It has been a very busy couple of weeks in Reception 2. Ever since we read the story Supertato by Sue Hendra, we have been invaded by evil peas!
We have made our own superhero vegetables to help us fight back! We had some fantastic ideas for costumes and for which super powers our vegetables could have. Lucas’ potato had a moustache and Finley’s runner beans had an electric cape!
One day we came into school to find the Evil Pea had kidnapped the carrots! He sent us a letter and made us complete a challenge to get them back. We wrote him lots of letters using our fantastic phonics to tell him to give them back or else!
On Friday an army of peas invaded the classroom. We had great fun capturing them all and locking them up in the jelly. We also made signs to warn everyone to watch out and traps to catch the peas!
This week we have read Superdaisy by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt. We were shocked to learn that planet pea is on a collision course with earth! Luckily we thought of lots of ways our super vegetables could save our planet and videoed our own news reports to warn everyone of the danger. We had great fun watching ourselves on the big screen! (Video clips to follow- hopefully!!!)
Miss Ashton, our music teacher has been visiting reception 1 each Tuesday morning for half an hour and we have been learning some musical terms. We have been singing and clapping along to the ‘pulse’ of the song, it’s tricky to do but Miss Ashton says we are fab!
We also watch for Miss Ashton’s instructions with her hands as this helps us to change the ‘pitch’ of our voices.
A big well done for reception 1, we have achieved 100% attendance for 1 week. Mr Lawler-Smith made the announcement in assembly!
This week, in reception 1 we have been learning how to make our own play dough. It has been great fun, messy too…but most importantly there are lots of learning opportunities linked to the activity.
We have been measuring the ingredients we need, following a set of instructions and strengthening the muscles in our hands and fingers (which will help us become fabulous writers!) by mixing, mixing, mixing! Mrs Ogden has sequenced the photographs so that each time we need more play dough the children can follow the instructions independently to make it!
Our first week is over and we have been busy in reception 1. We’ve made new friends, painted pictures, investigated with magnets, built with Lego, and shared lots of stories…
…I wonder what next week will bring?
Welcome to a new school year, it’s going to be an exciting journey that started yesterday. We still have more new friends to join us tomorrow, but here are a few of our favourite snaps.
Reception 1 have been busy exploring the environment with Mrs Ogden and Miss Morrison.
Today all of the reception children went to Blackpool Zoo in two coaches, what a day!
We arrived and the adventure began. The photos show the animals we saw….tigers, tortoises, giraffes, parrots, sealions, meerkats, lemurs…
…what the photographs don’t show is the cheeky seagulls that SWOOP as you’re trying to eat your lunch. One was particularly cheeky and stole Mrs Ogden’s ham salad sandwich!
Finally a big thank you to our parent helpers, we couldn’t have done it without you.
We now have 8 chicks from our 12 eggs. In birth order they are called Malcolm, Poppy, Derek, Fino, Dave, Max, Penguin and Basil-Brazil!
By Friday afternoon 6 of the chicks were strong enough to go in the brooder and we had great fun holding them. We were very gentle and tried hard to use our quiet voices near the chicks.
We are very grateful to farmer Fred for letting us borrow the incubator and eggs. We have all wrote him a letter to say thank you.
This weekend the chicks are going back to the farm. We will miss them lots but we know they will enjoy their new home!
On Friday we decided it was time to free our butterflies. All 5 of our caterpillars had safely turned into butterflies and now their wings had dried out so it was time to let them go.
We talked about where would be the best place to set our butterflies free and the children decided that the butterflies might like it at forest school.
We sat in a quiet circle and opened the butterfly garden. We waited and waited but the butterflies wouldn’t fly out so we decided to give them a little help.
At first the butterflies didn’t seem to understand that they were supposed to fly away! They were very tame and were happy to walk on our hands for a bit. We were all very careful and made sure not to touch their wings.
Eventually all but two of the butterflies flew away and we all waved goodbye. Tom and Freddie found a safe place to leave the last two butterflies.
Reception were very excited to find out that not only had two eggs hatched last night, some of our butterflies have also crawled out of their cocoons!
So far we have two chicks. A yellow chick named Poppy and a black chick, the eldest, called Malcolm. Both chicks have spent the day drying out in the incubator and will hopefully be ready for the brooder tomorrow.
The sound of our fire alarm must have woken up some of our butterflies! When we returned from our fire drill practise, we were very excited to discover that two of our butterflies had crawled out of their cocoons whilst we had been gone. A little later we were able to watch another butterfly join them.
We hoping that tomorrow will bring lots more new arrivals and the chirping sounds coming from the unhatched eggs is a good sign!