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Message from Mrs Kingston We have noticed increasing levels of playground chat about the game Fortnite— Battle Royale which is a PEGI 12+ gun battle game which requires players to work as a team. The main risks to children are interacting with strangers and also making costly in-app purchases. If your child is talking about Fortnite, please follow this link to find out more about it. https:// fortnite-battle-royal-parents-guide-keepkids-safe-gaming/


What a week we have had in Reception! It is Minibeast week and we have had a visit from some furry and slimy friends! Boris the tarantula, 4 giant African Albino snails and 3 millipedes came to join us on Monday and today we have just had an amazing Minibeast day! We came to school dressed as our favourite minibeasts and spent the morning with our parents, exploring the activities in the classroom. Snail races was a particular favourite, as were the spider web making and minibeast exploration and creation station! Thanks to all our amazing parents for coming into school to share in our learning!

Miss Stroud

Snail Races!

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This morning, during our stay and share session, we had the lovely idea from Olly to race our snails. He suggested we make a checkered flag, a start line and a finish line. We made sure all these things were included today and gave the snails a little while to warm up to their new surroundings. Some children picked a snail to be their favourite and other children came to watch. At the beginning it took the snails a while to follow their lane to get to the end but finally, they managed to cross the finish line and after that they couldn’t be stopped! We clearly had lots of fun cheering on our snails 🐌! Afterwards, we filled in our record sheets, along with the new names for our snails, Sleepy, Turbo and Snuggles, to show who came first second and third. We had lots more races and at the end, we made some snail stickers for the trophies and awarded first prize to Turbo for winning three races!

Visit from a Beekeeper!

As part of our minibeast day today, we were so lucky to have a visit from a beekeeper! He showed us all his special tools for collecting honey. He told us why he wears a protective hat and suit. He talked to us about the different types of bees and wasps and he showed us pictures of bees and their hives!
Some of the children asked some really interesting and important questions, see below...
Why do bees make honey?
How long have you had bees?
Why do bees sting?
They collect nectar and pollen don't they?
Where do you keep the bees?

A Royal Correspondance

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Wow, what an amazing surprise we have had this morning, in the post Reception class received a very special letter from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She thanked all the children in Reception class and said it was very thoughtful for them to write to the Queen regarding all the plastic in the sea and how bad it is for the animals and the environment. It is so fantastic that the Queen has taken time out to write to us all to say thank you. Reception class were very passionate about how dangerous it is for all the animals that we keep using all this plastic and putting it in the sea and damaging their environment. What amazing news, it is so exciting that you are all making an impact.

Welcome to Reception!


Welcome to Reception at Holy Cross Primary!


We hope that you are all settling in well to the new school and that the children are telling you all about their adventures!

I have included just a few things below about the start of term.


Drop Off and Pick Up

In the morning the teachers will greet you outside of the classroom door where the children should be dropped off between 8:45am and 8.55am. In order to start the day promptly please could you ensure that you arrive in plenty of time. At the end of the day the gates open at 3.10pm. Please continue to collect your child from the classroom door.


Snacks and Lunches

Your child will be offered fruit and milk in the morning and again in the afternoon every day for their snack.

School meals will also be provided this year but the children will need to make a choice each morning between hot, cold or vegetarian meals, it would be helpful if you could go through the menu with your child each night so they are prepared to make their choice each morning.


Spare Clothes

We have a small supply of spare clothes in case of emergency. If your child comes home wearing spare clothes belonging to school please wash and return them as soon as possible. It’s always a good idea to keep a spare pair of pants, trousers or a skirt and a spare t-shirt in your child’s school bag.


Forest School

Every Thursday afternoon, the children will attend Forest School with Mrs Krysiek. It would be helpful if you could send the children in a pair of wellies and, if they have them, waterproof trousers however, we do have a small supply of wellies and waterproof trousers so it’s not a necessity.


P.E. and I.C.T.

The Reception children will have PE on Thursdays. PE kits will remain in the classroom until half term, when we will send them home to be washed. Please make sure that all items of clothing are labelled including socks and shoes. The children will change in and out of their PE kits each time they have PE. So please help your child to practise changing their clothes independently.

For now, we are incorporating P.E. into their outdoor learning time, so I will let you know when we begin the structured PE lessons.

I.C.T. is also incorporated into the daily routine of the class; the children can chose to use the listening station, the SMART board and the I-Pads throughout the school day, to record their learning.


Behaviour in Reception

In Reception class, we follow a positive behaviour policy whereby children are encouraged to treat others as they would like to be treated. We have rewards for positive behaviour and sanctions for negative behaviours whereby we use the sunshine and cloud system. All children start their day on ‘the sun’, if they follow our golden class rules, they can move up to ‘the rainbow’. If they don’t follow the golden rules, they can move to the ‘sad cloud’. They have the opportunity to move off the sad cloud and back up to the sun each time.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

In Reception, we follow the ‘Development Matters’ to plan for our core subjects. We also have a secondary curriculum called ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ I will explain about these in detail at the Reception meeting, but if you would like to look at the at home, Bristol City Council explains it really well on their website:


During the first half of term, we will focus on supporting the children to settle into daily life at school and ensuring that they have a happy and enjoyable start to their time at Holy Cross. We will begin teaching the children to read through daily phonics lessons. The children will learn four ‘sounds’ each week which they will be asked to practise at home with the support of an adult. When they are ready, the children will be given a simple book to read which they will take home, it will link into their phonics sounds, so they should be able to begin to ‘de-code’ these books soon.

The morning and afternoon sessions will be a mixture of play-based learning, independent learning time and adult led time. During play based time, the children will be given the opportunity to extend their learning through independent and collaborative tasks and activities both inside the classroom and in the outdoor area.



Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Miss Stroud will be available at the beginning and end of each day for any quick queries that you may have. You can also book an appointment if you would like to discuss anything in length.


All children in Reception have a personal on-line Learning Journey, whereby we record photos, observations and comments. This is very exciting - we will let you know more about Tapestry in the Reception meeting.



We look forward to working with you and getting to know your child over the coming term. I have included a photo I found online that you might like and I apologise in advance for all the uniform washing!


Yours Sincerely,


Miss Stroud Class Teacher

Miss Hinton Early Years Practitioner



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