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Chocolatey Easter Baking

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For Global Citizenship Week we refreshed our learning about Fairtrade from earlier in the year. We learnt about how chocolate gets to us from the plants in Africa. Did you know chocolate comes from a plant? 

We decided that we wanted to make something with our chocolate and because it was also nearly Easter decided to make Chocolate Easter Buns. We had to safely melt the chocolate watching carefully to observe what happens. There was lots of talk about what we could see and also smell! It smelt yummy.

We helped to make the buns following the recipe and weighing out the ingredients. We also had to count out the eggs for the top to make sure there was an equal number on each on.

What have we been learning? 

  • where our food comes from in the world. 
  • which food is Fairtrade and what this means. 
  • where our favourite chocolate comes from and how it gets to us in Sheffield. 
  • what different chocolate tastes like and how we can use different and interesting words to talk about it. 
  • about what happens to chocolate when it gets hot and melts. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • look at different foods at home and in the supermarket to see where it comes from. 
  • talk about the taste of foods using as many different words as possible. Examples are:  sweet, sour, salty, spicy, chewy, soft, crunchy, fizzy, fruity, gooey, mushy, icy, cold, hot. 
  •  look for other foods which melt when they get hot and talk about what happens when it cools down again. 

 

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Red Nose Day 2017

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? 

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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.

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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!

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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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World Book Day 2017

We had a fabulous time celebrating World Book Day this year. Everyone came to school dressed as their favourite book characters, including all the teachers! Can you remember what everyone came dressed as?  The winning costume in our class was this one- well done!!!

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We’d been doing maths this week linked to data handling and creating graphs so we decided to find out our favourite book. Everyone had a cube and voted for their favourite using their cube. We then made the cubes into towers to see which was the tallest. After that we turned the information we had collected into lots of different graphs which showed the same information in different ways. Can you see which our favourite was? 

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We had to turn our classroom door into our favourite book. We did it a little bit differently though. Although Oi Dog! was our favourite we made our door into Oi Frog! We decided that you couldn’t read Oi Dog! if you’ve not read Oi Frog! because, as Jayden pointed out, “the beginning of Oi Dog! is the end of Oi Frog!” We wanted to make sure everyone in school knew about the first book. Everyone worked really hard as a team to make the decorations for our door. Some children even had to write why they thought the book was hilarious, just like the sticker on the actual book cover.

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Once we’d done our door we went for a walk round school to look at everyone else’s. Didn’t they do an amazing job? Can you see which ones School Council made the winner? Which one is your favourite? 

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We also all visited the School Library to get a book to take home. There were so many books to take home it was sometimes difficult to decide which one we wanted. Everyone chose the one they wanted and had it stamped before taking it home. We’re going to visit the School Library every Thursday if we’ve brought our book back.

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What another great World Book Day!

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Read books together everyday. It is proven that reading everyday, just for ten minutes, makes children much better readers. 
  • Use your £1 World Book Day token to get either a free book or to get money off any book of your choice. 
  • Make sure your child returns their school library book so they can take another one each week and visit the Manor Top Library together regularly. 

 

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The Last Chocolate

We ended up with a problem in Onyx Class this week. It was Valentine’s Day so we did lots of Maths using some chocolates. The chocolate really helped us as we were able to see how many we were taking away alongside the number line. We were all looking forward to a chocolate on Friday as we had been promised by Miss Parker and Miss Morris.

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On Thursday we decided that it would be kind to give our chocolates to Garnet Class when we sang them a Friendship song on Friday. Some of us weren’t too sure to begin with but after we talked about it we decided that it was the right thing and although it wasn’t the easiest thing we wanted to be kind to Garnet Class.

On Friday we went to get the chocolates to take them with us as we went to the Studio to sing our song. But……. image

What were we going to do??? We couldn’t give Garnet Class one chocolate!

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We ended up leaving the Studio without giving Garnet Class any chocolates at all. Even though the lovely songs had cheered us up a bit we felt a little bit sad. We went back to the classroom with only one chocolate.

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Some of us still felt a little bit sad on Friday afternoon because the rest of the chocolates still hadn’t come back but we knew we’d done the right thing giving Miss French our last chocolate. We talked about how it was difficult but the fair thing to do.

Then, right at the end of the day, ………..image

Everyone was very excited that the chocolates were back and that we’d done the right thing. Everyone went home happy, including Miss French 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • to think of others before ourselves
  • to make up and sing our own songs
  • to make decisions which are fair even if they are difficult

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • make up your own songs using familiar tunes, 

eg. If you want to be my friend, clap your hands, 

If you want to be my friend, clap your hands, 

If you want to be my friend and you really want to play, 

If you want to be my friend, clap your hands.

  • include your child in some decision making, e.g. when handing out biscuits how can you make sure it is fair? 
  • encourage your child to do things for other people, e.g. picking up something that someone has dropped on the floor or letting someone have a turn before them. 
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A Visit from the Ambulance

We had a special visitor on the Monday of Safety Week. Don from the Ambulance service came to see everyone in FS and KS1. First of all he talked to us in the Hall. We found out about his job and how he keeps people safe. Then we got to see his special uniform and some children got to try it on.

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After that we went outside to see the ambulance. Some of us were a bit worried about going in the ambulance because we’d never been in one before but everyone had a turn. We thought of some questions to ask Don like, ‘How does the ambulance know where to go?’ and ‘Why is there a snake on the ambulance badge?’ Can you remember what Don told us? 

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We also had a good look around the outside of the ambulance. Don put the lights on and the siren. It was really loud. Can you remember why is has to be really loud?

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It was great having Don in school and we hope he can come again sometime.

Thank you Don for coming to see us! 

 

 

 

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A Visit to Build A Bear Workshop Visit

We had a wonderful time last week when we visited Build a Bear Workshop at Meadowhall. We had to walk to the bus stop and catch the number 18 bus. We saw lots of interesting things out of the window on the way.

Once we got to Meadowhall Bus Interchange then we had to walk to find Build a Bear Workshop. We had to go across roads, go up steps, go over bridges, go down escalators and walk past all the shops. It was a great opportunity to use some of the position words we’ve been learning in Maths this week and last. It also gave us a good opportunity to practise our reading and work out what it said on the floor. Can you read it to a grown up now? 

Corey also managed to spot a volcano! Can you see it? This was good because Mateo had been asking when we were going on our Volcano Hunt.

We made it to Build a Bear Workshop 🙂

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Once we got to Build a Bear Workshop we had the serious business to attend to and a bear to choose! We had three bears to choose from… can you remember which one you wanted? 

Everyone helped to fill our bear with fluff by pressing the pedal with our foot. We worked together with our friend.

Then we had to make a wish to put in our bear and also blow lots of kisses with fill our new friend with love. Then they were tied at the back so nothing fell back out.

After that we had to choose a name for our bear; we choose Onyx Dog when we talked about it. The last thing we had to do was get Onyx Dog some clothes so she can come to all our houses and school. While the grown ups had a look for some clothes for us to choose from we all had a hug with Onyx Dog and said hello for the first time.

Then we were ready to go back to school so we had to go and find the Bus Interchange again. We found the right bus stop using the letters and numbers and caught the bus back to school. Everyone was very sensible when the bus we should have been catching didn’t run and we had to wait for the next bus.

Everyone was very excited on the way back because it was a double decker bus and Miss Parker let us sit upstairs. We wondered if we would fit under the bridge but thankfully we did!

The excitement wasn’t over then though. When we got back to school there were lots and lots of fire engines outside school! Thankfully the firefighters were only practising in the old school building and there was no real fire. It meant we got to have a really good look at them as we walked past.

Well done Onyx Class! You were superstars all morning and made it a wonderful visit. I’m sure Onyx Dog is looking forward to coming to all your houses for a visit soon. Also a HUGE thank you to all the parents who came with us, we couldn’t go on our visits without you!