The beginning of the Spring term has heralded the beginning of a new topic for Reception. This half term it is ‘Space’ and what a lot of excitement and anticipation it brought. It was brilliant that on the first day of term the children were able to explore our new space centre role play area, dressing up as astronauts on space adventures or playing with the sparkly moon play dough. They were so animated! Some children revealed their fascination with the topic and were able to tell the class the names of the planets in our solar system and all about gravity being the pull that holds us on the Earth. After reading the story Q Pootle 5 by Nick Butterworth, the class had decided that they wanted to create a moon party and we had begun planning.
As we know that since then, a national lockdown has been imposed but this introductory experience really helped the children, and their inquisitive minds have been full of questions such as, “Why have there been no girls who have been to the moon?” and “How long does it take to travel to the moon?” They have made rockets and launched them in a live lesson, designed an astronaut training camp (even in the snow) and are busy creating models of the solar system in their own choice of media. I think the favourite so far has to be the edible shortbread solar system which just about made it to being photographed before Venus was nibbled away!