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Our First Visit to the Library

This week we had our first visit to Manor Top Library. We had to leave school and walk with our partner across all the busy roads to get there. Everyone was very sensible and walked safely to the Library. Miss Parker was very impressed.

 

When we got to the Library we got to have a look at all the books they have there. It was great to look at some new books including some we don’t have in school. We really enjoyed looking at the books and listening to our grown ups tell us the stories.

We will go to the Library every fortnight on a Monday in the afternoon. We will be able to start taking books home next time we go if your child has returned their Library Card form or you’ve already given us their Library Card.

We will also need parents/careers to come with us so look out for the sign up sheet in the classroom. We can take as many parents/careers as want to come but we do ask that you leave younger children at home.

 

 

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Celebrating Eid

It was a very exciting weekend for some of the children in Onyx Class over the weekend of the 24/25th June because they celebrated Eid in their homes. They couldn’t wait to tell us all about it.

They wanted to show us the way that Muslims pray so came to the front and showed us.

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We decided to get the prayer mats out so everyone could see them and they continued to show us how to pray the Muslim way. We found out in our information books that it is called Salah. It is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam and Muslims must pray 5 times a day.

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We also found some books written in Arabic writing and learnt that in Arabic you read the writing right to left not like in English which is left to right. We already know some Arabic from when we do our register in different languages but we learnt how to say Happy Eid as well.

Assalamu alaikum- Peace be unto you (Hello)

Eid Mumbarak- Happy Eid

We were very lucky because one of our families brought us in some Eid treats to try. Can you remember which one you tried? 

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We also read lots of books from our school library about Ramadan, Islam and Eid. Some of them were non-fiction books, some of them were fiction like this one. They all taught us all more about Eid though. We also watched the CBeebies programme Let’s Celebrate to find out what else happens at Eid. Click here to find the clips we watched. 

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While we talked about Eid and Islam we also talked about some of the other children’s experiences of religion. We found out some children prayed in different ways and went to Church instead of Mosque.

What have we been learning? 

  • About celebrations that are important to children in our class. 
  • That different people celebrate different religious events and festivals to us. 
  • What happens at Eid and some of the ways which Muslims practice their religion. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk to your child about the celebrations which are important in your family. 
  • Look for different religious buildings in Sheffield, such as churches and mosques. 
  • Use books from the library to find out more about different celebrations. 
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Caterpillars Caterpillars (Part 2)

You’ll not believe how much our caterpillars have grown!!! Look at them now….

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We’ve been doing lots of learning all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children are  now really good at telling the whole story using the story map. Have a go at telling the story together at home. 

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We’ve also been learning to answer questions we have asked about caterpillars and butterflies. When we were reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar Jayden asked where the egg came from. We all had a few ideas but we decided to find out. We used non-fiction (information) books to find out the answers. Lots of the children had the right idea about what happened and where the egg came from but needed a little practise to be able to explain it in a sentence.  Can you remember something else you found out from reading the books? 

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We were all able to show we could answer Jayden’s question in the form of a life cycle. Can you explain the life cycle and what happens? 

There was a song Miss Parker knew which helped us to remember what happened. It is from the Music Express books and is sung to the tune of ‘She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain’. Can you sing the song and remember the actions? 

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf (wiggle, wiggle), There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf (wiggle, wiggle), There’s a tiny caterpillar, tiny caterpillar, tiny caterpillar on a leaf (wiggle, wiggle). 

He will eat the leaves around him ’til he’s full (munch, munch), He will……… (repeat)

A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home (spin, spin), A cocoon is……… (repeat)

Then he’ll be a butterfly and fly away (flap, flap), Then he’ll (repeat)

By the end of the week we’d learnt so much that we were able to write class sentences to explain what we’d learnt. We did some shared writing altogether with Mrs Murch helping us. Can you read the writing that we did together? 

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We were trying to predict when we thought the caterpillars would spin their cocoons. Some children thought it would be by Monday morning, some children thought it might take a bit longer. Everyone is excited for when we get the butterflies. Keep checking back to see when that happens…..

 

 

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Our Easter Chick Hunt

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We had a great time when the Easter Bunny came to say hello. He was a little bit sneaky though and just left a clue in our classroom for us to follow. We had to go around the whole school reading the clues and working out where we had to go next. We are able to do most of the reading ourselves now. We kept spotting chicks on the way which helped. When we got back to the classroom the Easter Bunny had brought us some Easter eggs 🙂 We all had a wonderful time and it was a great chance for us to practise our ever improving reading skills.

This is the first and the last clue….

We loved our Easter Chick Hunt and wish the Easter Bunny would come back everyday! (Some of us did get to see him at the 100% Attendance Disco later that day :-))

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NSPCC Big Board Game Day

We invited our parents and carers to school on Friday for Big Board Game Day in aid of the NSPCC. You can find out more about the great work that they do for children here.

We love playing board games because they are such a fun way to help us get better at Maths and counting. All the counting on a board game going backwards and forwards and counting the dice makes us much better at understanding number order, number lines and the concepts of more and less. The extra bonus is we’re having so much fun we don’t even know we’re doing Maths.

We all made our very own board game which we got to take home at the end of the day. Everyone had to order the numbers 1-20 themselves and then decide which messages to put on their game. Every single game in the class is different. Then we had the tricky job of cutting out the dice and folding it to make a cube.

Some children made a different board game with Mrs Brown at Parent Workshop on Thursday. One child brought his to school and very kindly let his friends keep it in the Maths Area. The children had a great time playing the game following the rules themselves and reading the cards which told them what to do.

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As well as being great for making us great Mathematicians, board games are really good for helping us take turns and think of others as there are winners and losers.

We loved having our parents and carers come to help us in school and are really looking forward to playing our games again and again. Thanks for coming and for the donations that you made for the NSPCC.

Parents/ Carers- Don’t forget to let us know how your child has been getting on with their game on a Wow moment. You can send us an email of you all playing it on the class email. Let us know about any other board games you have and play at home. I heard one child talk about playing Monopoly already! 

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

We read a book read a book called Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williems after the bus driver sent it to us. We’d had a letter from the pigeon telling us he would drive the bus for us after he heard about the bus driver bumping the bus at Meadowhall. The bus driver said not to let him but we weren’t so sure.

These are the letters that we received. Can you read any of the words? 

Some of us wrote some letters back with the teacher’s help.

This is what our thinking looked like in our floor book.

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It made us think what other combinations we could think of and if it would be a good idea for those animals to drive the vehicles. We made a book of our ideas. You can find it in our Book Corner if you’d like to read it and see who wrote which page.

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Parents/carers- you can also ask to see it in our books if your child wrote one of the pages. 

WOULD YOU LET THE ANIMALS DRIVE THE BUS? 

What have we been learning? 

  • to consider different possibilities and give reasons for our thoughts
  • to follow the pattern of language and create a repeating text 
  • to write our ideas listening to the sounds we hear
  • to write using finger spaces (with some reminders from our teachers)
  • to write some of the tricky words we know from memory, e.g. the

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • make up some more pages for our book and have a go at writing your idea down. You could draw a picture first to show your idea. 
  • give reasons for other decisions you make and say why you think you are right. 
  • try to write other words and sentences down listening to the sounds in words. Parents/ carers- if you look at the writing above you’ll see the children haven’t spelt every word perfectly. At this stage we want them to listen to the sounds they heard and know the letters. We want them to see themselves as independent writers. 

 

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Onyx the Dog Goes Home

Onyx the Dog who we got on our recent visit to Build a Bear Workshop has started visiting the children’s houses.

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When Onyx Dog comes to your house you will find the special Adventures book. You can read about our visit to Build a Bear. The children formed the sentences themselves. You can also see what he has been doing at everyone else’s house. Help your child read the words and look at the pictures talking about what Onyx has been doing.

Please help your child add their entry to the book by allowing them to write their own sentence about what Onyx Dog did at their house. If you want to write under it or add more that’s fine but its really important the children get chance to do some writing (with your help)

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