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Reception’s Church Visit

Reception’s Church Visit

Linked to our Religious topics of ‘Celebrating’ and ‘Gathering’ this term, the Reception children enjoyed a visit to St. Columba’s church.

Two of our parish members Mrs Dodds and Mr Finlay helped us on our visit.

Mr Finlay drove the children to the church in the minibus.

There was great excitement getting out of school and having a ride on the minibus!

Mrs Dodds helped the children bless themselves when they arrived and entered into the church.

Mrs Dodds spent time chatting with the children. She showed them around the church and pointed out many main features. They looked at the Baptismal Font where many of our children would have been baptised. Mrs Dodds and Mr Finlay showed us a baptismal candle, some special oils and a precious shell that the priest uses to pour the water on the head of the person being baptised.

 

The children had a walk around the altar and found the lectern where the priest often stands to speak to the congregation.


The children enjoyed ringing the church bells!

Mrs Dodds showed us the priest’s vestments and talked about how they wear different colours at different points in the year.

The children really enjoyed their visit and found lots of things in the church.

Thank you to all of the people who came along to help us on our visit. A big thank you especially to Mrs Dodds and Mr Finlay.

 

Reception ‘Stay and Play’

Reception had a wonderful ‘Stay and Play’ session today! However, it was a long morning waiting for everyone to arrive with the children asking from 9.10am “Are the mams and dads coming now?” We are very thankful to all of the mams, dads and grandparents who were able came along to support us. It continues…Read More

A Science afternoon in Reception

A Science afternoon in Reception

Reception enjoyed an afternoon working with magnets. They explored different materials and objects to see which are magnetic. “We need metal things to make it stick.” “This plastic box doesn’t lift up, it isn’t magnetic.” The children also had fun designing and making their own marble runs.    They worked together and tested their marble…Read More

Reception & Nursery learn about Baptism

Reception & Nursery learn about Baptism

Our topic in Religious Education is ‘Belonging’ and in Reception and Nursery we having been talking and finding out about Baptism. The children enjoyed joining together and acting out a Baptism in the school hall. We discussed the signs and symbols of Baptism. The children decided the baby’s name was George. We choose some parents…Read More

Forest School in Reception

Forest School in Reception

We love Forest School in Reception. It is a great opportunity for the children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills. They enjoy working together and exploring the outside area. This term we are so are so lucky to have with Miss O’Connor leading our Forest School sessions. There is always great excitement when…Read More

A Great Start to Reception!

A Great Start to Reception!

Welcome to Reception everyone! What a lovely, busy few weeks we have had getting to know each other in Reception. The children have been brilliant at waving goodbye and coming into the classroom in the morning. They have been learning the new routines and have been enjoying working together and making friends. We have enjoyed…Read More

Stay and Play in Reception

STAY AND PLAY IN RECEPTION The Reception children enjoyed inviting their parents into school today. It was a wonderful opportunity for parents to see how the children start their day at school. The children sat smartly on the carpet and shared some lovely, thoughtful prayers and sang some of their favourite songs for the mums,…Read More

Chinese New Year in Reception

Chinese New Year in Reception

The children in Reception enjoyed finding out about Chinese New Year. They read the story about the ‘Great Race’ and found out how the animals of the Chinese Zodiac decided who would have which year named after them. 2018 is the year of the Dog. The children enjoyed using masks and acting out the story together.…Read More

Forest School in Reception

Forest School in Reception

The children enjoyed reading the story of ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson. They talked about the setting, characters and recalled their favourite part of the story. We explored our forest area and found sticks of all different shapes and sizes. They children made their own stickmen out of sticks and pipe cleaners. The children spent ages…Read More

Our Shape Hunt in Reception!

Our Shape Hunt in Reception!

Miss O’Connor told me that she did lots of shape work with the children in the Nursery last year and I can tell that she did as the children have been super at recognising and talking about shapes in class this week. We set a challenge to explore the outdoor area around our school and…Read More