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Bapchild and Tonge

CE Primary School and Nursery

Rooted in God as our vine; we bear fruits.

Reception Class 2023/24

Term 2


This term, our big question was 'What makes a journey special?' 


We read and explored the books: 




We began with looking at Baby Bear's journey to space and made our own vehicles using boxes and the large outside blocks. The children wrote a list of snacks they would take on a journey to the moon and also designed their own planets. 


During DT week we looked at how Diwali is celebrated in the world. We made rangoli patterns, diva lamps and designed, made and evaluated sashes for Rama and Sita using recycled materials. 

In the book 'On the Way Home' by Jill Murphy, Claire hurts her knee. But when people ask her how she did it, she tells some very different tales. We made up our own stories and used watercolour paints and modelling clay to create our own book. 

Ramsey Class had some exciting news. 4 baby African Land Snails arrived in our class for us to look after and watch grow. They are very tiny but will grow into very BIG creatures. We have named them Pixie Good, Betsy Lou, Ollie and Phoebe. We will clean out their tank, feed and water them and keep an eye on how big they get. 

During Term 2, we participated in some outdoor learning. We found different kinds of leaves including colours, shapes and sizes. We made a trail of stones, sticks and leaves like the breadcrumb trail in Hansel and Gretel and went on a stickman hunt to find Stickman and get him back to his family tree. We ended the term with our Winter Walk and even posted some very important envelopes in the post box like in The Jolly Christmas Postman story. 

During December we looked at the very special journey that Mary and Joseph took in the Nativity story. We were terrific twinkly stars and amazing angels in our own Nativity play 'Hey Ewe!'. In RE we looked at the Big Question 'Why do school's put on Nativity plays?' We learnt all about that Christians celebrate Christmas because they believe Jesus was born to save people on Earth. We explored how Christians celebrate Christmas in Church, at home and in the community and we made our own Christmas cards, Christingles and has a Christmas party. 

Parent Reading


We have enjoyed having our first parents in to read to us on a Friday afternoon. We look forward to having more mums, dads and grandparents in to read other exciting stories! 



Term 1


During our first term in Ramsey class, we have been focusing on the very important topic of 'us'. We have listened to lots of stories and participated in activities all about things we like and dislike, what we can and cannot do and what we would like to be when we grow up. 



The children have been talking about their own emotions and how they feel coming to school. They have been learning about making friends and following the class and school rules of 'Respect, Ready and Safe'. 

In the story 'Can I build another me?' by Shinsuke Yoshitake, we thought about what kind of 'me' we would build. Our parents came in to help build our 'mini me' robots and we all had great fun!


The children have access to a range of loose parts. These are items such as pine cones, buttons, stones, sticks, conkers, leaves, dried fruit, wooden slices, wooden or metal rings and many more. They can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, line up, taken apart and put together again in a different way. Through loose parts play, children are working on their focus and engagement, natural curiosity, collaborative work and engaging in conversation, creativity skills and developing higher levels of critical thinking and problem solving. 

The children have started their learning in phonics and have learnt many new sounds including s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g and o. They are beginning to blend the sounds for reading for words like sit, man and dog. 

There is a link to a video which shows you how to say each of the sounds. 


In maths the children have been learning about matching pairs, comparing the size of objects, comparing amounts of items up to 5 and have continued and created their own repeating patterns and finished the term off with making yummy fruit kebab repeating patterns! 


Autumn Walk


To finish off our first term, we went on our termly season walk. We walked into the village and across the road, into the field. We talked about the weather and looked all around us, making observations of the world around us. The children noticed that lots of leaves were changing colours and falling on the ground. We looked at the biggest tree in the field and talked about how it might change next time we visit. 

Welcome to Year R!

We have been busy settling into school and thinking about ourselves this term. The children have enjoyed learning in our classroom environment as well as exploring St Laurence Church. We have been learning to play games in P.E and taking these skills into our learning within the classroom. The children are enjoying learning their new sounds and continue to grow in confidence with this. We are excited about the year ahead and starting our Bapchild Journey!

News Letter Term 1

The Welcome Service 

Thank you to everyone who joined us at St Laurence Church to celebrate our new reception class either joining or continuing their journey as part of our Bapchild Family. 

Our First Few Weeks at School



We have been looking after our garden and planting flowers and a herb garden that we can care for this year!

The children enjoyed talking about the different colours and smells of our herb garden. 

Herb Garden