Reception Class - September 2021
Please find links below to all our learning letters for the academic year 2021-2022. These contain important information on topics we are covering in class and PE days.
KIRF's (Key Instant Recall Facts)
KIRF’s are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work we complete in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.
Thursday 14th July
Wednesday 13th July
Tuesday 12th July
Today our destination was Mexico on the continent of South America. Of course, we were keen to sample the food. We dipped breadsticks into Guacamole and tried delicious churros as a sweet treat while we wore a sombrero.
We also heard about the festival The Day of the Dead where a huge carnival takes place in the capital, Mexico City. You might have heard of The Day of the Dead in the film Coco. Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is a two day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honour their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favourite foods and drinks of the one being honoured. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations!
The children made masks to join in the carnival.
We had a visit from an Indian drummer who also taught us some Bollywood dancing. Noisy..................but FUN!
Monday 11th July
Our passports are ready and we're off! Around the world in 4 and a half days - the whole school! First stop the continent of Asia and we were visiting Japan. We listened to calming, traditional Japanese music while we painted the snow capped Mount Fuji surrounded by cherry blossom.
There was many a little tongue stuck out in concentration as we tried some origami too, the Japanese art of paper folding making cats and rabbits.
For relaxation we also tries some Tai Chi a Chinese martial art consisting of sequences of very slow controlled movements. Tai Chi helps to improve balance and is thought to improve sleep quality.
Friday 8th July
There were some amazing smells coming out of Reception Class this morning as we had a go at making our own natural perfumes and aftershaves. We scoured the gardens for the freshest smelling herbs and flowers and we went for it.
The children enjoyed using their senses and choosing their favourite smells from the collection of herbs including lavender, mint, tarragon and sage and also the petals of roses, sweet peas, delphiniums and poppies.
Afterwards, they made a label for the bottles with a list of ingredients.
Tuesday 28th June
Our Amazing Class Trip to Bring Yer Wellies!
What a great day we had at Bring Yer Wellies in Hoghton, on our class trip.
The weather stayed fine and Reception Class were a credit to the school with their wonderful behaviour and lovely manners - well done children. We had so much packed into our day.......... where to start?
We met Melissa, Nigel, Fergus and their horses, we played on a beach, learnt about Mother Nature and how wonderful she is, went on a smelly herb walk, planted two herb plants of our own to bring home, recycled the leftovers from our lunch, did a bit of pond dipping, took part in some team races and finished the day with a spot of den building! We'll sleep tonight!
The indoor beach.
Planting our spearmint and oregano herbs.
A walk through the sweet smelling herb garden.
We had a go at some pond dipping too.
We still had the energy to run some races......
........ and build some super dens.
The children were excited to write about their trip.
Friday 10th June
The revamp of our shed into a new "Literacy Shed" has been a great success. It is another area for the children to show off their reading and writing skills. We have comfy beanbags to sit on, inside or outside with a good selection of books to read. There is also a writing desk inside and clipboards for writing on the move....the children are loving it.
Thursday 9th June
Our new roleplay area is up and running, the children are already styling, colouring and cutting hair. The prices are very reasonable and the staff are really friendly. You can have a cup of tea and a magazine while your hair is being styled.
So, if you need a trim, a perm or your roots doing.....you know where we are.
Friday 27th May
Platinum Jubilee Picnic
Wednesday 25th May
As we continue to enjoy our Vets and Pets topic this half term, we took advantage of a dry afternoon to hold our annual Dog Agility Challenge. We talked about how dogs can be trained to do clever things on command like sit, lie down, shake a paw or even roll over.
We watched some very clever canines competing at CRUFTS, the children couldn't believe their eyes at what a well trained dog can do and how quickly they found their way around the course with the help of their owner.
The children were instantly up for the challenge! They found a friend and agreed who would be the dog and who would be the owner. Then we created an agility course for the dogs to follow, and interviewed them just like at Crufts. They were amazing!
Can you spot your dog in the photos below?
Monday 23rd May
Thank you to Charlotte from Oakmount Vets who made time in her busy day to visit our class, and talk to us about the animals who are treated at Oakmount. From hedgehogs with their heads stuck in cups, to swans who crash land on the towpath instead of in the canal, Charlotte and her colleagues have seen it all. She brought in lots of interesting things to look at from dog shampoo and toothbrushes to cat jumpers and enormous toys for birds.
The children listened beautifully to our visitor and couldn't wait to tell Charlotte all about their own pets.
Friday 20th May
Our cocoons finally hatched earlier this week and we are now the proud carers of five beautiful butterflies! After observing them for a few days, and completing our caterpillar diaries it was time to let them go in our outdoor area. We got some great photographs before they flew away , you can even see the proboscis tube in some of the photos - the butterfly uses this to feed.
Bye bye butterflies.
Thursday 19th May
Bonnie came to school
As our theme this half term is Vets and Pets, Mrs Rowan kindly brought her dog, Bonnie, to school this morning. Bonnie is such a friendly, wall behaved girl - she is welcome back any time.
Mrs Rowan explained how she had trained Bonnie when she was a puppy and that is why she is such a good girl. Mrs Rowan told the children about how she takes care of Bonnie. She showed us how she brushes Bonnie's teeth with a special liver flavoured toothpaste and she showed us how she keeps Bonnie's fur nice by brushing it with a special brush. Lots of fur came off Bonnie when Mrs Rowan brushed her. She explained that Bonnie still has her winter fur at the moment but it is starting to fall out now ready for the warmer weather.
Bonnie also showed us some tricks; she can shake a paw, turn in a circle, roll over and even ring a bell!
Monday 9th May
What an exciting week we have had in Reception. The arrival of our eggs has caused great excitement in class as we keep our eyes peeled on the incubator for signs of cracking. We can't wait to meet out baby chicks!
OOhhhh! It's so exciting..............it's happening! If we are really quiet we can even hear the chicks cheeping inside their eggs.
They are hatching in our classroom. We have one yellow chick and another who is trying to hatch.
Over the weekend Mrs Crosbie took the eggs and chicks home and more hatched, so now we have four! The children have enjoyed watching their antics during the day and this afternoon they were very sensible and held them carefully - it was wonderful!
In other news.............. caterpillars have been eating and eating and eating. they got so big and fat and have vow changes into cocoons. We are awaiting out first butterflies any day now.
Monday 25th April
We have been waiting for our live caterpillars to arrive for a while and today was the day. The children were surprised by just how tiny they were, they really are small. We will enjoy watching them grow over the coming days as they eat the food at the bottom of the jar and begin to get bigger.
Our Topic for this half term is Pets and Vets.
Our new Vets role play area is up and running and the children are making the most of it.
We've had a lot of poorly pets through the doors already, but rest assured they are being well taken care of by the "staff".
Friday 1st April
Pirate Day was a big hit in Reception Class, thank you for taking the time to get the children dressed up - there were some epic beards and moustaches!
The children made pirate pendants and took part in a treasure hunt in our garden area.
Here are some photos of our beautiful Easter Gardens and Lent Crosses - well done children!
Friday 18th March
Any dress up day is always fun in Reception Class but a Superhero dress up day is SUPER fun!
Thank you for helping the children with their costumes and for your donations to Comic Relief, we will pass them on.
Here are a few photos of our little Superheroes.
Monday 14th March
Author visit - Sean Perkins in class!
What a treat for Reception Class today! A real author in our class reading his new book to us, Oscar and Ben. Sean was very funny and kept the children entertained with his tales of two mischievous cats - we even sang a song together!
Thank you for taking the time to help the children with costumes for our World Book Day celebrations. As ever, they looked fantastic and super memories were made. Here are a few photos.
Children's Healthy Minds Week
We have had a busy final week in school this week. To mark Healthy Minds Week we read the story of The Ugly Duckling and spent time thinking about how the Duckling changed into a beautiful swan by the end of the story. I asked the children how they thought they had changed and grown over their time in school. They gave some thoughtful answers.
What could be better for our inner peace and well being than an afternoon at a spa? We set the stage with an abundance of fluffy towels, calming meditative music, cucumber slices and essential oils; the children were certainly relaxed by the end of our pamper afternoon where they experienced a lovely hand massage, a relaxing foot bath (everyone's favourite) and a relaxing rest under a warm blanket.
One of the boys asked "Can we do this every afternoon?" I think they had a lovely time.
Our completed model castles - we are so proud!
Monday 7th February
Thank you to Mrs Chadwick who kindly sent some strawberry plants into Reception Class. The children enjoyed helping to plant them and we are keeping a close eye on them, looking for signs of growth.
Thursday 3rd February
You could have heard a pin drop in the classroom this afternoon as the children began making their model castles with a partner. Many a tiny tongue was poked out and wiggled about as the children set to work. They had a look at their plans from last week and collected everything they needed - we can't wait to see the finished results!
Tuesday 1st February - Chinese New Year
We couldn't let the Year of the Tiger begin without a celebration in Reception Class. The children are always enthusiastic about their learning and today was no exception. Everyone had a taste of some Chow Mein in our pop up Chinese Restaurant and everyone loved it! The children ate with chopsticks and even though we had forks at the ready (just in case) we did not need them.
We even tried some Chinese maths, writing numbers in mandarin.
We made our own Chinese dragon and took part in a noisy dragon dance to bring us good luck. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China's culture, and they are believed to bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon is in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community.
We made a Chinese Dragon of our own to take home.
Wednesday 26th February
After our visit to Skipton Castle the children have been busy designing their own castles with a friend, they have been so inspired. We are planning to turn the designs into a model castle next week. We used photos and books of castles to help us remember their features.
Here we are in the design stage where there was lots of discussion and great vocabulary used.
Monday 17th January
The scientist was right. When we arrived at school this morning there was indeed a large nest with a huge green egg inside! We're going to have a baby dragon! The children are so excited.
We had a long discussion about what a baby dragon might need. Nappies? Bottles? A dummy? Professor Clarke told us that baby dragons only eat foods beginning with "ch" and they will only drink hot drinks. We need to get ready.
Friday 14th January
We've had a reply from the laboratory! You won't believe it.
Monday 10th January
What a shock the children had this morning when they arrived in the playground and found an enormous ..........poo! Mrs Crosbie had carefully cordoned off the area to avoid any messy accidents but where had it come from?
We noticed some large red footprints too. It was all very strange.
The children were full of ideas. Was it a dog? Too big. Was it a giraffe? I've never seen one in Burnley before. It was indeed a mystery. Luckily, Mrs Crosbie has a friend who is a scientist so she carefully took a small sample of the poo and has sent it to the laboratory to find out what animal it has come from. Watch this space.......
In the meantime Reception class wrote about this shocking news for the Burnley Express.
Thursday 2nd December
Our new Santa's Workshop role play area is proving extremely popular with the children................or should I say the elves. They have been so busy helping Santa to get ready for Christmas. Making toys, painting toys, wrapping them and writing name tags.
Friday 12th November
Seeds and Gardeners Tea Party
Oh the excitement! This afternoon was the first Seeds and Gardeners Tea Party and the children were so pleased to welcome their gardeners into class. They had put their all into the preparations; sending invitations, making welcome banners and decorating a cup and plate for their special guest.
The children helped to make the classroom look lovely by adding tablecloths to our tables and arranging the treats onto plates.
When our guests arrived everything was ready. The children did a great job of welcoming their gardeners and looking after them.
Well done Reception!
We are working hard to write our letters with the correct formation. The video below shows the correct formation that we practise at CTK.
Thursday 4th November - The Hindu Festival of Diwali
One way Diwali is celebrated is by making Rangoli patterns at the entrance to your home. The patterns are brightly coloured they welcome visitors and bring them good luck. The children made their own Rangoli patterns using paper and chalk.
During times of celebration like weddings or Diwali, Hindus often use mehndi (henna) to paint beautiful patterns on their hands and arms. It is thought to bring good luck! We watched a video of some mehndi being applied and them we had a go ourselves.
Monday 18th October
Black History Month
Monday 4th October
How lucky were we this morning? The rain stayed away and we had beautiful, bright sunshine for our autumn walk, it was perfect. We talked about what the signs of autumn were before we left class, so the children were well prepared and keen.
The children enjoyed looking for signs that the season is changing. Later, back in class we had a closer look at what we had found and did some drawings too.
All that searching is thirsty work so we took advantage of the nice weather and had our snack and a hot chocolate in the outdoor classroom while Mrs Crosbie read us a story.
In our RE lesson this week we have been talking about Baptism, and how when we are baptised we become part of God's family. We baptised a dolly with children pretending to be the mummy and the daddy and everyone else was a guest at this special celebration.
Mrs Crosbie showed us what happens when a baby is baptised. A priest will pour Holy Water on the baby’s head and say these special words.
“I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
We shared photos of the children's baptisms and then the children re-enacted a baptism in their play.
Thursday 30th September
Seeds and Gardeners
We had special visitors in Reception class, last week. It was our wonderful Year 6 children who came to be partnered with a reception child for our Seeds and Gardeners initiative. Every year each reception child (the seed) is given a special friend from Year 6 (their gardener) who will help them to grow by being a good role model and encouraging them to do their best. The new friends sit together in assemblies and spend a little time together each week. Their first meeting was a great success - they got on like a house on fire.
We made Apple Crumble in class.
What could be better now that the weather is turning than a lovely taste of homemade apple crumble...mmm? We picked the apples from our apple trees and the children set to work chopping apples, crumbling crumble and tucking in.
Well done Reception!
Everyone had a taste.
Keeping Healthy, Being Active
Tuesday 21st September
If you notice the children are especially tired tonight, it might be because they've been to the gym! We have been talking in class about how we can keep ourselves healthy and how being active and moving is really important. Our hearts beat faster and we can start panting and breathing faster when we are active.
The children were very enthusiastic at the gym. We did lots of different exercises including jogging on the spot, press ups and star jumps. We also finished off with some yoga stretches and some deep breathing meditation. Finally we made sure we drank some water to keep us hydrated.
We felt great afterwards, in our bodies and our minds.
Running on the spot.
Relax and breathe deeply.
Have a drink - you deserve it!
Our Reading Journey
The children have brought home their new reading records and letter/sound cards; these are so you can practise at home and keep up with what they are learning in class. We appreciate it if you can write a quick comment each time you practise with them.
Please keep these things in their school bags and then they can be updated when necessary. There are instructions in the book but I've also added a short video clip below, which demonstrates how the sounds should be pronounced.
How we say our sounds in Reception.
We use the Jolly Phonics songs, with action to help us remember out sounds.
Thank you for sending all your empty cereal boxes into school, the children have enjoyed creating their own model houses and telling us all about where they live. There were a great many tongues poking out in concentration as it involved a lot of cutting and practising those scissor skills.
Reception Class were proud of their completed houses............more to follow.
This week we have been reading
by Anthony Browne
The story is about a little boy called Billy who worries about everything; he worried about hats, shoes , clouds and rain! His grandma gives him some worry dolls to put under his pillow and worry for him - it changes everything.
The children made their own worry dolls.
Our second group of children arrived, looking smart in their new uniforms, and now that we have met everyone I can reveal..................it's official.................we are in for a great year!
Here are a few photos of what the children got up to today.
The children collected their lunches on a tray and sat to eat in the hall.
See you all on Monday.
I can't believe the first day is over so fast, it went in a blur! We loved meeting our first group of children face to face - they were delightful. It is my favourite time of the year as we spend time getting to know their personalities and helping them to settle quickly into our school family.
Here are a few photos of what we got up to today.
We ate our dinner in the hall. Mrs Crosbie said we were all good eaters.
In the afternoon we did some painting to make our classroom look fancy.
We also spent lots of time exploring outdoors.
We look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday children.
Hello Parents/Carers and Children!
Now your child is starting their school journey we would like to give you a little information about life in the Reception Class. The class teacher is Mrs. Crosbie and I am supported by Mrs. Rowan and Mrs Sudall. We are looking forward to teaching your child and working in partnership with you to support your child’s learning.
Throughout the year we will plan activities based on themes. Some of last year’s themes for example were; Pirates, Knights and Castles and Vets and Pets. In addition to this we will plan activities based upon the children’s interests to optimise their learning across all areas of the curriculum.
This term we will be studying the three themes of Domestic Church (Family), Baptism and Confirmation (Belonging) and Advent and Christmas (Loving). Each class will approach the themes through different topics. The children will also spend a week studying Judaism.
Please click here for further information.
Your child will have lots of opportunity for physical play in our outdoor area. We also have timetabled PE sessions and Receptions PE day will be Wednesday. Since the start of the pandemic, children in Reception and KS1 have come to school wearing their PE kits. This has proved highly successful as more time is now spent taking part in PE activities.
Please remember to label your child’s school uniform, shoes, water bottles and PE kit. I am sure you can appreciate the problems we face when the children take off their jumpers/cardigans at the same time!
Milk and Fruit Time
We are fortunate to belong to the National Fruit Scheme which provides free fruit and vegetables for our infant children. The children enjoy this snack and a drink of milk in the morning. If your child does not like the fruit provided by school they are encouraged to bring in their own fruit from home. If you have not signed up for your child to have milk you can do so here. Milk is free until they turn 5. When they turn 5 milk is chargeable. The cost is approximately £7 per half term. If you are eligible for Pupil Premium/FSM school will pay for your child’s milk.
We do have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies. People who suffer from nut allergies can develop a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction. If someone has a nut allergy it is not just eating nuts that can cause a severe reaction, just being touched on the skin or smelling the breath of someone who has had nuts or a product containing nuts can trigger anaphylactic shock (which can cause breathing and swallowing difficulties). Therefore, we cannot have nuts in school in any form – we are a nut free school. Please could we ask all parents/carers to check that there are no nuts or food with traces of nuts in school lunch boxes.
- Peanut butter sandwiches
- Granola bars
- Cereal bars
- Cakes and biscuits containing nuts
This list is not exhaustive, so please check the packaging of products closely. If you would like to check products with the school, please do not hesitate to contact the school to make an appointment. We appreciate your support in keeping all of our children safe.
Water bottles (with sport caps), labelled with your child’s name are encouraged in school. These can be brought to school each day and the children have access to these throughout the day.
Home Time Routine
The Reception Class children will leave school via the door in the Reception Classroom. We ask that parents stand in the Reception Class outside area at home time. To ensure the safety of the children we will send them out to their parents/guardians one at a time when we have seen that their parent/guardian is on the yard ready to collect them. This can take a little bit of time, so please be patient with us.
Have a lovely Summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September!
We have a three-week cycle for meals, with three options each day. In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, your child is entitled for Universal Free School Meals.
Please login to Scopay (see below) and sit down with your child to choose their lunch options from 2nd September up to October half term.
**PLEASE NOTE** DUE TO YOUR CHILD NOT BEING IN A CLASS AT THE PRESENT TIME IT WILL LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE TO PAY £2.30 FOR EACH MEAL ON THEIR ACCOUNT – PLEASE IGNORE ANY CHARGES & DO NOT PAY. Once the children have been ADMITTED to school in September the Universal Free School Meal will put all their meals to zero cost.
Nut Free School
We are a Nut-free school, we do not allow nuts or nut products in school lunch boxes.
If your child has any allergies, please contact the office and we will send you the allergen information.
Please download the app today and search for Christ the King, Burnley, using our postcode BB11 4RB. The app will provide you with the most up-to-date information on Christ the King. We encourage all parents to download the app, as well as extended family members who collect your child. I have attached a troubleshooting guide
App features include:
• School send regularly ‘Notices’ out relating to school and/or your child’s class.
• News feed, receive the latest school news stories direct to your device.
• Calendar view, to quickly see the latest events.
• Newsletters downloaded direct to your device.
• Alerts about important issues, such as school closures.
• Links to useful websites selected by the school.
We're in the process of updating this app, and new features will be available in September, so stay tuned.
Scopay is our online payment and reservation system. An email will be sent to you shortly that contains a "link code" that will allow you to set up and access your child's account. If you share childcare with another parent/guardian, both parents can have separate login accounts; please let us know and we will send another link code to get a second login.
There is an App you can download on your phone which allows you book lunches and sessions. - Find out more here
Help Guides - Click here
Parent Information - Click here
Breakfast & After School Club Provision (CTK Stay & Play)
- Breakfast club opens from 7.45 am – 9.00 am. Breakfast is provided, and this is £3.00 per session
- After-school club runs from 3.15pm – 5.45pm. A small snack is provided, and this is £6.00 per session.
- We have the capacity for 30 children in each club.
- Sessions can be booked online via Scopay.
- Sessions should be paid in advance to guarantee your place. Please let us know in advance if you need to cancel a session, otherwise, you will be charged. We do not charge if your child is off school ill.
- We accept all Childcare vouchers, Tax-free childcare, and the Childcare Grant Payment Service (CCGPS). Contact the office if you need further information
SIMS Parent Lite App
All our contact details must be up to date within our school management system should we need to get hold of you in an emergency. You can give us as many contact numbers as you need to. We also ask for a minimum of three contacts and ask you to prioritise them. E.g. Priority 1 could be mum, Priority 2 could be a family member, grandparent/aunt, etc, Priority 3 could be Dad as he doesn’t work locally. In September, we will invite you via email to sign up to SIMS Parent Lite App which is a data collection tool for you to check that all details we hold are the most up to date. If there are any changes you can submit them to us to approve on our main system.