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St Joseph'sCatholic Primary School & Nursery

Reception / Year 1

Welcome to our class page!


Our Reception/Year 1 team are:


Mrs Le Grange (Teacher) & Miss Kew (TA)






This term our topic is 'Julia Donaldson'

We are really looking forward to reading lots of her fantastic books and learning about the characters.


Watch this space to see the exciting things that we have done.....

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This week we had the first part of our wow day, we were visited at school by a real Gruffalo. The Gruffalo taught us about the story and helped us to make our own Gruffalo creatures from clay. Luckily the Gruffalo doesn't like to eat children!!!


We were lucky enough this term to have a second Wow day, for this we had a visit to Noah's Ark Zoo Farm! We really enjoyed walking around the zoo and finding all the different animals. Some of our favourites were the elephants, rhinos and giraffes! Not only did we see lots of animals around the park we even got to see some up close. We listened to a talk that explained some information about the farm animals from our story 'A squash and a squeeze'  and what they do as well as a talk to teach us all about giraffes.

We wrote questions and letters to send to Julia Donaldson about her story 'The Gruffalo'. Then we made lists and story maps of the stories that we have enjoyed so far.

English work

We have read the story of Room on the broom. We have been learning about weight. We have practiced ordering and comparing items from lightest to heaviest and carried out a test to find out if the items that the witch carried would have been too heave or not for her broom stick!


Heavy or light

In Maths we have been measuring how tall or short things were. We measured ourselves using bricks and metre sticks. 


In English we have been learning how to write similes like "the sky is as blue as the sea" or "the floor is as grey as a rock" and "The Gruffalo is as brown as chocolate"!


We have been learning about rhyming words and have been writing poems about colours and feelings.


We have also learnt about onomatopoeia which means sound words like brum, moo, splash, bang and meow.



Previous topics were:

'On This Day'


Within this topic we will be learning about significant events and people in history. 

Keep an eye out for an exciting update on our WOW day....

In Maths we have been learning about greater than and less than. We have been learning that the crocodile likes to eat the larger amount. 

This week we went on our Wow day trip to the fire station. Whilst we were there we learnt all about fire safety, the role of a fire fighter, the equipment used and we saw how the houses in the Great Fire of London would have burnt so quickly.




Wow day!

Burning the houses

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The firefighters burnt our houses to show us how the fire would have spread quickly during the Great Fire of London in 1666.



Children will be taking home a reading book and reading log each week. Please ensure children have these in their book bags each school day to enable us to hear them read. 


Homework books are sent home on Fridays, please ensure that they are returned completed by Wednesday to allow marking and resetting of work.


Reception children also have their own Tapestry Early Learning Journal online and remember you can add observations of your child from home which can count to appropriate assessment.