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!

International Evening

On the last day of half term, the school celebrated its diversity with an International Evening. Some of the children in Reception C dressed up for the occasion.

Emily H is wearing a traditional Chinese dress and Isaac is wearing a traditional Scottish kilt.

We also talked about countries we have been to or know about:

“My mum is from Portugal and I have been to Spain. It’s really hot there.” (Jennifer)

“My mum is from Argentina and my dad is from England.” (Inalen)

“My auntie and my family live in Trinidad and I live in England.” (Ky-mani)

“My cousin Claire lives in Paris.” (Dylan)

“My mummy lived in Japan when she was little.” (Harris)

“I was born in Tooting in England.” (Lola W)

“I go to Spain sometimes.” (Joshua)

“I used to live in Ethiopia.” (Eva)

“I was born in Thailand and I used to live in America.” (Juno)

“My dad is from Jamaica and my mum is from Ghana.” (Prince)

“My mum is from Malta, my dad is from England and I used to live in South Korea.” (Miss Cole)

“My family come from Ghana.” (Mrs Adaah)

We love hearing about, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences!