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The Last Chocolate

We ended up with a problem in Onyx Class this week. It was Valentine’s Day so we did lots of Maths using some chocolates. The chocolate really helped us as we were able to see how many we were taking away alongside the number line. We were all looking forward to a chocolate on Friday as we had been promised by Miss Parker and Miss Morris.

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On Thursday we decided that it would be kind to give our chocolates to Garnet Class when we sang them a Friendship song on Friday. Some of us weren’t too sure to begin with but after we talked about it we decided that it was the right thing and although it wasn’t the easiest thing we wanted to be kind to Garnet Class.

On Friday we went to get the chocolates to take them with us as we went to the Studio to sing our song. But……. image

What were we going to do??? We couldn’t give Garnet Class one chocolate!

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We ended up leaving the Studio without giving Garnet Class any chocolates at all. Even though the lovely songs had cheered us up a bit we felt a little bit sad. We went back to the classroom with only one chocolate.

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Some of us still felt a little bit sad on Friday afternoon because the rest of the chocolates still hadn’t come back but we knew we’d done the right thing giving Miss French our last chocolate. We talked about how it was difficult but the fair thing to do.

Then, right at the end of the day, ………..image

Everyone was very excited that the chocolates were back and that we’d done the right thing. Everyone went home happy, including Miss French 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • to think of others before ourselves
  • to make up and sing our own songs
  • to make decisions which are fair even if they are difficult

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • make up your own songs using familiar tunes, 

eg. If you want to be my friend, clap your hands, 

If you want to be my friend, clap your hands, 

If you want to be my friend and you really want to play, 

If you want to be my friend, clap your hands.

  • include your child in some decision making, e.g. when handing out biscuits how can you make sure it is fair? 
  • encourage your child to do things for other people, e.g. picking up something that someone has dropped on the floor or letting someone have a turn before them. 
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Our Christmas Performance 2016

Last week we did our Christmas Performance in school for our families. After a couple of weeks of practising it was exciting to get to show off all our hard work. Everyone did a fabulous job of remembering their lines, knowing where to stand and move to and, of course, singing all the wonderful songs with actions.

We had a show with lots of counting and numbers in it this year which was another great opportunity to practise our maths. We worked hard with Garnet class and with Diamond (Nursery) class. We enjoyed working with our friends and some of us even got to perform with our younger brothers and sisters.

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Well done everyone! You were amazing! We collected some comments from your families and they said the same thing too. We’re glad they enjoyed it so much 🙂

(Thanks to everyone who commented-we’re sorry we haven’t got room for them all here but they have gone into Learning Journeys)

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Shake Rattle and Roll with the Music Man

We’ve been very lucky over the last couple of weeks because Martin the Music Man has been to visit us.

He brings his guitar and other instruments to play with us and we sing lots of songs. Can you remember any of the songs we have been learning? Maybe you can sing them at home as well. 

Martin will be coming for 10 weeks in total so we’ve got lots more to learn. We’re going to be doing some different music activities as well as the singing.

Don’t forget there is also the Shake Rattle and Roll Music club after school on Mondays with Martin. It is open to any child in Foundation Stage and their brothers and sisters (it doesn’t matter if they are older or younger), the only condition is that parents have to stay with the children. It is held in Nursery 3-3.45pm every Monday. Just let us know if you’d like to join in as well.

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A Huge Thank You!!!

Do you remember our Chatterbox Challenge back in February? Look on the blog post to remind yourself if you’ve forgotten by clicking here.

We managed to raise an amazing £106.50!!!! Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored our children and those who collected all the money in. We’re really proud of you all.

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Remember all the money raised goes to help children with communication difficulties. You can find out more about the Chatterbox Challenge and the I Can charity by clicking on the links.

Thank you again! 

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Saying Thank You to our Mums

We welcomed our Mums to a special Mother’s Day Performance on the Monday after Mother’s Day. It was lovely to see so many mums, nannans, aunties and big sisters there. We had to say no male relatives because they get to come to when it is Father’s Day.

We invited all our female relatives to school to listen to the special songs we’d been learning to sing to them. There was a Mother’s Day song and then our favourite one Skidamarink. Here are the words- can you try to and sing them at home?

Skidamarink- a -rink- a rink, 

Skidamarink- a- doo, I love you!

Skidamarink-a-rink-a-rink,

Skidamarink- a- doo, I love you!

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, 

I love you in the evening, and underneath the moon, 

Oh, Skidamarink- a -rink- a rink, 

Skidamarink- a- doo, I love you!

I love you, too, boo boo bi-do!

When we’d finished singing our songs we gave our cards and gifts to our mums. We’d made cards with blossom trees on using broccoli and our fingers. Can you tell your grown up how you made your card?  We worked really hard to write a message for our mums in our cards. There were some lovely messages and the children sounded out and used their tricky word knowledge to write them down. We also had to make sure we were using our neatest handwriting.  We also worked hard to make bracelets for our mums from salt dough beads. We had to make the salt dough in the colours we thought our mums would like the best. Then it went in the oven for a long time to bake and dry out. When they were ready we chose the beads we thought our mums would like best for their bracelet.

Our mums had big smiles on their faces when they got their presents so we hope they liked them. Thanks everyone for coming 🙂

What we have been learning? 

  • To increase the repertoire of songs that we know. 
  • To sing in front of an audience. 
  • To use different painting techniques to make a card. 
  • To follow the instructions to make salt dough. 
  • To use our fine motor skills to make the beads and thread them on the bracelet. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Sing different songs that you know and try to learn some new ones. 
  • Make a card for someone else and try to write the message yourself. 
  • Can you make some Salt Dough at home and use it make some different shapes? The recipe we used to make our beads is here.

 

 

 

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Our Christmas Performance 2015

Everyone did an amazing job last week performing our Christmas Show for 2015. Everyone worked really, really hard to get ready for the show and to remember their lines, acting scenes and all the songs. We practised every day for a week to make sure it was ready in time then the big day arrived.

Everyone was a little nervous waiting in Garnet class in our special costumes but then it was time to go to the Hall.

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Then it was time for the show to start. Lots of our families came, so many that we didn’t have enough chairs! When we did the second show on Wednesday lots of people came to see it again!

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We did a fantastic job! All our teachers were so proud of us for remembering everything and at the right time. So were our families, look at some of the lovely comments they wrote…

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You can see how proud our families were of us.

A big well done to everyone!!! 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To develop our confidence and speaking/ singing voices in front of an audience. 
  • To know the Christmas story and why Christians celebrate Christmas. 
  • To increase the range of songs that we know and are able to sing. 
  • To work together to produce a shared end result. 
  • To use the Makaton signs that we’ve learnt alongside the songs.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Encourage your child to continue singing the songs and other songs that they know. 
  • To talk about the Christmas story and see if your child can remember it. Can they remember any of the other stories we’ve learnt about celebrations in different cultures? (Rama and Sita- Divali)
  • Allow your child to speak to different people, such as tram conductors or people in shops, to continue to develop their confidence when speaking to unfamiliar people.