Do you remember in Environment Week when we went to look at our allotment? Miss Parker decided we needed to learn about plants because lots of us got confused when looking at the roots, leaves and stems on the weeds and weren’t sure what to call them. We decided we would plant some seeds so we could watch them grow and talk about what we could see.
We were lucky in school to receive some tomato seeds from the National Schools Partnership.
We got busy planting making sure we had enough soil for the seeds and that we covered them up. Garnet class came to make sure everyone in Reception had one.
And then we had to wait…….
We are looking very carefully to see if we can see the stem and the leaves starting to grow. Can you see them? Why can’t you see the roots?
We’ll continue to watch them grow and talk about what we can see happening. How long do you think it will be before we see a tomato?
Keep coming back to see how much they have grown.
We all had an amazing time on Monday afternoon when we invited all of our dads to school to celebrate Father’s Day. We were allowed to invite any other male member of the family if our dads couldn’t make it but this time mums had to stay at home.
We had such a good time with our dads on the MUGA and ‘park’. Some of us preferred to stay inside the Foundation Stage area and play with our dads there. It was great to see our brothers and sisters in Nursery and Key Stage One as well.
A huge thank you to everyone who came and made our afternoon so successful. We had a total of 49 dads, uncles, grandads and big brothers there across the whole of FS and KS1!
We had a great time on the first Tuesday after the holidays going on a Bug Hunt. Before the holidays when we let our butterflies go we went near the Secret Garden and talked about going in there sometime soon. A Bug Hunt seemed the perfect opportunity!
It was a very wet day but we didn’t let that put us off. We set off to see what we could find with Miss Oades and Miss Morris.
We used this sheet from Twinkl to remember what we’d found.
Can you remember all of the different bugs that we found? I wonder what we’d find if we’d gone on a sunny day…. do you think it would be the same or different?
Everyone loved going on our Bug Hunt. We can’t wait to go the Secret Garden again.
Our Writer of the Week this week has made so much progress. His Nursery teachers would be so impressed at how good his writing has become. He is now writing a full sentence on his own using the resources around him independently. What a fabulous job he has done- he’s definitely ready for Year One!
Our Mathematician of the Week has been working particular hard to record her ideas. She was able to sort the buttons into different colours and find a way to record it on paper. She wrote all the colours and how many of each she had. After she’d done this she was able to work out which one she had most of. Great job! Yet another example of how Onyx class are getting ready for Year One! 🙂
We had an interesting conversation in class the other week when some of the children asked if they could be the teacher. They said that Miss Parker could go home and get a cup of tea because they knew how to be the teacher and everything would be fine.
Miss Parker explained that, lovely as that would be, it was Mr Sieczkarek who decided who got to be the teachers in school because he was the Headteacher. We talked about how all the teachers had to write a letter saying they wanted to be the teacher and explaining why they were able to do the job. The children got busy writing their letters!
To Mr Sieckarek, I will teach children to write middle name. I can teach them French. Love …
To Mr Sieczkarek, I will teach the children. Love…
To Mr Sieczkarek, Can Miss Parker, can she go home? Love from
To Mr Sieczkarek, I will teach kids to listen. Love from…
To Mr Sieczkarek, I will look after the children. I promise to teach children how to write properly and keep everything tidy. Love from…
The children took their letters to show Mr Sieczkarek. He was very impressed and told Miss Parker they could do some special jobs for the rest of the day. They got to give out the certificates, choose the Writing Journal winning ticket for the week and hand out the Star Card prizes.
Everyone was so excited when we went back to class and told them what had happened and when they saw the children doing their special jobs they decided they wanted to be teachers too. We decided it was what we wanted to learn about after the holidays.
Look out for what happens next…
This should really be called Butterflies, Butterflies because look what happened?
Our caterpillars hatched from out of their cocoons and we had 4 butterflies in our classroom 🙂 Everyone loved watching them fly and if we looked really carefully we could even see them drinking through their proboscis. Can you remember anything about their proboscis?
After we’d had them in our classroom for a few days we decided that we needed to let them go. We had a talk about where would be the best place for them to fly. It was agreed that we would go up on to the new school field by the Secret Garden because the children said there were the most plants and flowers there.
Thankfully it was a sunny day because we weren’t sure if the butterflies would like the rain.
Miss Parker unzipped the Butterfly Garden and pulled it down slightly. It didn’t take long for the butterflies to fly off into the sky. We all clapped and cheered when they went.
We’re going to be keeping an eye out over the next few weeks to see if we can see our butterflies when they come back to visit us. We’re sure they will fly back one day and see us 🙂 Maybe they will fly to our houses?
Before the holidays, our Mathematician had really impressed everyone with how she has begun to lead her own learning more in maths. She had her own idea to sing the 5 Speckled Frogs song which she did remembering all the words then she started to make up her own versions.
The Writer of the Week showed how much his confidence has grown recently with his writing. Not only did her write a letter to Miss Duddle asking for a new interactive whiteboard pen (We lost ours :-() but he went to see Miss Duddle and read it to her himself. He wrote the Phase 4 words (lost/ from) all by himself 🙂
What a great job both children did 🙂