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Buns Galore

Onyx class are lucky enough to be able to use the Bun Making Station as well during Learning Time. This is when we open up both classrooms and children get to choose where they do their learning. We love being able to follow the recipe ourselves to make the buns. The children are learning so much about Maths when they are making buns among lots of other things. They just see they are having fun though. This is when we believe the best learning takes place.

The recipe is taken from Anna Ephgrave’s books about learning in Foundation Stage.

Remember to remind the children how important it is to wash your hands first. You can’t bake a bun at school until your hands are washed!

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We have introduced a Bun Making Station in Garnet Class. The children were given a recipe and were shown how to read it. Then they were encouraged to make buns independently.

Can you remember what you need to do?

What does balance mean? What does it look like?

Can you remember the ingredients you need?

We needed to place an egg on one side of the scales then measure out flour, sugar and butter. We needed to make sure each ingredient balanced with the egg, once we had all the ingredients in the bowl a grown up placed the mixture in a special cooker.

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Cannon Hall Farm 2019

Yesterday was our visit to Cannon Hall Farm. We all had a wonderful day. It was fabulous to get to visit a real farm and meet all the animals. We learnt lots about them all.

First we had to get on the coach to go to Cannon Hall. We went past Manor Top and all of the places we see all the time. Can you remember what we saw? We talked about all of the things we could see and how busy it was.

Then we went on the motorway because Cannon Hall is not in Sheffield and the motorway is the best way to get there fast. We talked about the different vehicles we went past, the places we saw and also that all the houses had started to disappear. We got very excited when we saw the brown signs which told us which way to go.

We noticed as we got closer and closer to Cannon Hall there were lots more fields and still not many houses. It looked very different to Manor Top and where our houses are.

We were all very excited to arrive at Cannon Hall Farm. We had a drink and some snack to make sure were ready to go and explore the farm and meet all the animals.

And then it was time to go and explore. We had to go to the meerkats to wait for Charlotte who showed us round the farm. She is a farmer. As we went to find the first animals some children thought it was a little bit smelly! First we went to see the pigs and piglets in the Farrowing Barn.

Next we went to the next barn and we found cows and calves. There were also some goats and horses. Can you remember which ones are which? 

Everyone was very excited when we got to the next barn as we were allowed to feed the animals. We had to hold it very carefully so we didn’t drop it and then put it in the special chutes to get the food to the animals. We then had to remember to keep our hands away from our mouths and eyes.

We then had a very special treat and we got to meet Caramel the Guinea Pig. Everybody was asked if they wanted to stroke Caramel and everybody said yes. Even the children who were a little unsure at first. Again we then had to remember not to put our fingers near our eyes or mouth until we’d washed them.

Then we went to wash our hands. We made sure we used soap and washed them really carefully to get rid of all the germs from the food and Caramel.

It was nearly dinnertime but first we went for a walk around the farm and to watch the sheep racing. We went to see if any lambs had been born yet. There were lots of pregnant ewes in the Roundhouse but not many lambs yet. Can you spot the lamb we did see?

The sheep racing was lots of fun. Everyone got a ticket which told them which colour sheep they wanted to win. We were amazed when the sheep were able to jump over the jumps! They looked really high.

And then it was time for dinner! Everyone was really hungry after our busy morning.

In the afternoon we popped to see the animals in the Reptile house.

And then it was the part of the day we’d all been waiting for…….. THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND!!!!!!!

We all loved the Adventure Playground and were a little bit sad when we had to come down and get on the bus back to school.

There were lots of tired children on the bus and some of them even fell asleep. We were soon back to school though and were ready for hometime.

Everyone had a wonderful day. A big thank you to everyone who helped us and came along on the visit.

If you would like to visit Cannon Hall Farm yourself every child was given a 3 for 2 voucher to bring home. We have a couple spare if you didn’t get on. You can find out more about Cannon Hall Farm on the their website here.

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Day 100 Celebrations

We have been counting to Day 100 since our first full day of school all the way back in September. It seems like such a long time ago and we’ve all changed and grown up so much. Can you remember your first day of school? Look back by clicking on this link.

There were lots of different counting activities happening during the day and we’re going to spend the week looking at big numbers. What’s the biggest number you can think of? 

We’re also going to be reading lots of books with big numbers in them.

To celebrate our 100th day in school we had a little party to say well done to all the children. Harrison was overheard at the party saying, “I love this party”. We did all have a really good time 🙂

 

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Millie’s Mark

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Today we had confirmation that we have achieved and earned the Millie’s Mark. It is so hard to achieve. As a school, you have to demonstrate that you are very thorough with health and safety in the Early Years. We are delighted we have been recognised for all the hard work we have put in.

Having the Millie’s Mark award demonstrates our commitment to going above and beyond the minimum requirements for keeping children safe. It shows that all staff working directly with children not only hold a paediatric first aid certificate but that they are also competent in how to apply this in practice.

Achieving Millie’s Mark shows that we have the correct procedures and documentation in place and gives our parents that greater reassurance.

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World Book Day 2019

We had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day last week. We had to decorate our door with our favourite book. Miss Mohammed asked all the children and they had a vote to decide which book Onyx class should recreate. We had read all the Love Monster stories by Rachel Bright when it was Valentine’s Day and loved them all. It was difficult to decide on a favourite but we decided on LOVE MONSTER AND THE LAST CHOCOLATE 🙂 

Everyone worked hard together to make the different parts we needed for our door. First we needed to make a Love Monster. We had to find a lot of different red materials so we could make him the right colour.

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Then we made the chocolate box look like the purple one in the story. We added a sign which said ‘chocolates’ by looking at the book and copying what it said. The Love Monster also needed some extra details like his arms and eyes.

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After that we decided to make some chocolates for the chocolate box and to add to the decorations. To do this we had to make salt dough and then make it look like chocolate shapes which fit in the chocolate box.

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Before we could use them they needed painting the right colours.

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Finally we put it all up on the door and some children helped Miss Parker decide what went around the door. We even added a sign asking, “Would you share your last chocolate?”, when people lifted the chocolate box up.

Do you think you would share your last chocolate? Can you remember what the Love Monster did? 

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We all enjoyed making our door and also getting to see the different doors around school.

We also found a surprise for us in the classroom. The Love Monster came to visit and brought us the special World Book Day book, Ten Little Bookworms. You’ll soon be getting a special World Book Day token which you can exchange for this book for free. Or  you can get £1 off the books at our Book Fair which is in school next week. 

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After we’d read the book tried to work out where the rest of the chocolates had gone and what we should do with the last chocolate. What would you do with the last chocolate? 

Thankfully the Love Monster found them in the end 🙂

 

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Zooming Zog and Friends

If you remember our elf gave us a couple of presents before Christmas- a copy of the book Zog by Julia Donaldson and a toy Zog as well. Click on this link to see the full post

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We were all very excited when we came back to school after Christmas because we’d seen Zog on the television during the holidays. We began to talk about Zog and what we knew about him. We read the book again and watched the animation. Everyone loved Zog so much we decided to try and learn the story for ourselves. Miss Parker helped us make a story map which helped us remember what came next. We also made sure we remembered to use the repeating text, “Now that you’ve been shown, you can practise on your own”. Can you remember the words and tell your grown up? 

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When we were outside some of us had a go at learning to fly like Zog had done. It was a little bit risky but we talked about how to keep ourselves safe and look after our friends.

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Some children also helped Zog out by helping him free animals, people and other objects which had got frozen in the ice. We had to try and work out the best way to free the objects in the quickest way. Can you remember how to melt the ice quickly? 

You can see what we said about it in our Floor Book and also see some conversations from the rest of the week.

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When we watched the animation of Zog we also talked about how some of the other Julia Donaldson books which we’d been reading had been turned into animations as well. the children loved reading the books and watching the animations.

When we were watching Stick Man we made an important discovery: the animations had been made by humans. Even though we were watching them on the computer a person had to make it first. We wondered whether we could be animators too. We found out that we could.

Miss Parker found a programme which meant we could be animators called 2Animate on Purple Mash. We collected some ideas about what our animations could look like and after trying some as a class we made some of our own looking at the books to check. We had to work together in teams to make sure our animation was a joint effort.

Parents/ carers- your child has now been given their own password to use Purple Mash at home. Can you remember how to make an animation and show your grown ups? 

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All week we had been reading more and more Julia Donaldson books. We couldn’t believe how many books she had written. Can you remember some of the other books that Julia Donaldson has written? There is a clue here! Have you read them all? Don’t forget to look in the library if you’ve not read them all. 

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We decided that we wanted to find out more about Julia Donaldson. You can see some of our questions in the Floor Book here.

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You can also see what we found out and also how we found it out. Some of our questions were answered by reading Julia Donaldson A Biography, some them we asked Google and some of them we answered by asking Siri when some children suggested this as a possible way of finding out information. We did talk about making sure we stay safe when using the internet and Siri or Alexa.

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We had such a good time learning about Zog and then animation and then Julia Donaldson. Miss Parker and the teachers loved seeing the children’s ideas flow from one week to the next developing into the next focus. The following week we asked if Julia Donaldson was the only author and started to look at different authors whose books we might like. The children keep returning to Julia Donaldson though- she really is a favourite 🙂

The teachers were all really impressed by the children’s writing in the Floor Book and how their confidence is growing all the time at writing more independently. Well done everyone!

What have we been learning? 

  • to retell stories we have heard. 
  • to make animations using 2Animate. 
  • to investigate what happens to ice. 
  • to think about how things get onto the computer and tv screens we watch
  • to find out about an author by asking questions. 
  • to use books and computers to find out information.

How you can continue the learning at home? 

  • Visit the library and find some Julia Donaldson books to read together. 
  • Use your Purple Mash password and try to make an animation or picture of your own. Don’t forget to save it and let us know its there. https://www.purplemash.com
  • See if you can find out about a different author- Which books have they written?

 

 

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Christmas Celebrations Part 4- Giving Presents

The last week of school was one of our busiest yet….. in between the party and Father Christmas’s visit we had some special jobs to do. We’d looked at the Christmas story and talked about the gifts given by the kings and also how Christians believe that Jesus was a gift to the world from God. Everyone was very excited to talk about the gifts they would be receiving. Miss Parker and the teachers asked us what gifts we would be giving. We decided to use the TASC wheel to help us plan our activity and work out what we needed to do if we wanted to make gifts for our grown ups. After talking about it and all the possible ideas the children all decided they wanted to bake something. They did however want to bake different things so we got into groups based on what we wanted to bake. There were buns, gingerbread men, mince pies and jam tarts baked.

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Once we’d done the baking some children needed to decorate their baking as well making their own choices about why that looked like.

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To go with our gifts we also made some cards. We had to draw something that we thought about linked to Chrsitmas and our grown ups. Everyone thought of their own idea and drew it themselves. We even wrote the inside of our cards indepedently so our grown ups could see how much progress we’d made during Autumn term. Here are just a few of them for you to see.

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We also went to find different people who worked in school to give them a Christmas present to say thank you.  We talked about the different reasons we give presents and how giving people presents made them feel. We were pleased when we made people smile.

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Then on our last afternoon we were all a little bit sad because we couldn’t find our elf but he had left us a surprise. It soon cheered us up and we were exicited to see what it was. Santa had sent us a present early because we’d been so good while the elf had been with us. We got a copy of the book Zog by Julia Donaldson and also our very own Zog toy for the classroom. The elf told us Zog was on TV over the Chrsitmas Holidays so he thought we’d like to read the book first. Everybody loved it! 🙂

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