There was a strange message when we came into school the other Friday morning. We weren’t sure who it was from so we decided to follow the clue and see if we could find out more. First stop was the school library. When we got there we found another clue. We all had to do good listening and see if we could finish the rhymes to help Miss Parker work out where to go next.
After a few clues we’d worked out that it was the Gingerbread Man that had left us the clue and we had to be really quiet so we didn’t let him know we were coming. By the time we had finished we’d been all round the school, including the MUGA outside and past all of our older brother and sisters classrooms upstairs, and met lots of important people, like Mr Sieczkarek and Miss French. Following the clues meant we’d been upstairs and downstairs, inside and out. When we got back to “the room that is best”, we found the Gingerbread Man had left us a special treat to say well done.
The following week we did lots of learning about the Gingerbread Man. We checked that everyone knew the story and what happened at the beginning, the middle and the end of. Some children enjoyed retelling the story in their own words. Some children enjoyed trying to write it on a BIG story map like they’d seen Miss Parker done.
What have we been learning?
- Where places and people are in our new school. This is particularly important for the children who came to us from different settings.
- The purpose of reading to find out more and help us solve problems.
- To remember a familiar story and retell it in a variety of ways.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Retell the story of the Gingerbread Man and other stories your child is familiar with.
- Ask your child to retell stories in pictures and using words.
- Point out to your child when you are finding something out by reading or reading for pleasure to help them understand why reading it so important.
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.
You can watch it again below or by clicking here.
We hope you enjoy it. Thanks again to all families for their support during the school year. We hope you enjoy Year One! Good Luck! 🙂 Don’t forget to pop back in and let us know how you’re getting on.
Our Writer of the Week surprised everyone this week with his writing. He not only wrote one sentence but he wrote a whole book! He decided he wanted to make a book and about one of his favourite things- CARS! There were pages about petrol cars, diesel cars and even electric cars. He did a great job of sounding out to spell his words and use the phoneme strip to find the letters he didn’t know. Well done!
Our Mathematician of the Week always does everything with a smile on her face. She did a wonderful job this week helping everyone solve problems with numbers. She worked hard to workout which numbers added together made ten.
Miss Deakin awarded this weeks Mathematician of the Week and Writer of the Week as Miss Parker spent a lot of time out of class. She was particularly impressed with these two children who showed independent learning skills in their Maths and Writing.
Our Mathematician of the Week did some amazing estimating when trying to count the jellybeans in the jar. Its hard to make a sensible estimate rather than a silly guess when there are lots of small objects but our Mathematician was able to do it.
You’re right it’s not been that long since our Writer of the Week last won this award. He has continued his hard work and kept on building his confidence into a second week and Miss Deakin noticed his hard work. What a fabulous job!
We have been LOVING the World Cup in Onyx Class since it started. There are lots of children who are interested in football and they are embracing the opportunity to learn key skills through the topic of football.
We watched some of the highlights and talked about the scores in our Maths learning. We added to our classroom provision and played our own football matches of finger football. We loved when Miss Parker brought some football magazines and were motivated to read and find out about our favourite players.
In our literacy we thought about stories which were about football and wrote some of our own.
We wrote stories altogether and we wrote our own stories in our books.
Photos of stories to follow.
We’ll continue to keep watching the football I’m sure. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed England continue to do well
What have we been learning?
- To add scores together to find out how many were scored altogether.
- To recognise the numbers on players shirts.
- To use our fingers with control to ‘kick’ the football.
- To make up stories which include our favourite footballers.
- To write our own stories.
- To talk about our favourite footballers.
How can you continue the learning?
- When looking at football scores, work out how many goals were scored altogether. Can you write the number sentences?
- Make up your own stories using a beginning and middle and end. It doesn’t need to be about football.
We were all very excited when we knew it was time to go back to the Secret Garden for Forest Schools. We started off with a game of 1-2-3 Where are You? It has quickly become one of our favourite games.
Then we started our first activity. Miss Parker told us about some footprints which had been spotted in the Secret Garden. It was our job to go and find as many as we could. When we found them we had to sort them out and find out from the posters which animal they belonged to.
Once we had found all the footprints we got busy with our second activity. Miss Parker asked us all to draw a picture of some of the footprints we had found. The only problem was we had no pencils or paint. The only thing we had was some cups and a bottle of water. Can you remember what we did?
We made mud paint! We had to find sticks to help us paint our pictures instead of a paintbrush.
Our final job was to go and find as many items as we could for a special picture when we got back to the classroom. We picked up anything which was flat and that we thought was interesting.
Here is our finished picture…….
It looks amazing in the sunshine. Come to our classroom to see it on the window.
What have we been learning?
- To listen during games.
- To look carefully and be observant in the Secret Garden.
- To sort and match animal footprints.
- To use sticks to do mark making with mud.
- To look at different objects which interest us and talk about why we like them.
How can can you continue the learning at home?
- Visit the park or look in you garden and try to find objects which interest you. Can you use them to make a picture?
- Use sticks and other objects to to do mark making with mud.
Our Mathematician of the Week received his award for always trying his best in Maths. He loves numbers and is always ready to do different calculations. Now he is starting to use the calculations he knows to solve problems. He is showing us he is getting ready for Y1 Maths.
Our Writer of the Week was determined to win this award this week. He worked so hard writing stories about volcanoes all by himself. They had a beginning, a middle and an end just like the ones we’d been writing as a whole class (see Volcano post) He is becoming much more confident in his writing skills and we’re all very proud to see how much he has progressed.
A big well done to both boys 🙂