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Our Last Afternoon in FS2 Onyx Class

We had a wonderful last afternoon in Reception today.  Mr Siezckarek arranged for a wonderful treat for the whole school. Everyone in school got an ice cream to say well done for such a great year! 🙂

 

As you can see we loved them. Then it was back to the classroom to get ready for our last home time in Foundation Stage and to get ready to turn into Year Ones.

A special magic curtain appeared and we all walked through it. It turned us into proper Year Ones (no more practising) so when we come back in September we’re in Miss Breeze’s Y1 Topaz. We can’t wait! Miss Parker, Miss Deakin and Miss Hukin said we’ve got to make sure we pop back into Onyx class and tell everyone how we’re getting on.

 

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The teachers would like to say another huge well done to all the children for such an amazing year. You’ve all grown so much and learnt something new everyday. We so all so proud of you all and are sure you’ll continue to progress just as much in Year One. 

Have a wonderful Summer 🙂

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Forest Schools 3

For our 3rd Forest School session we headed back to the Secret Garden. Everyone in Onyx Class loves the Secret Garden!

We started our session by playing the game 1-2-3 Where Are You? The children are getting really good at it now and some children managed to hide for a really long time. C91CDBBE-13A7-479E-84DC-5F52682E2153

We’d  heard there might be some goblins and fairies in the Secret Garden so went for a closer look. There were a couple in the trees which made us decide we would like to make some our own. Miss Parker showed us how to make the clay stick to the tree and use natural materials we found to create the features of the goblins. Some of us decided to make our goblin with a friend and some of us decided to make our own.

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Don’t our goblins look fabulous? Can you see the alien goblin covered in tentacles? Which one do you think it is?

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We left our goblins in the Secret Garden to help look after it while we were back down at school. Maybe you’ll see them if you go up there soon.

We had one last job to do before we went back to the classroom. Miss Parker asked us to find some long natural materials which we could use for weaving. Some children found really long sticks so we decided to take them back and see if we could make a weaving wigwam.

 

We also made some smaller weaving frames which you can find in our classrooms.

We have loved another session in the Secret Garden for Forest Schools.

What have we been learning? 

  • To listen to our friends and maintain our attention on a game. 
  • To use our imaginations to create new goblin creatures. 
  • To explore the properties of natural materials. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about different creatures that you might find in a Garden. Make up some stories about what the creatures do when you’re not there. 
  • Look for natural materials in your gardens or at the park. 
  • Make your own weaving frames and weave the natural materials to create art, like this…. 

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Our Awards this Week- Summer 2 Week 3

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.

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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.

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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!

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Escape from the Volcano

Everyone had been talking about volcanos and playing a game called ‘Escape from the Lava’ for ages so we decided we should learn about volcanoes in class.

Miss Parker found a book which told us a bit more about volcanoes. Can you remember what it taught us?

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We also watched a video that lots of us had seen at home. You can watch it again here. Can you tell a grown up how an island grows?

Then we watched some videos of some real volcanoes and found out there were volcanoes erupting right now while we were in school. We thought about how we would feel if there was lava coming towards our homes. Miss Parker told us about when she went to an volcano but thankfully it wasn’t erupting when she was there.

We thought how we would help the people in Hawaii escape after they wrote to us asking for help. We came up with a few suggestions.

There was lots more role play and children wanting to experience what it was like to be near the lava. Outside was a popular place for this and the children loved building bridges and other ways to stay safe. They used our loose parts in all sorts of imaginative ways and even added water to be lava.

 

As the children were so engrossed in making up stories we used this to practise our writing skills. First we had to THINK IT and decide what we wanted to happen in our story. We drew a story map to help us remember it.

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Then we had to SAY IT for each sentence so we could remember what to write. Then we had to WRITE IT. We worked hard to sound out the words and think of the letters we needed to write. Here is the beginning and the middle of the story.

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When we had written it we had to READ IT to see if we’d done a good job. Can you see the ticks and crosses on our writing? We used the sentence hand to make sure we’d remembered everything putting a tick if we had and a cross if we hadn’t. On Wednesday we forgot our capital letter but on Thursdays we remembered them.

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Do you think you could write the end of the story? You could write it on paper and bring it to school or put it in a comment below or an email.

Our learning about volcanoes went over two weeks because we were all so interested and there was so much to learn and do. We decided we wanted to make a volcano of our own and see if we could make it erupt. It took us all week to make. We started with a bottle and some masking tape.

Then we had to use papier-mâché to build the shape of the volcano. It took a long time because we had to wait for it to dry in between.

 

Everyone enjoyed helping with our volcano which was good because there were still more jobs. Next we had to paint our volcanoes. First we painted the mountain and the grass before we added the lava. We used one of our volcano books to help us think what the volcano should look like.

 

Finally our volcano was ready and it was time to watch it erupt. Miss Parker used bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to create the lava inside the volcano. Everybody loved it and said it was well worth the wait.

We loved learning about volcanoes.

What have we been learning?

  • To find out about volcanoes using videos and books.
  • To find out where volcanoes are using first hand experiences and technology.
  • To build our own volcano and watch it erupt.
  • To role play what we think it would be like near a volcano which is erupting.
  • To make up stories about volcanoes.
  • To think how to stay safe near volcanoes and send our ideas to Hawaii.

How can you continue the learning?

  • Watch the video above and talk about how the volcanoes grow.
  • Use Google to find videos of real volcanoes and watch the lava flow (Make sure before doing any Google search with children that you have the appropriate safety measures in place)
  • Continue the story above writing it either on paper or typing it.

 

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Sensational Superheroes

We had a great time learning about superheroes recently. We loved talking about our favourite superheroes and learning more about some new ones.

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We realised that lots of our favourite superheroes wore a special cape so we decided to make some capes of our own.

Once we’d decided on our cape design and painted the, we have to wait for them to dry. When they were dry we got to do the exciting part of the process and reveal the design…

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It was fun to find out what our final capes looked like. Our favourite part though was trying them on and watching them turn us into superheroes 🙂

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We decided to test our superhero strength and other powers in some Superhero PE sessions.

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There were lots of other activities around our classroom too. The children loved calling their favourite superheroes for a chat on the phone.

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It was great fun learning about superheroes. The children did much more deciding about the own learning and helped planned what we were going to learn. You can see our planning here……. If something has a tick it means that when we reviewed our week we decided that we’d done this. You can see where we added new ideas too.

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