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Making Our Own Paper

Do you remember when we told you about the paper we’d made? We made it during Environment Week after reading a Charlie and Lola book called Look After Your Planet. Some of the children decided they wanted to try and make paper themselves by recycling old paper. You can read more about Environment Week by clicking here.

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Miss Deighton made a Learning Story all about the paper that we made and you can read it below.

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We had such a good time finding out how to make our own paper and it generated lots of language and conversation.

What have we been learning? 

  • To follow instructions. 
  • To talk about what we see and feel happening. 
  • To observe the changes to materials. 
  • To recycle paper. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Look for the materials you can recycle in your home and sort them into the correct recycling bins. 
  • Find lots of different papers and talk about the different types. Which types of paper are good for what? For example, would you use writing paper instead of toilet paper? Why not? 
  • Have a look at these instructions and try to make your own paper at home. As you’ll see in the Learning Story, we didn’t have a window screen to squeeze the water out, we used a piece of thin fabric instead.  
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Writing Instructions

This week we’ve been busy writing instructions for the Nursery children.

We read a non-fiction book called Pirates and it told us how to make treasure maps. We had to read the instructions carefully using all of our reading skills then we knew what to do. Once we knew what good instructions looked like we had a go at writing some instructions of our own. We decided the Nursery children would like to make pirate flags so this is what we wrote instructions for.

First we had to work out how to make a flag so we knew what to tell the Nursery children. We didn’t want them to get it wrong! So we could remember what to do, we took photos of each step.image

We used the sound buttons to remember the instructions we thought of. This helped us know what to write. When we write we like to THINK IT- SAY IT- WRITE IT-READ IT. This helps us to think what we want to say then say it out loud before we have to think about writing it.

After that, it was time to start writing our instructions. First, we looked at them as a whole class and Miss Parker helped us to remember everything. We even learnt about commas in a list! We wrote the first sentence together using all the skills we have from Letters & Sounds and using our sentence hand to remember the finger spaces and full stops.

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So then it was time for some children to try and write the instructions themselves. They had a lot to remember but did a fantastic job. The children used the phoneme strips, sentence hands and tricky word bookmarks to help them if they needed them. Look at the amazing writing that was done…

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The children did an amazing job of using the sounds they know to spell the words. This might not be the correct spelling as we would know it but is what we would expect at the end of Reception. You can also see where these children are able to spell the tricky words such as ‘the’ correctly. These are the words we learn by sight in our reading.

Now, we need to send the instructions that have been written to Nursery and see if the children can follow them to make flags of their own.

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