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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.
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Road Safety- Be Bright Be Safe

On Thursday October 23rd it was Crazy Colourful People Day in school to promote Road Safety. This is particularly important at this time of year when the nights are getting longer. We loved getting dressed up in all our bright clothes. We think you’ll agree we look great!

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We also had Maria visit us to talk to us about Road Safety the week before. We all learnt how to cross the road making sure we hold our grown ups hand.

Parents/carers you an find out more by clicking on the web pages below.

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THINK! Education

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