On Thursday 9th May, the children in Reception braved the rain and cold and went to Westport Lake in search of bugs!
When we got there, we split into two groups. RN went for a walk around the lake and a play at the park while RH went on a hunt for minibeasts in the woods.
While we walked around the lake, we were lucky enough to see lots of wildlife including some lovely ducklings and a swan family with their cygnets. We watched the swallows flying over the lake in search of something yummy to eat. It was great fun on the playground as well as, although the rain meant that we would have wet bottoms, it also meant that the slides were super-fast and we enjoyed whizzing down them!
The minibeast hunt was a little drier but quite a lot colder as we were under the shade of the trees. We used sieves to see what we could find in the leaf litter and spoons, spades and pots for finding minibeasts under logs and bricks.
We found all sorts of minibeasts: worms, slugs, caterpillars, millipedes and centipedes.
Although we were wet and muddy when we got back to school we had all had fun and enjoyed our day at Westport Lake.
On 28th March, the children from Reception enjoyed a visit to Hoo Farm in Telford. Having arrived at the farm the children were able to observe the deer being fed and even had the opportunity to hand feed the deer themselves. Unfortunately, the deer were quite shy and didn’t want to come too close to us.
Having fed the deer, the children then met the baby lambs. We had a short talk from the farmer and the children were able to ask any questions. The most exciting part of this session was being able to stroke the lovely little lambs!
Following meeting the lambs, we had some time to explore the farm and meet some of the other animals, including wild birds such as parrots. It was amazing to see all of the different colours.
We then ate our lunch and were fortunate enough that the weather was nice and we were able to eat outside.
Our afternoon session gave us time to explore the Animal Kingdom. The animals that we saw were not usual farm animals and were very exotic. Our favourites were the meerkats which were very cute and seemed as interested in us as we were in them.
Come the end of the day, we were tired from all of the walking but we all said that we had really enjoyed our time looking at the animals.
On 11th December, the children from Reception enjoyed a visit to Wonderland in Telford. Despite a winding bus journey, the children were excited to arrive at Wonderland and were even more surprised and excited to be greeted by an elf w89]y ho took us for a short walk. On the way, we met Dancer and Prancer – some of Santa’s real reindeers – before going to meet Santa himself! All the children spoke to Santa and had their picture taken before he gave everyone a present.
After the visit to Santa, we rode on a carousel and a mini train ride and then took a walk through the ice mountain to look at some polar animals including polar bears and husky’s. Now it was time for lunch so we walked back up to the castle to eat dinner before exploring the park.
It was great fun looking at the different character’s houses and seeing them all decorated for Christmas. We saw Snow White’s house, the gingerbread house with Gretel and the witch – but we could not find Hansel anywhere! We also saw Humpty Dumpty, the Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs’ houses. The biggest surprise was when we found Little Red Riding Hood’s house and found Mrs Claus making mince pies for Santa in there. She was lovely and invited us to add some fairy dust into her mince pie mixture and as we added it, we had to make a wish so that when Santa eats the pies he will know all about our wishes.
After a couple more rides, it was time to go back to the bus ready to come back to school. It was a great day and lots of us said we wish we could have stayed for longer!
On 30th November, we visited Jodrell Bank to help us to answer our Learning Challenge Question, “What’s above the sky?”
The children had the chance to explore some practical science exhibits as well as take part in two workshops. In the first workshop, we tried to help Mole to catch the moon. We then went into an inflatable observatory. This helped us to understand what is above the sky as we went on a journey through the solar system. It was a fantastic experience even though some of us were a little unsure of the dark!
The second workshop taught us about what it would be like to be an astronaut. We packed our own space packs with the items that we thought we would need in space. We were all surprised to find out that astronauts have to wear a nappy! We talked about the jobs that an astronaut does in space; some of them do not sound fun – they have to do the cleaning! Finally, we thought about how astronauts get to space. For this activity we made our own bottle rockets and made them BLAST OFF!! We all had great fun seeing how far we could get our rockets to go. We really enjoyed our first trip of the year!
Our Learning challenge question for last half term was “What’s above the sky?” As part of this we had been thinking about how people get into space and how do we know about space. To conclude our topic the children in Reception visited Jodrell Bank in Macclesfield. During the day the children had the opportunity to explore a range of hands on science activities as well as taking part in two taught workshops. The first focused on what it was like on other planets and during this session the children had the chance to look, feel, smell and hear what it was like on some of the other planets – we all learned that it is better to live on Earth rather than Venus or Saturn as they were very smelly!
During our second workshop we learned about space travel. Ayesha had the chance to dress up as an astronaut and we sorted out what was in the astronauts suitcase. We thought it was very funny when we were told that the astronauts have to wear a nappy when they are in space! We were also told how a rocket breaks up in space once all the fuel has burned off so that only the cone at the end is left by the end of the mission. We then made cones for our bottle rockets. Once we had made them we placed them on our empty water bottles and started to count down. 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…BLAST OFF! When we said blast off we had to bang the sides of our bottles so that the cones were launched across the classroom. This was great fun and we couldn’t wait to test them again at home.
It was a great experience and it helped us to understand and consolidate all the learning that we had done over the half term.
As part of our learning about characters and stories the children in Reception had a ‘Book for Bedtime’ day on January 24th. Everybody, including the teachers, came dressed in their pyjamas and dressing gowns and spent the morning doing activities linked to their favourite bedtime stories.
In the afternoon mums and dads were invited to come into school and Mrs Nicholls spoke to them about the importance of the children reading at home and showed them the online reading scheme called ‘Bug Club’. Then we had a special visit from Emma George, who works at Hanley Library, she brought all the children a ‘Time to Read’ bag. Inside the bag was a copy of a book called “Kitchen Disco” which Emma read and got us all moving like the fruits in the story – we are really good at “Moving like a mango”.
Finally we enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate with our mums and dads and shared our books with them.
In January we were lucky enough to have Emma George from Hanley Library come into school to read this year’s Booktime story for children and parents. The children all came into school in their pyjamas and brought their favourite story book with them. In the afternoon we invited mums and dads to join us for a story and some hot chocolate. It was lots of fun!
During the second half of the Spring term, the children in Reception were learning about minibeasts. They had so much fun and even the teachers learned a thing or two! On Friday 18th March we ended our topic with a trip to Hanley Park to look for minibeasts. The children were very enthusiastic and found a range of different creepy crawlies including slugs, worms and woodlice – but we made sure they all got returned to their homes before we came back to school!
When we learned the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the children in Reception had the chance to pretend to be Goldilocks and taste the Three Bear’s porridge. We think Goldilocks had the right idea when she ate all of Baby Bear’s porridge up! It was yummy. We weren’t too sure about Mummy and Daddy’s porridge though!