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Mrs McDonnell (Class Teacher & Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs Groves (Teaching Assistant)

Reception Class have adopted the British Value of 'Helpfulness'.
Throughout this Reception year, we will be looking for ways in which
we can be helpful to each other in school and at home.


In Reception Class, we like to have lots of fun whilst we learn.
Our class motto is: 'We try to be kind and helpful to others'.
We aim for every child to feel happy and safe in school.
We like good behaviour, good manners and kindness.

We hope your child enjoys their Reception year at St. Gregory's
Best wishes,
Mrs McDonnell & Mrs Groves

Taking part in our Annual Sports Day...

Visit from author, Sally-Ann Tapia-Bowes...enjoying her stories!

Come and See (Other Faith Week) Learning about Judaism with Mr Cohen

Narnia Experience visit

World Book Day 2017

Pancake Tuesday...

Visit from Beth Tweddle

Wheelie Wednesdays...Having fun coming to school on our bikes and scooters...

Panto Time!!

We all enjoyed performing our 'Lights, Camel, Action!' Nativity Play...

Having fun 'Tinsel bombing' our playground!

Our visit to St. Gregory's Church in Lydiate

Acting out a baptism in our 'Welcome' topic for Come and see work

We found a winter home in our school grounds for 'Harry the hedgehog' to hibernate...

An Autumn walk in our beautiful school grounds...

Stay and Read with parents and grandparents

Harvest Celebration! Thank you for all your food donations for the Nugent Care society

Welcome Assembly September 2016

First day at school...

Starting School

We know how it feels to send your child off to school for the first time. Here is a poem you might like to read...

Dear Teacher 

I know you're rather busy. First day back, there's just no time
A whole new class of little ones. And this one here is mine

I'm sure you have things covered. And have done this lots before
But my boy is very little. He hasn't long turned four 

In his uniform this morning. He looked so tall and steady
But now beside your great big school. I’m not quite sure he’s ready

Do you help them eat their lunch? Are you quick to soothe their fears?
And if he falls and hurts his knee. Will someone dry his tears?

And what if no-one plays with him? What if someone’s mean?
What if two kids have a fight, And he’s caught in between?

You’re right, I have to leave now. It’s time for him to go
I’m sure he’ll learn so much from you. Things that I don’t know

Yes, I’m sure they settle quickly...That he’s fine now without me
I know he has to go to school. It’s just so fast, you see

It seems like just a blink ago. I first held him in my arms
It’s been my job to love, to teach. To keep him safe from harm

So, when I wave goodbye in a moment. And he turns to walk inside 
Forgive me if I crumple into tears of loss and pride

I know as I give him one more kiss...And watch him walk away, 
That he’ll never again be wholly mine...As he was before today.

Teacher's response to parent:

Dear Parent,

I understand that you are scared to wave your child goodbye
and leave him in a teacher’s hands...don’t worry if you cry!

I’m used to weeping parents. It’s hard to leave I know. 
But it’s time to share him (just a bit). To help him learn and grow.

Let me reassure you...That I’ll give your child my best
I’ll wipe his tears, soothe his fears ...And change his dirty vest!

If your darling child is full of cold, I’ll blow their nose all day
Just like you, I’ll care for them in a special way.

I’ll treat him like I would my own. I’ll catch him from a fall and
If there is ANY problem, I’ll be sure to tell you all.

It’s true he’ll grow to love us. They’ll talk of school a lot
It doesn’t mean they hate you, And that you should lose the plot!

I’ll tell you a secret..That when your child is here
They talk to me as much of you, Of this please have no fear.

You’ll always be their mother, Whilst teachers come and go
To them you are their number one...This I truly know.

Soon you’ll see some changes In your little girl or boy
They’ll become more independent  And to see this, it’s a joy!

I’ll teach them all I have to give...To share, climb and to write
But to you they safely will return, To tuck them in at night.

With love from the teacher…

Enjoying our lunch in the Hall...

When our Year 6 buddies were in Reception class!

We enjoyed painting portraits of ourselves...

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