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Fabulous French

We had a special treat last week when Monsieur Bartholomew came to teach us some French. Usually he only works with the kids in Key Stage Two but when they had French Day it got some of us talking. Our big brothers and sisters were talking about it and what they were doing. We talked about the French that we already knew- did you know some of us can count to ten in French?– and looked for books about France in the school library. Miss Parker thought we’d enjoy a session with Monsieur Bartholomew and thankfully he could fit one in 🙂

During our session we talked about where France is and looked on the map. We also learnt how to say Hello- Bonjour and How are you?- Ca va? We then learnt how to reply, I’m good- Ca va bien. After that we read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar which we already know very well. We’d never heard it in French before though!

Everyone loved listening to and learning some more French 🙂

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This Weeks’ Awards- Summer 2 Week 4

Wow! I can’t believe that it is Week 4 of the half term already. No wonder the children are showing us such amazing learning in all areas of the classroom.

Our Mathematician of the Week got her award this week not just for the great counting she did with the 1p and 2p coins but for her great attitude to learning. She said:

“I was doing this and I found it a little bit hard but when I had a try I didn’t find it hard anymore.”

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She really grew in confidence using the Numicon to help her count the coins and work out which ones she needed to make the given total. Well done and don’t forget to help mummy and daddy counting the coins next time you’re at the shops!

Our Writer of the Week this week amazed us all with her writing. Miss Parker knew she could do it but she doesn’t often choose to write so it was a lovely surprise to see she could do it so well. She formed the sentences she wanted to write herself and then was able to write each word listening for the sounds and writing the tricky words she knew. She then had to think really hard to read her writing back to the whole class. Great job!!!

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Careers Week

Last week in school was Careers Week. We had lots of special visitors to our classroom over the week. Can you remember who came? 

First we had a visit from the PCSOs (Police). They came to have a play in the classroom and see what we do in Foundation Stage Two. It was fun to be able to play with all the toys in Onyx classroom together. Then we talked to them and they told us all about being in the Police and how you get to be in the Police. Some of us want to be in the Police when we are older.

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Then Miss Parker’s mum came to visit us. We are used to seeing her in the School Library but not in our classroom. She came to tell us all about when she was a Librarian at the University. Did you know librarians have to go to Library School? They also have to read a LOT of books. If you love books maybe you could be a Librarian one day.

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Finally Miah’s mum came to visit us and tell us about her job in a Care Home. She has to work very hard and told us all about the different jobs she has to do to help keep the old people happy and safe. She came to see us in her special uniform so we could see it.

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A huge thank you to everyone who came to talk to us about their job. What would you like to do when you grow up? Maybe you could draw a picture and bring it to show Miss Parker in class. 

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Celebrating Eid

It was a very exciting weekend for some of the children in Onyx Class over the weekend of the 24/25th June because they celebrated Eid in their homes. They couldn’t wait to tell us all about it.

They wanted to show us the way that Muslims pray so came to the front and showed us.

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We decided to get the prayer mats out so everyone could see them and they continued to show us how to pray the Muslim way. We found out in our information books that it is called Salah. It is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam and Muslims must pray 5 times a day.

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We also found some books written in Arabic writing and learnt that in Arabic you read the writing right to left not like in English which is left to right. We already know some Arabic from when we do our register in different languages but we learnt how to say Happy Eid as well.

Assalamu alaikum- Peace be unto you (Hello)

Eid Mumbarak- Happy Eid

We were very lucky because one of our families brought us in some Eid treats to try. Can you remember which one you tried? 

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We also read lots of books from our school library about Ramadan, Islam and Eid. Some of them were non-fiction books, some of them were fiction like this one. They all taught us all more about Eid though. We also watched the CBeebies programme Let’s Celebrate to find out what else happens at Eid. Click here to find the clips we watched. 

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While we talked about Eid and Islam we also talked about some of the other children’s experiences of religion. We found out some children prayed in different ways and went to Church instead of Mosque.

What have we been learning? 

  • About celebrations that are important to children in our class. 
  • That different people celebrate different religious events and festivals to us. 
  • What happens at Eid and some of the ways which Muslims practice their religion. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk to your child about the celebrations which are important in your family. 
  • Look for different religious buildings in Sheffield, such as churches and mosques. 
  • Use books from the library to find out more about different celebrations. 
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Welcome to Foundation Stage- Reception (FS2)- Download our Book

The children have been working hard to produce a book for our nursery children and all the children coming to join our school from other nurseries. We have been talking about how we felt when we were in our nurseries and it was time for us to start full time school.

We decided that we would write our own book which we could send to the nursery kids which would help them know what to expect. First we had to decide what was important to tell them about. We also went to nursery and asked the children what they wanted to know. Then we had to take the photos, which we mostly took ourselves on the iPad. We even asked our parents/ carers what they thought the new FS2 parents/ carers would like to know. Once we had done that Miss Parker helped us to use an App called Book Creator to turn it into a book on the iPad.

When it was complete we went to Nursery to share it with the kids there. We even shared it with some kids who came to our classroom for an extra visit.

Some of the comments from our parents/ carers were handed in after we’d made our book but they were so good we wanted to share them with you anyway…

“I would say it is normal to feel nervous and worried. Its such a big step and the start of a very long journey but you will soon be so full of pride and they learn something new literally everyday. Its gone so fast (the year) and they are in great hands”

“Children moving up from Nursery is one of the most scariest things ever. Me as a parent who does worry about everything, one thing I can say is trust what the teachers say and they will be fine. My child has changed so much for the better! I just need to say stay happy and excited even though deep down it scary. Good luck!”

You can find the rest in our book by clicking on this link and downloading the whole book.

A huge well done to Onyx Class 2016-7 for writing the book and thinking about what was important for their nursery friends to know.

We recommend that you look at the book together, either on a computer or tablet or you can print a copy and keep it at home. The more familiar your child is with the pictures and names of everything the more secure they will feel when they start school in September.

Miss Hulme will continue to share the book with the children in Prince Edward Nursery and we will be making this link known to all the other nurseries we are expecting children to come to us from.

We look forward to meeting you and your child as they start with us in Foundation Stage Two (Reception) if we haven’t already seen you on a visit.

Visit 1- Thursday 6th July

Parents Meeting- Monday 10th July

Visit 2- Wednesday 12th July

You will have received more details in a letter at your home. Please phone school on (0114) 2281900 if you haven’t received a letter and we will let you know the details of the visits and full transition.

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We Love Forest Schools

We had a fantastic time on Monday morning when we had our first Forest Schools session. Matt and Sarah came from the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust to help us.

First we played a warm up game called Winter Dragons. We had to work hard to keep moving and rescue our friends who had been frozen by the dragons.

Then we got to go into the Secret Garden. We were excited to go into the Secret Garden because we’d loved it when we went for the Great Bug Hunt with Miss Oades. Thankfully it was a bit drier when we went today.

When we got to the Secret Garden we played a game called Ninja where we had to sneak up on each other and steal the nature treasure. It meant we had to be super quiet and use our listening ears to find out when the Ninja was coming for the treasure. It also meant we could hear lots of other sounds all around us. Can you remember anything that you heard in the Secret Garden? 

Our next game was called Woolly Worms. For this game to had to use our observation skills and look really carefully to see if we could spot the ‘worms’. Some of them were much easier to find than others. Some of us had to look for a little while to see them while others of us saw them straight away!

Matt and Sarah then told us it was time for a Bug Hunt. We had some special equipment to help us catch the bugs that we found. We talked about if it would different or the same as last time we went in the rain. It was amazing how many different little creatures we managed to find. Would you believe that we found snails, butterflies, grasshoppers, ladybirds, spiders, moths, beetles and lots of different flies and bugs? Can you tell someone about your favourite one? 

This photograph at the bottom has a baby ladybird in it and pupa which the baby ladybird uses to turn into a ladybird. This is the same as when the caterpillar spins its cocoon and turns into a butterfly. 

We were able to look at them in the special containers and we spent a long time looking at and talking about them all. Everyone was very excited to look for different creatures and we looked for nearly an hour without stopping!

After that it was time to let the creatures go and we started another fun activity. Matt and Sarah gave us special sticky strips of paper and we could go and collect whatever we wanted to stick our paper. We looked for special shaped leaves, colours which interested us and other interesting objects such as feathers. Can you see what is on our special papers? 

Finally Matt had a challenge or two for us. He sent us off to find the skinniest thing we could find. Then we had to find the softest thing we could and the most inserting shape leaf we could find.

We LOVE Forest Schools and can’t wait to go again next week!

What have we been learning? 

  • About the creatures which live in our Secret Garden.
  • To treat creatures with care and respect.
  • To talk about things which we find. 
  • To listen carefully to the sounds we can hear. 
  • To look carefully to make sure we see everything. 
  • To look for objects which interest us and talk to our friend about them. 
  • To learn and use words which describe objects, such as skinniest

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Visit the park and look for creatures there. 
  • Make a sticky strip (using double sided tape) and look for interesting objects to add to it. 
  • Play I-Spy to make people look carefully for different objects. 
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This Week’s Awards Summer 2 Week 3

These two boys worked so hard this week together and we just couldn’t decide which one of them should get the Writer of the Week. We decided we had to give it to them both! They started off by drawing maps. They were asked about their maps and were able to talk all about them. They weren’t finished there, they made new maps and then were able to meet the challenge of writing the directions to follow the map. Both boys had phoneme tips to help them and tricky word bookmarks but using these resources are really developing their confidence to write independently. You can see where they are starting to remember digraphs in their writing such as ow and er.

Even once they’d drawn their maps and written their instructions they weren’t finished there. We got out the massive Ordnance Survey maps and they looked for new features to include on their maps. We can’t wait to see where they take us…

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Our Mathematician of the Week was absent on Friday but that didn’t change the amazing work he’d done earlier in the week. He’d been trying to make amounts using a combination of 2p and 1p coins. He could count coins in 1p coins and count them in 2p coins but using the combination was proving tricky. He really persevered and used the Numicon to help him work it out. Well done Jayden- what a fabulous job!

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