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Welcome to Foundation Stage- Reception (FS2)- Download our Book

The children have been working hard to produce a book for our nursery children and all the children coming to join our school from other nurseries. We have been talking about how we felt when we were in our nurseries and it was time for us to start full time school.

We decided that we would write our own book which we could send to the nursery kids which would help them know what to expect. First we had to decide what was important to tell them about. We also went to nursery and asked the children what they wanted to know. Then we had to take the photos, which we mostly took ourselves on the iPad. We even asked our parents/ carers what they thought the new FS2 parents/ carers would like to know. Once we had done that Miss Parker helped us to use an App called Book Creator to turn it into a book on the iPad.

When it was complete we went to Nursery to share it with the kids there. We even shared it with some kids who came to our classroom for an extra visit.

Some of the comments from our parents/ carers were handed in after we’d made our book but they were so good we wanted to share them with you anyway…

“I would say it is normal to feel nervous and worried. Its such a big step and the start of a very long journey but you will soon be so full of pride and they learn something new literally everyday. Its gone so fast (the year) and they are in great hands”

“Children moving up from Nursery is one of the most scariest things ever. Me as a parent who does worry about everything, one thing I can say is trust what the teachers say and they will be fine. My child has changed so much for the better! I just need to say stay happy and excited even though deep down it scary. Good luck!”

You can find the rest in our book by clicking on this link and downloading the whole book.

A huge well done to Onyx Class 2016-7 for writing the book and thinking about what was important for their nursery friends to know.

We recommend that you look at the book together, either on a computer or tablet or you can print a copy and keep it at home. The more familiar your child is with the pictures and names of everything the more secure they will feel when they start school in September.

Miss Hulme will continue to share the book with the children in Prince Edward Nursery and we will be making this link known to all the other nurseries we are expecting children to come to us from.

We look forward to meeting you and your child as they start with us in Foundation Stage Two (Reception) if we haven’t already seen you on a visit.

Visit 1- Thursday 6th July

Parents Meeting- Monday 10th July

Visit 2- Wednesday 12th July

You will have received more details in a letter at your home. Please phone school on (0114) 2281900 if you haven’t received a letter and we will let you know the details of the visits and full transition.

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Our Mondrian Art

We had an art lesson last week where we looked at the work of Piet Mondrian. He made pictures using black lines and the primary colours of red, blue and yellow.  We looked at lots of examples and then had a go at making some of our own in our Sketch Books. Once we’d had a go we looked again and used Critique to improve our own work. You can find out more about Critique on our school website.

Here is some of our work. We’d love to know what you think…

 

We weren’t finished there either. some of us tried to make Mondrian pictures using the lego blocks.

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We found some computer programmes to make our own pictures as well.

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What have we been learning? 

  • To look at and talk about the work of a famous artist. 
  • To recreate the art of famous artists. 
  • To talk about what we are doing and about how we can improve our own work. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Search on the internet for Piet Mondrain and see what you can find out about him- remember to only do internet searches with your grown ups help. 
  • Choose some different colours and see if you can make your own pictures at home. 
  • Look for the Primary colours and see where you can see them. 
  • Find out what happens when you mix the Primary colours together. 
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Day 100!!!!!

We have been counting to Day 100 since we first started full time school way back in September. Can you remember our first days at school? Have a look at the blog post from when we started school. Click here to see it. We’ve all done a lot of growing since then and have got a lot cleverer!

We have been putting a straw in our pockets every day since then and marking it off on the hundred square. You can see when we first started on one of our first ever Mathematician of the Week blog post. Click here to see it.

Everyone was very excited that the day had finally come. We’d been planning our promised party for a couple of weeks now!

We did have to do some counting though. We found the easiest ways to count to 100 was to count to ten ten times. Can you see the different ways we have counted in this way?

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Some children even measured the KS2 corridor using their steps. They had to predict if they thought there would be 100 steps from the Studio all the way to Miss French’s Office at the other end.

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When we found out the steps gave us different measurements we learnt about a metre stick which turned out to have 100 centimetres on it. We’d found another 100! Children had to find objects which were longer or shorter than a metre and record them in their book.

Come back later and see some photographs of our books. 

We had great fun making photographs of ourselves look like we were 100 years old. What do you think you’ll be able to do when you’re 100? 

Come back later and see some of our pictures. 

We’d been busy during the week getting ready. Jayden thought we need decorations so got busy making some in the Workshop. We also made some special Day 100 Crowns which meant we had to do lots of counting.

 

When it got to Wednesday it was time for our party 🙂

Miss Bibby came through from Nursery with a surprise for us. The Nursery kids had been making pizza for their Pizza Day and sent some through for us to have at our party. You can see more about their Pizza Day here.  Thanks Nursery, we thought your pizza was yummy!

We’d thought about the other things we wanted for our party and decided that it couldn’t be a proper party without a chocolate cake and musical statues!

There was one last job to do… we needed to say well done to the rest of the school for their 100 days in school this year. We went to visit every classroom and took them a certificate. They were the same certificates that we got one of each to say well done to us!

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What fabulous Day 100! Now we’re interested to know if we will get Day 100.

Don’t forget your Day 100 Homework to bring a collection of 100 items from home. We’ll be putting them on the wall in the classroom for everyone to see. 

What have we been learning? 

  • To count to ten confidently and count out that many objects. 
  • To count in tens to 100 and know what this looks like. 
  • To complete challenges and answer questions. 
  • To measure in different ways and think about which is best. 
  • To think about ourselves as old people and talk about what we might be able to do. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Try some of the activities at home like counting pennies in towers or throwing the dice. 
  • Count out objects in your home, for example, how many stairs are there on the way to bed? 
  • Count the days until you do something important, like go on holiday, a special visit or until your child’s birthday.

 

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Safety Week 2017

We had a very busy Safety Week this year. As you know already we had a visit from Don and his ambulance on Monday. He helped us think about how to keep ourselves safe and how the ambulance and paramedics can help if we do have an accident. You can read more in the post here. We also wrote our own blog post about the visit which you can see here.

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On Wednesday when we went to the Hall things looked a bit different. It didn’t look safe at all. What do you think would have happened if we’d have done PE without checking? It helped us think that we must always decide if something looks safe before we use it.

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We did a lot of thinking all week about online safety and keeping safe when we use the computers. Tuesday was Safer Internet Day in school. We read the book Penguin Pig by Stuart Spendlow which helped us think about if we should believe everything we see on the computer. You can access the Penguin Pig website here and even find out how to get your own copy for home.

We also read Webster’s Bedtime by Hannah Waley. Webster finds it really hard to turn all his devices off at bedtime which stops him getting to sleep.

We’ve been seeing Hector on our computer all year but we watched a video with him in and talked about how he can help keep us safe too. You can watch the Hector’s World videos here.

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We started to look at the different blogs of our friends in the different classes in school. The other classes also started sending us messages on this blog and telling us what they thought. When we’re writing comments on others blogs and also writing our own posts we have to remember the Blog Rules to make sure everyone stays safe and happy. You can see our Blog Rules here. If you want to look at the different blogs of the classes in school you can find them on our home page.

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On Friday we had some special visitors from Y3 and Y4 come and see us. They had been making videos to help FS2 learn about staying safe online with Miss Croxall. It was great to have them come and visit and also to learn more about staying safe from them.

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Parents/ carers- if you want to know more about what your child said and what their friends said about being safe online look in our Floor Book in class. The children made some interesting comments.

What have we been learning? 

  • how to stay safe online. 
  • that you can’t believe everything you see on a computer. 
  • to be as kind on computers as we are in real life. 

How can you help at home? 

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Staying Safe Online

We’ve been talking about staying safe when we’re on the Internet in school. We know this means on the computer, the laptop and the iPads. We are also learning this means smartphones and our gaming computers at home.

To help us stay safe in school we read a story book called Penguin Pig by Stuart Spendlow. Can you remember what happened in the story? 

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We talked about the things we needed to do to make sure we are safe on the Internet and what to do if we feel unsure or worried. Everyone signed an Acceptable Use Policy to say they agreed to stay safe.

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We learnt about Hector the Protector who can help keep us safe. He is on the big screen in our classroom and all the laptops.mif we see sale thing we don’t like we click on him then tell the teacher.  We’ll learn more about him during the year.

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What have we been learning?

  • To stay safe on the Internet.
  • The differnet places we go on the Internet.
  • What to do if we feel worried on the Internet in school.

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk to your child about when they go in the Internet at home. The most important thing you can do to keep your child safe is talk to them and encourage them to talk to you.
  • Make sure you have appropriate age restrictions from your Internet provider at home. You can find our more on the school’s Esafety blog here.
  • Look at the Hector the Protector website at home with your child.
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Counting to Day 100!

We’ve been busy counting to Day 100 in Onyx class since we started full-time school in September. Each day we’ve been adding a straw to our counting chart and crossing out the numbers on our number square. This week the day was finally here. Everyone was very excited because they knew that meant a PARTY!!!

To start the day we invited our families into school to do some special Day 100 activities with us. We could do the activities in Onyx classroom but also go to Garnet if we wanted to which doubled the fun.

Look at some of the fun things that we got to do and the best bit was the whole time we were practising our counting to ten and 100!

We had to count out ten of each of the snacks on to the special counting mat which meant we had 100 snacks in total.

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Here there were 100 pennies and we had to see how many we could get to stand in one tower before they fell over. When our tower fell over we had to count them and see if we could do more next time. It was trickier than it looked! You could start collecting pennies and see if you could do this activity at home. 

Here we had to throw the dice and colour the corresponding number of squares on the number square until we got to 100. How many throws do you think it took? You could play against a friend and make it a game.

This was a Numicon challenge where you had to cover the Numicon board with the pieces then count how many of each piece you used to create a graph.

We had a great time making our Day 100 crowns. There was a lot to do; first we had to count out ten strips of paper and stamp ten stamps on each. Once we’d done that then we had to make the strips into a crown so we could wear it for the rest of the day. Our parents and carers loved helping us with this one.

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This is the activity we wish were real- we had to decide what we would buy with £100! It was hard to decide what to do with all that money. What would you buy with £100? 

We used the iPad to make us look 100 years old. We took pictures of each other and our grown ups and used a special app to make us look older. I wonder if this is what we will look like in 95 years time??? What do you think? 

Once our parents and carers went home we still had lots of fun… In Maths we thought about what we could do for 100 seconds. It was longer than we thought but we managed to jump for 100 seconds and then jump for 100 seconds. It made us tired and our hearts were beating really fast. We found it much more difficult to freeze for 100 seconds- try it at home and see if you can do it!

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Then, at the end of the day. we had our party. There was cake and some dancing.

Now we’ve got to keep counting to see which day it’ll be when we get ready to go to Year One. What day do you think it will be? How many days will we spend in Onyx class in total? 

Don’t forget your Day 100 Homework to bring a collection of 100 items from home. We’ll be putting them on the wall in the classroom for everyone to see. 

What have we been learning? 

  • To count to ten confidently and count out that many objects. 
  • To count in tens to 100 and know what this looks like. 
  • To complete challenges and answer questions. 
  • To work with our grown ups to complete different activities. 
  • To think about ourselves as old people and talk about what we might be able to do. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Try some of the activities at home like counting pennies in towers or throwing the dice. 
  • Count out objects in your home, for example, how many stairs are there on the way to bed? 
  • Count the days until you do something important, like go on holiday, a special visit or until your child’s birthday.