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Nursery and Reception

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Healthy Eating Week 28th September - 4th October
We have had lots of fun learning about why it is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Children made fruit kebabs and tried carrot, pepper and cucumber batons with hummus and cheese dips! They also made sandwiches using wholemeal bread. Children learnt about the Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, best known for creating imaginative portraits using fruit and vegetables! Children created their own portraits in the style of Arcimboldo. πŸπŸ’πŸ‡πŸ“πŸ
1/10/20 Poetry Day
We have been learning the song ‘ What a Wonderful World’ sung by Louis Armstrong. Children talked about what beautiful things God has created for us to enjoy. They have created beautiful artwork and we have worked together to create a  class poem describing God’s Wonderful World.
Recycling Week 

This week Nursery and Reception have been learning about what it means to ‘recycle’. We looked at recycling symbols on packaging and learnt about the different materials that can be recycled - glass, cardboard, plastic,paper, metal. We read lots of stories about the effect of plastic pollution on God’s Creatures and environment. Children made a handprint on a world template to represent how they can leave a positive mark to help combat pollution. We watched ‘A Whale’s Tale’ on YouTube- Under the sea a whale tries to help the smaller creatures who are struggling with plastic waste. On land a young boy seeks help to clear the sea in his area. But neither the boy nor the whale can succeed on their own. This reinforced the need to work together. Happy Recycling everyone. 🌎

A Whale's Tale | Hope Works

A whale helps smaller sea creatures who are trapped in plastic waste. On land a young boy seeks support to clear the sea in his area. Fishermen come to his a...

Only One You
We  have had lots of fun exploring our topic ‘Only One You’. We’ve been creating self portraits using paints and also exploring ‘transient art’ portraits by arranging both natural and every day objects to create a face. 
As part of our mindful sessions, we have been reading the book ‘What a Wonderful World’ whilst listening to the words being sung by Louis Armstrong. We have been using our sense of sight to say thank you to God for all the beautiful things that we can see. Children have created some fanatstic art work and also Louis Armstrong portraits. As we talked about jazz music, a child talked about Bob Marley which his uncle likes to listen to. This led beautifully to creating our class mindful song ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley. We’ve been talking about sharing our problems and working together to help and support each other. ❀️

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds (Video for Kids by Noggin)

11/09/20 Roald Dahl Day 
Today children enjoyed dressing up in character to help raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.  They all looked wonderful and we had fun using the Green Screen app to superimpose our pictures onto a chosen background! We also enjoyed reading ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ 🐊
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01/03/20 St David’s Day
On Friday, we enjoyed learning all about St. David's Day. We located Wales on a map and looked at a Welsh flag, talking about how the red dragon is a symbol of Wales. Children also used their senses to explore and paint daffodils and we talked about how they are a popular emblem of a Wales, especially on St David's Day.  We are all looking forward to baking welsh cakes for our snack tomorrow!

25/02/20 Pancake Day

Following on from reading 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' by Jan Fearnley, children helped to write a list of ingredients to make our own pancakes. At lunch, I went to the shop and bought all the items on the list then we talked about how we would make the pancakes. The following day, children followed  instructions to each make their own pancake mixture before watching as it was transferred into the pan and cooked on the stove. We talked about safety in the kitchen- washing our hands before touching food/ after handling raw egg, handling utensils safely and the dangers of a hot stove ensuring only adults use the cooker and we must not touch. Children enjoyed watching as their pancake was tossed in the pan. Children practised tossing a 'playdough' pancake. Children then chose a topping for their pancake and enjoyed eating it for snack!

14/02/20 Maths Stay and Play 
Today we enjoyed working with family members to join in Maths activities around the classroom. We explored different aspects in Maths such as counting out using 1:1 correspondence,  matching and identifying numerals, making and describing shapes, creating patterns and using the part whole method to explore number facts. A big thank you to everyone who attended. We will be having more sessions in the near future.

10/02/20 Star Constellations 

Today we enjoyed making star constellations using marshmallows and cocktail sticks. We learnt how star maps are made of the brightest stars and the patterns that they make carry names and take the shape of hunters, princesses, objects and mythical beasts associated with Greek mythology.

27/01/20 Mindful Monday
Today Nursery and Reception focused on how to calm  down. We talked about situations when our heart starts pounding or our minds feel too busy. One way to calm down is by 'dragon breathing'- breathe in deep through our nose, hold it for a few seconds, then release a hot fiery breath from our mouths. Children enjoyed creating their own 'dragon breathers' to help with this breathing technique.

27/01/20 Chinese New Year 
Today Nursery and Reception had a special visitor who talked about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Children enjoyed asking questions about decorations, food and the symbolism behind the 'Dragon' and Year of the 'Rat'. We found out the the Rat was clever, tricking the Ox into giving him a ride across the river! Children enjoyed making Rat crafts, dragon models and also enjoyed some delicious noodles cooked by our visitor!

Space Jumping 
Children enjoyed using a trampoline to practise their space jumping! We measured how high we could jump. The highest jump was 173cm! πŸš€


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23/01/20 Space Party
We had a wonderful time at our Space themed party! We danced, sang, played games and enjoyed a party snack together! Children enjoyed presenting rockets they had made at home. We also helped our ‘alien’ friends learn about planet Earth and talked about what it meant to be ‘healthy’. What a fun morning we had!

16/01/20 Science Experiment 
Today we had a great time making our own ‘Moon Craters’. First, we watched internet clips of asteroid explosions on the moon. Then we made our own  ‘moon’ by mixing cornflour and baby oil into a tray before levelling it out to create a smooth surface. Children stood by the tray and dropped their chosen pebble or ball into the mixture. We noticed that the bigger the pebble, the greater the impact and indentation. Some children chose a light ball which made a light impression. Some children stood on a chair to drop their pebble. We noticed that the higher the drop, the greater the impact and deeper the crater. πŸŒŸπŸš€


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10/01/20 Space Topic
This week we started a new topic all about ‘Space’. We have been reading the story ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. Just like Baby Bear, we decided to visit the Moon! We put on our space suits, jumped in our rocket and counted back from 5 to BLAST OFF into Space! On arrival we had fun walking and jumping on the moon! The moon has less pull from gravity than the earth because it is smaller. We found we could jump six times higher on the moon than on the earth! We can’t wait to learn more about the moon next week. The children have already thought of questions to explore including ‘Why does the Moon have craters? ‘. πŸš€

Zoom to the Moon

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Merry Christmas 


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22/11/19 Owl Visit 
To complement our Nocturnal topic and focus text 'Owl Babies', children had an extremely informative visit from Hawksrus Birds Of Prey. Gareth taught the children about the different Owl species and we found out lots of interesting facts! We learnt what they eat and how they hunt for their food at night time. Gareth let one of the owls fly over our heads so that we could see its wings and feathers. Did you know that owls with dark eyes are nocturnal while owls with yellow eyes are diurnal and hunt during the day? We also stroked and held Kermit- a Tawny Frogmouth Owl!

Eagle Owl

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22/11/19 Hinduism
We have been learning about Hinduism and how this religion originated in India. We located India on a map and welcomed a special visitor who talked to the children about their time living in India. She showed us photographs of the Taj Mahal and let the children explore Indian money- rupees. We discovered that £1 is worth about the same as 100 rupees! We also shared our knowledge of Diwali- 'festival of lights'. Our visitor prepared an Indian feast similar to some foods eaten during Diwali celebrations. Children enjoyed sampling poppadoms, chutney and mint dips, korma sauce, masala sauce, balti sauce and onion bhajis! The children enjoyed experiencing all the different spices and flavours. A big thank for such an informative and tasty visit!

14/11/19 Toasting Marshmallows 

Today we set up a campfire with the necessary fire safety equipment. We talked about how fire is a light source and how it is used for warmth and cooking on. We also talked about how if fire is not respected or treated with care it can cause injuries such as burns and damage the natural environment. We also discussed what things you need to make a fire such as sticks and twigs. We felt the warmth from the fire as we toasted some delicious marshmallows and ate them as we watched the flames flicker. We enjoyed singing some songs and reading 'Kipper's Monster' by Mick Inkpen. On return to class, we warmed up by drinking some hot chocolate! What an exciting start to the day. 


14/11/19 Day and Night topic
Nursery and Reception have been learning about nocturnal animals. Today we welcomed parents to talk to the children about their nocturnal pet snake. 🐍
Children asked lots of questions and enjoyed learning about the different species of snakes, what they eat and how they shed their skin! We felt it's scaly skin and were mesmerised by how long it actually was when not curled up!
11/11/19 Mindful Monday Workshop
Nursery and Reception enjoyed sharing mindful activities with family members. The world is an increasingly busy place and can often seem overwhelming. The ability to step back from this busyness and create calm, reflective spaces in our lives is beneficial to our mental health and wellbeing. We talked about focusing on the present and enjoying the 'moment'. We practised our mindful breathing and took part in activities encouraging us to use our senses, helping us to connect with the present moment and develop awareness.

Remembrance Day

Nursery and Reception watched 'Poppies', a CBeebies animation, which was followed by a one minute silence. Children worked together to make a wreath in remembrance of all the soldiers and families affected by war. 
'We have a poppy wreath,
As red as red can be,
To show that we remember
Those who fought to make us free.'

7/11/19 Church Visit
Nursery and Reception went to church to meet Father Jino. We sang Father our 'welcome' song and gave him a gift to say thank you. Father taught the children about the different parts of the church. He also talked about Baptism and showed us the Baptismal Font. Children were in awe of the beautiful interior of the church and talked about the stained glass windows. A big thank you to Father Jino for a wonderful visit.

Praying in Church

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Bonfire Night Safety

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Today we learnt a song to highlight the dangers associated with bonfires, fireworks and sparklers.
Nursery and Reception have been thinking of ways to relax and enjoy the 'moment'. One of the children had an excellent idea as they talked to their friends at the dinner table- "Cucumber on your eyes helps you to sit back and relax." We played some relaxing music, lay back and placed the soothing cucumber on our eyes. What a fabulous idea and a lovely relaxing way to start an afternoon session!

23/10/19 Parents as Partners- Baking Cakes

Today we were extremely lucky to have one of our talented parents share her baking talents with the children. Children helped to make ‘Spooky’ cakes linked to our key texts this week. They helped to measure and mix the ingredients and learn about the different utensils used in the process. Children spooned the mixture into cake cases and then used coloured icing to create their own cake topper. What a fun morning we all had! A BIG THANK YOU to our talented parent for sharing her skills. 🧁

23/10/19 Harvest Celebration 

Children from Foundation and KS1 have been taking part in a sponsored Harvest 'Sing Song' to raise money for CAFOD- helping to Brighten Up the lives of children around the world living in poverty. We joined together to perform our Harvest Celebration for family members whilst also celebrating our whole school collection of food donations. All year groups have been collecting food for our local South Sefton food bank who will distribute it to those who require a helping hand within the local area. Children from all year groups accessorised their uniform with something bright in support of CAFOD and we all came together for a whole school photograph as our food donation was collected.


A BIG THANK you for all your support with our fundraising and food collection. πŸ’•

Harvest Celebration

Autumn Mindfulness

Children mindfully walked in our wooded area which helped to calm the mind and body whilst also providing good exercise. We stood still and took three deep breaths and talked about the beauty of nature around us. Children took time to notice the detail in the natural objects they found- colour, texture, smell. 
As a next step, we used the natural objects we collected to create ‘Lanterns’ using plastic milk jugs. This would be a great reminder of our nature walk whilst also reinforcing recycling and caring for the environment. We went on to using  our lanterns as a part of a reflective session, talking about how they felt on our Autumn walk and how the objects collected made them feel. 

16/10/19 Parent Phonics Workshop


On Wednesday, family members learnt all about how we teach phonics and early reading skills. We talked about the different stages of reading development and activities to help learning at home. What a fun morning we all had! 

Read Write Inc Information

07/10/19 Parents as Partners- Football Fun

Today we were extremely lucky to have one of our parents work with the children to develop their football skills. The children listened carefully and were able to practise simple dribbling skills before scoring several goals! 

03/10/19 Under the Sea

Children have been using the iPads to learn about sea creatures! We have been using the internet to search for images of our favourite sea creatures then using the app 'Chatterpix' to add a 'mouth' and speech! Children had fun adding 'eyes' and 'moustaches' to their creatures and recording facts that they had learnt. We then used their work to create an interactive 'Under the Sea' simple fact sheet using the app ‘ThingLink’. 

24/09/19 Mindful Monday- Calm down bottles

Today we made our own ‘calm down’ bottles using warm water, clear glue and glitter. We talked about our emotions and compared swirling glitter to what happens in our heads when we are upset, mad, angry and anxious. The thoughts swirling about are all mixed up, moving around quickly in and out of our mind. Breathing slowly helps us to calm our thoughts, focusing our mind only on the glitter as it slows and settles, like our thoughts. 


20/09/19 Visit from the Ice-Cream Man 

Today Nursery and Reception had a visit from a local ice cream man. Children rushed to the door as they heard the jingle as Alex drove into the car park! We all had an ice-cream and sampled some delicious toppings too! Alex came into our own 'Ice Cream' role play area where we asked him questions which the children had prepared earlier in the week.  Alex told us about the different types of ice-creams and lolly ices that he sells and other items that you can purchase on his van. He talked about the most popular toppings and where he goes to sell ice-creams. Alex then took on the role as a customer and we sold him some of our ice-creams! What a lovely end to a fun week! 🍦

19/09/19 Seaside Adventure

Today we created a mini 'Seaside' adventure! We began by singing 'Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!' Children took their socks and shoes off and explored sand trays and a paddling pool in the lovely sunshine. We used a selection of buckets and spades to build sandcastles and bury our feet! Children talked about how the sand felt between their fingers and toes. Then they went 'paddling' in the sea and used nets to catch sea creatures! What a beautiful morning we had!

16/09/19 Mindful Monday- Cloud Watching

Today we took time to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty by ‘cloud watching’. We took blankets and lay on our backs. We are learning how to relax and enjoy the ‘moment’, using our senses to enjoy the beautiful world around us. Children talked about what the clouds looked like- fluffy, white, like ‘cotton wool’. They also used their imagination saying some looked like a ‘dinosaur’, ‘dragon’ and ‘tree’! We also used our cuddly toys as ‘breathing buddies’ to practise breathing deeply. We finished our mindful session by sharing snack together. 

13/09/19 Roald Dahl Day Cake Sale

Thank you for such a successful cake sale- we raised £90.05 for ‘Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity’. This money funds Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurses in communities across the UK which provide expert care and support to children with serious illnesses. 

THANK YOU for all your support. ♥️

13/09/19 Roald Dahl Day 

 We have been busy all week creating work based around the story 'The Enormous Crocodile'. Children used a variety of collage materials to make art work of the different characters as well as exploring colour mixing. Today children created a 3D model of the 'Enormous Crocodile' and used them whilst singing our rhyme of the week 'Row, Row, Row your Boat'. What a fun week of learning we have had ending with a fabulous dress up day with so many wonderful outfits!

9/09/19 Mindful Monday 

Today children practised ‘Balloon Breathing’ which helps to calm the mind and relax whilst helping to focus attention so you can enjoy the moment! Children sat with legs crossed and hands on their stomach. Children breathed in through their nose and noticed their stomach getting bigger like a balloon blowing up! They then slowly breathed out through their mouth noticing how their stomach got smaller like a balloon deflating. We used the video below to aid this breathing technique. 



Relaxed Breathing Training, Version B

This video, designed to help pace breathing at a rate that helps calm the mind and body.

Play Dough Meditation

After practising our 'Balloon Breathing', we played calming music and gave each child a ball of play dough. Children described how the dough felt- was it warm or cold? They described the colour and moved it from hand to hand. They then squeezed, rolled and made shapes with their dough, thinking carefully about how it felt in their hands. We finished the meditation by taking three balloon breaths. What a relaxing way to start the afternoon!

17/07/19 Visit from the Fire Service

Children had an exciting morning meeting our local Firefighters and learning all about the special uniform they wear and equipment they use. They were delighted to be able to try on helmets and also climb aboard to see inside the fire engine for themselves! The fun continued as the children eagerly queued up to have a chance to turn on a real fire hose! 


At Our Lady Queen of Peace, we pride ourselves on providing playful learning and this was a perfect opportunity to teach about fire safety in a fun and interactive way. A huge thank you to all the fire crew for visiting today and providing such a rich experience for our children and staff too! 

Fire Engine Model

Children enjoyed showing the Firefighters our own Fire Engine project which has taken over a week to build and paint. Children used boxes, glue and masking tape to construct then paint a wonderful model which has been used during role play activities. 

4/07/19 Den Building

Children and family members had a lovely morning building dens together in our wooded area. We used pegs and string to join blankets and sheets to tree branches whilst also creating dens using chairs and tables. Children shared books and enjoyed snack in their cosy hideouts! What a lovely morning exploring outdoor learning. 

6/03/19 Spanish Day πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

Children had an ‘increíble’ time learning about ‘Spain’ thanks to our parent governor who taught us how to count to ten and say some basic greetings including ‘good morning’- buenos días, ‘hello’- hola and ‘goodbye’- adiós. We talked about Spanish culture and learnt some basic ‘Flamenco’ moves in the hall with another family member sharing her talents with the children! We listened to some Spanish music whilst eating ‘churros’ for snack. Children made Spanish flags and fans as well as working together to break a piñata! What an amazing day we all had! We would like to say a BIG ‘Gracias’ to our family members who help to support and enhance children’s learning by sharing their talents. 

10/02/19 Chinese New Year

Children have had a lovely week learning all about Chinese New Year. On Monday, we welcomed our special visitor Frendy, who talked to the children about how New Year is celebrated and he also cooked us some delicious noodles for snack! He had fun exploring our Chinese Restaurant and serving 'noodles' in our water tray. On Thursday our fabulous cook served the children a delicious Chinese banquet. 

28/02/19 Maths Workshop

Nursery and Reception children enjoyed sharing Maths games with family members. We talked about how we teach maths and ideas to help support learning at home.


30/11/18 Phonics Workshop


Nursery and Reception children enjoyed playing phonic games alongside family members. We talked about the different stages of reading development and activities to help learning at home. 

RWI Speed Sounds Set 1

This video is aimed to help you understand what each of the sounds in Set 1 sound like.

Phonics Song 2 (new ZED version)

This is a phonics song with a picture for each letter. It is designed to help children learn the letter names and sounds in the English alphabet. This song was written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Video by KidsTV123.

9/10/18 Nursery and Reception meet our local PCSOs


Nursery and Reception enjoyed a visit from our local Police Community Support Officers, Chelsea and Liam. They came to investigate a ‘missing’ cake but luckily the culprit had left lots of clues for us to investigate. Chelsea and Liam helped the children to carefully collect the evidence. All the clues pointed to our Caretaker who was interviewed by the children.  The evidence and cream smeared on his t-shirt and face led to his guilty conviction! 



Chelsea and Liam talked to the children about how they work to help children and adults stay safe in our local community. Children enjoyed sharing their own thoughts about the role of Police Officers: “Police help you when you’re lost!” “They walk all around and keep us safe!”


Children learnt about the special clothes that Police wear and got to try on the different hats and items of clothing. 


Children also had the opportunity to explore the Police van and sit in the Prisoner cell! Some children even sat in the drivers seat! We all covered our ears as they put on the sirens and  blue lights. 


A few of the children were so inspired they shared their ambitions to enter the force themselves! “When I grow up I want to be a Police man too!”

25/09/18 Dough Disco Workshop 


Children and parents had lots of fun following instructions to make their own ‘no-cook’ play dough! We then went through a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children’s fine motor and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem. We practised these exercises to the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams! 

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