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Forest Schools 1

Onyx Class had a wonderful time at our first Forest Schools session. We’ve been up to the Secret Garden a couple of times recently ( see this post and this post) and couldn’t wait to get back.

When we first got there we played game called 1-2-3 Where Are You? It was hard to listen to where our friends were hiding and then go and find them.  Then we all closed our eyes and listened. It was a very windy day so it was interesting to hear what we would listen to that was different to when we’d been before.

We did an activity where we looked closely at the trees. We sat under the trees and watched what was happening above our heads in the wind.

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After that we all found a tree that we would like to get to know better and used our senses to find out more. We felt the tree and listened to it, then we smelt it to see if it smelt of anything.

We all our found our favourite tree and did a bark rubbing to explore the texture of the bark further. We had to work well together as a partnership to make sure the paper didn’t fly away in the wind!

Before we went back to the classroom everyone was allowed to go on one more explore of the Secret Garden to find a special object each. We decided to take them back to the outdoor environment to do one last special job.

Miss Hukin helped use when we got back to our outdoor environment to make our special objects into a mobile. Have you seen it hanging in the Mud Kitchen?

What we have been learning:

  • To use our senses to explore the world around us.
  • About our local environment and how to look after nature.
  • About how to keep ourselves safe.
  • To find out more about trees. 
  • To talk about a windy day. 

How can you continue the learning? 

  • Visit your local green areas and talk about what you can hear, see, smell and touch.
  • Collect come objects of your own and make a mobile for your garden at home. 
  • Look at different trees on your way to school and in your garden. What is special about them? 
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Environment and Global Citizenship Weeks

Before the Spring Bank break it was Environment Week in school closely followed by Global Citizenship Week. We decided to base our learning for Environment Week around the film Wall-E. Look at our Floor Book to see what we learnt about.

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The week after was Global Citizenship Week. We based our learning around the TASC wheel and tried to answer the question:

Where is the best place to live in the world? 

It was hard to decide because there are so many exciting places we could have chosen. We had to know enough about the place chose to explain why we’d live there and also why it was better than anywhere else. First we asked our parents/ carers if we had any family who lived in another place or if we’d ever been to any other places. This helped make our discussions more relevant to us.

Look at our Floor Book to see what else we decided……

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What we have been learning? 

  • About our place in the world. 
  • About how we can help the world stay a nice place to live.
  • About different countries around the world. 
  • How we have links around the world even if we’ve never been before. 
  • What we know about different countries around the world. 
  • How we can use what we know to help us answer a question. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk to your child about any links they have around the world. 
  • Let your child help you recycle into the different bins you have at home. 
  • Talk to your child about keeping their bedroom tidy to help keep your home environment nice.
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A Big Bug Hunt

We’ve been doing lots of learning about bugs recently linked to getting caterpillars in our classroom and our thinking about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Miss Parker told us we were going to go to the Secret Garden to see if we could find some more bugs. Most of us had never been to the Secret Garden before and weren’t sure where it was. Jonathan thought we’d have to leave school and was very excited to find out it was in our school grounds.

First we listened to what we could hear in the Secret Garden. We closed our eyes and listened and then played a game where we had to listen really carefully. There were lots of birds singing. We looked hard to see where they were hiding but lots of them were hiding.

After that it was time to go looking for bugs. We had to be very quiet so we didn’t scare them away. We took special containers with us and magnifying glasses so we could collect the bugs that we found.

We found lots of bugs and even managed to find some really tiny ones. We talked about what we’d seen and compared our experiences. Miss Parker and Miss Deakin were really pleased by how we used our observation skills to not only find the bugs but then to notice details about them.

We can’t wait to go in the Secret Garden again and have asked Miss Parker if we can go again really soon!

What have we been learning?

  • About the creatures which live in our Secret Garden.
  • To treat creatures with care and respect.
  • To talk about the things we find.
  • To listen carefully listen to the sounds we can hear.
  • To look for objects which interest us and talk to our friends about them.

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Visit the park and look for creatures there.
  • Play i- spy to make people look carefully for different objects.
  • Close your eyes and listen for all the sounds you can hear. What can you hear?
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Our Day at Cannon Hall Farm

We all had a wonderful time on our school trip to Cannon Hall Farm. We looked at the photos when we got back to school and Miss Parker turned it into a book all about our day. We remembered so much about what we’d done and where we’d been. We really did learn lots not only about the farm animals but also about an environment which is very different to Manor Top and near school.

We had such a good day its hard to say what our favourite part of the day was. You’ll have to ask us next time you see us.

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If you would like to find out more information about Cannon Hall Farm you can find out more on their website.

A HUGE thank you to all the grown ups who came with us to help. We couldn’t have gone without you. And a huge thank you to Alison and everyone at Cannon Hall for a wonderful day. The children had a wonderful time 🙂 

 

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Our Trip to Build a Bear Workshop

We had a wonderful visit to Build A Bear Workshop on January 31st. We did lots of talking about our visit and reflected on what we had seen and learnt when we got back. This has been turned into a Learning Story which you can see both in the classroom and below. We’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

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After the February half term Charlie will start to come and visit the children at home. Please make sure you look after Charlie and bring him back to school. We’d love for you to complete the special diary so we can share your child’s experiences with the whole class. We encourage the children to write in the diary themselves rather than have you do it for them. Look out for Charlie coming to a house near you soon!

A huge thank you to the Parents/Carers who came with us on our visit. Without you we wouldn’t be able to take the children on these important visits.

How you can continue the learning at home? 

  • Go on visits to other places in Sheffield.  Talk about how they are the same as Manor Top and Meadowhall and how they are different.  
  • Go on visits on public transport, such as the bus or tram, and allow your child to help paying for tickets. It will help them understand money and how the different coins work. 
  • Allow your child to take small risks (with your close supervision) such as going on escalators. It will help them develop their self confidence and ability to manage their own safety. 

You can send us pictures of your visits or complete a wow moment in class.

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Planting Tomatoes

Do you remember in Environment Week when we went to look at our allotment? Miss Parker decided we needed to learn about plants because lots of us got confused when looking at the roots, leaves and stems on the weeds and weren’t sure what to call them. We decided we would plant some seeds so we could watch them grow and talk about what we could see.

We were lucky in school to receive some tomato seeds from the National Schools Partnership.

We got busy planting making sure we had enough soil for the seeds and that we covered them up. Garnet class came to make sure everyone in Reception had one.

And then we had to wait…….

We are looking very carefully to see if we can see the stem and the leaves starting to grow. Can you see them? Why can’t you see the roots?

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We’ll continue to watch them grow and talk about what we can see happening. How long do you think it will be before we see a tomato?

Keep coming back to see how much they have grown.

 

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Environment Week 2017

Every year in school we have an Environment Week. 2017 was no different. In Onyx class we had a couple of visitors in our classroom. First Michael Recycle came to visit and then Litterbug Doug. Litterbug Doug left a total mess which we had to sort out. It turned out that he was just trying to trick us and teach us about recycling. We learnt how to sort out rubbish and make sure it all went in the correct bins.

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We didn’t stop there. A couple of weeks ago Jayden had asked if we could make paper in Onyx class. We gave him a couple of books to see if he could find out to do it and in Environment Week we gave it a go. It took a couple of days to do everything but worked out really well. Can you remember how we made paper? 

We watched the film Wall-E to find out more about how to keep our planet safe and why it was so important. It made us think about plants and how important they were. We talked more about this when we went to tidy our allotment which was looking a mess.

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We talked about the weeds as we dug them up and started to talk about the roots and the leaves. It surprised Miss Parker how few children knew about the different parts of the plants so look out soon for some learning on plants. The good news is we knew more about how to grow plants so hopefully the sunflowers which we planted will be growing really tall soon. Keep your fingers crossed! How tall do you think they’ll grow? 

We also had a go at making a model of Wall-E. What do you think?

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We had to be able to talk about the shape of the recycled materials that we were using and the properties of the shapes. It was hard to get the round bottles to balance on the neck because they had round faces not flat. We solved the problems and made Wall-E stick. Can you see any other shapes- 2D or 3D- on Wall-E?

What have we been learning? 

  • Why we need to take care of our environment. 
  • What makes a nice environment. 
  • What we can make from rubbish to make it even better. 
  • To sort materials and recycle them. 
  • That a film can teach us important things about the environment. 
  • Why plants are so important to our planet. 
  • To build robots like Wall-E using a variety of different materials. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Recycle materials at home using the blue bin and blue box. Ask your child to help you sort the rubbish. 
  • Encourage children to turn the lights and other electrical equipment off as they leave rooms to save energy. Talk about why this is important. 
  • Buy a plant and let your child look after it at home by watering it regularly.