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!
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!
Our Mathematician of the week was spotted over in the coffee tray this week. We’re all really proud of how confident she is getting and how much more she shares her ideas.
Our Writer of the week has been trying really hard to turn her ideas into sentences she can write. Look what a fabulous job she did. Keep up the hard work.