It has been lovely to see our Writer of the Week’s confidence grow. She has gone from not being too sure about writing and rarely having a go in her independent writing to now loving being able to spell a wide range of words. When she did the writing in this example she was only too happy to tell me all about the digraphs she had used and even underlined them to show where they are. We’ve been doing lots of learning focussed on remembering the digraphs in Letters and Sounds sessions. Its great to see not only has she remembered them, she is able to use them in her own learning showing she is really mastering them.
We’ve been doing lots of learning about patterns this week linked to the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Our Mathematician of the Week remembered what we’d been talking about and was able to apply it to making patterns at the Painting Easel. She could confidently make a repeating pattern using two colours.
Its been another fabulous week in Onyx Class 🙂
The children have come back to school full of life and ready to learn even more. Our writer of the week in particular has come back ready to write. We’ve not been able to stop her! She has chosen to draw pictures and write independently as well as write in her new Writing Journal (see upcoming post for more details). She is rightly very happy with herself and we’re all really happy to see the excellent effort she is putting in. 🙂
The Mathematician of the Week was spotted in the Water Tray this week. In fact, I bet if you asked him and his friends they wouldn’t have even known they were doing Maths. There was a lot of chat about how much water was in the containers and if that made it heavy or not. Our Mathematician was using the correct vocabulary well and learning some new words with the help of his friends (half full). Great job, keep up the hard work 🙂
We has some more special friends arrive in our classroom this week….. 5 tiny and very hungry caterpillars!
Everyone is very interested in them and seeing what they are doing. Already they have nearly doubled in size. It has generated lots of talk between the children as they share their ideas. We’ve been discussing what we think will happen the caterpillars next too.
Come back soon to see what has been happening…….
The last week of the Spring term was another busy but great week. Everyone worked so hard on their independent writing in their writing assessments that we had to give Writer of the Week to EVERYONE!!!! It wouldn’t have been fair to pick just one child or even a few. Everyone worked so hard and we are so proud of all the progress the children have made since September. We’ll be sharing all the Writing Assessments with parents/carers so if you’ve not seen your child’s yet look out for it in a morning. We really value your comments on how well you feel your child is doing and love to share their progress with you.
Mathematician of the Week was a tough choice this week as well but it was awarded to Faith. You can see here how she was making a ‘number cake’. The thought that went into it was amazing. She sorted the dice out making sure the correct numbers were displayed in each pot and then she started to count out the chicks so there were the correct amount in each section. She was constantly talking telling everyone what she was doing. It is lovely to see her so confident in her independent learning.
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.
It was fabulous to see so many parents and carers come to support our Easter Workshop with the children. We had so much fun making different crafts and doing different activities. Can you remember what you made? I think the pom pom chicks were my favourite.
We had a great time when the Easter Bunny came to say hello. He was a little bit sneaky though and just left a clue in our classroom for us to follow. We had to go around the whole school reading the clues and working out where we had to go next. We are able to do most of the reading ourselves now. We kept spotting chicks on the way which helped. When we got back to the classroom the Easter Bunny had brought us some Easter eggs 🙂 We all had a wonderful time and it was a great chance for us to practise our ever improving reading skills.
This is the first and the last clue….
We loved our Easter Chick Hunt and wish the Easter Bunny would come back everyday! (Some of us did get to see him at the 100% Attendance Disco later that day :-))