Focus on Football!

Reception children enjoyed a fantastic, fun-filled football session this week with Coach Mario from Kixx football. They started the session with a warm-up activity that allowed them to practice negotiating spaces and then progressed onto learning new skills such as ball control, dribbling, foot-taps and even moving backwards with the ball. The children showed excellent listening skills and super teamwork. We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to coach Mario for visiting us this week.

Charlie the Dog visits CNR!

Reception welcomed a very special visitor today as they continued their learning about pets. Charlie the shih tzhu and his owner Mrs Martin helped the children to learn all about looking after a dog and how to be a responsible dog owner. In preparation for Charlie’s visit the children used their writing and phonics skills to write questions to find out about Charlie. The children asked their questions and were thrilled to hear all about Charlie and his feeding, walking and grooming routines.

The children learned all about how to approach a dog safely, how to behave around dogs and good hygiene practices when handling animals.


The children then had an opportunity to spend a little time brushing Charlie, playing with him with his favourite toy, walking him in the classroom and stroking him, if they felt confident to do so. Charlie particularly loves being brushed and the children found this relaxing too!

We are extremely proud of how sensible and mature Reception children behaved today and how enthusiastic and considerate they were with our special visitor who also behaved beautifully. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Martin and Charlie for visiting us today.

Happy Chinese New Year!


Reception children arrived in school today to find some surprise resources and artefacts. The basket included rice and noodles, a calligraphy set, red and gold lanterns, food menus and china bowls and a tea set. We tried to guess where they came from and why they were here with some children suspecting “the Easter bunny” or “Father Christmas” sending them from “America”, “India”, or “all the way from France!”. On further inspection we saw “Chinese writing” and the children worked out they had come from China! We have spent the day learning all about Chinese New Year!

We started our Chinese New Year preparations by cleaning away the ‘bad fortune’ and working together to clean the classroom. We then decorated the classroom with authentic Chinese lanterns before making our own lanterns in the Workshop. In the Role Play area we have been playing ‘Chinese restaurant’ and have been using our Phonics skills to take food orders. We have been learning about Chinese dragon dancing and having a go at using our bodies to move the dragon puppet to music.

In the afternoon we explored a Chinese banquet! We tried new foods such as prawn crackers and spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce. And egg fried rice and noodles with soy sauce. The noodles and sweet chilli sauce were a big hit and we had lots of empty plates!

We look forward to carrying on our Chinese New Year celebrations tomorrow! Kung Hei Fat Choy! 

A Frozen Adventure!

Reception children continued their exploration of Winter this week through the theme of Frozen! We read Frozen stories using our Phonics skills and had a go at writing Frozen stories and speech bubbles. The children especially enjoyed exploring Elsa’s frozen ice hands in the Finger Gym!


We have also been learning about birds in Winter and we have been using our Outdoor Classroom to make and hang bird feeders. We hope to spot some familiar winter birds such as robins, chaffinches, woodpeckers and blue tits.

Welcome Back to Reception Winter Wonderland!

Welcome back to our new year and new term.

We started the new term by exploring the season of Winter. We are learning to talk about the seasons and we have learned about the tilt of our planet Earth and how this causes seasonal change. The children were very interested in exploring the globe and we had lots of fun finding our own country and those we have visited on holiday. We have looked at wintry weather and have started to learn how to use a telescope to look at the sky.

We have been exploring freezing and melting by trying different methods to melt the ice to free the objects. The children have been learning about the Arctic and we have been talking about the Inuit community.

Exploring freezing and melting!
Freeing the objects by exploring different ways to melt the ice!


Christmas Greetings!

We would like to wish a very merry Christmas and happy holidays to all our friends, teachers, families and everybody who forms our very special Chorley New Road school community! If you would like to send your own festive greeting to your friends at Chorley New Road School we would love to hear from you. To spread your Christmas cheer simply type your greeting in the comments section!

Christmas Around the World – EYFS Winter Production

Reception and Nursery classes wowed audiences today with their fabulous performances of  ‘Christmas Around the World’. The children have been learning Christmas stories, songs and customs  from countries around the world from Spain to Russia and they celebrated their learning today by presenting these in a fun, festive show for grown-ups.

Feliz Navidad!

Reception children sang Feliz Navidad  (in Spanish!) and performed a song and dance about Babushka, a famous Russian Christmas legend. Nursery children delighted audiences with their rendition of ‘When Santa got Stuck up the Chimney’.

We all came together for a special signed performance of Away in a Manger.



The children have been celebrating their own heritages, customs and beliefs and the show included a special gift giving ceremony from Jamaica, Pakistan, England, India, Albania, Lithuania and America, just a selection of some of the places around the world where our Early Years children have family and friends.


Gifts from Jamaican, India, Pakistan, England, Lithuania, America, and Albania!

The children expressed themselves confidently and have made all their teachers and grown-ups exceptionally proud with their sparkling performances!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank families for their support with arranging costumes and helping children to learn their lines and we would like to wish everyone a very, merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad. Fröhliche Weihnachten. Joyeux Noel. Vrolijk Kerstfeest. Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom. Shinnen omedeto

999…What’s Your Emergency?

Horwich Community Fire Station

What a fantastic morning Reception children had at Horwich Community Fire Station today! Firefighters Nigel and Amy lead the tour of the station and we learned all about the hose and how firefighters are able to extinguish fires using water. Firefighter Amy demonstrated how to prepare for tackling fires and Firefighter Nigel showed us the other equipment such as the breathing apparatus, the ‘big red door key’ battering ram and the jaws of life. We even saw the fire engine’s flashing lights! Before leaving the fire station to walk back to school Firefighter Nigel showed us how to keep our families safe by reminding us to test our smoke alarms.

Don’t forget to test your smoke alarm!

The children’s behaviour was exemplary throughout the visit and they walked sensibly to and from the station. We spent the afternoon sharing a story about a firefighter, writing thank you letters to the firefighters and designing and building our own fire engines!

PCSO Pat visits CNR!

Reception children were thrilled to welcome PCSO Pat from Horwich and Blackrod Community Police Team as part of our ‘People who help us’ learning. PCSO Pat spoke to the children about the role of the police and the children were able to have the questions they wrote in literacy lesson answered. PCSO Pat showed the children the police equipment and parts of the uniform and the children loved trying on the vest and hat! We listened to the sirens on the police carrier vehicle and PCSO Pat allowed us to climb aboard the vehicle. We even had a go at using the riot shield and shouted “stand back! Stand back!”


Phonics Workshop for Parents and Carers

A huge thank you to all our parents and carers who attended the Reception Phonics workshop this week! It was fantastic to hear about so many children who are practising their phonics skills at home and we were so pleased to answer questions from grown-ups about the teaching and learning of phonics for reading and writing. Below are some of the resources we shared in the workshop. Please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about phonics.