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Category Archives: Reception

Welcome to Jonah – our Reader-in-Residence!

At St Lawrence’s we are passionate about Reading.  We recognise the importance of developing children’s word-reading skills and comprehension, but also their love of books and reading.

This year we are thrilled to be working in partnership with Seven Stories – the National Centre for Children’s Books.  . They have placed a member of staff into our school (every week for a full academic year) who will work mainly with Early Years but also our whole school community to encourage a story sharing culture with high quality books, resources and creative activities.

Our Reader-in Residence – Jonah – began working with our Reception children this week and was immediately a huge hit!   

A Reader in residence programme has four core aims:

  1. Create a story sharing culture with the whole school community.
  2. Encourage and excite diverse groups of children, young people, parents and staff.
  3. Provide a consistently rich experience of high quality children’s literature, for pleasure, to support children and families to achieve their potential.
  4. Create inclusive shared experiences through creativity.

Sports Day 2019

Today EYFS and KS1 joined together to take part in an exciting sports carousel. We worked together in teams to complete a number of challenges. At the end we all had a well deserved ice lolly! Years 1 and 2 enjoyed some competitive races, some children even won medals! What a great morning! Continue Reading

Thornton Moor Farm

The Reception children went on an adventure to a farm in the middle of Northumberland today. It was a long journey but worth it for the experience the children got of the countryside and of a real working farm. The day was filled with new experiences: collecting pine cones and other interesting things in the… Continue Reading

Chinese New Year

We have had an exciting week learning about Chinese New Year. We went to Chinatown to sketch the Chinese Arch; we visited a Chinese Supermarket and then tried some Chinese food back in school. Today we have found out more about the celebration. We retold the story of the Chinese Zodiac and dressed up as… Continue Reading

Story Party

Elena came to school last week and held a ‘Story Party’ for us based on 2 books – Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and ‘Pick a Pine Tree’ by Patricia Toht. During the party she read the stories, played games with the children related to the stories and brought the stories to life through her… Continue Reading