#NPATEK Final Showcase

Well done to all of the Reception children who have worked hard over the last term, we have all enjoyed our learning journey through the Enchanted Kingdom and the Scorched Plains.
We were all very proud to share our learning today with the rest of school and our special guests at our final showcase event. Our Reception presenters did an amazing job.
All of the children have brought their individual promise posters home today to share with their families and help make a ‘dent in the universe’!

Please follow the below link to view our Sway which we presented today:
Reception Scorched Plains

#NPATEK Reception Research

Reception have been working hard this week to find answers to their questions about Africa by using non-fiction books and the Internet. In small groups they created information posters with their individual questions and answers and relevant photos they found online.
The children then presented their work to the rest of the class so that we could all learn more about Africa.

All of the children asked questions relating to animals and we found out some very interesting facts.


Did you know……..

A cheetah can run as fast as Mummy and Daddy’s car on the motorway, upto 70mph.

Elephants walk so slowly because they are very very heavy. They squirt water from their trunks to have a wash, and throw dirt and mud on their backs like sun cream.

Lions have big thick manes to protect their necks when fighting, and can roar so loudly that another lion 5 miles away could hear them.

Giraffes have such long necks so that they can eat the leaves at the top of a tree.

French Day

Today we have dressed in red, white and blue for French Day at school. We had breakfast at a French cafe and learnt how to order a croissant and jus d’orange in French. We then practised those skills in our cafe role play area.

We have been learning how to say numbers and colours in French and also we have sorted some pictures into French and English. We have learnt what the French flag looks like and have painted some.

Cyrille visited us and taught us some French words and then told us a story in French about a monster. We could understand him because of his actions, body language and facial expressions.

We are having a lovely day!





#NPATEK Scorched Plains

We have been learning lots about the Scorched Plains of Africa by watching video clips, listening to stories and looking in information books.

This week the children have been painting pictures of animals that can be found on the scorched plains, and have been talking about what they look like, sound like, how they behave and what they eat.






The children had to think carefully about which colours they needed to mix using the powder paint for their animal, and the details they could add to their paintings.

Can you remember the names of any of the animals that might live on the Scorched Plains?

We also listened to a story called ‘Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain’ by Verna Aardema, which helped us to think more about the environment and weather in the Scorched Plains of Africa.


Next week we will be thinking about what we want to find out more about and thinking of our own questions about the Scorched Plains. The children will then be using information books and the Internet to try and find the answers to their questions.

Have a think before you come to school on Monday, what do you want to know more about the Scorched Plains of Africa?

#NPATEK Questions for the producer of Enchanted Kingdom

Yesterday we watched a clip about behind the scenes of the Enchanted Kingdom, specifically focusing on the recording of the elephants. After watching the short clip, the children came up with some questions to ask Myles Connolly (the producer of Enchanted Kingdom), who we are going to Skype on Friday as a whole school. He will answer some of these questions that the children came up with.

Below are the questions that the children came up with:

Was it scary filming the elephants that close? (Tilly)

Do they do the action first and then put it on a phone or tablet? (ryean)

How much water did you have to drink and pour on yourselves to stay cool
When recording the elephants? (Morgan)

How did you put all the realms together and why did you choose the chosen seven realms? (Glen)

How many days did it take to record the elephants part of the film? (Emily G)

How did they attach the camera to the car to record the elephants? (Lilly)

How many days did it take to make the whole film? (Jacob)

How many workers were there to record the elephants? (Violet)

How many elephants do you think you saw? (Charlie)

Was the film only filmed in Africa? (Spencer)

Super questions about the recording of the elephants, well done Reception.

#NPATEK Reception African workshops

We have had some very exciting workshop sessions to learn about Africa. Yesterday Reception had an African drumming workshop where we learnt about the drums and how to drum a rhythm. We also learnt how to make the music tell a story with fast drumming for dancing, keeping a beat for foot steps and scratching the drum skin for birds flying. We had great fun racing each other playing a rhythm down lots of drums – even the grown ups were competitive! (See Russell the Explorer from the film ‘Up’ – aka Miss Birch in the photos).

Later in the day we had an African story telling workshop. The visitors told us two African tales and we learnt about a moral to a story. We were also shown different African artefacts. We compared a school bag that African children may use to our explorer backpacks.

Today some of the Year 5 children worked with Gruffalo class to do some story whooshes (drama technique) with African tales. The Reception children loved working with the older children and the Year 5 were very professional in their teaching! After the session, the Year 5 children asked the Reception children to evaluate the sessions. We loved the drama, the use of resources and “working with the big children”. To improve it even more, the recreation children suggested using the school stage and using the “big hall stage lights”. Well done Year 5 and thank you!





#NPATEK Exciting explorer event!!!

We have had a very exciting afternoon…Mrs Fennelly came rushing into the reception area telling us that something had landed on the field, the children had some guesses of what it could be…some said it was Lady Arabella, Simon the knight or a superhero coming to visit us early….

We then got called into the hall for an emergency assembly, the children were very excited as they knew it was about what was on the field, they were talking to each other about what it could be.

When we arrived in the hall Mrs Fennelly was standing at the front and said to the children “that a neighbour had called the school to explain that something had landed in the trees” ….Paul the site supervisor came rushing in with a parachute and a backpack on his back, he left a trail of mud and water all down the middle of the hall.

At the top of the bag was an envelope, the letter was read out to all the children. It stated that from the 1st June (so after half term) we are going to be exploring the Enchanted Kingdom and we all need to come dressed up as explorers on the Monday 1st June, ready for the adventure. There was also a mobile phone number on the front of the envelope.

We then opened the backpack to see what was inside, there was a variety of items that an explorer would use to give the children some ideas, these included:

A world map
Wind up torch
Warm waterproof coat
Sleeping bag
Waterproof trousers
A harness
Walking and rock climbing shoes
A map of Northampton

We then phoned the number that was on the envelope and it was Mr Rees who answered the phone! Mrs Fennelly was shocked to hear that it was him, as were the children. She then explained to Mr Rees what had happened on the field and what we need to do next term.

This all sounds very exciting and we can’t wait to join in with the adventure that next term will bring.

Get ready to be explorers to explore this Enchanted Kingdom. See your child’s Key Skills book for what you can do over the half term holidays.


E safety week

This week is e safety week in school. We went into assembly and the Year 5 Digital leaders talked to us about safety when using the Internet. They introduced us to different scenarios and we had to decide what we should do. For example when on the Internet a character had a pop up saying that she had won a competition and needed to input their email address to claim the prize. We discussed that the children should always tell an adult if something pops up on screen.

Back in class we discussed what we know as technology. See the photo below for the things we think need programming.

We also discussed how we can stay safe. The children know that we should never use cameras to take photos of themselves, but should only use our class cameras to photograph their work.

We discussed our class blogs and how the grown ups in school keep us safe. If a photo of a child is put onto the blog, then the child’s name is not added. If a child’s name is on the blog, then the photo will not include the child’s face. We looked at Gruffalo blog to find examples of this.

This then lead onto a discussion about having an avatar instead of a photo so strangers can not find us online. We looked at some avatars and then the year 6 children came down and set some avatars for the reception staff. Mrs Richards was really happy because they made her look young. 😄

At the moment the younger children in school use all of the technology in a safe and planned manner, but talking about e safety and starting to learn about it now will enable them to make educated judgements further up the school and also when they use technology at home. We used it as a reminder that we shouldn’t talk to strangers in the street, so we shouldn’t talk to strangers online either.




Superhero vehicle – Home Learning

Thank you all for completing your Home Learning and designing and making a vehicle for a Superhero!

We have had great fun using ramps to test them and have learned lots in the process…

We discussed making it a fair test, having everything the same, same height on the ramps, same surface on the ramps and on the ground.

We then decided how to measure the distance. Some children said to use the tape measure, others said we could use the metre rulers. Some children said we could “use the blocky things” – to put them down next to the cars and count them. All valid ways that we could measure distance in a standardised way. We all decided in the end to use the tape measure so we could compare results of all the different groups and work out an overall winner.

To find out how fast the cars were travelling we discussed that we would have to use the timer or the stopwatch.

We discussed how we would find out who came 1st and 2nd, and where 3rd place would come. We also discussed how to record the answers, some children suggested writing and drawing, others said we could record it on the iPad or camera so we could watch it again.

Gruffalo class overall winning vehicle was made by Alex. Well done Alex!

Tomorrow we will find out the winner of Simba class and we hope to have one final race to determine the Reception overall winner.