Reception JG

  • 10 Nov 2018

    First World War Centenary

    Everyone at St Chad’s came together this week to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. This was a fantastic learning opportunity for all of the school and each year group had their own unique way of commemorating it. Some classes made their own poppies in a number of different ways, as well as […]

  • 23 Oct 2018

    Autumn Leaves

    As the autumn leaves fall, we look in awe and wonder at the beautiful colours, shapes and the patterns of mother nature.

  • 14 Oct 2018

    Shapes are all around us

    We have been playing and exploring with 2D shapes and have been looking out for them everywhere.

  • 14 Oct 2018

    Look at me

    We have been involved and concentrating observing ourselves and creating self portraits, both inside and outside the classroom.

  • 30 Sep 2018

    The Naughty Bus

    We have been in search of the ‘Naughty Bus’ in our classroom. We have been looking closely for clues. We are very curious to see what he has been upto.

  • 06 Sep 2018

    Welcome Back!

    We hope you enjoyed a fantastic Summer break. We are looking forward to a fun-filled year of learning and hope you are too!

  • 08 Jul 2018

    Spanish Week

    We have embraced ‘Spanish Week’ with great enthusiasm and energy.

  • 22 Jun 2018

    Sports Coaching Day

    We have really enjoyed our sports day today. The weather was good and the coaches were really kind and helpful, introducing us to some new sports and activities.

  • 18 Jun 2018

    Smithills Open Farm trip

    We have really enjoyed our trip to Smithills Open Farm today. We engaged in lots of ‘hands on’ experiences!

  • 06 Jun 2018

    The Snail and the Whale

    The children in the Foundation Stage have enjoyed sharing and exploring the story of ‘The Snail and the Whale’, by Julia Donaldson. They have used this story for inspiration, as they produce beautiful water colour paintings.

  • 05 Jun 2018

    Sporting Fun

    We have been taking advantage of the fair and pleasant weather conditions, participating in a number of sporting activities on the school field.

  • 19 May 2018

    St Chad’s High Tea.

    We all had a wonderful afternoon, celebrating the Royal wedding. 

  • 17 May 2018

    Marvellous Mentors!

    The Reception children came into Year 1/2 and Year 2 on Monday and this is what they did.

  • 04 May 2018

    Canal Barge Trip

    On Friday 4th May the children in Reception experienced a canal trip on board the Pennine Moonraker in Uppermill.

  • 03 May 2018

    Spanish Update

    Mrs. Wharton has been teaching us how to name parts of the body in Spanish. We have explored this topic through song, actions and now visually by drawing around ourselves.

  • 03 May 2018


    The children were motivated and engaged in the RELAX KIDS session and really enjoyed taking part in the 7 step programme. 

  • 27 Apr 2018

    Light and Sound for Infants

    Adrian Bowden’s travelling Science show visited St. Chad’s .

  • 20 Apr 2018

    Spring Lambs

    We had a fantastic opportunity today when a local farmer brought in his new lambs for us to enjoy.

  • 20 Apr 2018

    Giant Footprints!

    On the way to Forest School this morning we discovered some huge footprints in the mud. We immediately tried to work out who had left them.

  • 29 Mar 2018

    Easter Craft

    We have been busy being creative with our ‘Easter Eggs’, forming a lovely display around our Easter tree. 

  • 17 Mar 2018

    Sports Relief Week

    This week welcomes Sport Relief 2018 to school. To celebrate and support the good work of the Sport Relief team we will be taking part in the daily mile and feeding in our steps to the one billion steps a day challenge. We will also be raising money for the cause by selling wrist bands […]

  • 11 Mar 2018

    Notes and Pitch using Loopy Tunes

    We have been using the ipad app, ‘Loopy Tunes’ to explore and understand notes and pitch.

  • 10 Mar 2018

    World Book Day

    We had a fantastic World Book Day. We really enjoyed working out which book character we were all dressed up as.

  • 28 Feb 2018

    Climbing up high

    We have used our strength and determination to embrace the challenges of our climbing frame.

  • 25 Feb 2018

    The Chinese Dragon is here!

    We have enjoyed participating in lots of activities to celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year the Year of the Dog.

  • 06 Feb 2018


    We have been introduced to learning Spanish, as a modern foreign language, since the beginning of the spring term

  • 04 Feb 2018

    The RSPB Big School’s Birdwatch 2018

    The children have been actively engaged in counting birds, observed in the school grounds, for the 2018 RSPB Big School’s Birdwatch.

  • 26 Jan 2018

    Get Ready for Birdwatching

    We have been very busy making preparations for the RSPB Big School’s Birdwatch.

  • 26 Jan 2018

    Clay Birds

    The children have been displaying high levels of energy and fascination, as they model a garden bird out of clay.

  • 26 Jan 2018

    Moving Confidently

    We have been exploring moving in a variety of ways along the apparatus in P.E.

  • 17 Jan 2018

    Outdoor learning and fun in the snow!

    Today we had a wonderful time together, learning and playing in the snow.

  • 14 Jan 2018

    Now I know my ABC…

    Inside and outside, we have been actively trying to name and order all of the letters of the alphabet.

  • 03 Jan 2018

    Creative Construction

    We have begun the new year engaged in building towers, walls and houses. Following on from this constructive interest, we will be exploring the topic of materials and sharing related traditional tales, such as the story of  ‘The Three Little Pigs’. 

  • 02 Jan 2018

    Spectacular Christmas Cakes!

    We are so grateful to Paddy’s mum, Shannon and Auntie Robyn for their amazing talent and effort creating the best ever Christmas cakes for us to enjoy. Thank you.

  • 13 Dec 2017

    Tracks in the snow!

    We have really enjoyed reading the story of ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, by Julia Donaldson. Today we went in search of the Gruffalo’s Child, looking for her footprints in the snow.

  • 19 Nov 2017


    We have been involved and concentrating as we learn how to tie a stopper knot. Knot tying skills are very important skills to have when building structures at Forest School.

  • 12 Nov 2017


    We have been busy exploring our shadows outside in the winter sunshine.

  • 19 Oct 2017

    Forest Discovery

    At Forest School we have been finding out and exploring the immediate environment.

  • 13 Oct 2017

    Hoglet visit

    One morning this week we were alerted to some mysterious muddy tracks on the classroom table. When we investigated a little further we realised that a young hoglet had visited during the previous evening.

  • 08 Oct 2017

    Autumn is here!

    We enjoyed our Autumn walk, looking at the patterns and changes in our immediate environment.

  • 29 Sep 2017

    Forest School

    We are really enjoying going to Forest School. We are learning to risk assess to keep ourselves safe, identify and name all kinds of wildlife and most importantly we are working together in a supportive way.

  • 29 Sep 2017

    New Skills

    We are really enjoying learning new skills at school and making lots of new friends. 

  • 04 Sep 2017

    Ready and Waiting

    We hope you have enjoyed your summer holiday and are excited to join us in school! We have been busy setting up the classrooms. Here is a preview…

  • 28 Jul 2017

    Last Forest School Session

    We enjoyed our last Forest School session together. We collaborated, shared ideas and created play opportunities. The sun came out, together with bees, butterflies, birds and fairies!

  • 28 Jul 2017

    George takes a dive!

    As George in Year 6 prepares to leave St. Chad’s he very kindly donates his special goldfish to the school pond. The children in the Foundation Stage have named the goldfish ‘George’ after their friend.

  • 10 Jul 2017

    Having fun in our new class!

    We really enjoyed being with our new friends (and new teacher!) today.

  • 19 Jun 2017

    Sports Day Reception 2017

    What an action packed day. Seven sports, non-stop and the weather was great. Here are photo’s taken across the sports sessions.

  • 15 Jun 2017

    It’s feeding time on the farm

    We had great fun feeding the lambs milk, using a bottle at Smithills Open Farm. The piglets were also happily drinking their milk too.

  • 13 Jun 2017

    Smithills Open Farm trip

    What a pleasure it was to share a trip to Smithills Open Farm yesterday with all of you in the Foundation Stage! Children, you were so caring and thoughtful around all of the animals you encountered.

  • 04 Jun 2017

    All aboard the Pennine Moonraker

    The Foundation Stage enjoy a cruise on board the Pennine Moonraker, taking in the sights along Uppermill’s canal.

  • 14 May 2017

    Ready, Steady, Go! The snails are off!

    On our way to forest school we came across some snails around the pond area. We carefully collected one and took it back to the classroom for further observation.

  • 03 May 2017

    All Star Cricket!

    What an exciting assembly! We welcomed a wonderful guest, Michael from All-Star Cricket Club in Uppermill. He gave us a taster session to show us the kind of activities which they do at the Summer Cricket Club and some of us even got the opportunity to join in and practise our cricket skills. Thank you […]

  • 28 Apr 2017

    Aaaarrgghh! Spider

    We have really enjoyed and been inspired by reading this story by Lydia Monks.

  • 19 Apr 2017

    What can you make with a stick?

    At Forest School we have been exploring different ways of using a stick.

  • 18 Apr 2017

    Spring Lambs

    We enjoyed a wonderful surprise this afternoon, when two spring lambs came to visit our school.

  • 31 Mar 2017

    Happy Easter

    We have been engaged in lots of creative activities to celebrate the forthcoming celebration of Easter.

  • 16 Mar 2017

    Forest School

    At Forest School we have been engaged and concentrating, as we learn how to use a hand tool, safely and effectively.

  • 10 Mar 2017

    The frogs are back!

    We have been engaged and fascinated by the return of the frogs to our school pond.

  • 03 Mar 2017

    World Book Week

    We have enjoyed a fantastic ‘World Book Week’, sharing our favourite stories with friends and family.

  • 02 Mar 2017

  • 10 Feb 2017

    I will huff and I will puff!

    At Forest School this week we came across something unusual. We were curious and mystified to know what had happened. We approached the site with caution and gathered evidence and clues. We enjoyed role playing the moment when the big bad wolf came along and blew the stick house down. The fur coats kept us […]

  • 10 Feb 2017

    Awe and Wonder

    The RSPB birdwatching activities have drawn our attention to the awe and wonder of nature.

  • 05 Feb 2017

    Who has been in our classroom?

    We are very puzzled. Someone has entered our classroom whilst we were happily playing outside. Who could it have been? They have created quite a mess! It’s a good job we are very good at gathering and considering evidence.

  • 28 Jan 2017

    The Year of the Rooster

    Gung Hei Fat Choy! We have enjoyed celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. Our class Chinese Emperor and his Empress led the dragon parade, whilst the band played!                          

  • 27 Jan 2017

    Pedro the Spanish Parrot is in distress

    At Forest School this week, we discovered Pedro the Spanish parrot, hanging upside down from a branch. He was not very happy.

  • 21 Jan 2017

    Getting ready for birdwatching

    We have been busy preparing for the Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2017.We are already becoming confident and skilled with identifying many species of garden birds.

  • 13 Jan 2017

    Building walls and Little Lumpty’s Big Mistake

    The children have really enjoyed sharing and exploring the story of Little Lumpty by Miko Imai.

  • 08 Jan 2017

    The Big School’s Birdwatch 2017

    Over the next few weeks the children will be getting involved in the Big School’s Birdwatch 2017 organised by the RSPB.

  • 02 Jan 2017

    Christmas Party

    We really enjoyed our Christmas party. It was a perfect end to a perfect day. We enjoyed our performance of ‘Nursery Rhyme Nativity’ and made our family and friends very proud.  The Christmas craft activities were very creative with many actively involved. Our class Christmas tree was beautifully decorated after this creative morning. Father Christmas came. […]

  • 02 Jan 2017

    Mysterious findings

    We found a pile of logs and a mysterious ‘shedded’ skin in class. On closer inspection some of us believe it to be that of the snake from the story of the Gruffalo. However, others had other ideas, searching for clues both inside and outside the classroom. At Forest School we found other clues as […]

  • 15 Nov 2016


    This is the new blog for the Foundation Stage with Mrs. George. This is a useful website full of fun activities you can explore in the great outdoors with your family and friends. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/

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