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June 2022

The Reception trip coincided with wellbeing day  and the children visited Painshill Park in Surrey. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from getting on the coach in the morning until we returned to the coach after a very exciting day full of fun activities! Our day consisted of the following activities, a walk in the woods on the ‘Christopher Robin trial’ to search for Winne the Pooh. Our walk included climbing up very large hills, spotting landmarks within the park including ‘The Gothic Temple’ and ‘The Ruined Abbey’. We also spotted some frogspawn in the lake and some geese walking in the vineyard. Therefore, the children used their problem solving skills, teamwork skills and observed their surroundings with a range of clues and a map to help us find Winnie the Pooh, who was hiding up in the tree! At lunchtime, we also learn about compositing and we put all our food that would decompose in to a bucket, discussing that this is good for our environment!

We also took part in a ‘Wild Art’ activity. The children searched for natural materials to make their own paint. We searched the meadows and fields to find flowers, leaves, sticks, roots and feathers to use to make our picture. Next, we used clay, mud and our found resources to make water paints to create a giant team collage using all the natural resources. We used feathers and sticks to create marks on the paper to create our very own unique woodland picture!

 In addition, we also took part in ‘Den Building’. We listened carefully to the instructor, who showed us how to safely move around with large and long pieces of wood. We worked in teams to make a strong and waterproof den, we first added sticks on the top and then around the sides. We then tested if our dens were waterproof and some of the children got very wet!

We all had a lovely day at Painshill Park and we were able to implement our school values into all aspects of our school trip!


April 2022 - No school

March 2022


In Reception, we celebrated well-being day with a science focus. We enjoyed making our own handy glove greenhouse. We observed and discovered how seeds germinate and seedlings grow. We learned that all seeds are different, some are speedy growers and others take time.


We also enjoyed taking part in a drawing partner activity. We looked closely at and sketched our partner’s face and we were astounded by how much better our work was after we had observed each other carefully.

February 2022

In Reception we talked about how we have been in school for 100 days and how this made us feel. We celebrated what we have achieved during this time e.g learning to read and write.

We enjoyed all the activities where we worked as team, these included:

  • Making a 100 square with paint
  • 100 pieces of different materials to fill a page
  • 100 steps around the playground
  • Competing with each other to find numbers to 100

Well done Reception!

January 2022

In Reception the children were introduced to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and we showed them the different ways this can take place e.g donating clothes to charities or passing them on to other families.


We also looked at how we could clean up the environment by collecting litter and in the afternoon the whole year group went around the school playground and collected two bags of rubbish!

December 2021

Today the children took part in a whole class circle time using pictures of various faces to support how they feel and how they can help each other. The children were able to articulate their feelings and appreciate they can feel a range of emotions and how to manage these.

The children also discussed how we can support other people during the holiday season.

We discussed the different ways we can do this and the children made paper chains where they could write how they can help others or what they would give people to make them feel good.