It’s a Harvest Festival!

The children have been learning about our first festival of the year – Harvest! We watched a video clip on Espresso which explained all about Harvest and what it meant. The children enjoyed watching the combine harvesters plough and cut the farmers fields of the newly grown crops. In Reception we have been extremely busy completing a number of different activities linked with our topic this week.


With Harvest being about new crops and foods that are fully grown and ready to pick, we decided to look at how we have all grown and changed as humans. The children enjoyed sharing their photographs from Tapestry of them as a baby and comparing them to how they look now. We based our literacy on the story ‘Once there were Giants’ where we learnt about the life stages from a baby to a toddler, child, teenager, adult and elderly.


As our topic this week was Harvest Festival, the children have been busy making their own scarecrows as part of their home learning. We learnt about why scarecrows are important to farmers and help with the growing of our crops and vegetables. We read a number of stories this week; ‘The Scarecrows wedding’, ‘Vegetable Glue’ and ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ . All of these stories helped us to understand all about vegetables! We have used them lots in our environment this week; in the role play in our farm shop, in the painting for printing patterns and cleaning them in the water area. The children ended the week with a food tasting session, trying some different raw vegetables and learning how they grow. We practiced our cutting skills and used the vegetables to make our own vegetable soup – it was delicious! We then had a barn dance in our PE session which we all found very funny.

Have a look at some of our photographs from this week.

Article 6 – We all have the right to be alive and develop in the best possible way. 

Article 24 – We all have the right to healthy food and clean water to drink. 

Article 31 – We all have the right to take part in cultural and creative activities. 

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