To kick off our first summer topic of Gosh and Wow, Reception had a brilliant performance and workshop with a circus performer. This learning experience will help the children to develop the motor skills needed to put on their own show at the end of the half term, as well as engaging them in the awe and wonder of circuses, and performances generally.
The children were so engaged and showed off amazing skills (far better than Mrs Shaw and Ms Harman!) in tightrope walking, plate spinning and much more. After the performance, children discussed their favourite parts of the day and then together created their own blog post, in their own words, which you can read here:
Today Matt from the circus came to our school.
First we watched him juggle.
Then he balanced on a really high piece of wood.
Next he juggled while he was balancing!
After that we got to try the circus activities.
We practised throwing and catching scarves.
Then we learnt how to use tickle sticks.
After that we spun plates and went on a tightrope!
There were other activities for us to try too.
It was the best day ever because it was so fun and we learnt how to do lots of things.
At the end of the half term we are going to do our own circus show for our families.
By Reception S.
Here are some of the photos we took in the session:
This week we were lucky enough to be visited by the author and illustrator Alexis Deacon (Beegu, Croc and Bird, I Am Henry Finch and many more). He read us several of his books and talked through his process of writing. Later we were treated to a more intimate Early Year’s session where we learned more about Beegu and how to draw some of Mr Deacon’s characters.
The children were very enthusiastic and asked some fantastic questions.
On Thursday we are looking forward to meeting and learning from poet Valerie Bloom (Hot Like Fire, Let Me Touch The Sky, Surprising Joy).
Please remember to exchange your World Book Day vouchers at participating retailers for either a free book or £1 off any book.
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.
Our alien friends crash landed on a distant planet a few weeks ago when they were on the way to the Planetarium. To try and help them the children have been finding space facts and researching our Solar System. Having become experts the children discovered that our aliens had crashed on to Venus.
Yum Yum and Petal were getting bored being stuck on Venus so the children thought it would be a good idea to send them some books to read. Having worked hard creating our stories and information books we had another problem…
How could we get the stories to the aliens?!
Luckily the Reception teachers had a special space balloon and a shrinking machine. Once all the books had been shrunk, so they didn’t weigh down our balloon, it was time for launch.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Lift off!
The balloon arrived on Venus safely and the aliens were very happy with their new books.
The children are now investigating how they can rescue the aliens.