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Our Visit to Cannon Hall Farm

We had a wonderful time this week when we went to Cannon Hall Farm. We got really lucky and had a perfect weather day 🙂

We got to Cannon Hall Farm on a double decker bus. Onyx class got the top deck on the way there and once we all had our seatbelts on we were ready to go. We were really high up!

We went up to Manor Top first and it was fun looking at all the familiar places from up so high. Where can you see that you know? 

We got to Cannon Hall on the motorway and saw lots of different vehicles on the way. We went past Meadowhall which made some children start talking about when we went to Build a Bear Workshop in January.

We knew were nearly at Cannon Hall because all the roads and houses disappeared and there were a lot more fields. It looked very different to Manor Top. Everyone started spotting more and more animals.

And then we got to Cannon Hall! Everyone was so excited. When we first got there we had some snack so we were ready to go exploring.

A lady called Nicola came to talk to us and told us where we would be going. Then it was time to go…

First we went to see the piglets. Some of them had only been born a few days before. The we went to see the teenage pigs in the next barn. They didn’t need their mummies there anymore.  We had to read the signs to make sure we were going the right direction and look for the sounds that we knew. Can you remember which were the girl pigs and which were the boy pigs? 

In the next barns there were lots of different animals. Can you remember what they were all called? We saw cows, sheep, goats, a shire horse, alpacas and llamas.

Everyone was very excited when we got to feed the animals using the special machines to send the food down to the animals. Once we had fed the animals we had to remember not to put our fingers near our mouths so we didn’t get the germs in our tummies. Can you remember which animals you fed? 

We got meet a special friend after that. Nicola got a rabbit for us to say hello to and stroke. Everyone got a turn and loved feeling the rabbits soft fur. Can you remember what the rabbit was called? After we’d stroked the rabbit we had to remember to wash our hands using soap and water.

Next it was time for the Sheep Race! Everyone got a ticket and stood ready to watch the race. We saw the sheep racing round the track and everyone was surprised to see how high they could jump. We all got a coloured ticket and waited to see which colour sheep won. There was red, yellow, blue and green. Can you remember which colour ticket you had? Can you remember which sheep was the winner? 

Before we went for dinner we went to find the lambs in their very own roundhouse. We climbed up the steps and got a really good view of them from above. We spotted that some of the lambs and sheep had numbers on them and worked out it told you who the mummy sheep was and her baby lambs. Can you read any of the numbers?

And then it was dinnertime but first we had to walk back to find where we had left our lunch. On the way we saw lots of different animals. Can you remember all the animals that we saw? We saw reindeer, rabbits, different sorts of chickens, rabbits and turkeys.

Everyone was ready for their lunch when we got back.

After dinnertime we went to see the cows being milked. In school we had talked about milk and where it comes from. We also talked about what you could make from milk from cows. Can you remember what you can make from milk? 

Then it was time for the Adventure Playground which we LOVED! Some children really challenged themselves and tried things they’d not done before, one of these things was the pole which they did with help at first before they got more confident.

What a fabulous day we had. Can you tell your grown up your favourite part of the day? 

Thank you to all the grown ups who came with us to help. We couldn’t have gone without you. And a huge thank you to Nicola and everyone at Cannon Hall for a wonderful day. the children had a great time and haven’t stopped talking about it yet! 🙂

PARENTS/ CARERS- If you would like to visit Cannon Hall using your 3 for 2 voucher you’ll find it near Cawthorne in Barnsley. Click on the link to visit the Cannon Hall Farm website and find out more.  

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The Chimpanzees of Happy Town

We had a wonderful treat last week when we went to the Crucible Theatre in the city centre to watch the musical performance of The Chimpanzees of Happy Town.

For some of us it was the first time we had ever been on a tram so we loved getting there and back.

We took a picnic with us and ate it in the Winter Gardens before having a little walk round and look at all the different plants.

We learnt some of the songs before we went and listening to the story so we could join in with the singing. Lots of us enjoyed dancing along to the songs as well.

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Everyone had a wonderful time and Miss Parker and Miss Morris were really proud of how well behaved everyone was the whole time we were out of school. A big thank you too to the grown ups who came with us 🙂

We did lots of thinking about the Chimps when we got back to school to think how they were feeling in Drabsville and Happy Town. We had to think of lots of interesting words to use instead of just happy and sad. Can you remember any of them? Look on the cupboard door in the classroom to see them all.

It was Anti-Bullying Week this week too so we thought about how the Mayor was a bully and what we would do if there was a bully in our school. We also talked about what a bully is and how it means that someone is nasty to you or hurts you everyday and it is the same person everyday. Look at our fabulous story Onyx Class and the Bullies which we wrote together.

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Finally we thought what we would want in our precious box if we could have one just like Chutney’s. We had to work with our special talk partner to think of an idea and draw it on our piece of paper. Here’s what we all said:

Jakoby and Theo- A dog because Chutney will sort the dog out. 

Elijah and Hamisi- A fire because it looks nice. 

Adam and Leighanna- Happytown because it is my favourite. 

Sofia and Rosie-Leigh- A flower because its our favourite. 

Mia N and Mateo- Basketball because it our favourite. Its my favourite sport. 

Lexi and Evie- Flowers because they’re pretty. 

Jessica and Alexis- Rain because it rains in Happy Town. 

Taela-Rose and Jayden- Pudsey because he is a happy one. 

Harlie and Mary- A jar of seeds because the seeds need the water.

Sophie and Safira- Star because they twinkle.

Grace and Summer- A seed because it is our favourite.

Corey and Kiefer- A walking tram because I wanted to go in it.  

Mia B and Gracie-Mai- We made Chutney because he belongs there. 

Have a look in our floor book to see pictures of the seeds we planted.

What have we been learning? 

  • to listen to music and join in with the singing. 
  • to respond to music in a variety of ways.
  • to go on a school trip and represent Prince Edward Primary. 
  • to see some of the important buildings in our home city of Sheffield. 
  • to know what a bully is and what we can do about it. 
  • to think what is precious to us. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Watch the video at home and sing the songs. 
  • Attend the family concert of Chimpanzees of Happy Town together. There are more details here. 
  • Make a precious box and decorate it to make it look amazing. What would you put in it? 
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytelling

During the last week of half term we had our Storytelling event for parents and carers. We’d been practising the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as part of our learning about caterpillars and butterflies so decided this is the story we wanted to tell our grown ups. (Click here to find out more about our caterpillar and butterfly learning)

We went to the Hall first with Diamond class (Nursery) and Garnet class (FS2) and used the Story Map and Makaton actions to help us tell the story. Our grown ups who came were very proud of us and gave us a big clap at the end.

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Then we headed back to the classroom. Our focus this year has been on Maths so we took the opportunity to do some Maths with our parents and carers based on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We practised knowing and ordering the days of the week. We could then use this to help us retell the story. Some of us didn’t have grown ups there to help us so we had to be independent and complete it on our own. Some of us even took it a step further and used the pictures to help us write the story ourselves on the back.

This is sheet we had to complete and then take home so we could keep on practising the story.

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We also got to take home the story map and the words so we could keep practising. We asked our grown ups what they thought so we can make it even better next time.

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It was lovely to see lots of parents and carers there again. Thank you for coming, the teachers and children really appreciate your support 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To confidently tell a story to an audience of adults. 
  • To say the days of the week. 
  • To use the days of the week to help us order the story. 
  • To be independent and cut out and organise an activity ourselves. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Retell the story together using your story map and story words. 
  • Practise using a big voice and tell some different family members the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You could even use Skype or FaceTime to tell people you don’t see all the time. We’d love to hear who you’ve been telling the story to, don’t forget to tell us on a Wow moment. 
  • Can you change the story to the story of The Very Hungry Tadpole? What might he eat each day? 

 

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Fabulous Frogs!

We’ve been very lucky this year in Onyx class as we had some frogspawn arrive in our classroom way back in April.

It was very exciting after Miss Parker spotted some frogspawn in her pond and asked if we’d like to have some in school. Everyone said yes of course! Everyone already had a good idea about what would happen to it.

We watched our frogspawn as the tadpole began to hatch and thought what we might like to learn more about.

As we continued to watch the tadpoles grow we got an email from Miss Hulme and Diamond class in Nursery. They wanted to know if we could teach them more about our frogspawn and tadpoles. We decided that we would make them a book but as we find out lots of information on the computer that we’d make an ebook on the iPad for them. We had to find out some more information first so we knew we were teaching them the right things.

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You can read our book for Nursery here. If you look at the book on the iPad it even has videos of our tadpoles in it. Please ask to see it in school.

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Everyone was very excited about the tadpoles and waited to see if they were frogs yet. Some of our parents and carers even stopped off each morning to see what was happening.

Finally after waiting a really long time our tadpole started to get legs at the front then the back. Eventually they turned into frogs! Can you see they still have a little bit of their tails left? 

We shared our learning with our parents and carers in our floor book and some parents commented on how they’d been continuing the learning at home. We love to hear when this has been happening.

Unfortunately we couldn’t keep the frogs at school forever. Miss Parker had to take them back to the pond where they came from so they could continue to grow. Maybe next year they’ll be the ones to lay the frogspawn and we’ll have some more at school.

 

What have we been learning? 

  • To watch animals and see how they move and change over time. 
  • To learn information from different sources and transfer this to telling others.
  • To care for living creatures and make sure they are fed and the water is clean.
  • To talk about our observations of living creatures.
  • To describe the life cycle of a tadpole/ frog.
  • To be patient!!!

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • It will be too late for this year now but next Spring do the same as Corey’s mum and look for Frogspawn in the local ponds. 
  • Talk about life cycles- How is the frog lifecycle the same as the butterfly? How is is different? 
  • Can you find any books at the Library (school or Manor Top) which have information in about life cycles? What else can you find out about? 

 

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Beautiful Butterflies

We’ve had some visitors in our classroom for the last few weeks. It has been wonderful watching our tiny caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies right before our eyes.

Look how tiny the caterpillars were when they first arrived.

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This is what we had to say when our caterpillars first arrived.

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They ate and ate and ate and grew and grew and grew! Quickly the doubled and trebled in size. Can you see all five caterpillars in there? 

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Soon they were ready to spin their cocoons and start becoming butterflies. We knew they were ready because they hung upside down.

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While our caterpillars were growing and getting ready to become butterflies we decided we wanted to learn about caterpillars and butterflies. We talked about how they’d got bigger and what would happen to them next. We also thought about if we knew any stories about caterpillars. Everybody remembered seeing The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle before.

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We decided we’d like to try all the fruit just like the Hungry Caterpillar had done. Miss Parker set us a challenge though…. we had to think of as many words as we could to describe the taste of the fruit instead of always saying nice or yummy. Miss Parker wanted to know why it was nice and yummy. We also found out our favourite class fruit. Can you remember which fruit was the most popular? 

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We tried to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in words and in writing. The children decided they’d like to tell their families the story at our next storytelling workshop. Look out for the date coming soon. We are starting to write more and more and Miss Parker tried to trick us by making mistakes when she was writing. We were just too clever though and managed to fix them all.

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We had such a busy time learning about caterpillars and butterflies. Look what our families had to say when they looked in our floor book.

We’d loved having our caterpillars then butterflies in the classroom and really enjoyed watching them as they moved and began to fly more and more.

Finally it was time to say goodbye to our butterflies and let them go and fly out in the real world. Although they loved our classroom it was time to let them see the rest of the world. I wonder where they are now? Keep looking to see if they come and visit you in your garden.

What have we been learning?

  • About the life cycle of Caterpillars and Butterflies. 
  • To retell a known story using story language. 
  • To think of as many words to describe taste as possible. 
  • To try new foods we might not have had before.
  • To look for patterns in stories and the environment around us. 
  • To look after animals who need us to be careful and considerate. 
  • To write our ideas in sentences. 

 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for butterflies in your garden. What do they look like? Can you find out which species of butterfly they are? 
  • Can you explain the life cycle to a grown up? For an extra challenge can you draw or write about the Butterfly Life Cycle. 
  • Can you remember the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and tell it to a grown up? Remember to use the special story language we used in school. 

 

  • We will be holding our storytelling event in the last week of the half term. Look out for more information coming soon. 
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How Many Legs?

We have been busy doing lots of Maths in school and because we love stories so much our teachers have been looking at the best stories so we can do Maths and stories together. We’ve also been learning about the different animals we’ve currently got in our classroom (tadpoles and caterpillars) so it fitted in perfectly when we found this story….

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We loved reading the story and starting to work out how many legs the animals had on their own and together. We started to draw them and write the numbers so we could remember.

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We talked about how to record the calculation when we added more than one animal together. We also talked about how you can correct your recording if you get it wrong first time.

 

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Then we looked at checking our calculations by jumping on a number line.

Some of us practised counting how many legs were on the animals when they were stood by themselves. We had to find the number and write it in our books. Miss Parker gave us some extra challenges as well, such as, what is one more?

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Some of us added two of the animals together and had to record the calculation to show how many legs altogether. This was a bit trickier but we could count the legs together and as one group.

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Some of us were given a problem to solve such as can you find me a total of 6 legs? Or can you find me a total of 10 legs.  We had to count the legs until we found two animals which had that total of legs. After that we had to record it in our books as a calculation. We had to find all the ways to find a given number of legs, such as how many ways can you make 8 legs? 

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Some of us were given a harder problem and had to find a way of making the total with 3 animals.

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Miss Parker then left the animals out in the classroom for us to use if we wanted too.

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What have we been learning?

  • to count how many legs on each animal. 
  • to count groups of objects altogether.
  • to solve problems using objects to help us. 
  • to record calculations using + and =. 
  • to look for the maths in a story. 

 

How how can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for any Maths in stories you read together. There are lots of examples, e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- number of objects, one more fruit, patterns looking at the symmetrical butterfly. 
  • Count two groups of objects together, such as, how many strawberries have I got? How many have you got? How many have we got altogether? 
  • Solve different Maths problems together at home, such as I’ve got 2 plates out for dinner, how many more do I need for everyone to have one?