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Our First Library Visit

Today was very exciting as we went to visit Manor Top Library for the first time. We all had to be super sensible because it meant going out of school and up past all the busy roads on Manor Top. We had to use the green man to help us cross the road and make sure we stopped at all the kerbs to check for cars.

Here we are walking to the Library…

We were all very excited to see the Library. Some of us had been before but not everyone had.

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When we got into the Library we all took our coats off and found a special mat to sit on. We had to think about our behaviour in the Library and what might be the same and different to being in school. Everyone listened carefully when we knew we had to be quiet. We also remembered to walk around the Library and look after the books putting them back carefully when we’d finished with them.

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Then Miss Parker and the teachers let us look at the books. We had a great time looking for the ones we thought looked the best. We were lucky so many grown ups came with us so they could help read the books with us. Some children found books they’d read before at home or in Nursery, some children found new books which they thought looked interesting for them.

We were sad when it was time to go back to school but we will get to visit again soon. Next time we can hopefully take a book home with us.

A BIG, BIG thank you to all the parents/ carers who came with us to the library 🙂  We love when you come to the Library with us. Look out for the next date in the classroom if you would like to come with us next time. 

What have we been learning? 

  • to cross the roads safely. 
  • to adapt our behaviour to different places and if we meet different people. 
  • to enjoy looking at books for pleasure and looking for our favourites to read. 
  • to spend quiet time looking at books on our own and with friends and grown ups. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • make sure your child has a FREE Library Card so they can bring a book home the next time we go the Library. Ask in class for a form to complete, 
  • visit the Library with your child and look at the books together. 
  • enjoy books together everyday.  A book at bedtime is an important part of your child’s bedtime routine. 
  • talk to your child about staying safe near the roads and make sure you always model good behaviour near the roads because your children will copy what you do, even if you tell them to do differently. 
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Our Day at Cannon Hall Farm

We all had a wonderful time on our school trip to Cannon Hall Farm. We looked at the photos when we got back to school and Miss Parker turned it into a book all about our day. We remembered so much about what we’d done and where we’d been. We really did learn lots not only about the farm animals but also about an environment which is very different to Manor Top and near school.

We had such a good day its hard to say what our favourite part of the day was. You’ll have to ask us next time you see us.

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If you would like to find out more information about Cannon Hall Farm you can find out more on their website.

A HUGE thank you to all the grown ups who came with us to help. We couldn’t have gone without you. And a huge thank you to Alison and everyone at Cannon Hall for a wonderful day. The children had a wonderful time 🙂 

 

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Safety Week 2018

It was Safety Week in school recently. We use the TASC wheel in school so we decided this would be a good week to introduce it to FS2.

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We asked the children what they knew about safety and they started to talk about Road Safety. We’d started talking about this on our visit to Build a Bear Workshop and some of the children remembered what we said. We also talked about it more on our visit to the Library.

We asked the children how they wanted to represent their thinking about road safety and how they were going to teach some of the other children what they were learning. There were lots of fabulous ideas, from making cars to traffic light costumes, to making a road safety video. You can see a couple of them here…

Look out in our classroom for the finished products and you can see more in our books.

We also had a visit from some Y3 children who had been on Road Safety sessions. They came to tell us what they had been learning.

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We had such a great week and the children really surprised us with their amazing ideas using the TASC wheel. We can’t wait to do another TASC project soon.

 

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Our Trip to Build a Bear Workshop

We had a wonderful visit to Build A Bear Workshop on January 31st. We did lots of talking about our visit and reflected on what we had seen and learnt when we got back. This has been turned into a Learning Story which you can see both in the classroom and below. We’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

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After the February half term Charlie will start to come and visit the children at home. Please make sure you look after Charlie and bring him back to school. We’d love for you to complete the special diary so we can share your child’s experiences with the whole class. We encourage the children to write in the diary themselves rather than have you do it for them. Look out for Charlie coming to a house near you soon!

A huge thank you to the Parents/Carers who came with us on our visit. Without you we wouldn’t be able to take the children on these important visits.

How you can continue the learning at home? 

  • Go on visits to other places in Sheffield.  Talk about how they are the same as Manor Top and Meadowhall and how they are different.  
  • Go on visits on public transport, such as the bus or tram, and allow your child to help paying for tickets. It will help them understand money and how the different coins work. 
  • Allow your child to take small risks (with your close supervision) such as going on escalators. It will help them develop their self confidence and ability to manage their own safety. 

You can send us pictures of your visits or complete a wow moment in class.

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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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A Visit to the Library

Onyx class went on their first visit to Manor Top Library this week. We had to leave school and go across the busy roads to find the Library. Everyone was so sensible and the teachers were really proud of how grown up we all were.

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When we got to the Library we had a chance to look at the books. There were lots of different ones that we don’t have at school. We enjoyed looking at them and did a great job of putting them back where we found them. Some of us enjoyed listening to the grown ups read stories to us.

Soon we’ll be able to start borrowing the books and take them home to look at. If your child doesn’t have a library card or you haven’t completed a form yet please ask in class. We have some forms so you don’t have to go to the Library. If you have your child’s Library card at home please send it to school so we can keep it at the Library.

We need parents/ carers to come to the Library with us when we go. We are unable to go without extra adults to help us walk to the Library and help us read the books. If you are able to come with us please sign up in the classroom.  We go every other Monday afternoon 1.30-2.30pm but our next visit is November 7th because of the half term break. Unfortunately we are unable to take younger brothers or sisters with us.

When we went to the Library it was a fantastic opportunity for us remember the Road Safety Janene had taught us the week before. We had to make sure to Stop- Look- Listen- Think and Hold Hands all the way there. We pressed the buttons on the Pelican crossings and waited for the green man to tell us to walk. We wore our tabards to make sure we were bright and everyone could see us.

What we are learning? 

  • To read and look at books for enjoyment. 
  • To handle books carefully turning the pages the correct way. 
  • To walk across the busy roads remembering our Road Safety. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Read books as much as possible. You should read at least one book a day together. 
  • Visit the Library with your child and borrow books to take home. 
  • Remember to always be safe on the roads and remember what your child has been taught with them. 
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Keeping Safe on the Roads

On Friday 7th October Janene came to visit us to talk about Road Safety. It is especially important we think about this as the nights start to get darker but we need to stay safe near the roads all the time.

She talked to us about the Green Cross Code. Can you remember your Green Cross Code? 

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Remember to Stop, Look, Listen, Think and Hold Hands every time your near the roads.

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We learnt about staying safe near Pelican crossings, Puffin crossings and Zebra crossings. Can you remember which one is which?  We practised crossing them in our classroom.

Janene showed us what the Lollipop person looks like. They help us to cross the road safely but we need to remember to keep holding our grown ups hand as well and remember to walk.

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We also learnt about staying safe in the car and that we had to always sit on our special car seat and also put our seat belt on every time. The car seat makes sure that our seat belt is in the correct place for us even though we are little.

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Finally, we said goodbye to Spike the Hedgehog and his family and said a big thank you to Janene for coming to talk to us and help keep us safe.

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What have we been learning? 

  • To stay safe near the roads. 
  • To remember our Green Cross Code. 
  • To keep safe when we are in the car by sitting in our special seats with our seat belts on. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

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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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Road Safety Day

Some of our Key Stage 2 children organised a Road Safety Day on November 6th. It is really important to think about staying safe near the roads all the time but especially now when its getting dark so early. We were asked to come to school dressed in as many bright colours as we could find.

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We talked about Road Safety when we had a special visitor come to talk to use about staying safe on the roads so we worked hard to remember what we had talked about before.

At the end of the school day we went to the whole school Assembly where those of us who were dressed up got to walk on the special catwalk. We had the whole school watching us and then we got to watch them and see what they were wearing. Someone in our class even won a whole school prize for the best costume.

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You can look at this website to find out more if you want more activities for your child Think! Education for children under 5 or there’s information for parents here. 

 

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Going to the Library

We’ve started to visit the local library at Manor Top every other week.

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Everybody has to walk to the library looking after their partner. We have to remember everything we’ve learnt about road safety when we cross the busy roads on the Manor Top.

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We also look out on the way to see what we can see. We often look in the chemist windows and the card shop to see what is popular at the moment. When we went to the library there were lots of Halloween goodies. We usually see a tram or two as well.

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When we get to the Library we have to remember to use our quiet voices and to walk around the Library. We also have to remember to be really careful with the books and put them back where we find them.

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We are allowed to choose our favourite books although sometimes Miss Parker asks us to find books about what we’ve been talking about in class. We know that the books can teach us more about the things we have been learning.

After we’ve had some time looking at the books were allowed to choose a book to take home. To do this we need a Library card which we keep at the Library. We have to use the special computer and tell it which book we are taking home.

If your child does not have a Library card please ask us in school and we’ll give you a form so you can get one. Or you can get one directly at the Library – just tell them your child is in Onyx class. 

We know it’s nearly time to go home when we listen to a story. Often the Librarian reads the story to us. We get to listen to stories that we don’t have in school.

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Can you see our parents in the background too? We love it when our mums, dads and grandparents come with us. We can take lots of extra adults with us when we go the Library so please speak to a member of staff in school if you’d like to come with us, we’ll put your name down. 

Why do we go the Library? What are we learning? 

  • We learn to enjoy looking at books on our own and with our friends. 
  • We learn to read our favourite books and talk about the pictures. 
  • We look for books linked to out learning in class and learn that books can have information in them. 
  • We learn about the job of a Librarian and get to know real life librarians. 
  • We learn about walking safely to the library
  • We talk about what we see on the way to the library. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Visit the library with your child and family (Remember your Library card is at the Library and you can still use it even without school)
  • Share books together and tell stories. 
  • Talk to your child about the books they see at the Library and bring home to share with you.