We all had an amazing time on Monday afternoon when we invited all of our dads to school to celebrate Father’s Day. We were allowed to invite any other male member of the family if our dads couldn’t make it but this time mums had to stay at home.
We had such a good time with our dads on the MUGA and ‘park’. Some of us preferred to stay inside the Foundation Stage area and play with our dads there. It was great to see our brothers and sisters in Nursery and Key Stage One as well.
A huge thank you to everyone who came and made our afternoon so successful. We had a total of 49 dads, uncles, grandads and big brothers there across the whole of FS and KS1!
We’ve got cocoons!!!!
Everybody was so excited to see that the caterpillars have spun their cocoons and are now busy turning into butterflies. We kept looking in the books and writing our ideas down about what will happen next.
How long do you think it will take? What do you think the butterflies will look like when they come out of the cocoons? Which of these butterflies will they look like? Can you draw a picture of what you think the butterfly will look like and bring it to school?
We had a special visitor last week….. at first we only saw footprints and we didn’t know what had been in our classroom. Some of the children had an idea and started to investigate further. They found a dinosaur in a classroom and started to make links between the two.
It was a few days until we saw anything else but a few days later we noticed more footprint and the giant egg had hatched! This time there were two sets of footprints. Again we had a to get busy thinking what they could possibly be. There were dinosaurs in our giant egg which confirmed what we thought about it being a dinosaur.
We looked in books to see if we could find out more.
Some of us were a bit sceptical and thought there couldn’t have possibly been a real dinosaur in our classroom. Miss Parker set up a special camera in the classroom over night and the dinosaur came back!!! We got to see it on the iPad.
The dinosaur also left us a note and a present which was very exciting.
We decided that we wanted to paint our dinosaur but that gave us a problem. Lots of people couldn’t remember how to make the right colour green that we needed to paint the dinosaur. We decided that we needed to refresh our knowledge of colour mixing before painting our dinosaur.
It was so exciting to have a real life dinosaur in our classroom and we hope he comes back again soon!
What an amazing last day of term we had…. after waiting such a long time for our chicks to hatch, they did! We’d had them in the classroom keeping them warm in the incubator for 21 days (Click here to see the post)
Everyone was so excited when we came to school on the last day and one chick had already hatched. It was then very exciting when we got to spend the rest of the day watching the others hatch as well, by the end of the day we had 6 chicks. Some of our parents and carers even got to see the chicks hatching at our Easter Workshop.
In the afternoon we said a special hello to the chicks and everyone had a chance to hold a chick. Miss Parker and Miss Deakin were really proud of how sensible everyone was and how they held the chicks really carefully. After we all had to wash our hands remembering what we learnt at Cannon Hall about always washing our hands after being near animals.
We LOVED having the chicks in our classroom and are going to be sad now they’ve had to go back to their farm.
What have we been learning?
- About the life cycle and how chicks come from eggs.
- To observe animals talking about what we can see, hear and feel.
- To care for animals and treat them with respect.
- To make sure we follow hygiene rules after handling animals to keep ourselves safe.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Visit Graves Park or somewhere else with hens and chicks so you can continue to observe the animals at different stages of the life cycle.
- Look for other birds when you are out and about and in your garden. Can you find out what they are?
- Find out about different life cycles, such as tadpoles/ frogs, caterpillar/ butterflies or even for plants. You can use books at the library and internet searches to help you.
We invited our parents and carers to school on Friday for Big Board Game Day in aid of the NSPCC. You can find out more about the great work that they do for children here.
We love playing board games because they are such a fun way to help us get better at Maths and counting. All the counting on a board game going backwards and forwards and counting the dice makes us much better at understanding number order, number lines and the concepts of more and less. The extra bonus is we’re having so much fun we don’t even know we’re doing Maths.
We all made our very own board game which we got to take home at the end of the day. Everyone had to order the numbers 1-20 themselves and then decide which messages to put on their game. Every single game in the class is different. Then we had the tricky job of cutting out the dice and folding it to make a cube.
Some children made a different board game with Mrs Brown at Parent Workshop on Thursday. One child brought his to school and very kindly let his friends keep it in the Maths Area. The children had a great time playing the game following the rules themselves and reading the cards which told them what to do.
As well as being great for making us great Mathematicians, board games are really good for helping us take turns and think of others as there are winners and losers.
We loved having our parents and carers come to help us in school and are really looking forward to playing our games again and again. Thanks for coming and for the donations that you made for the NSPCC.
Parents/ Carers- Don’t forget to let us know how your child has been getting on with their game on a Wow moment. You can send us an email of you all playing it on the class email. Let us know about any other board games you have and play at home. I heard one child talk about playing Monopoly already!
On Monday we invited all our Mums and carers to school to say thank you for looking after us. We all met in the Main Hall with the rest of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.
We sang some songs to our Mums and carers to say how special we thought they were and how much we loved them. In Foundation Stage we sang a song called Skidamarink. Can you remember the words? We sang a song with everyone else as well called My Mum’s One in a Million.
When we’d finished singing it was time for us to give our gifts to our Mums and carers. When we talked about Mother’s Day in class lots of the children said that their mummies liked flowers so we decided to plant them some seeds. All that they needed to do was add water and watch what happens now. What do you think will happen?
We’d worked hard to write our Mother’s Day cards. You can see everybody’s on last week Writer of the Week post here.
A big thank you to all the Mums and carers who came to support the children at this event. The hall was packed to bursting and it was lovely to see so many of you 🙂
If you walk into Onyx classroom over the next couple of weeks you’ll be able to tell its Spring. There is lots of springtime growing happening right in front of our eyes.
Keep coming back to see what changes have happened and if we have our chicks and our frogs yet.