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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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This Week’s Awards- Spring 1 Week 3

Its been another great week in Onyx Class this week. After not knowing for ages who would be Mathematician and Writer this week it became a close run thing on Friday afternoon who the winners would be.

Mathematician of the Week- 

This young lady did a wonderful job at thinking of a different way to use our Numicon and not just filling up the board. She used the dice as well to make a game. We’ve been hearing lots of reports that she’s been doing more Maths at home and its really paying off. Well done!

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Writer of the Week

Our writer this week not only wrote all the words he needed himself but he also thought about what he wanted to write and remembered it so he wrote all the words correctly. He was able to read it back to check his spelling and work out the correct spelling of the tricky word the using his reading skills to help. Great job!

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We had one more winner this week linked to our Books at Bedtime Challenge. Well done to everyone who sent their challenge card for week one back to school. Its great to see all the bedtime stories you’ve been enjoying. Don’t forget to read this week as well (and catch up if you forgot last week) before bringing it back to school on Friday. There’ll be another winner announced next week.

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WELL DONE EVERYBODY!

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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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A Proud Teacher

I  was a very proud teacher on Tuesday this week. While we were at Manor Top Library on Monday afternoon a member of the public came to tell me about how polite and kind the children in Onyx class were being. She was there with her son and some of the children were reading him stories.

Then on Tuesday an email arrived in school. Miss French forwarded it to me and it said,

I have just been to the library with my 9 month old son. A class of children from your school were there. They were delightful! A small group of them shared their stories with my son, they were so kind and very polite. I think that they acted as a credit to your school!

WELL DONE Onyx class! You are all superstars and we are all very proud of you 🙂