It has been a very eventful and exciting past two weeks in Reception class!
Last week, we received a letter from Professor Pemberton from the Natural History Museum. He asked Reception if they would consider looking after a very valuable dinosaur egg while it’s display cabinet was being repaired. The children agreed and wrote back to tell them that we would be delighted to help.
On Wednesday, a very special parcel was brought into class by Mrs Heymoz. It had the words, ‘fragile’ and ‘Natural History Museum’ all over the box. The children knew at once that the package had something very exciting inside- it was the dinosaur egg! The class decided to keep it safe on the prayer table, until they found somewhere secure to display it. They spent a long time planning and making display cabinets and writing signs telling everybody to be careful around the egg. The children were very worried that the egg might break, while in our care!
After the extended weekend, Mrs Theo arrived to a very worrying scene; the protective packaging around the egg seemed to be all over the floor and the egg itself had been completely cracked open! Unbelievably, the dinosaur had hatched and escaped!
When the children arrived in class, they were completely bewildered; what had happened to the egg and more importantly where was the dinosaur now?
At once, Reception notified Mrs Heymoz and the rest of the school. They then came up with a plan. Mrs Lopez phoned the police and the army and Mrs Heymoz phoned the museum. The biggest concern at this point, was whether the dinosaur was a carnivore or a herbivore. Thankfully, the museum informed us that it was indeed a herbivore!
The children then went about writing ‘lost’ posters and planning traps to capture the dinosaur. Some children even wrote a letter to Professor Pemberton, explaining that it wasn’t Mrs Theo’s fault that the egg had cracked. They all agreed to keep look out as they went home that evening.
The next morning, Mrs Theo was overwhelmed with the number of sightings around the childrens’ homes and gardens, so she decided to write them all down to see if there were any patterns in the dinosaur’s behaviour. It seemed that the dinosaur must have been looking for food, as he spent a lot of his time in gardens!
Now that so many of the class had seen the dinosaur, they were in a much better position to write descriptions of the it, which was very helpful, as everyone now knew what they were looking for.
The children worked well together making different traps and are hoping that when they come back on Monday, a little baby dinosaur will be inside one of them!
Today, the children joined the rest of the school honouring Our Lady with our May procession, where we walked to the Peace Garden and placed our flowers on the altar dedicated to Mary.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer