Turtles and tortoises

We have been reading One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies to help us answer the question “What does a turtle need to do to stay alive?”


We absolutely love this book! It is unique as it is both an information and story book, which follows the adventures of Loggerhead the turtle. Amongst other things, we found out:

  • Turtles are weightless in water but heavier than a man on land.
  • Very few baby turtles reach the ocean before becoming prey.
  • Turtles eat crabs, shrimps and other small sea creatures.
  • Sharks eat turtles.

We are extremely lucky, as Loggerhead’s land-loving cousin Margie the tortoise came to visit us in Reception C. We observed her moving around the carpet and even touched her shell.

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We would like to say a huge “Thanks!” to Barnaby who is a Reception C parent and Margie’s owner. Meeting a real tortoise was an experience we’ll always remember.

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What are the similarities and differences between a tortoise and a turtle?

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!