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Cake Cake Cake!

What a week we had last week! The children had been talking a lot about cake. It has been a few children’s birthdays in Onyx class and some of them had brought cake to celebrate. Then it was a different child’s birthday and they didn’t bring a cake so we discussed how cake wasn’t just for birthdays and you didn’t ALWAYS get cake on someone’s birthday. We had also been talking about cake when we’d done learning about The Highway Rat the week before.

The children decided they wanted to make cake which the teachers agreed was a great idea. However, if we wanted to make cake there were a few things we needed to do first.

The very first thing we needed to do was write a list of ingredients that we would need. For this we had to find a recipe and find out what we needed. Once we had a list we asked some children to go to the shop and buy the ingredients. Before they went we talked about money and made sure they would be able to pay for the ingredients.

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Once we’d got out ingredients we used our recipe to make the cake mixture. We used a special recipe which we can do ourselves where we had to balance all the ingredients with an egg. We decided we wanted to add different colours and different flavours as well.

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Then we had to ask the grown ups to help us put the mixture in the oven so it could bake. We knew that we would have to wait for it to cool down and then we decorated our cake as well. Once our cake was ready we had another job to do. We only had one cake and 29 children so we had to share the cake. Miss Parker helped us by cutting the cake in half and then we kept cutting it in half until we had 8 pieces of cake. Look how yummy our cake looks…..

IMG_9871That still wasn’t enough pieces so Miss Parker made sure there were enough pieces cut from each of the 8 letting everyone have a piece.

We were excited to taste our cake. Jacob said, “Thats the besest cake I’ve ever seen!

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Everyone tried the cake and most of use agreed it tasted lovely. Some of the layers tasted of peppermint and some tasted of orange!!! We were all talking about which was our favourite bit of the cake and which bits we didn’t like as much. We decided to find out which was our favourite part. We had to remember all the different parts of the cake and then we came to put a tally next to our favourite. There was a clear winner!

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We didn’t just make a cake for ourselves. We knew the birds were outside and in the cold weather they needed to find lots of food to help keep them warm. We decided to make cake for the birds as well. It was very different to ours and we decided that we wouldn’t swap! We’ve hung it up in our outdoor area and are hoping the birds come to eat some soon.

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We had such a fabulous week making cake and loved being involved in every part of the cake making from writing lists, counting money, going to the shop,  measuring, baking, sharing and finally to eating the cake.

How to continue the learning at home? 

  • Follow simple recipes at home to make cakes and other treats. 
  • Allow your child to pay in the shop and talk about the different coins. 
  • Share other food types at home, such as biscuits or cake between family members.

Your child will be learning maths and so much more without even knowing! 

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Red Nose Day 2017

This Friday it was Red Nose Day. Everyone was very excited to come to school dressed in red and to bring their red noses to school. Miss Parker bought a nose earlier on in the week but waited until Friday to open it. We were all excited to find out which one it was. Can you see which noses these children have? Can you remember which one Miss Parker had? 

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We enjoyed different activities on the day including going on the Comic Relief game. You can play at home on Comic Adventure. We also sorted all the coins which had been sent in as donations and what charity meant. Once we knew how much money we had we wanted to know where it would be going.

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated. As you can see on the day alone- not including all the money which was sent to school for red noses- Onyx class raised £12.20! Well done everyone!

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World Book Day 2017

We had a fabulous time celebrating World Book Day this year. Everyone came to school dressed as their favourite book characters, including all the teachers! Can you remember what everyone came dressed as?  The winning costume in our class was this one- well done!!!

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We’d been doing maths this week linked to data handling and creating graphs so we decided to find out our favourite book. Everyone had a cube and voted for their favourite using their cube. We then made the cubes into towers to see which was the tallest. After that we turned the information we had collected into lots of different graphs which showed the same information in different ways. Can you see which our favourite was? 

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We had to turn our classroom door into our favourite book. We did it a little bit differently though. Although Oi Dog! was our favourite we made our door into Oi Frog! We decided that you couldn’t read Oi Dog! if you’ve not read Oi Frog! because, as Jayden pointed out, “the beginning of Oi Dog! is the end of Oi Frog!” We wanted to make sure everyone in school knew about the first book. Everyone worked really hard as a team to make the decorations for our door. Some children even had to write why they thought the book was hilarious, just like the sticker on the actual book cover.

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Once we’d done our door we went for a walk round school to look at everyone else’s. Didn’t they do an amazing job? Can you see which ones School Council made the winner? Which one is your favourite? 

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We also all visited the School Library to get a book to take home. There were so many books to take home it was sometimes difficult to decide which one we wanted. Everyone chose the one they wanted and had it stamped before taking it home. We’re going to visit the School Library every Thursday if we’ve brought our book back.

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What another great World Book Day!

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Read books together everyday. It is proven that reading everyday, just for ten minutes, makes children much better readers. 
  • Use your £1 World Book Day token to get either a free book or to get money off any book of your choice. 
  • Make sure your child returns their school library book so they can take another one each week and visit the Manor Top Library together regularly. 

 

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Pancake Day 2017

We all love pancakes and loved that we got to make some of our own. We had to follow the instructions and mix the batter ourselves. We had to be very careful and remember what we had learnt in Safety Week about staying safe in the kitchen.

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Some children remembered what they had learnt when we made pancakes and used it to write their own lists of ingredients later in the week. Leighanna sounded out to write her list.

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Mateo drew pictures to write his list and then Jakoby labelled them to finish it when they were making pancakes in the Mud Kitchen.

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We used the toppings that we liked to do some maths. We used the cubes to make towers and see which was the most popular before using Purple Mash to create a pictogram. It which easy to see which two toppings were the favourite and we were able to say which one was more and which was the most popular.

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We read Mr Wolf’s Pancakes to find out what happened when he tried to make pancakes. Can you remember what happened in the story?

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You can see more about our learning if you look in our Floor Book.

 

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Healthy Living Week

The week before half term was Healthy Living Week for the whole school. When we were talking about being healthy we decided that we needed to know more about which foods are healthy and which aren’t.

We found a funny book at fruit called Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges . After that we knew we wanted to try some different fruits. Can you think which one was our favourite? Which one is your favourite? 

Some of the fruit was a little bit sour! It made us pull some funny faces!

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We had to sound out to think how to spell all the different fruit names. Can you read them back? 

We talked about different foods and if they were healthy or not. We also talked about why they were not healthy, for example they have too much sugar or fat.

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Our parents were invited to a special workshop with us. If was wonderful to see so many parents and carers attend- thank you for coming! We had to work with them to teach them what we knew about healthy foods.

Everyone got a special Booktime book pack with their very own copy of Kitchen Disco to keep forever 🙂 We hope you’ve been reading it already.

We had some special visitors come to school to talk to us about staying healthy as well. The School Nurses came to talk to us about healthy eating and looking after our teeth.

What a busy week!

What have we been learning?

  • Which foods are healthy and which are not.
  • To try new foods and think about how to describe the taste.
  • To brush our teeth to keep them healthy.

How can you continue the learning at home?

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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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Beautiful Butterflies

We’ve had some visitors in our classroom for the last few weeks. It has been wonderful watching our tiny caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies right before our eyes.

Look how tiny the caterpillars were when they first arrived.

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This is what we had to say when our caterpillars first arrived.

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They ate and ate and ate and grew and grew and grew! Quickly the doubled and trebled in size. Can you see all five caterpillars in there? 

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Soon they were ready to spin their cocoons and start becoming butterflies. We knew they were ready because they hung upside down.

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While our caterpillars were growing and getting ready to become butterflies we decided we wanted to learn about caterpillars and butterflies. We talked about how they’d got bigger and what would happen to them next. We also thought about if we knew any stories about caterpillars. Everybody remembered seeing The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle before.

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We decided we’d like to try all the fruit just like the Hungry Caterpillar had done. Miss Parker set us a challenge though…. we had to think of as many words as we could to describe the taste of the fruit instead of always saying nice or yummy. Miss Parker wanted to know why it was nice and yummy. We also found out our favourite class fruit. Can you remember which fruit was the most popular? 

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We tried to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in words and in writing. The children decided they’d like to tell their families the story at our next storytelling workshop. Look out for the date coming soon. We are starting to write more and more and Miss Parker tried to trick us by making mistakes when she was writing. We were just too clever though and managed to fix them all.

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We had such a busy time learning about caterpillars and butterflies. Look what our families had to say when they looked in our floor book.

We’d loved having our caterpillars then butterflies in the classroom and really enjoyed watching them as they moved and began to fly more and more.

Finally it was time to say goodbye to our butterflies and let them go and fly out in the real world. Although they loved our classroom it was time to let them see the rest of the world. I wonder where they are now? Keep looking to see if they come and visit you in your garden.

What have we been learning?

  • About the life cycle of Caterpillars and Butterflies. 
  • To retell a known story using story language. 
  • To think of as many words to describe taste as possible. 
  • To try new foods we might not have had before.
  • To look for patterns in stories and the environment around us. 
  • To look after animals who need us to be careful and considerate. 
  • To write our ideas in sentences. 

 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for butterflies in your garden. What do they look like? Can you find out which species of butterfly they are? 
  • Can you explain the life cycle to a grown up? For an extra challenge can you draw or write about the Butterfly Life Cycle. 
  • Can you remember the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and tell it to a grown up? Remember to use the special story language we used in school. 

 

  • We will be holding our storytelling event in the last week of the half term. Look out for more information coming soon.