Reception Swallows – Forest School Trip!

WOW!! What an AMAZING day!! We had so much fun cutting wood and building our own fires, hunting for minibeasts and playing on the rope swings! We also used lots of petals and leaves to print our own ‘Nature Ninja’ bandana! In the afternoon we built our fire and cooked our bread. We also cut our own willow branches and drilled a hole to make a wooden medallion! To finish the day we toasted marshmallows and sang songs around the fire.  Thank you so much to our brilliant parent helpers – Anna’s daddy, Sophie’s daddy and Esme’s mummy. Click here for the photos of our fantastic day!


EYFS School Games Day!

What a wonderful afternoon! The children had a fantastic time in the sunshine taking part in our annual EYFS games day.

They took turns to…
– Race with the bikes
– Climb the obstacle frame
– Fill the water bucket
– Hook the ducks
– Balance the egg and spoon
– Collect the fish at the seaside
– Balance a beanbag
– Bounce on the space hoppers
…and beat the goalie!

We were very proud of the children who put in 100% and showed super sportsmanship!

Thank you to all the adults who came to cheer us on, especially those who took part themselves 🙂

Take a look at us in action today…

Minibeasts in Reception Swallows!

It has been a very exciting couple of weeks in Reception Swallows – we had a delivery of caterpillars to our classroom and have loved watching them turn into cocoons and then butterflies! The children chose to call them Colin, Petal, Holly, Twirl and Blossom.

The caterpillar delivery began our work on minibeasts and we have loved reading the rhyming story ‘Mad about Minibeasts’ by Giles Andreae. In maths we have been looking at measures – we have been making caterpillars with the play dough, measuring them with a ruler and then ordering by length. We have also used our butterflies to link with symmetry and pattern making. The children have been busy finding and classifying bugs outside, building bug hotels and moving like bugs too! Have a look at some photos from the week below.

Miss Jolly has told me what a brilliant day she had with the children yesterday! She is very excited about September – well done Reception 🙂

Reception Swallows – Growing up!

This week we have had a great time matching baby pictures to children in our class! We have loved learning all about babies – spending time discussing how we have changed, the things we can now do and experiences of having younger siblings. In literacy we have been writing about our baby pictures with a focus on ‘super sentences’ and in maths we have been doubling numbers! We have loved reading lots of baby books, such as ‘Baby Brains’ and ‘The best, best baby!’

We have a very exciting delivery of caterpillars arriving next week and we can’t wait to see how they change as they grow up!

Have a look at our baby photos in the video below… we’ve not changed much!

Reception Swallows – Arts Week

What a fantastic start to the week! This year we are looking at the traditional story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ to inspire our art work. There will be a strong focus on natural, environmental art and we will look at the work of a British artist called Andy Goldsworthy to support this. To link with the natural theme we will be exploring clay, flower pressing and creating our own pictures using lots of different natural materials.

Day One

Today was extra special because we got to work with a real-life artist called Julie! She spent all day in our classroom and helped us to create a textile story board, teaching us lots of skills and techniques along the way. We created the story setting using drawings and then Julie taught us how to use Inktense watercolour pencils to colour the background (we had to be careful to go around all the drawings in wax crayon first so the colours didn’t run into each other!) We have also been busy drawing the characters from the story – these will be transferred to felt and added to our story board later in the week. The finished story board looks amazing and every child helped to complete it – a wonderful team effort! Here are a few photos from today but we are saving photos of the finished products until Friday!

Day Two

Today we have looked at the British artist, Andy Goldsworthy and have been inspired by his natural, environmental art. We found it fascinating that he is an artist but doesn’t use crayons or paint! We went to collect our own natural materials around the school and used these to create our own environmental art based on Little Red Riding Hood. We worked on a very big scale on our school field!  Have a look at us in action here…

Day Three

Today we have continued with our natural art but have focused on flowers! We collected flowers, learnt how to press them and then used these to make pictures. We looked at some work by the netherlands-based artist Anne ten donkelaar – she constructs her intricate flowerscapes using both real pressed flowers that she collects collaged with paper floral elements. We thought her work was brilliant and couldn’t wait to have a go ourselves. Here is an example of some of her work…

Here we are having a go…

Day Four

Today we have loved getting messy and exploring malleable art! We used clay to create a story tile – we had to roll the clay and use the tile cutter to cut out our tile. We then used tools and techniques to make our tile 3D and add different textures. Here we are in action and some of our finished tiles…

Who goes trip, trap over my bridge? Reception Swallows.

Reception are learning all about the Three Billy Goats Gruff. This week we have been using a story map to tell the story with lots of actions and story language. We have also used the climbing frame to act out the story – choosing instruments to match the different characters. On Wednesday we received a letter from the billy goats! They sent us some seeds and asked if we could grow them some fresh, juicy grass. We have also been measuring play dough goats, building lego bridges and meeting our baby chicks! Here are a few photos from the week…

Little Red Hen – Reception Swallows

In Reception we have been learning the story of the Little Red Hen. We have been using lots of story language, actions and voices – ask us to tell you the story at home! To link with this story we have been weighing flour, kneading bread in the bakery, acting out the story in our farm role-play and making moving windmills. We have also tasted and compared lots of different breads from around the world – bagels, brioche, naan bread, ciabattas and tortillas. Here are a few photos from the week….

Our day at Stockley Farm! (Reception Swallows)

We have had a fantastic day down on the farm and taken part in lots of activities…

A bumpy tractor ride!


The children were extremely well behaved and many thanks to our wonderful parent helpers too. A brilliant day!

Easter celebrations in Reception Swallows…

This week we have been busy learning all about the Easter story and our classroom has been full of eggciting activities!! We have read and followed instructions to make chocolate Easter nests, designed our own symmetrical Easter eggs and mixed different shades of paint to paint our class daffodils. We even went outside today in the lovely spring sunshine for our PE lesson with Miss Jancy.

Click here to see some of the photos from the week!

Have a fantastic break 🙂

Space investigations in Reception Swallows!

The children in RS had lots of questions that they wanted to find out about Space so we began our week by interviewing the Year 5 children (they are Space experts and have recently been learning all about Space!) Year 5 had some fantastic answers for us and helped us to complete some of our floor books! Next week the Caterpillar group will be investigating ‘What do aliens look like?’ and the Ladybird group want to find out ‘Why is it dark at night time?’ Here are our floor books from this week…

We have been reading the book ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy and we transformed our role play area into a space rocket so we could blast off to the moon, like baby bear in the story! We also have a dark den in our classroom and have loved exploring light and dark. Alongside this we have been counting eyeballs in the alien slime, rolling telescopes and building space rockets with the junk modelling. We have also loved working with Miss Jancy on our ‘mini motor’ skills in PE. A very busy week – have a look at the video below to see all the learning and fun!

Have a lovely weekend x