Harvest bread making πŸž

This week we are talking about harvest time. Talking about all the food and crops that are harvested made us think about how the crops are turned into food. We have watched a film about the farmers, who cut the wheat and take it to be milled into flour. We also read the traditional tale, The Little Red Hen. 

Today we baked our own bread. Carefully pouring the flour and lukewarm water into a bowl…


Then we mixed the water and flour together for five minutes. It turned gloopy but gradually combined to make a sticky dough. 


Next Mrs Bramley showed us how to knead the bread.

Then  we left it to rise for awhile and when we went for lunch we put the dough in the oven. When everyone returned we had two delicious loaves which we will have at cafe time tomorrow. We will slice the bread and spread butter and jam on the slices, delicious! 

In days gone by….

We are learning through the story, Peepo! By Allan and Janet Ahlberg in Reception. The story is set a long time ago and we have enjoyed looking closely at the pictures, learning about what homes looked like then.

To help us with our learning, we had a visit from a very special old lady this week. Her name is Old Mrs Bramley. If you look closely you might recognise her! Old Mrs B told us all about life a long time ago. She shared objects and pictures to help us understand. Ask your child how children were washed then, where the toilet was and how meals were cooked or clothes were washed. We were able to hold a very old iron that was heated up on the stove. We looked at a really old telephone. It looks big and bulky and it takes forever to dial a number!

It’s been a wonderful week and we have learnt so much. Thank you Old Mrs Bramley, we loved your visit.

September sunshine 🌞

The sun has shone on St Michael’s this week and we have been fortunate to have lots of outdoor learning. 



This week we have been listening to the story of Rosie’s Walk, which talks about preposition. We then retold the story in our small world area. 



Lots of learning and lots of fun! 

Sports Day in ReceptionπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒ

Today was a special day in Reception, it was our Sports Day!  We all went into our house teams and competed together in four races. 

We had the dressing up race, the egg and spoon race ( although we had to use tomatoes), the bean bag race and the relay. To compete in the dressing up race we had to run to the first hoop and put on a high vis jacket, then run to the next hoop and put on a hat, the next hoop had a basket and the last hoop a piece of fruit. Then we had to run back and replace all the items in the correct hoop. Balancing the bean bag on our head was quite tricky but everyone tried really hard. 

We cheered each other on and delighted in our achievements, what a great sports day! 

Barry has a bath πŸŒπŸŒπŸŒπŸ›

This week we all thought that Barry our African Land Snail needed a bath! His habitat seemed a bit smelly and he needed new soil. 


We carefully took Barry out and put him on a tray. Next we got a bowl of tepid water (just warm) and a soft toothbrush. Then we took turns at carefully cleaning his shell. To do this we dipped the toothbrush into the water then gently brushed Barry’s shell. 

We discussed being gentle with him and not brushing his body as that is really sensitive. 

Barry loved it and had a relaxing time being pampered.




He is now enjoying living in his clean environment.

Mini Beasts Β πŸ•·πŸœπŸžπŸπŸ›

This term we are learning about mini beasts and their habitats. 

A surprise awaited us when we arrived on Monday, we had containers of crickets and locusts! We have been finding out all about them, what they like to eat and their habitats. 

Of course when we are talking about mini beasts we have got to include Barry our African land snail. We already know a lot about Barry but we are learning about where snails like him live in the wild. 



In our outside area there is a tuff tray with pretend mini beasts in and questions for us to read and answer. There has been a lots of discussions going on. 


Many of our activities this week have been about mini beasts for us to enjoy. 

The start of  this term has been a busy but our entomologists are finding out lots of facts! 

Mini Beasts Β πŸ•·πŸœπŸžπŸπŸ›

This term we are learning about mini beasts and their habitats. 

A surprise awaited us when we arrived on Monday, we had a container of locusts! We have been finding out all about them, what they like to eat and their habitats. 

Of course when we are talking about mini beasts we have got to include Barry our African land snail. We already know a lot about Barry but we are learning about where snails like him live in the wild. 



In our outside area there is a tuff tray with pretend mini beasts in and questions for us to read and answer. There has been a lots of discussions going on. 


Many of our activities this week have been about mini beasts for us to enjoy. 

The start of  this term has been a busy but our entomologists are finding out lots of facts! 

Mini Beasts Β πŸ•·πŸœπŸžπŸπŸ›

This term we are learning about mini beasts and their habitats. 

A surprise awaited us when we arrived on Monday, we had a container of locusts! We have been finding out all about them, what they like to eat and their habitats. 

Of course when we are talking about mini beasts we have got to include Barry our African land snail. We already know a lot about Barry but we are learning about where snails like him live in the wild. 



In our outside area there is a tuff tray with pretend mini beasts in and questions for us to read and answer. There has been a lots of discussions going on. 


Many of our activities this week have been about mini beasts for us to enjoy. 

The start of  this term has been a busy but our entomologists are finding out lots of facts! 

Romance is in the Air! πŸ’πŸ’•β›ͺοΈπŸ°πŸŽ‰

This term we have been looking at similarities and differences in our culture and traditions compared with other cultures and traditions. 

The children then came up with the idea of having a wedding. We got together and talked about wedding invitations, the venue, wedding food, the best man’s and the bridesmaids’s  duties, posh outfits and the music.

First we had to invite guests.



Then we had to transform our veranda into a wedding venue where we could dress up, get married and have a party afterwards. 


We learnt a lot about wedding celebrations and really enjoyed ourselves.