Reception Class Diary

The Reception year is a springboard into learning and securing the skills that a child will use and need throughout the rest of their life. We aim to teach in a creative way to engage, challenge and motivate the children. It is from here that each child will hopefully develop lively and enquiring minds in preparation for Key Stage 1

Keep checking back here for updates on Reception's progression throughout the current term  


Date What did Reception do and what did they learn? Say Cheese!!!
3rd July 2017 The children in Reception and Pre-Reception have had lots of fun this term learning about Minibeasts.  For their end of year party  the children invited their friends in Year 1 and 2 to an amazing Ugly Bug Ball party . Everyone was asked to make a healthy snack in the style of insects.
These were very impressive . From ladybirds and beetles to butterflies and grasshoppers. All of the food designs were very creative, delicious and (best of all) healthy! Frank even brought us some real worms and crickets for our very own 'bush tucker challenge'.
The children voted for the most creative looking snack .
The winning dishes were made by Kishore, Elis,  Osten and Frank .
19th June 2017

On Friday 16th June 2017 the St Christopher's School community came together to celebrate VE Day. Children arrived at school in a variety of 1940s era costumes from returning evacuees to military personnel. Year 4 children podded fresh peas in preparation for a special lunch WW2 luncheon prepared by Mrs Baker and Mrs Wallace. At 2pm the real festivities started. Throughout the weeks leading up to VE Day pupils had been practicing celebratory performances to present to their peers and parents. On the day pupils delivered excellent renditions of the following songs and readings. EYFS Performed our national anthem  'God Save the Queen' 

8th June 2017

We held a whole school election. Pupils learnt about democracy and our election process whilst creating their own party and campaigining for overall power at St Christopher's School. The Superhero Party won the election!

The Golden Party Manifesto:

On-Site Dentist

Swimming Pool

Guards on the Door

Binoculars for all the Teachers

The Superhero Party Manifesto:

Rabbits and Crabs on the Playground

The Ghostbusters Theme to be Played at School

Rainbow Tablecloths in the Canteen

Everyone to Dress as Superheroes

The Golden Party LogoThe Superhero Party Logo
24th May 2017 Reception enjoyed a fantastic drama workshop with the excellent Ian Crosher from Kic Theatre. Our topic today was 'Behaviour' and the children enjoyed a specialist workshop  based on the theme 'Feelings, Friends and Emotions'  to complement classroom work during PSHE. Pupils were encouraged to explore the  theme through various practical dramatic exercises.  Kic Theatre Company Logo
23rd May 2017 EYFS took part in a whole day of 'Big Top Circus Training' with the inimitable Bindlesticks Theatre Company. Pupils tried their hands (and feet!) at circus acts including spinning plates and stilts to improve the childrens physical development and coordination. A thoroughly enjoyable day. St. Christopher's Pupils on StiltsSt. Christopher's Pupil with Spinning Plates
22nd May 2017 The children in EYFS had a magical time at Druidstone park today. They fed the vast array of animals at the park as well as taking part in a fairy tale story walk as part of their topic on Jack and the Beanstalk. They hunted high and low to see if they could find the giant!  St. Christopher's Pupils at Druidstone Park
11th May 2017

Pupils in EYFS enjoyed a fantastic visit to the 90 year old Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Visiting as part of their topic on the History of Transport, pupils arrived at Hythe Station by coach. Boarding our reserved carriages pupils experienced a fantastic journey aboard the aptly named 'Hurricane' to Dymchurch on the famous steam train.

Once in Dymchurch, the driver kindly allowed pupils into the front of the train and even allowed them to 'toot' the trains whistle - announcing our arrival to the Dymchurch locals. Children made their way to the beach where they savoured a picnic (complete with the fabulous seaviews on offer) before making their way to the play park prior to their return journey.

A most excellent trip which pupils responded brilliantly to. Their behaviour, it is worth mentioning, was exemplary!

St. Christopher's Pupils at the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch RailwayA Train from the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
5th May 2017 The children have been finding out how naughty Jack from the beanstalk story can be. This week Jack snuck into our classroom early in the morning before we came to school. He made a terrible mess and stole the 'giant's golden eggs.  The poor little chicken was found hiding under the desk .
Every day this week the children have been using their numbers skills to find out how many more eggs had gone missing.
A Messy Classroom After Jack from the Beanstalk Snuck InThe Crime Scene Marked After Jack and the Beanstalk Snuck In
27th April 2017

 Reception joined the whole school in welcoming Table Tennis star Darius Knight visited St Christopher's School. Darius is currently playing for England on the ITTF World Pro Tour Circuit and counts European Youth Champion, Youth Olympic Champion, British Men's Champion and a member of Team GB for London 2012 amongst his accolades. He is therefore well placed to come to St Christopher's to deliver a professional circuit training workout to the whole school in addition to holding a whole school assembly to talk about how he came into sport and his ongoing success as a professional sports star.‚Äč

The presentation from Darius was excellent, focusing on the idea that we all have a talent but invariably it is hard work and practice that allows us to reach our goals. Do something you have a passion for and work hard and you can achieve anything. A good example of this theme is featured in a book by Matthew Syed entitled 'Bounce'.

Darius came to our school as we aim to raise funds for our own sporting endeavours including extra play equipment to get our pupils active. This was done by pupils being sponsored by their families to take part in the circuit training and we thank parents and extended families for being so generous. Not only do we hope the morning as a whole was beneficial, but we hope the money raised will keep the children active in the days, weeks and months ahead as they make use of the additional resources. 

Table Tennis star Darius Knight and the Pupils
26th April 2017 This week we have been planting vegetable seeds in pots including Parsnips, Cabbage and Sprouts. We also built a Wigwam in our Secret Garden at school.  Pupils and Teachers Planting VegetablesSt. Christopher's Pupil Holding Their Plant Pot