Our Mathematician of the Week was working on sequencing numbers this week. She was able to look at the numbers and complete the sequence with the missing numbers. This involved counting in ones and twos and even counting backwards. She could confidently write the correct missing number and check her answer on a number line. Well done!
Our Writer of the Week also displayed her skills on the interactive whiteboard. She was drawing pictures of her family and then labelling them using her writing skills to sound out and write the words. She wasn’t finished there she decided she could write a sentence about them as well. Great job!
A big well done to both our winners this week- you’re getting even more ready for Year One! 🙂
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.
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.
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?
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.
Week 3 of the Summer term was another great week in school. Our writing journals are now well up and running and the children are getting more and more confident each time they use them to write independently. This week Jessica did a particularly great job of writing in her journal and using all the skills she has been learning all year to write sentences. She is able to use the phoneme strip for any sounds she doesn’t know how to write, which is now only the digraphs. She is able to use the sentence hand more accurately to remember some finger spaces and she is able to remember all her words to write the full sentence.
Well done JESSICA for being our Writer of the Week!
In Maths we did lots of learning about time and being able to say what happened when during the day. We started to use the clocks to make some o’clock times. Raya worked particularly hard this week and was able to say the o’clock times with support when she made them on her clock.
Well done RAYA for being our Mathematician of the Week!
It has been another great week in Onyx class this week. Our Mathematician of the week did some great work in his focus group activity with Miss Morris. She was really impressed with his calculation skills and the way he was able to solve the problems she set. The children had to try and find a collection of animals with a given number of legs. Can you see which numbers he was trying to make?
It was too difficult to choose a Writer of the week this week. Everyone did such a fabulous job writing their Mother’s Day cards. We’ve not given them to our mums and carers yet but we will tomorrow and we think they’re going to be really impressed with how good we’ve got at writing! We think you’ll agree- have a look below…
Our Mathematician of the Week has come back to school with a bang this week! He has been so motivated, especially in Maths, but in all areas of his learning and we are all very proud of him. He was spotted all week doing different maths activities and is showing that he is much more confident to show us what he knows. Well done!
Our Writer of the Week used to be a bit reluctant to write and share her ideas. This week she wrote a whole story!!! She wrote the story of Frozen and using the story book was able to say what her story said and read it back. What a fantastic job! We can’t wait to see what she writes next.
We all love pancakes and loved that we got to make some of our own. We had to follow the instructions and mix the batter ourselves. We had to be very careful and remember what we had learnt in Safety Week about staying safe in the kitchen.
Some children remembered what they had learnt when we made pancakes and used it to write their own lists of ingredients later in the week. Leighanna sounded out to write her list.
Mateo drew pictures to write his list and then Jakoby labelled them to finish it when they were making pancakes in the Mud Kitchen.
We used the toppings that we liked to do some maths. We used the cubes to make towers and see which was the most popular before using Purple Mash to create a pictogram. It which easy to see which two toppings were the favourite and we were able to say which one was more and which was the most popular.
We read Mr Wolf’s Pancakes to find out what happened when he tried to make pancakes. Can you remember what happened in the story?
You can see more about our learning if you look in our Floor Book.
Onyx the Dog who we got on our recent visit to Build a Bear Workshop has started visiting the children’s houses.
When Onyx Dog comes to your house you will find the special Adventures book. You can read about our visit to Build a Bear. The children formed the sentences themselves. You can also see what he has been doing at everyone else’s house. Help your child read the words and look at the pictures talking about what Onyx has been doing.
Please help your child add their entry to the book by allowing them to write their own sentence about what Onyx Dog did at their house. If you want to write under it or add more that’s fine but its really important the children get chance to do some writing (with your help)
We had a wonderful time continuing to get ready for Christmas. All sorts of exciting things happened at school. We had a visit from Santa. He popped in one afternoon to drop off some early presents.
We also got a message from him a few days later. It was great to find out that he’d got back to the North Pole ok after his visit to school. You can watch the message by following this link SANTA’S MESSAGE
We were super busy in the run up to Christmas making decorations for our families. We made Salt Dough and had to bake it in the oven to make it go hard. See below for the recipe and you can have a go at home.
We had a fun party which everyone loved. Can you see the hats that we made ourselves? Can you tell your grown up how you made your hat?
On the last day of school it was Christmas Jumper Day. We got to dress up and also raise money for charity at the same time. We’re yet to find out the total but look out and we’ll let you know.
We hope everyone had a great Christmas break and a very happy new year. All the best for 2017!
Salt Dough Recipe
- In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
- Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
- Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
- Make your creations using the salt dough.
- Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C
This recipe was taken from this website where you can see in more detail how to make the salt dough.
If you do have a go at home don’t forget to bring it to show us and to write all about it on a WOW moment!
We had a great time last week when we decided we wanted to learn about Space. It followed on from all our discussions and learning and night and dark the week before. There were lots of different activities in our classroom. One of our favourites was the special space writing! We had special UV pens which only lit up when you used the torch. We worked together because it could be a bit tricky to write and press the switch. Can you remember what you wrote or drew?
When we talked about space lots of us mentioned rockets so we decided to build one! This one was so big we could fit inside it. We had to decorate it so that it looked like a rocket and then design the inside so it had buttons and other functions to make it ready to fly. We made sure it had a stop and start button and also one to go faster. There was even a music player added so we could listen on our way to space. Can you see our wonderful labels for the go and stop button and for the fast button? (This is a great way to get us writing for a purpose so we don’t even know we’re doing it!)
After we’d built a rocket for our role play area we got busy building another one in Maths. We had been talking about 3-D shapes all week so it seemed the perfect opportunity to find out what we’d learnt. There were lots of amazing ideas about what we would need for our rocket- the music player showed up again! We also talked about the shapes that we could see and practised using some of the special words that we had learnt such as face, edge and vertices. Can you remember what they mean?
We decided if we wanted to go to Space would have to know what to pack to take with us. Miss Parker got a collection of things together and we thought about what we’d need. Some of us tried to write a list by listening to the sounds we could could hear. This is how we learn to write in Reception. We don’t need to be able to write every letter that we need to spell it perfectly yet (That will come later!) Can you try and write a list of some of the things that you might need to take a special trip?
Finally, there were lots more space related activities in our classroom which we could explore to find out more. The small world area was very popular and we all loved using the rocket to tell stories about Space.
What have we been learning?
- to write and mark make using our special pens.
- to work together completing different activities.
- to think how to build a rocket and what it needs to work.
- to talk about 2D and 3D shapes and think which shapes are best for which purpose.
- to write a list by sounding out and writing the sounds we hear.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Try writing the shopping list by sounding out. Can you write the initial (first) sound in each word? Can you hear and write any of the other sounds?
- Look around your house for 3d shapes (cubes, cuboids, spheres, pyramids) How do you know which one is which? Can you describe it?
- Find books about Space. What can you find out?
We had lots fun this week exploring pumpkins in our classroom. We started talking about pumpkins when we talked about Halloween.
“I were drawing a pumpkin, a monster.”- Elijah
“My Dad’s going to get a pumpkin. Its going to be small, not that big of a giant monster”- Kiefer
“You scoop the top off, then scoop the face, then put the candle in.”- Taela-Rose
“Its really heavy because you can’t really hold it. It might drop out of your hands.”- Mia
We put some pumpkins in our class to explore and investigate.
We looked carefully at the pumpkins inside and outside. We had to tell each other and the grown up what we could see, smell, feel, taste and hear.
We also tasted some pumpkin soup because most of us had never tried pumpkin before. Some of us thought it tasted nice but some people weren’t so sure! Can you tell who liked it from looking at our faces? Can you remember what it tasted like to tell your grown ups at home? We also learn how the pumpkin is a plant and how it is a fruit. We knew that if we planted the seeds we might get a pumpkin next year. We planted a few to give ourselves the best chance. We’ll have to take care of them by watering them regularly and put them in the BioDome over the winter. Keep your fingers crossed the seeds grow. Can you see our amazing writing as well? We had to listen carefully and write the sounds we heard to write the word pumpkin.
What have we been learning?
- To describe the pumpkin using our senses to generate as many interesting words as possible.
- To taste new foods even if we weren’t sure about it to begin with.
- To feel different textures and think about how to describe them.
- That pumpkins have a life cycle and the seeds can turn back into a pumpkin.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Look for seeds in other foods- such as apples, pears, tomotoes etc.
- Grown some seeds in your garden such as wild flowers.
- Try different and interesting foods at home.
- Try and write some words at home using the sounds that you can hear- if your child hears the sound they might still need help knowing what that sound looks like as a letter.