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Reception’s First School Trip!


Reception dive UNDER THE SEA!

On Wednesday 11th of July, Reception class visited the Sealife Centre in Manchester as part of their Under The Sea topic.

The children explored the centre and saw lots of wonderful sea creatures including: turtles, sharks, clown fish, crabs, jellyfish, seahorses and even a sneaky octopus. The children also got to touch a coral snake and starfish in the rockpool. Reception were so sensible even other members of the public commented on how well behaved the children at St Paul’s were.

Have a look at our video to see how much fun we had on our school trip …. but watch out for the SHARK!


Penalty Shoot Out – Reception & Year 1

On Tuesday, the children had the chance to take part in a sponsored penalty shoot out against a very special guest … BILLY BANTAM!

Reception and Year 1 had lots of fun meeting the Bradford City Football club helpers and Billy Bantam himself. They cheered on their friends to try and score as many goals as possible. A big THANK YOU to Bradford City for a great morning!

Sports Day – Part 2

As it was a little warm on Sports Day, Reception and Year 1 only took part in the egg and spoon race and running race in the morning. After we had an ice pop to cool down, Mrs Kilmartin and Miss Galtress took the children into the shade in the afternoon to have a go at their very own sack race. The children loved being active for a whole day and can’t wait for next year.

Reception race winners:

1st – Rhys T

2nd – Harley D

3rd – Lacey-Mai B

People Who Help Us!

To introduce our new topic Reception Class have had lots of visitors recently. We have been very lucky to meet lots of people who help in our community, for lots of different reasons. We have had chance to talk to these visitors and ask them lots of questions about their jobs. Some of our visitors even brought us different equipment that we could look at and try on. It was very kind and it helped us learn lots of information about people who help us.

Our visitors included: a firefighter, a police officer, a lollipop person, an army officer and a charity worker from the Salvation Army.

Reception sing-a-long!

We have been learning a few songs as part of our mini-beast topic that we would like to showcase for you.

We hope you enjoy watching as much as we all enjoy singing!


Hatching Butterflies!

Reception have been currently looking after some caterpillars as part of their mini-beast topic. The last time we blogged the caterpillars were in their cocoons. Over the weekend our caterpillars have hatched into 5 healthy beautiful painted-lady butterflies. The children have loved observing, feeding and looking after them. On Thursday afternoon, we had a wonderful time setting our butterflies free in the outdoor area.

Key Stage 1 Road Safety

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 attended a road safety session on Thursday morning. They took part in a series of scenarios involving traffic and the road to show the children how to use their road safety rules to help them cross the street safely. Always remember:

Hold hands





Mini-beast Investigations!

For the first few weeks of this half term Reception have been learning all about minibeasts. They have been identifying and naming different minibeasts and hunting for lots of insects in our outdoor area.

As part of this topic Reception class are currently looking after some caterpillars. They have been watching them grow and change as they develop during their lifecycle. They are currently in their cocoons. Keep checking the blog for any updates as we may have some butterflies hatching very soon!

Happy Easter!!

Today Reception had a very cheeky visitor …. THE EASTER BUNNY!

He zoomed past our classroom after lunch and hid some chocolate eggs in our playground. The children used their Easter baskets to hunt for one egg each to take home for the holidays.

Happy Easter everybody! 

From Miss Galtress, Miss Harrison & Reception class 🙂