We had a fantastic start to our new topic: Mother Earth with a visit to New Cross Cutting (for locals you might know it as the nature reserve on Vesta Road.) With help from the National Wildlife Trust, as well as Ema who runs our school club, the children set off armed with magnifying glasses, bug collection pots and minibeast wheels to help them identify what they found.
With the classes split into two groups, half of the children first took part in a minibeast walk; searching under logs, rocks and stones, looking in holes and collecting minibeasts to observe. We found centipedes, spiders, worms, snails, beetles, slugs, woodlice and more! Vinnie and Albin found a spider egg sack attached to an old piece of tree and other children were sure they had found Superworm (of Julia Donaldson fame.)
Our second activity was working with Sam and Edwin from the National Wildlife Trust. We walked through the reserve, looking at the different types of trees and plants that were growing. We then went on a nature scavenger hunt to find things on a list. Do you remember which tree has black buds? Can you guess which insect buries itself inside galls?
Reception S then got to play Bat-Moth, where we explored how bats use echo-location to help them find their way in the dark. We have been practising this a bit more in school too!
The children were impeccably behaved and as curious as ever. We had a little bit of rain, which didn’t dampen any spirits and after a walk back to school and time to look through our photos and discuss what we had found, we finished the day with Ema reading us Superworm.
It was a brilliant morning and thank you to all the parents who were able to support us by coming along.
On Tuesday 25th September Reception S and M had our first Educational Visit. We were lucky for gorgeous weather as we walked (very sensibly!) to St Mary Frobisher park on St Mary’s Road.
The children in Reception S had a fantastic time at the park. Many of them had not been to this park before, so it was great to explore. There were some fantastic role play stories taking place; with trolls under bridges, monsters in caves and secret missions to find treasure.
Reception S found out that they are fantastic climbers and spent lots of time exploring ways to get around a tricky climbing frame. Some of the children found it a little scary as it was quite high, but showed amazing perseverance and resilience and kept on trying until they managed to get all the way round.
A team of intrepid explorers had a brilliant bug hunt and found some really interesting interesting insects: some of which even the adults hadn’t seen before. A fantastic morning made possible by the children, who were amazing as always and our parent volunteers who came to support: thank you again.
“I liked climbing on the rock”- Fatima
“My favourite part was playing football” – Deniz
“I like the slide” – Rachel
“I liked sliding down the slide”- Alba
“I liked finding beetles”- Oliver
Make some room in your recycling bins and bring us any clean cardboard, paper or plastic boxes and cartons that can be used in junk modelling.
Cereal boxes, milk cartons, tin foil tubes, egg boxes etc. they may look like rubbish to you, but our inventors are ready to turn them into the next space station, fire truck…the possibilities are endless.
There are modelling boxes inside and outside that junk modelling materials can be dropped into in the mornings.