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  • Saturday 25 June 2022 Ahoy me hearties! Reception had the most amazing day on Thursday as we set sail for Bowood House. We spent the morning completing team challenges where we needed to earn treasure from our captains to access our pirate ship in the afternoon. We had lunch overlooking the beautiful lake and were joined by three very cheeky ducks who were after our sandwiches! They even enjoyed a game of 'Grandmother's Footsteps' and provided great lunchtime entertainment. After lunch we headed to the adventure playground, complete with huge pirate ship, where the children made us especially proud with their bravery, teamwork and support of one another. We came home after ice lollies, tired but very happy.
  • Saturday 25 June 2022 Ship's Biscuits Reception tasted some ship's biscuits made to a recipe that pirates would have used many years ago. They were made with just salt, flour and water. As you can see from the photos, the children weren't overly impressed by the flavour or the texture - we could certainly see why they were otherwise known as 'hard tack!!' Thankfully, the biscuits we tasted weren't full of weevils too!
  • Sunday 8 May 2022 Plants Continued This term we have continued to think about plants. We have looked for signs of a plant's life cycle in the garden, designed seed packets and planted potatoes, runner beans and sunflowers. Next week we will think about what plants need in order to grow so that we can look after our new plants as best as we can.
  • Saturday 19 March 2022 Plant Detectives As part of British Science Week, Reception became 'plant detectives' on Friday. They were asked to look for plants growing in unusual places. They used their magnifying glasses to good effect and found plants growing in all sorts of places they didn't expect. They were surprised once more when they were told that we were going to plant some seeds on our windows!.... In cotton wool! The children chose a seed each and will watch the progress of their seeds over the next few weeks. Which seeds will germinate most quickly Which plants will grow most successfully
  • Monday 14 March 2022 Hedgehog Howdedo The children in Reception have been learning all about hedgehogs using non-fiction texts. They have learnt all about what hedgehogs eat, about them being nocturnal and that they hibernate. They know many facts! We then read 'Hedgehog Howdedo' by Lynley Dodd. The children enjoyed making clay hedgehogs using different techniques which we painted and named. Here are their hedgehogs and some proud looking children!
  • Monday 7 March 2022 Reception - World Book Day We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday. The children looked fantastic as their book characters and enjoyed talking about what their characters might love doing, where they might live and where they might go. We had a wonderful time choosing books at the book swap - the children were absolutely gobsmacked when they heard they could take not one but three books home with them to keep forever!
  • Tuesday 15 February 2022 Tree Planting Yesterday we walked with Y6 and some of our parents to a field just on the edge of Northleach to meet members of the Town Trustees. They have arranged for 300 trees to be bought in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, and asked the school to help plant them in a new community area just off the old A40. The children were able to choose which tree to plant. It will be lovely to watch the trees grow and it was a perfect activity to demonstrate our school vision in practice.
  • Sunday 13 February 2022 Playtime Long Ago The children have been exploring artefacts loaned from The Wilson Museum, Cheltenham this week. We have been finding similarities and differences between the borrowed items and the toys we play with in our playground now. The children especially loved 'The Whizzer' and the yoyo.
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022 Celebrating Chinese New Year Reception have been finding out all about Chinese New Year today and how it is celebrated. We read about the horrid dragon Nian and his hatred of all things red and noisy and also how the Jade Emperor chose the twelve animals to become his calendar. We made beautiful red dragon lanterns that took a lot of fine pen control and perseverance to make, and the children found that a noodle bar had opened up in class! Bowls of delicious noodles and vegetables were served up to hungry customers all day.
  • Wednesday 19 January 2022 Ice Escape! Yesterday, Reception were exploring ice. Something or someone was trapped inside two identical blocks of ice - how could we get them out without hurting them? The children decided to keep one block of ice inside the classroom near a radiator and the other outside on the wall in the sunshine. Which one would melt fastest? The children made predictions and then we observed the ice over the day to see if their predictions were right.
  • Monday 17 January 2022 First Aid Training Today Mr Mustoe came and spent the afternoon teaching us about First Aid and keeping safe. We learnt how to make an emergency call and what to say, how to look for dangers to keep ourselves safe, how to administer CPR and how to bandage. As you'll see from the photos, Reception did a fabulous job!
  • Saturday 15 January 2022 Fun in the Frost Reception have been learning about the seasons and especially winter. We wrapped up warm and went outside on Friday to explore the frosty conditions. We found plenty of ice, wrote our names and numbers in the frost and made a frost track around the field. Next week we'll be investigating ice and what makes it melt.
  • Wednesday 5 January 2022 Seasonal Trees Happy New Year!
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021 Christmas has Arrived in Reception Christmas events are well and truly underway now. The children had a wonderful time shopping for their families at the Christmas Fayre and today made beautiful Christmas crafts to take home. At both events, organised by our brilliant School Association, we were ably assisted by our Year 6 children. Christmas has begun in a magical way (and we have our Nativity Play 'It's a Baby' to look forward to this evening too!
  • Thursday 18 November 2021 Banana Buns Reception made delicious banana buns for our families to eat at the Elmer Parade and Jungle Jamboree. We mashed banana and added other ingredients, mixed it all together and when baked and cooled, decorated the cakes with icing and banana chips. Delicious!! We hope our families enjoyed them.
  • Thursday 11 November 2021 Remembrance Poppies Today we commemorated Remembrance Day. We made these beautiful poppies to help us to remember those who fought for us.
  • Thursday 11 November 2021 Harold's Visit We had a visit from Alex and Harold the Giraffe from Coram Life Education yesterday. We thought about ways to stay healthy, how we can look after our bodies and what to do if we feel sad or angry. Harold sang a song to us to say thank you for our great ideas and our good advice.
  • Friday 5 November 2021 Exploring Autumn Reception have been enjoying the autumnal sunshine. They read 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert before donning wellies and heading into the garden. The children looked for signs that autumn had arrived and collected leaves and other natural products to create their own leaf men or animals.
  • Monday 25 October 2021 Perky Parrots and Cheeky Monkeys Our classroom is looking great!
  • Monday 25 October 2021 Jungle Explorers Now that our jungle is made, it's time to explore! Reception have had great fun exploring the school corridors complete with jeeps, hats, compasses, torches and most importantly their imaginations. Watch out for crocodiles near Mrs Bailey's office and the monkeys outside Year 2!
  • Monday 18 October 2021 Rumble in the Jungle Reception decided it was too far to drive to the jungle and far too dangerous to visit anyway, so we decided to bring the jungle to Northleach. We used a variety of techniques and a range of materials to create a class jungle. We're loving the result.

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