Grange Primary School

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Class 15 - 2015-2016

Welcome to Reception


Mrs J Marsden


Miss L Smart


Miss J Steels

Teaching Assistant


Are Eggs Alive?

Class 15 Visit Washington Wetlands Centre



We enjoyed learning about different types of eggs. We had a go at building our own nests.




We fed the birds and ducks and we watched the otters feed.



HT4 - Did Dragons Exist?

The children have enjoyed our topic about dragons and castles so much this half term that we will be continuing the theme next half term. In the first week we will be looking at how Chinese new year is celebrated.

We are looking forward to putting up the dragons you will be making together for  your homework project.

HT3 - Did Dragons Exist?

Medieval Knight Day

We were visited by a medieval knight and his squire today. He brought his horse and treated us to a jousting exhibition.

Our parents came too. Afterwards we had a medieval banquet and made some life sized knights; Some fabric princes and princess collages and some split pin knights. Thank you parents for joining us and for all your help.We love seeing families working together. Take a look at our photographs from the event.

Storytelling Day

A visit from a the storyteller Chris Connaughton was a huge success. Just look at the faces of the children. They were enthralled and captivated by the story.

Visit to Owton Manor Library

Class 15 visited the local library to listen to stories and read books. We love reading!

Other Learning Opportunities

We are following our theme of  dragons and following the children's interests in castles. We are currently working around the story of Sleeping Beauty and this has resulted in lots of role play and story mapping. We are beginning to become writers and children can be seen enthusiastically writing about this topic.


We are working on our addition and subtraction skills in mathematics.


We are becoming brilliant readers - All the children now have access to online books. Please come in if you are unsure how to log on .Make sure you record this reading on your child's home reading record.


Hands on Animal Experience


On Friday we had a visit from some real life reptiles. The children were very excited to see and touch these beautiful animals. Some of children showed great bravery and overcame their initial fears .


Christmas Party

We had great fun at our christmas party.We danced,played pass the parcel,had a game of christmas bingo,ate party food and had a visit from Father Christmas.Everyone went home happy.


Christmas Performance


Reception children showed us all how much they have already grown in confidence with some lovely speaking and dancing. Not to mention the beautiful singing .Our parents were very proud. Click School Events link above to watch our Christmas Nativity.

Visit to Aladdin



All the Reception children were invited to Brinkburn College to see a performance of Aladdin.

A good time was had by all.



Why Do Leaves Go Crispy?

As part of our topic 'Why do leaves go crispy?', children visited Wynyard Forest. Everyone enjoyed collecting leaves, pods and twigs for our nature table. Look at what we did.


New Outdoor Environment

Our new outdoor environment was officially opened by Councillor Simmons. The children are thoroughly enjoying exploring, building, climbing and investigating!

    Visit to Space to Learn


Class 15 visited Space to Learn to take advantage of their interactive technological learning space to take a trip to Lapland and give the Elves a hand with some new ideas for christmas toys.We had our passports stamped before boarding the plane.When we arrived we had a personalised message from Santa and were amazed by images of the whole landscape covered by snow.Santa very kindly let us ride home on his sleigh and we helped him drop off some presents to the children of Hartlepool.

Reception children have settled beautifully into school.  They have already made lovely new friends and are beginning to know all of our important school and class routines. Every day they are busy exploring and learning in so many different ways.  Have a look at the fun they are having.


Why Do You Love Me So Much?

As part of our topic, 'Why do you love me so much?', parents were invited into school to share a drink and cake with the children. Everyone enjoyed completing the quiz 'Teachers as Babies'. Thank you to all of our parents for making this event so special!


Visit to Wynyard Road Library

We have excellent links with our community library. Our children are invited to go to the library each term. The children really enjoy listening to stories and choosing their own books.


Harvest Festivities

We enjoy celebrating various cultural events and festivals in the Early Years. For our Harvest festivities, we invited parents into school to listen to our special Harvest song. Parents and children participated in a range of Harvest activities.




Visit to Beamish

To complete our topic work, we visited Beamish to find out about how people lived long ago. The children really enjoyed riding the trams and cleaning the old pit cottage.