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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. 

 

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Making Our Own Paper

Do you remember when we told you about the paper we’d made? We made it during Environment Week after reading a Charlie and Lola book called Look After Your Planet. Some of the children decided they wanted to try and make paper themselves by recycling old paper. You can read more about Environment Week by clicking here.

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Miss Deighton made a Learning Story all about the paper that we made and you can read it below.

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We had such a good time finding out how to make our own paper and it generated lots of language and conversation.

What have we been learning? 

  • To follow instructions. 
  • To talk about what we see and feel happening. 
  • To observe the changes to materials. 
  • To recycle paper. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Look for the materials you can recycle in your home and sort them into the correct recycling bins. 
  • Find lots of different papers and talk about the different types. Which types of paper are good for what? For example, would you use writing paper instead of toilet paper? Why not? 
  • Have a look at these instructions and try to make your own paper at home. As you’ll see in the Learning Story, we didn’t have a window screen to squeeze the water out, we used a piece of thin fabric instead.  
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytelling

During the last week of half term we had our Storytelling event for parents and carers. We’d been practising the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as part of our learning about caterpillars and butterflies so decided this is the story we wanted to tell our grown ups. (Click here to find out more about our caterpillar and butterfly learning)

We went to the Hall first with Diamond class (Nursery) and Garnet class (FS2) and used the Story Map and Makaton actions to help us tell the story. Our grown ups who came were very proud of us and gave us a big clap at the end.

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Then we headed back to the classroom. Our focus this year has been on Maths so we took the opportunity to do some Maths with our parents and carers based on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We practised knowing and ordering the days of the week. We could then use this to help us retell the story. Some of us didn’t have grown ups there to help us so we had to be independent and complete it on our own. Some of us even took it a step further and used the pictures to help us write the story ourselves on the back.

This is sheet we had to complete and then take home so we could keep on practising the story.

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We also got to take home the story map and the words so we could keep practising. We asked our grown ups what they thought so we can make it even better next time.

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It was lovely to see lots of parents and carers there again. Thank you for coming, the teachers and children really appreciate your support 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To confidently tell a story to an audience of adults. 
  • To say the days of the week. 
  • To use the days of the week to help us order the story. 
  • To be independent and cut out and organise an activity ourselves. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Retell the story together using your story map and story words. 
  • Practise using a big voice and tell some different family members the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You could even use Skype or FaceTime to tell people you don’t see all the time. We’d love to hear who you’ve been telling the story to, don’t forget to tell us on a Wow moment. 
  • Can you change the story to the story of The Very Hungry Tadpole? What might he eat each day? 

 

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Mr Wolf’s Pancakes Storytelling & Chatterbox Challenge

Last week we had our joint Storytelling and Chatterbox Challenge session for our Parents and Carers.

Our families were invited to hear us tell the story of Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley and the rhymes we’d been learning for the Chatterbox Challenge. We’ve been taking part in the Chatterbox Challenge to raise money for the ICAN charity which works with children who have Speech and Language difficulties.

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We worked with Nursery and Garnet class to tell the story to our families who had come.  We then sang the Chatterbox Challenge rhymes we’d been practising at home and at school.

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This is the storymap we used to help us remember the words. We had Makaton actions for each of the pictures as well. It is also very similar to the storymap we made when we got back to the classroom with our grown ups.

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Lots of grown ups came to help us make out story maps. We had to cut out pictures and put them back in the right order to tell the story. Then we could take our story maps home to continue telling the story to everyone there.

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It was lovely to see so many of you there. Thank you for coming and supporting the children. We hope you enjoyed the Storytelling workshop.  If you still have sponsorship money to hand in after the Chatterbox Challenge then please return it to school as soon as possible. ICAN organise the Chatterbox Challenge every year to highlight the challenges children with speech and language difficulties face.  Good communication skills are vital to a happy, successful childhood so we place a lot of importance on these skills in school, especially while your child is in Nursery and Reception.  If you want to find out more about why we’re raising money please look on the links below. Please ask if you have any questions.

I CAN       Chatterbox Challenge

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Our Christmas Performance 2015

Everyone did an amazing job last week performing our Christmas Show for 2015. Everyone worked really, really hard to get ready for the show and to remember their lines, acting scenes and all the songs. We practised every day for a week to make sure it was ready in time then the big day arrived.

Everyone was a little nervous waiting in Garnet class in our special costumes but then it was time to go to the Hall.

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Then it was time for the show to start. Lots of our families came, so many that we didn’t have enough chairs! When we did the second show on Wednesday lots of people came to see it again!

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We did a fantastic job! All our teachers were so proud of us for remembering everything and at the right time. So were our families, look at some of the lovely comments they wrote…

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You can see how proud our families were of us.

A big well done to everyone!!! 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To develop our confidence and speaking/ singing voices in front of an audience. 
  • To know the Christmas story and why Christians celebrate Christmas. 
  • To increase the range of songs that we know and are able to sing. 
  • To work together to produce a shared end result. 
  • To use the Makaton signs that we’ve learnt alongside the songs.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Encourage your child to continue singing the songs and other songs that they know. 
  • To talk about the Christmas story and see if your child can remember it. Can they remember any of the other stories we’ve learnt about celebrations in different cultures? (Rama and Sita- Divali)
  • Allow your child to speak to different people, such as tram conductors or people in shops, to continue to develop their confidence when speaking to unfamiliar people. 
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Storytelling Workshop- Three Little Pigs (and the Chatterbox Challenge!)

Our storytelling text this half term has been The Three Little Pigs. There are lots of versions of this story you can read and I’m sure it’s a story that you know well yourself. The children combined their Storytelling with the Chatterbox Challenge which we took part in to raise money for ICAN.

First the children told the story to our families using the Makaton actions and story map for reminders and prompts. We then  sang the Chatterbox Challenge rhymes we’d been practising at home and at school. Our rhymes were Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (sung with special words about planting a seed), Five Little Ducks and Sleeping Bunnies. We hope you’ve kept practising them at home.

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When we’d finished our performance of the story and rhymes we went back to classrooms to do the special craft. This half term we were making cone puppets so we can continue to tell the story at home. Our families could come to help us.

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We had to colour the puppets carefully and use the scissors to cut them out. It was lovely to see children and their families working together. Look how pleased we are with the results!

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We hope you enjoyed the Storytelling workshop and thank you for coming. If you still have sponsorship money to hand in after the Chatterbox Challenge then please return it to school as soon as possible. ICAN organise the Chatterbox Challenge every year to highlight the challenges children with speech and language difficulties face.  Good communication skills are vital to a happy, successful childhood so we place a lot of importance on these skills in school, especially while your child is in Nursery and Reception.  If you want to find out more about why we’re raising money please look on the links below. Please ask if you have any questions.

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