Reception had an amazing time taking part in Balanceability lessons. It was wonderful to see the children grow in confidence, try something new and develop their balancing skills using the balance bikes.
The Smartest Giant in Town Drama Workshop
We had a very special visitor this week who helped us to launch our learning about 'The Smartest Giant in Town' by Julia Donaldson. All of the children were so sensible, following our listening rules and taking on the roles of different characters. They were super actors and actresses! Have a look at some of the exciting learning we did around this story.
Welcome to Reception!
We can't wait to welcome you all into our St Anthony's family. Days in Reception are very busy and filled with so much play, learning and laughter so there is lots to be excited about!
It would be brilliant if you could make time to watch the classroom video which is on Tapestry with your child before their first day. This will give you both the opportunity to see our wonderful learning environment and all of the fun things we have to play with. There are also the videos on the Reception 2021-22 page which would be good to re-watch too.
I have been so impressed with how many of you have been involved with our Summer of Stories home learning over the summer holidays. Thank you so much for sending photographs of what you have been doing at home to us on Tapestry.
PE will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. To begin with children will need to come into school wearing their full school uniform to enable them to settle into school life. We will let you know when children need to begin wearing their PE kit on these days.
Tapestry will be such an important source of information for you over the coming year so please make sure you check this regularly. You will be able to see photographs, videos and observations of your child on here in addition to any important messages or home learning activities. Please do speak to us in September if you are having any technical problems with this.
There will be a curriculum information workshop for all Reception parents on Zoom at 4pm on Monday 20th September. I really hope you will be able to join us to learn more about our plans for the upcoming year and how you can support your child's learning at home.
Enjoy your final few days of the summer holidays and I hope you are really excited to start 'big school' very, very soon!
What a Wonderful Year!
I have spent a very happy day today looking back over my photographs and videos of this academic year. The children have accomplished so much, done so many wonderful things and made me so incredibly proud. I am a very lucky teacher to have had the privilege to teach these AMAZING children. I have shed a few tears watching this back so get your tissues ready! Mrs Capaldi
Our Very First Sports Day 2021
We were all so very proud of Reception this week when they took part in sports day for the very first time. The enthusiasm, determination and perseverance that our youngest children demonstrated was inspirational and a pleasure to witness. Thank you to all the parents who attended their very first event in a socially distanced manner, it was wonderful to be able to welcome you this morning and we hope you enjoyed it as much as the children. Well done Reception - YOU ARE ALL STARS!!
Come on England!!
The children have been very interested in England's progress in the Euros. We have been very busy watching the highlights from matches, learning football music, comparing scores, locating the different countries, learning to recognise the England flag and even playing our own team games inspired by football. Have a look at some of the things we have been doing to get yourselves in the mood for the big game on Sunday night!
Our Trip to Lotherton Hall
We had a fantastic time on our first ever school trip to Lotherton Hall. The excitement was palpable as we got onto the coach and enjoyed the journey, spotting lots of different things along the way. When we got to Lotherton Hall we visited Wildlife World. We met so many beautiful creatures from all around the world, making fantastic observations of what we saw. At the education centre we took part in a workshop to learn all about nocturnal animals and some facts about Mrs Capaldi's favourite animal - penguins. We then visited the nocturnal animal house and the penguin pool to observe these animals in action. What an amazing first hand experience! Lunch was a real highlight as the children thoroughly enjoyed having a picnic on the grass. As we had been so good we all had the opportunity to play on the playground before we returned to school. We really challenged ourselves to give things a go and develop our co-ordination on the equipment. There were lots of sleepy children on the coach ride back to school! What a brilliant first school trip for a class of little superstars!
Animals from Around the World
We had a fantastic workshop from Askham Bryan Wildlife Park. They brought lots of different animals that live in different parts of the world for us to meet. We were very brave and handled lots of unusual animals, making close observations of the different colours, textures and sizes. We also had the opportunity to ask lots of questions to find out more information about each animal with our excellent questioning skills. What super science learning!
In response to our interest in Peter Rabbit we planned, wrote and shared our own Peter Rabbit stories. Have a look at our incredible learning journey with our special visitors!
We have had lots of exciting animal visitors to help us to learn about animals you can keep as pets. Thank you so much to all of our animal owners for helping us to provide these amazing hands-on experiences. The children have really enjoyed meeting the animals, learning about how to look after them, making observations and generating questions to ask the owners. We have learnt so much about being a pet owner and I know many of the children have been inspired to become a pet owner themselves!
The Bog Baby
We spent a fantastic afternoon outdoors exploring the story of 'The Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward. After listening to the story, we explored the character of the Bog Baby and discovered some little Bog Babies of our own. We thought about how we could look after them and decided to build them some homes and prepare them some food. Our team-work skills were fantastic as we worked collaboratively to make sure our Bog Baby was well looked after. We also thought about how the Bog Baby might be feeling at different points of the story and made Bog Baby faces using clay and natural materials. Look at our amazing creations!
Our Local Area
We have been learning all about our local area. Look at all of our fantastic work! We have done lots of research about features of Beeston by going on local walks and conducting field sketches from our school grounds. Our reading skills helped us to play a sorting game to identify things that we could find in Beeston and things we couldn't. Then we used all of our knowledge to create our own model Beeston which filled our whole classroom! We had so much fun driving the remote control cars around our amazing creation, whilst identifying lots of features of our local area.
We had a fantastic afternoon becoming a class samba band! We learnt all about the names of the different samba instruments and how to play them. It was really important to use our good looking eyes to watch the conductor so we knew when to play and when to stop. Look at our fantastic performance! We even took turns to be the conductor, telling our friends when to play and when to stop. We had so much fun exploring these instruments and making lots of noise!
Superhero Comic Strips
We have been working so hard over the last two weeks creating our own comic books. Our first job was to devise a fantastic superhero story. We dressed up in the superhero costumes we had designed ourselves and acted out our stories. Once the photographs had been created we used caption boxes and speech bubbles to turn them into a comic strips. Our writing was absolutely amazing! We are getting so good at using our phonics skills to write different words. Once our comic strip was finished Mrs Capaldi made it into a book so we can share our fantastic work. What fantastic little superheroes!
Mental Health Awareness Week
We have been learning all about how we can look after our mental health. To start our day in a calming way we participated in a mindfulness session. We used breathing buddies and tissue paper butterflies to help us to focus on our breathing and taking long slow breaths. Then we focused our minds by completing finger labyrinths. Some of us even worked together outside to create a giant outdoor labyrinth that we could walk around taking calming breaths. We talked about how we were feeling today using our mood stars to help our discussion. Then we made our own mood star badges to demonstrate our emotions. We listened to the story of 'Silly Billy' by Anthony Browne and talked about what we can do if we are ever worried about something, before making our own worry dolls to take home. What a busy day we have had learning lots of very important techniques to keep our minds healthy!
This half term we are investigating different methods of joining. We were introduced to cable ties and learnt all about how to use them. Then we were set a special challenge to create a superhero hideout. We worked together so beautifully with our friends and investigated how we could use the cable ties and pegs to help us to construct our hideouts. I was so impressed with the amazing displays of co-operation, negotiation and perseverance on display from all of Reception. What incredible superheroes you are becoming!
Superhero Training Academy
We developed our agility, balance and co-ordination by completing our superhero training! This helped us to be the fastest and strongest superheroes. We completed an obstacle course, practised our aim using spinning targets and used our water sprayers to defeat the hidden villains. What a fun afternoon!
We have been working so hard to design and make our own superhero costumes. We designed and made our own masks, chose the colour we wanted our cape and our t-shirt to be and even sewed our own superhero badges for the front of our t-shirts. This was the first time many of our class had experienced sewing. They were absolutely brilliant and showed excellent perseverance! The children were all so proud of their finished costumes and have had lots of fun wearing them and doing lots of fun activities. I know many of Reception have enjoyed being little superheroes at home too!
We have really enjoyed exploring the story 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra. It has been wonderful to see the children so engaged, acting out the story with their friends and exploring the different characters. When we came into school we discovered that we had some vegetables in distress in our classroom, just like what happens in the story. We worked together to investigate the crime scene and make wanted posters to try and find the evil pea. Thankfully, at the end of the day we discovered that Supertato had managed to capture the evil pea in some jelly. We had so much fun and produced some wonderful writing too! Well done Reception!
Our Visit from the Owls
To further our learning all about birds we were so lucky to have a visit from some very beautiful birds. Three magnificent owls came to our school. We had the opportunity to meet them, make our own observations of them and learn lots of interesting facts. All of the children behaved so beautifully and enjoyed asking and answering lots of different questions. Following the visit the children were so keen to talk about what they had learnt. "Molly is my favourite. She can run and she has yellow eyes. She is so cute!" "I liked the biggest one. It has blue eyes and really big wings" "You can't see their ears because they are under the feathers"
PE in Reception
During our PE lessons we learn to move our bodies with control and co-ordination. We play lots of fun games to develop our gross motor skills and thoroughly enjoy playing with our friends.
Using Technology - Painting on the iPads
I am so proud that our Reception class were able to take part in their very first whole school themed week: Science week! I know how much they enjoyed all the wonderful experiences of the week, especially their focus on birds! I am sure they will all remember their very first experience of holding the new born chicks! Well done Reception! We are so proud of you, Miss Leonard and the Reception Team.
Science Week - Investigating Chicks
During science week we had some very special visitors! We looked closely at the eggs and made a prediction of how many we thought would hatch. Then we watched closely and made some fantastic observations as 9 chicks hatched from their eggs. We thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and observing them closely.
Science Week - Investigating Birds
During our science week we have been learning all about birds. We have even become birds ourselves and re-enacted the life cycle of a bird outdoors. Our giant nest on the field was amazing! We hope you enjoy watching this video of some of our highlights.
We had an amazing time developing our skills during science week. We have conducted experiments, used our good looking eyes and listening ears to investigate, and even made our own predictions. What super little scientists we have in Reception!
Easter at St Anthony's
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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.
What an amazing day we had on our party day!
On our elf day we were so lucky to have a visit from some very beautiful reindeer. We really enjoyed learning all about them.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Fantastic Home Learning!
Come and look at all the fantastic work the children have been doing at home.
Technology in our Foundation Stage
Look at all the amazing ways we learn about and use Technology in our Foundation Stage!
Alien Writing Project
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
We use lots of creative activities to learn all about different Bible stories in our RE lessons.
The History of Ourselves!
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.
Take a look at all our marvellous maths work!
The Festival of Holi
We had an amazing time learning all about the Hindu festival of Holi.
Look at all the fantastic activities we have been doing during book week to ignite our passion for reading.
Phonics Family Learning
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
We had an amazing time exploring the woodland environment at Skelton Grange to enhance our learning about 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson.
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
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
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
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.
We have had so much fun exploring different signs of autumn this half term.
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.
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.