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Environment and Global Citizenship Weeks

Before the Spring Bank break it was Environment Week in school closely followed by Global Citizenship Week. We decided to base our learning for Environment Week around the film Wall-E. Look at our Floor Book to see what we learnt about.

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The week after was Global Citizenship Week. We based our learning around the TASC wheel and tried to answer the question:

Where is the best place to live in the world? 

It was hard to decide because there are so many exciting places we could have chosen. We had to know enough about the place chose to explain why we’d live there and also why it was better than anywhere else. First we asked our parents/ carers if we had any family who lived in another place or if we’d ever been to any other places. This helped make our discussions more relevant to us.

Look at our Floor Book to see what else we decided……

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What we have been learning? 

  • About our place in the world. 
  • About how we can help the world stay a nice place to live.
  • About different countries around the world. 
  • How we have links around the world even if we’ve never been before. 
  • What we know about different countries around the world. 
  • How we can use what we know to help us answer a question. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk to your child about any links they have around the world. 
  • Let your child help you recycle into the different bins you have at home. 
  • Talk to your child about keeping their bedroom tidy to help keep your home environment nice.
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Our Awards This Week- Summer 1 Week 6

Although our last week at school before the holidays was only 4 days that didn’t mean it was any less busy. The children were working just as hard as they always do.

Our Writer of the Week this week was chosen for his work in his Writing Journal. He was able to draw a picture and label it using the sounds he heard. Everyone was really impressed when he wrote ms for the monster he’d drawn.

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Our Mathematician of the Week stood out because of the calculations he did in Garnet classroom. When he thought no one was looking he wrote down all of the doubles we had been learning on a whiteboard. He knew them all and was able to record them in number sentences.

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What a fabulous job by both boys. It is great to see them applying the skills they have learnt in whole class teaching into their own learning in class.

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Our Awards This Week- Summer 1 Week 5

We’ve got another pair of well deserved awards this week.

Our Writer of the the Week was nominated by  Miss Deakin for his writing outside. She was particularly impressed with his perseverance and determination to write even when it got tricky.

Our Mathematician of the Week has really been challenging himself following our work on doubles. He wanted to know what double 18 was. After a reminder that the Numicon might help off he went and before we knew it he’d solved the problem. He was even able to record his thinking as a number sentence: 18 + 18 = 36 🙂

Well done boys!

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Beautiful Butterflies

A few weeks ago now we decided that we would like some caterpillars in our classroom. We all knew they would turn into butterflies and were excited to see how it happened.

We were all happy the day the caterpillars arrived and were surprised at how small they were. It was fun to see them wriggling about-especially when they went up the top and walked upside down.

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The caterpillars grew quickly. We decided we wanted to do some learning about them so read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and learnt to tell the story ourselves without reading the book.

Can you remember how to tell the story?

Then we learnt some information about caterpillar and butterflies using non-fiction books and information from the computer. We had to think carefully whether or not we trusted the information from the computer as we know you can’t believe everything you see on the internet.

We continued to watch our caterpillars until they got really big and fat. Then they were ready to build their cocoons.

We put them in their special butterfly house ready for when they hatched. It took nearly a week but then we had butterflies. We all enjoyed making our own videos of the butterflies using the iPad. (Miss Parker has taken some screenshots to show you)

After we’d kept our butterflies for a few days it was time to let them go.  Because we went to the Secret Garden before we just knew it would be the perfect to place to let the butterflies go so off we went. We were proved right when on our way up there we saw a different butterfly. It was brown with yellow spots.

Can you find it in the photograph?

We were very lucky when we managed to get a photograph of one of our butterflies flying away. It came straight in front of the camera on the iPad!

After we’d let all the butterflies go we spotted one waiting on the logs so went to say goodbye on the way back to the classroom.

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Weve been talking about the environment this week because it’s Environment Week in school. We thought about how we could make the Secret Garden a better environment for butterflies so decided to scatter some wild flower seeds for the butterflies to get nectar from.

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What have we been learning?

About the life cycle of Caterpillars and Butterflies.
To retell a known story using story language.
To think of as many words to describe taste as possible.
To try new foods we might not have had before.
To look for patterns in stories and the environment around us.
To look after animals who need us to be careful and considerate.
To write our ideas in sentences.

How can you continue the learning at home?

Look for butterflies in your garden. What do they look like? Can you find out which species of butterfly they are?
Can you explain the life cycle to a grown up? For an extra challenge can you draw or write about the Butterfly Life Cycle.
Can you remember the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and tell it to a grown up? Remember to use the special story language we used in school.

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Our Awards This Week-Summer 1 Week 4

Our Mathematician of the Week showed great perseverance with a task she was finding  difficult. She was able to keep going and find out the answers she needed.

Our Writer of the Week was writing down everything! We couldn’t stop him writing. This was so lovely to see.

Well done everybody 🙂

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A Big Bug Hunt

We’ve been doing lots of learning about bugs recently linked to getting caterpillars in our classroom and our thinking about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Miss Parker told us we were going to go to the Secret Garden to see if we could find some more bugs. Most of us had never been to the Secret Garden before and weren’t sure where it was. Jonathan thought we’d have to leave school and was very excited to find out it was in our school grounds.

First we listened to what we could hear in the Secret Garden. We closed our eyes and listened and then played a game where we had to listen really carefully. There were lots of birds singing. We looked hard to see where they were hiding but lots of them were hiding.

After that it was time to go looking for bugs. We had to be very quiet so we didn’t scare them away. We took special containers with us and magnifying glasses so we could collect the bugs that we found.

We found lots of bugs and even managed to find some really tiny ones. We talked about what we’d seen and compared our experiences. Miss Parker and Miss Deakin were really pleased by how we used our observation skills to not only find the bugs but then to notice details about them.

We can’t wait to go in the Secret Garden again and have asked Miss Parker if we can go again really soon!

What have we been learning?

  • About the creatures which live in our Secret Garden.
  • To treat creatures with care and respect.
  • To talk about the things we find.
  • To listen carefully listen to the sounds we can hear.
  • To look for objects which interest us and talk to our friends about them.

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Visit the park and look for creatures there.
  • Play i- spy to make people look carefully for different objects.
  • Close your eyes and listen for all the sounds you can hear. What can you hear?
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Being the Teacher

We had an interesting conversation in class the other week when some of the children asked if they could be the teacher. They said that Miss Parker could go home and get a cup of tea because they knew how to be the teacher and everything would be fine.

Miss Parker explained that, lovely as that would be, it was Mr Sieczkarek who decided who got to be the teachers in school because he was the Headteacher. We talked about how all the teachers had to write a letter saying they wanted to be the teacher and explaining why they were able to do the job. The children got busy writing their letters!

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To Mr Sieckarek, I will teach children to write middle name. I can teach them French. Love …

To Mr Sieczkarek, I will teach the children. Love…

To Mr Sieczkarek, Can Miss Parker, can she go home? Love from

To Mr Sieczkarek, I will teach kids to listen. Love from… 

To Mr Sieczkarek, I will look after the children. I promise to teach children how to write properly and keep everything tidy. Love from…

The children took their letters to show Mr Sieczkarek. He was very impressed and told Miss Parker they could do some special jobs for the rest of the day. They got to give out the certificates,  choose the Writing Journal winning ticket for the week and hand out the Star Card prizes.

Everyone was so excited when we went back to class and told them what had happened and when they saw the children doing their special jobs they decided they wanted to be teachers too. We decided it was what we wanted to learn about after the holidays.

Look out for what happens next…