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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

We follow Jesus every day in all we do and all we say

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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

We follow Jesus every day in all we do and all we say

Reception - Oak

                                   Oak class

                Miss Robertson & Miss Ormonde



Our topic this half term is Things that go! we will be focusing on cars trains buses boats aeroplanes, hot air balloons, space and pirate ships. We will have our interest table where children can bring things linked to the topic to show their friends from home. Towards the end of the term we will celebrate by having a pirate party so get yourself ready by choosing what clothes to wear and making up a pirate name for yourself….we will let you know the date nearer the time.

We will welcome visits from the new children who are due to start school in September and your children will be great guides showing them around!

Our Religious Education topics this half term are Friends, Neighbours and Our world. We celebrated Pentecost by going to the church together, it was lovely to see so many parents. The children have really enjoyed taking the class prayer book home and we use their own prayers regularly in the week.
As a school we will celebrate our feast day on 29th June. Our end of year Mass is on 3rd July at 9.15am and you are all welcome. It is one of the few occasions we celebrate Mass together as a school so it would be lovely to see as many parents as possible.


                                                Dates for your diary

                                Sunday 23rd June Friends sports picnic

                                Monday 1st July Trip to Willows farm

                               Monday 8th July Parent-Teacher meetings 4.30-7-30pm

                               Wednesday 17th July Year 2 celebration performance 9.30am

                          Friday 19th July Last day of term for children, school ends 2pm

We will be working with Beebot ( a small programmable toy ) so we may ask if the children have simple remote controlled toys that they can bring in to show their friends....nothing too complicated please !!! We promise to take good care of them and will not have them in school for long. We will let you know when they can bring them in

We will continue to do shared reading everyday as well as individual and group reading for different groups each day. . This half term we will be working on the following big books :- To town, Grandpa Grandpa, I want my Mum!, Shark in the Park and The Wicked Pirates, so look forward to hearing all about them !

Please make sure that the children bring their bookbags and word packs to school everyday, even if you have not read with them overnight. The children have all done very well learning the words on their bookmarks. Please remember that you are invited to come into class to help your child change their books in the morning.
Please continue to work on the individual targets that are in their reading record books. We focus on these in class but it is good if they are practising at home as well. Please work on these together and encourage your child to add a smiley face to the ones they have mastered.

All the children will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas with their classmates and be supported to speak in full sentences, using as much interesting vocabulary as they can. We continue to do fun phonics activities everyday and there is a link at the bottom of the page if you would like some ideas of what you could do at home. We are working on phase three and four activities. The children have learnt the sounds that individual letters make. They are also blending these sounds together to read basic vowel- consonant (VC) and consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC)words and now consonant-consonant-vowel consonant (CCVC )and consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant (CVCC ). New tricky words will be introduced and added to new bookmarks soon. We will be reading more complex words using a variety of reading, phonics and decoding skills

The children will be given lots of opportunities to write and draw and we will encourage them to form all the letters correctly. Just as the children are using their knowledge of letter sounds to help them in reading they are also being encouraged to segment the sounds they hear in words to help them have a go at writing VC , CVC CCVC and CVCC words, as well as some more complex words they may want to try on their own. Please give them opportunities to use these skills with you at home. We have been focusing on finger spaces, capital letters and full stops, please encourage your children to use these when they work at home.

We will be doing daily problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities, encouraging the children to say and use numbers in the correct order. Copy and make their own repeating patterns. Making sets of different objects and discuss the methods they have used. We will begin to explore and talk about 3D shapes and their properties. We will continue to use basic addition and subtraction skills, combining groups and taking away from a given group. We will use many different ways to record this information and sometimes the children will choose how they want to record their work themselves. We will start to count in a larger variety of ways for example: in 2s, 5s and 10s. Starting from different numbers, counting forwards and backwards. We will continue to focus on the use of ordinal numbers in practical activities like races and whose turn games. Please use any opportunity to reinforce number recognition skills, counting and basic practical adding and taking away. We will also be working on sequencing events, basic weight and measuring activities. Looking at coins and money and ways to measure time.




In ICT the children have been doing lots of fun activities to support their literacy and numeracy skills as well as creative work. We will be using the programmable robot-beebot, and talking about giving, receiving and following instructions. We use a wide variety of websites in class including Busy things, phonics play, Top marks etc  The children are very skilled at navigating around games using a wide variety of skills. We will continue and extend this for the rest of the term.


We are going on our class trip to Willow Farm on Monday 1st July you will receive a letter shortly all about it please fill in the relevant details and send the money and permission slip back as soon as possible.......thank you in advance! We will need a few parent helpers so if you are available please let us know

We try to cook once a week, mostly on Fridays and would appreciate a weekly contribution of 50p to go towards covering the cost of ingredients. This can be placed in 'the world' money box on the cupboard next to the book corner. You have been very good helping us to finance buying ingredients throughout the year.  We hope you are enjoying the original recipes at the bottom of the page.

The children are provided with a piece of fresh fruit as a midmorning snack. Please help us to encourage them to eat this. Also we like children to have constant access to water. On their first day at school your child was given a water bottle to keep in class, please refill this daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school.

We love parents/friends helpers in school. All you have to do is fill in a basic police check form and receive clearance. Please see a member of staff if you are interested. If you have done this already and have a morning or afternoon please let us know so we can arrange a date.
There are also many jobs that can be done at home if you are unavailable during the school day, we always appreciate your help.

Please remember you can always talk to us after school or ring to arrange an appointment if you have any questions or issues you wish to discuss with us. Please do not worry about things at home....come in and have a chat!


Our assembly we did our assembly today we talked about our work on plants and acted out the story of The Enormous Potato it was fun!

Skipping workshop with Lizzie

Chocolate chip muffins. Today our cooks were Eloise, Eli, Lily, Casey and Kai. We made chocolate chip muffins, they are very easy to make and the children loved them You will need 200g margarine, 200g caster sugar, 200g SR flour 3 eggs, chocolate chips and a pinch of baking powder. Cream together the marg and sugar, beat one egg at a time and add to the mixture. Gradually add the flour and mix until soft and creamy. Put one generous spoonful of mixture in a cake case and scatter with chocolate chips. Cook in a medium oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Today we made chocolate raisin flapjacks. Our cooks were Levi, Lillian, Oli, Grace and Jack. They were easy to make and delicious. You need 150g Margarine, 4 tblsp syrup, 100g sugar, 250g rolled oats and 100g raisins, 100g chocolate chips. melt the Marg and syrup in a bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix. Turn out onto a greased baking tray and spread out evenly. Cook in a medium oven for 20 minutes leave to cool and cut into squares.

Easter story and Easter fun, we have been acting out the story of the first Easter. We had lots of fun on the last day of term with an Easter egg hunt and lots of treats.

Cheese straws- Today our cooks were Alexander, Dione, Max, Natatniel and Casey. They made yummy cheese straws, here is the recipe, You will need 200g plain flour, 100g butter/marg, 100g grated cheese, 2tblsp water, 2 egg yolks. Sift the flour, rub in the butter or marg' and cheese. beat the egg yolks, mix with the water and add gradually to the mixture. mix to a stiff pastry, knead lightly, roll out and cut into strips. Place on a greased baking tray and cook on 160 degrees for about 15 minutes...ENJOY!

Our assembly We enjoyed sharing work and songs about our ducks in assembly today.

Day 9 & 10 We have enjoyed watching our ducklings grow. They are very big now and really need more room to run and exercise than there is for them in the brooder. Farmer Ted is coming tomorrow to pick them them up and take them back to the farm. Today we enjoyed watching them have a little bath and swim.

Day 8- Today the ducklings had a little run around in the big blue tray and we all got to have a cuddle with one of them.

Day 5,6&7 The ducklings spent the weekend with Miss Robertson and enjoyed lots of exercise even jumping up on the heated part of the brooder, they are growing fast. Today at school we gave them their first swim in the water tray, at first they were a little scared but seemed to relax and enjoy it. We enjoyed watching them!

Red Nose day fun- We dressed up in red clothes, onesies and pyjamas today for red nose day. We collected money for comic relief, Oak class collected a massive £94 and won the prize for the class that collected the most money, thank you very much yet again for your generosity. We have had a great day playing games dancing and having fun. We also made suprise red nose cakes, our cooks were Mia, Iacopo, Kaien, Eloise and Eli. We used 200g S.R. flour, 200g butter, 200g caster sugar tsp baking powder glace cherries and 3 eggs. cream the butter and sugar together add the flour and eggs and the baking powder. Spoon into cake cases and place a glace cherry on the top of each cake, bake for 15-20 minutes at 190 degrees. as the cakes cook the cherries disappear into the cake hence the surprise when you bite into it!!!

Duck Diary Day 4- Unfortunately the last egg in the incubator did not hatch out of the egg and has died. We still have our four lovely ducklings in the brooder and they are very active, stretching their legs and wings and running around. They get tired very quickly and like to sleep in a ducky pile all cosy together. We are enjoying watching them and cannot wait to see them swim in our water tray next week.

Duck Diary Day 4- Unfortunately the last egg in the incubator did not hatch out of the egg and has died. We still have our four lovely ducklings in the brooder and they are very active, stretching their legs and wings and running around. They get tired very quickly and like to sleep in a ducky pile all cosy together. We are enjoying watching them and cannot wait to see them swim in our water tray next week. 1

Duck Diary -Day 3 Another duckling hatched last night so now we have 4 lovely ducklings.The new ones have been named Bobble, Chirpy and Sweetheart. They are in the brooder with Cutie Pie and are all enjoying drinking lots of water and tasting the duckling food.

Duck Diary Day 2 Last night one duckling hatched, this morning we put her in the brooder and choose the name Cutie Pie for her. She is very active and very noisy. We could see that 2 other eggs had big holes in the shell, so we watched them closely and just before lunch they both hatched. We left them in the incubator all afternoon to dry out. About one hour after home time another duckling cracked out of the shell. We have to choose names for these ducklings tomorrow.

Duck diary- day 1 Today farmer Ted arrived with the eggs for Oak and Chestnut classes. He brought us 5 eggs each, he set up the incubator and the brooder and got everything ready for us. He told us that 2 of the eggs already had little peck holes so we have been watching them carefully. We can hear the ducklings inside the eggs cheeping if we are very quiet.

Fantastic fun on World book day, we had lots of book characters in class today!

Pancake day. Today we all got to choose toppings to put on our pancakes. The favourite topping was chocolate spread, then jam and then syrup...some people chose two or three toppings...yummy!

Today our cooks were Grace, Iacopo, Max, Jack and Lillian they made pineapple buns. They were really delicious, here is the recipe for you to try at home; 1 227g can pineapple pieces in juice 50g Margarine,2 large eggs,100g caster sugar,175g self raising flour,1/2tsp baking powder,1tbsp milk. Drain the pineapple keeping the juice and some pieces for the top of the cakes. Chop the rest and put in a bowl and the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly ( we added more juice and not the milk) Divide between 12 cake cases and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees leave to cool and place the pineapple pieces on the top to decorate.

We saw a great production of Pinocchio today. Ten children were chosen to be part of the show, Lily had fun being an actor.

Taste experiment. Today we used our taste buds to explore lots of different flavours...we tasted grapes, olives, blueberries, chocolate chips, salt, sugar, sprinkles, lemon, lime and rocket leaves. Different people liked different tastes and a couple of people liked EVERYTHING!

Fun in the snow

Today we made lovely vegetable soup. Our cooks were Eloise, Kai, Nataniel,Eli and Mia, they had a lot of peeling and chopping to do...they did a very good job.Hot soup was just what we needed on a cold snowy day.

We acted out the story of Simeon and Anna meeting Jesus at the temple.

Gingerbread biscuits, Today our cooks were Iacopo, Levi, Grace,Lillian and Oli. You need 150g butter, 150g soft brown sugar, 500g plain flour, 1tsp ground ginger, 1tsp milk 1tblsp syrup and 1 beaten egg. Beat the sugar and butter together, stir in the sieved flour and spice, add the syrup and egg. Mix together adding the milk if need to make a ball of dough. Knead onto a floured surface, roll out and cut into whatever shapes you like ( we made fancy circles) bake for about 15 minutes on 150C/gas mark 3. They were delicious and we made enough to share with our friends in Ash class as they acted out the story of the gingerbread man in their assembly today!

Christmas party fun! We were busy this morning making chocolate rice crispy cakes for our party. In the afternoon we played games musical statues, keepy uppy balloon, pass the parcel and many more then we ate our lovely party food.

We had great fun being angels in the Christmas play, and today we were busy acting and singing our own version of the play in our classroom

Today our cooks were Nataniel, Lily, Max, Kaien and Eloise. We made Irish Soda bread and it turned out really well. You need 450g Plain flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 50g butter, 300ml buttermilk. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Sift the flour into a bowl, add the soda and salt then rub in the butter until it is like breadcrumbs. make a well in the middle of the mixture in the bowl and add the buttermilk. Mix to a scone like consistency then turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Shape into a round loaf and make a cut in a cross shape in the top. Place on a floured baking tray and cook for 30 minutes or until well risen and brown.

Today we made blueberry jam tarts. Our cooks were Mia, Iacopo, Lillian, Oli and Grace. First we rolled out our pastry and cut out tart shapes with a cutter. Then we washed the pastry with egg and put a spoonful of jam into each one. Then off to the oven...Yum Yum!

Today we made pitta bread pizza! Our fabulous cooks were Lily, Levi, Dione, Kaien and Jack

Today our cooks were Eli, Casey, Nataniel, Eloise and Alexander. They made chocolate chip flapjacks for everyone. You need 150g butter, 4tblsp syrup, 100g sugar, 250g rolled oats and chocolate chips. melt the butter and syrup together, add the dry ingredients mix together in a large bowl. Turn mixture out onto a greased baking tray and spread evenly. Cook in a medium oven for 30 minutes, leave to cool and cut into squares.

Today we made cheese scones, our cooks were Iacopo, Mia, Max, Lily and Oli You need 250g S.R Flour, 60g butter,40g Cheese 150ml milk. Mix the flour and butter, stir in the cheese then add the milk until you get a soft dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface, pat out until about 2cm thick then cut or shape into small scones. Place on a greased baking tray and bake for 15 minutes until golden

Diwali dance workshop, we had a great dance workshop with Donna. We learnt a dance for Diwali

Chocolate chip cakes, today our cooks were Levi, Dione, Kaien, Jack and Grace. The recipe is the same as our jammy cakes just add chocolate chips instead of jam!

We took baby Peter to be baptised, do you remember who you were in Peter's family?

Brightening the lives of others with Cafod. We had a great day today wearing our brightest clothes and raising money for the people of Indonesia. We raised a fabulous £195 in Oak class...Thank you very much for your support.

Ants on logs! Today we made healthy snacks using celery, carrots, tomatoes, raisins and cream cheese

Magic Jammy cakes- today our cooks Eli, Casey, Eloise, Lillian and Alexander made Magic jammy cakes for everyone. Here is what you need 200g of Flour, sugar, butter, jam and 3 eggs. cream the butter and sugar together, add the eggs and then the flour a little at a time. Put a spoonful of mixture into small cake cases and add a bit of jam.Cook for about 15 minutes on 190 degrees

Humpty Dumpty rice cakes, we used cream cheese tomatoes and cucumber to make a face

Making lovely playdough

Icing our Jack and Jill biscuits