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A Singing Start- A Recap

Do you remember we told you about the music sessions were having with Martin? The children loved learning new songs and having fun with music.

You can read the original post here.

The children in Nursery (FS1) also enjoyed sessions with Martin and there was the after school Shake, Rattle and Roll Music Club that we loved going to with our parents and families.

Miss Hulme has made a video all about the Singing Start sessions we’ve had in school. You can watch it by either looking at the Diamond Class blog post or going straight to the video here.

Thanks Miss Hulme. It was great watching back the fun we had and remembering when we learnt the songs. We are still singing them in class and learning some new ones.

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Christmas Fun

We had a wonderful time continuing to get ready for Christmas. All sorts of exciting things happened at school. We had a visit from Santa. He popped in one afternoon to drop off some early presents.

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We also got a message from him a few days later. It was great to find out that he’d got back to the North Pole ok after his visit to school. You can watch the message by following this link SANTA’S MESSAGE

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We were super busy in the run up to Christmas making decorations for our families. We made Salt Dough and had to bake it in the oven to make it go hard. See below for the recipe and you can have a go at home. 

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We had a fun party which everyone loved. Can you see the hats that we made ourselves? Can you tell your grown up how you made your hat? 

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On the last day of school it was Christmas Jumper Day. We got to dress up and also raise money for charity at the same time. We’re yet to find out the total but look out and we’ll let you know.

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We hope everyone had a great Christmas break and a very happy new year. All the best for 2017!

Salt Dough Recipe

Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  3. Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
  4. Make your creations using the salt dough.
  5. Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C

This recipe was taken from this website where you can see in more detail how to make the salt dough.

If you do have a go at home don’t forget to bring it to show us and to write all about it on a WOW moment!

 

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Mince Pie Maths

We’ve had an elf visiting us during the month of December. He’s come to visit from the North Pole to help Santa out before Christmas. We’ve been busy showing him what superstars we are in Onyx Class.

On Friday, Mr Elf brought us a special treat. He must have heard us talking about mince pies earlier in the week after we saw a picture of some. We knew that they were a special Christmas food but not many of us had tried them. We predicted what they would taste like. Jayden said he thought they’d taste like chocolate, Mateo said they would taste like sugar because looking at the picture on the box he could see sugar on the plate and Adam predicted they’d have raisins because the picture had raisins.

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There was a problem though…

We saw there were 6 mince pies in one box. Mateo worked out that meant there would be 12 in two boxes. We opened the second box and checked to find out he was right. That left us with 12 mince pies and 28 children! What were we going to do? Someone had the idea of cutting them in two but when we counted them in twos (with Miss Parker’s help) we released that was still only 24 and not enough pieces. We decided to share each mince pie into three! With some help, we counted the mince pie pieces in three and found out that we’d have enough with some spares left over.

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Everyone got some mince pie to try. We were really pleased that everyone tried the mince pie even though some of us weren’t too sure what it would be like. Some of us really liked it and some of us really didn’t! Jayden found out it didn’t taste like chocolate at all and Mateo and Adam found out they were in part right. Can you remember what your piece tasted like? Parents/ Carers- you can look in our Floor Book to see what else we had to say about them.

Gracie-Mai did an amazing job of being our photographer and took lots of photos on the iPad while we tried them.

While we were trying our mince pies Mrs Hoyland came to say hello. We decided to see if she liked mince pies as well. Some children took her a piece to find out then took a picture to show us her answer. Do you think she liked it?

We’re really glad Mr Elf brought us some mince pies. I wonder if they’ll be any more surprises next week before he heads back to the North Pole to get ready for the big day!

What have we been learning? 

  • to share objects so it is fair. 
  • that sometimes you get some objects left over. 
  • to count objects. 
  • to count in two and threes with support. 
  • to try new foods that we might not be sure about. 
  • to predict what something might taste like from looking at it. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • count out other objects during meal times, e.g. How many chicken nuggets do you have?
  • share out objects at home to make it fair, e.g. Does everyone have a sweet? If there are 6 sweets and 3 people, how many do you get each? 
  • try new foods. If you try and special Christmas foods let us know on a Wow moment.
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Our Christmas Performance 2016

Last week we did our Christmas Performance in school for our families. After a couple of weeks of practising it was exciting to get to show off all our hard work. Everyone did a fabulous job of remembering their lines, knowing where to stand and move to and, of course, singing all the wonderful songs with actions.

We had a show with lots of counting and numbers in it this year which was another great opportunity to practise our maths. We worked hard with Garnet class and with Diamond (Nursery) class. We enjoyed working with our friends and some of us even got to perform with our younger brothers and sisters.

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Well done everyone! You were amazing! We collected some comments from your families and they said the same thing too. We’re glad they enjoyed it so much 🙂

(Thanks to everyone who commented-we’re sorry we haven’t got room for them all here but they have gone into Learning Journeys)

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Super Space

We had a great time last week when we decided we wanted to learn about Space. It followed on from all our discussions and learning and night and dark the week before. There were lots of different activities in our classroom. One of our favourites was the special space writing! We had special UV pens which only lit up when you used the torch. We worked together because it could be a bit tricky to write and press the switch. Can you remember what you wrote or drew? 

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When we talked about space lots of us mentioned rockets so we decided to build one! This one was so big we could fit inside it. We had to decorate it so that it looked like a rocket and then design the inside so it had buttons and other functions to make it ready to fly. We made sure it had a stop and start button and also one to go faster. There was even a music player added so we could listen on our way to space. Can you see our wonderful labels for the go and stop button and for the fast button? (This is a great way to get us writing for a purpose so we don’t even know we’re doing it!)

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After we’d built a rocket for our role play area we got busy building another one in Maths. We had been talking about 3-D shapes all week so it seemed the perfect opportunity to find out what we’d learnt. There were lots of amazing ideas about what we would need for our rocket- the music player showed up again! We also talked about the shapes that we could see and practised using some of the special words that we had learnt such as face, edge and vertices. Can you remember what they mean? 

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We decided if we wanted to go to Space would have to know what to pack to take with us. Miss Parker got a collection of things together and we thought about what we’d need. Some of us tried to write a list by listening to the sounds we could could hear. This is how we learn to write in Reception. We don’t need to be able to write every letter that we need to spell it perfectly yet (That will come later!) Can you try and write a list of some of the things that you might need to take a special trip? 

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Finally, there were lots more space related activities in our classroom which we could explore to find out more. The small world area was very popular and we all loved using the rocket to tell stories about Space.

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What have we been learning? 

  • to write and mark make using our special pens. 
  • to work together completing different activities. 
  • to think how to build a rocket and what it needs to work. 
  • to talk about 2D and 3D shapes and think which shapes are best for which purpose. 
  • to write a list by sounding out and writing the sounds we hear. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Try writing the shopping list by sounding out.  Can you write the initial (first) sound in each word? Can you hear and write any of the other sounds? 
  • Look around your house for 3d shapes (cubes, cuboids, spheres, pyramids) How do you know which one is which? Can you describe it? 
  • Find books about Space. What can you find out?