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Reception – Butterworth Class

Welcome to the Butterworth Class page!


Our Class Teacher is Mrs Cruise.


Did you know we are called Butterworth Class after the author Nick Butterworth? We have really enjoyed reading some of his books in class including 'One Snowy Night', 'After the Storm' and 'The Rescue Party'.




Sports Day

We had a fantastic time on Sports Day.  All the children were very brave and had a go at lots of activities.  They did great turn taking, used all of their physical education skills and were brilliant at cheering each other on.  The children were very very resilient when they fell or didn't win.  It was a real shame when the heavens opened and we had to run for cover, though it was exciting!  We ended the morning with some lovely ice lollies from WISPA.

Planting Morning

We planted some seeds at home in a flower pot. We watered them and watched them grow into plants. We brought our plants back to school and some of our grown-ups helped us plant them in our Reception outdoor area. We used some spades to dig a hole and carefully put our plant inside and patted the mud around it. Our outside area looks lovely and ready for the summer now! J

Outdoor Learning Day!


We had a brilliant time on outdoor learning day. We did lots of fun activities. First we went on the trim trail and the big climbing frame. Tanya, the park ranger, took us to collect lots of leaves and sticks from the school field and helped us make bug hotels which was really good fun. After that Mrs. Cruise told us the story of Hansel and Gretel in the wildlife area and we went to the witch’s house! After lunch we played games on the large field and practiced skipping. At the end of the day we visited the massive sandpit and made daisy chains. We had lots of fun! J

Big Write, Science and Sunshine!


We have had a very busy half term.  We began with our book week and Big Write.  We loved the Traction Man stories and it was thrilling to meet the author, Mini Grey.  We used action men, Barbies, spoons and a nail brush to help us make up our own Traction Man stories.  We have also had Science Week this term and have all taken part in some amazing experiments, we have learnt a lot about sorting and Mrs Cruise made a bottle of coke explode!  On the INSET day our the grown-ups in Reception thought very carefully about how to make our outdoor area more fun and a better place to learn, they have started to move things around to create new areas.  It was very exciting to see when we came back to school and now the sun is shining too we are doing a lot more of our learning outside.

Under The Sea


This year our theme for creative fortnight was Under The Sea.  We have learnt all about the creatures that live under the sea through creativity.  The fortnight started with a show followed by a theatre workshop.  In the show the poor old hermit crab had to find a new home.  This linked nicely to our text, Sharing A Shell by Julia Donaldson, which the children thought carefully about, making observations and predictions.  We had an amazing visit from a real diver who taught us the signs people use to talk under the sea.  Another highlight was making music from junk which has been salvaged from the ocean. During the second week we had an amazing visit from a storyteller, after which we made up our own pirate stories.  We also learnt a dance to The Beatles song Octopus' Garden, it was great fun!  The children used their own ideas both at school and home to make sea creatures.  And we got very messy with clay too!  We finished the fortnight with a walk around the school to see each other's amazing learning.

Happy Christmas!


We have had a fantastic time over the last few weeks learning about the Christmas story and how people celebrate Christmas.  We invited our grown-ups in to school to help us make decorations which we used to make our classroom look amazingly sparkly!  We loved watching the Key Stage One show, having a delicious Christmas lunch with our teachers and singing Christmas songs with our friends and families.  A highlight for lots of us was our party, we played party games, had loads of delicious food and got a present from a very special visitor.  Our Christmas Jumper Day was amazing too, who knew there were so many different Christmas jumpers?  Finally we were captivated by the theatre group whom came and put on a show for us about Santa's elves and a naughty fairy.  We felt like very lucky children to have so many exciting events at our school.

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Our First Half Term


We have had a great start to Reception, getting to know our school, classroom, and grown-ups.  We have made lots of new friends too.  We have also become much more independent, we get changed for PE and go for lunch with our friends!


We have been learning about People Who Help Us.  We thought about people who help us at home, at school and out and about.  We also learnt about how to stay safe, which grown-ups we can ask for help if we have a problem and who would help us in an emergency.  We had lots of visitors and really enjoyed having a sit in the police car and fire engine.

We hope you enjoy these photographs!

We hope you enjoy these photographs! 1 Learning about being a doctor.
We hope you enjoy these photographs! 2 Finding out about the job vets do.
We hope you enjoy these photographs! 3 Getting ready to run the Golden Mile!
We hope you enjoy these photographs! 4 Discovering the secrets of Howard Park!
We hope you enjoy these photographs! 5 Investigating a fire engine.

"Teaching is good. This is having a very positive impact on pupils' increasingly successful learning.... Pupils feel safe because they know they are well cared for. They behave well and have good attitudes to learning."
- Ofsted 2014

"I am amazing. Together we are magnificent!"

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