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!

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.

Reception are Mad About Minibeasts

The Reception children had a wonderful visit to Eltham Environment Centre on Wednesday.  The weather was marvellous and the children were very excited to go on their first coach trip together.  At Eltham we searched for minibeasts – first we looked in the pond. They had great fun fishing around with their nets.  They examined their catch carefully, before returning the little creatures back to the pond.  They then found lots of creatures under logs and stones.  In the afternoon the children had a walk past the beehives and learned about how the bees stick out their tongues to collect the nectar from the flowers and how they also collect pollen and spread it from flower to flower.  We then went into the woods where they did a little art project using natural materials to make minibeasts.  What a fabulous day they had in the sunshine!  Click on the picture to make it bigger.

Our Spring Flowers

The children in Reception Class have discovered it takes a long time to grow flowers.  On a cold day in November we planted our bulbs.

In March we started to notice the stems peeping above the surface of the soil.

When we arrived back from our Easter break, the flowers were in bloom.  What a lovely surprise!

 

 

 

Posting our letters

As part of our “Good News” topic, the children in Reception Class have been learning about the Post Office and how the postal service works.  On Tuesday this week, we went off to the post box with our letters.  Each child posted a letter home.  It was a beautiful sunny day, so we took the long way back to school and enjoyed looking for trees with Spring blossom.  What a lovely day for a walk!