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Easter at St Anthony's

Easter Fun!

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Reception had such a busy day enjoying so many fun Easter activities. We made chocolate crispy nest cakes, met the Easter bunny, played Easter maths games and made some amazing Easter crafts. I hope you enjoy watching our video to see all of the fun we have had celebrating Easter together.

Holy Week - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

During Holy Week in 2021, we have been reflecting on the key events of this most important week. Each of our classes have re-enacted important events, shared liturgical dances, songs and prayers. This truly reflective video shows Holy Week at St Anthony's at its most holy. We hope you can share our learning, prayer and humble praise in your homes with us this year. God bless you all this Holy Week. 

Easter Competitions

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Well done to all of the children who have entered our Easter competitions this year. I have been so impressed with all of your Easter gardens, Easter bonnets and decorated eggs. They are absolutely incredible!

We're Going on an Egg Hunt

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We have been learning all about the story 'We're Going on an Egg Hunt' by Laura Hughes. We acted out the story outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the character of the wolf from the story - he was very friendly really! Once we had become familiar with the text we practised sequencing the events and joining in with the repeating phrases in the text. We even used our phonics skills to go on our own egg hunt around the school, reading the clues and following the instructions, before writing some clues of our own.

Holi Wonder Morning

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We all thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the Hindu festival of Holi. Before we went outside, we learnt lots of different facts about the festival and how some children might celebrate it. We used our geographical skills to find India on the map and talked about similarities and differences between Holi and some of the celebrations we have experienced such as Christmas or Bonfire Night.
"We learnt about Holi. We were playing with the paint. They go to their church. They take off their shoes at their church, we don't do that" said Jamelia.
"We fight with paint, it's Holi! They eat special food. I have food at Christmas" said Harrison.

Phonics Olympics

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We had a fantastic time at our phonics olympics! We played honeypot relay, parachute pop and even went on a treasure hunt to practise reading the phonics sounds we have learnt this term. The children did a fantastic job of spotting different digraphs and trigraphs.

Finding the Dragon's Egg

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Reception met Dodo the Dragon when he got lost in the school grounds. He went home to his owner Sam but visited us again last week. Dodo had lost his dragon egg and needed our help to find it! We carefully read Dodo's letter, then we searched for the egg. Luckily it had a soft landing in our flower bed. We observed the egg and decided we needed to know how to care for it. We brought the egg inside to keep it warm and wrote some amazing letters to a Vinnie the Vet. Vinnie kindly sent a reply telling us how to care for the egg. I wonder if will hatch before Easter? A huge well done to all of Reception. You wrote some amazing letters and we are very proud of you all!

World Book Day - The Rainbow Fish - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Hello Reception,

Happy World Book Day. The theme of our World Book Day this year is "share a story". All our staff in school have made two very special stories for you to share together with your families. We are watching them both today at school, but you might want to share this with your families too.

Keep sharing your love for reading as this is one of the most important gifts we can give our children.

God bless and enjoy,

Miss Leonard

 

I wish to thank Mr and Mrs Easton for their kind assistance making this reading compilation in partnership with us. 

World Book Day - Franklin's Flying Bookshop - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Captain Tom Wonder Day

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We had an amazing wonder day learning all about the inspirational figure Captain Tom. Have a look at some of the fantastic activities we took part in both at home and at school.

Chinese New Year

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We learnt all about the festival of Chinese New Year. We did our research, made some amazing things and some of us even ate some Chinese food. We talked about the similarities and differences between Chinese New Year and festivals that we celebrate.

Rockpools

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We learnt all about the features of a rockpool environment and compared this to puddles we might find in Beeston. Then we learnt about the different animals that live in a rockpool. We made some absolutely beautiful rockpools - have a look at some of our creations!

Pizza for Pirates

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We listened to the story of Pizza for Pirates. Then we created our own sea monsters that could be friends with the sea monster in the story. We then turned into little chefs and designed and made our own meals for the sea monster to save the pirates, mirroring the plot in the story.

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School - Carol Service 2020

Please join us for our 2020 carol service.

Reception message from Santa

The Reindeer Dance

Our Reception class wish you all a Happy Christmas as they sing their reindeer dance for you all. God bless them on their very first St Anthony's Christmas. 

Party Day

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What an amazing day we had on our party day!

Reindeer Visit

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On our elf day we were so lucky to have a visit from some very beautiful reindeer. We really enjoyed learning all about them.

Elf Day!

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We all came to school dressed up in our elf costumes! We all looked amazing and had a fantastic time taking part in lots of activities like busy little elves.

Nativity Wonder Day

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We had an amazing day celebrating Jesus' birthday on our special nativity wonder day. We all came to school dressed as characters from the nativity story and did some fantastic artwork and drama to help us to develop our understanding of the story.

Reception - Jesus' Christmas Party

We have been learning all about the story 'Jesus' Christmas Party' in our Literacy lessons. This tells the story of the first Christmas from the point of view of the Innkeeper. We worked as a class to act out this story. I am so impressed with how the children have taken on different roles, remembered lines and worked together to perform this story. We hope you enjoy their performance!

The Gruffalo Live on Stage

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We had the fantastic opportunity to watch 'The Gruffalo Live on Stage' streamed live into our classroom from the Lowry Theatre. It was an absolutely amazing production with fantastic acting, singing and plenty of opportunities for the children to participate. Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler even sent a video message before the production started. We had an amazing morning!

Advent Wonder Day

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On our Advent wonder day we learnt a very special candle dance. Here is a video of one of our dances for you to enjoy.

Advent Arts and Crafts

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On our Advent wonder day we all came dressed in purple to mark the beginning of Advent. After we had begun our day in a reflective manner by participating in collective worship we took part in lots of arts and craft activities to further our understanding of Advent. We made our own Nativity scene which we will be using to help us learn the Christmas story and lots of beautiful Advent candles to decorate our windows.

Woodland Wonder Day

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We had an amazing woodland wonder day to develop our imaginative skills. We went on an magical adventure and we even got to meet a 'real' Gruffalo who was sleeping on our school field! We ended our adventures sharing delicious treats around the campfire. What a super day!

The Gruffalo's Birthday

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As part of our mathematical learning all about the number 4 we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the Gruffalo's 4th Birthday! We learnt all about different number bonds to 4 by helping the grown ups prepare for the very special birthday party.

We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt

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In response to the children's interest in pumpkins we have been learning all about the story 'We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt'. I have been so impressed with how Reception have retold the story using the repeating refrains and applied their phonics skills in their writing. What little superstars!

Diwali

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We had a very exciting theme day learning all about the festival of Diwali. The children learnt so much about this interesting festival and compared this to other celebrations they have experienced.

Remembrance Day

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We really enjoyed learning all about Remembrance Day. The children were so reflective and said prayers so beautifully around the war memorial we had made.

Autumn

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We developed our understanding of the world by learning all about autumn. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in lots of different autumnal activities!

Our Rainbow Room brings its magic to our Reception class!

All our children in Reception class visit our Rainbow Room with Mrs Doherty and Mrs Normington. They are really enjoying learning friendly phrases and playing together with such care and love. They are nurtured through a weekly session, which enhances their curriculum learning in the Reception setting. We are very proud of the start they have all made into Reception this term. 

Home Learning

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I am so incredibly proud of all of the children in Reception for their incredible learning at home. They have watched video lessons created by Mrs Shelton, Bertie the Bird and myself, and done all sorts of challenges. Thank you so much to all of the parents and carers who have supported the children so well. I hope you enjoy watching all of your friends on the video and I'm really looking forward to seeing you all again when return back to school after half term.
Mrs Capaldi

Transport Topic

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We have had such a wonderful time exploring the topic of transport during our first half term at school. Please watch this video to see some of our highlights.

Bowland Farm

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Farmer David came to visit today from Bowland Farm! He brought lots of animals to visit us today. We had lots of fun learning about how to care for all the different animals on Bowland Farm. We were able to use our senses to explore the farm and name the animals we could see. We even got to take some of the animals for a walk around our school grounds. What an amazing first visit for our new Reception class. Mrs Shelton was very impressed with us!

Welcome to Reception 2020-21

 

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all into our very special school over the coming fortnight. We are going to have so much fun this year as you take the first steps in your St Anthony's learning journey.

 

This page will be regularly updated with videos, photographs and other information so please do check it regularly. Our planning and newsletter for Autumn 1 can be found using the links above.

 

PE will usually take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There will also be opportunities to take part in outdoor learning groups and visit our fantastic rainbow room for all children during the first half term. 

 

We are really lucky to be able to use our Tapestry learning journals to share photographs, videos and observations with you. It will give you an insight into what your children are getting up to at school in addition to giving you ideas to support your child's learning and development at home. We also love to see what the children are doing at home so please do send photographs to us using your Tapestry account.  

 

Mrs Shelton, Mrs Cecil, Mrs Cook and I are very excited to get to know you all. We will have so much fun laughing, learning and growing together. See you soon!

 

Mrs Capaldi

Fantastic Home Learning!

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Come and look at all the fantastic work the children have been doing at home.

Technology in our Foundation Stage

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Look at all the amazing ways we learn about and use Technology in our Foundation Stage!

Alien Writing Project

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In Reception we aim to inspire the children to gain a love of writing through creative projects. The children really enjoyed creating their own alien models to use in their writing and writing to Beeg, our friendly letter writing alien!

Our RE Learning

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We use lots of creative activities to learn all about different Bible stories in our RE lessons.

The History of Ourselves!

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We have been exploring our own histories by looking at photographs of ourselves when we were younger. We used these to talk about how we had changed over time and events from our past. I wonder if you can work out who is in these photographs?
"I've got taller and my hair is longer" said Daisy.
"I couldn't walk or talk but now I never stop talking" said Dolly.

Marvellous Maths!

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Take a look at all our marvellous maths work!

The Festival of Holi

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We had an amazing time learning all about the Hindu festival of Holi.

Book Week

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Look at all the fantastic activities we have been doing during book week to ignite our passion for reading.

Phonics Family Learning

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We had a fantastic time teaching our grown ups all about how we learn phonics. Thank you to everyone who came. We hope you found this helpful to support your child's reading and writing development at home.

Rockpool Visit

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After learning lots about animals that live under the sea we had a visit from a travelling rockpool. This gave us the opportunity to learn lots of facts about animals that live in a rockpool, handle these amazing creatures and make our own first hand observations. The children would like to tell you some of the things they have learnt about starfish:
"If one of the starfish's arms comes off they grow a new one. It's like a super power" said Dolly.
"This is a sun starfish. It has 14 eyes and 14 arms. In the middle is his mouth and his bottom. It felt squishy on the bottom and spiky on the top. In the corners of his arms, that's where water comes from" said Dominik.

Our Class Wedding

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As part of our learning in RE we have been learning about 'The Wedding at Cana'. To support our understanding of this story we had our own Reception wedding. We learnt lots of new vocabulary e.g. 'bride' and 'groom' and talked about our own experiences of weddings.

Pirate Day!

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We had an amazing time on our pirate day! This really ignited the children's interest in our topic and gave us lots of opportunities to further our learning across the curriculum.

Chinese New Year

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We had a fantastic theme day learning all about the celebration of Chinese New Year. We learnt all about how children celebrate this special day and compared this with our own experiences of celebrations.

A Little Bird Told Me

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We all took part in our nativity play 'A Little Bird Told Me'. Our costumes looked fantastic and we sang and danced so beautifully. This was a lovely way to mark the true meaning of Christmas.

Wild Literacy at Skelton Grange

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We had an amazing time exploring the woodland environment at Skelton Grange to enhance our learning about 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson.

The Gruffalo

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The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the story of 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. Have a look at some of our amazing work.

Sensational Stories Family Learning

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We had a fantastic session in the hall thinking about how we can inspire a love of reading. Thank you so much to everyone who attended.

Science Theme Week

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What an incredible week! We have had so many opportunities to develop our scientific skills during our first theme week at St Anthony's.

Funky Fingers Party

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We had a funky fingers party with our families. Mrs Capaldi talked to the grown ups about fine motor skills. We then had the opportunity to work with our grown ups to practise these skills in lots of exciting ways. Thank you so much to everyone who came to this event. We hope you found it useful to help you to support your child's learning at home.

Autumn Explorers!

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We have had so much fun exploring different signs of autumn this half term.

Road Safety

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We learnt all about how to keep safe around the roads. We had a visit from the road safety team and took part in lots of activities to develop our road safety knowledge.

Kitchen Disco!

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This week we have been exploring the story 'Kitchen Disco' by Clare Foges. We have really enjoyed developing our vocabulary and other skills from across the curriculum by immersing ourselves in this fantastic text.

Welcome to Reception 2019-20

 

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all into our very special school over the coming week. We are going to have so much fun this year as you take the first steps in your St Anthony's learning journey.

 

This page will be regularly updated with videos, photographs and other information so please do check it regularly. Our planning and newsletter for Autumn 1 can be found using the links above.

 

PE will usually take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times. 

 

We also look forward to seeing lots of you at our family learning events this half term. 

On Friday 13th September we will be holding a Tapestry information session at 3.15pm for all parents who are not familiar with using Tapestry online learning journeys. 

On Friday 4th October we will be holding a Funky Fingers family learning session from 9-10am. This will be an opportunity for you to work alongside your child to share ideas of how you can support your child's physical development at home. This is essential to ensure your children become confident writers and I know we will all have lots of fun. 

 

Mrs Shelton, Mrs Cecil, Mrs Cook, Mrs Corah and I are very excited to get to know you all. We will have so much fun laughing, learning and growing together. See you soon!

 

Mrs Capaldi

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