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Our Visit to Cannon Hall Farm

We had a wonderful time this week when we went to Cannon Hall Farm. We got really lucky and had a perfect weather day 🙂

We got to Cannon Hall Farm on a double decker bus. Onyx class got the top deck on the way there and once we all had our seatbelts on we were ready to go. We were really high up!

We went up to Manor Top first and it was fun looking at all the familiar places from up so high. Where can you see that you know? 

We got to Cannon Hall on the motorway and saw lots of different vehicles on the way. We went past Meadowhall which made some children start talking about when we went to Build a Bear Workshop in January.

We knew were nearly at Cannon Hall because all the roads and houses disappeared and there were a lot more fields. It looked very different to Manor Top. Everyone started spotting more and more animals.

And then we got to Cannon Hall! Everyone was so excited. When we first got there we had some snack so we were ready to go exploring.

A lady called Nicola came to talk to us and told us where we would be going. Then it was time to go…

First we went to see the piglets. Some of them had only been born a few days before. The we went to see the teenage pigs in the next barn. They didn’t need their mummies there anymore.  We had to read the signs to make sure we were going the right direction and look for the sounds that we knew. Can you remember which were the girl pigs and which were the boy pigs? 

In the next barns there were lots of different animals. Can you remember what they were all called? We saw cows, sheep, goats, a shire horse, alpacas and llamas.

Everyone was very excited when we got to feed the animals using the special machines to send the food down to the animals. Once we had fed the animals we had to remember not to put our fingers near our mouths so we didn’t get the germs in our tummies. Can you remember which animals you fed? 

We got meet a special friend after that. Nicola got a rabbit for us to say hello to and stroke. Everyone got a turn and loved feeling the rabbits soft fur. Can you remember what the rabbit was called? After we’d stroked the rabbit we had to remember to wash our hands using soap and water.

Next it was time for the Sheep Race! Everyone got a ticket and stood ready to watch the race. We saw the sheep racing round the track and everyone was surprised to see how high they could jump. We all got a coloured ticket and waited to see which colour sheep won. There was red, yellow, blue and green. Can you remember which colour ticket you had? Can you remember which sheep was the winner? 

Before we went for dinner we went to find the lambs in their very own roundhouse. We climbed up the steps and got a really good view of them from above. We spotted that some of the lambs and sheep had numbers on them and worked out it told you who the mummy sheep was and her baby lambs. Can you read any of the numbers?

And then it was dinnertime but first we had to walk back to find where we had left our lunch. On the way we saw lots of different animals. Can you remember all the animals that we saw? We saw reindeer, rabbits, different sorts of chickens, rabbits and turkeys.

Everyone was ready for their lunch when we got back.

After dinnertime we went to see the cows being milked. In school we had talked about milk and where it comes from. We also talked about what you could make from milk from cows. Can you remember what you can make from milk? 

Then it was time for the Adventure Playground which we LOVED! Some children really challenged themselves and tried things they’d not done before, one of these things was the pole which they did with help at first before they got more confident.

What a fabulous day we had. Can you tell your grown up your favourite part of the day? 

Thank you to all the grown ups who came with us to help. We couldn’t have gone without you. And a huge thank you to Nicola and everyone at Cannon Hall for a wonderful day. the children had a great time and haven’t stopped talking about it yet! 🙂

PARENTS/ CARERS- If you would like to visit Cannon Hall using your 3 for 2 voucher you’ll find it near Cawthorne in Barnsley. Click on the link to visit the Cannon Hall Farm website and find out more.  

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Mathematician of the Week- Week 4

What an excellent effort by our Mathematician of the Week this week recognising numbers, matching them and ordering them. Can you order the numbers to 5? Can you order the numbers to 10? Can you order all the numbers to 20? Don’t forget to let us know about all the learning you’ve been doing at home on a WOW moment and hand it into class. You could email us and let us know instead. 

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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.
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Maths in Stories

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Before the Christmas Holidays we read a story called ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee!’ It was a brilliant story and everyone thought it was really funny. When we first looked at the book Miss Parker set us a challenge to find as much Maths in the story as possible. At first we weren’t sure what Father Christmas needing a wee had to do with Maths but it quickly became clear.

Father Christmas stops at all the houses and at each house has lots of drinks. We had to count the number of drinks at each house. We then thought how to make that number using our fingers in different ways. Can you see on the display how Logan and Lacey made 6 in different ways? We checked with the Numicon that they were right. How many different ways can your child make 6 on their fingers? 

Michael knew which house number came next because it was the next number in sequence, “4 next because 1-2-3-4.” Does your child know which number comes next for numbers to 1o?  If they know them to 10 how about to 20? How about knowing the number which is one less and comes before? 

We talked about the numbers we could see on the pages and also the numbers that we had on our doors at home. Some of us tried to write the numbers on our doors. Does your child know which number house they live at? Can they write it down? 

We were feeling really clever as the book went on and even found some calculating to do. Corey knew that 5 drinks and 5 mince pies made 10 altogether, “10 because 5 add 5 is 10” and he was even able to write it in a number sentence. Does your child know any simple addition calculations? are they able to write them down?

It wasn’t just Number Maths we found in the story either. We found some Shape Space Measures Maths. We talked about the size of the characters in the story and Charlie said “Big Santa, small elf“. Can you child talk about the size of the members of their family? Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest? 

And we weren’t finished there either, Ruby noticed that there was some time in the book. “Half past three, thats time!“, she said. Does your child know about time? Can they say what happens first in the day and what happens after that? Can they sequence events during their day?

What a lot of Maths from one story!

Do you have any stories at home which have Maths in them? Have a look next time you look at a book together. If you find one bring it to school and we can all have a look at it together. It would be a great thing to write on a wow moment too. We look forward to hearing about the Maths stories you find.