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!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!