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Our Awards This Week- Summer 2 Week 2

Our Mathematician of the Week received his award for always trying his best in Maths. He loves numbers and is always ready to do different calculations. Now he is starting to use the calculations he knows to solve problems. He is showing us he is getting ready for Y1 Maths.

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Our Writer of the Week was determined to win this award this week. He worked so hard writing stories about volcanoes all by himself. They had a beginning, a middle and an end just like the ones we’d been writing as a whole class (see Volcano post) He is becoming much more confident in his writing skills and we’re all very proud to see how much he has progressed.

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A big well done to both boys 🙂

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Father’s Day Fun

It was one of our favourite days on Friday when we invited all our dads, granddads, uncles and other male relatives to school for the afternoon. We joined with the rest of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One so we also got to play with our brothers and sisters. We had such a great time in our outdoor area, on the Park and down on the MUGA.

We’d been busy during the week making trophies and cards for our dads as well. We took them home to say a big thank you for helping to look after us.

A huge thank you to everyone who came and made the afternoon such a success! 

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Football Training

Just in time for the World Cup FS2 have started a fabulous Football After School Club. Places were in demand we were turning children away. Look out for more clubs in Y1 if you missed out this time.

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Thr Reception children have been given a fantastic opportunity to attend an after school club where they will be trained by some Sheffield United football coaches.

On the first session, the children learned about the importance of good listening skills when they played a warm up game of traffic lights.

They then practised their dribbling skills, making sure that they made tiny touches so that they didn’t loose control of the ball.

Next, they practised changing feet, this will help them to keep procession of the ball when an opponent tackles them in a real match.

Finally, they practised their passing skills, this was a more difficult skill to develop and there were lots of children chasing balls. They are going to practise this skill again next week.

We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Little for organising the training.

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Forest Schools 1

Onyx Class had a wonderful time at our first Forest Schools session. We’ve been up to the Secret Garden a couple of times recently ( see this post and this post) and couldn’t wait to get back.

When we first got there we played game called 1-2-3 Where Are You? It was hard to listen to where our friends were hiding and then go and find them.  Then we all closed our eyes and listened. It was a very windy day so it was interesting to hear what we would listen to that was different to when we’d been before.

We did an activity where we looked closely at the trees. We sat under the trees and watched what was happening above our heads in the wind.

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After that we all found a tree that we would like to get to know better and used our senses to find out more. We felt the tree and listened to it, then we smelt it to see if it smelt of anything.

We all our found our favourite tree and did a bark rubbing to explore the texture of the bark further. We had to work well together as a partnership to make sure the paper didn’t fly away in the wind!

Before we went back to the classroom everyone was allowed to go on one more explore of the Secret Garden to find a special object each. We decided to take them back to the outdoor environment to do one last special job.

Miss Hukin helped use when we got back to our outdoor environment to make our special objects into a mobile. Have you seen it hanging in the Mud Kitchen?

What we have been learning:

  • To use our senses to explore the world around us.
  • About our local environment and how to look after nature.
  • About how to keep ourselves safe.
  • To find out more about trees. 
  • To talk about a windy day. 

How can you continue the learning? 

  • Visit your local green areas and talk about what you can hear, see, smell and touch.
  • Collect come objects of your own and make a mobile for your garden at home. 
  • Look at different trees on your way to school and in your garden. What is special about them? 
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Escape from the Volcano

Everyone had been talking about volcanos and playing a game called ‘Escape from the Lava’ for ages so we decided we should learn about volcanoes in class.

Miss Parker found a book which told us a bit more about volcanoes. Can you remember what it taught us?

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We also watched a video that lots of us had seen at home. You can watch it again here. Can you tell a grown up how an island grows?

Then we watched some videos of some real volcanoes and found out there were volcanoes erupting right now while we were in school. We thought about how we would feel if there was lava coming towards our homes. Miss Parker told us about when she went to an volcano but thankfully it wasn’t erupting when she was there.

We thought how we would help the people in Hawaii escape after they wrote to us asking for help. We came up with a few suggestions.

There was lots more role play and children wanting to experience what it was like to be near the lava. Outside was a popular place for this and the children loved building bridges and other ways to stay safe. They used our loose parts in all sorts of imaginative ways and even added water to be lava.

 

As the children were so engrossed in making up stories we used this to practise our writing skills. First we had to THINK IT and decide what we wanted to happen in our story. We drew a story map to help us remember it.

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Then we had to SAY IT for each sentence so we could remember what to write. Then we had to WRITE IT. We worked hard to sound out the words and think of the letters we needed to write. Here is the beginning and the middle of the story.

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When we had written it we had to READ IT to see if we’d done a good job. Can you see the ticks and crosses on our writing? We used the sentence hand to make sure we’d remembered everything putting a tick if we had and a cross if we hadn’t. On Wednesday we forgot our capital letter but on Thursdays we remembered them.

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Do you think you could write the end of the story? You could write it on paper and bring it to school or put it in a comment below or an email.

Our learning about volcanoes went over two weeks because we were all so interested and there was so much to learn and do. We decided we wanted to make a volcano of our own and see if we could make it erupt. It took us all week to make. We started with a bottle and some masking tape.

Then we had to use papier-mâché to build the shape of the volcano. It took a long time because we had to wait for it to dry in between.

 

Everyone enjoyed helping with our volcano which was good because there were still more jobs. Next we had to paint our volcanoes. First we painted the mountain and the grass before we added the lava. We used one of our volcano books to help us think what the volcano should look like.

 

Finally our volcano was ready and it was time to watch it erupt. Miss Parker used bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to create the lava inside the volcano. Everybody loved it and said it was well worth the wait.

We loved learning about volcanoes.

What have we been learning?

  • To find out about volcanoes using videos and books.
  • To find out where volcanoes are using first hand experiences and technology.
  • To build our own volcano and watch it erupt.
  • To role play what we think it would be like near a volcano which is erupting.
  • To make up stories about volcanoes.
  • To think how to stay safe near volcanoes and send our ideas to Hawaii.

How can you continue the learning?

  • Watch the video above and talk about how the volcanoes grow.
  • Use Google to find videos of real volcanoes and watch the lava flow (Make sure before doing any Google search with children that you have the appropriate safety measures in place)
  • Continue the story above writing it either on paper or typing it.

 

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Our Awards This Week- Summer 2 Week 1

Its hard to believe we’ve into our last half term of the year and the children will soon be going to Y1. It doesn’t seem two minutes since September when we were all just settling in. However, when you look at the children’s learning and realise the progress they have made it is easy to see they are ready for the next step in school.

Our Writer of the Week has really been applying himself to writing recently. He is able to concentrate for longer and consequently write the sentences we are learning in Phase 4 Phonics. I’m sure you can read his sentence here and see where he has written longer words such as camp and tent independently.

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Our Mathematician of the Week surprised all the teachers this week in the Maths sessions. He usually stays quiet but this week could tell us all about the coins and was not only able to count the 1p coins but could count the 2p coins and a mixture of both coins as well. This is a hard skill to master but he really showed his confidence and competence with it.

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Well done to both boys 🙂

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Environment and Global Citizenship Weeks

Before the Spring Bank break it was Environment Week in school closely followed by Global Citizenship Week. We decided to base our learning for Environment Week around the film Wall-E. Look at our Floor Book to see what we learnt about.

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The week after was Global Citizenship Week. We based our learning around the TASC wheel and tried to answer the question:

Where is the best place to live in the world? 

It was hard to decide because there are so many exciting places we could have chosen. We had to know enough about the place chose to explain why we’d live there and also why it was better than anywhere else. First we asked our parents/ carers if we had any family who lived in another place or if we’d ever been to any other places. This helped make our discussions more relevant to us.

Look at our Floor Book to see what else we decided……

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What we have been learning? 

  • About our place in the world. 
  • About how we can help the world stay a nice place to live.
  • About different countries around the world. 
  • How we have links around the world even if we’ve never been before. 
  • What we know about different countries around the world. 
  • How we can use what we know to help us answer a question. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk to your child about any links they have around the world. 
  • Let your child help you recycle into the different bins you have at home. 
  • Talk to your child about keeping their bedroom tidy to help keep your home environment nice.