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We have been looking at how things change when we bake. Together with our maths skillls for weighing and our careful pencil grip for decorating we have made gingerbread football players. It was really interesting to see what happened when we heated the butter and sugar with the golden syrup. We think that not only do our players look great they are also very tasty!
As part of our new topic 'Under the Sea' we have decided we would like to investigate what changes can happen to water. We really enjoy science in Reception and have been busy learning lots of new vocabulary like predictions and investigations. We chose to put coloured water into balloons and then put the balloons into the freezer. We made predictions on what we thought might happen to the water. Check out some of our pictures from the first part of our investigation.

During our Understand of the World sessions we have been looking at Easter. We have been researching what different people believe Easter is all about and made hot cross scones. We shared a book about Easter and thought about other people's religions and beliefs.

Our cooking skills in Reception are really coming on and we all enjoyed our scones at snack time!

Easter scones

As part of our topic work we have been doing some Science activities based around growing. Following a spring walk we thought about what things plants and flowers need to be able to grow. We decided that they needed: water, light and heat. To test if this was the case we decided to do an experiment. We learnt lots of new vocabulary and even though it was a little tricky to say we have enjoyed making predictions. 

We got four tulip plants from the garden centre and labelled them, we decided that one of the plants should have everything, one should have no water, one no light and one no heat. We have seen some big changes in our plants already check out the pictures below.

This is our plant after spending one week in the cupboard

This is our plant after spending one week in the cupboard 1

This is our plant after a week on having no water

This is our plant after a week on having no water 1

This is our plant that has had no heat

This is our plant that has had no heat 1

This is our plant after a week of having everything. We think it might need a new pot soon!

This is our plant after a week of having everything. We think it might need a new pot soon! 1

We made predictions about what we thought would happen to our plants after another week of our experiment. We were shocked to see that the plant that was in the cupboard had grown longer than the plants on the window but it was not standing up the shoots were laying on the ground.

At the end of the experiment we had a difficult decision to make to see which plant had been the best. We decided that the winner was the plant that had been inside on the window sill and that we gave water to. A close second was the plant we put outside. We really enjoyed our experiemnt and learnt lots about what plants need to be able to grow.

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