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Writing About the Ambulance

We decided that we wanted to write a sentence ourselves to put on the blog.

We had to think carefully about our sentence and wrote it out on paper first to make sure we’d sounded out all the sounds we needed and the letters were all there. We used the tricky word book mark too.

Then we used the keyboard to type the letters we needed. It was a little bit confusing because all the letters on the keyboard were in capitals. We used a special alphabet strip to make sure we knew the capital letters and the lower case letters which matched up. We also had to learn where the finger space bar was at the bottom.

This is the sentence that we wrote:

the  bandjs  ar    in      the amblans.

(The bandages are in the ambulance.)

We were very excited to write a blog post ourselves and hope that all our friends in school and families read it. If you are reading this we’d love if you wrote a comment below so we know what you think.

While we were writing our sentence for the blog we talked about the importance of being kind when writing on blogs and being aware that others were going to read it. We thought about the rules for writing on blogs which you can find aboveBon the Blog Rules page. Please follow these rules if you comment on our blog.

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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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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? 
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Fabulous Fireworks

When it was Bonfire Night we had lots of fun learning about fireworks. There were lots of activities to do in our classroom to really get us thinking about what the fireworks looked like and sounded like. We even had a go at moving our bodies like the fireworks.

 

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Once we’d done all the different activities we turned our ideas into poems on the computer. Miss Parker found a programme which meant the words moved and made sounds! We had to sound out to spell the words and think carefully which letters made those sounds.

Look at some of our finished poems… Can you read them back looking at the sounds and letters?  

Pictures of the poems are coming soon!

You can look in our floor book to see some more of our learning.

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What have we been learning? 

  • To think about Bonfire Night using all of our senses. 
  • To think about how we can move like fireworks. 
  • To make pictures and models of fireworks looking carefully what we want them to look like. 
  • To sound out to spell new words and find the letters to make the sounds. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about different sounds and what makes the sounds. You can look on the Phonics Play website on the Phase 1  Sound Starters. Look in your homework book for the password. 
  • Try and sound out to spell some other simple words. Do you know what the letters look like for each sound? 
  • Think about the different times of year we have fireworks. Which celebrations often have fireworks? 

 

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Staying Safe Online

We’ve been talking about staying safe when we’re on the Internet in school. We know this means on the computer, the laptop and the iPads. We are also learning this means smartphones and our gaming computers at home.

To help us stay safe in school we read a story book called Penguin Pig by Stuart Spendlow. Can you remember what happened in the story? 

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We talked about the things we needed to do to make sure we are safe on the Internet and what to do if we feel unsure or worried. Everyone signed an Acceptable Use Policy to say they agreed to stay safe.

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We learnt about Hector the Protector who can help keep us safe. He is on the big screen in our classroom and all the laptops.mif we see sale thing we don’t like we click on him then tell the teacher.  We’ll learn more about him during the year.

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What have we been learning?

  • To stay safe on the Internet.
  • The differnet places we go on the Internet.
  • What to do if we feel worried on the Internet in school.

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk to your child about when they go in the Internet at home. The most important thing you can do to keep your child safe is talk to them and encourage them to talk to you.
  • Make sure you have appropriate age restrictions from your Internet provider at home. You can find our more on the school’s Esafety blog here.
  • Look at the Hector the Protector website at home with your child.
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Counting to Day 100!

We’ve been busy counting to Day 100 in Onyx class since we started full-time school in September. Each day we’ve been adding a straw to our counting chart and crossing out the numbers on our number square. This week the day was finally here. Everyone was very excited because they knew that meant a PARTY!!!

To start the day we invited our families into school to do some special Day 100 activities with us. We could do the activities in Onyx classroom but also go to Garnet if we wanted to which doubled the fun.

Look at some of the fun things that we got to do and the best bit was the whole time we were practising our counting to ten and 100!

We had to count out ten of each of the snacks on to the special counting mat which meant we had 100 snacks in total.

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Here there were 100 pennies and we had to see how many we could get to stand in one tower before they fell over. When our tower fell over we had to count them and see if we could do more next time. It was trickier than it looked! You could start collecting pennies and see if you could do this activity at home. 

Here we had to throw the dice and colour the corresponding number of squares on the number square until we got to 100. How many throws do you think it took? You could play against a friend and make it a game.

This was a Numicon challenge where you had to cover the Numicon board with the pieces then count how many of each piece you used to create a graph.

We had a great time making our Day 100 crowns. There was a lot to do; first we had to count out ten strips of paper and stamp ten stamps on each. Once we’d done that then we had to make the strips into a crown so we could wear it for the rest of the day. Our parents and carers loved helping us with this one.

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This is the activity we wish were real- we had to decide what we would buy with £100! It was hard to decide what to do with all that money. What would you buy with £100? 

We used the iPad to make us look 100 years old. We took pictures of each other and our grown ups and used a special app to make us look older. I wonder if this is what we will look like in 95 years time??? What do you think? 

Once our parents and carers went home we still had lots of fun… In Maths we thought about what we could do for 100 seconds. It was longer than we thought but we managed to jump for 100 seconds and then jump for 100 seconds. It made us tired and our hearts were beating really fast. We found it much more difficult to freeze for 100 seconds- try it at home and see if you can do it!

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Then, at the end of the day. we had our party. There was cake and some dancing.

Now we’ve got to keep counting to see which day it’ll be when we get ready to go to Year One. What day do you think it will be? How many days will we spend in Onyx class in total? 

Don’t forget your Day 100 Homework to bring a collection of 100 items from home. We’ll be putting them on the wall in the classroom for everyone to see. 

What have we been learning? 

  • To count to ten confidently and count out that many objects. 
  • To count in tens to 100 and know what this looks like. 
  • To complete challenges and answer questions. 
  • To work with our grown ups to complete different activities. 
  • To think about ourselves as old people and talk about what we might be able to do. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Try some of the activities at home like counting pennies in towers or throwing the dice. 
  • Count out objects in your home, for example, how many stairs are there on the way to bed? 
  • Count the days until you do something important, like go on holiday, a special visit or until your child’s birthday.
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Safer Internet Day 2016

We are always talking about being safe on the computers and iPads in school but we also talk about staying safe on other devices as well. For Safer Internet Day we had a focus all day on talking about staying safe when we were online.

First we talked about the things that we did online and how we use the internet.

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We read the story of Penguin Pig and made up some creatures of our own.

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We found some funny animals on the internet by putting duck horse into Google and looked at the images. How many of these do you think are real? They’re all there on the internet though! We talked about how you have to use your brain and think about if what you’re seeing is true.

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We made up some great animals of our own thinking of what we would like to see at the zoo if we could see anything we wanted.

We talked about the story and here’s some of what we said…..

Is it a good idea to go and meet a stranger alone? 

Aiva- “If you went to the zoo, you’d take your mummy, dad, nan or grandad.”

Ruby- “Some people might take you away.”

Aissata- “It could be someone who’s invisible.” 

Lacey- “Its making the wrong decision (to go and meet them)”

What could it be behind the door (in the story)?

Corey- “Could be a robber.”

Samuel- “Robbers are bad guys.”

Narla- “They pinching children.”

Samuel- “It might frighten you.”

Harvey M- “Might be the Keeper. It might be a cardboard cut out and they’re hiding behind it.”

Is everything real on the internet? 

Lucas- “No, some bad people tell lies and want to take you away.”

Elisha- “Penguin Pig is pretend, its not real, its not in the zoo.”

Why do you have to be 18 to play some games?

Corey- “Theres too much bad language.”

Alfie- “You could turn down the sound.”

Lucas- “You could see nasty books.”

Harvey M- “I could just play on motorbike games where you just do stunts. You just get back on, you don’t die.”

Dalton- “Violence means when you’re older and play on GTA.”

How do we stay safe on the internet at home? 

Reo- “If we see something we don’t like we tell can tell our mum.”

Corey- “We can press the x and then tell our mum.”

Heres what we recorded in our Floor Book…

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We also watched a Hector’s World Video and thought about what we tell people on computers about ourselves. We know not to give out our personal information online.

You can watch the video from CEOP again by clicking here.

What have we been learning

  • To stay safe when we’re using our computers and tablets online. 
  • Not to believe everything we see on the internet. 
  • About all the different things you can do on the internet. 
  • Not to give out our personal information to people online. 

How can you continue the learning at home

  • Watch the video again at home and talk together about what it says. 
  • Talk to children about what they do online and what to do if they see things which worry them or they don’t like. 
  • Look for the Penguin Pig story- you can look for a copy at the library or buy a copy (paperback or online) Click here for more information