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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.