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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

 

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Diwali Celebrations

Last week it was Diwali which is a Hindu celebration. We looked at a picture and decided what we wanted to learn. You can see some of the things we said at the bottom of this Floor Book page.

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We had a range of activities out in our classroom for everyone to learn more about Diwali. When we were learning the story of Rama and Sita we watched it on a video and read the story in an ebook. If you want to watch the video again you can watch it here. CBeebies Let’s Celebrate Diwali- Rama and Sita Story

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We found out the lights were called Diva Lamps and they were used to light Rama and Sita’s way home. We decided we’d like to make some of our own. While we made the lamps we used Critique to help us make them better. We had to talk about what our friends had done well and what we we would suggest to help them make it better. (If you want to find out more about Critique click on this link the whole school webpage about it)

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Mrs Ainsley thought our lamps were so good she showed them to the rest of the school in Assembly. We learnt that Hindus put their lamps on the windowsills so everyone can see them. We learnt this by watching videos about what happens are Diwali.

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If you’d like to watch the videos at home click on the the link. There are two videos- Preparing for Diwali and Celebrating Diwali.

CBeebies Let’s Celebrate Diwali 

We decided we’d like to try some of the Indian foods which Jessica had shown us in her video. Everyone gave everything a try even if they didn’t like it.

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We wrote some of the things we’d learnt in our Floor Book at the end of the week.

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Thankfully the Diva Lamps did dry and we could paint them.

What have we been learning? 

  • About the celebrations of another culture and religion to ours. 
  • About a new story- Rama and Sita- and learning to retell it in the correct order. 
  • To try new foods even if we’ve not seen or heard of them before. 
  • To use clay to make a given object and also how to make it better with help from our friends. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about different celebrations you have in your family. 
  • Watch the videos again and talk about what is happening and why. 
  • If you’ve got play dough at home, use it to make Diva Lamps and other given objects. If you’ve not got play dough at home look out for a recipe coming soon on this blog!