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Grandparents’ Afternoon Tea

We really appreciate the role grandparents have in the lives of the children in our school. This is why we decided to celebrate Grandparents’ Day again this year with an Afternoon Tea. All grandparents in Foundation Stage and Key Stage one were invited and there was a great uptake. We had a very busy Hall full of children loving some special time with their grandparents. Everyone got to enjoy the special biscuits which the children had prepared while they played the games together.

A huge thank you to everyone who came and made it such a great event 🙂 

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Father’s Day Fun

It was one of our favourite days on Friday when we invited all our dads, granddads, uncles and other male relatives to school for the afternoon. We joined with the rest of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One so we also got to play with our brothers and sisters. We had such a great time in our outdoor area, on the Park and down on the MUGA.

We’d been busy during the week making trophies and cards for our dads as well. We took them home to say a big thank you for helping to look after us.

A huge thank you to everyone who came and made the afternoon such a success! 

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Father’s Day Fun!

We all had an amazing time on Monday afternoon when we invited all of our dads to school to celebrate Father’s Day. We were allowed to invite any other male member of the family if our dads couldn’t make it but this time mums had to stay at home.

We had such a good time with our dads on the MUGA and ‘park’. Some of us preferred to stay inside the Foundation Stage area and play with our dads there. It was great to see our brothers and sisters in Nursery and Key Stage One as well.

A huge thank you to everyone who came and made our afternoon so successful. We had a total of 49 dads, uncles, grandads and big brothers there  across the whole of FS and KS1!

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Our Family Poems

After Grandparents Day, we started talking about our families and who is in our family. It sparked lots of learning about our families and people we know.  We brought photos in from home of our families to share with everybody. It was also National Poetry Day in the same week so we combined the two and wrote our own poems. We had to tell the grown ups our ideas and they helped us to make them into a poem.

Look at our Anthology here….

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Didn’t we we do a marvellous job? Did you find your poem? You can find the actual book in our classroom in the Book Corner.

You can see some of the other learning we did in our Floor Book here…

imageWe talked about the babies in our family and what happens as we grow up and get older. imageWe thought if it was better to be a kid or to be a grown up! I wonder if our grown ups think the same as we did?!?imageMiss Parker brought her teddy bear which she got when she was only a few days old. We looked at it to see how much she had grown and also talked about what had happened to the bear since then. image

We talked about teddy bears and wanting to go to Build A Bear Workshop at Meadowhall. We’re hopefully going to go in the New Year so look out for the letter.

What have we been learning?

  • Who is in our family and how everyone is related. 
  • To talk about our family and to say what is important to us about them. 
  • To put our ideas into a poem. 
  • To recognise our names in the Anthology and names of people in our family. 
  • How people grow up and change. 
  • How objects change as they get old. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk about who is in your family and how everyone is related- the children often get this confused. 
  • Show the poem your child wrote to the people in your family and ask them what they think. 
  • Try and write your own poem about something different- favourite animals, places you go etc- and bring it to school to show us. 
  • Look at any objects you have from your childhood with your child. Talk about how it is special to you and how it might have changed 
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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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I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man…

At our Christmas party, Father Christmas brought us a copy of Stick Man as one of our presents. He must have known it was going to be on the television during our Christmas Holidays. Even Millie Ethel watched it when she went to Miss Parker’s house for Christmas.

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When we got back to school everyone was talking about it……

“He went in the fire. He laying in the snow cos he wanted a rest from looking for his family tree.”  Harvey S

“I watched it.” Lacey

Yeah, but I only seen a bit of it. I seen it when these kids builded a snowman. They stuck Stick Man in the snowman” Harvey M

“I didn’t watch all of it because I didn’t like it when Stick Man went to the bottom and die” Corey

That made us wonder, would Stick Man float or sink? 

We predicted and 5 children thought Stick Man would sink and 18 children thought he would float.

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“Put them in the water tray,” said Michael. So that is what we did. We tested some other objects as well. 

“I went in the water tray and the sticks were floating and the conkers were floating. But the rocks were sinking” Ruby

When we asked the children again 0 children though Stick Man would sink and 24 children thought he would float .

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All the talking about the Stick Family made us think about our families. We talked about what a family was.

Lucas said, “its a home when your family is together like adults and kids, mum, dad, brothers, sisters.”  “And babies and pets”, added Pheobe.

We had a go at making a Stick Family of our own. We had to think of who was in our family and find a stick which was just perfect to be them. The children thought really carefully to find the right sticks for their family.

” Mummy, Daddy, 2 big brothers, me” Ya Qing

“Grandad and Nannan and my Auntie and my mum and my uncle” Alfie

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There was all sorts of amazing conversations which were prompted by this activity but you’ll have to ask to look in our books to see them.

Stick Man became lots of different things throughout the story. We thought what we might want to turn a stick into after we’d read another book called ‘Not a Stick’ by Antoinette Portis. We turned our ideas into our own class book. Some children produced the pictures and others wrote the captions. It was a real team effort.

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Look in the book corner to see if you can see it and read it all. What would you turn a stick into if you could?

Here are some example of other activities we had out in our classroom to enhance our independent learning.

 

What have we been learning? 

  • about floating and sinking in the water tray. 
  • about our families and how they compare to others. 
  • to be creative about what we could do with a stick. 
  • to represent our ideas in pictures and writing. 
  • about a story we are interested in- Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Try out some different objects in the bath. What can you find which floats? What can you find which sinks? Can you predict what something will do before you test it in the water? 
  • Talk about your family and your extended family. Does your child know who everyone is? Can they draw the people in their family? Can they write the names of some of the different people in their family? 
  • Look for some more Julia Donaldson books. There are lots and lot to choose from. Which is your favourite Julia Donaldson book? What do you like about it? Julia Donaldson has a website where you can find out more information or you could look in the library for more books. Click here to go to the website