Reception - The Giraffes: Blog items

Our Senses, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 27th Sep 2022 @ 8:37pm

After our listening walk yesterday, the giraffes continued using their senses by baking biscuits. We also used our senses during squiggle and a wriggle.

The children are amazing us by learning their new sounds. Please continue to practise these at home every day as we are learning a new one each day.  The children have told us that are enjoying teaching you and that you are getting very good at remembering the special actions.

Next Tuesday morning we have a class visit to Longton library. I have put a slip in each book bag which needs to be filled in and returned asap. Even if your child already has a library card please do still complete the slip so that they can borrow a book on our visit next week.

On Wednesday morning next week (5th) you are invited to a reading and phonics meeting in the school hall at 9am. Mrs. Fletcher and I will deliver information on reading and phonics and discuss how we can work together to fully support your child. If you are able to join us for a short meeting please do as the information will help your child throughout each year group in school. It will be a great opportunity to look at resources, ask questions and share experiences with other parents from our class.

Thank you

Mrs. Thomson


Super Giraffes, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 22nd Sep 2022 @ 3:47pm

New sounds are out in book bags today! The children are very excited to teach you them!

I hope the children have been telling you how amazing they are being in school. They have picked up so may of our routines and are now being helpers during many parts of our day.

The giraffes have been doing some tricky work with me this week and they may have told you they have been awarded ‘genius gems’. 

Our focus has been ‘sharing’ this week and already lots of children have put a patch on Gerald giraffe. 

Our Senses, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 21st Sep 2022 @ 10:22pm

This week we have been learning about our senses. We have a dark den in the classroom, we have made scented potions, we have been smelling and juicing lemons and we have been spicy writing. Today the giraffes went for a texture walk after a busy morning doing PE after learning a new sound of the day.

Thank you for help with the sounds we sent home. New cards will be coming home tomorrow.

Thursday news!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 15th Sep 2022 @ 6:31pm

Yesterday the giraffes had a busy day and enjoyed story massage. I hope they are coming home and asking to show you their ‘Humpty Dunpty’ massage. We had circle time and shared how we are all different and talked about what makes us special. We are trying to remember our new word ‘ Unique’. 

Today we have used collage materials, we have done some maths work and we have been on a school treasure hunt looking for our new sounds.

The children are very excited to bring their new sound cards home to share with you (they are in book bags).

Please make sure coats are brought to school tomorrow as our ‘Forest school Friday’ will be starting tomorrow. Small groups of children will be working in our outside classroom - The Owls. 

Thank you

Mrs. Thomson 

Super giraffes!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 13th Sep 2022 @ 9:24pm

A busy day for the giraffes today. We started with a PE lesson in the hall. We played musical jumps before practicing our long distance jumping. We had hoops, balance beams and gymnastic mats to work on. We all completed the stations and felt our hearts beating quickly. We finished by playing sleeping giraffes.

We have started our phonics work and we will be sending home a game to play on Thursday. We enjoyed our outdoor play today and we had some fantastic engineers / plumbers! The children were fantastic in turn taking as we had the bikes out and they had fun sharing their very special ‘All about me’ books.

We have been working hard learning a class poem and have made up our own actions. We will share it with you soon!

Thursday already!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 8th Sep 2022 @ 9:17pm

This week is just flying by!

The giraffes have had another adventurous day. This morning they were introduced to their year five buddy. They were able to spend a short time together looking at stories and playing on the playground together.

Their buddies are going to visit next week and the giraffes will be able to share their very special home / school books with them.

The children had a special name writing task and scissor task to do today. They also danced to the ‘Wake up shake up’ song and also had fun learning the ‘banana meatball’ pattern dance.

As they were a little tired this afternoon we did story massage. I sang a nursery rhyme and the children carried out the actions on their friends back. This linked in with one of our class rules - kind hands.

I will post buddy pictures very soon.

Mrs. Thomson


Squiggle whilst you wriggle!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 7th Sep 2022 @ 10:12pm

Thank you for coming to ‘meet the teacher’ this afternoon. I will make sure I send letters home with the children for the parents who were unable to come along. If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask.

Please send your child’s nursery transition document ASAP, thank you.

If you did not get a school calendar yesterday please let me know as I have several left.

Terrific Tuesday!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 6th Sep 2022 @ 9:45pm

Our day started with a walk around the school grounds. Please ask the children about the owl, the eagle, the orchard and the exercises on the running track. We visited the forest school area and saw lots of mini beasts hiding. 

We have started talking about our senses and ourselves. The children have started creating self portraits choosing either paints, oil pastels or natural materials. 

The children are enjoying lunch time in the hall. We enjoyed playing beach ball games and friendship games in the hall later this afternoon.


A wonderful first day!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 5th Sep 2022 @ 6:40pm

What a great day! The giraffes have been amazing! They have been adventurous, friendly and good fun!

We have explored our classroom and our outside area, tested the puddle suits and wellies and enjoyed celebrating our first two class birthdays!

A huge thank you for helping your child feel excited and ready for their first day. Another big thank you for sending everything named! Jumpers, cardigans, wellies, book bags, water bottles and PE kits all named! Wonderful!

Please send nursery transition documents as soon as possible along with the ‘all about me’ books.

I hope you enjoy the pictures showing the busy giraffes!

Getting ready!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 28th Aug 2022 @ 2:46pm

Good afternoon!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I am busy getting lots of things ready for when our new Giraffe's start school. I would be very grateful if you could send a couple of extra things in your childs bookbag during their first week in school.

  1. A photograph (or printed picture / any size) showing your child with either family or friends - to talk about in class.
  2. A photograph (or printed picture / any size) of your child on their own (for a class activity)
  3. 'All about me' book - please remember this book does not need to be finished. We will send it home several times during the year for you to add to.

Thank you so much,

We are looking forward to seeing you all very soon!

Mrs. Thomson


Contact the School

Longton Primary School

School Ln

Main Contact: Linda Masterson

Tel: 01772 612 495

SEN Contact: Rebecca Catterall and Di Regan

SEN Email: