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Welcome to St. Bede - Year R 2021

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  Welcome to our Reception Page! 


Our Reception unit consists of 2 classes:


Butterfly Class:  Mrs Christine Jaurigue with Mrs Emma Hayes   


Ladybird Class:  Mrs Tanya Smith and Mrs Wendy Birch with Miss Tanya Alborough and Mrs Dalia Pathak

Both classes have a spacious learning environment with all areas of continuous provision available. 

Our learning is fun and varied following the EYFS Curriculum.

Whilst children have separate classrooms, ordinarily, both classes would share the creative area and outdoor classroom.  This has enabled the children from both classes to mix, and in addition there is free flow between classes during Discovery Time.

Due to Covid19, we are currently operating as 2 separate bubbles, doing our best to ensure the safety of all children and staff.  

At the very bottom of the page you will find some links to useful learning resources and activities.

Father Cliff visited us a while ago, and brought with him his special clothes


We were lucky to have had a visit from Father Cliff, who came to show us his special clothes that he wears in his role as Father in our local church, St Bartholomew's, and also when he used to visit us for our school worships. The visit was arranged when our RE focus was all about special clothes and their importance, so this visit helped hugely in our understanding of the special clothes that Father Cliff wears as part of his work and faith.


We listened carefully, and were all surprised at how many different clothes he needs! We learned lots of new vocabulary - about his clerical collar, cassock, surplice, stole and preaching scarf! We loved learning about the different stoles and the emblems and signs on them, which all represent different things. Have a look at the photos to see if you can guess when he might wear certain items of clothing?


Thank you Father Cliff for helping us deepen our understanding of special clothes and why we wear them.

When we visited the Life Bus


Having been very curious about the strange bus that appeared one Monday morning, both classes had the opportunity to enter the Life Bus, and experienced a great 45 minutes, with lots of learning and participation involved. The children learned all about how the food we eat gets into our blood, and what our heart and other vital organs do for us. We learned where they are located in the body and enjoyed fixing them into the velcro skeleton body suit!


We heard all about the importance of exercise, and thought about other ways to keep ourselves healthy and clean, such as washing our hands, having a wash and brushing our teeth. We met Harold the Giraffe, and had a great time checking that he had the right things in his wash bag for a sleepover with his grand parents. Finally we considered ways to keep ourselves happy, if we ever feel a bit sad and helped Gerald on his sleepover, as he missed his parents. We are happy to report that we succeeded in cheering him up with our thoughtful and appropriate ideas!


Many thanks to the Life Bus staff - we had a great time!

A Trip to the Theatre Royal!


We walked to The Theatre Royal in Winchester, to watch a very clever production called 'Tiddler and Friends', Each class participated in a workshop, arranged by the theatre, which took place in our school hall. Following this, we returned to the the theatre in the afternoon, and continued our efforts, working towards going onto the stage to learn a song and a dance which we then proudly performed to our parents and carers at the end of the day. We had a fantastic time, and enjoyed being on the same stage that we had seen only a couple of days earlier.

Learning about Sharing


We thought about sharing, and how to make sure that a quantity is shared fairly and equally. We decided to give 1 each to all the 'plates' so everyone had the same, and keep repeating until all the original amount has gone. We found that this method always worked! We call it the 'one for me, one for you' way. We then discovered that if there are lots of items to be shared, we can be more generous, and it is quicker to try to give 2 each time, or even 3, to begin with until the quantity is smaller, and then it is better to return to one each. Great thinking and explaining everyone!

Planting Beans


Several of us planted at least 1 bean, and carefully looked after them all, to help them grow. We wondered what kind of plants they will grow into, and also how tall they might be! We waited to see signs of growth, and saw some beans sprouting, We had to remember to be gentle when tending to our new plants.

Andy Goldsworthy Art


We learned all about the artist Andy Goldsworthy, who creates beautiful sculptures out of natural materials. After discussing some of his work, and looking closely at what he had used and how he had arranged the materials, we created our own art using his style as inspiration.


Take a look at some of our work below - we enjoyed deciding where to carefully place the natural objects we used to create these unique sculptures and art work.

Our Easter Egg Competition Entries


Each year all of the children in the whole school are invited to be creative and to decorate an egg in any way they like, with the only rule being that the whole creation be no bigger than a shoe box. From year to year, the entries get more creative, inventive and egg-stravagant, and we certainly look forward to seeing the new entries.


Please have a look at our YR entries - we think they are fantastic!  Which eggs do you think will get 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize?

People Who Help Us (1)


Butterfly class were very lucky to have Mrs Johnes in class who spoke very knowledgeably about what her job entails, and also brought some interesting props with her as she told us all about inside the human body. We were fascinated! Thank you very much Mrs Johnes for  giving up your valuable time to come and help us learn.

People Who Help Us (2)


Here Mrs Feeley who used to work in our school office came in and spoke to us about her job and the important work that she does to keep the school going. We were all surprised to hear that she does over 100 different things to keep everything running smoothly, and one of these things is very dear to our hearts - getting the lunch number correct so we can all get the right dinner! We usually do, so THANK YOU MRS FEELEY!

People Who Help Us (3)


During our topic of People Who Help Us, a police officer came into school. We listened very attentively to CPSO Fletcher, who told us facts about the police, and how they help us in so many ways, not just the catching of 'baddies' that we all knew about. We also took note of some  important safety messages such as Stranger Danger. We enjoyed his visit tremendously, and were very excited to be able to go inside a patrol car, and also to try on various pieces of police equipment. This visit inspired the children to write police reports, create jails, wear disguises and even do some burglar maths subtractions.

When Sleeping Beauty Came to our School


We had a real treat when a touring production of Sleeping Beauty came to St Bede, and along with Years 1 and 2, we had a fabulous time experiencing live theatre in a very familiar setting. We sang along, we laughed, we were surprised, we were a little bit frightened, we boo'd and hissed, and generally had a great time. Even two of our YR staff had an unexpected role within the show, joining in wholeheartedly. Thank you to the HSA for arranging this - it was SO much fun!

WELL DONE, to ALL Our New YR Children!


We are delighted to welcome into St Bede our 60 new YR children, who are a fantastic group. They have settled in extremely well and we have had lots of smiling, giggling and laughing over these first few weeks. Even though some of the children have not been to pre-school with any of the others, all the children have been making friends and have been very busy with a whole host of enjoyable and fun activities. As a staff team, we are thrilled that the transition from pre-school (or home) to school is going so well and that the children already feel very comfortable to share information and show us what they know and can do.


We would also like to thank all our parents for giving us time on a home visit, so we can get to know your child as well as possible. This really does make a huge difference, so THANK YOU.

Ideas for activities/support

In order to assist your child with key skills, here are some ideas which will help support them:



  • Practice dressing and undressing, especially buttons, zips, shoelaces, socks/tights and jumpers.
  • Share stories regularly, including books that your children are now starting to read to you. Point  out 'tricky' words such as the, said and help your child to become familiar with such words.
  • Practice using a knife and fork for cutting.
  • Use ICT at home, especially using the mouse on a computer (if you have access to one).
  • Encourage independence by getting your child to remember all the things they need to take to and bring home from school, without you needing to remind them.
  • Practising all toileting needs
  • Taking time to take turns and share



St Bede Phonics Meeting for Parents Presentation

Ruth Miskin Taught Letter Order and Ditties




We enjoyed Multicultural Week!

There are always plenty of activities happening in school, but during Multicultural week in particular we have even more going on than usual! Early Years  had lots of fun, exciting and different activities to take part in.


We had a day learning about India, and experienced an Indian Dance workshop, wonderfully led by Bridget Lawrence and her Bollywood-acting husband Surendra Singh, who has appeared in many Bollywood films. We learned a Bollywood dance based on the Teddy Bears' Picnic, called Ta Ra Rum Pum Teddy Bears' Picnic. This was a lot of fun, and there was plenty of excellent listening and dancing going on, and not just from the children....the staff got fully involved too!


If you are interested in finding out more about Surendra and the workshops he runs, please click on the link below:


We also created Rangoli patterns using dried pasta and legumes, and devised our own Mehndi hand patterns.


We learned about Africa, and enjoyed an African drumming session - it felt like Africa too in the lovely heat we have that week! The children listened wonderfully and loved learning songs and drumming to the African beat. The sound each class made was fantastic, and this was a brilliant way for the children to play an instrument en-masse, something that they had not experienced until now. We borrowed a few of the drums and took them outside, where several children continued creating wonderful rhythms. We also used watercolours to create an African-inspired background for some silhouette work, as well as learning all about some of the wonderful African animals that roam the continent.


We were treated to a Spanish class from a Spanish speaking parent. Both classes also took part in an aborigine emu dance, which we completed outside in the Bedery, and we studied aborigine patterns.


We had a day in the Caribbean where we learned about Anansi the Spider, and enjoyed a steel pan concert where we also discovered interesting facts about steel pans. Did you know they were invented in Trinidad and Tobago, or that the deeper the skirts (the sides), the deeper the sound they make? Each note is tuned by hand, and the price of a steel pan varies up to about £2,000!  We also had great fun in a Caribbean dance workshop, where we learned a routine and also practised our limbo skills.


Finally - a day of celebration where everyone dressed up in items of national dress, or simply bright and colourful clothing. Parents from our community set up stalls showcasing their own culture, and in the afternoon, parents were welcomed into school to see for themselves the range of activities their child has taken part in throughout the week,


Please enjoy looking at these photos that give a flavour of this week's proceedings.


Our Outdoor Learning at St Bede


Our outside area is always available to the children in EYFS. Outdoor learning has many benefits to children, and some of these are detailed below for your information:


  • Learning outside supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
  • •Learning outside gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
  • •Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and life cycles.
  • Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
  • An outdoor environment provides children with space, both upwards and outwards, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy, and to develop their physical capabilities.
  • An outdoor environment offers space, and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.
  • For many children, playing outdoors at their early years setting may be the only opportunity they have to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations.


An outdoor space is essential to the healthy development of our youngest  pupils, and we try to use this as much as possible.


Here are a few pictures showing the diversity of outdoor learning that goes on in our outdoor classroom.

World Book Day

Although we do concentrate on developing reading every day at St Bede as it is such a crucial life skill, we had a super-charged fun-packed day today to help us celebrate books and reading even further! We arrived at school dressed up as a book character of our choice, and we all looked FANTASTIC!! Year R led the whole school Parade round the playground in front of all the parents to start the day, and then the rest of the day was filled with activities all relating to books and our characters. We wrote about our characters, we danced and moved as our characters in PE, we drew our characters, we shared books about our characters, we described our characters and why we had chosen them. At the end of the day we got together with Millais class who came to share books with us, and this was a huge success. Thank you to Millais class for coming to spend time with us - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Thank you to all our parents and carers who sorted out costumes, they really helped the day go with a swing.


Below are a few photos to give a flavour of our day - take a look!

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