Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Our final half term in Reception is going to follow a distinctly maritime theme, with a focus upon beaches, under the sea, boats and pirating! We kicked off the Summer with an investigation into floating and sinking, comparing different materials and working out which ones float and which ones sink. Armed with this information we went about designing our own boats and labelled our designs. The following  week we used our kindly donated floaty objects and made our boats. Then we tested them out, to see if they floated or sank!

Oats and beans and barley grow…

Well, mainly beans, and lettuces and tomatoes – planting has certainly been the order of the week! We have been making the most of our fantastic wildlife garden and planting our bean plants, weeding the paths and watering all the other plants that are growing in the raised beds and grow bags.

We have even been bravely tackling some monster brambles!

The chicks are still providing a wealth of educational opportunities – they have grown so much in only a week and have even started to get some feathers.

We have been working on the story of Chicken Licken and are moving on to the Little Red Hen – watch out for tasty bread-making at the end of the week….

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken!

Welcome back everyone!

The chicks have been incubating all Easter and have started to hatch! Here are some photos:

Watch out for all the chick-related activities that we’ll be doing here in Reception over the next little while!!

A visit from PC Ransom!

As part of our Superheroes topic we have begun thinking about real-life superheroes who live and work in our community. This week we invited a Policeman into class and interviewed him about his super job! Everybody wrote a question, complete with a question mark and PC Ransom answered them all fabulously. He also brought in lots of police equipment for us to look at and try on, and he even let us sit in his police car and turn on the siren!! The pictures speak for themselves….

 

 

 

Trip to Ogden Water

Reception class had a fabulous (if a bit chilly) trip to Ogden Water yesterday, looking for signs of Spring! First we made a tree, with each child forming a different part:

Then we set off into the woods and found different, natural objects to make beautiful colour palettes:

We went on a hunt for different signs of Spring, including moss, lichen, sticky buds and seedlings:

Finally we used our excellent listening skills to listen to the sounds of the woodland, drawing pictures of everything we heard – birds, the wind, the leaves rustling, a pheasant (or possibly a T-Rex – the jury is still out!). A wonderful morning!

Pow! Thwack! Wham! Biff!

Oh my goodness! On our return to school this week we were met by a terrible calamity! Our much anticipated superhero topic had been scuppered by the villainous Joker. He had kidnapped all of our small world superheroes and hidden them in his lair. The children were outraged, scandalised and appalled. They immediately set about designing ingenuous schemes and traps with which to capture The Joker and get back our superheroes.

The next day that wretched Joker teased us all with further letters and a poor, sorry-looking Spider-Man, dangling from the classroom door. The children decided that enough was enough and wrote letters to the Joker to lure him back to the classroom. At the same time they used all the junk modelling equipment they could lay their hands on to create the traps they had designed.

This morning we found final note from our evil foe, the Joker. Our trick had worked! The Joker had been expecting an amazing Superhero tea party but had run into a nasty surprise. Aalayah’s terrifying scary face had frightened him so much that he had dropped all the Superhero toys and ran away, leaving our toys in the traps. Hurrah!

A Trip to Manchester Museum

What an exciting adventure we had on Wednesday! Our visit to Manchester Museum was action packed and full of adventure. We began by donning our dinosaur explorer pith helmets and setting off on a journey to the prehistoric gallery. We came face to snout with Stan, the fabulous and renowned T-Rex skeleton and drew portraits of him in wax crayon and pencil:

IMG_3696[1]We followed a trail of clues around the gallery, spotting giant lizards, a bison skeleton, ammonites and a plesiosaur. We used special stamps to complete our hunt and found out all sorts of interesting facts along the way!

Next came the dinosaur explorer workshop. We carefully excavated under layers of grass, sand and rock, uncovering all sorts of fabulous fossils:

IMG_3709[1] IMG_3712[1]We found a Tricerotops’ horn, a fossilized egg, a T-Rex foot and a T-Rex jaw, complete with some pretty menacing teeth!

IMG_3724[1]We discovered all sorts of facts about the fossils we uncovered – did you know, for example, that a T-Rex grew a new tooth every time he lost one, which is why they were all different sizes! We also had the opportunity to show off our comprehensive dinosaur knowledge and astound the adults in the room with our expertise.

After lunch we had an hour to explore the museum, taking a whistle-stop tour through millennia and even making time for a visit to the vivarium to meet some real life snakes, frogs and lizards. After a narrow escape from this tiger:

IMG_3727[1]we all decided that it was time to head home. Everyone was totally exhausted and many slept all the way! We will certainly be visiting again!

A Visit from the Dog’s Trust

Today we met the beautiful Winnie, a friendly education dog from The Dog’s Trust! LJ, her human, told us all about the work of the trust and talked about how we should care for our dogs.

 

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We learned about healthy food for dogs to eat and things that are poisonous to dogs; we looked at some gruesome roundworms, some ticks and some fleas and discovered ways to protect our canine friends from these pests; we looked at a microchip and even practiced picking up a pretend dog poo in a poo bag!

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We also talked about what to do if we encounter an unknown dog when we are in the park or out and about and how to stay safe. At the end of the session we got the chance to give Winnie a stroke (after introducing ourselves with a hand sniff of course) and everyone has had a leaflet to take home to share with their families.

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The Great British Birdwatch

This week we have spent an awful lot of time bird-spotting!

IMG_3431[1]Undeterred by the horrible weather we ventured into the wildlife garden to check up on our bird feeders. We discovered that all of our fat balls had been munched, and there was further evidence of bird activity when we inspected our apple feeders:

IMG_3436[1]We were excellent twitchers, moving very quietly so as not to scare any birds away. We saw all kinds of birds, including magpies, jackdaws, sparrows, collared doves, woodpigeons, a blackbird and a chaffinch (possibly). We kept a record of all the birds that we saw to send to the RSPB and will be using our data to make a class graph next week!

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Dinosaurs, Birds and Dragons

Over the last fortnight, we in Reception class have been continuing with our prehistoric adventures, this time looking at Dino fiction. We have read and discussed dinosaur stories, comparing information texts with works of fiction. We have discussed goody and baddy characters and designed our own good and bad dinosaurs. We are currently writing our own dinosaur stories, each with a beginning, a problem, a solution and an ending. Our stories are absolutely fantastic (if we do say so ourselves) – we have some fabulous imaginations in Reception class!

We have also taken a rather gigantic leap through the evolutionary continuum to think about the plight of our feathered friends during Winter. We have decided to take part in the Great British Birdwatch this year and in order to attract as many birds into the school wildlife area as possible, we have begun work on our Bird Café.

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We have thought hard about the kind of things that birds need to eat in order to be healthy and the problems that many birds have finding food sources in Winter. We have been overcome our squeamishness and squished seeds and sticky lard into pinecones and yogurt pots. We have speared apples and we are planning to make bird kebabs (with fruit on, not birds). We have spent two afternoons in the wildlife garden spotting birds – sparrows, jackdaws, blackbirds and woodpigeons so far – and hanging our birdfeeders on trees.

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The end of this week will see us exploring Chinese New Year. On the agenda are dragon dances, giant roosters (2017 is the year of the rooster), sampling Chinese food and making Happy New Year cards….

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