A Map, an Email and a Postbox

We were watching the beans we grew after the holidays and started to discuss where the beans might grow to. This led to learning about Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack sent us a warning letter telling us what happened to his beanstalk. Thankfully we didn’t see any giants! What we did spot was the address on the top of the letter. After we wrote Jack a letter back we started to talk about where we lived and our addresses.


We loved looking at Google Maps and finding out school and some of our houses. We talked for a long time about what our streets were. Miss Parker found a map of Sheffield and we drew our houses and the routes we went on it.


Some children drew their own maps outside. We talked about our house numbers and collected them from our friends. We even learnt to count in twos for when the house numbers zig zag up the street.


We decided we were going to see if our addresses worked and send a letter to our homes. It was Father’s Day so some of our wrote letters to our Dads but we were allowed to chose who we wanted to write our letter to.


Everyone wrote their own letter and then we went to the post box to post our letter. Before we set off we checked on the map for how of get there. Everyone posted their letter. We wondered how long it would take for them to get to our homes.


On our way back to school we found the street sign which told us the address for our school.


We were very excited when we found our letters at home and our families were excited to see how good we had got at writing. We asked them what they thought. Here is what some of them had to say….


It made us think if there was a quicker way to send messages. We found out about email. First we emailed Mrs Briggs and she emailed us back. We found the message when we got to school the next day so we knew it was quick.


On Tuesday when Miss Parker is doing her teacher jobs we decided to email her. It made us wonder if we could move faster than an email. We sent an email and then headed upstairs to see what got their fastest- the email or the children?


The email won!

We had got really good at sending emails and using the keyboard to type so Miss Parker asked if we would like to email her friend Stephanie in America. We wondered how long it would take an email to get all the way to America.

We thought what we would like to know about  America and typed some questions. There was a reply the very next day! We were amazed by how quickly the email travelled round the whole world. Stephanie emailed us back with some photos of America. We all wish we had a pool in our back garden.


We found lots of ways to make our messages in the provision. Some of use wrote secret messages using the special pens. Some of us made our own laptops and wrote emails of our own.


We also had a go at special secret message writing. We wrote the message in lemon juice and then used the heat from the candle to make it appear again. It took a while and we had to wait but when it worked it was like magic!


What have we been learning? 

  • Where we live and where other people live. 
  • What our local environment is like talking about our journey to school. 
  • About maps and our place in the world. 
  • About our address and how it helps us find our house. 
  • Writing for a purpose to send a letter to our home. 
  • About email and different ways of communicating. 

How can you continue the learning? 

  • Allow your child to look at a map app, such as Google Maps, when out and about so children can see how it works. Talk about where places are in relation to others 
  •  Make sure your your child knows their address but also knows to keep personal information safe and private. 
  • Write letters and postcards to other family members and post them in the post box. 
  • Send a letter back to your child in school. 



Football Training

Just in time for the World Cup FS2 have started a fabulous Football After School Club. Places were in demand we were turning children away. Look out for more clubs in Y1 if you missed out this time.


Thr Reception children have been given a fantastic opportunity to attend an after school club where they will be trained by some Sheffield United football coaches.

On the first session, the children learned about the importance of good listening skills when they played a warm up game of traffic lights.

They then practised their dribbling skills, making sure that they made tiny touches so that they didn’t loose control of the ball.

Next, they practised changing feet, this will help them to keep procession of the ball when an opponent tackles them in a real match.

Finally, they practised their passing skills, this was a more difficult skill to develop and there were lots of children chasing balls. They are going to practise this skill again next week.

We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Little for organising the training.

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Reading Buddies

Some of the children in Onyx Class were lucky enough to attend this fabulous After School Reading Club. They’ve loved it. Miss Deighton ran the club and has written all about it on Garnet class blog.
Look out for more after school clubs next year when the children are in Y1.


Garnet and Onyx Class have been very lucky over the last few weeks because we have had some amazing helpers in our class.

Miss Deighton invited Y5 children to take part in a Reading Buddies after school club with Reception children.

Each Y5 child was buddied up with 2 Reception children. They played lots of different Phonics games and listened to the younger children read which developed the Reception children’s ability to segment and blend words whilst also aiding their comprehension skills and consolidating their knowledge of how books are organised.

Miss Deighton was particularly impressed with the Y5 children’s mature and helpful manner towards the younger children. Instead of telling the Reception children what the words said they encouraged them to use their exsisting knowledge of Phonics to sound out the words. They also asked very specific questions to check their understanding of what they had read.

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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 🙂


Books at Bedtime Week 2


We had another winner this week in our Books at Bedtime competition. She has been reading a bedtime story every night at home and her grown up has been recording it on the sheet. There’s still one more chance to win the grand prize if you bring your card back on Wednesday.

Then on Friday it’s our reading celebration day and you can bring your favourite books to school and also wear theyour pyjamas!!! 🙂

Parents/ Carers- Don’t forget how important it is to share stories together every day. See our post on the FS2 Reading Workshop to find out more.


This Week’s Awards- Summer 2 Week 2

Our Mathematician of the Week was working on sequencing numbers this week. She was able to look at the numbers and complete the sequence with the missing numbers. This involved counting in ones and twos and even counting backwards. She could confidently write the correct missing number and check her answer on a number line. Well done!


Our Writer of the Week also displayed her skills on the interactive whiteboard. She was drawing pictures of her family and then labelling them using her writing skills to sound out and write the words. She wasn’t finished there she decided she could write a sentence about them as well. Great job!

A big well done to both our winners this week- you’re getting even more ready for Year One! 🙂


This Week’s Awards- Summer 1 Week 5

Before the holidays, our Mathematician had really impressed everyone with how she has begun to lead her own learning more in maths. She had her own idea to sing the 5 Speckled Frogs song which she did remembering all the words then she started to make up her own versions.


The Writer of the Week showed how much his confidence has grown recently with his writing. Not only did her write a letter to Miss Duddle asking for a new interactive whiteboard pen (We lost ours :-() but he went to see Miss Duddle and read it to her himself. He wrote the Phase 4 words (lost/ from) all by himself 🙂


What a great job both children did 🙂