Cross Gates

Primary School

Aspire, Learn, Succeed

Cross Gates

Primary School

Aspire, Learn, Succeed

Reception Class

A warm welcome to Reception class.

Miss Smith is the class teacher. The other team members are Mrs Sutcliffe (teacher), Mrs Frost (teaching assistant) and Miss Cardiss (Teaching assistant). 

We are always very busy in Reception class so please keep visiting our class page so you can keep up with our learning journey!

Traditional sports day races.

Maths day measuring and part part whole composition

Maths day outfits

Fun in the sun at the Teddy Bear Picnic !

Teddy Bear Picnic Letter

Thank you to everyone who came to the art stay and play. We enjoyed being creative and sharing our learning with you.

Getting creative at stay and play !

Summer 2 newsletter

        Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Week

(10th-14th June 2019)


Reception have been taking part in lots of exciting activities this week. These have included Cosmic Yoga, Making Tasty Toast and learning about where food comes from. Take a look at what we’ve been up to.

Cosmic Yoga

We have enjoyed art day, the children have made prints of their hands using acrylic paint to symbolise learning together. We have decorated the tiles and some children added meaningful words. The tiles look fantastic ! 

Art Day - Learning together

Watching the sunflowers grow !

This week we saw shoots growing from the top of the seeds. We also noticed a long stem and leaves beginning to grow.We moved the plants into a pot and used compost to fill the pots.

I wonder what will happen next ?

Sunflowers growing

We are enjoying the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in Early Years. We have planted sunflower seeds and everyday we observe them growing. Look carefully, what changes can you see in our sunflower seeds this week ? 

Jack and the Beanstalk

Thank you to all the parents who came to the science stay and play. The children enjoyed exploring the activities with you.

Investigating and Exploring !

We have been reading the book Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Here is some of our fantastic skeleton art work.


We have been using actions to help us remember the story of Funnybones.

Have a Look !


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We enjoyed making flags for St.George’s day !

Fabulous Flags !

We enjoyed looking at your Easter bonnets and eggs today !

Summer 1 Newsletter

Easter Bonnets

Thank you for coming to Stay and Play. The children enjoyed sharing their learning with you.

Stay and Play fun !

Red Nose Day Fun

We really enjoyed using our senses to explore the school grounds when the RSPB came to visit. We found many mini beasts to observe including a wiggly worm, a slimy snail and a spider.

Learning Outside

Spring 2 Newsletter

Thank you for coming to Stay and Play, the children enjoyed sharing their learning with you.


Stay and play fun !

Exploring ice eggs !

Talk-for-writing Dear Zoo Reception children

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The children have been learning actions for the story Dear Zoo.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year from everyone in Early Years. We look forward to seeing you again in January.

A good time had by all at the Christmas party !

We really enjoyed performing the Christmas Nativity. The children sang beautifully and put on a wonderful show.

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Christmas Stay and Play in Early Years.

The party hats look very festive, and we are looking forward to wearing them for the party next week.

Making party hats at stay and play.

We enjoyed meeting the owls from Wise Owl Sanctuary today. We met Tawny, Barn and Little owls and learnt such a lot from Wayne. Did you know owls can swivel their heads all the way around ?  We experienced watching the owls fly and even got to hold Orvil the little owl.

Curriculum Newsletters

Thank you to everyone for making our first Stay and Play session of this year so much fun!

Investigating pumpkins!

In the Early Years we often refer to early writing as mark making. We try and encourage children to make marks through a variety of activities using a range of resources. Children become comfortable with holding equipment in a tripod grip and develop the control necessary to begin their journey as young writers.

We have been practicing our skills today by rolling a dice and copying the pattern.

This week in maths we are looking at repeating patterns using simple shapes. We have learnt that a pattern repeats over and over again. We have been using mathematical vocabulary such as before, next and sequence. Please support your child at home with their learning by making repeating patterns with a range of resources.

12th November 2018

Today is the start on anti-bullying week in our school. We have all come to school in odd socks to demonstrate our support and to celebrate that we are all unique.

Andy and the Odd Socks - 'CHOOSE RESPECT'

This song was written for Anti Bullying Week 2018. Directed by James Tonkin A Ninja Pig Production 2018 A very special thank you to all the kids that helped us make our video! Andy and the Odd Socks are patrons for the Anti Bullying Alliance.