Roll up, Roll up!

To kick off our new topic, Gosh and Wow, we had a Circus visit! We watched the circus performer demonstrate his amazing skills and then we had a go at lots of different circus activities. We can’t wait to show off the skills we learnt at our memorable event at the end of this term! IMG_3539 IMG_3540 IMG_3541

Juggling with clubs …. IMG_3542

Elliot did brilliantly at catching the juggling balls in the top hat!  IMG_3543 IMG_3544 IMG_3545 IMG_3547

We all loved watching Elliot on stage!  IMG_3550 IMG_3552 IMG_3553 Ms Barrow as the Circus Assistant! IMG_3560 IMG_3565 IMG_3566 IMG_3567 IMG_3571

Demonstrating the Diablo IMG_3577 IMG_3579 IMG_3580

Fancy work with the Flower Stick IMG_3586 IMG_3588 IMG_3591 IMG_3593Spinning platesIMG_3601 IMG_3602

Kai even spun a plate on his finger…… IMG_3604 IMG_3605

……. and balanced on one leg at the same time!  IMG_3607

We all had a go at spinning a plate IMG_5581 IMG_5582 IMG_5583 IMG_5584 IMG_5585 IMG_5586 IMG_5587 IMG_5588 IMG_5589

We tried to roll over while keeping our plate on our stick!  IMG_5591 IMG_5592 IMG_5594 IMG_5595 IMG_5596 IMG_5597 IMG_5598 IMG_5599 IMG_5600 IMG_5606 IMG_5608 IMG_5609 IMG_5610 IMG_5614 IMG_5615 IMG_5616 IMG_5617 IMG_5618 IMG_5620 IMG_5621 IMG_5622 IMG_5623 IMG_5624 IMG_5625 IMG_5626 IMG_5627

Cup and ball IMG_5628 IMG_5632

Demonstrating Poi

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Walking the tightrope IMG_5640

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Minibeast Detectives!

As part of our Mother Earth topic, Reception went on an Educational Visit to the Centre for Wildlife Gardening. We had a great time scavenger hunting, searching for Minibeasts and pond dipping!

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In our groups, we went on a Scavenger Hunt to find the following things:IMG_3448 IMG_3443 IMG_3444 IMG_3445 IMG_3447 IMG_3450 IMG_3452 IMG_3453 IMG_3454 IMG_3459

Sylvia showed us how to safely dip for pond life!  IMG_3464 IMG_3465We put the contents of our net into a white tray so we could look carefully at what we had caught.  IMG_3466 - CopyWe knelt down as we leaned into the pond in order to stay safe! IMG_3502 IMG_3470 IMG_3472 IMG_3483We found a Horse Leech! IMG_3485 IMG_3487IMG_3496IMG_3497IMG_3498IMG_3500IMG_3499IMG_3501IMG_3509IMG_3510IMG_3513IMG_3515IMG_3516IMG_4335

Bug Hunting!  IMG_3494We lifted up rocks and logs and dug with spoons to find creatures lurking in the ground! IMG_3495IMG_3477IMG_4337IMG_3478IMG_3493We put the creatures carefully into a magnifying pot so that we could look at them more closely. When we had finished observing them, we put them all back where we found them. IMG_3504IMG_3518 IMG_3519

We played a game of catch the moth. The blindfolded bat had to listen carefully for the sounds of the moth in order to catch it!  IMG_3521 IMG_3525 IMG_4348 IMG_4355 IMG_4356

Here are some of the creatures we found:IMG_3480A Freshwater Shrimp

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IMG_3482A Ramshorn Snail

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IMG_3505A Newt

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Thank you to all the parents who came along to help us out, we wouldn’t have been able to go without you!

Superhero Mission Day!

To end this term’s topic on Heroes and Villains we all dressed up as Superheroes for Superhero Mission Day!

Throughout the week, we have been receiving messages from Spider-Man; he needed our help because the Super Moon had stolen the Super Powers from all of the Superheroes. It was our mission to fly to the Super Moon and retrieve them!  IMG_3910

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We wrote lists of our own Superpowers….. IMG_3913 IMG_3914 IMG_3915 IMG_3916 IMG_3917

Rino made her own Superhero hat!  IMG_3918

Kiki made a Superhero Jet Pack!IMG_4027

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Before we flew to the Super Moon, we needed to exercise our senses. We used our sense of smell to try to work out the different smells (mint; coffee; lemon; vinegar and vanilla).IMG_3921 IMG_3922 IMG_3923 IMG_3924 IMG_3925 IMG_3926 IMG_3929 IMG_3930 IMG_3931 IMG_3932

We then exercised our sense of taste by describing and trying to name the fruit.  IMG_3933 IMG_3934 IMG_3935 IMG_3936 IMG_3937 IMG_3938 IMG_3939 IMG_3940 IMG_3941 IMG_3943

Not long now….. passports at the ready….  IMG_3944 IMG_3945 IMG_3946 IMG_3948 IMG_3949

We entered our spaceship through a dark tunnel….  IMG_3950 IMG_3952

…… and picked up a piece of magic space rock that would help us to fly into space!  IMG_3955 IMG_3957 IMG_3958 IMG_3960 IMG_3963 IMG_3964 IMG_3966 IMG_3968

Ready for blast off!  IMG_3970 IMG_3972

When we arrived at the Super Moon we had to locate two Space Creatures that contained all of the stolen super powers.  IMG_3974

After we found them, we each whispered ‘Superpowers’ into their ears……  IMG_3985 IMG_3986 IMG_3987 IMG_3988 IMG_3989 IMG_3990

Suddenly, the Space Creatures stopped changing colour, which meant that the superpowers had been released. We did it; we got back the Super Powers for the Superheroes!  IMG_3992

Disembarking!  IMG_3994 IMG_3999 IMG_4002

After lunch, we came back to find different sized footprints in our classroom and a voice message from the Joker saying he’d taken our beloved Polly!  IMG_4005 IMG_4006

We had to measure each of the footprints to work out which were the Joker’s so that we could follow the correct ones to rescue Polly…..

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After measuring all of the footprints and working out which to follow, Ezra and Rafael were first to find Polly!  IMG_4018 IMG_4019

We were all very pleased to have Polly back safely! IMG_4030

We wrote to the Joker to tell him we’d beaten him and we’d found Polly!IMG_4031 IMG_4035 IMG_4036

At the end of our busy day we had a visit from Spider-Man who thanked us for successfully completing the mission and getting the Superheroes their powers back! He gave each of us a Superhero Medal! IMG_4037 IMG_4038 IMG_4040 IMG_4041 IMG_4042 IMG_4045 IMG_4046 IMG_4047 IMG_4053 IMG_4055 IMG_4056 IMG_4057

A visit from the Funky Fairy

Reception HT were visited by the Funky Fairy who guided the children on an adventure to find the stolen book of fairy tales. They travelled through the enchanted forest to the villainous Red Queen’s castle.  All the children were heroes as they found the book and returned it to the Funky Fairy. It was a fantastic way to explore the characteristics of heroes and villains.

 

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The Funky Fairy

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What happened when you sat on the magic throne?

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The Christmas Star

This half-term Reception’s topic has been ‘Up Above and Down Below’.  We have read lots of stories on this theme, and our learning inspired us to create a show that included some of the characters we have encountered, such as teddies and aliens. We spent a lot of time practising our singing and acting, and talking about how we could make our performance special for the audience.  On Wednesday 7th December, we performed our Nativity production “The Christmas Star”.

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Some children were decorating the tree for Christmas, but where is the star for the top of the tree?
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They asked some fireworks if they had seen the Christmas Star, but the fireworks hadn’t.
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The aliens had not seen the Christmas Star either.
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Finally, they asked some teddy bears who were having a picnic on the moon if they had seen the Christmas Star. The teddy bears had not seen the Christmas Star.
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The children returned to their decorations box and inside they found a Nativity scene. A star led the way to the newborn baby Jesus.
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Finally the children had found the star for the top of the Christmas tree!

We are so proud of the final performance. Thank you to everyone who came along to support us.

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The cast of ‘The Christmas Star’.

 

 

Our Visit to Greenwich Observatory

As part of our topic Up above and down below, we visited the Greenwich Observatory. We found out lots of facts about space, and then went on an imaginary rocket to the moon!

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We helped Ted to find the great big bear in the sky.  We found out lots of facts about the planets in our solar system.

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We went in a rocket to the moon.  We went moon-walking and collected moon-rocks.

We had a fantastic day in Greenwich, and have been excited to share our knowledge of space back at school.  Thank you to all of our parent and carer helpers, who helped make the day a great success!