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Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 18/11/2021

We started our week at forest school on our school site, the children were engaged in some wonderful imaginative play and the adults were invited into this supporting vocabulary. Some of the children continued our hibernation work and improved on the homes they had made last week, particularly choosing a safer place for a hedgehog to make a home. We talked about all of the beautiful colours that we can see and really enjoyed exploring in all the leaves.
We have seen lots of children really engaging in our creative area and are really thinking about their projects before they begin them, they are making choices of what resources they need and are really thinking about what to use. This has then continued into the classroom with making lists of what they have used or where their creation has been, the children are all trying really hard to use their phonic skills to do this.
In our maths this week, we have been thinking about 'more than' and 'fewer than', the children have been working really hard to use the vocabulary to describe what they have seen. The children have got a real flare for playing teachers at the moment and it is lovely to hear the children continue their learning in their independent time, taking it in turns to be the teacher. Outside the children have been working together to chalk our path, they are really sharing resources and encouraging each other to engage in the same play.

Preparations for our Winter Market are well underway and the children are very excited to show you what they have been making next week for you to buy. We have also began practising for our school nativity and the songs are well and truly stuck in our heads.😂

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 11/11/2021

This week we have enjoyed sharing 'The Snowman' story as we have been changing our displays in the hall, the children have created a wonderful snowman flying and have all worked together to do this. They are very proud of their finished display.

At Forest School, we have been learning all about hibernation and why we hibernate. We have made homes for some of our hibernating animals and thought about where would be a safe place for them to do this. They have continued this learning in the classroom sorting out animals that do and don't hibernate and having the opportunity to practice our scissor skills.
In the classroom we have continued our learning about Autumn and have enjoyed making leaf prints using Autumn colours.

Today we have been thinking about Remembrance Day and why we are all wearing poppies, we all did a minutes silence at 11 to help us remember. The children enjoyed watching the CBeebies short film to help them understand about what we are remembering. We used water colours to make our own interpretations of poppies and learnt how we use water colours. They used a variety of materials that were red, green and black to create a moveable image of a poppy. We were very creative!

This week we have used our story chest and we have been developing our vocabulary using the story of 'The Tiger who came to tea'. We have even all had time for photographs and we all did a wonderful job of smiling for the camera.

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 14/10/2021

We started off our week visiting the woods, following on from making our leaf crowns the children worked in groups to collect signs of Autumn. The children were working together to build dens and were helping each other explore and go on adventures.

In our maths this week we have been looking at counting accurately and learning how we do this and understanding that we can count things that can not be moved. The children have enjoyed bowling and recording their scores, using conkers to match with numerals and making patterns with leaves.

In phonics the children are working really hard at remembering all of their sounds and trying hard to use these in their writing and using these skills to help us read words.

We have shared the story of the Leaf Man and have used our Autumn collection to make our own leaf men, girls and animals, they have been very creative with these ideas. The children have been making their Autumn trees using their fingers to help them with this.

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 07/10/2021

This week we stayed on our school site for our forest school session, the children began to learn about Autumn and we identified what signs we could see. We all had a go at making an Autumn crown trying to use as many different coloured leaves as we could. The children are continuing to learn the rules of how to stay safe at forest school carrying our sticks and were playing some wonderful games together. The children have worked hard writing and drawing in their forest school diaries and some children are beginning to be able to record the sounds that they can hear.

We have had some lovely weather again this week so we have enjoyed taking our learning outside. In phonics time the children are all doing really well at learning their sounds and remembering the actions to help them with these. We will be sending home a sound mat just before half term when we have learnt most of the single sounds so that you can continue to support them at home. This week we have even been reading some words.

In our maths the children are working really hard learning to subitise arrangements of objects or dots and have been playing games to support them to do this.

Please continue to share the children's reading books with them, really encouraging them to tell you a story rather than just describing what they see, what story language can you encourage them to use? The children are trying hard to write their names and to form letters correctly and of course we have had lots of hard work going into making those delicious mud cakes they love.

Our creative area has also been very busy this week with the children painting and selecting resources for a purpose to create what they have planned, the children have done some fantastic concentrating in here this week.

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 23/09/2021

Wow, what a wonderful few weeks we have had in Reception. The children have all settled in so well and we are very proud of them all. Thank you for helping them to do this so well and encouraging them to be independent carrying their own things in and putting them away.

Please keep reading the picture books with your children encouraging them to make up their own stories using sentences. This week we have started our formal phonics learning where the children have begun to learn the sounds s,a,t and p and next week we will begin to start building words around these letters and more that we will learn next week.

We have began our maths learning where we have been learning lots about the number one and building on the children being to verbalise what they see or have done. We have some wonderful creations in our loose parts area with children making portraits of themselves and of the cockerel that used to live at their house. The children have all created their own maths alien who only has one of everything. We have also been playing find my secret code using actions and identifying which one we only found once, can you play it with your child at home?

You should have all received a letter tonight asking you to ensure that your child comes into school wearing their waterproofs as this all takes times for us when they come in with it in their bags and we want to have as long as we possibly can at the woods. Children can also come to school wearing their wellies but please ensure these are clean for them to come in and have their school shoes in their bags with their uniform so that we can get the bus loaded quicker. Thank you for your support with this.

We have attached lots of photos from the past few weeks of some of the activities we have doing.

Photos from Little Treasures Nursery's post 01/02/2021

Photos from Little Treasures Nursery's post


After trialling school books going home in select classes, the decision has been made to roll this out across the whole school. As of next week, your child will be bringing a school book home to read. This needs to be brought back to school each day.
These books will only be touched by your child in school and when finished, we will quarantine the book in class before it goes back into general circulation.


This half term we are really trying hard to teach the children to be able to get dressed independently, taking our own jumpers on and off and learning to zip up our own coats.

Please can you support them with this at home by encouraging them to do up their own zips and get themselves dressed and undressed for school. We understand that sometimes it is easier to do it for them when we are in a hurry but when we have 30 coats to do it can take us a very long time to get ready for going outside.

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 24/11/2020

We are just catching up with last weeks photos.
Last week we have begun our new story 'I'm going to eat this ant', the children enjoyed starting off the week with a bug hunt, using the magnifying glasses to identify the different features of them, could they see their eyes? The children then bought these facts back into class and wrote some of these facts about their bug. The children also used different media to make their own bugs and took a lot of care using the variety of media for a purpose.

We have continued exploring with shape and have used lollipop sticks to experiment with what shapes we can make, the children tried to make a circle and discussed why this was not possible. They then tried the train track and discovered that they needed all of the curved pieces.

We have continued our phonics learning, practising our segmenting and blending skills and being able to record all of the sounds we hear. The children are doing really well with their reading and are really starting to use their phonic skills to decode the words.

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 21/10/2020

We started our week at forest school, where the children enjoyed walking through the leaves and seeing how many different colours we could see, we talked about the changes that had happened since last week. We talked about what animals may live in the woodlands and we use the leaves and other natural resources to try and create some of these animals. The children worked hard on this and all chose the natural resources they wanted independently. We observed the leaves falling from the trees and tried to describe what we could see using lots of different vocabulary.

In class we have continued our learning about the gingerbread man, we have shared the story and talked about how we think the gingerbread man may have felt when he realised he could not cross the river. The children thought he may have been very worried and we came up with some ideas of how he could get across without getting eaten. They were very creative with their ideas, we then had the opportunity to make some of these ideas, children worked together to make boats, bridges out of blocks, lego, junk modelling, lollipop sticks. The children also drew and wrote a plan of their ideas. We bought this all back together and predicted what we thought the gingerbread man would have done if he had crossed the river safely, they thought that they would build a house deep in the woods and all the gingerbread would live together and have a great big party.

Today we received a letter from Mr and Mrs Baker from our story and we have been asked to design our own cakes and label it so they can see what we want our cake to look like. I'm glad I do not have to make this cake as some of their ideas were very creative!! Tomorrow we will conclude our learning about the gingerbread man where we will be making our own story maps to be able to retell the story of the gingerbread man.

In PE the children had a fabulous time, playing spatial awareness games and thinking about our bodies and making wide and narrow shapes. We set ourselves challenges of only certain parts of our bodies could touch the floor, the children needed some good core strength and balance for some of the ideas they came up with. We finished our session with a game of duck, duck, goose.

We hope you have a wonderful half term and we will see you in a weeks time.


Reception Harvest Celebration
The Reception children will be holding a class celebration for Harvest at school tomorrow (Friday 16th October) as we are unable to visit church. Children are welcome to bring an item of food to form part of a donation to the Ludlow Food bank, Please could this be in the form of a packet or tin.

Many thanks.
Mrs Seager

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 14/10/2020

We are catching up from last week, we had a wonderful time at forest school observing the changes and making our own leaf crowns trying to select as many different colours as they can. The children had a short amount of time in the garden and enjoyed exploring independently and looking at the blackberries and tomatoes.
The children discovered that the gingerbread man had been in our classroom, he had left a flour trail and left us ingredients to make our own gingerbread. The children enjoyed this and were very good at weighing the ingredients and helping us mix all of them. We have had lots of time to explore independently and get to know our peers and developing our role play, listening to each other and responding to what they are saying.


Parents Evening Telephone Calls
Parents evening telephone calls have begun for Reception class parents - please bare in mind when waiting for your call that the school number will come up as withheld. Calls may happen 5/10 minutes before or after your allotted slot but we will endeavor to call you as near to your time as possible.


Parents evening
Appointments for Reception class parents evening via telephone have now been added to our Parents evening Booking System

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 24/09/2020

This week at forest school, we had a robin come to visit. The children sat very still so that it could come closer and they could listen to him singing. We used mud and water to make our own muddy faces on the trees, some of the children took a while to get their hands muddy. It was wonderful to see the children's imaginations when coming up with their own games exploring in the trees. We also are trying really hard with our writing when mark making in our forest school diaries.

This week we have started learning our sounds s,a,t,p and the children have worked really hard thinking about our initial sounds and what we know that begins with that sound. They have all enjoyed our maths sessions and we have been looking at one related to one more and one less and they have loved watching numberblocks.

The children are all really settled in our classroom and are enjoying accessing all of our activities. They have loved exploring our creative area with modelling, painting and drawing. It has been wonderful to watch them using our construction toys outside and the relationships that are building together, taking turns and listening to each other to develop our play.

Please don't forget to have a look at our see-saw app and have a go to see if you can use it as we may be adding more over the next few weeks.


Reception Forest School
Forest school will be starting THIS Monday 14th September, it will be on our school grounds to begin with until we have confirmed arrangements with Mortimer Forest to continue going there.
Children will need to come into school in their old clothes and waterproofs but with their school shoes on. Parents will need to place their child’s wellies on the rack outside our reception classroom door. Please do not send them in their wellies as they will need to take them off and this will hold up the queue to come in. Please send your child with their uniform in a bag which the children can put on their pegs as we will get changed ready for lunch.

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 11/09/2020

Well what a wonderful two weeks we have had with our reception class, they have all been amazing and we are so proud of them all. They are an absolute pleasure to welcome into our class every morning.
We have been taking lots of time getting to know your children and we have really enjoyed looking at their holidays books, they were very keen to share the wonderful memories they have made. If you have not yet bought in your holiday book, don't worry just bring it in when you can as the children really do enjoy sharing them. The children have made their own self portraits and have been talking and drawing about who lives in their house. We have shared just a few of the experiences the children have had this week, I think they have really enjoyed exploring and getting to know their new classroom using the indoor and outdoor space.
Have a lovely weekend


We are very much looking forward to seeing your child tomorrow. Please take some time today to watch the video on the Reception Class Web page so you and your child feel comfortable with who you will be meeting and what will happen when you arrive at school. It would be really kind of you to explain to your child that they will need to give you a quick cuddle and a kiss goodbye at the classroom door and that they will see you later on as parents will not be able to enter the classroom this year. Please feel assured that we will take the best care of your little one tomorrow and always... you will be picking them up before you know it!

Many Thanks
Mrs Caine and Mrs Seager

Reception 30/06/2020


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Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 19/06/2020

This week our learning has been based around Princess Mirror-Belle and the dragon pox, we have used mirrors to draw ourselves thinking about drawing exactly what we see in the mirror and then drawn ourselves as a Prince or Princess. The children enjoyed giving themselves crowns or jewels and are all really taking care with their drawing and colouring. We have also designed our own castles that our Prince or Princess selves would live in and we have written about what makes our castle special, they had some lovely ideas.
We have talked about dragon pox and the children came up with their own cures for this, writing a list of ingredients that they would use, some very random things went in some of our potions.

We have talked lots about the weather with the changing sunshine, rain and thunder that we have been having. They have been counting between the thunder and lightning to try and work out how close it is. They enjoyed watching the rain from inside. We have played lots of games, taking turns and completing jigsaws.

The children have also been working hard on a hall display, we have been looking at the Eiffel tower and all of the children have been involved helping to create this.

Have a lovely weekend.

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 14/06/2020

We have had another very busy but lovely week. This week we have based our learning around The Princess and the Wizard story. We have made our own magic pictures of the princess using water colours and wax crayons. The children discovered they needed to press hard with the wax crayons and not use to much water. The children have wrote a list of what they think Princess Eliza would have at her birthday party and made an invitation pretending to be Princess Eliza inviting them to the party. We thought about the information we needed to do this.

The children had lots of fun making crowns for Princess Eliza and trying hard to follow the pattern around their crowns. We have pretended to have our own Fairy Godmother's, we drew a picture of what he or she would look like and wrote a wish that we would like our Fairy Godmother to grant for us, we had some very interesting wishes.

We have worked hard this week on our handwriting and trying to form our letters correctly remembering our strong pencil grips. They have also worked really hard in their phonics sessions. This week in our maths we have worked hard on learning our days of the week and being able to sequence these.

Photos from St. Laurence's Reception Class's post 06/06/2020

It has been so lovely to welcome back some faces this week, the children have been amazing and have come in following our different rules and routines brilliantly, we are very proud of them. Thank you to all of the parents who have made this so easy for us.

We were so lucky at the beginning of the week and spent most of our time outside. They have had a lovely time learning all about The Snail and the Whale. The children have listened to the story and made their own story plates to help them retell the story. We then used these story plates to write postcards to our other snail friends on the rock to tell them all about our adventures, they did some fantastic writing. We have looked at the spirals on a snails shell and made our own spirals, it was tricky doing all of that cutting, we hope you have hung them somewhere in your house. The children have made their own snail shells with wraps, they definitely enjoyed eating these. They have painted their own snails on rocks, coming up with their own patterns.

We have solved problems in our maths related to all of the animals who live under the sea and used numicon to fill our snail shapes. During phonics we have been playing full circle, reading captions and pictures and writing sentences.
They have all been so pleased to see each other and have come up with some amazing imaginative play.

Enjoy the rest of your weekends and we will see you Monday.😀


School Lunches for Phased Return
The school lunch booking system has now been opened for the first 3 weeks of June for parents to book school dinners for those children that are attending.
All parents will be able to access the system however only those attending need to book.

The menu for school dinners will be different to the advertised menu.


Home Schooling Update

Drop off and collection arrangements for those children coming in to school from June 1st have now been emailed out.
We will still be adding resources to our school website for those children home schooling. However there will be no resources added for next week as it is half term. Resources will be added next Friday for week commencing 1st June.


Return on to school

Thank you to all of those parents in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who have responded to us regarding their children returning to school.
If you haven't advised us please could you let us now by 11AM TODAY as we need to make arrangements for those children that are in.

Thank you for your co-operation and support during this time


Further Update

I hope that you and your families are well.

On Friday we asked parents of children in years Nursery, Reception,years 1 and 6, to give us an indication whether they might consider their children returning to school on the 1st of June.

Many of you have responded already and I thank you for your prompt replies. Several people have also asked from more detail as to what the schooling would look like if we were to admit more children.

As I have said the detail does depend upon the response that we get and the number of children returning but I can reassure you that extensive planning and thought has already been given to how we can meet this challenge.

Some of the key differences that I can share with you, are that children shall be taught in small classes, certainly no bigger than the government recommended limit of 15 pupils per class but more likely to be less that this in practice. If possible I would like to see classes of between 8 and 12 pupils.

Children would enter each classroom from external doors and would only access the main building to use toilets and the dining hall if they are requiring a hot meal.

Children would not mix with other year groups at all and the only opportunity for year 6 pupils (for example) to see friends in another year 6 class class would be possibly at some playtimes, although this would be carefully monitored with children kept in specific zones.

Once children are allocated to a class they would have to remain in that class.

It will be easier to achieve social distancing with the older children, of course, but as you all can appreciate very difficult with our youngest children.

I shall be canvassing all parents for their thoughts through a survey on Monday but as you know, I am available every day to discuss any concerns if you wish to call the school and speak to me.

Lastly, I am very proud of my staff for their dedication and commitment over the last few weeks and I would like to thank you for all your messages of support, it has been very much appreciated.

We are missing our wonderful St Laurence’s children (and their parents too) very much and would like to reopen fully as soon as we can but as you all would no doubt agree, it has to be safe for us all.

Kindest Regards

Mr Stephen Matthews


Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you and your families are well. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of all the staff of St Laurence’s school for providing a wide range of stimulating work for your children and I hope that they have enjoyed it as well. We do miss them all.
Home schooling is not easy and I would like to commend you for all your efforts. I am extremely grateful for the support of the school community and staff over the last few weeks.
Of course we would like to see all of the children back in school as soon as possible but as you are all aware it has to be safe for everyone.
We have continued to provide cover for a small number of vulnerable children or children of essential workers over the last two months but we are now planning for the possible return to school of children of certain ages on June 1st.
I shall be contacting the parents of children in Nursery, Years R, 1 and 6 to see if they intend to take up the schooling offer. As parents I shall support your decision whatever it might be and if you decide not to send your child back to school, I shall understand. However I do need to know the numbers, so I can plan and make the school environment as safe as possible.
It may be necessary to stagger drop off and pick up times and even limit the number of children in certain year groups.
If you are a parent of a pupil in Nursery, Years R, 1 and 6, I shall be requesting that you let us know by Monday if you intend to take up the offer of schooling in June.
Best Wishes, Stay Safe

Stephen Matthews
Head Teacher


For those with children who may find it hard to explain what is going on, this makes a lovely bedtime story. 💤

The Time We Spring-Cleaned the World 🌱

The world it got so busy,
There were people all around.
They left their germs behind them;
In the air and on the ground.

These germs grew bigger and stronger.
They wanted to come and stay.
They didn’t want to hurt anyone -
They just really wanted to play.

Sometimes they tried to hold your hand,
Or tickled your throat or your nose.
They could make you cough and sneeze
And make your face as red as a rose.

And so these germs took over.
They started to make people ill,
And with every cough we coughed
More and more germs would spill.

All the queens and kings had a meeting.
“It’s time to clean the world up!” they said.
And so they had to close lots of fun stuff,
Just so these germs couldn’t spread.

We couldn’t go to cinemas
Or restaurants for our tea.
There was no football or parties,
The world got as quiet as can be.

The kids stopped going to school,
The mums and dads went to work less.
Then a great, big, giant scrubbing brush
Cleaned the sky and the sea and the mess!

Dads started teaching the sums,
Big brothers played with us more,
Mums were in charge of homework
And we read and played jigsaws galore!

The whole world was washing their hands
And building super toilet roll forts!
Outside was quiet and peaceful,
Now home was the place for all sports.

So we played in the world that was home
And our days filled up with fun and love,
And the germs they grew smaller and smaller
And the sun watched from up above.

Then one morning the sun woke up early,
She smiled and stretched her beams wide.
The world had been fully spring cleaned,
It was time to go back outside!

We opened our doors oh so slowly
And breathed in the clean and fresh air.
We promised thar forever and always
Of this beautiful world we’d take care! 💕
Author ~ Louise Gribbons • Hunterhouse College
Artist ~ Maggie Vandewalle ✨

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