Miss Morris nominated the Writer of the Week this week although as soon as we heard her name we knew it was a good choice. She has been writing all week and all over the place. She’s also made great progress in her drawing where she has learnt to draw a person with a head and a body. It has been so lovely to see her grow in confidence since she started in Onyx class and now this is transferring to our learning in class. Great job!
Mathematician of the Week was a tricky one again this week. Everyone did such an amazing job with their board game at Big Board Game Day we couldn’t choose who to give it to and had to give it to EVERYONE!!! Well done everyone, you’re all superstars!
Look at our post on NSPCC Big Board Game Day to find out more.
We invited our parents and carers to school on Friday for Big Board Game Day in aid of the NSPCC. You can find out more about the great work that they do for children here.
We love playing board games because they are such a fun way to help us get better at Maths and counting. All the counting on a board game going backwards and forwards and counting the dice makes us much better at understanding number order, number lines and the concepts of more and less. The extra bonus is we’re having so much fun we don’t even know we’re doing Maths.
We all made our very own board game which we got to take home at the end of the day. Everyone had to order the numbers 1-20 themselves and then decide which messages to put on their game. Every single game in the class is different. Then we had the tricky job of cutting out the dice and folding it to make a cube.
Some children made a different board game with Mrs Brown at Parent Workshop on Thursday. One child brought his to school and very kindly let his friends keep it in the Maths Area. The children had a great time playing the game following the rules themselves and reading the cards which told them what to do.
As well as being great for making us great Mathematicians, board games are really good for helping us take turns and think of others as there are winners and losers.
We loved having our parents and carers come to help us in school and are really looking forward to playing our games again and again. Thanks for coming and for the donations that you made for the NSPCC.
Parents/ Carers- Don’t forget to let us know how your child has been getting on with their game on a Wow moment. You can send us an email of you all playing it on the class email. Let us know about any other board games you have and play at home. I heard one child talk about playing Monopoly already!
On Monday we invited all our Mums and carers to school to say thank you for looking after us. We all met in the Main Hall with the rest of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.
We sang some songs to our Mums and carers to say how special we thought they were and how much we loved them. In Foundation Stage we sang a song called Skidamarink. Can you remember the words? We sang a song with everyone else as well called My Mum’s One in a Million.
When we’d finished singing it was time for us to give our gifts to our Mums and carers. When we talked about Mother’s Day in class lots of the children said that their mummies liked flowers so we decided to plant them some seeds. All that they needed to do was add water and watch what happens now. What do you think will happen?
We’d worked hard to write our Mother’s Day cards. You can see everybody’s on last week Writer of the Week post here.
A big thank you to all the Mums and carers who came to support the children at this event. The hall was packed to bursting and it was lovely to see so many of you 🙂
It has been another great week in Onyx class this week. Our Mathematician of the week did some great work in his focus group activity with Miss Morris. She was really impressed with his calculation skills and the way he was able to solve the problems she set. The children had to try and find a collection of animals with a given number of legs. Can you see which numbers he was trying to make?
It was too difficult to choose a Writer of the week this week. Everyone did such a fabulous job writing their Mother’s Day cards. We’ve not given them to our mums and carers yet but we will tomorrow and we think they’re going to be really impressed with how good we’ve got at writing! We think you’ll agree- have a look below…
If you walk into Onyx classroom over the next couple of weeks you’ll be able to tell its Spring. There is lots of springtime growing happening right in front of our eyes.
Keep coming back to see what changes have happened and if we have our chicks and our frogs yet.
This Friday it was Red Nose Day. Everyone was very excited to come to school dressed in red and to bring their red noses to school. Miss Parker bought a nose earlier on in the week but waited until Friday to open it. We were all excited to find out which one it was. Can you see which noses these children have? Can you remember which one Miss Parker had?
We enjoyed different activities on the day including going on the Comic Relief game. You can play at home on Comic Adventure. We also sorted all the coins which had been sent in as donations and what charity meant. Once we knew how much money we had we wanted to know where it would be going.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated. As you can see on the day alone- not including all the money which was sent to school for red noses- Onyx class raised £12.20! Well done everyone!
Before we went to Cannon Hall Farm we talked about the milking that we would see and talked about…
What can you make from milk?
Adam said, “You can make a cup of tea.” Dontae knew you could make “chocolate” and apart from that we weren’t really sure.
(You can see the photos of the milking we saw on the Cannon Hall Farm post- click here)
Miss Parker said she knew of something that we could make ourselves in the classroom so we had a go. We made some butter!
It was hard work because we had to shake the jar a LOT! We passed the jar around the circle and made the butter as a team so our arms didn’t get too tired. Lexi said, “My arms are tired.”
After a little while we took the lid off and saw that the cream had got thicker but it didn’t look like butter yet. We put the lid back on and shook it some more. After everyone had had another turn we took the lid off again. We thought it would be different this time because the noise the jar was making when we shook had changed. Jayden said he could hear, “flump, flump, flump.” Miah also noticed there was milk back in the jar, “Its turned to milk, look!” We found out that was the buttermilk which is formed when the butter is ready.
When we’d made the butter we had some on a cracker. We had to use the knife to butter our own cracker then we could sprinkle some cheese on it. When we read the packet we found out that cheese came from milk as well. We also had a drink of goat’s milk because we’d found out about it at the farm but no one had tried it before, including Miss Parker and Miss Morris.
What have we been learning?
- which products come from milk.
- about turning liquids into solids and talking about what happens.
- to use a knife to spread butter.
- to try new foods and drinks which we haven’t had before.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Find some other products which are made from milk. Which is your favourite?
- Have a go at making butter at home. We used a small glass jar with a marble in it.
- What else do you know about which turns from a liquid into a solid? Here’s a clue: What happens to water when it get really cold?