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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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Making Butter!

Before we went to Cannon Hall Farm we talked about the milking that we would see and talked about…

What can you make from milk?

Adam said, “You can make a cup of tea.”  Dontae knew you could make “chocolate” and apart from that we weren’t really sure.

(You can see the photos of the milking we saw on the Cannon Hall Farm post- click here)

Miss Parker said she knew of something that we could make ourselves in the classroom so we had a go. We made some butter!

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It was hard work because we had to shake the jar a LOT! We passed the jar around the circle and made the butter as a team so our arms didn’t get too tired. Lexi said, “My arms are tired.”

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After a little while we took the lid off and saw that the cream had got thicker but it didn’t look like butter yet. We put the lid back on and shook it some more. After everyone had had another turn we took the lid off again. We thought it would be different this time because the noise the jar was making when we shook had changed. Jayden said he could hear, “flump, flump, flump.” Miah also noticed there was milk back in the jar, “Its turned to milk, look!” We found out that was the buttermilk which is formed when the butter is ready.

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When we’d made the butter we had some on a cracker. We had to use the knife to butter our own cracker then we could sprinkle some cheese on it. When we read the packet we found out that cheese came from milk as well. We also had a drink of goat’s milk because we’d found out about it at the farm but no one had tried it before, including Miss Parker and Miss Morris.

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What have we been learning? 

  • which products come from milk. 
  • about turning liquids into solids and talking about what happens. 
  • to use a knife to spread butter. 
  • to try new foods and drinks which we haven’t had before.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Find some other products which are made from milk. Which is your favourite? 
  • Have a go at making butter at home. We used a small glass jar with a marble in it. 
  • What else do you know about which turns from a liquid into a solid? Here’s a clue: What happens to water when it get really cold? 
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Getting Changed for PE

Today was a very special day in Onyx class, we got changed for PE for the very first time. A huge thank you to all the parents/ carers who sent PE kits to school, nearly everybody had a PE kit. Look how smart we all look….

We all did a fantastic job of getting changed all by ourselves. Miss Parker and Miss Morris only had to help with a few top buttons and some pairs of tights but these are really tricky. Everyone did a great job of remembering where all their clothes were and only putting on the right ones. Some children were even feeling confident enough to help others.

Miss Webster popped in from Nursery and was very impressed with how independent everyone was being.  We showed her the stars we were getting on our Star Cards 🙂

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We all loved PE in the Main Hall. We played a game where one of us had to give instructions to everyone else so they knew how to move. We had to listen very carefully and then think how to move in all the different ways. Can you remember all the different ways we had to move? 

Don’t forget to leave your child’s PE kit in school and then it’ll be there when we need it again next week. Our Hall session for PE is Thursday mornings.

What we have been learning? 

  • To get dressed and undressed ourselves. 
  • To listen to instructions. 
  • To move in different ways. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Let your child get dressed and undressed themselves- it might take longer but they will get quicker! 
  • Keep practising with tricky zips and buttons. 

 

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Running for Sport Relief

On Friday 18th March it was Sport Relief. We had already raised some money by holding a Fair-trade Bake Sale for the teachers with our Chocolatey Easter Nest Buns. You can find out more about this on our Fair-trade blog post if you click here.

We weren’t finished there though. Everyone in school ran for a whole mile and we were no different. We waited until our special time then headed outside. A mile is a long way when you only have little legs but everyone kept on running even when their legs got tired. Some of our parents and carers came to cheer us on and run with it. It was great to see them there and definitely gave us a boost.

Everyone did an amazing job and helped school raise lots of money for us to send to Sport Relief. Well done everyone!

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What have we been learning?

  • How exercise helps to keep us fit and healthy. 
  • What happens to our bodies when we do exercise. 
  • About how the things we do can help other people, including some people that we’ve never met. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

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The Dough Disco!

Since Christmas we’ve been going to the Dough Disco every day. Dough Disco is a fun way to help strengthen our fingers and hands and get them ready for writing. We also do Write Dance each week (see this post about Write Dance from last year to give you a better idea of what it is.)

In Dough Gym we all have our own pot of dough which we have to look after. We made it ourselves. Have you ever made Playdough? Its very easy and your children can help you do it.

Follow this simple recipe-

The children can help count out the cups and tablespoons and talk about the different amount between the cups and the tablespoons.

Then they will need your help because the recipe needs very hot or boiling water. Add 2 cups of boiling water and mix with a spoon until all the dry ingredients have gone. Once it has cooled a little then give it to the children to continue mixing it with their hands. You can talk about about how hot the play dough is and how it cools.

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Once we’d made our play dough we were ready to use it for Dough Disco. Everyone has their own pot and we sit in a circle so everyone can see. Miss Parker puts on the music and we’re ready to go…

We dance with the dough in our hands and practise using our fingers and hands to squash, squeeze and squidge the dough. These are some of the movements we do in time to the music.

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If you want to find out more you can watch a video of Dough Disco with Shonette Bason-Wood on YouTube by clicking on this link.

What have we been learning? 

  • To make play dough counting out the ingredients and talking about the changes we see and feel. 
  • To strengthen our hands and fingers using the dough. 
  • To move in time to the music. 
  • To listen to instructions and do the action we are being told. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Make some play dough of your own (you can colour it with food colouring if you want)
  • See if you can have a Dough Disco with your favourite music playing. 
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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.