Reception S Circus Visit

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:



World Book Day Speakers

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.

Reception Minibeast Visit- all the slimy details!

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.

Sending stories to Yum Yum and Petal

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.

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.