Beautiful butterflies!

We have learnt so much from watching our caterpillars turn into crysalides and hatch into butterflies! We fed them carefully and learnt about their life cycle. Then this morning we had a very special experience. We held a collective worship outdoors with our buddies from Year One and released our butterfly friends into our lovely forest school area. We wished them well and will be looking out for them from now on!

When we were outdoors later we enjoyed drawing our own butterflies with chalk.

Have a look at our special memories!

Pond rescue!

On Friday Eco Club had a wonderful time rescuing tadpoles and other pond wildlife from our old pond, and moving them carefully to our beautiful new pond. Two frogs kept popping their heads up to watch us! Can you remember some of the creatures you spotted Eco Club?

Super sandwiches!

We made egg sandwiches yesterday in Foundation Stage with free range eggs collected by Reception at the farm last week! Yum yum!

Fun on the farm!

Reception had a WONDERFUL time at Church Farm today. We met and were able to hold rabbits and guinea pigs, then learnt about chickens and eggs while collecting eggs ourselves from the hen house! We are going to use them to make sandwiches for our role play cafe on Monday. Then we went on a tractor ride, stopping off to feed donkeys, alpacas and sheep. After that we fed ourselves, and were joined by a cheeky chicken at lunch time! We went to see some more animals, then had fun at the indoor beach, played on pedal tractors, and finished the day with a yummy ice cream. We had so much fun and learnt a lot. We were also told how wonderfully we had behaved (as usual!). Well done Reception!

Science on a sunny day!

We love being outdoors whatever the weather, but the sun can be lots of fun! Today we had ice pops as a lovely treat, and talked about freezing and melting, and how things melt more quickly when there is more heat. Back in the shade, we also looked carefully and closely at a grasshopper (before letting him go in the garden), and were impressed by his long legs for jumping! We also were amazed to see that our caterpillars have started to turn into crysalides! We have to be really careful not to disturb them now. We finished the morning with collective worship, thanking God for our wonderful world and all the amazing creatures.

Bird feeding station

I had a lovely time with Isacc, David, Janet and Joseph on Friday, setting up our new bird feeding station.

We put in lots of different types of feed to suit different species of birds: peanuts, seed and fat balls, and a dish of water too.

Make sure you are calm and quiet in the science garden and try not to touch the feeding station. If you’re lucky you might spot some feathered friends!image image image image

Fabulous Forest Schools!

A group from Reception LOVED their first Forest Schools session yesterday, learning about the Forest School rules, decorating hats with natural materials, investigating growing plants and having fun together! Forest Schools sessions run for six weeks, and all the children will have a chance to take part. The next group will begin as they move into Year One.

The Great Bug Hunt!

In Nursery and Reception we are taking part in a competition called “The Great Bug Hunt!” We have a lovely garden and always enjoy searching for minibeasts. We observe them closely and have been drawing them and writing about them. We also have our own caterpillars in class! We are treating them very carefully and watching how they grow and change. Watch this space for updates!

Excellent exercise!

In our PE lesson this week, Reception have been learning about how exercise affects our heart and breathing rate. We practiced running races then tested how our heart rates had changed. We also really enjoyed exploring the new outdoor exercise equipment, and thought about which muscles we were using! Lots of learning and fun in Science and PE week!

Early Years investigators…

This week in Nursery and Reception we will be very busy as usual!

As part of the whole school “Science and PE week” we will be finding out more about how exercise affects our bodies, as well as how our choices in the foods we eat can help us to be healthy.

We will also be finding out more about dinosaurs, as we continue our dinosaur-related research, and we will be enjoying the book “Dinosaur Dad”, which we will be performing as part of an assembly on Friday to celebrate Father’s Day.

We will be out in our gardens as usual, but especially on the look out for mini-beasts, as we take part in the “Great Bug Hunt” competition! We will be drawing and writing about the creatures we find, as well as talking about how to care for the things which live around us. Indoors, we will be closely observing our caterpillars, and reading about what happens to them as they grow and change!