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Escape from the Volcano

Everyone had been talking about volcanos and playing a game called ‘Escape from the Lava’ for ages so we decided we should learn about volcanoes in class.

Miss Parker found a book which told us a bit more about volcanoes. Can you remember what it taught us?

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We also watched a video that lots of us had seen at home. You can watch it again here. Can you tell a grown up how an island grows?

Then we watched some videos of some real volcanoes and found out there were volcanoes erupting right now while we were in school. We thought about how we would feel if there was lava coming towards our homes. Miss Parker told us about when she went to an volcano but thankfully it wasn’t erupting when she was there.

We thought how we would help the people in Hawaii escape after they wrote to us asking for help. We came up with a few suggestions.

There was lots more role play and children wanting to experience what it was like to be near the lava. Outside was a popular place for this and the children loved building bridges and other ways to stay safe. They used our loose parts in all sorts of imaginative ways and even added water to be lava.

 

As the children were so engrossed in making up stories we used this to practise our writing skills. First we had to THINK IT and decide what we wanted to happen in our story. We drew a story map to help us remember it.

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Then we had to SAY IT for each sentence so we could remember what to write. Then we had to WRITE IT. We worked hard to sound out the words and think of the letters we needed to write. Here is the beginning and the middle of the story.

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When we had written it we had to READ IT to see if we’d done a good job. Can you see the ticks and crosses on our writing? We used the sentence hand to make sure we’d remembered everything putting a tick if we had and a cross if we hadn’t. On Wednesday we forgot our capital letter but on Thursdays we remembered them.

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Do you think you could write the end of the story? You could write it on paper and bring it to school or put it in a comment below or an email.

Our learning about volcanoes went over two weeks because we were all so interested and there was so much to learn and do. We decided we wanted to make a volcano of our own and see if we could make it erupt. It took us all week to make. We started with a bottle and some masking tape.

Then we had to use papier-mâché to build the shape of the volcano. It took a long time because we had to wait for it to dry in between.

 

Everyone enjoyed helping with our volcano which was good because there were still more jobs. Next we had to paint our volcanoes. First we painted the mountain and the grass before we added the lava. We used one of our volcano books to help us think what the volcano should look like.

 

Finally our volcano was ready and it was time to watch it erupt. Miss Parker used bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to create the lava inside the volcano. Everybody loved it and said it was well worth the wait.

We loved learning about volcanoes.

What have we been learning?

  • To find out about volcanoes using videos and books.
  • To find out where volcanoes are using first hand experiences and technology.
  • To build our own volcano and watch it erupt.
  • To role play what we think it would be like near a volcano which is erupting.
  • To make up stories about volcanoes.
  • To think how to stay safe near volcanoes and send our ideas to Hawaii.

How can you continue the learning?

  • Watch the video above and talk about how the volcanoes grow.
  • Use Google to find videos of real volcanoes and watch the lava flow (Make sure before doing any Google search with children that you have the appropriate safety measures in place)
  • Continue the story above writing it either on paper or typing it.

 

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Beautiful Butterflies

A few weeks ago now we decided that we would like some caterpillars in our classroom. We all knew they would turn into butterflies and were excited to see how it happened.

We were all happy the day the caterpillars arrived and were surprised at how small they were. It was fun to see them wriggling about-especially when they went up the top and walked upside down.

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The caterpillars grew quickly. We decided we wanted to do some learning about them so read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and learnt to tell the story ourselves without reading the book.

Can you remember how to tell the story?

Then we learnt some information about caterpillar and butterflies using non-fiction books and information from the computer. We had to think carefully whether or not we trusted the information from the computer as we know you can’t believe everything you see on the internet.

We continued to watch our caterpillars until they got really big and fat. Then they were ready to build their cocoons.

We put them in their special butterfly house ready for when they hatched. It took nearly a week but then we had butterflies. We all enjoyed making our own videos of the butterflies using the iPad. (Miss Parker has taken some screenshots to show you)

After we’d kept our butterflies for a few days it was time to let them go.  Because we went to the Secret Garden before we just knew it would be the perfect to place to let the butterflies go so off we went. We were proved right when on our way up there we saw a different butterfly. It was brown with yellow spots.

Can you find it in the photograph?

We were very lucky when we managed to get a photograph of one of our butterflies flying away. It came straight in front of the camera on the iPad!

After we’d let all the butterflies go we spotted one waiting on the logs so went to say goodbye on the way back to the classroom.

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Weve been talking about the environment this week because it’s Environment Week in school. We thought about how we could make the Secret Garden a better environment for butterflies so decided to scatter some wild flower seeds for the butterflies to get nectar from.

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What have we been learning?

About the life cycle of Caterpillars and Butterflies.
To retell a known story using story language.
To think of as many words to describe taste as possible.
To try new foods we might not have had before.
To look for patterns in stories and the environment around us.
To look after animals who need us to be careful and considerate.
To write our ideas in sentences.

How can you continue the learning at home?

Look for butterflies in your garden. What do they look like? Can you find out which species of butterfly they are?
Can you explain the life cycle to a grown up? For an extra challenge can you draw or write about the Butterfly Life Cycle.
Can you remember the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and tell it to a grown up? Remember to use the special story language we used in school.

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Our Awards This Week-Summer 1 Week 3

We’ve been on the look out all week for children who are working really hard with their maths and writing in class,  particularly in independent learning.  We love when the children incorporate their maths and writing skills into their play and follow their own interests. This week we have two more worthy award winners.

Our Writer of the Week is showing lots of progress in her writing 🙂 She used to be reluctant to write in her play despite always doing a fabulous job in Phonics sessions. Now she is much more confident and usually writes something everyday.

Our Mathematician of the Week was solving his own misconceptions this week. We have been working out doubles to 5 and he said he could do them for double 10, double 20 and double 30 writing them down. He’d got a little confused with double 20 and double 30. This is what happened next….

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He was able to use the taught method to then solve new calculations following his interest in doubles.

Well done to all the children again this week 🙂

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A Big Bug Hunt

We’ve been doing lots of learning about bugs recently linked to getting caterpillars in our classroom and our thinking about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Miss Parker told us we were going to go to the Secret Garden to see if we could find some more bugs. Most of us had never been to the Secret Garden before and weren’t sure where it was. Jonathan thought we’d have to leave school and was very excited to find out it was in our school grounds.

First we listened to what we could hear in the Secret Garden. We closed our eyes and listened and then played a game where we had to listen really carefully. There were lots of birds singing. We looked hard to see where they were hiding but lots of them were hiding.

After that it was time to go looking for bugs. We had to be very quiet so we didn’t scare them away. We took special containers with us and magnifying glasses so we could collect the bugs that we found.

We found lots of bugs and even managed to find some really tiny ones. We talked about what we’d seen and compared our experiences. Miss Parker and Miss Deakin were really pleased by how we used our observation skills to not only find the bugs but then to notice details about them.

We can’t wait to go in the Secret Garden again and have asked Miss Parker if we can go again really soon!

What have we been learning?

  • About the creatures which live in our Secret Garden.
  • To treat creatures with care and respect.
  • To talk about the things we find.
  • To listen carefully listen to the sounds we can hear.
  • To look for objects which interest us and talk to our friends about them.

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Visit the park and look for creatures there.
  • Play i- spy to make people look carefully for different objects.
  • Close your eyes and listen for all the sounds you can hear. What can you hear?
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Ice Skating!

We were very lucky today when an ice skating rink came to our school. Some of us were a little worried about going on the ice while some of us were really excited. We talked about how even if we were worried then we would give it a go and we might surprise ourselves. Everyone went on the ice making Miss Parker, Miss Hukin and Miss Deakin really proud.

We had a great time and even those of us who were a little reluctant at first gained confidence and everyone let go of the edge at least once! 🙂

When we got back to the classroom we talked about how we’d found our time on the ice.

Jack- It was good.

Jaesi-Mae- Good because I didn’t fall this time.

Maddison-Good because it wasn’t real ice.

Jevonte-I did it on my own with no penguin.

Brooke-When I first went on I held on and then I was ice skating by myself.

Caitlyn- I didn’t do it with a penguin.

Alissa- I was skating with a penguin. It was good because I only fell over one time then I got up without holding anyone’s hand.

Ethan-I kept falling over.

Jacob- I held onto 2 penguins , one penguin for a little bit. Then skating on my own. After all that I had another penguin for a little bit.

We also found out a bit more about ice skating by watching some videos of ice skating champions. We watched some of the World Championship Figure Skating Championships from this year.

It really inspired us and some of us were so impressed that we described it as magic!

Jaden- How she not fall? She holding hands with him.

Olopeloluwa-That’s magic! She’s doing ballet when she’s skating.

Jack-That’s cool.

Riley-That’s dangerous.

Sheldon- I can do that. I want to do it tomorrow.

Jaden- I do that next time. Maybe tomorrow. Be hard to do by yourself.

Vinnie-some ice skating champions are not falling over because they practise and practise and practise.

L’Rayah- I can do that. I can put my leg up my back.

Leo- They do that because they are right big.

We all had a fabulous day. Thanks to Mrs Lord for organising it and SIV for bringing us the skating rink. Please come again soon!

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Encourage your children to take small risks. If they say they can’t do something support them to give it a go and encourage them for each little step. 
  • Talk to your children about how not everything is easy and you do have to keep practising to get better, even when its hard. 
  • Look out for different athletes in sports that your children love and talk about how hard they have to practise in order to be that good. 
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Best Attendance Spring Term 2018

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Well done Onyx Class!

You had the best Attendance in the whole of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One for the Spring term. That means you came to school more than any other class between Christmas and Easter!

We hope you enjoyed your special treat of extra ‘park’ time and snacks 🙂

Thanks to all the parents and carers for making sure your children are in school everyday and on time. It makes a massive difference to your child’s learning and gives them the best chance of success.

 

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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?