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A Visit to Build A Bear Workshop Visit

We had a wonderful time last week when we visited Build a Bear Workshop at Meadowhall. We had to walk to the bus stop and catch the number 18 bus. We saw lots of interesting things out of the window on the way.

Once we got to Meadowhall Bus Interchange then we had to walk to find Build a Bear Workshop. We had to go across roads, go up steps, go over bridges, go down escalators and walk past all the shops. It was a great opportunity to use some of the position words we’ve been learning in Maths this week and last. It also gave us a good opportunity to practise our reading and work out what it said on the floor. Can you read it to a grown up now? 

Corey also managed to spot a volcano! Can you see it? This was good because Mateo had been asking when we were going on our Volcano Hunt.

We made it to Build a Bear Workshop 🙂

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Once we got to Build a Bear Workshop we had the serious business to attend to and a bear to choose! We had three bears to choose from… can you remember which one you wanted? 

Everyone helped to fill our bear with fluff by pressing the pedal with our foot. We worked together with our friend.

Then we had to make a wish to put in our bear and also blow lots of kisses with fill our new friend with love. Then they were tied at the back so nothing fell back out.

After that we had to choose a name for our bear; we choose Onyx Dog when we talked about it. The last thing we had to do was get Onyx Dog some clothes so she can come to all our houses and school. While the grown ups had a look for some clothes for us to choose from we all had a hug with Onyx Dog and said hello for the first time.

Then we were ready to go back to school so we had to go and find the Bus Interchange again. We found the right bus stop using the letters and numbers and caught the bus back to school. Everyone was very sensible when the bus we should have been catching didn’t run and we had to wait for the next bus.

Everyone was very excited on the way back because it was a double decker bus and Miss Parker let us sit upstairs. We wondered if we would fit under the bridge but thankfully we did!

The excitement wasn’t over then though. When we got back to school there were lots and lots of fire engines outside school! Thankfully the firefighters were only practising in the old school building and there was no real fire. It meant we got to have a really good look at them as we walked past.

Well done Onyx Class! You were superstars all morning and made it a wonderful visit. I’m sure Onyx Dog is looking forward to coming to all your houses for a visit soon. Also a HUGE thank you to all the parents who came with us, we couldn’t go on our visits without you!

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Our Family Poems

After Grandparents Day, we started talking about our families and who is in our family. It sparked lots of learning about our families and people we know.  We brought photos in from home of our families to share with everybody. It was also National Poetry Day in the same week so we combined the two and wrote our own poems. We had to tell the grown ups our ideas and they helped us to make them into a poem.

Look at our Anthology here….

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Didn’t we we do a marvellous job? Did you find your poem? You can find the actual book in our classroom in the Book Corner.

You can see some of the other learning we did in our Floor Book here…

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We talked about teddy bears and wanting to go to Build A Bear Workshop at Meadowhall. We’re hopefully going to go in the New Year so look out for the letter.

What have we been learning?

  • Who is in our family and how everyone is related. 
  • To talk about our family and to say what is important to us about them. 
  • To put our ideas into a poem. 
  • To recognise our names in the Anthology and names of people in our family. 
  • How people grow up and change. 
  • How objects change as they get old. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk about who is in your family and how everyone is related- the children often get this confused. 
  • Show the poem your child wrote to the people in your family and ask them what they think. 
  • Try and write your own poem about something different- favourite animals, places you go etc- and bring it to school to show us. 
  • Look at any objects you have from your childhood with your child. Talk about how it is special to you and how it might have changed 
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Our Class Charter

During our first few days at school we wrote our class charter. Our charter says what we think we should get to do and feel at school. We call these our rights. If we want these things to happen then there are some things we need to do. We call these our responsibilities.

After talking about our rights and responsibilities we recorded our ideas in the floor book.

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We decided this is what our class charter should be….

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Everyone then had to sign to say they agreed with our charter and that they were going to do their best to make sure they followed their responsibilities. Name writing can be a bit tricky when you’re first starting FS2 but we all tried our best and copied our name card if we needed to.

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We’ve put our class charter on the classroom wall so everyone can see it and it will remind them what they agreed to. It means we can show our families as well.

On our first day of school we all made our handprint so we could make a flower altogether. Together we are the best!

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Can you remember which colour your handprint was?

What have we been learning? 

  • about teamwork and working together. 
  • about the importance of following rules and routines. 

What can you do to continue the learning at home? 

  • talk about other groups you and your child belong to, such as your family. 
  • talk about the rules and routines in your house and why it is important we follow them. 

 

 

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‘Bake it Better’ Day 2016

The children recently had their own idea to raise some money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Some of us talked about times when we’d been to the Children’s Hospital and how they had helped us.

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We realised that Bake it Better Day was nearly here and we’d best start making plans for making and selling our goodies. First we had to decide what we wanted to bake, we’d baked a lot of buns and cakes already this year so decided on biscuits. Linked to our learning about France we decided on French Butter Biscuits. We also decided how much we wanted them to cost. Garnet class decided they wanted to help us and made some biscuits as well.

 

Everyone got busy making and baking the biscuits remembering to read the recipe carefully. We had to make sure we measured everything out carefully too.

 

Once we’d made and decorated our biscuits then we had to make sure we sold them all to raise the money. There was no pinching one because that wouldn’t have helped the Children’s Hospital.

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We made a poster to go in the staff room so the teachers knew what was happening.

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We also sent them an email so they couldn’t miss the information.

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We made some special boxes to help us carry the biscuits up to the staff room. We didn’t want to drop them!!! It was also a special job to collect the money and work out any change anybody needed. We even got to meet some teachers we’d never met before.

Everyone said they loved our biscuits. Some teachers even bought two! We managed to sell them all 🙂

A big thank you to everyone who bought our biscuits. Onyx and Garnet class managed to raise £30 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital which we will send them as soon as possible. Well done to the children for their kind work to help others 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To help others by thinking of ways to raise money which will help them. 
  • To write posters and emails to promote our event. 
  • To measure ingredients after reading the recipe. 
  • To work out real money and change. 
  • To talk to people we’ve not met before and get to know some different teachers at our school.

How can we continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about other people who might need our help and how we might be able to help them. 
  • To make some biscuits at home using the recipe for biscuits. We then decorated ours with chocolate. How will you do yours? 
  • Allow your child to help you with money and change at the shops. Give them £1 to buy something and wait for the change together. 
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The Day we went to Build a Bear

This week was very exciting as we went on our first school trip. We caught the bus and went to Build a Bear Workshop at Meadowhall. This was all part of the learning we’ve been doing about Anti-Bullying Week.

Dalton was able to talk all about it….. “We came in Build a Bear and sit on the floor and we build a bear with fluff and then Elisha put clothes on it and after that we had a picture. After that we had a look at lights and after that eat dinner” 

Here are the pictures of how we got to Meadowhall. First we had to walk to the bus stop remembering what we’ve learnt about road safety when we were near the busy roads. We wore our tabards so we were bright and easy to see.

Then we could see Build a Bear Workshop! Everyone was very excited.

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We went into Build a Bear Workshop and Ryan helped us to make our bear. We had to choose which type of bear we wanted and which clothes she was going to wear. We had to work as a team and vote for our favourites. We understood that we got to decide as a whole class so it might not be our first choice which was picked.

We even got to vote for our bear’s name. The winner was Millie Ethel.

Here we all are with our new friend. Can you spot her?

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After we’d got our we went to look at some of the Christmas lights and we found the Lego shop as well. It made us wonder what we could make from Lego back at school.

After that we even had time for a picnic at Meadowhall with our special school sandwiches before we headed back to school.

The children were very well behaved during the visit and got a certificate on Friday in Special Mentions Assembly for being Charming Citizens and excellent ambassadors for our school.

If you want to see photos of the whole story of The Day we went to Build a Bear look out for the book in our book corner or when Millie Ethel starts coming to your homes.

A big thank you to the parents/ carers who came with us. We wouldn’t be able to go on visits without your support.

If you would like to come with us on visits, please speak to us in school and we’ll let you know when we’re going and what you need to do. 

What have we been learning? 

  • To be part of a collective team effort to build a bear. 
  • To know we have to share the bear altogether and be friends. 
  • to stay safe when we’re out near the roads and in public places. 
  • To look at and talk about the Christmas lights and everything else we saw on the day. 

What can you do to continue the learning at home? 

  • Go on visits with your child to different places in Sheffield. There are lots of places you can go for free such as The Winter Gardens, Weston Park Museum and Ecclesall Woods or Norfolk Park. Talk about how these places are the same and different to other places you have been. 
  • Continue to remind your child about road safety when near roads and refer to when we go places with school. All the children we’re brilliant when we went as a class. 
  • Look out for the bear coming to your home after Christmas for the weekend or a couple of nights!!!!
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Our Last Week in Reception

For our last week in Reception, Miss Parker and the other teachers let us choose what learning we wanted to do. We had a look back at this blog and found some of our favourite activities from the year. We had to do some negotiating and comprising when different children wanted different things out and we had to make sure there weren’t just dinosaurs and fairies everywhere! Once we had decided what we would like in each area Miss Parker got busy getting everything we needed out.

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Then it was our turn to get busy. We loved having all our favourite things back out.

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Miss Parker will be making sure our Y1 teachers know all of our favourite activities and our favourite interests.

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Christmas Excitement with the Elf on the Shelf!

We had a busy time in December getting ready for Christmas. The Elf on the Shelf came to visit us and it was lots of fun each day trying to find where he had hidden. He got himself into some interesting places! Can you remember where we found him?


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We called our elf Smiley. Each day when we found him he had a letter for us. We read the letter and found out what challenge Smiley had set us.

Here are some of our letters…..

 

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Our elf stayed with us throughout December and joined in with some of our other events like the Christmas Performance.

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Smiley also came to our Christmas Party with Santa.

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We all had the best time at the party and a few of us said we wished we could do it everyday! Thanks to parents and carers for generously providing the food and drinks. 

The day after we got to play with our presents from Santa. The elf gave us a challenge to complete.

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We loved having the Elf on the Shelf come to school and we were sad when he had to go back to the North Pole to help Santa. We hope he comes again next year!

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Christmas Jumper Day!

We hope you had a fabulous holiday period. All the best for 2015!

 

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