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Big Talk 14.04.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 18th May 2016 @ 6:59pm

Ladder to the Moon!

Share this image (taken from Pinterest) with your child. Talk about what they see, the way it makes them feel, and their opinions. What can you see? Where is the ladder going? Would you climb the ladder? What might you see, hear, smell, taste? Can you mup a story about this picture?

Big Talk! 22.04.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 21st Apr 2016 @ 9:31pm

Take a look at the image and talk to your child about it. Encourage them to use their imagination and memory of their own experiences. Can they make predictions? Here are some questions you could ask them:

Where is this? What can you see happening? How are people feeling? Why? What will happen next?

Dinosaur Big Talk 26.02.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 28th Feb 2016 @ 10:01pm

The children have loved this week's text - How to Grow A Dinosaur.

Share the following images at home with your child. Imagine you meet a dinosaur. Where might you meet the dinosaur? What type of dinosaur is it? Is it friendly? Do you go on an adventure together? Talk about good adjectives to describe your dinosaur, not just 'big', but try to think of other words to use. Does the dinosaur speak? If so how does it talk? Quietly, grumpily, noisily, ferociously?


Chinese New Year Big Talk! 11.02.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 11th Feb 2016 @ 10:14pm




Kung hei fat choy! Happy Chinese New Year to you all! The Chinese New Year fell on the 8th February this year and the children have loved learning about traditions and customs. This week's Big Talk picture is an image of Nian the monster visiting a village. For more information on this story, please follow the link:


Share the image together and ask your child:

Who is this? What do you think he is doing? Why? What might Nian be thinking / saying? What might the people be saying? What do you think might happen next?

We have been learning a lovely Chinese New Year song. To listen to it click the play button below, or for the song and lyrics follow this link:


Big Talk! 29.01.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 28th Jan 2016 @ 8:35pm

This week's Big Talk picture is the Royal Family (taken from Google Images). Share the image with your child. Ask them:

Who do you think these people are? Can you tell that this is the Queen of England? Why / why not? Where might they live? What might you say or do if you met them?

Big Talk 14/01/2016, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 14th Jan 2016 @ 10:33pm

Welcome back! We hope verybody had a fantastic Christmas!

This week, as part of Colour and Shape topic, we have been reading Pants by Giles Andrae and Nick Sharratt. Here is this week's Big Talk picture:

Look at the illustration and discuss these questions together:

Which is your favourite pair? Can you describe the pattern? Who might wear each pair?

Letters to Father Christmas!, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 3rd Dec 2015 @ 1:54pm

Next week, the children will be writing their own letters to Father Christmas telling him all of the lovely things they would really like for Christmas this year. We cannot guarantee that he will be able to reply to every letter. A parent very kindly sent in some information about the Royal Mail's Christmas letter scheme, and I thought I would share it here, as I know other parents may be interested...


Christmas Big Talk 03.12.15, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 3rd Dec 2015 @ 1:42pm

Here is this week's festive Big Talk image. Share this photo together and ask these questions:

What can you see in the picture?

How does it make you feel?

Why do you think the house looks like this inside?

Have you seen any of these things?

I saw a vision, by Mr Lavin

Date: 27th Nov 2015 @ 7:27am

In Religion, children have been thinking about the world around them. They discussed all the negativitiy but also all of the good. We shared a famous quote:

Children then created poems titled: I saw a vision. They had to record their visions for a new Manchester - we recorded them over a video that was filmed by Craig Murfin. Take a look at the final outcome: 


Breaking News in the Potion Poacher case!, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 26th Nov 2015 @ 1:25pm

Unfortunately Detective Brown has been taken ill, so he has requested that the Reception children (as they were so amazing at examining the crime scene) continue the investigation for him. Three children interviewed Miss Waldron and have revealed some very exciting details about the dragon's size. I think a couple of our suspects can be ruled out!!!

Crime Scene Big Talk! 26.11.15, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 25th Nov 2015 @ 10:02pm

The Case of the "Potion Poacher"!

Examine our crime scene. What can you see? What evidence did we find? Who was missing? What else was missing? Who is the culprit? What do you think happened? Which questions did we ask our witnesses?

New evidence in the Potion Poacher case - Witness Interview!, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 24th Nov 2015 @ 11:04pm

Detective Brown conducted a suspect line-up, based on some of the key characters in our case (including the 2 pet dragons who had disappeared from the Witches' and Wizards' Workshop on the day of the crime!). The Reception children have started interviewing the dragons and other members of staff. 



Today, Detective Brown e-mailed Mrs Fitzsimons with a witness interview video. He interviewed Mrs Whelan, and she noticed some very interesting things indeed! Some of her clues have led the children to rule out one of our key suspects - the shortest dragon in the case has been released from custody as he is shorter than a bird (one of Mrs Whelan's most important statements).





The children have decided they need to interview more staff to get to the bottom of all this!


Date: 23rd Nov 2015 @ 5:07pm

The staff and children arrived into the Reception classroom this morning, and were shocked by what was awaiting them! The Witches' and Wizards' Workshop was in complete disarray!!! We had to investigate...

























During the Good News Assembly, Detective Brown from the Manchester Police Force dropped by with his Forensic Team to search for clues. They found...














The children set to work, investigating for themselves!!! There were two noticeable absences from the scene - our two pet dragons were missing. The children noticed that all of the potion ingredients appeared to have disappeared or have been eaten too! We had to hunt for clues to point us in the right direction of the "Potion Poacher"!












Then an e-mail came through from Mrs Bramhall... She had scanned all of the CCTV cameras around school and found video footage of a suspect!!!


Watch this space...

Superhero Big Talk 19.11.15, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 19th Nov 2015 @ 1:55pm

This week's Big Talk image is a "super" one, as we are raising money tomorrow for Mission Together by dressing up as superheroes!

Look at the picture and ask each other questions like – Who can you see?  What can you see? Which is your favourite and why? What can they do? Which one would you like to be? Which super power might you have?

Big Talk Diwali, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 16th Nov 2015 @ 12:30pm

The children have had a great time learning about Diwali! Here is this week's Big Talk picture...

Questions you could ask your child - what can you see? What is happening? Why? What time of the year is it? What does this remind us of?

Religion Work, by Mr Lavin

Date: 13th Nov 2015 @ 11:30am

Today Year 6 have been preparing themselves for their class assembly. They wrote 'tear drops of hope' and prayers.

Big Talk! 06.11.15, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 5th Nov 2015 @ 10:19pm

Here is this week's Big Talk picture. A photograph taken from the Guardian Eyewitness - Photographer Matt Doggett. Ask your child questions about the picture: –

Where is this place?

What can you see?

Would you like to be there?

What is happening?

What do you think will happen next?