We’ve been practising our Christmas Performance for weeks!
We started practising in the Studio and learning the songs in classrooms then we got to go to the Hall and see where we would do it for real with our families watching.
We got better and better learning to remember our words until the grown ups didn’t need to remind us at all. We remembered our words and acting all by ourselves. We didn’t even need the grown ups to remind us when it was our turn to move.
We did a dress rehearsal when the Y1 and Y3 children to see us and help us practise at saying our words in front of an audience. We also got to try on our costumes for the first time.
Then it was the big day and it was time to show our families our Christmas Show- Whoops a Daisy Angel.
When we went in the big hall it was packed. We ran out of chairs and some of our friends and families had to stand up! It didn’t put us off though…. we were amazing! All the grown ups in school were so so proud of us for putting on our show and remembering all of our words.
Rightly so, our families and friends gave us a MASSIVE clap at the end to say well done and show how proud they were of us. Some of them said we were amazed that we were so confident to stand up in front of all of those people and speak.
Our fun day wasn’t over there though….. Wednesday was also Christmas Dinner day! We were all very excited to try our Christmas dinner and even the teachers had one as well.
You might spot some other school adults in the picture as well. We thought our school Christmas Dinner was yummy.
Our Christmas celebrations are well underway and we can’t wait for some more Christmassy excitement 🙂 We’ll be letting you know what we’ve been up to soon…..
Big thanks to all the parents carers who supported our Performance by not only attending on the day but also providing items for costumes when we asked.
We were all very excited when we came into school on Friday and remembered it was our Christmas Workshop and our families were able to stay with us to make different Christmas crafts.
We decided to run it a little differently in FS2 this year. When we work with the children we expect them to think about what they want to make and then have a go at making it themselves. We gave this message to parents and carers along with some ideas of what they might want to have a go at making.
The children and the parents and carers came up with some amazing creations.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who was able to stay. We hope you enjoyed it 🙂
On our first day back at school everyone was very excited about Bonfire Night and all the fireworks we’d seen the night before. We did lots of talking about the different fireworks that we’d seen. Miss Parker and the other teachers noticed we used the word BANG! a lot but found it hard to use different words to describe what we saw and heard. We spent a lot of the week looking carefully at fireworks and even being fireworks in PE so we could develop our vocabulary and use many more words to talk about them. By the end of the week we’d got much better and we’re using a variety of different words.
We even had a go at writing in our Floor Book ourselves. We’ve been working really hard to do more writing and mark making by ourselves and by writing in the Floor Book we get to see the value of our efforts. It’ll be great to be able to look back and see how much progress we’ve made during the year as well.
Can you remember any of the exciting words we learnt to talk about the fireworks?
It was very exciting one day because we got to do some Forest Schools with Miss Deighton and go to a real fire. We learnt how to stay safe near the fire and also got to enjoy marshmallows that we toasted on the fire ourselves. We also watched the sparklers with Mrs Murch and enjoyed hot chocolate. It gave us another chance to think of all the exciting words we could think of to describe what we saw, heard and tasted.
Did you enjoy going to the Bonfire? Tell a grown up what it felt like.
In Maths we decided to make fireworks from 2-D shapes. This helped us to think of different ways to describe the firework shapes we saw. Look at some of the amazing creations we made…
We had to make sure we could talk about the properties of the shapes as well as know their names.
Can you remember anything about the different shapes?
We had a wonderful Bonfire Night Week at school 🙂 A big thank you to Miss Deighton for helping us with the Forest School Fire.
What have we been learning?
to think of interesting and exciting words to describe fireworks.
to stay safe near fires and also about the way the heat from fire will melt objects.
to describe the properties of 2D shapes and use them to make pictures and representations.
How can you continue the learning at home?
Encourage your child to use new and interesting words. For example, don’t let them refer to every big object as just big. Talk about huge, enormous and massive as well and decide which is best.
Encourage children to manage risk, such as being near a fire, and teach them how to make themselves safe.
Look for 2D shapes around your house and do a 2D shape Hunt. Can your child tell you how many sides or corners the shape has?
We really appreciate the role grandparents have in the lives of the children in our school. This is why we decided to celebrate Grandparents’ Day again this year with an Afternoon Tea. All grandparents in Foundation Stage and Key Stage one were invited and there was a great uptake. We had a very busy Hall full of children loving some special time with their grandparents. Everyone got to enjoy the special biscuits which the children had prepared while they played the games together.
A huge thank you to everyone who came and made it such a great event 🙂
We had a wonderful last afternoon in Reception today. Mr Siezckarek arranged for a wonderful treat for the whole school. Everyone in school got an ice cream to say well done for such a great year! 🙂
As you can see we loved them. Then it was back to the classroom to get ready for our last home time in Foundation Stage and to get ready to turn into Year Ones.
A special magic curtain appeared and we all walked through it. It turned us into proper Year Ones (no more practising) so when we come back in September we’re in Miss Breeze’s Y1 Topaz. We can’t wait! Miss Parker, Miss Deakin and Miss Hukin said we’ve got to make sure we pop back into Onyx class and tell everyone how we’re getting on.
The teachers would like to say another huge well done to all the children for such an amazing year. You’ve all grown so much and learnt something new everyday. We so all so proud of you all and are sure you’ll continue to progress just as much in Year One.
One of the best days in FS2 is when we have our FS Graduation to celebrate our time in Foundation Stage at Prince Edward before we move onto Key Stage One. We love it because all the children have a chance to reflect on their learning during the year and tell us what they enjoyed the most. Then we get to share that with all our families.
We sang some songs and then we all stood up to tell everyone what our favourite thing about Foundation Stage had been. We thought about our time with Miss Hulme in Nursery as well. We had to be very brave as there were over 100 adults there for us to talk to.
Mr Siezckarek and Mrs Ainsley came to hand out the certificates and special treats.
We were also given our special string which Miss Parker and Miss Deighton had been holding onto since our first day at school in September. It was exactly the same size as us so we can see how much we’ve grown during the school year. I wonder who has grown the most?!? Don’t forget to tell the teachers how much you’ve grown.
We then got to watch our Graduation Video which is a look back over the year at all the fun things we’ve been learning and experiencing. Everyone loved looking for themselves on the big screen.
It was one of our favourite days on Friday when we invited all our dads, granddads, uncles and other male relatives to school for the afternoon. We joined with the rest of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One so we also got to play with our brothers and sisters. We had such a great time in our outdoor area, on the Park and down on the MUGA.
We’d been busy during the week making trophies and cards for our dads as well. We took them home to say a big thank you for helping to look after us.
A huge thank you to everyone who came and made the afternoon such a success!