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This Week’s Awards- Spring 2 Week 4

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?

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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…

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Super Sticker Stories

Miss Parker noticed that the children all loved stickers. When she asked them what they wanted to learn about they gave all sorts of answers so we decided to learn about lots of different things while linking the learning through our love of stickers. Look at the pages in our Floor book to see what we learning we did….

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One of the other great things that we did was become authors using the stickers to help us. We learnt that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. We also learnt if we were going to be story authors our story would need a problem in the middle which was then solved at the end.

First we made up some stories orally and recorded them on a special video. Click on the link to see the three stories we made up.

Our Sticker Stories by Onyx class

The following week it was our turn to write the stories we made up. We wrote one as a whole class and then we all had a go at doing some writing of our own. Some children concentrated on writing the initial sounds they could hear in words, some children wrote the beginning sentence of their story and some children were challenged to write the whole of their story!

To help them the children had a sentence hand, a phoneme strip and some tricky word bookmarks. The sound button makes it easier to remember what we are trying to write. This made it much easier to remember all the different things you need to when you’re writing.

Look at some of our amazing work…..

We hope you like our stories. We’d love you to comment and tell us what you think.

What have we been learning? 

  • About the structure of a simple story.
  • About the characters in a story.
  • To make up stories we can tell out loud.  
  • To write the sounds we know to write a sentence. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about the beginning, the middle and the end of stories which you read together at home. 
  • See if you can find the problem in a story and say how it was solved. 
  • See if you can make up some stories of your own using stickers if you have them or by drawing three pictures. 
  • Encourage your children to write as independently as possible by listening for the sounds in word and writing the ones they can hear. Don’t expect them to be able to write everything correctly. Look at the examples above for ideas of what your child should be achieving at this stage in FS2. 

Don’t forget if you do any of these activities at home to let us know either on an email or a wow moment which we’ll display in the classroom. 

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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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