Penguin week



This week purple class have been looking at winter. We filled up containers of water and placed fairies, flowers and sequins inside,  the children then put them into the freezer.  The next day we looked at how the water had frozen, the children wore glasses and used wooden hammers to free the fairies from the frozen ice. We found out that salt helps the ice to dissolve.  We used language such as icy, frozen, cold, melting to describe what the ice felt like.

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The children wanted to make a rainbow magic tree. The children used wool and ribbon to decorate the logs outside, we then planted the trees into a large flower pot and filled it with soil.

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The children used snow coloured play dough, they made cakes for the penguins.  The children used jewels and number candles to decorate the cakes.

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We looked at the painting starry night by Vincent van Gogh, we used the powder paints to mix the colours that we needed and the children painted the swirls.


Stick man


This week purple class have been reading the story Stick man by Julia Donaldson


We have been ordering different sized sticks according to length, we used mathematical language such as long, short, longer, shorter to talk about which position to place the sticks in.



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We made our own tree houses for stickman to live in. We used natural materials to create different habitats, for stick man and his family.

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We drew around the logs and compared the size

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We made our own stick men.


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We used natural resources to create spaces where stick man could go on adventures.  We made forests, jungles, caves and dens.

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We have been looking after the animals in our pet shop. We have been playing cats and dogs. We made tags for the dogs, we have been playing vets, writing prescriptions and using bandages to help the dogs get better.

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Dinosaur week


Home learning this week: Counting Skills


This week in Purple class we have been learning about dinosaurs.

We made our own dinosaur puppet shows.

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We made dinosaur pictures using shapes.


We have been colour mixing, exploring what new colours we can make.


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We made Lemonade for the dinosaurs.

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We made animal and dinosaur enclosures.


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We collected dinosaur eggs.

Favour has been writing a sign!


Aliens week in Reception

This weeks home learning is to look for patterns in the environment.pattern pic for blog

In purple class this week, we have been learning about Aliens. We had an Alien party, we counted out how many hats, party bags and cakes we would need for the party.

We made food to take to the moon.

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We made moon cakes, we then weighed them to see how heavy they were.


We made a giant marble run on the moon, we used the tubes and blocks to explore speed. We moved the tunnels around to see how fast or slow the balls would roll.

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We have been learning our number facts to 5 , we made a rocket outside using the large construction, and counted how many Aliens would fit on the space rocket, taking away one Alien each time. We looked at how many Aliens were left in the rocket, and how many Aliens were on the moon outside the rocket.


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We used the junk modelling to make spaceships.








Whatever next

  1. Purple class have been reading the story whatever next by Jill Murphy. please click on the video link below to share the story with your child at home.

We made rockets using junk modelling.


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We weighed space rocks, we found out that although the rock was bigger, it was lighter than the smaller rocks.

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We drew rockets with chalk.

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We made our own space rockets.

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Receptions water wall


We have a new water wall, the children in Reception have enjoyed pouring the water using various funnels into the different sized hoses, and have been collecting the water in different sized bowls, estimating who’s bowl will fill up the quickest.

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Room on the Broom week

This week in Purple class we have been reading the story Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson. 

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The children counted how many snakes and frogs they wanted in their. witches soup   IMG_5547IMG_5559

The children dressed up and had a witch race. IMG_2443IMG_2438


The children made potions in the witches kitchen. 

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Elizabeth made a time potion, so that her mum would come quicker. 



Ernest made a number potion. 


Joe made a witches house, then drew a plan so the witch would know how to get around her house. 



Amara wrote a sign to warn the witch, that it was a trap. 



The children drew witches and made up their own stories. 


Recommended books to read with your child this week

  • Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson 
  • Argh Spider by Lydia Monks 
  • The Great Dragon Rescue by M.P Robertson 
  • George and the Dragon By Chris Wormell 
  • Jampires by Sarah Mcintyre 
  • Spookyrumpus by Tony Mitton 
  • When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt