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Celebrating Day 100

We have been counting our days in school in September and were so excited when we finally got to Day 100! We had to wait a little bit longer as the Snow Day last week delayed the big day. We have been counting our straws and numbers on our hundred square every day for 100 days!

We did lots of special activities on the day to mark the occasion. There were some activities inside….

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and some outside…..

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Everyone was most excited about our party though. Some of us had made some special Day 100 hats to wear to our party.

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We all had a fabulous day and are looking forward to finding out if we will reach Day 200! What do you think?

Will we have 200 days in Onyx class? 

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Cake Cake Cake!

What a week we had last week! The children had been talking a lot about cake. It has been a few children’s birthdays in Onyx class and some of them had brought cake to celebrate. Then it was a different child’s birthday and they didn’t bring a cake so we discussed how cake wasn’t just for birthdays and you didn’t ALWAYS get cake on someone’s birthday. We had also been talking about cake when we’d done learning about The Highway Rat the week before.

The children decided they wanted to make cake which the teachers agreed was a great idea. However, if we wanted to make cake there were a few things we needed to do first.

The very first thing we needed to do was write a list of ingredients that we would need. For this we had to find a recipe and find out what we needed. Once we had a list we asked some children to go to the shop and buy the ingredients. Before they went we talked about money and made sure they would be able to pay for the ingredients.

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Once we’d got out ingredients we used our recipe to make the cake mixture. We used a special recipe which we can do ourselves where we had to balance all the ingredients with an egg. We decided we wanted to add different colours and different flavours as well.

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Then we had to ask the grown ups to help us put the mixture in the oven so it could bake. We knew that we would have to wait for it to cool down and then we decorated our cake as well. Once our cake was ready we had another job to do. We only had one cake and 29 children so we had to share the cake. Miss Parker helped us by cutting the cake in half and then we kept cutting it in half until we had 8 pieces of cake. Look how yummy our cake looks…..

IMG_9871That still wasn’t enough pieces so Miss Parker made sure there were enough pieces cut from each of the 8 letting everyone have a piece.

We were excited to taste our cake. Jacob said, “Thats the besest cake I’ve ever seen!

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Everyone tried the cake and most of use agreed it tasted lovely. Some of the layers tasted of peppermint and some tasted of orange!!! We were all talking about which was our favourite bit of the cake and which bits we didn’t like as much. We decided to find out which was our favourite part. We had to remember all the different parts of the cake and then we came to put a tally next to our favourite. There was a clear winner!

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We didn’t just make a cake for ourselves. We knew the birds were outside and in the cold weather they needed to find lots of food to help keep them warm. We decided to make cake for the birds as well. It was very different to ours and we decided that we wouldn’t swap! We’ve hung it up in our outdoor area and are hoping the birds come to eat some soon.

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We had such a fabulous week making cake and loved being involved in every part of the cake making from writing lists, counting money, going to the shop,  measuring, baking, sharing and finally to eating the cake.

How to continue the learning at home? 

  • Follow simple recipes at home to make cakes and other treats. 
  • Allow your child to pay in the shop and talk about the different coins. 
  • Share other food types at home, such as biscuits or cake between family members.

Your child will be learning maths and so much more without even knowing! 

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This Weeks’ Awards- Summer 2 Week 4

Wow! I can’t believe that it is Week 4 of the half term already. No wonder the children are showing us such amazing learning in all areas of the classroom.

Our Mathematician of the Week got her award this week not just for the great counting she did with the 1p and 2p coins but for her great attitude to learning. She said:

“I was doing this and I found it a little bit hard but when I had a try I didn’t find it hard anymore.”

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She really grew in confidence using the Numicon to help her count the coins and work out which ones she needed to make the given total. Well done and don’t forget to help mummy and daddy counting the coins next time you’re at the shops!

Our Writer of the Week this week amazed us all with her writing. Miss Parker knew she could do it but she doesn’t often choose to write so it was a lovely surprise to see she could do it so well. She formed the sentences she wanted to write herself and then was able to write each word listening for the sounds and writing the tricky words she knew. She then had to think really hard to read her writing back to the whole class. Great job!!!

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This Week’s Awards- Summer 2 Week 2

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! 🙂

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This Week’s Awards- Summer 1 Week 4

What a fabulous job from our Mathematician this week. He amazed Miss Parker with his super maths skills which came from a self initiated problem he set himself. He was trying to make sure he had 8 of each of the colours. In talking about how many he had how many more he had when he found more and how many more he needed he showed he had really mastered the calculation skills needed to solve the problem. (He was handed the certificate by his friend who was in the role of teacher at this time.)

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The Writer of the Week is another child who is now able to show us that everything we have learnt about writing all year is really starting to click and she is able is write her own sentences. Its been so amazing to see her confidence grow and grow.

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Patterns Everywhere!

When we were reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar it got us talking about patterns, such as the pattern of the fruit in the story. Can you remember what the pattern was on Monday through to Friday? 

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We thought about other patterns and tried making lots of our own. As well as making lots of patterns in the classroom with various objects and media (See Mathematician of the Week post for one example), we tried making patterns with our bodies outside on the park.

This one was explained as, “up, down, up, down…..”

This one was, “jump, jump, swing, jump, jump, swing…..”

The children used the grassy area as well. This pattern was described as, “roll, STOP, roll, STOP…..”

And this one was, “jump, roll, jump, roll…..” all the way to the bottom of the bank.

We all loved making our patterns and learning that it had to keep on going to be called a repeating pattern. It didn’t feel like we were doing Maths at all!

What have we been learning? 

  • to recognise patterns in stories and the environment around us. 
  • to make our own repeating patterns. 
  • to know that repeating patterns have to keep on going and be repeated. Some children were able to make up a simple sequence but then forgot to repeat it. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for patterns in your home and when you go out. 
  • Have a go at making a repeating pattern with objects you find in your house. You could use knives and forks, different coins, or use colours to draw a pattern. 
  • Challenge your child to make a pattern with more than just two objects, e.g. red, blue green, red, blue, green ……
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Easter Weighing Maths

Miss Parker brought a strange box of eggs to school and gave us a problem to solve….. Which egg is the heaviest? 

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We used the balance scales to compare the eggs to each other so we could find out which one was the heaviest. We knew the heaviest egg would make the balance scale go to the bottom. What it took some of us a little longer to understand was that the biggest egg wasn’t always the heaviest.

The next day we’d been on our Easter egg hunt and had a basket full of mini creme eggs. We decided we could use these to measure the weight of our eggs because they were a non-standard but consistent weight.

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We had to add the eggs slowly to make sure we didn’t put too many in or not enough. We had to make sure the balance scales were balanced.

Everyone’s favourite but was when they got to eat their egg! 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To say which object is the heaviest and which is the lightest. 
  • To be able to order at least 3 objects by weight. 
  • That the biggest object isn’t always the heaviest. 
  • To use the balance scales to say which is the heaviest and the lightest. 
  • To use a non-standard unit to measure the weight of objects so we can say which is heaviest. 

How can you continue the learning at home?