Judged OUTSTANDING for Early Years, Personal Development and Behaviour and Attitudes (Ofsted May 2024), ......'In the Reception class, children receive an excellent start to their education.'.....'Children are exceptionally well prepared for learning in Year 1.'.....'Pupils develop as mature individuals due to the exemplary provision that they receive to support their personal development.'.....'Pupils’ behaviour during lessons and around school is exemplary.'.....'Pupils are proud of their school mission statement. They aspire ‘not to have more but to be more’ in all that they do. Pupils are happy in school.'.....

St Paul's Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

Aspire not to have more but to be more – St Oscar Romero

Communication and language

Retelling the story of Handa’s Surprise using the story sack.

Today we performed the new verses we had written for our version of “ We all went on safari” to Beech class.

We created new sentences for the story 'We All Went on Safari'

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Retelling the story of 'We All Went on Safari' with picture prompts

The Greedy Zebra dance through stories session

Retelling the story

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This week our story has been Handa's Surprise. We used the picture cards to sequence the story and used them to retell the story.

Our sound hunt today promoted lots of discussion. Children helping others using some great positional language about where to find the sounds.

The people toys were very popular today. Great narratives introduced into their play and discussion about how the people were different from each other.

We listened to the story of Aladdin when a pantomime visited our school. It was great fun and we enjoyed joining in with cheers and boos and hisses!

After reading Lost in the museum we had our own game of hide and seek in the classroom. We used hotter and colder signs to get closer to finding the bear. We worked really well as a class to find it!

We have turned our house outside into the three bears cottage this week. We have been enjoying retelling the story with the props

The children used the puppets to retell the story of Goldilocks. it was lovely to hear story language used in their play; "once upon a time..."

We played a game of hockey kokey to practise using the positional language in and out.

We listened to the story of Rosie’s walk. We talked about where Rosie went on her walk and words to describe how she moved, eg over, across, under. We then used the teddy to match the positional words.

Using the puppets and storybooks to act out a narrative in provision.

The children played with the puppets to tell stories drawing on vocabulary based on their experience of books. "I am the wicked queen." "I am the princess" they said.