Home Learning – Bog Babies

Look at these Bog Babies! Click on the photo to make it bigger. The children have had fun listening to the Bog Baby story, They have been busy making and drawing their own Bog Babies and finding a place for them to explore. If you have made a Bog Baby, send me a photo and I will put it here. Well done!

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Mad about Minibeasts

Children have been sending in some more pictures of their home learning. Many are getting outside and exploring the natural world, while also getting their exercise. Lots of learning and exercise is taking place, indoors and outdoors – well done! Click on the picture to make it bigger.

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Working at Home

Reception class children and their families have been VERY busy, working from home. Look at your friends, busy at work. Well done everybody! Keep the photos coming in. I shall post another blog soon. Click on the picture to make it bigger.

We are missing you very much – with best wishes from Mrs Caballero, Mrs Baker and Miss Kennedy.

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Science Week in Reception

What a busy week it has been. Apart from learning about hand hygiene and keeping germs at bay, the children had a great time being young scientists. They made a cloud out of soap; they watched in wonder what happens when you mix vinegar with bi-carbonate of soda; they made their own bread using yeast, they explored electricity and created circuits and they made a rainbow of sweets. Just a regular week in Early Years in fact! Click on the picture to make it bigger.

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World Book Day 2020

What a fine time we all had!
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Pancake Day

It was a fairly cold day on Tuesday; perfect weather for a pancake race. Many of the children came prepared with their pans. Later, we made more pancakes out of playdough and had pancake races in the playground. In the afternoon we had our own pancakes and the children enjoyed the lemon juice and syrup toppings. Now, with some rather sticky fingers, we really are ready for Lent! Happy Pancake Day! Click on the picture to make it bigger.

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Reception Trip to Catford Library

On 13th February, as part of our Once Upon a Time topic, the Reception children, and many of their parents, visited Catford Library.

It was great fun travelling upstairs on the 54 bus and looking out for the local landmarks. When we arrived at the library, each of the children chose a book to borrow for the classroom and then Max, the Librarian, told the children all about the benefits of joining the library and he read them a story.

We all had a wonderful time. Thank you to the many parents who supported us. It would be impossible to provide these experiences without your support.

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Dare to be Brave!

The Reception children are becoming more and more confident using the apparatus during PE. They are developing strength, co-ordination and balance, along with their willingness to ‘have a go’.

What better time to ‘have a go’ than during our Dare to be Brave Week. Click on the picture to make it bigger.

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The Year of the Rat

Welcome to the Year of the Rat! The Reception children enjoyed celebrating this wonderful festival. They have been creating lanterns, fans and dragons. They made kites and flew them on a windy day in the playground. They cooked a healthy vegetable noodle soup which they ate using chopsticks. They also made two beautiful dragons and to finish off the celebrations they all took part in a dragon dance through the school, drumming on their drums and dancing with their dragons. What a fabulous time they had. Happy New Year or, as they say in China, Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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Keeping Warm with Hot Chocolate

The Reception children have been talking about how we keep warm in winter. They wanted to make hot chocolate. What a fabulous idea!

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Introducing Barnaby Bear

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Christmas in Reception

The Reception Class children very much enjoyed decorating the classroom and preparing for Christmas. They each had an Advent friend and together they compiled an Advent Calendar with Acts of Kindness for each day of Advent. They enjoyed taking part as twinkling stars in “Angel Express”, alongside KS1. They all brought in items of food and made jelly for our Christmas Party. Little did they know that Father Christmas was going to make a special guest appearance. They were delighted to meet Father Christmas and very pleased that he brought presents. Merry Christmas Everybody and a Happy New Year!!!

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Diwali 2019

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.

Have a look at our photos.

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Fabulous Fruit Kebabs

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 End of the Summer Term

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.

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Posting our letters home

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.

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A good start to Summer

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. 

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Easter in Reception Class

What a great time the children in Reception have had preparing for Easter.  The final week of term was extremely busy.  The children were writing about the Easter story; they were making Easter cards and crosses; they enjoyed lots of Easter activities in the classroom and also had House Meetings with their friends in Year 1 and Year 2.  We were very happy to welcome our friends into Reception class to make Easter bunny masks.  On Tuesday, the children took part in the Palm Liturgy and sang beautifully.  On Friday, many of the children made Easter bonnets with their families and took part in our Easter Bonnet Parade before school.  Before they went home on Friday, we had an Easter egg hunt.  It has been great fun.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Infant Easter house meetings

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.

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Horniman Museum Visit

What a fantastic day the Reception Class children spent at Horniman Museum in Forest Hill.  They were very excited leading up to the visit and it did not disappoint!  The children were amazed to see the fantastic models in the Lego Brick Wonders Exhibit – it took their breath away!  We all had a go at making some wonderful models ourselves and then we headed for the galleries.  The children found the real walrus, after seeing a wonderful model of the walrus made with Lego.  They were also excited to see the bee colony and to learn how the bees are getting their hive ready for spring.

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.

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