How does a lion catch its food? 

On our treasure hunt, the fierce lion asked “How does a lion catch its food?”

We read the book The Lion and the Mouse to investigate. This is a picture book that tells a story without words:

At one point in the story, the lion catches a mouse…

… but in the end it is the mouse who saves the lion!

We used the book to create freeze frames. Can you tell who is playing the lion and mouse in each pair?

  Next,  we looked at the book Lions to find out  more. This is an information book that is full of fun facts:

We found out that it is actually the lioness who does most of the hunting. We also discovered this picture of a lioness catching a zebra:

So, how does a lion catch its food?

“She is catching. She is using claws. She runs fast.”
“Lions eat zebras. They hunt buffalos. They tumble down a hill with their food.”
“They fight the zebra. They run. They look.”
“It drags its prey. It fights the prey. They eat a zebra.”


Have you heard of Glastonbury Festival? It is a huge music and arts festival in Somerset, and it is happening this weekend. We are very ‘rock and roll’ in Reception, so held our very own mini-Glastonbury in our outside area. Luckily it was warm and sunny all day.  


The camping area
The wellbeing corner (caring for minibeasts)
Performers at the arena
Headlining at the Pyramid Stage!

How does a seed grow? 

The goat on the wobbly bridge asked “How does a seed grow?” We investigated using cress seeds. We followed these instructions: 

How to grow cress: 

1. Put cotton wool in a tray. 

2. Sprinkle the cotton wool with water. 

3. Scatter the seeds on top. 

      We observed what happened next:

After one day.

After three days.
We came up with this description of how a seed grows: “First the seed swells. Then roots and shoots appear. Next, the stalks get taller and light green leaves begin to sprout. Finally, the leaves expand and turn dark green.”
As cress is a leaf vegetable, we were able to eat it once it was fully grown. We made cress sandwiches. They were spicy and delicious!    


We love adventures! 

Our new topic is We Love Adventures! We started off by going on a treasure hunt around the school.  

Although we tried our best to tiptoe silently, we woke up some animals along the way. They asked us these questions and we did our best to answer:

“How does a seed grow?”

“How does a lion catch its food?”

“Is a whale a fish?”

“How does water become solid?”

“How does a turtle stay alive?”

We were a little disappointed to find that the treasure box at the end of the hunt was empty. This half term, we are going to focus on the animals’ questions. If we get the answers right, maybe we will get real treasure next time!   

Our treasure hunt chant:

We’re going on a treasure hunt and we’re not scared, 

We’re going on a treasure hunt and we’re not scared. 

Shh! Shh! Don’t wake up the animals. 

But where is the treasure? 

We don’t know! 

SOX Appeal

Friday 12th  June 2015

Last week, the School Council introduced Peter Wood, the Chief Executive of the 999 Club, to the whole school   community in assembly.  He described the impact of the children’s fundraising efforts, which resulted in so many of the users of the 999 Club’s Winter Shelter having a clean, warm sleeping bag for the night.  He also took the opportunity to launch the following appeal: WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH OUR SOX APPEAL

Over 6,500 people sleep out on the streets every year in London alone. From all walks of life, for all sorts of reasons. Every offer of help can make a difference.

Those of us living in our own homes take for granted our access to clean, comfortable feet. We like to keep them dry and warm. Every day we put on clean socks and set off on our daily journeys. Perhaps we do not stop to think how lucky we are as we pull on our matching socks…In fact if our socks do not match we cast aside the ‘odd’ ones; they do not fit in, they do not look right on their own. So we hide them in bags and boxes and cupboards and we hope that one day their twin will appear and make them whole again. Then we can wear them once again with pride!


During this time we go out and buy more matching socks to wear whilst the waiting game for the matching pair is played out slowly. Often the pairs are never reunited and the odd socks are deemed unfit for our feet. In homes all over the country the piles of odd socks mount up…


We have realised that in London alone there are 13,000 feet that probably do not mind if the clean, dry socks are not quite the same colour or matching pattern!

This is the reason that we have launched our SOX APPEAL. We want to reunite your odd socks with feet who need them.  The aim is to collect 13,000 odd socks to represent the feet that need them and we can’t do this without your help.

What you can do today – please dig out your spares (and pairs) and place them in the giant pink sock by the registers.  We will pass them on to the 999 Club where each sock will be put to good use. We are looking for adult sizes in all styles and any colour but they need to be clean and hole free.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Christine Carnell, a teaching assistant from Holbeach for making this humongous sock to place your donations in.


You can find the Sox Appeal display by the registers with the other School Council displays.