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Reception

Helping hands

We are so privileged that we are surrounded with people who love us and care about us. Our parents or carers, teachers at school, the lollypop lady, who helps us to safely cross the road every morning and every afternoon, doctors and nurses in hospital, … We are going to get a special visit from a police officer and also a fire-fighter who will bring in his full kit and allow us to try it on!

What would we do without these people who help us so much? It will be fun to find out more about what they do and to act out their jobs. As we learn all the letters of the alphabet by the end of the first half term, it might be a good idea to put our knowledge into practice and to express our gratitude and write a thank you letters to some of them. They make us happy by helping us, we’ll make them happy by appreciating them!

The very hungry minibeasts

In the light of the moon a little egg laid on a leaf. One Monday morning the Reception children came to the school and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry minibeast. Get read your magnifying glasses as we are going to follow lots of minibeasts this Spring – caterpillars are waiting to be transformed into beautiful butterflies, bees are awake after Winter, ready to collect nectar and pollen to make honey and our garden is full of lots of small and very hungry creatures. What do they actually eat? Do they have anything in common? Are they all busy as bees? Are some ladybirds really bad tempered? How high can a frog jump? Looks like we will be very busy ourselves! And probably very hungry after all that learning as well! Anybody up for a honey sandwich?

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Splish splash splosh

Have you ever watched the Thames flowing slowly towards the east and asked yourself where the river goes? Why is the river sometimes full all the way up to the Wapping Old Stairs and the other time you can go down on Wapping beach and collect shells? What lives in Thames actually? Are there some shells? Do fish live in there?

You can have so much fun with water, especially puddles! Have you actually ever wondered why it rains? Where does the water come from and where does it go? What would it be like if there was no rain? Summer will be a perfect time for our water fun experiments – we will turn water into ice but also into steam, we will explore water creatures and if the weather’s good we’ll jump on a train and go together to the seaside, to Chalkwell, where the Thames river officially ends and the English channel starts. The crabs are waiting there for us … Splish splash splosh!

P.S. Don’t forget your sun cream and money for ice-cream!

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Daring Dinosaurs

They might have died milions years ago, but they still live in our hearts. We all love dinosaurs! We are going to find out about different dinosaurs, handle fossils, learn big scientific words such as “carnivore” and “herbivore” and use non-fiction text to find out about them and to describe them in our own writing.

In Maths we will use the dinosaurs to take away eggs, number the fossils and double and halve dinosaur bones.

Dare you to join us to face these ancient monsters?

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