St. Philip's Catholic Primary & Nursery School

"In the light of Christ, where everyone is valued and learning is celebrated"

Classes  »  Reception

Earth Day

We marked Earth Day this year by planting seeds. We chose from radish, lettuce, peas or spinach. We learnt all about what our seeds need to grow.

Preparing the garden for planting seeds.

We had to work really hard digging out all the weeds to make room to plant our seeds. We even found some wiggly worms!

In reception we always try to make our learning fun. We don’t like work sheets or endless pieces of boring white paper. We love to learn through play and be outdoors whenever possible.

Take this unexpected time with your child to play board games, read books together, have a picnic in your garden. Paint pictures, make junk models, bake a cake etc etc.

The most important thing is to not stress yourself or your children by trying to home school them.

If you want to ensure you are doing enough to keep your child occupied, developing and learning these are our ideals for every child every day in reception.

  • Read at least 1 book. You can listen to audio books and encourage your children look at books independently as well.
  • Have lots of conversations. Ask open questions who, what, why, where, when, how? Listen to your children’s ideas like they are the most wonderful thing you have ever heard. Sometimes they are!
  • Play! You can be a princess, a flower, a spider, an astronaut or whatever your child wants you to be.
  • Practical hands on maths. At home this could be when tidying up eg; how many cups go there? Playing a game, hopscotch, board games, noughts and crosses etc etc
  • Art! Paint, draw, make, dance, sing. It doesn’t have to be a ‘thing’ you can make just to enjoy making. Outdoors too! A birds nest of grass or a castle of sticks and stones. Collect some Autumn Treasures to make a picture or display. Make up a song or dance be SILLY!
  • Discover. What happens if you leave an ice cube outside? Look for signs of Autumn. Make toast, why has the bread changed colour/why does it feel different? Plant a bulb, what does it need to grow?
  • Challenge! You know your child better than anyone. Let them do what they enjoy and still stretch them. If they want to write give them ideas. Can they write their name? Or make marks to represnt numbers. If they love to draw can they draw something different today? Can they count all the tins in the cupboard? How many left if we use 2 tins of beans today?
  • Stay active. We do golden mile most days at school. Could you try Cosmic Kids Yoga at home     Or dance, skip, throw and catch a ball or balloon. 

If you would like any support or ideas please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Keep in touch.

Stay happy, healthy and having fun.

Miss Richardson, Mrs Pratt and Mr Fakes.


Walking for Water

Thank-you to everyone for their very generous sponsorship. Reception walked 10 time around our school field. rnWe stopped at points on the way to learn about children who had to walk such a long way to collect dirty water to drink. We discussed and reflected upon how lucky we were that our water came out of a tap.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations we tried some Chinese food. It was really tricky to eat the noodles with chop sticks! We all enjoyed the noodles and prawn crackers but the sweet chilli sauce made some of us pull funny faces. We had lots of fun meauring and weighing rice. We developed our mathematical language comparing how much rice fitted in each container. Was it full, empty, or half full?

Reception Role Play

After listening to the Bible story of Jesus and the Paralysed Man, the children built a house and re-enacted the story.

Jesus and the Paralysed Man.

Reception re-enacted the story so well. They even made their own props and built a set.

It's a Snowy Day!

Look at all the fun we've had in the snow. Can you think of a name for our snow man?

Lots of exciting outdoor learning.
We're Going on a Baby Hunt!

Reception hope you enjoy looking for a very special baby as much as we did.

Room on the Broom

Reception received a letter from a very sad witch who had lost her broom. She asked us if we would help her. We all wrote letters to try to cheer her up and let her know we would do our best to help her find it. After searching all around our classroon and school grounds we could not find her broom. What could we do? Then suddenly someone had a wonderful idea! Maybe we could make her another broom. We quickly set to work collecting sticks and fixing them together with string and tape. Some children even made magic wands. Look at all our amazing creations.

We left the brooms outside, with a note to let the witch know she could take whichever broom or wand she liked. Then to our amazement something magical happened. When we checked on our security cameras we could see that if you looked very carefully a broom suddenly wiggled and twitched then ... whoosh it was gone.

Whoosh it was gone!

The Planet Song
Listen to the planet song, can you join in? Which planet is your favourite? I wonder if BEEGU came from any of these planets.
Do you know which planet we live on?
Let's get creative.
Use your imagination to crerate a planet and an alien who lives there. You can use anything you like. It can be a painting, drawing, model or even made of jelly!
When you are finished ask your adult if you can carefully use a phone or other device to take a picture then they can share it through either Evidence Me or e-mail.
I can't wait to see your creations. Please can you send them in by Monday 1st February.


Keeping active at home, click on the links to enjoy some of the activities we enjoy in school.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Wake Up Shake Up With Leeds Rhinos

Banana Banana Meatball

Jolly Phonics Songs

Here are all the Jolly Phonics songs we sing in school. 

The Tricky Word Song 

Sing along to practise your tricky words. Don't let them trick you!
Remember you can NOT sound out tricky words.
Outdoor PE

Enjoying using the climbing equipment on the field, in the sunshine. Learning to climb carefully, balance and land safely. How would you cross the beam to the other side?