Bishop Pat’s Visit

The children in Reception were very excited to have Bishop Pat visit our classroom.  Bishop Pat was thrilled to see that the children had made special hats (mitres) for the occasion (which they wore all day, and then wore home).  It was also very nice to see Fr Sam.  The children were delighted with the visit and made our special guests feel very welcome.

 

 

PE

The children enjoyed the opportunity to flex their muscles and develop their confidence last Friday when we had PE in the school hall.  They were very excited that we would be using the “ladders”.  They showed how good they are at taking turns and trying new things.  Well done children!

 

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

What a treat Nursery and Reception had last Friday, when the Hobgoblin Theatre Company came to school to give the children a theatre experience in our own school hall.  The children were delighted with the performance of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

After the show, the children were also treated to a workshop where they used their bodies and faces to perform some of their favourite fairytale characters.  The parents also joined in.  What a great time we had.

 

Diwali Celebrations 2018

Reception Class children have had a wonderful week celebrating the feast of Diwali.  They have been using the traditional Hindu greeting – Namaste!  They had a lot of fun making their own rainbow rice which they played with throughout the week.

The children very much enjoyed the story of Rama and Sita and have all made clay diva lamps to help guide Rama and Sita back on their journey.  The children painted Rangoli patterns, traditionally a symbol of welcome.  They also made sweets, traditionally given to children during Diwali celebrations.  Making the sweets was hard work as the mixture was especially sticky.  The sweets were delicious.  The children have been dancing to Indian music and Tamil music throughout the week and finished the week with a circle time, where they quietly reflected on the week’s activities.  They also found out what it was like to meditate in the traditional style.  Happy Diwali.  Namaste!

A Visit to our Church

Reception have been visiting our church.  We tried to go in the big doors but they were closed.  Luckily, we had a key to a secret door.  We crept in quietly and had a good look around the church.  We then had a sit down in the church pews where we will be sitting on Monday next for our Harvest Festival.  The children very much enjoyed the visit.

 

EYFS Sports Activity Morning

Nursery and Reception children joined together on Wednesday morning for fun-filled activities in the main school playground.  The children had a chance to try out some new sports activities together and to develop their skills.  It was a wonderful morning.  Year 5 joined the children and supported them around the activity trail.  They did an excellent job.  Thank you Year 5 and thank you to the many parents who came to enjoy this special event.

Crystal Palace Park and Farm

It was a hot and sunny day when Reception class visited Crystal Palace Park and Farm.  The children had a lot of fun learning about all the animals in the farm.  There were pigs, lambs, goats, ponies, chickens, geese, rabbits, guinea pigs and an owl – but they were very surprised and excited to also meet some exotic animals.  They had the opportunity to touch the snake and the bearded dragon.  After visiting the farm, the children cooled off and ate their lunch.  They then went on a tour of the dinosaur trail. The children had a little play before returning to school.  What a lovely day!  Crystal Palace Park Farm is free to visit and open every day from 12 – 4pm.  It’s well worth a visit during the summer holidays.  Thank you Miss Maat for coming with us.

Beautiful Butterflies

What a busy week we have had in Reception class.  The children have been caring for our beautiful butterflies which emerged from their crystallises on Monday.  The children watched the butterflies as they learned to use their wings and use their butterfly tongues to collect “nectar” from the flowers and fruit.  The children carefully took the butterflies into the playground on Wednesday so that all the children in Key Stage 1 were able to come and see them. 

Finally it was time to say goodbye.  Some of the children felt sad, but they understood that butterflies are wild creatures and they should be free.  Bye bye butterflies.