There has been high drama in Reception this week, as the legendary Chinese monster Nian visited our classes and helped himself to our things!
On Wednesday evening, while children and staff were at home, Nian was captured on CCTV entering Fuchsia and Crimson class and helping himself to our toys and resources. Worse still, the terrible beast sent us letters explaining that, if we wanted our things back, we would have to pay!
Luckily, the children have been learning all about money this week, so we are now well equipped to figure out what coins we can use to buy back our property, as well as figure out how to make different amounts using the coins we know. We also wrote descriptions of Nian on Wanted posters to warn the rest of the school that the mischievous creature is at large.
Have a look at some pictures from the CCTV footage from our classes to see what happened for yourselves!
UPDATE: Reception were so good at talking about money that we were able to safely return all of our property to our classes.
Here is a link to the story of Nian, a traditional Chinese folk tale about a monster that visits every lunar New Year.
Reception have been getting into the festive spirit lately and having so much fun!
We have learned about the Nativity story, as we will be performing it at the Winter Festival on the last day of term. The children and adults in Reception are very excited to share it with the rest of the school and our parents, families and carers.
Everybody had a delicious Christmas Lunch together, where we pulled crackers, wore special hats and sang along to Christmas songs.
We also enjoyed decorating Christmas Tree biscuits and Gingerbread kids to sell at Osmani’s annual Winter Fair.
While we celebrated at our Christmas class parties, we were visited by Santa and his Elf! And because we have all been good girls and boys – respecting the Osmani Golden Rights all year – we received gifts!
Have a look at some pictures of what we have been up to over the festive season!
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…
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.
Quick Question: What do most Fairy tales have in common (aside from a happy ending)?
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
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!