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Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 30th September the whole school took part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning. We had a busy week baking Gingerbread Men and we decided that we would send these to the Coffee Morning for the mums and dads to eat instead of us.

We talked about why we were doing the baking and why we had to sell the Gingerbread Men instead of eating them ourselves.

“Its for the nurses”, said Jayden.

“Its for charity so the poorly people can feel better”, said Corey.

We all paid for a cake so got to eat these at snack time.

Everyone agreed they were delicious. We hope our families had a fantastic time at the Coffee Morning. Look out in school to see how much was raised overall. Last count was £200 and there was more to come!!!

Click here to find out more about Macmillan Cancer and the work they do.

 

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You Can’t Catch Me…

We had a visitor in Onyx class the other week. The Gingerbread Man left us some clues in our classroom. We had to go on Gingerbread Man hunt around the whole school. He left us some clues to work out. Can you remember where the clues told us to go? 

I didn’t want to be a snack, I bet you’ll never get me back. Now got to the place where there’s lot of books. 

Mr Sieczkarek told me to stop running away or I wouldn’t be able to go out and play. I walked away before we could meet and went to the place where we eat. 

You’ve not caught me yet but you will soon I bet. I’ll tell you for free I’ve gone where their three. 

We found out where lots of new places were in our school. Some of us had never been there before. We also got to meet lots of people who work in our school. Can you remember all the places we went? Can you remember all the people we meet along the way? 

When we got back to the classroom we found some gingerbread men. Everyone enjoyed their special treat. It started us talking about the Gingerbread Man and what we knew about him.

We decided that’s what we want to learn about the week after. We retold the story, we acted out the story, we counted gingerbread men, we made some of our own in the creative workshop and then we baked some of our own as well. It was a busy week!

We had an interesting question to find out in Maths as well- Which part of the Gingerbread Man do you eat first? Although Miss Parker didn’t tell us this at first, she just told us that we were only allowed to take one bite. It was hard not to gobble him all up! When we took our bite we looked to see who had eaten which part first. Most of us had eaten the head first!

And we still never caught the Gingerbread Man. We only got to eat the little ones he left for us. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for him at home!

What have we been learning? 

  • To learn where the different spaces are in our school, insides and out. 
  • To learn some of the other people who are in our school and where our big brothers and sisters classrooms are. 
  • The story of the Gingerbread Man. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • See if your child can tell you about the photographs above- Who can you see? Where did we go? 
  • Try and make some Gingerbread Men at home. You can find a recipe here.
  • Find out which part of the Gingerbread Man people eat first at your house. Which is the most popular?
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Safer Internet Day 2016

We are always talking about being safe on the computers and iPads in school but we also talk about staying safe on other devices as well. For Safer Internet Day we had a focus all day on talking about staying safe when we were online.

First we talked about the things that we did online and how we use the internet.

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We read the story of Penguin Pig and made up some creatures of our own.

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We found some funny animals on the internet by putting duck horse into Google and looked at the images. How many of these do you think are real? They’re all there on the internet though! We talked about how you have to use your brain and think about if what you’re seeing is true.

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We made up some great animals of our own thinking of what we would like to see at the zoo if we could see anything we wanted.

We talked about the story and here’s some of what we said…..

Is it a good idea to go and meet a stranger alone? 

Aiva- “If you went to the zoo, you’d take your mummy, dad, nan or grandad.”

Ruby- “Some people might take you away.”

Aissata- “It could be someone who’s invisible.” 

Lacey- “Its making the wrong decision (to go and meet them)”

What could it be behind the door (in the story)?

Corey- “Could be a robber.”

Samuel- “Robbers are bad guys.”

Narla- “They pinching children.”

Samuel- “It might frighten you.”

Harvey M- “Might be the Keeper. It might be a cardboard cut out and they’re hiding behind it.”

Is everything real on the internet? 

Lucas- “No, some bad people tell lies and want to take you away.”

Elisha- “Penguin Pig is pretend, its not real, its not in the zoo.”

Why do you have to be 18 to play some games?

Corey- “Theres too much bad language.”

Alfie- “You could turn down the sound.”

Lucas- “You could see nasty books.”

Harvey M- “I could just play on motorbike games where you just do stunts. You just get back on, you don’t die.”

Dalton- “Violence means when you’re older and play on GTA.”

How do we stay safe on the internet at home? 

Reo- “If we see something we don’t like we tell can tell our mum.”

Corey- “We can press the x and then tell our mum.”

Heres what we recorded in our Floor Book…

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We also watched a Hector’s World Video and thought about what we tell people on computers about ourselves. We know not to give out our personal information online.

You can watch the video from CEOP again by clicking here.

What have we been learning

  • To stay safe when we’re using our computers and tablets online. 
  • Not to believe everything we see on the internet. 
  • About all the different things you can do on the internet. 
  • Not to give out our personal information to people online. 

How can you continue the learning at home

  • Watch the video again at home and talk together about what it says. 
  • Talk to children about what they do online and what to do if they see things which worry them or they don’t like. 
  • Look for the Penguin Pig story- you can look for a copy at the library or buy a copy (paperback or online) Click here for more information

 

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PE Fun!

We started to do our PE sessions before the October half term. Nearly everyone brought their PE kit and everyone did a great job of getting changed themselves. Miss Parker and Miss Deighton only had to help with a couple of items of clothing.

When we were ready we had to walk out of the classroom down to the hall.

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When we get to the hall we have to take our shoes off and that means we’re ready to listen and do PE. You can see why its so important everything has a name written in it when the shoes all look so similar!

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Everyone had a fabulous time in PE. We get to run and show that we can go really fast and also that we can control out bodies and move slowly too.

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In this game we had to listen very carefully to the whistle and remember what each whistle meant. If it blew once we just had to stop, if it blew twice we had to jump up and down and if it blew three times we had to sit down. It was hard to remember, especially at the same time as moving.

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We talked about what happened to our bodies when we were doing the exercise. We noticed that our hearts were beating harder and faster in our chests and it got harder to breathe. When we stopped running they went back to normal. We know that in PE we are making our bodies stronger.

What are we learning? 

  • We are learning the independent skills of getting dressed and undressed. 
  • We are learning about the effects out exercise on our bodies. 
  • We are learning to listen and follow instructions. 
  • We are learning to control our bodies in big movements. 

What can you do to continue the learning at home? 

  • Encourage your children to be active- go to the park to run if there is nowhere safe near your house. 
  • Let your child dress and undress themselves.They all do it themselves at school. Even if it takes a little longer for them to do it themselves thats the only way they’ll get quicker. 
  • Talk to your child about what happens to their body if they’ve been running or walking for a long time. Encourage them to feel their chest and talk about whats happened to their breathing. 
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Coughs and Sneezes!

We’ve had a lot of children with coughs and sneezes this week (and teachers as well!). We’ve been talking about how to make sure we all stay as healthy as possible and don’t spread our germs. Everyone knew to put their hand over their mouth when they cough to make sure the germs don’t go all over our friends. We made a poster to remind us what to do.

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Then we did an experiment with glitter and hand sanitiser. Corey called it ‘glitter sauce’. We had to pretend that the glitter was the germs and we wanted to find out what happened to those germs when we got busy in the classroom. There were lots of “urghs” and “yucks” as the germs were put onto the children’s hands.

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Some children went straight to the toilets to wash their hands!

This meant we talked about how to wash our hands and we made some posters to put up in our toilets so that everyone remembers to wash all those germs off.

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Have a look in our toilets and see if you can see our special posters.

Parents/carers-

*Do your children remember to wash their hands at home?

*Do they remember without you telling them?

*Can your child remember the special rhyme so they wash their hands properly?

 

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Making Mashed Potato!!!

Last week, some children found that our beans and potatoes had grown over the summer and were now ready to eat. We decided that we wanted to harvest the vegetables and make some mashed potato. It was hard work turning our potatoes into mashed potatoes. Look at all the things we had to do, it was a real team effort. At each stage we talked about how to make sure we were staying safe, especially when we needed to wash our hands and when were were cutting the potatoes.

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Which foods can you help make at home? Don’t forget to let us know in school what you’ve been up to.

We’d love to hear all about it and see some pictures 🙂