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Cherry - Reception

Welcome to Cherry - Reception Class!



EYFS Trip to the Fire Station:

In Spring term we got to visit Stansted Fire Station! We travelled there on a big double decker bus, which was very exciting.

The children were shown around the fire station, and saw the fire engines and all the equipment that is used. If the children wanted to, they could climb up into cab, which was a long way up! They used the torch and thermal imaging camera inside. 

The children saw the hoses, shovels, car rescue equipment, cutting tools, etc. that the firefighters use. They also saw the big ladder that they use to reach the fires too.

The children then went to the locker room where all the firefighters’ kit was kept. Mrs Louis put on the firefighter’s equipment, and the boots were very heavy! She put the whole uniform on including the helmet, and the children thought she looked like a real firefighter!

Everyone sat and had their snack and water before they went outside to use the fire hoses. The year group were so excited to use the fire hose with the firefighters - they sprayed the water up the tower, and even washed some of the cars. 

We finished the trip with a class photo next to the fire engine, and as we pulled away on the bus, the fire engine played it’s siren which was very loud!

We had a fantastic day at the fire station, and we learnt so much about the role of a firefighter. 


Police Visit:

Our Early Years children enjoyed an exciting visit from three local Police Officers on Thursday afternoon.

The children listened a talk about the role of a police officer in the community and keeping everyone safe. They were then given the opportunity to ask questions and try on police hats. Additionally, they had a look at the police van, heard the sirens and saw the lights.

The Police Officers were also there to give a very important message: it is vital for young children to see Police Officers in a positive light- as people who help. They made it clear to them that they want to be seen as approachable and that they should not be afraid of them. 

Cherries and Acorns went to Boydell's Farm!

It was such an exciting day. The children were buzzing with energy and represented the school with the exemplary behaviour.

Farmer Kylie and his helpers, introduced themselves and talked about how to stay safe on the farm. The children discussed the importance of hygiene and learnt how to wash their hands thoroughly. They were also taught not to climb on fences or wander around the farm too.

After a delicious snack, the children met Mootilda. Farmer Kylie taught the children how milk comes from cows. They were then given the opportunity to milk Mootilda. One of the children even managed to shoot the milk on to Miss Sneath's shoe!

After that, the children were escorted around the animal enclosures and provided with the opportunity to feed them. Farmer Kylie was very funny - especially when allowing the calves to suck his fingers! Some of the children were a little trepidatious at first. They enjoyed stroking or watching others feed the animals such as, the llamas, turkeys, pigs, cows, donkeys, goats, lambs, alpacas and Shetland ponies. However, by the end of the day, almost all of the children had held, stroked or fed the animals. It was great to see them developing their resilience and taking risks. Farmer Kylie was so knowledgeable, he even taught the adults a thing or two. Did you know, a baby turkey is called a poult and what Guinea pigs and pigs have in common?

After a serious batch of handwashing, the children then enjoyed eating their lunches in the fresh air. Following this, they split into two groups and got more hands on with the animals.

The children were invited to explore the barn. Inside were lots of cuddly animals they could feed and pet. They loved snuggling with bunnies, feeding dandelions to the Guinea pigs and playing with baby goats. Patiently, the children sat at top bales of hay whilst they waited to hold tiny, purring 7 week old kittens. Some were escape artists but one particularly docile kitten almost made it's way home with a rather besotted Mrs Stimpson.

Later, the children were incredibly lucky to be able to bottle feed baby lambs. They were gorgeous and the children's faces brightened with the joy of seeing them tugging on the bottles. They then got to hold the lambs and giggled as they wriggled softly in their arms. Finally, they got to hold all manner of baby chicks - and not just with their hands. Some children decided to let the chicks sit on their heads (only if they were wearing a cap)!

It was such a fabulous day! The children had the best time, learned so much and experienced great personal growth - what a wonderful place to visit.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our wonderful helpers who made our trip possible. Thank you!