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The Good Shepherd

Catholic Primary School

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me”. John 10:14"

Reception - St Rose Philipine

Shopping trip to the Co-op and then back to school to make boat sandwiches.

Our first topic of spring has provided us with lots of opportunities to explore how things move on land, water and in the air. The children have made moving objects, learning about forces and pushes and pulls, and renewable energy like wind power! Writing (letters, words, numbers, names, etc) and painting is becoming increasingly clear and detailed. We've also learned some rudimentary coding using Beebots.

Nursery and Reception joined together in the hall for a fascinating workshop on how to have a healthy body. They were so busy exploring all the materials and learning about the importance of a healthy diet including plenty of water, exercise, keeping clean and brushing teeth regularly.

Our starry, starry night theme saw us making flitter jars, experimenting with light and coloured filters. We also acted out scenes from the Nativity, had a visit from Santa and enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch!


The children learned about the process of working collaboratively together, each adding a feature to the paper plate and passing it on.  They found it difficult at first to work with what they were given rather than stick with their own creation but as time went on they went with it and enjoyed watching a wonderful new face materialise!


In this session, the children learned to cut a face shape by snipping the corners off a recycled, rectangular piece of card.  They practised their fine motor skills, but also learned and used new mathematical language.  Once they'd snipped the 4 corners off the rectangle, they'd made an octagonal shape.  If they snipped those corners off, the got an almost perfect face-shaped oval.  They added details to the face using other recycled and found objects and soon had a puppet.   They then used clay, rolling it and flattening it out and using bottle tops, sticks and straws to make the features.




In our last session, the children used all the techniques they'd learned to make relief faces and coat them in ink in order to make prints using the large, mechanical etching press.   Every child had the opportunity to turn the handle and see the end result.  They are looking forward to a visit from their parents to show them the new skills they have learned.

Welcome to Reception 2022/23

Our curriculum map for the first half of this autumn term explains how we're developing the children's skills and knowledge across the early years curriculum.  Our first topic is 'Who am I?'.  We find out about each other, investigate what we need to have healthy teeth and bodies. 

Our workshops at Kite Studios, looking at artists' portraits and  making our own, has been a fantastic launch for this topic. 





Music in the Garden

Splish, Splash, Splosh Summer 2022

Our Common Home Summer 2022

Where did this sand come from?

On Thursday we noticed a layer of sand all over the nursery garden.  We learned that it had come all the way from Africa, having blown across the sea and Europe.  We had noticed the sky looked unusual on Wednesday just before we went home.

We helped clear it up. It was very very fine like dust.

Science Week 2022 with Professor Dynamite

Professor Dynamite told us about how explosions happen.  We found out that they need fuel, oxygen and heat.  

We loved watching Professor Dynamite and our friends making explosions happen.  We were a great audience and he was a great professor.

We have learnt about growing plants.  We know that they need water and sunshine to thrive.  We have planted potatoes in the garden and hope to harvest them in the summer.  We put beans in to jars and we can see them growing already.  Soon we will plant them in the garden.  Our cress is less successful.  We need to plant some more perhaps.  The rocket we planted looks delicious already.  We can't believe it grows so quickly.

World Book Day

We had great fun sharing our books with our

friends and guessing who everyone was dressed up as. 

St David's Day

Living and Growing Spring Term 2022

Spring 2022 Curriculum Map Nursery

Welcome Back

Spring Term 2022

Christmas 2021

November 2021

We enjoyed the chance to get outside in November before the really cold weather set in.  We used the garden to the full.  Running, climbing, using nature for our number work and playing really well with our friends.   It was also Road Safety Week so we made a zebra crossing for our busy bike area.

All Saints Day

We dressed up as our favourite saint for All Saints Day.  Can you guess who we are?

Pumpkin Time

Pumpkins have provided us with lots of fun and food.  We practised our hammering skills and our counting with them.  Then we scooped them out and ate the delicious soup that we helped to make.  We have also been counting leaves and conkers  and sticks.  

Sweeping clean

Since half term we have been learning all about Autumn.  We have been battling the leaves and the wind in the garden.  

Curriculum Map Autumn 2

We had lots of fun this week making individual pizza face.  We talked about the parts of our faces and then used vegetables to decorate our pizzas with a mouth, eyes and a nose.

Performing Poetry

During this half term we have been listening to and performing lots of poetry from our favourite Michael Rosen.  His book "A Great Big Cuddle" has really inspired us to find rhymes and to explore and play with language.   We've even been trying to make up our own poems. 


Here is a link to one of the poems we have enjoyed the most:


Oh Dear         









Black History Month

This week in RE we have been learning about all the wonderful animals that God has given us.  We have painted and drawn animals, looking at photos and models of them very closely. 


We continued to find out about our senses.  We have been smelling and talking about different aromas, trying to identify the mystery foods. 

We have also been finding out about our teeth and how to look after them.  We used mirrors to look at our own teeth and to count them.  Then we made paper mouths and teeth.  We have been practising brushing some model teeth and we have been given a toothbrush and some toothpaste to take home.  


Have a look at the photos below.

What's that smell?

Looking after our teeth

This week has been all about fruit. We tasted different fruits and then we did observational paintings of them.  The home corner became a greengrocer’s shop for the week. We read Oliver’s Fruit Salad, Handa’s Surprise and Oliver’s Milkshake.  On Friday we finished off by making delicious strawberry and banana milk shakes. Everyone thought they were very tasty.

As promised here are some photos of us enjoying our first two weeks in Nursery.   Here we are eating lunch in our nursery classroom.  We are looked after at lunch by Leanne and Anna every day. 

Below these, you will see our first baking activity.  We made fairy cakes last week with Miss Backshall. They were yummy.  This week we baked with Jenny. We enjoyed those too.

Lovely lunches

Culinary Capers

We have had a busy first week, meeting our new friends, finding our way around the nursery classroom and exploring the garden.  You will soon be able to see photos of us on this page. 

Watch this space!

Autumn 1 Curriculum Map

Welcome to our Nursery!

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With Love at the core of all we do at The Good Shepherd we: Learn to Love together, Love to Learn together, pray together and play together. Putting our faith into action. Growing in the Love and Truth of Christ in His Church for the benefit of all.