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This Week’s Awards- Spring 2 Week 3

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.

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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.

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Our Fabulous Volcano

We had a great time learning about volcanoes recently. It actually came about due to a misconception that one of the children had when they confused the cave in We’re Going On a Bear Hunt for a volcano.

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It started is thinking what is a volcano and could we make our own. First we watched a video about volcanoes to find out more.

You can watch the video by clicking on this link.

Then we started to think if we could make our own volcano which would erupt.

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It took a full week to make as we had to do the paper mache and wait for it to dry before we could paint it. We had to look at lots of books and remember the video to find out what they looked like. We went to our school library to find some volcano books.

 

Finally our volcano was ready to see if it would erupt. We were all very excited to see what would happen.

Our volcano did erupt but it also spent some time when it didn’t so we talked about when volcanoes are dormant or extinct.

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We also shared our learning with some of the children in Garnet class and showed them our videos.

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Mateo wanted to know when we were going on a Volcano Hunt!!! Do you know where we’d have to go to find volcanoes? See if you can find out.

What have we been learning? 

  • What is a volcano. 
  • How to make different shapes so we can make a volcano. 
  • To be careful when doing Science investigations. 
  • To share our learning with our friends. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Watch the video on the link above- what can you find out about volcanoes? 
  • Find some books about volcanoes at the library- where do you find volcanoes?
  • Answer the following question- Would you want to stand on a volcano? Why? 

 

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Our Family Poems

After Grandparents Day, we started talking about our families and who is in our family. It sparked lots of learning about our families and people we know.  We brought photos in from home of our families to share with everybody. It was also National Poetry Day in the same week so we combined the two and wrote our own poems. We had to tell the grown ups our ideas and they helped us to make them into a poem.

Look at our Anthology here….

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Didn’t we we do a marvellous job? Did you find your poem? You can find the actual book in our classroom in the Book Corner.

You can see some of the other learning we did in our Floor Book here…

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We talked about teddy bears and wanting to go to Build A Bear Workshop at Meadowhall. We’re hopefully going to go in the New Year so look out for the letter.

What have we been learning?

  • Who is in our family and how everyone is related. 
  • To talk about our family and to say what is important to us about them. 
  • To put our ideas into a poem. 
  • To recognise our names in the Anthology and names of people in our family. 
  • How people grow up and change. 
  • How objects change as they get old. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk about who is in your family and how everyone is related- the children often get this confused. 
  • Show the poem your child wrote to the people in your family and ask them what they think. 
  • Try and write your own poem about something different- favourite animals, places you go etc- and bring it to school to show us. 
  • Look at any objects you have from your childhood with your child. Talk about how it is special to you and how it might have changed 
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Names, names, names…

We have been doing lots of work to practise recognising and writing our names. It is important we can recognise our names because we need to find our name when we’ve had snack and also if we want to play outside.

It is important that we can write our name in Reception because it means we can make sure that our work and learning gets returned to us.

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We made an Hello Book with all the children in it to help us recognise our name and our friends’ names. We had to cut our name into letters and then stick them back in the correct order.

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While we were making our book Mateo looked and said, “Who has the longest name?” We decided to find out. This chart helped us to count the letters. Can you see who name is the longest? 

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We sorted our names into the number of letters to see which one there was the most of.

We’ve also started to write our names on the dinner registration board in a morning. Please help your child to do this without doing it for them. Your child may find it hard at first to copy their name card but practising everyday will help and it will get easier. They may find it easier to trace over where you have written their name to begin with. Concentrate on your child’s first name first before moving onto surnames.

Dinner registration is a great way of making sure that your child gets to practice their name every day. Look at what a fabulous job everybody did on the first day we had to do this!

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What have we been learning? 

  • To recognise our name. 
  • To copy and then write our name. 
  • To find out how many letters we have in our name. 
  • To say which sound our name starts with.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Help your child to recognise their name if they can’t already.
  • Help your children to write their name by first tracing, then copying then writing it from memory.
  • Count the number of letters in your child’s name and the names of other people in your family. Can they tell the difference between a letter and word?  
  • Listen for the initial (first) sound in words together. 

 

 

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You Can’t Catch Me…

We had a visitor in Onyx class the other week. The Gingerbread Man left us some clues in our classroom. We had to go on Gingerbread Man hunt around the whole school. He left us some clues to work out. Can you remember where the clues told us to go? 

I didn’t want to be a snack, I bet you’ll never get me back. Now got to the place where there’s lot of books. 

Mr Sieczkarek told me to stop running away or I wouldn’t be able to go out and play. I walked away before we could meet and went to the place where we eat. 

You’ve not caught me yet but you will soon I bet. I’ll tell you for free I’ve gone where their three. 

We found out where lots of new places were in our school. Some of us had never been there before. We also got to meet lots of people who work in our school. Can you remember all the places we went? Can you remember all the people we meet along the way? 

When we got back to the classroom we found some gingerbread men. Everyone enjoyed their special treat. It started us talking about the Gingerbread Man and what we knew about him.

We decided that’s what we want to learn about the week after. We retold the story, we acted out the story, we counted gingerbread men, we made some of our own in the creative workshop and then we baked some of our own as well. It was a busy week!

We had an interesting question to find out in Maths as well- Which part of the Gingerbread Man do you eat first? Although Miss Parker didn’t tell us this at first, she just told us that we were only allowed to take one bite. It was hard not to gobble him all up! When we took our bite we looked to see who had eaten which part first. Most of us had eaten the head first!

And we still never caught the Gingerbread Man. We only got to eat the little ones he left for us. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for him at home!

What have we been learning? 

  • To learn where the different spaces are in our school, insides and out. 
  • To learn some of the other people who are in our school and where our big brothers and sisters classrooms are. 
  • The story of the Gingerbread Man. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • See if your child can tell you about the photographs above- Who can you see? Where did we go? 
  • Try and make some Gingerbread Men at home. You can find a recipe here.
  • Find out which part of the Gingerbread Man people eat first at your house. Which is the most popular?
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Our Fabulous Floor Book

You might have seen our Floor Book in the classroom or have heard your children talking about it. There have also been a few photos on this blog of some of the pages from our Floor Book.

Here is a page from our floor book back from when we went to Cannon Hall…

We talk about what we want to learn on a Monday morning and then again on a Friday afternoon.

We start thinking what we want to learn in a  Friday session. We are able to talk about the learning from the week previously and then decide where we want to take it next. By Monday we’ve been able to think about it some more and really focus in on what we want to learn. Miss Parker helps us think of some questions that we can answer and use as the focus for our learning that week. Our floor book time can happen at any time though. If we start having an interesting conversation it will go in our floor book to record our thoughts and learning.

Sometimes someone will have said something during the week which gives us an idea. This is how we started thinking and learning about Camouflage when Lacey made a comment about her camouflaged maths book.

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Sometimes someone will have said something a few weeks ago and that leads our learning. This is how we knew we were going to be learning about Ramadan when we talked about when Eid was.

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Sometimes we think of a totally new idea about something that we find interesting. This is like when we learnt about Stickers.

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Sometimes we read a story and it give us another idea. This is like when we read the story of The Hueys and the New Jumper and it triggered the idea of costumes in Aissata’s mind.

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Sometimes someone brings something to school and this starts us thinking about something new. This happened when Miss Parker brought the Tadpoles to school.

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Sometimes there is a themed week in school and we have to think about the theme that our year group has been given. We try and make it as interesting as possible, like when we learnt about Chocolate for Fair-trade Week and Wall-E for Environment Week.

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Sometimes our learning is linked to current events, such as EURO 2016 when we did lots of learning about football and the different countries the teams came from.

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Who knows what we’ll learn abut next! It will be up to the children though…

We love it when our parents and carers look at our floor books with us and we can talk about what we have been learning. Its a really good way of finding out what your child has been learning and doing when they come home and they tell you ‘nothing’!

We love it even more when our parents and carers make comments about our floor book and link it to our learning at home.

PLEASE COME AND LOOK AT OUR FLOOR BOOK ANYTIME AND SEE WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING.

ITS BEEN A BUSY, BUSY YEAR! 

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‘Bake it Better’ Day 2016

The children recently had their own idea to raise some money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Some of us talked about times when we’d been to the Children’s Hospital and how they had helped us.

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We realised that Bake it Better Day was nearly here and we’d best start making plans for making and selling our goodies. First we had to decide what we wanted to bake, we’d baked a lot of buns and cakes already this year so decided on biscuits. Linked to our learning about France we decided on French Butter Biscuits. We also decided how much we wanted them to cost. Garnet class decided they wanted to help us and made some biscuits as well.

 

Everyone got busy making and baking the biscuits remembering to read the recipe carefully. We had to make sure we measured everything out carefully too.

 

Once we’d made and decorated our biscuits then we had to make sure we sold them all to raise the money. There was no pinching one because that wouldn’t have helped the Children’s Hospital.

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We made a poster to go in the staff room so the teachers knew what was happening.

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We also sent them an email so they couldn’t miss the information.

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We made some special boxes to help us carry the biscuits up to the staff room. We didn’t want to drop them!!! It was also a special job to collect the money and work out any change anybody needed. We even got to meet some teachers we’d never met before.

Everyone said they loved our biscuits. Some teachers even bought two! We managed to sell them all 🙂

A big thank you to everyone who bought our biscuits. Onyx and Garnet class managed to raise £30 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital which we will send them as soon as possible. Well done to the children for their kind work to help others 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To help others by thinking of ways to raise money which will help them. 
  • To write posters and emails to promote our event. 
  • To measure ingredients after reading the recipe. 
  • To work out real money and change. 
  • To talk to people we’ve not met before and get to know some different teachers at our school.

How can we continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about other people who might need our help and how we might be able to help them. 
  • To make some biscuits at home using the recipe for biscuits. We then decorated ours with chocolate. How will you do yours? 
  • Allow your child to help you with money and change at the shops. Give them £1 to buy something and wait for the change together.