Educational Visit to Greenwich Planetarium

What a fantastic way to start our new topic: Up Above and Down Below! On the first day of term, the Reception classes travelled by bus (no rockets available at short notice, unfortunately) to the Greenwich Planetarium. After walking to New Cross we took the 53 to Blackheath and then had a lovely walk through Greenwich park- we saw lots of signs of Autumn. Can you remember any of them?

We had received a message to wait for our class alien Petal, but after a short wait she had not arrived and so we set off to explore the museum. If you have never been to the museum it is a great (and free) resource. Can you remember how old the meteorite in the foyer is? Who managed to find the tiny piece of Mars on display?

After exploring the museum, we managed to fit in a quick trip to the Meridian line. The children were really interested to find out that they could put their feet in the Eastern and Western hemispheres at the same time. Did you know that time has been measured from Greenwich since the 19th Century? Can you find out what divides the Northern and Southern hemispheres? (clue- a globe will help you.)

Then it was time for the show. We headed inside the planetarium for Ted’s Space Adventure and lay back to watch the stars and planets. We found out about planets in our solar system and where Ted’s plant could live.

After lunch we decided we should try and find Petal the alien as she still had not turned up. We met Reception M on the way- they were also looking for their alien friend who was missing. We searched the planetarium gardens for clues and found some interesting objects like an alien tv, martian rocks and alien slime. Some children even found what looked like alien footprints in the stone. 

The children were beautifully behaved and returned to school full of questions and ideas. We have spent the last week using what we learned to design and make our own space station in the classroom, complete with control panels, communication devices and alien detectors.

Thank you to all the adult volunteers who helped the trip to run smoothly. It is always fantastic to have such great support from you.

Unfortunately Petal is still lost. She has sent us some messages to help us to find her. We know that the planet she is on is very hot & that it has rocks. What else do we need to know to help us find out which planet she is on? Hopefully she will make it back to Earth soon.

 

Reception’s First Educational Visit

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

We Need Your Recycling!

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.

Thanks 🙂

First Week Of School!

What a fantastic start to a new year and our first days at school. The children have settled really quickly and are enjoying rekindling old friendships and making new ones.

We are so proud of how well the children are adapting to new routines and can’t wait to share more exciting photos of our learning with you throughout the year.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                       

Reception S have really enjoyed using the climbing equipment outside, baking play dough cakes and trying to build incredible marble runs. We are very good at remembering our reading folders and all children now have a new picture book to read at home. Guided Reading books will be sent home in the next week or so.

We have an Educational Visit booked for the end of the month and you will receive a letter soon regarding this.

Thank you for all your support this week!