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!

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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.

 

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Healthy Fruit Salad

What a nice day Reception have spent chopping up fruit for our healthy fruit salad.  The children all tasted the fruit salad and some wanted second helpings.

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Welcome to Reception

The children have had a great time settling into their new school.  They have been getting to know each other, making friends and exploring their new learning environment.  Here are some photos.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

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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!

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Summer has arrived!

At last the children are able to leave their coats, and even their jumpers, inside and enjoy the sunshine in our outdoor area.  The children have been caring for our new flowers and planting our beans; they have been looking for tiny creatures who have wandered into our garden as well as having a wonderful time playing and making the most of the sunny weather.  What a lovely start to the Summer term!

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We Read Every Wednesday Morning!

The Reception children are now in a good routine of reading on Wednesday mornings.  Parents and carers are warmly invited to join us between 8.45 and 9.15am on Wednesdays to share a book with the children.  Do come along when you are available.

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Book Day 2018

This year our book topic for Book Day was Little Red Riding Hood and we had three little Red Riding Hoods.  The children had fun learning the story and making their own story maps.  We also learnt a song about the colour red.  

In the afternoon we had a book quiz based on our favourite books in Reception.  The children wrote their answers on their whiteboards.  Their first ever quiz!  Everybody did very well.  Here are a few pictures of our day.

 

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More Snow and Ice

What a week we have had!  So much snow!  The children have had a marvellous time.  At PE they discovered that it is more difficult to run in the snow.  The children went out onto the grass and they built a snowman.  The next day there was even more snow!  It has been great fun.  Here are a few photos.

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The Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dog

The Reception children have had a great time celebrating the Chinese New Year.  This year it is The Year of the Dog.  The children made lanterns, mini dragons and fans and they worked together to make a wonderful big dragon.  They took the dragon they had made for a dance around the playground, banging their drums and clashing their cymbals.  ​The children discovered lots of different vegetables and enjoyed chopping them up to make a beautiful Chinese noodle soup.  Everyone tried the soup and some children had seconds, and even third helpings. The children had a wonderful time and were able to find out lots about how the New Year is celebrated in China. Happy New Year – or, as they say in China, Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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Read on Wednesdays

It was a pleasure to welcome so many parents to our first Read on Wednesday session this week.  The children very much enjoyed having visitors to share their reading with.  As well as some parents, we were joined by some of our Year 5 children.  Read on Wednesday will take place every Wednesday morning from 8.45am until 9.15am.  Please come and join us if you can.

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Using the PE Climbing Equipment

The Reception children very much enjoyed using the equipment in the hall.  They had a good time using their arm muscles and learning new skills.  Here are a few photos.

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Snow and Ice

We were just about to go to lunch one day before the end of term when suddenly we noticed it was snowing.  We rushed outside before it stopped, to see if we could catch any snow on our hands or on our tongues.  It was great fun.  The following days were very icy and the children had great fun mark-making in the ice, finding frosty leaves and scraping the ice from the gates and tyres.  It was a bit chilly out – brrrrrrrrrr

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Christmas 2017

The children in Reception have had a very busy time preparing for Jesus’s birthday.  From the time that they performed their star dance at the Infant Nativity until the end of term it was non-stop.  All the children helped prepare the classroom for the festivities.  They made paper chains; they made a beautiful advent calendar; they painted trees and they all helped to decorate the Christmas tree and were excited to put on the lights. They have enjoyed learning about the Nativity story and writing about it in their folders.  They each made a clay bauble, using finger prints to decorate it, as a gift for their families, as well as lots of other decorations.  They really enjoyed making jelly to celebrate Jesus’s birthday.  They also enjoyed taking part in the school disco with the other children from Key Stage 1.  We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.

Happy New Year!

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An Autumn Walk in the Park

The Reception children had a marvellous time at Beckenham Place Park on Tuesday afternoon.  It was a bit drizzly, but nothing could dampen their spirits.  Lots of parents came along to help out.  The children collected leaves and sticks.  We walked through the woods and up to the big mansion house.  The children have used the leaves and sticks they collected to make a nice display in the classroom.  Thank you mums and dads for coming to join us.

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