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Onyx Class Dancers

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.

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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.

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Day 100!!!!!

We have been counting to Day 100 since we first started full time school way back in September. Can you remember our first days at school? Have a look at the blog post from when we started school. Click here to see it. We’ve all done a lot of growing since then and have got a lot cleverer!

We have been putting a straw in our pockets every day since then and marking it off on the hundred square. You can see when we first started on one of our first ever Mathematician of the Week blog post. Click here to see it.

Everyone was very excited that the day had finally come. We’d been planning our promised party for a couple of weeks now!

We did have to do some counting though. We found the easiest ways to count to 100 was to count to ten ten times. Can you see the different ways we have counted in this way?

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Some children even measured the KS2 corridor using their steps. They had to predict if they thought there would be 100 steps from the Studio all the way to Miss French’s Office at the other end.

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When we found out the steps gave us different measurements we learnt about a metre stick which turned out to have 100 centimetres on it. We’d found another 100! Children had to find objects which were longer or shorter than a metre and record them in their book.

Come back later and see some photographs of our books. 

We had great fun making photographs of ourselves look like we were 100 years old. What do you think you’ll be able to do when you’re 100? 

Come back later and see some of our pictures. 

We’d been busy during the week getting ready. Jayden thought we need decorations so got busy making some in the Workshop. We also made some special Day 100 Crowns which meant we had to do lots of counting.

 

When it got to Wednesday it was time for our party 🙂

Miss Bibby came through from Nursery with a surprise for us. The Nursery kids had been making pizza for their Pizza Day and sent some through for us to have at our party. You can see more about their Pizza Day here.  Thanks Nursery, we thought your pizza was yummy!

We’d thought about the other things we wanted for our party and decided that it couldn’t be a proper party without a chocolate cake and musical statues!

There was one last job to do… we needed to say well done to the rest of the school for their 100 days in school this year. We went to visit every classroom and took them a certificate. They were the same certificates that we got one of each to say well done to us!

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What fabulous Day 100! Now we’re interested to know if we will get Day 100.

Don’t forget your Day 100 Homework to bring a collection of 100 items from home. We’ll be putting them on the wall in the classroom for everyone to see. 

What have we been learning? 

  • To count to ten confidently and count out that many objects. 
  • To count in tens to 100 and know what this looks like. 
  • To complete challenges and answer questions. 
  • To measure in different ways and think about which is best. 
  • To think about ourselves as old people and talk about what we might be able to do. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Try some of the activities at home like counting pennies in towers or throwing the dice. 
  • Count out objects in your home, for example, how many stairs are there on the way to bed? 
  • Count the days until you do something important, like go on holiday, a special visit or until your child’s birthday.

 

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Last week we saw on the calendar it was Chinese New Year and decided that we wanted to find out more about it.

We saw on the picture and on the front of the Chinese New Year book in our classroom there was dragon. We went to look at the Y6 dragon on the staircase in school. It made us decide that we wanted to make our own. We watched a video of a dragon dance and thought we could do a dragon dance of our own. We talked about what we saw.

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There was another discussion about Chinese Food. Lots of the children said they’ve not tried it before so we decided that is what we should do.

We also thought what else we wanted to know about Chinses New Year and wrote some questions. Some of us wrote it by ourselves, some of us wrote shared sentences with teacher help.

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During the week we did lots of learning about Chinese New Year. We watched some videos to find out more. You can watch them here.  There is one about preparing for Chinese New Year, one about celebrating Chinese New Year and one with the Chinese New Year Story.

We enjoyed having our own races outside and seeing which animal came first, second and third when we ran.

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When our dragon was finished we did what we said we wanted to and took it to the Hall to do some dragon dancing. Some of us made the dragon dance and some of us played the instruments for the music.

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One of our favourite things we did during the week was we tried Chinese Food. Miss Parker said we had to cook it ourselves so we went to the oven and the microwave to cook it before we could eat it.

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You can see more about what we thought about our food in the floor book. You can also see we found out the answers to our questions.  We also loved trying the fortune cookies.

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You can see the questions we wrote and the answers we found out here…

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We have loved learning about Chinese New Year!

What have we been learning? 

  • about how different people celebrate. 
  • some of the ways that Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year. 
  • to think of questions about what we could find out. 
  • to find out the answers to our questions. 
  • to order numbers and use ordinal numbers such as first, second and third. 
  • to taste new foods and talk about how it tasted. 
  • to move to music and create our own.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Watch the videos again and see if you can find out anything new. 
  • Have some races in the park and see who the winner is. 
  • Think of some other things that you’d like to find out and look in books to find the answer. 
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Celebrating Chinese New Year

We had a fantastic time celebrating the Chinese New Year the other week. The actual celebration was in our half term holiday so we celebrated first week back at school.  Look at all the fun things we did…..

We learnt the story of the Chinese New Year when all the animals had a race.

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We had some races of our own to see who the winners were. We talked lots about who came first, second and third to practise these words.

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We also had races with the animals in the water tray. We used the iPads and computer to find out more about the celebrations.

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When we watched the video we saw a special dragon dance. We made our own life size dragon so we could have a turn. You might see it lurking in our classroom still.

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We made some much smaller dragons using beads and pipe cleaners to help strengthen our fingers.

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Once we’d strengthened our fingers we were ready to do some mark making. It was hard to try and copy the Chinese numbers. They’re very different to our English ones.

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Finally we also had a Chinese sensory rice tray in the classroom for us to explore. The children used this in lots of different ways from filling the red envelopes to using it as a Chinese takeaway!

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We had a very busy week and learnt lots about Chinese New Year.

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We Love Write Dance!

Every week we have a Write Dance session in school. The children love it 🙂

Miss Deighton runs the Write Dance sessions with our class and Garnet class in the Infant Hall. We do Write Dance to make our writing better and improve our number and letter formation.

First Miss Deighton looks in her special book and sees which letter or number we are learning today.

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Then we go up to the Hall and get ready. We have to listen carefully to the story and to find out how to move correctly to do the dance. Then we have our turn to do the dance carefully watching what Miss Deighton does. Sometimes we have to move in funny ways!

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Once we’ve done the dance we think about how the movements we’ve done link to the number or the letter for the day. We go to our BIG pieces of paper and make the same movements using the crayons.Sometimes we use two crayons on the paper at the same time! After that we look for a practise the number or letter that we have been learning.

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So, next Friday when we get home from school ask us what we’ve been learning in Write Dance. Which letter or number was it? What happened in the Write Dance story? There are some strange character names so please ask if it sounds a bit bizarre!

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