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Fantastic Football

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.
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Our Awards This Week-Summer 1 Week 3

We’ve been on the look out all week for children who are working really hard with their maths and writing in class,  particularly in independent learning.  We love when the children incorporate their maths and writing skills into their play and follow their own interests. This week we have two more worthy award winners.

Our Writer of the Week is showing lots of progress in her writing 🙂 She used to be reluctant to write in her play despite always doing a fabulous job in Phonics sessions. Now she is much more confident and usually writes something everyday.

Our Mathematician of the Week was solving his own misconceptions this week. We have been working out doubles to 5 and he said he could do them for double 10, double 20 and double 30 writing them down. He’d got a little confused with double 20 and double 30. This is what happened next….

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He was able to use the taught method to then solve new calculations following his interest in doubles.

Well done to all the children again this week 🙂

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This Week’s Awards- Spring 2 Week 4

It has been another great week in Onyx class this week. Our Mathematician of the week did some great work in his focus group activity with Miss Morris. She was really impressed with his calculation skills and the way he was able to solve the problems she set. The children had to try and find a collection of animals with a given number of legs. Can you see which numbers he was trying to make?

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It was too difficult to choose a Writer of the week this week. Everyone did such a fabulous job writing their Mother’s Day cards. We’ve not given them to our mums and carers yet but we will tomorrow and we think they’re going to be really impressed with how good we’ve got at writing! We think you’ll agree- have a look below…

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This Week’s Awards- Spring 2 Week 2

There are two more superstars this week ready to share their learning with everyone.

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Our writer of the week has been growing in confidence all year and recently has started writing all the time! She is now writing sentences herself and remembering all the words. In this activity she wrote the first sentence all by herself which was amazing. We looked at it though with a sentence hand to see what she had missed. We then talked about writing the sentence with a sentence hand and I modelled it to show her. She was then able to rewrite the sentence using her finger for the finger spaces. She even changed one of the words. Three days later when she got her Writer of the Week pencil she could still remember what she’d written! Great job!

Our Mathematician of the Week found the same spot in the classroom to do her learning. She was writing calculations though. Look at her amazing learning.

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Well done! We’ll keep working on that number orientation and making sure we record left to right.

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Mathematicians of the Week- Week 6

We had joint winners for Mathematician of the Week this week. It was impossible to choose between them as they worked so hard together in the Maths Area counting the domino spots. In fact Miss Parker is busy thinking of ways to make the domino game more challenging to stretch the children’s thinking even further! Well done girls!

Remember to look back again next week to see who the final Mathematician of the Week of 2016 is. In the New Year we’re excited to have Mark Maker/ Writer of the Week as well.

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Mathematician of the Week- Week 4

What an excellent effort by our Mathematician of the Week this week recognising numbers, matching them and ordering them. Can you order the numbers to 5? Can you order the numbers to 10? Can you order all the numbers to 20? Don’t forget to let us know about all the learning you’ve been doing at home on a WOW moment and hand it into class. You could email us and let us know instead. 

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Look out for our new displays

You may have noticed the new style of display we have in the new classroom. You’ll see on the wall how every child has their own space with their photo and they’ve written their own name. All the teachers are busy looking for some examples of great independent learning to fill the spaces. You’ll see how some of them are already filling up. Because we’re looking for times when your child has followed their own interests and followed their own ideas they’ll all be slightly different. Here are some examples….. (names have been removed from next to photos)

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You’ll see a speech bubble and a thought bubble next to the children’s work. We ask the children to tell us about what they’ve been doing and to explain their learning. Then the teacher thinks about what the child has been learning and what they can do next to move their learning further forward. If the piece of actual work is too big to fit in the space you’ll see a photo instead.

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Don’t forget to lookout for these new displays when your in the classroom. We’d love to know what you think about your child’s learning.