Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward

Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward


Our Caterpillars 🐛🦋

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The children were very excited by the delivery of our caterpillars. This week they have closely observed the caterpillars growing bigger and bigger! By the end of the week, most of the caterpillars had crawled to the top of the cup and attached themselves to the underside of the lid. We are now waiting for them to harden into chrysalides!

This week has been Science Week. The children have showed curiosity in our enhancements in provision and have been asking thought provoking questions. Our experiments have created ‘awe and wonder’ and much excitement!

International Mud Day 2021

The children had a fabulous time on International Mud Day! They especially enjoyed making nature mud cakes and exploring the mud with their feet!

International Dough Disco Day!

Squirrel class enjoyed making flags for Saint George’s Day and the children looked great dressed in red and white. 

Reception class have been enjoying the spring sunshine this week and we have been busy painting finger and thumb chicks for our Easter cards.

We hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and enjoy eating your Easter eggs !

Easter chick cards

It has been wonderful to welcome back all the Reception children after lockdown. The children have really enjoyed being back in school and seeing all their friends again. We are so proud of them all! smiley
A good time was had by all at the Christmas party !

Reception Class Christmas

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“The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.” Margaret McMillan


We recognise the impact learning outside can have on children’s well being and physical development, so on Thursday 3rd December we spent the day outside. The rain didn’t stop the children having a fantastic time exploring nature and playing games in our lovely school grounds. In fact, the puddles made it even more fun! Langlands Garden Centre very kindly donated some daffodil bulbs, pots and compost so all children were able to plant their own bulb. The children were very excited to take these home! To finish the day, the children enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit. 

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We all enjoyed no pens day this week. As part of our project on structures we showed the children pictures of bridges and talked about what they were made out of. We then invited the children to build bridges to go over a river. Have a peek at our designs !

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This week is Anti Bullying Week. On Monday, the children were very excited to come to school in odd socks to represent we are all different but we are all equal.


During our circle times, we have been thinking about what makes a good friend. Yukiha was very proud to receive our Friendship Award in our new Gold Book Assembly.  
This week we have also introduced our Mood Stars to help the children to recognise and talk about their feelings. They have been excited to learn their names.

Sweeping and collecting leaves

The leaves are falling off our beautiful willow tree in our outdoor area. This week the children have really enjoyed sweeping and collecting the leaves in the wheelbarrows. This is a great activity for developing upper body strength.

Autumn Leaves

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In Early Years we follow the Wanderlust Nature Study, from Hygee in the Early Years'. The 52 Week programme is organised around the natural rhythm of the seasons and offers opportunities to learn about wildlife, natural phenomena and the natural world. 


We have a nature display to inspire conversation and develop curiousity. These are based around the weekly themes delivered in the study. In recent weeks, the children have been really interested in collecting Autumn treasures and placing them on our display.



Today, the children were very curious about the acorns attached to the oak tree branch. They enjoyed looking closely through the magnifying glasses and drawing what they could see. 

Our finger gym provision helps to develop the strength in children's hands and fingers. This week, the children have loved stretching the loom bands over the pins - a fiddly task but one with which they have shown such perseverance!

Finger Gym!

The children really look forward to our Dough Disco sessions each week. So far, we have learnt the moves:

  • Squeeze
  • Roll
  • Squash 
  • Finger Family - Tommy Thumb, Peter Pointer, Toby Tall, Ruby Ring and Baby Small


Have a go at joining in, whilst watching the video. You can use the playdough that we gave you in your child's welcome goody bag. It is also very easy to make using the following recipe.

Dough Disco

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This week, the Reception children have really enjoyed exploring our outdoor learning environment, particularly making imaginative potions in the 'Potion Kitchen'! They have used leaves, sticks, petals and spices to create their concoctions!

Potion Kitchen

We are really looking forward to welcoming our new children and families to Reception over the next few weeks.


During the summer holidays we have been busy preparing our provision, ready for your children to explore. We hope you enjoy this video, which takes you on a tour around the classroom.


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