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PSRP 2015 - 2016

We have given you lots of information about routines in PSRP in your child's home - school diary, along with your child's own timetable.  Please check diaries daily to ensure you are up to date with any information you might need, and feel free to write anything in the diary that you think we might need to know.  Although we might not write in them daily, we do check them every day.


Here is an overview of the information in the diaries:


I (Mrs Oliver) will be teaching full time in PSRP this year and Miss C. Gibson and Miss M. Gibson are the full time teaching assistants.


Spanish and P.E. on a Tuesday afternoon will be taught by Mrs Otley (the children know Mrs Otley well).


P.E. kits, consisting of school P.E. shorts and polo shirt and pumps should be clearly labelled and kept in school.  It is advisable to send in a pair of jogging bottoms for the winter months for outdoor P.E.


P.E. is on a Tuesday in PSRP


Your child will swim on a Monday or a Wednesday (please see timetable).  Swimming kits need to be in school at the beginning of term and will be washed, dried and kept in school.  Girls with long hair will need to wear a swimming hat.


Swimming is on a Monday or alternate Wednesdays in PSRP (please see you child's individual time table).


Homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be completed by the following Friday.  Reading books should come to school daily with the reading record book.  Children make greater progress with their reading when they regularly read at home, and children enjoy rewards for reading regularly in our school reading race.


I hope you find this information helpful.  We are looking forward to another fantastic year in PSRP.




Here is our long term plan, which will tell you what we will be doing over the course of the year.

PSRP Yearly Topic Overview

Autumn 1 2015 

Here is our medium term planner, which will give you details of what we are learning in each area of the curriculum this half term.

Autumn 1 - Half Termly Topic Overview

Welcome back

Welcome to the start of the new school year in PSRP.  We have settled well into routine and are enjoying our topic for this half term which is

On Safari

We have set up a jungle safari area in our classroom as our role play area.  The children had great fun helping to set this up, planning what we needed in it and building the tent together.  We learned some new vocabulary as well as developing skills of cooperation.


Here are some photographs of us setting up and using the tent:

We will be learning the names of different jungle animals and simple facts about them.  We will look at rhymes that describe jungle animals.


We will also read stories about jungle animals such as




and will look at story settings.


We will also do some non-fiction  writing to share some of the information we have learned about jungle animals.

We have learned the Makaton signs to go with some of the jungle animals we are looking at.  We sent these home to practice as homework and had a great response.  The children came back after the weekend using the signs confidently.  Here they are if you need a reminder:

Our Purple Mash Work

Come with us to the jungle; what can you see?

At the end of the half term, we invited parents to come and see what we had learned.  We prepared jungle themed snacks for the event.  The children mixed, melted, spread and cleaned up afterwards, helping them to develop valuable life skills.
We have made clay models of jungle animals. We designed our model, and then had some practice attempts using play dough.  We had to work really hard to soften the clay and mould it into the right shapes.  We needed some help to join any pieces together but we were able to make our models look like the jungle animals that we'd designed. We painted our final models and then displayed them in a jungle scene.
These are a few of our photos from the Boccia competition.  The children played really well in two teams; the St. Cuthbert's Leopards and the St. Cuthbert's Tigers.  We will go again in November to play the next stage of the competition.

Autumn 2 2015 

Autumn 2 - Half Termly Topic Overview

We have learned the Makaton signs to go with some of the woodland animals we are looking at.  We have sent these home, as we did with the jungle animals, to encourage children to practice the signs as homework.  Watch out for some more next week.
We had a lovely walk into Sunnyhurst woods this week.  We looked at the changes the Autumn season has brought, as well as looking at what lives in the woods.  The children enjoyed looking closely at the area, and also enjoyed hot chocolate and cake!

Rally Robin

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We are beginning to encorporate the Kagan Structures into our learning. These are a range of activities that increase children's engagement, involvement and cooperation in their learning. We got into pairs to count forwards and backwards, taking turns and listening carefully to each other. We are going to practice this so that eventually we can share vocabulary and ideas this way.
Lancashire Week

This week we have had a whole school theme of Lancashire Week. In PSRP we looked at things that Lancashire was known for. We concentrated on the textile mills.

Lancashire Week

We used strips of paper to do some weaving. After we had mastered that, we moved onto weaving using wool, using cartons as weaving looms.
We worked with our link classes to do some clog dancing. We had great fun, and became quite good at it.
We tried Lancashire Cheese on crackers.  It was delicious. 

Lancashire Cheese tasting

We also shared some chips and talked about 'chippy tea'.

Chippy tea

We made our own Chorley cakes, measuring out ingredients, rubbing flour into butter to make pastry, mixing, kneading, rolling and cutting. We looked at how the mixture had changed when it was baked.


We considered what advent was about.  We made advent wreaths, learning that the circular wreath represented God's love, which has no beginning and no end, and the candles represented, love, joy, peace and hope. We talked about advent being the period of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus.
We made Christingles for our Christingle service. We talked about the orange representing the world and that the candle represented Jesus as The Light of the World, being born to show us the way. The red ribbon represents the love and blood of Jesus when he died on the cross and the fruit represents the fruits of the earth that give us food. 
We made snowmen out of socks and rice!
We made reindeer cake pops.
We hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

Spring Term 1 2016

Spring 1 - Half Termly Topic Overview

We are learning about the polar regions.  We have referred to these as the North Pole and the South Pole, although we have also used the terms Arctic and Antarctic.  We have looked at the animals and the people (Inuits) that live in the North Pole and the animals that live in the South Pole.  We talked about the fact that there are no people living in the South Pole.
We have learned the names and Makaton signs for some polar animals.  We practiced these at home as homework. 

We did some investigation work around melting.  We learned that ice is the frozen form of water, and that when left in warm places it melts.  We put some ice on a hot water bottle, some ice on a table and some ice on a tray that had been in the freezer, with an icy surface. We waited for ten minutes, watching the ice cubes as they melted.  We tried to predict what would happen.  We were mostly correct in our predictions.  The ice on the hot water bottle all melted, the ice on the table was mostly melted, with just a tiny cube left, and the ice on the frozen tray had only slightly melted.  


We enjoyed feeling the ice cubes, and describing what they felt like.

We have read the story of Lost and Found, where a lonely penguin arrived on a little boy's doorstep looking for a friend.  The little boy thought that the penguin was lost and set out to take him back to the South Pole.  Having safely delivered him there, he realises that the penguin was not lost, but lonely and tries to find him again. Eventually he finds him, sailing the ocean in his umbrella, and returns home with him.  
At first we read the beginning of the story, up until the point where the boy left the penguin at the South Pole.  We tried to predict how the story might end.  We had some really good ideas. 
We  made polar region scenes.  We used blue paint and added white to lighten and make shades of blue for the background.  We used printing techniques, with potatoes, to make the penguins.
We displayed our story prediction work and polar pictures, along with some work on character feelings.
We reread the story of Lost and Found, but this time it had a different ending, where the little boy doesn't manage to find the penguin.  He returns home and sits down to write a letter to the penguin, explaining how he feels.  These are the letters that we wrote.
We wanted to know how animals kept warm in the polar regions.  We thought polar bears would keep warm with their furry coats, but when we put our hands in icy water with a warm covering, our hands were still very cold.  We put on disposable gloves and covered them with fat.  We then put our hands back in the water.  The layer of fat around our hands kept them much warmer.  This helped us to see that it was the layer of fat that a polar bear has under his fur that, with his furry coat, helps to keep him warm.
Spring Term 2 2016​
This half term we are learning about life on the farm.  We will look at farm animals and how they are kept, and the produce that they give us.

Spring 2 - Half Termly Topic Overview

We have learned the Makaton signs to go with some of the farm animals we have been looking at.  We have sent these home to encourage children to practice the signs as homework.  
Here are the Makaton signs to go with baby farm animals.
And finally some Makaton signs for other farm related vocabulary.
We looked at where different foods came from.  We sorted foods into categories of meat, fruit, vegetables, dairy and grains.  We also sorted foods according to whether they came from plants or animals.
Summer Term 1 2016
This half term we will be looking at creatures and plants that live under the sea.  We will look at the seas and oceans of the world and what conditions are like there.

Summer 1 - Half Termly Topic Overview

Once again, we have learned Makaton signs to accompany our building of vocabulary about sea creatures.  We sent these home for the children to practice and have been using them to support our communication during topic times.

The Rainbow Fish

We have looked at the story of The Rainbow Fish.  The story is about an especially beautifully fish, who wouldn't share his glittering scales.  He was lonely and miserable, and eventually took advice from the wise old octopus, who told him that he wouldn't be happy unless he shared.  Taking the advice of the octopus, he shares his scales and becomes happy with his friends.

We talked about how we could make changes to this story in order to create our own story.  We made plans, with new characters, new titles and similar events.  These are how our story plans looked.



The Sea Life Centre​

We shared our school trip with Year 2 this year.  We visited the Sea Life Centre in Blackpool to see some of the creatures we had been learning about.  We had a lovely time with our friends from Year 2, and it was exciting to see and even touch some of these animals.  Here is a selection of photos from our trip. 

This was our favourite photo of all of them.

Summer Term 2 2016
 This half term we will be looking at mini-beasts.  We aim to learn about tiny creatures living on or under the ground and their habitats.  We are hoping to incorporate planting and growing into this topic.  We are looking forward to doing lots of investigative work outdoors.​

Summer 2 - Half Termly Topic Overview

These are the Makaton signs to accompany the vocabulary for our topic.  We have learned the signs and animal names in school, and then have sent them home for homework to practice, to help us in our communication.
On Thursday 9th May we celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday.  We did so by learning about our Queen, who she is, her children and grandchildren, and who our future kings will be.  We made crowns and designed 90th birthday celebration stamps.  We had a lovely time at our picnic lunch and enjoyed sharing in birthday cake.  Here are some photos from the day.

Five of PSRP’s children attended a Paralympic event today.  We went to QEGs playing fields and sports hall at Lammack and took part in cycling, archery, football, athletics and wheelchair tennis events.  We had a really enjoyable time participating with other schools, and were able to learn new skills.  We have sent some photos home of your child to show you what they have been doing.  Certificates will be given out in next Friday’s assembly.  A special certificate was given to Zara, who learned to ride a two wheeled bike while we were there.


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Fruit Smoothies
W​e devised our own recipes for fruit smoothies after reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We planned what we would need and what we would do.  We went to the shop to buy the ingredients and then followed our own recipes to make the smoothies.  We needed to peel and cut the fruit before we were able to put into the smoothie maker.  We tasted each other's smoothie as well as our own and were able to talk about our likes and dislikes.


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