We had an amazing colourful time learning all about the Hindu festival of Holi.
Harlow Carr Gardens
We visited Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate to learn all about signs of Spring.
As part of our World Book Day celebrations we took part in an extreme reading challenge to really ignite our love of reading. We read our favourite books in all sorts of strange places around our school from cars to cupboards! I wonder where you could curl up with a book?
Virtues in Action Week
We have had a fantastic time this week learning about the different virtues we need to have to be a really good person.
Our Class Wedding
We have been learning about 'The Wedding at Cana' in our RE lessons. In order to really understand the story we had our own class wedding.
We had a fantastic pirate day. We dressed up as pirates and took part in lots of fun activities. Please have a look at this video to see some of the highlights.
Look at all of the fun we have had celebrating Christmas.
Wild Literacy at Skelton Grange
We had an amazing wild literacy day at Skelton Grange focusing on our class text 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson.
Investigating Life in 1918
During our special theme week about the life of a child in 1918 we have taken part in lots of activities to learn about what life used to be like.
We went on a fantastic school trip to Beamish to learn about what life was like 100 years ago.
Welcome to Reception!
Look at all of the fun we have had during our first few weeks of Reception. I have been so impressed with how well all of the children have settled in.
Welcome to Reception 2018-19
I am 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 long term plan and newsletter for Autumn 1 can be found using the links above.
Mrs Cook, Mrs Corah and I are very excited to get to know you all. See you soon!
What an amazing year we have had Reception! From the moment you entered school on your first day to getting ready for year one you have all truly blossomed as individuals and as a class. It has been a delight to get to know every single one of you this year and I could not be any more proud of what you have achieved. This video shows some of the highlights of the first year in your St Anthony's learning journey.
Reception's Got Talent!
What an amazing set of acts we had during our 'Reception's Got Talent' afternoon. From magic to singing, dancing to football skills the children all really enjoyed sharing their talents with their friends. There are definitely some stars of the future!
We had a fantastic time on our visit to Fairburn Ings. In the morning we investigated minibeasts you can find inside the pond and after lunch we learnt all about what life is like as a bird. We all learnt so much and had lots of fun!
Our Class Photograph
National Trust Week
Reception visited Nostell Priory during National Trust Week to learn all about the National Trust. We had a wonderful time creating nature inspired artwork, building dens, getting messing with mud in the mud kitchen and of course eating our packed lunches in the sunshine!
Take a look at some of the wonderful photographs from our trip...
Bringing Reading Alive!
We explored the amazing adventures you can have when you read a book during our drama workshop based around the story of Matilda. We travelled to lots of different places, enjoyed meeting new characters and had a go at doing a bit of acting ourselves.
Our Enchanted Woodland
We developed our imaginative and team-work skills to transform the nature garden into an enchanted woodland. The children then took pictures of their mini-mes in their favourite places in the woods. We will be using this to inspire our literacy work, writing postcards about our visit to the enchanted forest.
Highlights from Aspirations Week
We have had so much fun exploring our future aspirations during our theme week.
Junior Kitchen - Group 2 (Tuesday)
Junior Kitchen - Group 1 (Monday)
We visited Junior Kitchen in Morley to learn all about the role of the chef. We learnt lots of new skills and cooked some delicious food which we really enjoyed eating.
Have a look at some of the highlights from our exciting topic all about pirates.
Reception Class Wedding!
As part of our RE learning about the story of 'The Wedding at Cana' we learnt all about weddings. We learnt about different wedding traditions and learnt lots of new vocabulary. What a wonderful time we had!
We had such a wonderful time celebrating our first Christmas at St Anthony's.
Leeds City Museum
We went on a school trip to Leeds City Museum to learn all about animals that live in cold places.
#MoreInCommon Week - Shadow Puppets Workshop
As part of our learning on Diwali we had a fantastic shadow puppet show from Black Cat Theatre Company. Then we had the opportunity to explore the puppets and learn more about the characters in the story.
#MoreInCommon Week - Diwali
We met a little girl called Rashida and learnt all about how her family celebrate Diwali. We drew parallels between how she celebrates Diwali and how we might celebrate Eid, Christmas or our birthdays as well as learning all about what makes Diwali special.
#MoreInCommon Week - Dance Workshops
We had two fantastic dance workshops this week. The first was Diwali Dance and the second focused specifically on Bollywood dancing. Look at our amazing moves!
#MoreInCommon Week - Yoga Workshop
As part of our theme week we had an amazing Yoga workshop from Melissa and her friend Tatty Bumpkin. They came to tell us a story all about working together. We did lots of different poses as we went through the story meeting animals who each had their own special talent. At the end all of the animals needed to use their different talents to work together and help Tatty Bumpkin rescue her ball from the tree. Then we did some relaxation and thought about how we can work together with our friends.
We wore costumes inspired by our heritage.
Autumn 1 Highlights
Here are just a few highlights of our learning this half term.
We have had so much fun exploring the world around us during our first half term at St Anthony's.
We had a fantastic workshop from the RSPB where we used our senses to explore our school grounds.
Welcome to Reception 2017-18!
I am really looking forward to working in partnership with you over the coming year to support your children to grow and develop. We will have lots of fun learning through play together.
This page will be updated over the year with lots of photographs of our learning, latest newsletters and important messages so please keep checking our special page.
Our long term plan for the year and Autumn 1 newsletter can be found using the links above.
We have been working really hard over the summer to prepare your brand new learning environment. It is a really special space that I am sure your children will love exploring as they begin school this week.
See you all very soon!
Musicals Week - The Wedding
Musicals Week - Dance
We created our own dance to the song 'Arabian Nights'
Musicals Week - Flying Carpets
Musicals Week - Our Trip to the Rainbow Factory
We had lots of fun using our imagination at the Rainbow Factory.
Musicals Week - Drama Workshop
We had a fantastic workshop about Aladdin by Mud Pie Arts.
Musicals Week - Arabian Nights
We have been learning all about Aladdin as part of our Marvellous Musicals Theme Week.
Our Comic Strips
We designed and made our own superhero costumes. Then we took photographs of ourselves conducting lots of superhero missions to create our own comic strips.
We have really enjoyed our superheroes topic. Take a look at this video to see some of our highlights.
Our Superhero Mission
We went on a mission around Beeston to explore our local area. Supertato had given us lots of challenges to complete including buying a stamp, making an appointment at the dentist and finding out what times the library is open.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
We started this half term by studying the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Out of This World Day
During technology week we really enjoyed exploring space.
Robots in Technology Week
We had a fantastic time exploring robots during technology week.
People Who Help Us Part 2
People Who Help Us
We have had a fantastic time so far this term learning about people who help us. This video shows some of our highlights.
I hope you have had a wonderful and restful Christmas. I am very much looking forward to getting to know you all as I start at St Anthony's in January.
Christmas fun in Reception!
Take a look at some of the creative Christmas activities that Reception have taken part in.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Born in a Barn
Take a look at some of the photographs from our wonderful Christmas production 'Born in a Barn'. The children performed beautifully in their very first Christmas nativity at St Anthony's.
A very special letter...
Reception worked very hard to use their super writing skills to write a letter to Santa. We put a stamp on our letter and visited the Post Office to post it. We had lots of fun and Santa wrote back!
Learning is fun in Reception!
Take a look at all of the wonderful activities that we have took part in during the second Autumn half term.
Marvellous Maths Week!
Congratulations to all of the children in Reception who achieved 100% attendance in their very first half term at St Anthony's!
James, Alex, Jacob, Georgia, Kara, Betty, Grace, Libby, Favour
Deborah, James, Angeline, Alexandra, Olivia, Mia and Dylan
Keep up this amazing attendance next half term Reception.
You are on track for Miss Leonard's special end of year attendance treat!
During maths weeks Reception visited Skelton Grange to learn all about numbers in nature. Throughout the day we learnt about the season of Autumn and how numbers can be found everywhere around us! We had a wonderful day counting and enhancing our number skills using the outdoor area!
Marvellous Maths Week
We began maths week with a very exciting whole school 'number fun' assembly. Following this Reception took part in an action packed number fun workshop which really challenged our number skills! Take a look at the photographs in the photostory...
Learning is fun in Reception!
During the first half of the Autumn term we have been very busy learning and developing our skills in all of the areas of provision. Take a look at all of the wonderful activities we have taken part in this half term.
Roald Dahl Week in Reception
We had lots of fun learning all about who Roald Dahl was during this fun week. Our highlight was when we dressed up as Roald Dahl characters. We had a fantastic day! Take a look at our photo story which captures all of these wonderful memories!
Reception's First Week at St Anthony's
Take a look at some of the wonderful photographs from the children's first week at St Anthony's.
Welcome to Foundation Stage!
A very warm welcome to the Foundation Stage! I am looking forward to getting to know each and every family as you begin your school life here at St Anthony's. We have got a very exciting first half term planned...
Our first topic is all about colours. Read our class newsletter to find out more about the fun activities we will be doing this half term.
Here at St Anthony's we believe that all the fun activities that you do with your child at home are crucial in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child's learning as they progress through school.
Here are some helpful tips on how you can help your child at home...
*Sing and tell nursery rhymes.
*Take time to share a book with them each day. Why not bring a favourite book into school to share with the class too!
*Talk about numbers, colours, words and letters you see when you are out and about.
* Encourage and praise them so they feel successful.
* Play games, share, take turns and help them understand that they will not always win.
* Help them to recognise their name and to write it starting with a capital letter.
* Make dressing and undressing part of their own routine, including putting on their coat and shoes.
* Make tidy up times into a game, you could count the items as you put them away.
* Come into school whenever you can as the children really do love to see you in school!
*Visit the local library to encourage a love of books.
* Work together on learning logs, word walls and reading books!
* Encourage good manners and respect at all times to everyone in and out of school.
We visited EUREKA and we had a wonderful time learning lots all about the world around us.
The Princess and the Pea
I am so proud of all of the children in Reception for their excellent performance in their very first class assembly. They performed the story of the Princess and the Pea.
We were extremely busy during our 'Going for Gold' themed week in school. In the Foundation Stage we took part in bike-ability, maypole dancing, penalty shoot outs, tour de St Anthony's, sports activities morning, creating fruit kebabs and healthy faces, Yoga and dance! The presentations below show highlights of our fantastic week...
Going for Gold week!
Keeping our bodies healthy!
A special visitor...
Take a look at Reception's special visitor. All of the children were very excited to meet Maisy and asked lots of questions about her!
Take a look at some of the activities we have took part in this half term all to do with our minibeast topic! We visited our school nature garden to hunt for minibeasts. We are really enjoying this topic!
May is the month of Mary!
Many thanks for all of the beautiful donations of flowers for our May procession to celebrate May being the special month of Mary.
Jesus is Alive!
Take a look at all of the wonderful activities the Foundation Stage took part in during our wonderful RE creative day to celebrate the special feast of Easter!
Spring Term in Reception
We have been very busy this half term. Take a look at all of the wonderful activities we have done...
Do you want to build a snowman?
A Royal Ball!
Reception and Key Stage one ended our amazing 'Marvellous Monarchs' week off with a very special Kings and Queens day! We came to school dressed as wonderful Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses and we attended a Royal Ball and enjoyed a Royal banquet! A massive thank you to all of the parents for your contributions to make this day happen!
Congratulations Angel on winning the St Anthony's Centenary Shield!
Reception visited Temple Newsam to find out all about how royalty live! We were told the story of 'The Princess and the Pea' when we went around the house. We had a wonderful time learning all about King and Queens!
A quest to help a King...
We had a very special drama workshop during our 'Marvellous Monarchs' themed week were Reception had to help John Brown and the King of Morvonia!
Marvellous Monarchs Week
Take a look at some of the fun filled activities Reception took part in during our Marvellous Monarchs week!
Mathematics in Reception!
People who help us!
In the Foundation Stage, we have had a fun start to the new term! We have had lots of visitors and have learnt all about different people who help us.
This year Reception took part in many fun, creative activities to celebrate the special festival and celebration of the Christmas season. Take a look at out photographs to have a look at all of the things we made...
Christmas dinner and party day in the Foundation Stage!
A Miracle in Town!
A very special letter...
We wrote a letter to a very special person... Father Christmas! We brought a stamp into school and put it on an envelope addressed to Santa. We were so excited to walk to the Post Office and post our letters! We posted them nice and early to give Father Christmas lots of time to write back to us!
Remembrance Day in the Foundation Stage
We took part in lots of activities to find out all about Remembrance Day.
In the second half of the autumn term the Foundation Stage are learning all about festivals and celebrations. We had an exciting week learning all about Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes. Take a look at some of the activities we took part in...
Growing on a Journey with Jesus
Take a look at our visit to Church to celebrate our 'Journey through Faith' week. We also learnt all about weddings and role played a wedding day in class!
Journey through Faith Week
Have a look at some of the exciting activities Foundation Stage took part in during our special 'Journey through Faith' week.
Reception had a fantastic start to our 'Journey of Faith Week' by learning all about our class Saint, St Bede. We made biscuits, painted pictures of St Bede and learnt all about why he was so special. We also took part in a dance workshop. We learnt a special Celtic blessing and we performed our dance to the whole school.
Succeeding with phonics at St Anthony's!
A massive thank you to all of the parents who took part in St Anthony's Reading Rocks Evening on Tuesday 13th October. It was a very successful evening which gave lots of families an insight into how we teach reading. Have a look at the photo story which shows you a range of our workshops and activities which took place during the evening. Thank you for your support!
Glimpses of God in the Foundation Stage!
In Foundation Stage we have been learning all about God's wonderful world. We have learnt all about the creation story and we have reflected upon our favourite part of God's world.
We visited our new ducks and chickens!
First Week in the Foundation Stage!
Here is a glimpse of Reception's first week at St Anthony's!