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Cookham Rise Primary School

"We want all our children to SHINE"

Reception - Elm

Voyage Into Space and Food, glorious food!



The children have thoroughly enjoyed the first two topics of 2016. Tim Peake was a great source of inspiration to us, as we followed his progress orbiting the Earth on the ISS. The children created their own rockets, complete with countdown numbers and astronauts. We even took them to year 6, in order to inspire them with their own rocket making activity.


The children have learnt a song in order to recall where the planets are in relation to each other, within our own solar system. The new 'MashCam' program on the ipads allowed us to photograph the children as robots and astronauts, complete with a speech bubbles written by the children. Constellations were a source of fascination - the children studied the night sky and this led to model making and star artwork. Everyone created their own planet mobile, developing many design technology techniques.


After half term we used all of our senses to learn more about food. The children cooked vegetable soup, made lemonade, fruit salad and a huge plum pie, which fed us all! We also learnt about food from the past and debated how food was preserved before the inventions of fridges, canning and freezers. Indeed, we also made some old fashioned sailor's ship biscuits containing little weevil bugs (raisins!) Parents came in as 'Mystery Chefs' to explain what type of food they'd brought in to share and what it meant to them.


Science experiments included growing carrot tops, using only the sense of smell or feel to identify foods and rehydrating food. We discussed the need for a healthy, balance diet and looked at which food groups were represented in packed and school lunches. We created a little 'thank you' concert for Bonnie and her team, who provide delicious school lunches for us everyday.







January 2016


We have been developing our programming skills in order to direct our "Beebot" robots to a specific destination.

December 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed acting, singing and dancing in our Nativity play, "Whoops a Daisy Angel." Here are some photos to illustrate the experience.

October 2015

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These photos capture a few minutes of free flow learning through play in Elm class.

Here is some of the learning and exploring that was taking place outside during free flow play. The children even discovered and studied a stag beetle, which we rescued from the sandpit.

Some of our children have already turned 5.

As part of our topic on Nursery Rhymes in October, we all planned, prepared and ate Humpty Dumpty egg sandwiches together.

In September, our older siblings came to visit us in Elm class.