If you go down in the woods today…

What a lovely morning we had in Jerusalem Farm! Following a very blowy weekend there were loads of lovely autumn leaves to play in and the river was magnificent!

We made leaf palettes, leaf hats and leaf slides and then we managed to stay totally silent for 2 minutes so that we could listen to the woodland sounds – amazing!!!


Reception class had a visit from Rhythmbridge today! We learned about Harry the drumming hedgehog and his friends Helen, Norbert and Billy. We all had a drum to play and we learned a different rhythm for each animal! What fun!

The Trouble with Tigers

The trouble with tigers is that they eat an awful lot. They also make very poor choices with regard to healthy snacks. Reception class have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about our next Judith Kerr book ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’ over the last fortnight. We have made tiger pictures:

We have made lists of the food that he snaffles at Sophies house; we have thought about whether the tiger was real or not. We even wrote invitations to the tiger, asking if he would like to come for a tea party in our classroom and do you know, he replied!

It was at this point that the tiger issue began to dominate much of our thinking (since no one had believed that he would actually come) and we set our minds to designing a healthy menu for our tea party, to try and instill some good eating habits into our gluttonous guest. We decided to provide him with grapes instead of buns, and orange juice instead of beer (a drunk tiger in the classroom did not bear thinking about), yoghurt instead of ice cream and a pineapple, just because we like them. The children made stacks of sandwiches and chopped up loads of fruit:

When the tiger finally arrived, after much eager anticipation, he was actually very polite and managed to control himself, sharing the food with all of us and not drinking out of the taps at all!

This can only be because of the fabulous example set to him by Reception class. Mrs Harper managed to miss the whole thing being off at a meeting. Thank goodness we have the pictures to prove it!

Welcome to Reception Class!

What a fabulous start to the year we have had! The children have settled really well and are picking up our routines very quickly. We have been making lots of new friends and exploring the classroom, both indoors and out. We have been playing in the water,


baking cakes,

doing fabulous role-play,

digging for worms (and being very gentle with them)

amongst many other things! We have been singing, reading stories, counting and playing lots of games.

Well done to all the Reception children for being so brave this week! We’re looking forward to seeing you all after a well-deserved rest this weekend!

Our Trip to Lytham

Undeterred by the weather, Reception launched themselves into our seaside trip to Lytham with gusto! We got extra train rides and a super big ice cream to make up for the soggy trampolines…

We had a lovely picnic and built sandcastles before going for a paddle!

Everyone had a fantastic time and we were all exhausted by the end of the day!


This week we have been learning all about Eid in Reception class! Esa and Isaac have told us all about the Eid celebrations that have been going on in their families and we have been thinking about the different ways that people celebrate this festival. We have made beautiful Eid pictures and designed our own Mendhi hands. We have also prepared and eaten a fabulous Eid feast, with chappatis, rainbow rice, coconut cake and mango lassi! Eid Mubarak everyone!

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….




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