We had a wonderful visit to Build A Bear Workshop on January 31st. We did lots of talking about our visit and reflected on what we had seen and learnt when we got back. This has been turned into a Learning Story which you can see both in the classroom and below. We’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
After the February half term Charlie will start to come and visit the children at home. Please make sure you look after Charlie and bring him back to school. We’d love for you to complete the special diary so we can share your child’s experiences with the whole class. We encourage the children to write in the diary themselves rather than have you do it for them. Look out for Charlie coming to a house near you soon!
A huge thank you to the Parents/Carers who came with us on our visit. Without you we wouldn’t be able to take the children on these important visits.
How you can continue the learning at home?
- Go on visits to other places in Sheffield. Talk about how they are the same as Manor Top and Meadowhall and how they are different.
- Go on visits on public transport, such as the bus or tram, and allow your child to help paying for tickets. It will help them understand money and how the different coins work.
- Allow your child to take small risks (with your close supervision) such as going on escalators. It will help them develop their self confidence and ability to manage their own safety.
You can send us pictures of your visits or complete a wow moment in class.
It was our Christmas Dinner today. Nearly everybody in the class tried a school dinner which was great to see. We have to try hard to use our knife and fork even when it gets a bit tricky.
We even had some special visitors come and join us for Christmas Dinner. The PCSOs came to catch up with us and enjoy their dinner as well. You might even spot Miss Parker’s mum as well who came to share the occasion with us.
We all agreed that our dinner was delicious and now those of us who celebrate Christmas are really looking forward to Christmas dinner at our homes over Christmas.
What we have been learning?
- To use a knife and fork.
- To try new foods.
- To talk to members of our community.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Encourage your child to use their knife and fork when they eat at home.
- Encourage your child to try a range of foods at home and to eat school dinners each day.
On Tuesday we had a visit from the Dogs Trust. We talked all about dogs and if anyone in Onyx Class had a pet dog.
Then we talked about the foods that dogs like to eat and also the foods that make dogs poorly so we know how to help take care of our dogs at home. Can you remember what a dog should not eat?
We talked about staying safe around dogs and what to do if a dog you don’t know comes up to you. Can you remember what to do?
We all got a certificate to say that we had listened well and participated in the session. Well done everyone 🙂
Parents/ Carers if you want to find out any more about The Dogs Trust you can go to their website by clicking here.
This week we had our first visit to Manor Top Library. We had to leave school and walk with our partner across all the busy roads to get there. Everyone was very sensible and walked safely to the Library. Miss Parker was very impressed.
When we got to the Library we got to have a look at all the books they have there. It was great to look at some new books including some we don’t have in school. We really enjoyed looking at the books and listening to our grown ups tell us the stories.
We will go to the Library every fortnight on a Monday in the afternoon. We will be able to start taking books home next time we go if your child has returned their Library Card form or you’ve already given us their Library Card.
We will also need parents/careers to come with us so look out for the sign up sheet in the classroom. We can take as many parents/careers as want to come but we do ask that you leave younger children at home.
On Friday 23rd, we were invited to wear the colour green to support the people suffering or were involved in the Grenfell fire in London. By wearing green, we show solidarity and support for the people who died, were injured or lost everything in this tragic event.
We talked as a class about how the people who survived lost everything in the fire and how the money that we raise can help them get some new food, clothes and other essential items.
A huge thank you to all of our parents and carers for sending donations in for this cause. We have raised over £200 with some more last minute donations still to count up. This money will go towards helping those that have been affected in London.
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.
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!