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Year 5 and Reception Buddies Read Together!

As part of our ‘Book Week’, Reception and Year 5 decided to take up the opportunity to read with their ‘Buddies’ with a book of their choice. It is always a pleasure to see the Year 5’s supporting their buddies and working well together. Equally, it is great to see the Reception children interacting, focusing on their listening skills and learning how to cooperate.


The children are really enjoying playing in our Vets role play area.

They have been busy booking appointments, seeing and treating the animals and recording their findings on charts. They have also had to write lots of prescriptions for our poorly animals.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

We have been reading Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. The children have learnt to tell the story using actions, written about their favourite zoo animals and which animal they would send back to the zoo. They have also written a letter to the zoo asking for a pet of their choice. This prompted some children to write independent letters in the mark making area, asking the zoo for various different creatures for various reasons! Mason took his letters to the office so that Mrs Newton could post them for him - and the zoo wrote a letter back! They told us that some of their animals had escaped so we set about trying to help them by making posters of the escaped animals. Here are some of our posters - hopefully they'll work!

Kung Hei Fat Choi from Reception!

We had a great time celebrating Chinese New Year. We used our Primrose Lane Learner skills beforehand to enquire and reflect upon what we already knew about the festival, sharing the knowledge we had. We then looked at books and the internet to find out more.

We had a go at some Chinese dragon dancing and Chinese scarf dancing along with making lanterns and lucky red envelopes. We also tasted some Chinese food and attempted to use chopsticks! Here are some photos of us in action!

'Supertato' by Sue Hendra

After reading 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra, we were inspired to create our own fruit and vegetable superheroes! Now they've been made, we plan to write our own comics based on their adventures and enemies!

Here are some of our fantastic creations!

We had a great time at our Birds of Prey workshop!

We listened carefully to the information, all felt brave enough to stroke the Barn Owl and some of us held him too!

Different Ways of Making 10

We have been learning about different ways of making 10. We explored this using ten frames, numicon, painting, drawing, lego and even numbered ice creams to fit in with the children's interests. Here are some of our findings!


Reception did a wonderful job of performing as the Caretaker's Mice at our Nativity performance. They did so well to remember all of the songs and should be very proud of themselves!


The children have been working really hard on trying out different ways of finding one more and one less than a given number! We have been using compare bears, unifix cubes, Numicon, number lines and lots of other items to help us solve the problems!

We celebrated Diwali in Reception!

The children arrived at school for a fun filled day of celebrations. They made some mehndi patterns on hand shaped paper, designed rangoli patterns outside using chalk and they even had a go at doing some traditional Indian dancing.

We tasted lots of Indian food such as samosas, korma curry, rice, onion bhajis, pakoras, naan bread and poppadoms - these were our favourite!

We had a great time at our Enjoy-a-ball taster session this week! We played lots of different games to keep us active - and we even had to catch the rainbow! The children are really looking forward to seeing Sian when we have some more time together in our upcoming PE lessons and can't wait to find out which other games she has up her sleeve!


Reception really enjoyed their skipping workshop with Jodi. We played the train game and took it in turns to run through the tunnel! Darcie and Elliot were fantastic leaders and Elizabeth amazed us all with some solo skipping on the rope!

In Reception, we have been learning everything there is to know about the numbers 1 , 2 and 3! The children have been searching for numbers in the classroom, finding ways to represent a number and investigating different ways of creating a number using Numicon and other practical resources.


We have also been singing lots of number songs and using mathematical graphics to represent them. This picture is the children singing ‘5 Little Monkeys’ - a line is drawn to show each monkey falling off the bed. The children have learnt different ways of making 5 by counting how many monkeys are on the bed and how many monkeys have fallen off as they know the total will always be 5!

Reception and Year 5 Buddies!

This week, Reception welcomed their ‘Year 5 Buddies’ to their classroom for the first time. Now Reception children have settled into Primrose Lane school life, our wonderful Year 5 children offer a generous, helping hand to settle them in further. This is one of the responsibilities expected by a Year 5 child at the beginning of the year, which they always look forward to! In WORKING TOGETHER, they become better people. Year 5 become role models, leaders and supportive of their new younger friends. The Reception learn lots of skills and behaviours from their role models, but teach Year 5 about empathy, tolerance and patience, just by being their lovely selves!

The role of the Year 5 child is important to make their Reception Buddy feel comfortable, learn how to make new friends, play, feel safe and become more independent. They have got to know each other this week, eaten together and played together outside. As you can see, the Year 5 children model how to behave in the dining area when eating at school, as well as support their Buddies with cutting food and their manners. Reception children and staff would like to thank Year 5 for being such fantastic buddies, the effort and care are really appreciated! We are sure these relationships will continue to blossom over the coming year.

Esme – ‘I’ve liked it when we’ve played together’
Daniel – ‘Me and Harry have enjoyed playing a running game’
Celia – ‘My buddy is really nice to me and she helped me up when I fell down’
Jacob – ‘I enjoy having our buddies, as we help younger children feel confident outside. Also, it gives us more responsibility’
Ben – ‘Buddies are a good way to improve the younger children’s skills with out help’
Sam D – ‘Buddies are great training for when you grow up and look after children yourself’.
We have had a fantastic start to Reception!

The children have settled in wonderfully and are really looking forward to meeting the other 'half' of the class next week, when we will all attend for full days! Here are just a few of the exciting things that we have done.