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Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Learning and caring together, building a firm foundation for the future

Gigantic Learning for Little Reception

The Gigantic Turnip

Well, our new gigantic learning experience started with the arrival of a GIGANTIC pumpkin. We had no idea where it came from , or why we had it, but it was so much fun! Reception explored the pumpkin, touched it, felt it, smelt it and even investigated with different resources to try and get into it. Zachary, Stanley and Jaxon tried using the Tyrannasaurus Rex to get inside- even he was not strong enough.

We then satrted reading our new story, 'The Gigantic Turnip.' We really loved listening to the story, joining in, acting it out and even sequencing it. The children became so interested in vegetables that we continued our learning and asked their teachers to explore even more vegetables. We looked at them, explored them and even labelled them! We also asked to do some planting ourselves, so we planted out very own cress seeds!

After all that learning, reception decided that they would like to make soup with the gigantic pumpkin, so we finished off our learning with making soup! Scooping out all of the seeds from the pumpkin was so messy and made us all laugh! We followed our recipe and we even got to use the blender. It really has been such a wonderful learning  experience.

Jake- 'Pumpkin soup was so delicious, I finished it all.'

Kareen- 'My bread has fallen in my soup!'

Asha- *Laughing so much* 'The pumpkin seeds feel so slimey!'

George- 'It's going to have chocolate inside like a Kinder surprise egg.'

Let us know what you think of our learning, ask us for the recipe if you would like to try your own pumpkin soup at home!


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  • The school’s Christian values of love, honesty and respect are well expressed through its caring atmosphere. This impacts positively on the strong sense of belonging and supporting relationships evident across the school.

    SIAMs 2016

  • Pupils are interested in learning and attend school regularly. They feel safe and behave responsibly

    Ofsted 2016

  • Teaching contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

    Ofsted 2016

  • Well established phonics teaching ensures pupils have a good grounding in the basic skills needed to write successfully.

    Ofsted 2016

  • Relationships are strong and pupils’ good behaviour is reflected in a happy and caring atmosphere, with attendance that is well above the national average.

    SIAMs 2016

  • Teachers and teaching assistants provide effective support for pupils who speak English as an additional language.

    Ofsted 2016