We’ve had a few children talking about the dancing they do out of school recently. They’ve been really brave and have been doing demonstrations for the rest of the class.
We decided to watch a video of some people dancing. Miss Parker showed us some Ballet danced by professional ballet dancers. We were memorised and watched it without a sound or any movement. Some of us said we didn’t think grown ups could get their legs that high and some of us were surprised to see boys as well as girls dancing. We watched another clip later in the day and compared to two.
We asked Miss Oades to help us the next time she was in class as she used to do lots of dance when she was younger. We made our PE session a dance session and used lots of different types of music to see how we danced differently to different music.
Can you guess what sort of music we were listening to from looking at our moves?
We found it really interesting finding out about different types of dance. Well done to the girls who shared their home experiences of dance which led to everyone finding out more about different types of dance.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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…
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!
Our Writer of the Week this week has made so much progress. His Nursery teachers would be so impressed at how good his writing has become. He is now writing a full sentence on his own using the resources around him independently. What a fabulous job he has done- he’s definitely ready for Year One!
Our Mathematician of the Week has been working particular hard to record her ideas. She was able to sort the buttons into different colours and find a way to record it on paper. She wrote all the colours and how many of each she had. After she’d done this she was able to work out which one she had most of. Great job! Yet another example of how Onyx class are getting ready for Year One! 🙂
We had an interesting conversation in class the other week when some of the children asked if they could be the teacher. They said that Miss Parker could go home and get a cup of tea because they knew how to be the teacher and everything would be fine.
Miss Parker explained that, lovely as that would be, it was Mr Sieczkarek who decided who got to be the teachers in school because he was the Headteacher. We talked about how all the teachers had to write a letter saying they wanted to be the teacher and explaining why they were able to do the job. The children got busy writing their letters!
To Mr Sieckarek, I will teach children to write middle name. I can teach them French. Love …
To Mr Sieczkarek, I will teach the children. Love…
To Mr Sieczkarek, Can Miss Parker, can she go home? Love from
To Mr Sieczkarek, I will teach kids to listen. Love from…
To Mr Sieczkarek, I will look after the children. I promise to teach children how to write properly and keep everything tidy. Love from…
The children took their letters to show Mr Sieczkarek. He was very impressed and told Miss Parker they could do some special jobs for the rest of the day. They got to give out the certificates, choose the Writing Journal winning ticket for the week and hand out the Star Card prizes.
Everyone was so excited when we went back to class and told them what had happened and when they saw the children doing their special jobs they decided they wanted to be teachers too. We decided it was what we wanted to learn about after the holidays.
Look out for what happens next…
Every year in school we have an Environment Week. 2017 was no different. In Onyx class we had a couple of visitors in our classroom. First Michael Recycle came to visit and then Litterbug Doug. Litterbug Doug left a total mess which we had to sort out. It turned out that he was just trying to trick us and teach us about recycling. We learnt how to sort out rubbish and make sure it all went in the correct bins.
We didn’t stop there. A couple of weeks ago Jayden had asked if we could make paper in Onyx class. We gave him a couple of books to see if he could find out to do it and in Environment Week we gave it a go. It took a couple of days to do everything but worked out really well. Can you remember how we made paper?
We watched the film Wall-E to find out more about how to keep our planet safe and why it was so important. It made us think about plants and how important they were. We talked more about this when we went to tidy our allotment which was looking a mess.
We talked about the weeds as we dug them up and started to talk about the roots and the leaves. It surprised Miss Parker how few children knew about the different parts of the plants so look out soon for some learning on plants. The good news is we knew more about how to grow plants so hopefully the sunflowers which we planted will be growing really tall soon. Keep your fingers crossed! How tall do you think they’ll grow?
We also had a go at making a model of Wall-E. What do you think?
We had to be able to talk about the shape of the recycled materials that we were using and the properties of the shapes. It was hard to get the round bottles to balance on the neck because they had round faces not flat. We solved the problems and made Wall-E stick. Can you see any other shapes- 2D or 3D- on Wall-E?
What have we been learning?
- Why we need to take care of our environment.
- What makes a nice environment.
- What we can make from rubbish to make it even better.
- To sort materials and recycle them.
- That a film can teach us important things about the environment.
- Why plants are so important to our planet.
- To build robots like Wall-E using a variety of different materials.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Recycle materials at home using the blue bin and blue box. Ask your child to help you sort the rubbish.
- Encourage children to turn the lights and other electrical equipment off as they leave rooms to save energy. Talk about why this is important.
- Buy a plant and let your child look after it at home by watering it regularly.
We had a new area formed in our classroom this week. The children asked if they could turn the house into a hairdressers! Of course we said yes but the children had some jobs to do first. They had to let us know what they thought the hairdressers would need to be the best hairdressers there had ever been.
The very first job was to tidy away all the resources we’d had out for the house.
With Miss Morris’ help the children made all the signs they would need including price lists and posters with opening times.
And then the children could get busy being hairdressers! This included some good receptionists as well to take the bookings and answer the phones.
Our hairdressers didn’t just do hair. There was a nail salon as well so the theme of colour mixing (from the dinosaur) was continued and the children who were interested had a to mix the colours they thought would make the best nail varnish colours. Some children decided to draw their best nail art designs in a booklet to show customers.
We had a great time in Onyx Class Hairdressers. Lots of children from Garnet class came to visit as well. We’ve never looked so good!