“When in Rome, do as the Romans do…”

..or… when in France, make sure you munch on a delicious continental breakfast.

This week we have been celebrating our week in France with some some scrumptious croissants, crêpes and pain au chocolat.  We tucked into these french breakfast foods and everybody thought they were super sweet and tasty!

We also learned about the Tour de France and of course, a trip to France wouldn’t be complete without those yellow jerseys.  We fought it out over a number of legs before our final winners’ races, and we must say that the effort was spectacular.  Well done Reception!

Onwards and upwards, we are off on our next adventure very soon! See you when we get back!

Lights, Camera… ACTION!

Reception had such a busy day!

We began the with two whole hours at The Dunes Soft Play in South Shields which offered fun for every member of our class, including Miss Little who had a lot of fun exploring with us and chasing us around the Soft Play.  We had tonnes of fun playing football, hanging upside down, swinging, sliding, spinning, crawling and of course running around.

 

After what seemed like no time at all, we were putting our shoes back on and heading to The Story Room in The Word for lunch (which is always the most fun part of a school trip).

 

After we had munched our way through our lunches, we turned off the lights in The Story Room and watched as it transported us into different scenes from familiar stories and of course took us on a journey around the world.  We recognised places that we have visited in class, such as The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and were excited to learn about places we will soon be visiting like China and New York.

 

When we were finished our journey, we were given a short tour of The Fabrication Room in The Word which prints some brilliant 3D models including Tower Bridge, The Sydney Opera House and The Eiffel Tower.  Did you know the Eiffel Tower pictured below took 50 hours to print on the 3D printer?!  We set the printer off to create our own little ornament to take back to school and we went to create our video.

 

Off we went to the Recording Studio to create the most fabulous video showcasing our talents at singing songs from around the world.  We started in our home country with London Bridge is Falling Down and swiftly floated across the channel with Frère Jacques.  We then flew to America with She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain and then swooped back to Europe, specifially España, with Los Colores.  Everybody was so proud of how well we sang our songs with only a couple of days practice.  We were fantastic!

While we waited for our video to be created, we were allowed some much needed chill time in the library before the grand unveiling of our first studio performance.

We had the most amazing day, but it was super tiring!  We can’t wait to show you the finished product from our afternoon in the Recording Studio.  Keep your eyes peeled for the best music video of the year!

The Reception Team would also like to say a massive thank you to The Dunes for arranging our fantastic morning as well as a huge thank you to Amanda at The Word for making the afternoon so special and fun.  Our last gigantic thank you must be given to parents for helping the children to learn the songs at such short notice.

We had a BALL in Italy!

What an adventure!

Reception have started our Around the World topic with a fabulous two weeks in Italy.  We have learnt about famous Italian artists, the fantastic cuisine and taught ourselves to waltz for our Venetian Ball.

We started our trip with an exciting aeroplane journey.  We handed in our passports at Passport Control and took our seats ready to start exploring.

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When we arrived in Italy, we travelled straight to the Leaning Tower of Pisa which inspired our fantastic models below.

Of course we couldn’t have a trip to Italy without making one of their most famous dishes: a pizza!  We can’t decide if we had more fun making them or eating them but they went down a treat and they were extremely scrumptious!  We devoured them with glee.

We were soon on the move again. This time we found out an interesting fact about one of our favourite cartoons The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; did you know they are all named after famous Italian artists?

We learned about Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello and we painted our own pictures.  It was also a fun opportunity to try and imitate Michelangelo who spent 4 years painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel!  Our arms were aching after 10 minutes!

We finished our trip to Italy with a quick tour through Venice and celebrated our fantastic fortnight with a Venetian Ball.  We learned how to waltz and put our new skills to good use dancing to Andre Rieu.  We looked spectacular in our masks which we made as part of our homework project so we must say a massive THANK YOU to all our grown-ups at home who helped create these masterpieces!

Check out this video from our Ball.

Finally, we jumped back on the plane (although we did experience some techinical difficulties and delays) and travelled back to Jarrow just in time for the weekend.

We can’t wait to see where we fly to next.

Soft Play Success

This week we transformed the hall into our own Ninja Warrior course, equipped with moving stones, hurdles and super difficult jumps.  We all had so much fun and can’t wait to give it another go.  Reception class were fantastic: who said P.E. was difficult?

More than an ICE day!!

What a fantastic day we had at the Life Centre, exploring the museum, learning to skate and enjoying a beautiful hot chocolate.  We started our busy day with a stroll to Jarrow Metro.  Our teachers were so proud of how well we managed the Metro  We behaved impeccably.  Once we arrived at the Life Centre, we went straight to the play area, playing in the shop and in the kitchen.  We went gardening and harvested a tonne of cabbages and explored a cool tree house.  We also had a fab time building towers and making an obstacle course with the soft play.

       

After all that fun, we were taken to explore the Dinosaur exhibition which was truly amazing.  The dinosaurs were extremely life-like and we were fascinated to learn so many facts about dinosaurs and also how to dig up fossils (which we did interactively).  We found out how much food they eat.  Did you know a T-Rex ate the same as 1,500 sausages per meal?  We saw fossils of the teeth that dinosaurs used to munch on their lunches and we were also entertained by a mountain of poop, which showed us how much a dinosaur would poop in a week!

When we had finished exploring the dinosaurs, we went to recharge our own batteries ready for the exciting afternoon ahead.

It wasn’t long until we were ready to go again!  This time we were invited into the Planetarium to watch a special showing of Little Bear.  It was great to watch the constellations and listen to the fantastic story.  We really enjoyed it but again, it wasn’t long until we were on the move: This time to the highlight of the day: ICE SKATING!

Our teachers were absolutely amazed by how adventurous and brave we were as this was the first time for many of us.  It did take a little getting used to with a few stumbles before we were moving, but we definitely got going.  We all enjoyed a hot chocolate, cream and biscuits before it was time to go home.

We had the most fantastic day even though we were a little tired when we got back to school.

We would like to say thank you to our fantastic helpers Zak, Charlotte and Chelsea who helped to keep us extra safe and made the day super fun.

The teachers would like to say a massive thank you to Reception and Key Stage 1 for showing our community how polite and well behaved we are. Well done everyone!

Early Years Maths Cafe

What a fantastic morning we had in Early Years today!  We had the chance to play some awesome maths games with our grown-ups showing them how we learn maths in Nursery and Reception.  We exchanged our stickers for a drink, a cake and a certificate.  Does it get any better than that?

The Early Years staff would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to parents for taking part this morning and we can’t wait to see you all at the next cafe.

What a Ramble!!

In aid of Children in Need, Key Stage 1 and Year 3/4 went walking around our local area.  We enjoyed a stroll through Jarrow Hall, past Charlie’s Park, along the river and back to school.  We walked a total of 2.3 miles which is a fab achievement for little legs!

We had so much fun and Year 3/4 did a fantastic job of looking after Reception so we must say a massive thank you to them.

We finished the ramble with a selfie, like all good Rambles should end.

Transition has been fantastic!

We have had a fantastic fortnight in Reception getting ready for our full days next week.  We explored our new classroom, met some new friends, played with new toys and enjoyed break times with Key Stage 1.  We also learnt a new story; Little Rabbit Foo Foo and spent time making the characters from the story.

Our teachers taught us the school routine which has been fantastic and we even stayed for scrumptious school lunches.  We can’t wait to get in our classroom for the full day!