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The Great Bug Hunt 2017

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We had a great time on the first Tuesday after the holidays going on a Bug Hunt. Before the holidays when we let our butterflies go we went near the Secret Garden and talked about going in there sometime soon. A Bug Hunt seemed the perfect opportunity!

It was a very wet day but we didn’t let that put us off. We set off to see what we could find with Miss Oades and Miss Morris.


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We used this sheet from Twinkl to remember what we’d found.

Can you remember all of the different bugs that we found? I wonder what we’d find if we’d gone on a sunny day…. do you think it would be the same or different?

Everyone loved going on our Bug Hunt. We can’t wait to go the Secret Garden again.

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Caterpillars, Caterpillars (Part 4)

This should really be called Butterflies, Butterflies because look what happened?

Our caterpillars hatched from out of their cocoons and we had 4 butterflies in our classroom 🙂 Everyone loved watching them fly and if we looked really carefully we could even see them drinking through their proboscis. Can you remember anything about their proboscis? 

After we’d had them in our classroom for a few days we decided that we needed to let them go. We had a talk about where would be the best place for them to fly. It was agreed that we would go up on to the new school field by the Secret Garden because the children said there were the most plants and flowers there.

Thankfully it was a sunny day because we weren’t sure if the butterflies would like the rain.

Miss Parker unzipped the Butterfly Garden and pulled it down slightly. It didn’t take long for the butterflies to fly off into the sky. We all clapped and cheered when they went.

We’re going to be keeping an eye out over the next few weeks to see if we can see our butterflies when they come back to visit us. We’re sure they will fly back one day and see us 🙂 Maybe they will fly to our houses?

 

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Caterpillar, Caterpillar…. (Part 1)

We has some more special friends arrive in our classroom this week….. 5 tiny and very hungry caterpillars!

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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.

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Come back soon to see what has been happening…….

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Chicks, Chicks, Chicks….

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.

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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.

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We LOVED having the chicks in our classroom and are going to be sad now they’ve had to go back to their farm.

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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. 
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Our Visit to Cannon Hall Farm

We had a wonderful time this week when we went to Cannon Hall Farm. We got really lucky and had a perfect weather day 🙂

We got to Cannon Hall Farm on a double decker bus. Onyx class got the top deck on the way there and once we all had our seatbelts on we were ready to go. We were really high up!

We went up to Manor Top first and it was fun looking at all the familiar places from up so high. Where can you see that you know? 

We got to Cannon Hall on the motorway and saw lots of different vehicles on the way. We went past Meadowhall which made some children start talking about when we went to Build a Bear Workshop in January.

We knew were nearly at Cannon Hall because all the roads and houses disappeared and there were a lot more fields. It looked very different to Manor Top. Everyone started spotting more and more animals.

And then we got to Cannon Hall! Everyone was so excited. When we first got there we had some snack so we were ready to go exploring.

A lady called Nicola came to talk to us and told us where we would be going. Then it was time to go…

First we went to see the piglets. Some of them had only been born a few days before. The we went to see the teenage pigs in the next barn. They didn’t need their mummies there anymore.  We had to read the signs to make sure we were going the right direction and look for the sounds that we knew. Can you remember which were the girl pigs and which were the boy pigs? 

In the next barns there were lots of different animals. Can you remember what they were all called? We saw cows, sheep, goats, a shire horse, alpacas and llamas.

Everyone was very excited when we got to feed the animals using the special machines to send the food down to the animals. Once we had fed the animals we had to remember not to put our fingers near our mouths so we didn’t get the germs in our tummies. Can you remember which animals you fed? 

We got meet a special friend after that. Nicola got a rabbit for us to say hello to and stroke. Everyone got a turn and loved feeling the rabbits soft fur. Can you remember what the rabbit was called? After we’d stroked the rabbit we had to remember to wash our hands using soap and water.

Next it was time for the Sheep Race! Everyone got a ticket and stood ready to watch the race. We saw the sheep racing round the track and everyone was surprised to see how high they could jump. We all got a coloured ticket and waited to see which colour sheep won. There was red, yellow, blue and green. Can you remember which colour ticket you had? Can you remember which sheep was the winner? 

Before we went for dinner we went to find the lambs in their very own roundhouse. We climbed up the steps and got a really good view of them from above. We spotted that some of the lambs and sheep had numbers on them and worked out it told you who the mummy sheep was and her baby lambs. Can you read any of the numbers?

And then it was dinnertime but first we had to walk back to find where we had left our lunch. On the way we saw lots of different animals. Can you remember all the animals that we saw? We saw reindeer, rabbits, different sorts of chickens, rabbits and turkeys.

Everyone was ready for their lunch when we got back.

After dinnertime we went to see the cows being milked. In school we had talked about milk and where it comes from. We also talked about what you could make from milk from cows. Can you remember what you can make from milk? 

Then it was time for the Adventure Playground which we LOVED! Some children really challenged themselves and tried things they’d not done before, one of these things was the pole which they did with help at first before they got more confident.

What a fabulous day we had. Can you tell your grown up your favourite part of the day? 

Thank you to all the grown ups who came with us to help. We couldn’t have gone without you. And a huge thank you to Nicola and everyone at Cannon Hall for a wonderful day. the children had a great time and haven’t stopped talking about it yet! 🙂

PARENTS/ CARERS- If you would like to visit Cannon Hall using your 3 for 2 voucher you’ll find it near Cawthorne in Barnsley. Click on the link to visit the Cannon Hall Farm website and find out more.  

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Last week we saw on the calendar it was Chinese New Year and decided that we wanted to find out more about it.

We saw on the picture and on the front of the Chinese New Year book in our classroom there was dragon. We went to look at the Y6 dragon on the staircase in school. It made us decide that we wanted to make our own. We watched a video of a dragon dance and thought we could do a dragon dance of our own. We talked about what we saw.

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There was another discussion about Chinese Food. Lots of the children said they’ve not tried it before so we decided that is what we should do.

We also thought what else we wanted to know about Chinses New Year and wrote some questions. Some of us wrote it by ourselves, some of us wrote shared sentences with teacher help.

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During the week we did lots of learning about Chinese New Year. We watched some videos to find out more. You can watch them here.  There is one about preparing for Chinese New Year, one about celebrating Chinese New Year and one with the Chinese New Year Story.

We enjoyed having our own races outside and seeing which animal came first, second and third when we ran.

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When our dragon was finished we did what we said we wanted to and took it to the Hall to do some dragon dancing. Some of us made the dragon dance and some of us played the instruments for the music.

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One of our favourite things we did during the week was we tried Chinese Food. Miss Parker said we had to cook it ourselves so we went to the oven and the microwave to cook it before we could eat it.

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You can see more about what we thought about our food in the floor book. You can also see we found out the answers to our questions.  We also loved trying the fortune cookies.

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You can see the questions we wrote and the answers we found out here…

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We have loved learning about Chinese New Year!

What have we been learning? 

  • about how different people celebrate. 
  • some of the ways that Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year. 
  • to think of questions about what we could find out. 
  • to find out the answers to our questions. 
  • to order numbers and use ordinal numbers such as first, second and third. 
  • to taste new foods and talk about how it tasted. 
  • to move to music and create our own.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Watch the videos again and see if you can find out anything new. 
  • Have some races in the park and see who the winner is. 
  • Think of some other things that you’d like to find out and look in books to find the answer. 
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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

We read a book read a book called Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williems after the bus driver sent it to us. We’d had a letter from the pigeon telling us he would drive the bus for us after he heard about the bus driver bumping the bus at Meadowhall. The bus driver said not to let him but we weren’t so sure.

These are the letters that we received. Can you read any of the words? 

Some of us wrote some letters back with the teacher’s help.

This is what our thinking looked like in our floor book.

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It made us think what other combinations we could think of and if it would be a good idea for those animals to drive the vehicles. We made a book of our ideas. You can find it in our Book Corner if you’d like to read it and see who wrote which page.

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Parents/carers- you can also ask to see it in our books if your child wrote one of the pages. 

WOULD YOU LET THE ANIMALS DRIVE THE BUS? 

What have we been learning? 

  • to consider different possibilities and give reasons for our thoughts
  • to follow the pattern of language and create a repeating text 
  • to write our ideas listening to the sounds we hear
  • to write using finger spaces (with some reminders from our teachers)
  • to write some of the tricky words we know from memory, e.g. the

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • make up some more pages for our book and have a go at writing your idea down. You could draw a picture first to show your idea. 
  • give reasons for other decisions you make and say why you think you are right. 
  • try to write other words and sentences down listening to the sounds in words. Parents/ carers- if you look at the writing above you’ll see the children haven’t spelt every word perfectly. At this stage we want them to listen to the sounds they heard and know the letters. We want them to see themselves as independent writers.