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Our Christmas Performance 2016

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.

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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)

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Grandparent’s Day Afternoon Tea

Lots of us had a wonderful time on Monday 3rd October at the Grandparents’ Afternoon Tea. It was lovely to be able to spend some time with our grandparents and welcome them to school.

We’d been busy the week before baking lots of cakes to give to our grandparents. We found a special recipe where you have to balance all the ingredients with an egg. It was great as we could bake ourselves with the grown ups just checking we were doing it right.

Once the cakes were baked then we had to decorate them.

At the Afternoon Tea,  we played some games together and then it was time for tea and cake, although you could have coffee and biscuits if you preferred. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Thank you everyone who came. We hope to see you in school again soon 🙂 

 

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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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Fabulous Frogs!

We’ve been very lucky this year in Onyx class as we had some frogspawn arrive in our classroom way back in April.

It was very exciting after Miss Parker spotted some frogspawn in her pond and asked if we’d like to have some in school. Everyone said yes of course! Everyone already had a good idea about what would happen to it.

We watched our frogspawn as the tadpole began to hatch and thought what we might like to learn more about.

As we continued to watch the tadpoles grow we got an email from Miss Hulme and Diamond class in Nursery. They wanted to know if we could teach them more about our frogspawn and tadpoles. We decided that we would make them a book but as we find out lots of information on the computer that we’d make an ebook on the iPad for them. We had to find out some more information first so we knew we were teaching them the right things.

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You can read our book for Nursery here. If you look at the book on the iPad it even has videos of our tadpoles in it. Please ask to see it in school.

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Everyone was very excited about the tadpoles and waited to see if they were frogs yet. Some of our parents and carers even stopped off each morning to see what was happening.

Finally after waiting a really long time our tadpole started to get legs at the front then the back. Eventually they turned into frogs! Can you see they still have a little bit of their tails left? 

We shared our learning with our parents and carers in our floor book and some parents commented on how they’d been continuing the learning at home. We love to hear when this has been happening.

Unfortunately we couldn’t keep the frogs at school forever. Miss Parker had to take them back to the pond where they came from so they could continue to grow. Maybe next year they’ll be the ones to lay the frogspawn and we’ll have some more at school.

 

What have we been learning? 

  • To watch animals and see how they move and change over time. 
  • To learn information from different sources and transfer this to telling others.
  • To care for living creatures and make sure they are fed and the water is clean.
  • To talk about our observations of living creatures.
  • To describe the life cycle of a tadpole/ frog.
  • To be patient!!!

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • It will be too late for this year now but next Spring do the same as Corey’s mum and look for Frogspawn in the local ponds. 
  • Talk about life cycles- How is the frog lifecycle the same as the butterfly? How is is different? 
  • Can you find any books at the Library (school or Manor Top) which have information in about life cycles? What else can you find out about? 

 

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A Huge Thank You!!!

Do you remember our Chatterbox Challenge back in February? Look on the blog post to remind yourself if you’ve forgotten by clicking here.

We managed to raise an amazing £106.50!!!! Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored our children and those who collected all the money in. We’re really proud of you all.

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Remember all the money raised goes to help children with communication difficulties. You can find out more about the Chatterbox Challenge and the I Can charity by clicking on the links.

Thank you again! 

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Our Fabulous Chocolatey Fairtrade Week

It was Global Citizenship Week in school before the Easter holidays. We were given the theme of Fair-trade and after talking about it we decided we’d like to learn more about Fair-trade CHOCOLATE!

We received a special delivery from George along with a copy of his book.

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It prompted us to think about which of our foods were Fair-trade and where the food we eat comes from. We were particularly interested in where Grace’s favourite Kinder Eggs came from. At first everyone said Lidl and Adsa but we learnt they came from much further away than that. You can see what everyone said on our Floor Book pages…

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We had a chocolate tasting session where everyone tasted the chocolate, even the ones they weren’t so sure about, and thought about how it tasted. We had to try and think of as many different words to describe the taste as we could. We weren’t allowed to just say “nice”.

Then we had to decide which as our favourite and vote for it on the chart. We turned the chart into a bar chart. Can you see which was our favourite? Which chocolate was nobody’s favourite? 

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We did some more maths thinking about the Kinder Eggs that we’d been thinking about. We had to think about which part of the Kinder Egg was our favourite and recorded our findings in a different way using a Venn diagram. Can you see which part of the Kinder Egg we liked best? 

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Finally we used the chocolate we had to make some Chocolate Easter Nests but we weren’t allowed to eat them! We used them to sell to the teachers in school to raise money for Sport Relief on the Friday of the week. Along with Diamond class (Nursery) and Garnet class (FS2) we raised just over £80 to go in the school’s Sport Relief donation. Well done everyone!

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What have we been learning? 

  • where our food comes from in the world. 
  • which food is Fair-trade and what this means. 
  • where our favourite chocolate comes from and how it gets to us in Sheffield. 
  • what different chocolate tastes like and how we can use different and interesting words to talk about it. 
  • how to find out which the class favourites are. 
  • how we can work together to raise money to help other people. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • look at different foods at home and in the supermarket to see where it comes from. 
  • talk about the taste of foods using as many different words as possible. Examples are:  sweet, sour, salty, spicy, chewy, soft, crunchy, fizzy, fruity, gooey, mushy, icy, cold, hot. 
  • ask people in your family what their favourite foods are and think of ways to record what you find out. 

 

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Saying Thank You to our Mums

We welcomed our Mums to a special Mother’s Day Performance on the Monday after Mother’s Day. It was lovely to see so many mums, nannans, aunties and big sisters there. We had to say no male relatives because they get to come to when it is Father’s Day.

We invited all our female relatives to school to listen to the special songs we’d been learning to sing to them. There was a Mother’s Day song and then our favourite one Skidamarink. Here are the words- can you try to and sing them at home?

Skidamarink- a -rink- a rink, 

Skidamarink- a- doo, I love you!

Skidamarink-a-rink-a-rink,

Skidamarink- a- doo, I love you!

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, 

I love you in the evening, and underneath the moon, 

Oh, Skidamarink- a -rink- a rink, 

Skidamarink- a- doo, I love you!

I love you, too, boo boo bi-do!

When we’d finished singing our songs we gave our cards and gifts to our mums. We’d made cards with blossom trees on using broccoli and our fingers. Can you tell your grown up how you made your card?  We worked really hard to write a message for our mums in our cards. There were some lovely messages and the children sounded out and used their tricky word knowledge to write them down. We also had to make sure we were using our neatest handwriting.  We also worked hard to make bracelets for our mums from salt dough beads. We had to make the salt dough in the colours we thought our mums would like the best. Then it went in the oven for a long time to bake and dry out. When they were ready we chose the beads we thought our mums would like best for their bracelet.

Our mums had big smiles on their faces when they got their presents so we hope they liked them. Thanks everyone for coming 🙂

What we have been learning? 

  • To increase the repertoire of songs that we know. 
  • To sing in front of an audience. 
  • To use different painting techniques to make a card. 
  • To follow the instructions to make salt dough. 
  • To use our fine motor skills to make the beads and thread them on the bracelet. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Sing different songs that you know and try to learn some new ones. 
  • Make a card for someone else and try to write the message yourself. 
  • Can you make some Salt Dough at home and use it make some different shapes? The recipe we used to make our beads is here.

 

 

 

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Making Love Monster Happy

When it was Valentine’s Day we read some stories about the Love Monster. The children loved the story and it led to some amazing child- initiated learning as the children decided to try and cheer him up. Miss Deighton collected all the pictures we took and the things we said to make a whole class Learning Story. You can read it below…..

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Everyone was happy and the Love Monster seemed to be cheered up to 🙂

You can also see our Learning Story and pictures displayed in our new Library. FS1 Diamond class (Nursery) helped us by making some Love Monsters.

What have we been learning? 

  • To be kind friends. 
  • To organise and hold a party for the Love Monster. 
  • To follow a recipe ourselves and bake cakes. 
  • To solve problems such as ‘Are there enough buns for everyone?

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Make cakes and buns together following recipes. 
  • Think how to be a kind friend for other people you know out of school. Could you draw them a picture or write them a letter? 
  • Allow your child to help you solve problems at home such as ‘Are there enough plates for everyone?’ at dinnertime. 
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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.