The Little Red Hen in Reception

 

Over the past week, our Reception classes have been reading The Little Red Hen.

In the story, the hen plants some wheat and harvests it to make delicious bread to eat. However, her friends on the farm are less than helpful and rather than respect their right to join in and be part of a team, they leave her to make it all by herself!

Luckily, the children in Reception are experts at respecting Osmani’s Golden Rights and inspired by the story, they worked together as a team to bake their own bread to share with each other.

To begin with, the children used their ever-expanding phonics knowledge to help them to write a shopping list of ingredients. Then, they watched a video to learn exactly how bread is made from scratch. After that, the children wrote a list of instructions on how to make bread, before finally coming together to follow their recipe, letting the adults put their batches of dough in the oven. After all, we have to respect our rights to be safe at school!

The children got to eat their tasty creations with some jam or chocolate spread. They enjoyed their learning throughout the week and our budding bakers are now looking forward to further cooking adventures in the future. Watch this space…

Have a look at our brilliant baking!

Royal Wedding Tea Party.

 

On Friday 18th May, our Early Years classes were gripped by Royal Wedding fever!

Ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, Nursery and Reception gathered in the playground to celebrate the occasion with a good, old-fashioned British tea party.

The children decorated their own crowns to wear as they sipped on their juice and ate their cupcakes and cucumber sandwiches in the glorious, spring sunshine.

We even had our own prince and princess to help us get into the spirit and celebrate the Royal Couple’s big day.

Be sure to have a look at some of the photos taken on the day!

 

World of Work Week – Fire Brigade Visit

This week is Osmani’s World at Work Week. The whole school are learning all about the different types of jobs people do. Today, Reception were fortunate enough to be visited by firefighters from Whitechapel Fire Station.

Firefighter John and several of his team brought their fire engine into school to show us the equipment they use as part of their day to day job. Some of us got to put on their “Ghostbusters” backpacks and we also got to hold the heavy, yellow enforcer which they use to break down doors in emergencies.

The firefighters taught us how to call the fire brigade in an emergency (dial 999) and what to do if we notice a fire at home – GET OUT,  STAY OUT! Did you know, the fire brigade will arrive at an emergency six minutes after receiving the phone call? Even if they are busy having their lunch or dinner, they have to just leave it and go. They are so dedicated!

Finally, we were lucky enough to have a go at spraying the fire hoses in our playground!

Both the children and adults had a great afternoon and would like to thank the firefighters from Whitechapel Fire Station for giving up their time to tell us all about their jobs.

Don’t forget to have a look at some of the photos we took.

 

 

Visit to Tower of London

Quick Question: What do most Fairy tales have in common (aside from a happy ending)?

Give up?

It’s castles of course!

This term Reception have read lots of traditional tales, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpeltstiltskin just to name a few. To make all this amazing learning more real to the children we went on a visit to our local castle, The Tower of London. Before going each of the children wrote about what they would like to see when they got there. Some were looking forward to seeing the knights armour, the Queen’s crown or her throne. Of course we were not disappointed; we got to see all those things (or at least pictures of them) and so much more, like the dragon made of different metal items.

 

After visiting the castle we sat by the River Thames and drew pictures of things that we had seen on our visit.

 

It’s fair to say both adults and children really enjoyed having a small glimpse of how royalty used to live and all the beautiful

 

Story Telling with Pat Ryan

Reception children had a fantastic story telling session with Patrick Ryan, a professional storyteller with over 30 years of experience. He collects each story from around the world and spreads it via words and actions!! It was an opportunity for children to develop their listening skills and follow a narrative without visual prompts, instead with actions, words and sounds. He told us the story of’ ‘The Elephant and the Naughty Baby’.

Children were very engaged, listening to the story and found it amusing as it was about a baby who ate lots of food and didn’t pay for it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your favourite stories to tell?

 

Chinese Dragon Dance Workshop

This half term Reception children have been learning about China and all about ‘Chinese New Year’. As part of the celebration the children were lucky enough to participate in a Chinese dragon dance workshop.  They were very excited to use some of the props such as  fans, umbrellas, ribbons and even a dragon to bring their dance to life!

 

We would like to say a big thank you to Darren from ‘Dance Days’ for giving us a wonderful experience!!

 

Visit to Spitalfields Farm

Children in Reception had an exciting visit to  Spitalfieds Farm, they watched the retelling of one of their favourite stories ‘ The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ with real Goats! After we listened to the story we were able to stroke and feed the goats. Some of the children said how soft their fur felt and how wet their tongue was, and Ya-Qi noticed that one of the goats had sharp horns. We are very proud of the children because although some of them were scared, they used their growth mindset and participated in this lovely experience.

The Reception Team would like to say thank you to the staff and volunteers at Spitalfields farm for putting on a lovely show for us and our fantastic parents for coming along with us!

Stay tuned to see where Reception go next on their learning journey!

Incubator Project!

In Reception, we are very lucky to be looking after 2 incubators full of eggs for Stepney City Farm. We had a visit from Farmer Alex who works at Stepney City Farm and taught us all about how the chick grows and develops inside the egg. We also learned about how chickens and eggs are an important source of food.

We have been looking after the eggs in our classrooms and expect them to hatch next week. We have to turn the eggs 3 times a day, check the temperature and top up the water.

We will be hoping to have chicks next week – check back on the blog for an update!

Let’s Get Reading

As part of our school initiative to get everyone reading more books for fun, we took a short walk to our local ideas store. Many of us have visited it before but this time it was a little more special because the kind members of staff gave us a tour of the whole building.

We went all the way to the very top floor and looked out of the giant glass windows. We saw the train station and the market – what can you see?

After our tour we went into the children’s library and looked around for our favourite books. Some of us wanted to find fairy tales, others wanted to read books about giant’s and dinosaurs and some of us found books about things we can make and do.

Did you know the Ideas Store has a story telling session every day? Well they do, and we got to have a special one just for us!

The children really enjoyed exploring the Ideas Store and learnt a lot about all the fantastic things you can do in a library!

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.