Receptions Potatoes

Receptions potatoes have just started to emerge from the soil. They planted two varieties this year so that we could test which one will give us the best yield.

The children also wanted to see whose plant would produce the most potatoes and so they labelled them up this week. As well as watering and weeding around the plants, I have been hearing the children talking to their potatoes asking them to try hard and grow well.



World Earth Day 22nd April

World Earth Day is a global event, celebrated on the 22nd April of each year. It is an event that was created to highlight the need to care for and protect our Earth.
Earth Days mission is to help and encourage people to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
With this year’s theme ‘Trees for the Earth’, Earth day has set the goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next five years.
Why Trees?
Trees help combat climate change.

They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.

Trees help us breathe clean air.

Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Trees help us to counteract the loss of species.

By planting the right trees, we can help counteract the loss of species, as well as provide increased habitat connectivity between regional forest patches.

Trees help communities and their Livelihoods.

Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income
At School we are going to be planting a tree in our playground as a step towards meeting the global target, as well as improving our local environment.
We will also be relying on renewable forms of energy such as solar power and not using any electricity or technology all morning.
Breakfast club will be in the Forest School and we will be boiling eggs and toasting bagels over the fire.

Year 2 have joined in with the Mosaics

After yr 1 had completed their amazing waterfall mosaic, Year 2 thought they could add to the display with their interpretation of the sun.

The sun provides warmth and energy for plants to survive. Plants use the sun’s energy to makes their own food energy in their leaves. Not enough sun will slow down a plant’s growth and even kill it. Too much sun can be a problem too, if the plant and soil are drying out too quickly.

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The first day of spring is here

The first day of spring. The Vernal Equinox 20th March

  • The word equinox is Latin for “equal night” which means there is an equal length of time between day and night.
  • In reality though, equinoxes do not have exactly 12 hours of daylight.
  • The March equinox marks the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator bringing spring to the northern hemisphere.
  • The Vernal Equinox has long been celebrated as a time of new beginnings and rebirth
  • Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays around the March equinox, like Easter and Passover

The Christ Church pond is showing the first signs of spring.


Mosaic or a large Jigsaw

Year 1 have been creating a waterfall mosaic whilst discussing what plants need to grow and help enable them to achieve their full potential.


The sun provides warmth and energy for plants to survive. Plants use the sun’s energy to makes their own food energy in their leaves. Not enough sun will slow down a plant’s growth and even kill it. Too much sun can be a problem too, if the plant and soil are drying out too quickly.

Food / Soil

Soil provides a base which the roots hold on to as a plant grows bigger. It also provides plants with water and the nutrients they need to be healthy. In turn, some plants become healthy food for us. Nutrients in the soil also help plants grow strong. Some nutrients that plants need are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulphur.


Plants take in carbon dioxide from the air to use in the process of PHOTOSYNTHESIS (making their own food energy) and give off oxygen which we use. The wind also carries pollen and seeds of plants to help spread them around. This is the plant’s way of making more of its own kind.


It comes from the sky as rain or snow and it flows on top of or through soil into lakes, rivers, and streams. Water is very important to plant growth. Water helps the plant move nutrients from the soil up through its stems and leaves. Water keeps the plant moist, flexible, and helps the plant make its own food.


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It’s freezing overnight

Year 1 have noticed that the temperature has been dropping overnight for the last few weeks, causing our duck pond to freeze and car windscreens to ice up. We decided to set up an experiment to see what depth of water would freeze completely overnight and to create some ice decorations for reception. Here are the results.

Team Building

The drainpipe challenge is Christ church SW9’s favourite team building activity. All you need are some lengths of drainpipe, a Ping-Pong ball, a bucket and lots of patience. The aim is to move the ball from one side of the forest area to the other without dropping it. It sounds easy except you are not allowed to move your feet when you have the ball in your piece of pipe and you cannot touch the ball with your hand. (to make it even harder the children have to stay in the same order as they started)

After every failed attempt we stand in a circle and discuss how we can improve our chances of success. We never move on to other activities until we are successful.

Never give up, except others strengths and weaknesses, help each other, work together and you will achieve your goals.