Hearts and Reception

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This week our Little Hearts and Reception teams took to the yard to begin our clean up. Armed with litter pickers, the children and staff made a fantastic start trying to help clear our yard and field area. This is the first of many clean ups that will be happening over the coming weeks. If you would like to help us in this then please let us know. For our final big clean up (Thursday 4th April) we are opening our invitations to parents and families who are free from 11am. All you need is a sturdy pair and shoes and a pair of thick gardening gloves. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Reception and Year 6 Buddies

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This morning Year 6 paid a visit to our new reception class on their first full day at school. Year 6 were very excited to meet their new buddies which had been picked for them by Miss Reid and Mrs Gritton. After an introduction in the classroom we went outside to play with our new friends. All of the children got along brilliantly and they are already looking forward to the coming weeks, making sure their buddies settle in well to school.


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Thank you to all the school community who donated food for our collection this Autumn term. The Mini Vinnies have been collecting all the food and making a note of the items donated from each class. The winning class was Year 3 with 52 items donated who will now receive an extra break in the final week of term. Well done! The Mini Vinnies met Frances on Friday morning who collects food for Stanley Food Bank. We brought all the food over to Church where we helped Frances count and move the food into her car to drop off. This will make a real difference to lots of families this Christmas.

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Absolutely massive thank you to the two parents that came to help us plant some more of our trees today, even in the pouring rain. Katie (REC), Grace (REC) and Daisy (Little Hearts) have each been given 5 dojos for their parents hard work. Thanks again to everyone that has been involved, whether that was by digging holes or my donating bulbs. It’s great to have such a supportive family community.

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Today was our eco council plant-a-thon! We were prepared with our forks and trowels to tackle the soil and grass to make way for our new trees.

We had 3 very helpful and enthusiastic volunteers who brought their own tools to help us complete our mission.

Although we planted a lot of the trees, we still have lots left! Since we had so much fun today, Mr Naughton said it would be great if we could do it again to see if we can plant all of the trees that we have! Our parent helpers were sent by Oskar (rec), Eliza (Y2), Matthew O (Y2) and Kate (Y5), who have each been awarded 5 dojo points!

Our next plant-a-thon will be held next Thursday 23rd November from 11am. Please come and help!


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Throughout this month we have been remembering the heroes of war who gave their lives for us. The children made a poppy with their hand prints and even had poppy biscuits for lunch! We talked about the significance of the poppy and the children were all very keen to purchase poppies to wear after this.


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Are you green fingered? Love being outdoors? Free next Thursday from 11am? Then come along to our Plant-a-thon!

Along with our school Eco council, we need willing volunteers to help plant some of the many bulbs and trees that have been generously donated by our amazing school families. All you need is a spade, pair of gloves and a wheelbarrow full of determination!

We hope to see you there!

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Reception W and B had their turn in the Prayer Garden today. Our prayers for the day were all about ‘help’. We thought about times we may not have helped someone when we should have and said sorry to God for that; we thought about times when we have been helped by someone and said thank-you to God for that; and we asked God to help us help other people.

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Reception Class and the Early Years Staff joined Father Dixon at Mass on Saturday Night. We listened carefully to a reading from the Gospel according to Matthew, about ensuring we are not boastful. Jesus recognised that some of his people were only doing good things when others were watching.

Jesus told us that  we should live humbly. That means that instead of calling attention to how special we are, that we should be modest and remember that in God’s eyes we’re no more – or less important – than others.

This week in Reception class we have been trying to remember:

We do good things because they’re right. Not because someone is watching.


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What a busy week Reception Class have had! As well as our ‘Spooky Sensory Day’ on Monday, Maria from the book service bringing Bumble Bear for us to meet yesterday and going to church to role-play a baptism today, Wednesday was particularly busy day with mass at church, Mr.Evans for PE, WOW Wednesday and parents of Reception children being invited into school for a lovely lunch. We had a great turn out for both lunch and WOW Wednesday and it was lovely to see the children so proudly showing off their school and their work so far .

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As part of our “Welcome” RE topic, the boys and girls in reception class visited church to talk about Baptism with Father Dixon and Mrs Parker. We welcomed baby Henry into the church family by carrying out a Baptism. We had a Mammy, Daddy and two Godparents who took on the role sensibly and responded to the questions that Father Dixon asked. We learnt all about the signs and symbols of Baptism and were kindly given a Baptism Candle to bring back to school to add to our prayer table.

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Throughout September we have been thinking about this month’s theme ‘Justice’. We have thought about people who are less fortunate than us and who are hungry. We prayed for them and thought about what Jesus would have done. We drew a picture of Jesus feeding the hungry on a plate and role played these actions using our play food.


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Year of Oscar Romero – Day of Many Colours

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The children came into school in non-uniform on the 29th June to celebrate the ‘Day of Many Colours’ – run by Mission Together. This linked in to the Year of Oscar Romero for June. The children began by watching a short assembly presentation which highlighted how Mission Together carry out fundraising to help children all around the world. The children then prayed together for the children in different continents. They used the colours represented to design their very own Mission flag.

The children brought some money into school which they spent in the afternoon at a cake sale with some of the proceeds being given to those most in need.

Our Lady of Fatima

May 12th, 2017 by

The children had a special assembly on Friday as they learnt all about Our Lady of Fátima; a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday 13th May brings about the 100 year anniversary of the famed Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, in Fátima, Portugal.

On 13 May 1917, the children reported seeing a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun. She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray “the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war”. The second appearance occurred on 13 June, the feast of St. Anthony, patron of the local parish church. In the following months, thousands of people flocked to Fátima and nearby Aljustrel, drawn by reports of visions and miracles.