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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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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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Yum, Yum, Christmas Dinner

It was our Christmas Dinner today. Nearly everybody in the class tried a school dinner which was great to see. We have to try hard to use our knife and fork even when it gets a bit tricky.

We even had some special visitors come and join us for Christmas Dinner. The PCSOs came to catch up with us and enjoy their dinner as well. You might even spot Miss Parker’s mum as well who came to share the occasion with us.

We all agreed that our dinner was delicious and now those of us who celebrate Christmas are really looking forward to Christmas dinner at our homes over Christmas.

What we have been learning? 

  • To use a knife and fork.
  • To try new foods. 
  • To talk to members of our community. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Encourage your child to use their knife and fork when they eat at home. 
  • Encourage your child to try a range of foods at home and to eat school dinners each day. 
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Balance Bikes

We were very lucky this week when Rob from British Cycling came back to visit us in school. He came in before the half term break to see us and teach us some skills on the balance bikes. The balance bikes are really important for helping us to develop lots of physical skills.

These are the pictures from Rob’s first visit.

We start each session by practising some skills, often holding onto the paper ‘handlebars’. Then we get to try out our new skills on the bike.

Rob said he was really impressed by the progress we are making and he could tell that we’d been practising in between our sessions. We go on the Muga every week to practise our skills.

Rob was so impressed he gave everyone a certificate to say well done 🙂

image We’d love to know if your child has a bike a home. Do they have a balance bike or can they already ride a bike with pedals? Please complete a WOW moment or email us a photo of your child riding their bike.

Please ask for the email address in school if you don’t already have it.

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Super Sports Day

Friday was our Sports Day. We had a fabulous time along with Key Stage One down on the MUGA completing a range of different activities. First we found out which team we were in and which grown up we were with. It was good because we got mixed up with lots of kids from all the other classes. Then it was down to the MUGA to start the different activities. We had ten to do in total with a couple of rest stations.

Sports Day was even more exciting this year as our parents/ carers got to come and watch us. There were 75 parents/ carers in total which is fantastic to see. Thanks to all that came. A big thank you also the the Y6 kids who came to help us and Miss Varley who organised everything.

Once we’d done all the activities we went back to the Main Hall to find out who won. All the points every team scored were added up and the winning teams were announced. There were special certificates for the kids in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Everyone else got a certificate to say well done.

What have we been learning?

  • to take part in a team with children from a range of classes.
  • to participate in a range of sporting activities.
  • about the effects of exercise on our bodies.
  • to support others engaged in sporting activities.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • have a mini-sports day at the park with your friends. 
  • talk about the effects of exercise on your body, for example, when walking home or walking up stairs. 
  • talk about how to cool down when you get hot during sports activities, such as taking off jumpers when hot and drinking cool water. 
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Onyx Class Dancers

We’ve had a few children talking about the dancing they do out of school recently. They’ve been really brave and have been doing demonstrations for the rest of the class.

We decided to watch a video of some people dancing. Miss Parker showed us some Ballet danced by professional ballet dancers. We were memorised and watched it without a sound or any movement. Some of us said we didn’t think grown ups could get their legs that high and some of us were surprised to see boys as well as girls dancing. We watched another clip later in the day and compared to two.

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We asked Miss Oades to help us the next time she was in class as she used to do lots of dance when she was younger. We made our PE session a dance session and used lots of different types of music to see how we danced differently to different music.

Can you guess what sort of music we were listening to from looking at our moves? 

We found it really interesting finding out about different types of dance. Well done to the girls who shared their home experiences of dance which led to everyone finding out more about different types of dance.

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More Gymnastics Fun

We were very lucky on Wednesday because Rachel came to do an extra Gymnastics session with us in the Hall. We had such a good time when we did gymnastics with her before everyone was very excited.

We had to remember everything we learnt before and see if we could still do it as well. It was a fantastic opportunity to refresh our memories.

We love gymnastics with Rachel and really hope we get to see her again sometime soon.