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Looking for Dinosaurs in the Secret Garden

We had been talking about habitats for our dinosaur and where he might have gone. Someone had the idea to go and look in the Secret Garden so off we went…..

On our way up there we spotted a different habitat. I wonder if there is a bird living in there?

Once in the Secret Garden we played a quick game of Where Are  You? to make sure everyone was listening, concentrating and comfortable in the new space.

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And then we had a look for some signs of life in the Secret Garden.

We found a trail in the grass, we wondered whether that was where our dinosaur had pushed through the grass. We also found a few feathers but we decided they were from the birds not the dinosaur. We also found a big muddy patch where we looked to see if we could find any more footprints. Sadly there weren’t any but it made us think about footprints.

Miss Parker showed us some different animal footprints. After we’d thought about which animal our footprint came from, we had to find a friend who had the same footprint on their card.

They we had to think of a way to record our footprint but we hadn’t taken any pencils. Miss Parker showed us how to use Mud Paint to draw our footprints.

Sadly we didn’t find a dinosaur in the Secret Garden but we did learn more about habitats and signs to look for if we’re looking for any creatures.

When we got back to class we thought about creating a different habitat. Can you tell who it is for? Which creature would like to live here?

What have we been learning? 

  • Where creatures live and why they choose to live there. 
  • Which signs to look for when searching for creatures in the Secret Garden. 
  • Different ways to record our ideas when there are no pencils. 

How you can continue the learning at home? 

  • Visit a wood or the park. Can you find any signs of creatures there? What do you think might live there. 
  • Make some mud paint in your garden and use sticks to paint. What can you do a picture of?
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A Dinosaur Came to Visit

Once we had the footprints in our classroom we had a new clue as to what had left the egg in our classroom. It generated many conversations and there was all of a sudden a lot of talk about dinosaurs.

We decided to set up the camera overnight and see if there were any visitors to our classroom. You will not believe what we saw!

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There was a dinosaur in our classroom! He walked all over the table and did a BIG roar before he left again. It made us believe we had been right when we said there was a dinosaur in the egg. Some children quickly got to work and started making a trap to try and capture the dinosaur. They thought about a fake egg to trick the dinosaur into coming and having a look, a rope to trip him up and some water to pour on his head once he was trapped. There was lots of cooperative thinking to solve their problem.

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Then Miss Deakin came back from setting up the Outdoor Are and told us she’d seen another footprint. We went to have a look. It was so much bigger than the ones in the classroom. We measured to see how long it was.

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Everyone was amazed to see how much bigger than our feet the dinosaur footprint was. We decided to measure it in some different ways.

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We then used this information to measure some smaller footprints of our own and smaller measuring units. We worked with a partner to choose a unit to measure with and then measure the footprint. We made sure we followed the same rules.

And then…..

We did a wonderful job making our dinosaur a shoe. Can you imagine how big the show shop would need to be if this is just one shoe?!?

Our parents and carers made some comments in our Floor Book. We love knowing what the children are talking about at home and which learning they are sharing.

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What have we been learning? 

  • to measure in different ways using a variety of different non-standard objects, such as cubes, bottle tops, whiteboard pens. 
  • to meet challenges and solve problems, such as how do we make a shoe for the dinosaur and how do we capture a dinosaur.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Collect some objects at home, such as pennies, bottle tops, forks and so long as they are all the same size use them to measure some bigger objects in your house, like the table. 
  • Use footsteps to measure some of your garden. How long is the path? How wide is your doorway? 
  • allow your child to help you solve simple problems in the home, such as we have 5 people in our house and they want 2 biscuits each? How many do we need altogether? 
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A Strange Egg

So we had a strange egg in our classroom, but what could it be? We had lots of suggestions about what it could possibly be. Some children thought it was a giant chocolate egg (Miss Parker wishes it had have been! ;-)) but then we got a note which made us change our mind…..

The Easter Bunny told us it was going to hatch. That meant something was alive in there. We decided we had better learn about eggs and find out which creatures came from eggs. Some children wrote signs saying to stay away from our egg and make sure it stayed safe.

We spent the week investigating eggs and then there was a development. The egg disappeared and there were footprints. Where had it gone?

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Chocolatey Easter Fun

We had a very busy week back in school. It was strange as we came back to school and it had still not been Easter. Everyone was very excited waiting for their Easter Eggs. We decided we would like to learn about chocolate because we all love chocolate so much!

We tasted different sorts of chocolate and made a graph to find out our favourites. The dark chocolate was not very popular at all. Can remember your favourite?

We made some chocolates of our own deciding which ingredients we would like to make the best chocolate in the world. There were some different ingredients to choose from so we could design our chocolate to take home. We melted the chocolate- thinking about how you melt chocolate- before we made the chocolate. Then we had to wrap our chocolates just like the ones in the shop.

 

Then on Thursday we found a note and the Easter eggs Miss Parker had bought us were gone 😦 We did not know where they were. However there was a note with a clue so we decided to follow it and see where we went. Every time we found a clue it told us to go somewhere else and follow the chicks. We went all over school and our hunt took us outside, the staffroom, the main hall before going back to our classroom. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we got back. There were our eggs but there was also a giant egg as well. We did not know what it was but there were lots of ideas about what it could be.

 

We loved our Easter Egg Hunt and we were excited to find the giant egg in our classroom.

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Come back soon to see what happens next.

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Our Awards This Week- Summer 1 Week 2

We are so proud of the children in Onyx class this week. They are really starting to demonstrate how much they have learnt during the school year and show how far they have progressed.To celebrate their amazing successes we are going to start awarding the Mathematician of the Week to the child who shows the most progress or best attitude to their learning in Maths and Writer of the Week to the child who shows the most progress or best attitude to in their writing. This is not just in activities with adults but in their independent learning as well.

We were particularly pleased with these children this week. Our Mathematician of the Week was spotted all week really engaging with Maths activities in the classroom. He was interested in not only adding numbers together-a lot of which he remembers by rote- but also in making patterns with the beads. Our Writer of the Week has not stopped writing all week. She even wrote a note to Miss Deighton asking for slime in the classroom and because she wrote it so well and everyone could read it this week the children are making slime.

Well done to both these children. We can’t wait to see what amazing learning happens this week and who gets the award on Friday.

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Ice Skating!

We were very lucky today when an ice skating rink came to our school. Some of us were a little worried about going on the ice while some of us were really excited. We talked about how even if we were worried then we would give it a go and we might surprise ourselves. Everyone went on the ice making Miss Parker, Miss Hukin and Miss Deakin really proud.

We had a great time and even those of us who were a little reluctant at first gained confidence and everyone let go of the edge at least once! 🙂

When we got back to the classroom we talked about how we’d found our time on the ice.

Jack- It was good.

Jaesi-Mae- Good because I didn’t fall this time.

Maddison-Good because it wasn’t real ice.

Jevonte-I did it on my own with no penguin.

Brooke-When I first went on I held on and then I was ice skating by myself.

Caitlyn- I didn’t do it with a penguin.

Alissa- I was skating with a penguin. It was good because I only fell over one time then I got up without holding anyone’s hand.

Ethan-I kept falling over.

Jacob- I held onto 2 penguins , one penguin for a little bit. Then skating on my own. After all that I had another penguin for a little bit.

We also found out a bit more about ice skating by watching some videos of ice skating champions. We watched some of the World Championship Figure Skating Championships from this year.

It really inspired us and some of us were so impressed that we described it as magic!

Jaden- How she not fall? She holding hands with him.

Olopeloluwa-That’s magic! She’s doing ballet when she’s skating.

Jack-That’s cool.

Riley-That’s dangerous.

Sheldon- I can do that. I want to do it tomorrow.

Jaden- I do that next time. Maybe tomorrow. Be hard to do by yourself.

Vinnie-some ice skating champions are not falling over because they practise and practise and practise.

L’Rayah- I can do that. I can put my leg up my back.

Leo- They do that because they are right big.

We all had a fabulous day. Thanks to Mrs Lord for organising it and SIV for bringing us the skating rink. Please come again soon!

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Encourage your children to take small risks. If they say they can’t do something support them to give it a go and encourage them for each little step. 
  • Talk to your children about how not everything is easy and you do have to keep practising to get better, even when its hard. 
  • Look out for different athletes in sports that your children love and talk about how hard they have to practise in order to be that good. 
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This Week’s Awards- Summer 1 Week 1

The children have come back to school full of life and ready to learn even more. Our writer of the week in particular has come back ready to write. We’ve not been able to stop her! She has chosen to draw pictures and write independently as well as write in her new Writing Journal (see upcoming post for more details). She is rightly very happy with herself and we’re all really happy to see the excellent effort she is putting in. 🙂

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The Mathematician of the Week was spotted in the Water Tray this week. In fact, I bet if you asked him and his friends they wouldn’t have even known they were doing Maths. There was a lot of chat about how much water was in the containers and if that made it heavy or not.  Our Mathematician was using the correct vocabulary well and learning some new words with the help of his friends (half full). Great job, keep up the hard work 🙂

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