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Sun Safety in Reception

Now the weather is (hopefully!) warming up please can we ask that your child has a sun hat, drinks bottle (water only please!) and wearing sunscreen which has been applied before arrival to school in the morning.

Children may bring in their own sunscreen to reapply during the school day. We ask that your child is able to apply this to themselves. The ‘roller’ type sunscreens have been recommended to us and are particularly good for smaller hands – thank you very much to Millie’s mum for the recommendation.


In the days ahead we will be spending lots of time outside practising for our upcoming sports day next week. Therefore the above is really important.

Thank you for your support with this.

Reception Team.

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Reception Make Sushi

This morning has been a very exciting morning in Reception class. Our topic this term has been ‘Japan,’ We have enjoyed a lovely visit from Toby’s parents , Maurice and Tomika , who very kindly came in to make sushi with the children.

Tomika and Maurice gave a demonstration to the whole class showing us how to make the sushi first of all. They used seaweed, which Maurice told the children was called ‘nori’ in Japanese. We next used specially made sticky sushi rice that had rice wine vinegar added to it . The children had to get messy here and use their fingers to spread out the sticky rice on to the nori. Lastly we added some cucumber strips. Maurice and Tomika explained to the children that you can use all sorts of different ingredients in sushi making ; fish, vegetables and eggs were just a few. The children then split into smaller groups to work with Toby’s parents making their very own sushi. The children were so engrossed when it came to rolling the sushi in the special rolling mat. All of the children liked touching the sticky rice which got absolutely everywhere! The finishing touch was cutting the sushi rolls with Tomika’s special Japanese knife which Maurice explained was extremely sharp to cut the sushi.

We have had a splendid morning with Tomika and Maurice. They have provided the children with a wonderful experience which we are very grateful to them both for. Parents and carers, if you are lucky enough , you may get to sample some of the sushi your child has made . We cannnot promise though as many children devoured theirs straight after making!

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Reception – Future artists in the making!

Yesterday morning the children arrived with a flurry of excitement in readiness for our trip to Martin Kinnear’s Art School located at Tattersett Business Park. Upon arrival the children and adults were warmly met where refreshments of squash, crisps and an array of biscuits was kindly laid on for us. This caused huge delight amongst the children and we hadn’t even began our art journey yet!

While the children sat happily we met Martin along with his fantastic team at the Art School who made us feel so welcome throughout our visit.

Once biscuits and crisps were munched the children made their way into the huge art studio . The children gathered to sit round the art bench where we were all shown a short Clip about Vincent Van Gough . After this we met Bryony, a resident artist at the school, who told the children she wanted to be an artist at the tender age of just four. Instantly the children were engaged !

Bryony demonstrated to the children how to mix colours and how she could paint anything that popped into her imagination. In this instance it was a space planet and stars that she splattered all over the canvas. The children loved the way Bryony encouraged them to really let go and just have fun. This was Martin’s emphasis throughout the morning – art should be fun!

The children were then let lose to go and find their very own easel and blank canvas where they could choose their own colours in preparation to create their masterpieces.

The children began and were absolutely engrossed. It was lovely to watch them all . We saw many different painting techniques; splattering, sponging , letting paints drip! The children knew no boundaries !

When all masterpieces were complete and our artists were happy with their work, the children were treated to an exhibition of their artwork. Each child received a certificate for their art before the grand finale of watching Martin create his own version of Van  Gogh’s famous  sunflowers. Martin is obviously a talent and a pleasure to see him in action.

The children and staff had a thoroughly fantastic visit to the Art School and would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Martin and his fantastic team. The children have been inspired!