We had a wonderful time continuing to get ready for Christmas. All sorts of exciting things happened at school. We had a visit from Santa. He popped in one afternoon to drop off some early presents.
We also got a message from him a few days later. It was great to find out that he’d got back to the North Pole ok after his visit to school. You can watch the message by following this link SANTA’S MESSAGE
We were super busy in the run up to Christmas making decorations for our families. We made Salt Dough and had to bake it in the oven to make it go hard. See below for the recipe and you can have a go at home.
We had a fun party which everyone loved. Can you see the hats that we made ourselves? Can you tell your grown up how you made your hat?
On the last day of school it was Christmas Jumper Day. We got to dress up and also raise money for charity at the same time. We’re yet to find out the total but look out and we’ll let you know.
We hope everyone had a great Christmas break and a very happy new year. All the best for 2017!
Salt Dough Recipe
- In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
- Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
- Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
- Make your creations using the salt dough.
- Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C
This recipe was taken from this website where you can see in more detail how to make the salt dough.
If you do have a go at home don’t forget to bring it to show us and to write all about it on a WOW moment!
We’ve had an elf visiting us during the month of December. He’s come to visit from the North Pole to help Santa out before Christmas. We’ve been busy showing him what superstars we are in Onyx Class.
On Friday, Mr Elf brought us a special treat. He must have heard us talking about mince pies earlier in the week after we saw a picture of some. We knew that they were a special Christmas food but not many of us had tried them. We predicted what they would taste like. Jayden said he thought they’d taste like chocolate, Mateo said they would taste like sugar because looking at the picture on the box he could see sugar on the plate and Adam predicted they’d have raisins because the picture had raisins.
There was a problem though…
We saw there were 6 mince pies in one box. Mateo worked out that meant there would be 12 in two boxes. We opened the second box and checked to find out he was right. That left us with 12 mince pies and 28 children! What were we going to do? Someone had the idea of cutting them in two but when we counted them in twos (with Miss Parker’s help) we released that was still only 24 and not enough pieces. We decided to share each mince pie into three! With some help, we counted the mince pie pieces in three and found out that we’d have enough with some spares left over.
Everyone got some mince pie to try. We were really pleased that everyone tried the mince pie even though some of us weren’t too sure what it would be like. Some of us really liked it and some of us really didn’t! Jayden found out it didn’t taste like chocolate at all and Mateo and Adam found out they were in part right. Can you remember what your piece tasted like? Parents/ Carers- you can look in our Floor Book to see what else we had to say about them.
Gracie-Mai did an amazing job of being our photographer and took lots of photos on the iPad while we tried them.
While we were trying our mince pies Mrs Hoyland came to say hello. We decided to see if she liked mince pies as well. Some children took her a piece to find out then took a picture to show us her answer. Do you think she liked it?
We’re really glad Mr Elf brought us some mince pies. I wonder if they’ll be any more surprises next week before he heads back to the North Pole to get ready for the big day!
What have we been learning?
- to share objects so it is fair.
- that sometimes you get some objects left over.
- to count objects.
- to count in two and threes with support.
- to try new foods that we might not be sure about.
- to predict what something might taste like from looking at it.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- count out other objects during meal times, e.g. How many chicken nuggets do you have?
- share out objects at home to make it fair, e.g. Does everyone have a sweet? If there are 6 sweets and 3 people, how many do you get each?
- try new foods. If you try and special Christmas foods let us know on a Wow moment.
Yum! Last week was our Christmas Dinner at school. Nearly everyone had a school dinner this day which was great to see. Don’t forget school dinners are free for all the children in FS2 (and in Y1 and Y2 in fact)! It was so much fun Miss French came to see what was happening. We loved our school Christmas Dinner! 🙂
Last week we did our Christmas Performance in school for our families. After a couple of weeks of practising it was exciting to get to show off all our hard work. Everyone did a fabulous job of remembering their lines, knowing where to stand and move to and, of course, singing all the wonderful songs with actions.
We had a show with lots of counting and numbers in it this year which was another great opportunity to practise our maths. We worked hard with Garnet class and with Diamond (Nursery) class. We enjoyed working with our friends and some of us even got to perform with our younger brothers and sisters.
Well done everyone! You were amazing! We collected some comments from your families and they said the same thing too. We’re glad they enjoyed it so much 🙂
(Thanks to everyone who commented-we’re sorry we haven’t got room for them all here but they have gone into Learning Journeys)
We all had a wonderful time at the Christmas Workshop on Friday. It was wonderful to see so many parents and carers attend again. Thank you to all those who came. The children love having you in school 🙂 We hope you had a good time.
Be sure to make a note of all these important dates so you don’t miss out on any of the fun this Christmas.
Friday 2nd December 8.40 Stay and Play Workshop. You are welcome to stay and make Christmas crafts with your child.
Tuesday 6th December 9.30am- FS Christmas Performance (Reception and Nursery)
Wednesday 7th December- School Christmas Dinner.
Thursday 8th December 2.15pm- FS Christmas Performance (Reception and Nursery)
Tuesday 13th December pm- Class Party. We will put a list of party food up in the classroom nearer the time. Please sign up to bring something.
Thursday 15th December am- Punctuality Movie Morning. If your child has been on time everyday they will go to the movie morning in school.
Thursday 15th December 4pm- 100% Attendance Disco. You will get a special invite if your child has 100% attendance for Autumn term.
Friday 16th December- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL.
TUESDAY 3rd January- First day back at school.
We had a wonderful time at our Graduation back in July. We showed this video to show everything we’d done during our year in Onyx Class.
Please click on this link to see the video https://youtu.be/LzQ8OvwYuYo
We hope you enjoy it and it brings back happy memories.