Reception has gone hobby horse crazy!
Going Global with grub
We welcomed our Parents to come and share some food from around the world on Friday morning. We had lashings of scones, dips, pizzas, biscuits and generally lots of yummy foods. It was so nice to see all of our children and parents sharing stories and talking about different countries they had been to and where they and their relatives live. Going Global has been such a wonderful experience for Mango and Mulberry and we hope they continue to investigate and explore our wonderful world and become global citizens.
Our ladybirds have all grown up!
We said goodbye, bon voyage and addio to our ladybirds today. We spoke about where it would be best to release them and the children decided both vegetable patch and garden would be ideal as they knew that ladybirds like to eat aphids who like to eat all of our lovely plants. Mango released theirs in the garden whilst Mulberry said goodbye in the vegetable patch. Our ladybirds were so attached to us after we had raised them from eggs through their life cycle that they refused to go. Many of them flew back to land on Mr Heath’s face and thumb but eventually they all found safe new homes on leafs and in the flowers.
No Dinner dramatics
Our children have fallen in love so much with No Dinner that they even suggested sharing our book with their parents – so on Friday morning we marched ourselves and our grown ups in to the Early Years hall for an impromptu performance that included multiple animals and interchangeable old ladies!
Our visit to the Robot Zoo!
We had such an awesome trip to the Horniman Museum to see the Robot Zoo and the Aquarium as well as explore the gardens! We got the bus there and back and had so much fun using different technologies and propelling our squids to see who would win! We also went down to the aquarium and also got to see a special visitor cleaning out the tanks!
I’ve never heard of a talking pumpkin…..
We started our final book for the term and it’s one of our faves! We began looking at Jessica Souhami’s ‘No Dinner’ which is a traditional tale from India that links to our lovely topic about journeys. We shared the book in class and painted our own pumpkin as well as found some very fetching wigs and puppets to help transform us in to the characters from the story. We used lots of repeated refrains and had great fun retelling and inventing our own endings!
Let’s travel the world on International Day
We had our passports prepped and ready to travel around the world and school during International Day! Reception took on an Australasian theme and we practiced our Haka with a genuine Kiwi for New Zealand and looked at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia with our own Bondi babe Miss Saleh. Mulberry also travelled to Italy and Japan on our journeys, and Mango to Spain and Italy; making fantastic fans and delicious Italian treats! We picked up traditional phrases and learnt lots about all of these amazing places.
Our Rainbow pitta pizzas
On Thursday of Healthy living week we decided to put our veggie knowledge to the test and tried to make healthy pitta pizzas that had every colour of the rainbow on. We also made a rainbow fruit salad for pudding and went out into the big playground to have a lovely picnic in the sun – it was DELICIOUS
Bring it on
On Wednesday during Healthy living week we had a go at being cheerleaders. We warmed up and did lots of stretching to make sure we could move as best as we possibly could. After this we had a go at using the pom poms and learnt a difficult routine that had us shaking it off for most of the day. We also spoke about why cheerleaders are so important and how wonderful it is to show support for your friends.
We love to exercise!
Seeing as it’s healthy living week we decided we wanted to try and do lots of fantastic things to help keep us healthy. We found challenges around the garden to do 10 star jumps or create our own obstacle courses. We also were set a challenge on Monday to try and find out if people with longer legs can jump further. The children decided different ways to test this out and even chose to use cubes and metre sticks to measure. We found that it didn’t make a difference, especially as some of the adults weren’t even able to jump as far as the children!
Our adventurous eating
Here in Reception we like to be adventurous and try anything that comes our way, but sometimes this same fearlessness does not translate into eating habits. We wanted to turn the children’s perceptions of fruit and vegetables on their head so we set up a blindfold tasting session during the healthy living fair where we found lots of exciting and different fruits and veggies that covered the whole colour of the rainbow. We had black carrots, green tomatoes and pink grapefruit. The children and grown ups were so surprised to find out just how delicious some of these treats were that they had never tried before. We also had lots of digging, planting and even some smoothie making bikes to hand too. Thank you to everyone that came and visited us at the fair and for the parents who helped us with our stall
We are handymen!
We had some more new arrivals today on Thursday and we put our new DIY skills to the test. We helped find all the screws and matched up the pieces by colour and size!
Healthy Living Week – Futsal Jam
We were so excited to start Healthy living week and after a rousing and exciting assembly we got straight to it in the sunshine – we joined Justin when playing Futsal Jam. We were pirates protecting our golden bags of treasure which then turned in to cannonballs – we used our coordination and skills to make sure none of the sea creatures got them!
Cooking samosas in Mango!
Last week we were super lucky to have Inaaya’s mum Ausratt come into Mango class to make some delicious samosas with us.
First, shopping! We had to get some supplies, including potatoes, carrots and some mixed frozen vegetables, as the chapati’s had already been home made. The children chopped, peeled and cut the vegetables, as the aromas of ground coriander and cumin filled the classroom while the vegetables cooked. Meanwhile we made a cone shape out of the chapati’s and used a glue of flour and water to seal the sides. We then filled them to the brim with the filling, using the glue again to keep all the goodness inside! We waited in anticipation as they were fried, our mouths watering. Finally they were ready, and we devoured the samosas, crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside! A huge thank you to Ausratt and Waris for coming to spend the morning with us, unfortunately we didn’t even get a photo of the final product because we were too excited to eat them!
Keeping ourselves clean!
It’s RSE week here at Beecroft and the children in Reception were learning all about how to keep ourselves clean. After we saw how quickly germs spread by passing glitter germs around the classroom we moved outside and discovered even more germs! We used a mixture of cinnamon and vegetable oil on our hands to represent germs and then tried to wash them in three different bowls of water – one cold, one warm and one with warm water and soap! We found that the bowls without soap would not budge the germ mixture, but if we washed our hands in warm soapy water and sang happy birthday twice (the optimum hand-washing time) that they soon disappeared. We spoke about all the other things we do to keep us healthy and fit such as getting lots of sleep and brushing our teeth twice a day!
Some of the children were experimenting with all of our different funnels and pipes and began to see if they could get the water to reach to the plants to help keep them alive. They worked together and problem solved lots of leaking pipes and even tried to get the water to flow up hill! Well done guys, it was so lovely to see such inquisitive and independent learning.