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Penguin Reception new starters final challenge

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 10:00pm

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Hello Penguins,

We have started to get our classrooms ready for you and we would love to have something that would make you feel at home when you start. With this in mind, today's challenge is to take a photograph of you and your family so that we can put it on a display in school. These will NOT go on our blog. It will be something to find in class on your first day and something to bring comfort incase you are feeling worried like the Colour Monster did in our stories. Good luck with your last challenge.

Have a lovely day!

Mrs Jarrett, Mrs Lenagan and the EYFS Team :)

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Reception new starter challenge

Date: 14th Jul 2020 @ 6:05pm

Good morning Reception!

I hope you are all having a good week and enjoyed the Colour Monster Goes To School book.  It has been really lovely to see your challenges coming in that you have been doing at home, well done Penguins. 

Your challenge this week is:

Can you be a creative Colour Monster? Talk to your grown-up, make or draw a feelings jar and discuss what makes you feel that way. For example, feeling love is a big cuddle, sharing, kindness, playing a game and stroking a pet. You could draw pictures in to show these moments.

We can't wait to see your replies. Please send them back to and put Reception new starters in the subject.

Penguin New starter storytime

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 3:52pm

Good morning Penguins, 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Your colour monsters have been brilliant and really creative, well done everyone!

This week we are going to continue to look at the colour monster but he is about to go on a realy exciting adventure. His adventure is just like the one you are about to go on; starting school.

Watch the video of the story, then talk to your grownup about starting school; what are you looking forward to about starting school? What are you going to choose to do when you first come to school?

Reception New Starter Challenge

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 3:53pm

Good morning Reception,

I have loved seeing all your rainbows, they are brilliant and have really brightened my week! 

Today your challenge is to make your very own colour monster.  You could make it out of your handprint, a sock, paint blowing, playdough or junk modelling.  Talk about the colour of your monster and how your monster might feel.

Don’t forget to send your pictures to

I can’t wait to see them!

Mrs Jarrett

Reception New Starter Celebration

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 2:43pm

Hi Penguins, 

I hope you are all having a good week.  We have had health and fitness week in school this week so have been learning lots about staying healthy and been doing lots of tricky challenges!

I have loved looking at all your rainbows this week, they are great.  I'd like to see more so keep them coming.  I have added some below for you to look at. We have also had some more family pictures, which are lovely. 

Don't forget I will be posting a new challenge tomorrow (Friday). 

Mrs Jarrett

New Starter Reception challenge

Date: 7th Jul 2020 @ 6:27pm

Good morning Reception,

I hope you are all ok today and enjoyed the story of The Colour Monster.  Your challenge today is to listen to the story again and then go on a colour hunt around your house.  Can you find lots of objects in different colours and then sort them?  Once you have sorted them can you make a colour rainbow.

Don’t forget to send your pictures to remember to put Reception New Starters in the subject heading. 

I can’t wait to see them!

Mrs Jarrett

Reception New Starter celebration

Date: 6th Jul 2020 @ 8:26pm

Hi my little Reception Penguins, 

I just wanted to drop you a quick hello and share with you some of the amazing challenges that have been sent through to school.  I am really impressed at how much effort you are putting in and I am really enjoying seeing your work.  I would like to see even more so please do remember to send them in.

When you send your emails to the office can I just remind you to put Reception New Starter Challenge in the subject, this will just mean that it gets sent to me so I don't miss any of your wonderful learning! 

See you all soon Penguins!


Reception New Starter Story Time

Date: 5th Jul 2020 @ 10:34am

Good morning Reception, 

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend, I have been on some rainy walks with my children this weekend and found some big puddles to jump in with our wellies on!

Our story this week is The Colour Monster, which is a story all about feelings. Starting school is a really exciting time but it can also be a little bit scary and make us feel a little worried, which is absolutely normal!

Watch the story with your grown up and then spend some time talking about different feelings, what makes you feel happy?  When have you felt sad?  How do you feel about starting Reception?

Enjoy the story, I will post a challenge linked to the story on Wednesday.

Mrs Jarrett

New starter challenge celebration

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 2:26pm

Hi everyone, 

I have loved seeing all your challenges coming through!  They are brilliant and it is so lovely to start to see some of your lovely faces too.  Keep your challenges coming through!

Well done my new little Penguins!

New Starter Challenge

Date: 2nd Jul 2020 @ 9:20pm

Hi everyone, 


I hope you have all had a lovely week and have now had the opportunity to watch the videos we have posted. It has been lovely to see some of your challenges this week, I can't wait to see more!

This week I read you the story of We're going on a Bear hunt, did you enjoy it?  I love this story and took my children on a Bear Hunt this week; we got very muddy!  I wonder if you could go on a bear hunt with your family.  What would you have to go through?

Todays Challenge

I can't wait to see your pictures!

Have a great weekend!

Reception New Starter storytime

Date: 30th Jun 2020 @ 3:49pm

Hi everyone, 

I hope you are all having a lovely week.  Last week I read you a story all about the Gruffalo, did you like that story?

This week I am going to read you the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt; I love this story!  I wonder once you've listened to the story if you can go on your very own bear hunt with your grown up.  Send me a picture if you do. 

Enjoy the story.

Mrs Jarrett

New starter challenges

Date: 30th Jun 2020 @ 2:46pm

Hi everyone, 

We have had our first self portrait using the objects found on a walk and isn't it wonderful!  I love all the deatil that has been added. 

I would really like to see more so don't forget to email your pictures to so we can see your wonderful pictures.  I have added the challenge below for you to complete if you haven't already. 

Reception new starter challenge

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 10:27am

Hi everyone, 

I have added this week's challenge for you to do at home. 

Remember to wash your hands before and after you have collected your objects.

Email your finished collages to,  in the subject heading can you please write Reception home challenge so it can be forwarded straight to me. 

I can't wait to see all the different collages.

Have a great day!

Mrs Jarrett


Reception New Starters - Storytime with Mrs Jarrett

Date: 23rd Jun 2020 @ 7:38pm

Hi everybody,

It's Mrs Jarrett, one of the teachers in your new Penguin class.  I can't wait to get to know you all more and find out more about you.  I will be posting lots of blogs with stories and activities you can do at home so please keep checking back. 

Today I have added the story of the Gruffalo; this is one of my favourite stories, I love reading it to my own children. After you have watched the story, can you think of what your favourite food is?  Is it scrambled snake, roasted fox, owl icecream or even Gruffalo crumble? My favourite food is yummy fruit salad. 

I hope you enjoy the story. 

Mrs Jarrett




New starter information presentation Powerpoint

Date: 23rd Jun 2020 @ 8:31am

Good morning, 

I have attached the Powerpoint from yesterday's presentation for your reference. 

Many thanks, 

Mrs Jarrett 

New starter information presentation

Date: 22nd Jun 2020 @ 8:16am

Good morning, 

We wanted to give you some more information about your child starting school so have put together a short presentation, we hope you find this helpful.  If you have any questions we will be contacting you from the week beginning the 29th June, where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. 

Mrs Jarrett and Mrs Lenagan. 


Meet the Staff

Date: 18th Jun 2020 @ 2:10pm

We are so excited to welcome you to The Gates Primary School.  The staff can't wait to meet you and wanted to say hello, so have made a little video for you. 

Attached below are some videos to show you the staff in your new class and, some of the adults you might see around school.

We are all looking forward to seeing you all really soon. 




Date: 17th Jun 2020 @ 5:46pm


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