Reception Trip to the Tower of London

First we went to the train station and took the train to Tower Hill. We walked round and saw the beautiful castle. We saw armour and swords they were so shiny. Some of the boys wanted us to take them back to school, but we didn’t. Then we went to see the crown Jewels. We saw the Queen’s crown, it had so many jewels. We saw some lots of different jewels; sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and rubies. We thought they looked pretty as they were really glittering in the light.

After that we had a snack and came back to school. We really enjoyed it because we got to see and go inside a real castle!

Since coming back to school, we have built our own Towers of London out of 3D shapes! We can talk in lots of detail about the different parts of a castle.

Toys Galore

In Reception we are getting very excited because it’s nearly Christmas! We have been talking about toys and reading lots of books about children and their toys. We especially liked learning about and investigating toys that move.

To help us find out even more about toys we visited The Museum of Childhood. We had a chance to play with toys that moved in lots of different ways. There were toys that we had to push, some we had to pull and some that we had to wind up. We even learnt a new science word – gravity!

After playing with the toys we explored the museum. We saw some old toys and some new ones. We talked about the toys that we had at home and looked to see if we could find them in the museum.

We had a really fun day of playing and learning.

The Library of Everything!

In Reception, we have had a wonderful time exploring the Library of Everything! It mysteriously appeared in the parents room of our school one weekend and after stepping inside, children and adults alike were enchanted.

We met the librarian, Peabody, and became friends right away. She showed us many magical things and also her empty bookshelf! The children all agreed right away that we could help Peabody by writing stories for her empty shelf.

Our topic this term is Farm Animals, so we decided to write stories all about pigs, cows, sheep, hens, horses and ducks! Once our stories were completed, we put them in the Library of Everything for Peabody to find.

Strangely, the Library disappeared one night and we haven’t seen it again! If you should happen to come across it, please let us know!

Fun in the sun!

This half term the children in Reception (and some of their parents) had the opportunity to visit West Ruislip Lido. We took a coach all the way across the city and although the journey seemed very long it gave us a chance to see and talk about some of London’s landmarks. We drove past the Bank of England and the Gherkin building, which we all agreed was a very interesting shape.

When we arrived at the Lido we took a train ride through the woodlands and tried to see if we could find the Gruffalo or even Little Red Riding Hood, but sadly we didn’t see anyone.

We had a picnic on the sandy beach and then had lots of fun exploring,  playing games and wading in the water. Some of us got very wet! We were all having so much fun that we wished we didn’t have to leave. But of course we had to come back to school and we were all very excited to tell our parents what we had done on our day at the Lido.

The Very Hungry Caterpillars came to Reception!


In Reception, we have been looking after 6 hungry little caterpillars!



We fed them, looked after them and carefully observed as they went into their cocoons for more than 2 weeks!



When they came out of the cocoons as beautiful butterflies, we gave them pieces of orange to eat.

We have had a great time drawing them and talking about them as they have changed.

Finally, we set them free!


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Our Day out at the Tower of London

Tower of London

Reception have been learning about fairy tales and went to visit a real castle.

Tower of London

We walked around the castle, talking about the different things we could see and even had a chance to walk through the King’s room.

Tower of London

“His looking after the jewels and sparkly crowns.”- Ayana

Help! We’ve Lost Our Gingerbread Man!



In Reception, we have been reading “The Gingerbread Man”. All of the children have enjoyed reading the story and joining in with the repeated refrain: “run, run as fast as you can!”.


The children have made descriptive posters in Literacy to help us find our missing Gingerbread man. The drawings and sentences about the Gingerbread Man are amazing! We have been trying very hard to remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops!


We have also been baking our own delicious Gingerbread Men! The children have mixed the ingredients and rolled out their dough very independently!




Shapes galore

In Reception we have been learning about 2D shapes. It was a little bit tricky at the start, but now we can recognise them and talk about the corners and sides. We’ve been having a go at drawing them too!


The Three Billy Goats Gruff

In Reception we have been learning about The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Children had a go at growing cress, building their own bridges and retelling/ acting out their own versions of the story.