A Giant Mystery!
On Monday the children came into school and discovered our classroom had been 'trashed'. The children were shocked to see all their toys and furniture thrown around the room. Upon closer inspection they discovered LARGE footprints leading to the outdoor area.
Some of the children thought 'Bigfoot' was responsible for the mess! We followed the trail all the way to the forest area where we discovered a 'beanstalk' and the book 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.
After reading the story, the children changed their minds about who 'trashed' our classroom. It was the Giant!!!
Our text this half term is On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies.
The children have been busy making dens and pretending empty cardboard boxes are different things to support their play, such as a 'pirate ship' and 'race car'.
Picnic on the hill!
After discovering our story on the hill outside, the children asked could we have a picnic on the hill. The children wrote me shopping lists and we shared some snacks on the hill.
This week has been fire week. The children discovered smoke in the forest area and posed their own questions about fire.
Our next session involved learning about what a fire needs to come alive. We looked at the fire triangle and learned about oxygen, heat and fuel. We did an experiment with candles to see what would happen if we took one of these things away.
When we sprayed one candle with water, we eliminated the heat and the fire went out. Next, we covered one candle with a glass to stop the oxygen supply, and watched the flame die!
The third part was to see what would happen if a fire had no fuel. We let the candle burn down until there was no wax left. The fire died!
To end our fantastic week on fires, we learned about fire safety and then went to build our own fire in the forest area. The children had a go at using the steels to create a spark. They then took it in turns to wear a fire glove and toast their marshmallows.
We poured water over the fire to put it out and safely exited the fire circle. When we got back to class we had hot chocolate and reflected on our experience.
I hope you have had a relaxing half term. Remember the first four days, Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th November, are online learning via google classroom.
Everyone has been given their school email address, but a reminder of this is your child's first name and the first initial of their last name followed by the year they leave primary school. So if I had a child called Ali Nawas their email address would be
The password is
you will be prompted to change this once you log in!
Once you have logged into the email address there will be a link to join google classroom. Please sign up as all our learning will be uploaded from tomorrow.
Any problems please contact me email@example.com
See you all Friday!
Take care x
What a fantastic start to the year. Reception have been very busy this half term learning all about Autumn and noticing the different changes in our environment. Such as the way the leaves have been changing colour on the trees in our forest area.
We have been reading the book 'owl Babies by Martin Waddell. The children found owl feather in our forest area and discussed where they had come from. They then pretended to be owls and built their own nest and went hunting for worms!
The children took on the form of the different characters from the story and answered questions from the audience. Here is one of our children pretending to be 'mummy owl'!
The children have loved exploring the short story and text 'Hair Love' by Mathew Cherry. It generated some wonderful discussions around caring for ourselves and who is able to look after us. Many of the children were very excited to go home and try out a new hair style with their grown ups. Please take a look at the short story on YouTube!