Early Years Sports Day

Yesterday was sports day for Nursery and Reception, and the children had a great time! Thanks to everyone who came along to cheer them on!

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.

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Barnie the Dinosaur

We had a special visit from Barnie the Dinosaur today to help us start our new whole-school book “Dear Dinosaur”! Barnie was a little bit silly, but he was very friendly! We learned about the height and length of a real tyrannosaurus rex, as well as finding out about their diet. We can’t wait to read our new book!

Magical moments with our new friend Barnie!

We have had a memorable morning meeting Barnie the T Rex! He looked fierce, but was actually really gentle…although he did seem to want to nibble Mr Larkin’s laptop! We then helped to show how long and how tall a real T Rex was, which fits in with the measuring activities we have been doing in class. This afternoon we are going to do some special writing and drawing about Barnie, like Max in our whole school book “Dear Dinosaur”.

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.

My Dinosaur Dad!

We have been learning so much through researching dinosuars, and have also been enjoying some great books. We really liked the descriptions in “My Dinosaur Dad” and used the book for our performance in Father’s Day assembly. Thank you to everyone who came, and well done to the children!


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!