Downfield Primary School

Downfield Road, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Herts, EN8 8SS

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FODS: Non-uniform day Friday 22nd June. Please bring packs or bags of sweets for use at the fete. Thanks.

Trip to Celtic Harmony

 

The children had a lovely time on our class trip to Celtic Harmony yesterday.

Once we arrived at Celtic Harmony we were greeted by some amazing Woodsmen at the gate and the children were excited to see the roundhouses we have been learning about.

 

The children had an exciting day of activities and had lots of fun.


First the children worked with each other to create boats out of sticks and string for the fairies and frogs. The children then all walked down to the pond where they all got a chance to help their boats set sail into the pond. 


Then the children worked in partners to make salt dough that they then used to create minibeasts. The children had great fun, using their hands to mix the dough and talking to each other about whether they needed more water or more flour to form a ball. The children then cut their dough in half and each child worked to create an amazing minibeast using grains and seeds to decorate. 


After lunch the children went on a woodland walk through the forest, working to create their own journey sticks to help them remember their walk. They had to choose 5 things to tie onto their journey rope and were challenged to find interesting and unusual things. 


The children's final activity was making clay guardians to watch over the forest. The children each got a ball of clay that they put onto a tree. They then using the forest around them to find pieces to add to their clay faces to decorate them. The children loved this activity and were really excited to call their friends and Owen our group leader over to look at their clay faces. 

The children had a lovely time and really enjoyed their first full school trip!

The Royal Wedding

The children in Reception H spent the day celebrating the royal wedding.

The children discussed why weddings are special and what we do to celebrate them. The children talked about how some people dance and have parties at their weddings and others have food and cake. They also discussed where people might get married, explaining that they can get married in a church, on a beach, or on holiday. The children also noticed that lots of brides wear white and that the bride and groom get rings when they are married. The children also had a chance to look through some of their own families' wedding photos.

The children then compared family weddings to the royal weddings and they watched videos of Queen Elizabeth's wedding and Prince William's wedding. The children took lovely photos with Harry and Meghan on our back drop to remember the newest wedding.

They then had the chance to do lots of arts and crafts, designing wedding dresses, wedding cakes and writing wedding cards and invitations. They also decorated cakes with red white and blue colours to match our flag which they later ate outside in the sun.

 

The children really enjoyed today and can't wait to watch the wedding tomorrow!

Pirate Treasure!

The children finally heard from Captain Redbeard after they sent their messages in bottles into the ocean.

Captain Redbeard wrote one last letter saying he found the children's messages so clear that he went straight to the treasure and dug it up immediately!

He also sent the children a picture of him with all of his treasure and the children commented on how pleased and happy he seemed!

As promised, Captain Redbeard sent the children some of the treasure, sharing gold pirate coins and bright colourful jewels. He also sent them some chocolate coins because they are his favourite.

Well done Reception, you make fantastic pirates!

World Book Day!

Today the children had fantastic fun dressing up as their favourite book characters. We started the day off by showing off our costumes. They all enjoyed looking at each other's outfits and guessing who we all were!

 

We read everyone's books to find out more about their characters and the story as a class.

 

The children also had time to look through the books they had brought in, sharing them with their friends and experiencing new stories!

 

Pirate Writing!

Today the children were very excited to find out that on her trip to the seaside at the weekend, Miss Hillard had found a mysterious bottle in the sea. Miss Hillard brought it back to show Reception H and together they opened it up!

 

Inside the children found letter and a treasure map that belonged to a pirate Captain Redbeard. We read the letter and found out that if we helped Captain Redbeard find his treasure and write our own messages back telling him where it is, he would share the treasure with us!

 

The children then worked hard to compose full sentences using positional language such as under, next to, beside and in between, to describe exactly where the treasure was.

 

Once the children had written their messages they put them into bottles to send back to sea.

 

We are patiently waiting for the pirate Captain Redbeard to send us another message in a bottle and our treasure!

Bubble Experiments with the Science Museum!

Today the children enjoyed a very exciting visit from the Science Museum in London! Reception took part in a wonderful bubble experiment, testing out different bubbles, different shapes and different sizes.

First the children looked at different bubble wands that made different sizes of bubbles. The Science Museum showed us a bubble wand that made bubbles big enough to cover children and teachers!

The children then talked about the shapes of bubbles and whether we could change the shape of bubbles. The children identified that bubbles are a sphere shape and after trying different shaped bubble wands such as a heart and square, they found out bubbles are always spherical, though we can trick the bubbles with a 3D Cube wand.

The children then talked about which direction the bubbles went in. The children talked about how the bubbles sink to the flow and how we could stop that from happening. The children had a go at wafting their hands and blowing to keep the bubbles in the air. The Science Museum then showed us some amazing helium bubbles that floated all the way to the ceiling!

At the end, the Science Museum talked to the children about how they could make bubble mixture using water and soap. They explained that the soap in the mixture is what makes the water stretchy so it can become a bubble.

The children had great fun today!

Visit to the Library! 

 

This week Reception took a walk up to the local library. 

The children were very excited about our visit and we even had some child experts who had visited the library before to do some homework there!

The children learned and sang a song with the librarian and the librarian's bear before settling down to read a special story, "Bumblebear". The children then had a look at all of the different books the library has and sat down with each other to read some of their favourites.

The librarian read another story with the children about a little kitten, linking in with our animals topic.

In school the children did some artwork on the "Bumblebear" story and gave their thoughts and opinions which we will take back to the library to be put up on the library's wall!

If you would like to see the work, visit the library in a few weeks!

Visit From The Farm!

 

This week Reception were very lucky to be visited by the farm! 

 

They brought lots of beautiful farm animals for the children to look at and stroke.

 

The children talked with the farmers about the different animals, thinking about how they were the same and different from each other. The children thought about what the animals were covered in, what the animals might eat and how they might be helpful to us. The children also thought about how many legs each animal had, which ones had beaks, which ones had fur and which ones had feathers.

 

The children learned lots of interesting new facts before going into the pen with them to see them up close and feel what they felt like.

 

We had a lovely time! Ask us about our time with the animals!

 

 

Nativity!

Thank you to all parents and family members who attended the children's Nativity.

They were all very excited to show you what they had been practising and they performed brilliantly!

Christmas Dinner!

 

Today we enjoyed a special Christmas dinner! 

The children wore their Christmas hats that they had made specially and sat at the tables waiting for their teachers to bring them their dinner!

The children listened to festive music and enjoyed having everyone in the hall!

 

 

Christmas Cards!

This week the children have started to bring in Christmas cards for all of their friends. Today the children sat down to give each other their cards whilst they listened to some festive music. 

The children are really excited to be giving and receiving cards this year and they all had lots of fun showing each other their cards, looking at the different pictures and thanking each other for the Christmas messages!

Trip to the Post Office

The children have been working very hard over the past few weeks to write, design and decorate Christmas and holiday cards for their families. The children worked hard to write the messages in their cards and draw Christmassy designs on the front of their cards. The children also learned about envelopes and how post offices use addresses to deliver letters and parcels.

 

Today, the children walked up to the local post office to post their Christmas cards. The children were very excited and waited patiently in line in the post office to go up to the desk and get their cards measured. The children then received their stamps which they took and stuck onto their envelopes ready to be posted.

 

The children then went round the corner to post their envelopes into the gold postbox!

 

The children are really looking forward to seeing their envelopes come through the post, so keep an eye out!

Thank you to the parent helpers who joined us for our walk!

 

Non Uniform Day!

Today the children came in dressed in their best for non uniform day!

 

They were all very excited to see each other's outfits and  we loved seeing all of the children's personalities coming through in their favourite clothes.

 

All of the sweetie jars the children brought in for non uniform day and to sell at  our Christmas market were beautifully made.

We can't wait to get our hands on some of them!

Baking Gingerbread Men!

This week the children have been learning about measure and weight. To support their understanding, the children applied their knowledge of weight to a real life application: baking gingerbread men!

In Literacy the children read the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'  and then worked together to write their own recipe to follow. They learned how to write lists and instructions as they wrote up ingredients, equipment and the method for the recipe.

The children then mixed all of the ingredients together, carefully following their recipe and talked about how they could measure out the right amounts. The children smelled the different spices they used and mixed up the wet and dry ingredients.

The children then had a go at rolling out the gingerbread dough before cutting out their men.

The children then had brilliant fun decorating their gingerbread men to finish them off!

They looked delicious!

Autumn Walk!

Today the children have been talking about the seasons, looking specifically at Autumn and Winter. 

The children thought about how Autumn is different from all of the other seasons and what changes happen in the Autumn.

The children thought about the weather, changes in the leaves, how the days get darker and shorter and what different animals do in the Autumn.

The children then went on an Autumn walk, looking out for any signs of Autumn!

We had lots of fun!

 

Diwali

The children have been learning about Diwali!

They have looked at why people celebrate Diwali, learning the story of Rama and Sita and they have looked at how people celebrate, with lights, candles, fireworks and creating rangoli patterns.

The children made their very own Divas to take home!

Welcome!

Welcome to Reception H's page.

We will be posting updates about our class as often as possible, so please check back to see what the children have been up to.

 

Some information about our routines in Reception:

Reading books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. Please read with your children at least 3 times a week.

Homework will be given out on Friday. Please return the homework on the following Wednesday.

Reception H are having PE on Thursday Mornings for the Autumn term. Please ensure all of your child's PE kit is labelled.

We are also live on Tapestry so please use your login information to check on your child's online Learning Journal!

Miss Hillard