St. Sebastian's R. C. Primary School



All grown up!


This week, we have been looking at how much we have changed and grown since we started in Reception. We looked at how tall we are now, how our hair has grown, how our hands and feet are bigger and how good we are at our work now compared to how we were in September. We represented these changes in drawings of ourselves and compared these drawings to the drawings we completed in September. We added our drawings to our ‘We are Reception’ display. Please come in and have a look.

Number 8


This week, we have been looking at number six, seven and eight. It has been fun exploring how the numbers are written, watching Numberblocks to learn a little more about the number and practically exploring how to make the number. Using our own number blocks, we made the number eight in lots of different ways. Below, are some direct quotes from the children as they worked practically to make the number eight.

“Miss, I have 6 and 2. It’s 8.”

“4 add 4. 8.”

“I have a big tower. It has 8.”

“My 2 towers together, double 8.”

“5 and a 3. 8.”

Early Years Supervised Tooth brushing Programme


We are participating in Greater Manchester’s supervised tooth brushing programme. The tooth brushing activity involves your child brushing their own teeth, using fluoride toothpaste after lunch.


Supervised tooth brushing in early year’s settings has been shown to be effective at improving children’s oral health. This activity is not intended to replace your child’s tooth brushing at home and it is important that you continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day, last thing at night and on one other occasion. It is important that your child’s tooth brushing is supervised by an adult until at least 7 years old.


The aim of the programme is to help reduce dental decay in children and with your support we can work together to reinforce your home tooth brushing routine.


Why do we need a tooth brushing programme?

  • 36% of 5 year old children in GM had tooth decay compared to 25% in England (Public Health England 2015)

    Key messages to promote good oral health.

  • Brush teeth twice daily, last thing at night and at one other time of day using a fluoridated toothpaste (1,350-1,500ppm)

  • Spit out after brushing, do not rinse your mouth.

  • Supervise children until at least 7 years old.

  • Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary foods and drinks. Keep to mealtimes.

  • Visit a dentist as often as recommended.


    How can you help? Safe snacks for teeth.

  • Plain Milk & Plain Water

  • Fresh Fruit – any fresh fruit (not dried fruit or fruit juices). E.g. A banana, apple slices, grapes, pots of berries.

  • Salad or vegetables, celery sticks, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, pepper sticks.

  • Plain Bread sticks, pita breads, crumpets, plain bagels.

  • Hummus, try dipping bread sticks, pita or vegetables in.

  • Cheese, Soft cheese is great for dipping bread sticks in.

  • Lean meats and fish, either on their own or as part of a sandwich.

  • Natural yogurt, add chopped fruit to it for flavour (not flavoured yogurts).

Our Local Area


Today, we went outside to look at the changes that are happening in our local area (around school). We went into the infant and junior yard to explore what was happening. We noticed that the road has been closed, there are danger signs on fences, that there were lots of diggers at work and that when we were watching the floor shook a little.


After noticing the change, we decided to draw maps of our local area showing the changes that are happening and to also help the builders by designing different types of houses for them to build. We thought about the size and the shape of the buildings we were designing. Some were tall, some small, some with lots of windows and some that were similar to our own houses.

National Storytelling Week


This week in Nursery and Reception, the children have been celebrating National Storytelling Week. They have shared in the enjoyment of listening to stories as well as retelling their own and reading to a friend.


We believe that, "Storytelling can enrich lives everywhere. The sharing between teller and listener empowers, feeding the imagination from one generation to the next." (The Society for Storytelling)

Monday Mathematics


Today, during our group Maths session, we looked at part whole/partitioning numbers. Some of the children took this activity further by then writing their own number stories. It was good fun.

Let’s find out about Chinese New Year


Sophia was very excited to tell us that she had being using her iPad at home and she had learnt some interesting facts. She told us that cows have three stomachs, an octopus has three hearts and that monkeys have no stomachs and gorillas beat their chests for attention. The children were amazed with Sophia’s interesting facts that they wanted to find out their own.

As it is Chinese New Year, we decided as a class that we would find out some interesting facts about pigs and how people celebrate Chinese New Year.

With it also being Online Safety Week, we discussed the importance of keeping safe when using different technologies. Talking to the children about online safety is essential because many of them will be using a wide range of technologies in their home environments, even before they start school. Technology is becoming an integral part of children’s lives; it entertains them, engages them and motivates them.

Safer Internet Day


Today, we used Buddy the Dog’s Internet Safety Story to learn how to use the Internet safely in a fun way. The story specifically focused on the safe use of tablets and smartphones.

As part of learning how to be safe on the Internet, we learnt a catchy song to reinforce the key Internet Safety messages. We hope you like it.


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Football Skills


Manchester United Foundation have been in school today and have been running football sessions with our Reception class. They are working with Reception class to provide key training skills and development, with the opportunity to go to a Football Festival at Manchester United in February. The children loved controlling the ball with their feet, dribbling around the hall and using their speed.

Chinese New Year


This week, we have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year. We have read the story with some of us acting it out, we have looked at lots of different artefacts relating to China and celebrating Chinese New Year and we were very lucky as Rocky’s mum offered to cook a Chinese meal for us all to enjoy. The food was delicious. Thank you very much Rocky’s mum.

Manchester United Football in the Community

Manchester Uniteed Football in the Community

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Pens at the ready!


This week, we have been using our phonic knowledge and some of our red words to write sentences. We worked in small groups and talked about how to write a sentence. It was good fun as we made up silly sentences too. I think you’ll agree, our handwriting is really improving.

World Book Day Celebrations


World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.


This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and today, we all came together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. This year, the children dressed up in their pyjamas or their favourite book character. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Every child received a £1 World Book day Token that can either be exchanged for one of ten special £1 World Book Day books or used to get £1 off any book costing £2.99 or more.  Please help your child to use it on or around World Book Day by visiting your local bookshop.


“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”

Dr Seuss

Why do we celebrate Science Week?


 It  aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in


This week we have celebrated British Science Week. The theme for 2019 is Journeys. We decided to journey through science week by looking at how to keep our teeth healthy by looking at what happens to eggs when they are placed in different liquids such as coffee, vinegar and water.


First, we talked about how important it is to brush our teeth every day and then we discussed foods that are good for our teeth and foods that aren’t.  As you can see from the photos below we take tooth brushing seriously and we employed a few scientists to observe teeth brushing in action!


Secondly, we decided to conduct an experiment to see if we were right about whether certain foods are good or bad for our teeth.  Here is our method;



• Pour the same amount of fizzy drink, vinegar, water and tea or coffee into jars.

• Add a whole raw egg still in its shell to each, cover an extra egg with toothpaste and also

• Leave for approximately three days.

• Remove the eggs.

• Rinse the egg kept in vinegar and rub gently until the shell comes away.


We made some interesting predictions about what we thought would happen to the eggs.  These predictions can be seen in our photographs.


We will update you with our conclusion next week.

Our Class Assembly


This week, our class celebrated special people in our lives and the differences they make.  On Friday, we invited mums, dads, grandmas and granddads into school to watch our very special assembly.  It was lovely to see all our families in the audience supporting us.  Thank you so much to all those who came to watch our assembly and also a big thank you for all your positive feedback about how lovely and moving the assembly was.  During the session after assembly, we invited the parents back to class with us to have a play.  One parent commented on it being the best assembly she had seen and that she nearly cried because she was so proud of her child.

Time to Play


Play underpins the EYFS. It also underpins learning and all aspects of children's development. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. At St Sebastian's we value play and provide safe but challenging environments that support and extend learning and development.