It has been another very busy week in Reception!  On Monday, we started our new topic of ‘Superheroes’.  Our text for this week was ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra which tells the story of a super potato, who saves his vegetable friends from an evil pea who has escaped from the freezer.  This story was to be the basis of other activities through the week.

Tuesday, was of course, Shrove Tuesday and so the children worked in groups with Mrs Pearson and Miss Doran to make pancakes.  Firstly, the children learned about why ‘pancake day’ got its name and how this linked to the church’s season of Lent.  A brilliant time was had by all as the children even tried flipping the pancakes and doing a brilliant job and therefor they were rewarded by eating their pancakes topped with Nutella!

Mass followed for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  The children were impeccably behaved as they listened carefully about learning to be a better person during Lent, and getting into a habit of being good and more like Jesus.  It was a lovely service and has been followed up in class and at home by the sending of Lenten bags.

On Thursday, whilst we were all celebrating World Book Day, and dressed in our amazing costumes, the children received a letter from Supertato himself.  It asked them if they could possibly make their own supertato to protect the vegetables, whilst the real Supertato was away in a different country.  Of course, the children obliged and made their own characters. Don’t they look fantastic?

Also on World Book Day, some of the children designed their own book covers and enjoyed sharing books with their friends. In return for dressing up as a character, many of the children brought in a book for our school library.  What wonderfully generous children we have here at St Joseph’s! Reception also enjoyed a visit from Ms Armstrong who read a story called … and Mrs Seagrove who also came to read our final story of the day, dressed as Mr Bear from ‘Peace at Last’, in her pyjamas and slippers!

The story of ‘Supertato’ also gave two of our boys and idea to make a ‘pea hunt’ using Digimaps to plan their activity.  Dylan and Aidan firstly drew their own map of the school and positioned peas in the different places.  They then asked for a ‘proper’ map to transfer their drawings on to.  I thought this was a fantastic idea and a way of developing our knowledge of our surrounding area as well as developing our positional language skills.  Great work boys and most definitely a job for your classmates next week!

What a first week back!  Full of learning and fun, just the way we like it!

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