Category Archives: Reception

WW1 Remembrance at Henley

All the children have been remembering World War 1 this week with lots of different activities. There have been making poppies, creating poetry and producing lots of fantastic artwork. Year 6  have also been  reading extracts from ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo and other classes have also looked at various books about World War 1.

The children’s work is being displayed in the entrance hall, please come in to have a look at their amazing work.

Royal Wedding Fever hits Henley

On Friday 18th May, to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, the whole school came dressed to impress, in blue, white and red clothing. They each had made a crown at home, which were fit for any king and queen.

During the afternoon, the children took part in the Royal games. They rode on toy horses, threw wellies and played croquet.

After all the fun, the children ate their royal picnics in the banquet hall, which looked fabulous, decorated with homemade bunting, placemats and table decorations.

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon which was a great success!

Mad Science Assembly

Today, 6th March, we had a Mad Sciene demonstration with Mad Scientist Georgia, for a new after school club starting soon.

The children were mesmerised with fire and air experiments and it’s got them very excited for Science week next week.

They saw experiments on how to make a fire ball using icing sugar and smoke rings using a wind turbine and smoke.


Christmas Celebrations

The final week of term was full of Christmas spirit with Christingle at St Johns, Christmas dinner and the pantomime.

Well done to Year 5 for a beautiful Christingle Service.

Christingle at St Johns
Christingle at St Johns


A huge thank you to the Kitchen staff for a wonderful, scrumptious Christmas dinner.

The whole school then watched ‘Aladdin’, the children cheered, booed and sang songs as the story unfolded.

Aladdin on his Magic Carpet
Aladdin and the Genie
Princess Jasmine
Widow Twankey


Christmas Eve Kerfuffle Performance – Ks1 and Nursery

Despite the snow, the show went on and what a show it was! The children performed ‘Christmas Eve Kerfuffle’ and its certainly a Christmas eve no one will ever forget!

“It’s Christmas Eve, and there’s excitement in the skies! The angels have heard rumours that children have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas… There’s only one thing for it – the angels hatch a last-minute mission to save Christmas! For the children, a quiet night’s sleep turns into hilarious chaos, as the angels send them a procession of unexpected visitors, including kings bearing gifts, a friendly donkey, and shepherds with a flock of hungry sheep! And they’re all talking about one thing – a very special baby boy…”


Well done to all of the Ks1 children and Nursery for such a wonderful play. They all learned their lines and songs superbly and thank you to the parents for the wonderful costumes.

T Rex visits Henley

Well the children were in for the surprise of their lives today, when ‘T Rex’ visited them.  As you can see from the pictures

T Rex surprised them on the playground this morning. He was a naughty T Rex trying to eat his keepers hat and knocking him over with his tail. He had quite a roar too.

This visit organised by the PTA was all part of our ‘Natural History Week’. Each class have been busy learning about fossils, hunting dinosaurs and creating their own dinosaurs as well as lots of other exciting things.

Thank you to the PTA for a wonderful experience.

Explorer Dome visits Henley

On Monday 15th May, the children at Henley in Arden Primary school had an ‘out of this world’ experience.


They were visited by ‘Explorer Dome,’ an inflatable 3.5 metre planetarium. Once they had crawled inside the vast, igloo-like structure each class had an amazing 45 minute Science presentation about ‘Space’ or ‘Light’. Years 1, 2, 4 and 5 looked at extraordinary close-up photographs of the planets in our Solar System, as well as superb footage of the Sun.

They also watched intently as the night sky was projected onto the pitch black ceiling. Star-gazing without a cloud to spoil the view! In the afternoon, it was Reception and Years 3 and 6’s turn to study the wonder of ‘Light.’

A truly memorable experience was had by staff and pupils alike.

For more information on ‘Explorer Dome’ please visit Explorer Dome


World Book Week – Bedtime Stories

As part of our Book Week this week we had the fortunate opportunity to meet two authors/illustrators, Isobel Lundie (Monster Colour by Numbers) and Carolyn Scarce (The Art work Series) who came to work with the children.

The week culminated on Friday when the children came to school dressed as their favourite book character or they wore pyjamas as a ‘bedtime stories’ theme.

The children thoroughly enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas … including the teachers!!

A Message from Isobel Lundie and Carolyn Scarce:
“We had a wonderful time taking two groups of your children through our art workshops. “