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Reception – Autumn 2 Week 7

Hello from Lilac and Willow, what a week to end our first term at school with!

This week



We recorded the narration for our nativity ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’; we hope you have had a chance to watch it along with your children and enjoy their hard work.  Thank you for your help with costumes, learning songs and practising words, the children were brilliant!

The children enjoyed a festive treat courtesy of the SLPA – we watched the film ‘Arthur Christmas’. It tells the story of Santa’s clumsy son Arthur who sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to give out a misplaced present to a young girl in less than 2 hours.  The children had lots of fun and laughs as they watched it and enjoyed their crisps and drink at the ‘interval’.

The children also heard the traditional tale The Gingerbread Man.  As the children listened to the story, they began to join in with the repeated refrain: “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man”.

We also enjoyed a Virtual Pantomime of the story Dick Whittington.  The children really got in to the spirit of the performance joining in with cheers for the goodies, boos for the baddy and shouts of “behind you”.

We got very creative this week making lots of lovely crafts including a Christmas card with bauble collage decoration, a hand decorated wooden bauble and very importantly some food to keep Santa’s reindeer going on Christmas Eve! The children were busy like Santa’s elves and produced some fantastic pieces of Christmas craft which they were excited to bring home to you in their brown paper bags on Thursday.

Mr Smith came and played some games with the children for their PE this week.  Each of the games gave the children a chance to practise the ball skills they have been working on throughout the year but with a fun Christmas twist!

Our week ended with each class having a party.  There was lots of music and dancing.

This term

We wanted to look back at the Autumn Term with the children and give them a chance to reflect upon their time at school so far.



We asked the children 3 questions:

  • What do you remember about your first day at school?
  • What have you learnt this term?
  • What has been the best thing you have done this term?

Here is what the children had to say:

What do you remember about your first day at school?
“(Feeling) Good.”
“I walked into school holding hands with my friend.”
“I didn’t want to go to school but now I do.”
“I felt happy because I was starting big school.”
“When I comed in I didn’t know what the table names were.”
“I was feeling happy because I was excited”
“I felt I was a bit worried, how it was going to feel like.  Now I feel happy.”
“I liked it when people gave me stuff.”
“First I was happy but when I walked to school I was scared.  Now I’m happy and I’ve got lots of friends.”

What have you learnt this term?
“The Gingerbread Man.”
“Drawing and writing The Gingerbread Man.”
“I learned about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night.”
“Advent is the countdown to Christmas.”
“We do jobs every day and they’re all different and each day is different.”
“I learnt about Scientists and Christmas.”
“How to stop ice cubes from melting.”
“Guy Fawkes, they were going to blow up the Houses of Parliament.”
“We learned about counting and I can count to 100.”
“I have been a Sapphire.”
“I am a Hairy Maclary.”

What has been the best thing you have done this term?
“My favourite thing at school is talk time.”
“My favourite thing is using small world toys in choosing time.”
“Making friends.”
“Listening to The Gingerbread Man.”
“Making cards for Mummy and for my friends.”
“Making currant buns (Nursery Rhyme Week).”
“Making diva lamps.”
“Christmas Pudding on Christmas lunch day.”
“Going on the bikes.”
“Santa Canta.”
“Christmassy stuff because it was exciting.”
“We all dressed up as animals (Nursery Rhyme Day).”
“Nursery Rhyme Day because we got to dress up.”

And finally

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all again for your continued support during this term.  We hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 5th January 2021.



Mrs Fisher and Mr French
Willow and Lilac Class Teachers.

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