- Diwali 2019
- Fabulous Fruit Kebabs
- The End of the Summer Term
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Reception class have been celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali. The children have been learning the story of Rama and Sita and the battle with the ten-headed evil king Ravannah.
As part of the celebrations, the children have made Diva lamps, to light the way home for Rama and Sita; they made Rangoli patterns, to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi who brings wealth and happiness; and they made Diwali sweets, which Hindu families share at this special time. What a lovely week it has been. There has been lots of music and dancing. To end the celebrations, we had a special circle time when the children had Bhindis on their foreheads and a quiet time of meditation.
We were very lucky to have an older brother from secondary school who came in to lend a hand. Thank you for helping us.
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Reception Class children had a fantastic time making healthy fruit kebabs to celebrate the end of our first half term at school.
The children chose the fruits that they liked best and chopped them down to size.
We were so lucky to have a helpful parent to come and support us in making our delicious fruity treats. Thank you for coming in to help us.
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The weather was very hot for the last two weeks of the Summer term. We had a wonderful Teddy Bears’ Picnic in Beckenham Place Park when the sun shone brightly. It was also sunny the following day for our Sports Day. The children tried lots of different sports and then cooled off with a nice ice cream. You can click on the thumbnail pictures to make them bigger.
The children enjoyed treats, party games and dancing for our end of term party.
On the last day of term, we harvested our potatoes and ate them boiled with butter. The Reception children didn’t even know they liked boiled potatoes – but when they are home grown, they are the tastiest potatoes there are.
Thank you parents for all your support this year – for coming on our trips, practising the phonics and reading regularly with your children. Have a wonderful summer holiday.
The children have been writing letters home. On Tuesday we went off to the postbox in Blacklands Road to post the letters. It was a good opportunity to explore our local area.
What a busy week the children in Reception have had as they returned to school for the Summer term. We have had lovely warm days and windy wet days. The children learned about St George and made flags. They are also very much enjoying our transport topic. This week we were reading stories about trains. They had a lot of fun building their own trains and some buses too. Next week we will be reading stories about buses and learning about the different types of vehicle that use our roads. We will also be talking about our local environment and what we see on the way to school. The children talked about the beautiful pink trees that are around us at the moment and they painted pictures. They also planted potatoes and beans in the garden and will do some more planting next week.
Happy Easter everyone!
The children are taking part in house meetings, by the end of the week they will have 4 arts and crafts activities completed. They are all enjoying socailising in their houses and working together. What a great way to end a term.
After lunch we headed for the aquarium. It was beautiful. The children were again quite taken with the beauty and the colour they saw around them. It was wonderful to see the different types of fish in their natural habitats. We just had time to see the animals that reside in Horniman Gardens and had a quick play on the musical instruments before heading back to school. Thank you to the many parents who came along to support our visit.
The children have been practising their drumming skills and made two wonderful Dragon heads for a traditional Dragon Dance through the school. It was definitely difficult not to notice them! What a welcome they received when they visited Nursery and the KS1 and KS2 classrooms. Happy New Year everyone! – or as they say in China – Gung Hay Fat Choy.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.