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! 

The Magic Circus

We rounded off our Gosh and Wow! topic with a bang by performing our Magic Circus routines to a huge audience comprising family, friends and a Year 1 class.

We prepared by acting out the story of The Magic Circus, practising the skills we learnt at the workshop at the start of the half term, and making posters that we displayed around school.

Finally, it was time entertain and amaze our audience. Which members of the circus can you spot? What were their skills? How did you feel as a performer? How about as a spectator?

On another note, did you know that someone in Reception C used to live in Nepal? We sold popcorn and programmes to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake appeal. We raised almost £18, and together with Reception B, a grand total of £50! This has been donated to Oxfam’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. If you’d like to find out more or make a donation, you can do so here.

Thank you to everyone who came and made our Magic Circus event so very special and memorable, and well done to all of the fantastic circus performers!