Understanding the World

This week in History we have been talking about what makes our families unique. Reception made beautiful collages of family members and talked about what made them special.
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This half term in our History sessions we will be taking about family. During our first session, we discussed who is in our family. We learnt how our families are related to us and acknowledged that all families are different. We drew pictures of our families to show our friends.
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We enjoyed exploring the snow from our warm Reception classroom and then wrapped up warm to explore outside too.
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Reception have been learning all about chickens and eggs. Did you know that a female chicken is called a hen and a male chicken is called a rooster? We also learnt that a hen can lay up to 300 eggs a year. We also discussed what came first the chicken or the egg. What do you think?
Our mission in science this week is to make a flappy hand chicken.
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As part of science topic this half term, Reception have looked at what makes a balanced diet. Today for lunch, we had chicken, roast potatoes, mixed seasonal vegetables and gravy. As you can see, we have enjoyed our balanced lunch today.
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Reception had a lovely morning looking at the signs of winter in our school grounds.
In Reception today, we explored snow and melting. Our mission objectives were to explain what snow is and to understand that snow melts when the weather gets warmer.
Rocket words – snowflake, melt, snowman, cool, cold
Mission – Making artificial snow
Scientific skill- Use simple equipment
To explain the changes that happen in Winter
In this lesson, Reception learnt about the different features of Winter. We identified ways that the world around us has changed and thought about why these happen. We discussed things that we could see outside in winter. We talked about the colours of the season and created a drawing of things that we would see on a winter walk.
Reception enjoyed a visit from the owls today. We discussed habitats, sizes of owls, food they like to eat and how owls have different coloured eyes depending on the time of day they hunt.
This week in Reception, we learnt about the different features of Autumn. We identified ways that the world around us changes and began to wonder why these happen. We went on a nature walk to find Autumn objects and describe each object.
At 11am on 11th November, we will be remembering those who died during the First and Second World Wars, and subsequent conflicts. This week in Reception we have been discussing conflict and thinking about those people who serve our country today and have served our country previously.
As part our our discussion, we looked at the poppy. The red poppy symbolises remembrance, hope for a peaceful future and commemorates the soldiers who fought and died in war. Poppies were chosen as a symbol because they often grew in the battlefields after the soldiers stopped fighting.
Reception have completed lots of activities this week based on the poppy and Remembrance Day.


As part of our science topic, Reception have been discussing and exploring wind. We talked about what causes wind and that wind is the movement of air. For our mission today, we made our own windsocks. The windsock can be used to help us see the direction of the wind and gauge the wind‘s speed too.






On Friday, Reception made Pumpkin soup with the help of our school cook and dinner ladies. We all agreed that it tasted delicious.










It smells delicious in Reception this morning. Onions, pumpkins, garlic, carrots and a vegetable stock. We’re making pumpkin soup 🍜







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