Reception JG

  • 09 Apr 2020

    Canon Sharon’s Easter Message 2020

    Canon Sharon has kindly created a beautiful Easter message for our wonderful St Chad’s school community If you would like to view the message, this can be achieved by visiting the ‘Collective Worship’ page in the ‘Learn Section’ of School Jotter. We hope you have a happy and safe Easter together with your families.

  • 08 Mar 2020

    A very happy world book day

    Text For No Post Content

  • 09 Feb 2020

    RSPB Big School’S Birdwatch

    We have been busy making bird cakes and hanging them up in the school grounds in preparation for our birdwatch event.  We have been quiet and patient, birdwatching inside our hide and around the school grounds.

  • 30 Jan 2020

    Forest School in the snow

    The snow came down fast, as we walked down to Forest School. The trees and the ground were soon covered, so we began to build and create in the trees instead!

  • 26 Jan 2020

    Chinese New Year Celebrations!

    We had so much fun both learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year! We loved every minute! (Heads up – you might want to turn your volume down before you watch this video!)

  • 23 Jan 2020

    Here come the birds!

    We are getting ready for the RSPB Big School’s Birdwatch, with our bird hide already set up and with regular opportunities to observe and identify the birds visiting our school grounds.

  • 16 Jan 2020

    Foundation Stage Engage in Karate

    The children remained involved and concentrating throughout their introductory session of Karate this morning. They really enjoyed themselves and engaged in all the actions and movements, following the instructor’s demonstrations.

  • 08 Jan 2020

    Happy New Year!

    We have enjoyed spending time and learning together at the start of this new year. We headed down into the forest and made some wonderous discoveries.

  • 06 Jan 2020

    Circles are Everywhere

    Recently we have revisited work on 2d shapes and pattern. First we shared the story of ‘Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh’, by Nick Sharratt, looking at patterns of spots and stripes. Following on from this, we then looked at the concentric circle paintings by the Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. Then we drew and painted […]

  • 16 Dec 2019

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    We are having so much fun in EYFS celebrating the festive season.

  • 21 Nov 2019

    Signs of Winter

    This week at Forest School, the children have had the incidental opportunity to revisit learning of 2d shape, on a cold and frosty morning. The children explored creating basic 2d shapes using their footprints in the frost.

  • 08 Nov 2019

    Welcome Back!

    The children have settled back into class really well, after the half term break. Based on previous Forest School sessions, finding traces of woodland animals, the children have been particularly interested in nocturnal animals. Therefore, this is an interest they are keen to pursue!

  • 10 Oct 2019

    Exploring the great outdoors

    We have been exploring the great outdoors, paying attention to detail.

  • 10 Oct 2019

    Guess the instrument!

    We have been using what we know to describe and guess the instrument. We have played them with enthusiasm and explored the musical element of tempo.

  • 10 Oct 2019

    Learning new skills

    We are engaged in a variety of learning activities and forming strong friendships, as we work together.

  • 25 Sep 2019

    Maths Outdoors

    We have been identifying and naming 2d shapes and have been exploring their characteristics by constructing them, using a variety of materials.

  • 19 Sep 2019

    First Forest School Session

    We have engaged in our first Forest School session. We have identified the hazards in order to develop our understanding of the ongoing risk assessment needed to keep us safe. We have also been looking at the features of the immediate outdoor environment.

  • 19 Sep 2019

    Looking at me

    We have been involved and concentrating creating our self-portraits using outdoor equipment. We used our knowledge of features of a human face to make our representations.

  • 15 Sep 2019

    Welcome to the Foundation Stage!

    The children have made a smooth transition into the Foundation Stage and have settled into the school routine really quickly. They are already making new friends and together we are forming a caring class community.

  • 12 Jul 2019

    Protecting the Earth

    The children have enjoyed our topic on protecting the Earth. We have been learning about the 3 Rs; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They have been excited about the things they could make from old objects. Here are some examples.  

  • 09 Jul 2019

    Africa Week

    We loved learning about different countries in Africa. The children loved sharing their fantastic learning during our Friday assembly, which they even presented themselves. Here, you can see a video of the presentation and see for yourself what a wonderful job the children did!

  • 04 Jul 2019

    Smithills Open Farm Trip

    We really enjoyed our trip to Smithills Open Farm, where we rode a donkey, stroked and fed animals, enjoyed a tractor ride and watched the cows being milked. What a fun packed day.

  • 21 May 2019

    Tree Faces

    We have been enjoying being outside in our new Forest School area. Today we found our favourite tree and gave it a clay face, adding found materials for creative effect.

  • 21 May 2019


    We have really enjoyed participating in the ‘Bikeability’ programme and have gained in confidence and skill on a balance bike. Some of us have even gone home and have begun riding our bikes without stabilizers!

  • 21 May 2019

    At the Seaside

    We have been creating our interpretation of the seaside using the ICT programme 2Simple 2paint.

  • 03 May 2019

    Materials for Infants

    The children loved their annual visit from Adrian Bowden’s travelling Science show. This year the theme was ‘Materials’.

  • 02 May 2019


    This half term we are following our interest in minibeasts. This topic has taken our learning out into the great outdoors, to look for minibeasts in their natural habitats. We have selected equipment and resources to help us look at these creatures up close and find out information about them, leading to their classification.

  • 26 Apr 2019

    Easter Delights

    We have really enjoyed our Easter break. We have been very busy creating with our decorated eggs and now they are proudly on display.

  • 04 Apr 2019

    Happy Easter!

    We have been busy preparing for Easter. We have been decorating our Easter tree.

  • 01 Apr 2019

    Bug Hotels

    We have been busy transforming found and natural materials to create homes for minibeasts. Some constructions are big and some are small.

  • 01 Apr 2019

    Update on new Forest School site

    We are really pleased with the development of our new Forest School site at the front of school, which will help us extend our facilitation of Forest School sessions.

  • 22 Mar 2019

    Computing and Music

    The children have been exploring using a computer to make music using 2Simple Music Toolkit and Noisy Things. Click to read more.

  • 08 Mar 2019

    World Book Day

    We read Little Red Riding Hood on World Book Day and the children created their own story maps. Click to take a look.

  • 07 Mar 2019

    Happy World Book Day!

    We have had the most wonderful World Book Day. Lots of us dressed up as characters from our favourite book. We have enjoyed sharing and reading our favourite stories. Some of us got to swap books too. Our assembly theme this year, was ‘Nursery Rhymes’, one of which ‘Old MacDonald’, featured in a special sketch […]

  • 06 Mar 2019

    The Frogs Are Here!

    We counted around twelve returning frogs today in our pond. They have already been busy laying their frogspawn.

  • 03 Mar 2019

    Learning in the great outdoors!

    We have really enjoyed learning outdoors in the sunshine. We were able to make good use of the open space, explore, investigate, observe, predict, problem solve and make decisions. 

  • 05 Feb 2019

    Kung Hei Fat Choy

    We have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year, the year of the Pig.

  • 30 Jan 2019

    Forest School in the snow

    We enjoyed the challenge of travelling to Forest School in the snow! The school grounds looked like a beautiful winter wonderland.

  • 25 Jan 2019

    Happy RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch!

    Let’s hope the weather is kind and we get to see a variety of garden birds this weekend. Woodpecker by Arthur (Foundation Stage) Garden birds by Year 3/4

  • 25 Jan 2019

    Tracks in the snow!

    The unexpected snow has revealed who has been walking around our school grounds during the night and early morning, before we set off for Forest School. We have been following the tracks to see where they go.

  • 23 Jan 2019

    National Handwriting Day

    We celebrated National Handwriting Day on Wednesday 23rd January by exploring mark making!

  • 18 Jan 2019

    Special Visitors

    We have been very fortunate to have some very special visitors in our class today. Zakariya’s dad, who is a GP came with nurse Mary, Doctor Josh and Paramedic Ben. They gave a very informative talk, showed us the equipment and instruments they use on a day to day basis and gave us a tour […]

  • 11 Jan 2019

    Happy New Year!

    The children have quickly settled back into the school routine and have approached the new year with great enthusiasm.

  • 04 Jan 2019

    Christmas Memory

    We really enjoyed our first Christmas at school in the Foundation Stage. We especially had fun dancing and playing games with our friends. 

  • 30 Nov 2018


    The children have been looking at Uppermill High Street. Click to see what they have been doing.

  • 25 Nov 2018

    Village maps

    The children have been studying our local area. Take a look at some of the village maps they produced.

  • 23 Nov 2018

    Foundation Stage Nativity

    Click to read the letter being sent home about the Foundation Stage Nativity Production, craft morning and Christmas party on Wednesday 12th December.

  • 15 Nov 2018


      The children celebrated Diwali through craft, dance and music. Have look at some of the things they produced.

  • 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 […]

Load More