We are very lucky at Prince Edward Primary School as, not only do we get to go to Manor Top Library, we also have our very own Library in school! Onyx class visited this week to find a book they would like to take home. Everyone loved the library and it was interesting for the teachers to see which books interested the children the most. The ‘Oi’ books were very popular (Oi Frog, Oi Dog and Oi Cat) as were the non-fiction books. Particular favourites were the car and motorbike books and also the books about castles and knights. Maybe these will be the themes the children choose to learn about next…
First we had a good look at all the books and found our favourites.
When we’d found our favourite we got to take it Miss Parker who helped us to issue it just like at Manor Top Library. We loved it when the computer knew which book we wanted to borrow and when our special number told the computer our names.
Please make sure you return your child’s library book to school. We will be going to the school library regularly now and only children who have brought their book back will be able to take a new book home. Please look inside the book for the date it needs to be returned by.
It is really important all books are returned so that everyone can continue to enjoy them. You may be asked to pay for books which are not returned and your child will no longer be allowed to take books home.
Last week in school was Careers Week. We had lots of special visitors to our classroom over the week. Can you remember who came?
First we had a visit from the PCSOs (Police). They came to have a play in the classroom and see what we do in Foundation Stage Two. It was fun to be able to play with all the toys in Onyx classroom together. Then we talked to them and they told us all about being in the Police and how you get to be in the Police. Some of us want to be in the Police when we are older.
Then Miss Parker’s mum came to visit us. We are used to seeing her in the School Library but not in our classroom. She came to tell us all about when she was a Librarian at the University. Did you know librarians have to go to Library School? They also have to read a LOT of books. If you love books maybe you could be a Librarian one day.
Finally Miah’s mum came to visit us and tell us about her job in a Care Home. She has to work very hard and told us all about the different jobs she has to do to help keep the old people happy and safe. She came to see us in her special uniform so we could see it.
A huge thank you to everyone who came to talk to us about their job. What would you like to do when you grow up? Maybe you could draw a picture and bring it to show Miss Parker in class.
We had a fabulous time celebrating World Book Day this year. Everyone came to school dressed as their favourite book characters, including all the teachers! Can you remember what everyone came dressed as? The winning costume in our class was this one- well done!!!
We’d been doing maths this week linked to data handling and creating graphs so we decided to find out our favourite book. Everyone had a cube and voted for their favourite using their cube. We then made the cubes into towers to see which was the tallest. After that we turned the information we had collected into lots of different graphs which showed the same information in different ways. Can you see which our favourite was?
We had to turn our classroom door into our favourite book. We did it a little bit differently though. Although Oi Dog! was our favourite we made our door into Oi Frog! We decided that you couldn’t read Oi Dog! if you’ve not read Oi Frog! because, as Jayden pointed out, “the beginning of Oi Dog! is the end of Oi Frog!” We wanted to make sure everyone in school knew about the first book. Everyone worked really hard as a team to make the decorations for our door. Some children even had to write why they thought the book was hilarious, just like the sticker on the actual book cover.
Once we’d done our door we went for a walk round school to look at everyone else’s. Didn’t they do an amazing job? Can you see which ones School Council made the winner? Which one is your favourite?
We also all visited the School Library to get a book to take home. There were so many books to take home it was sometimes difficult to decide which one we wanted. Everyone chose the one they wanted and had it stamped before taking it home. We’re going to visit the School Library every Thursday if we’ve brought our book back.
What another great World Book Day!
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Read books together everyday. It is proven that reading everyday, just for ten minutes, makes children much better readers.
- Use your £1 World Book Day token to get either a free book or to get money off any book of your choice.
- Make sure your child returns their school library book so they can take another one each week and visit the Manor Top Library together regularly.
We had a great time learning about volcanoes recently. It actually came about due to a misconception that one of the children had when they confused the cave in We’re Going On a Bear Hunt for a volcano.
It started is thinking what is a volcano and could we make our own. First we watched a video about volcanoes to find out more.
You can watch the video by clicking on this link.
Then we started to think if we could make our own volcano which would erupt.
It took a full week to make as we had to do the paper mache and wait for it to dry before we could paint it. We had to look at lots of books and remember the video to find out what they looked like. We went to our school library to find some volcano books.
Finally our volcano was ready to see if it would erupt. We were all very excited to see what would happen.
Our volcano did erupt but it also spent some time when it didn’t so we talked about when volcanoes are dormant or extinct.
We also shared our learning with some of the children in Garnet class and showed them our videos.
Mateo wanted to know when we were going on a Volcano Hunt!!! Do you know where we’d have to go to find volcanoes? See if you can find out.
What have we been learning?
- What is a volcano.
- How to make different shapes so we can make a volcano.
- To be careful when doing Science investigations.
- To share our learning with our friends.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Watch the video on the link above- what can you find out about volcanoes?
- Find some books about volcanoes at the library- where do you find volcanoes?
- Answer the following question- Would you want to stand on a volcano? Why?
We had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day this year. There was lots going on. Our school library officially opened so we went for a look round and to borrow our very own school library book. It was great to see all the books we could borrow and choose our favourite to take home.
We all got dressed up on World Book Day and wore costumes of our favourite book characters. Look how fantastic we look. Can you guess who we are?
We went to a whole school assembly with Andy Messer who is a storyteller. He told us a wonderful story although we all thought it was gross when the monster was being sick! It was great to be able to see everyone’s costumes in school as well.
We also went to a special session just for Onyx and Garnet class with Andy where he told us another story just for us. We then got to ask Andy some questions about the stories he tells.
And we weren’t finished there! We decorated our door with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with everyone working hard to complete their part of the tree or the their letter to climb up the tree. We had a look at everyone else’s doors round school as well.
Our Chicka Chicka Door
What a busy day! We loved it though and enjoyed all the books and stories.
What have we been learning?
- To enjoy stories and books.
- To listen to stories.
- To talk about the stories we hear and the books we read.
- To talk about our favourite books and stories.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Look at your school library book together and share the story.
- Visit the library at Manor Top and take a book home.
- Make up some stories of your own together. What’s the silliest story you can make up? What’s the scariest story you can tell?
- Go to the Book Shop with your World Book Day £1 book token and swap it for a free book.
Once we were all in school we had a visit from the Gingerbread Man! He left a note then ran off round the school so we had to go after him. It was an excellent chance to go and have a look round, especially for the children who hadn’t been in our Nursery.
We followed him to the Library upstairs, the Office, the Hall where we have dinner and back to Nursery to see Miss Hulme. We’d still not caught up with him so after that we had to go back upstairs to the staff room, outside and to Mrs Ainsley’s office. He told us to go to “the classroom which was best” and everyone straight away said our classroom! Thankfully when we got there we found him and he’d brought us some treats.
We had such a good time searching for the Gingerbread Man that we didn’t even realise we were learning where all the different places were in in our school.
We had a special visitor come to our new school. He left a clue for us and we had to work out where to go next to find out who he was. It was a fantastic chance to have a look round our new school as we went upstairs and downstairs, along corridors and outside too! Do you think we found him in the end? Read on to find out….
Look at the pictures with your child to see if they remember where we went and which rooms we had to go to.
The first clue we found in the classroom said to find a room with lots of books. Off we went to find the Library…. We have a library in school as well as the visits we make to Manor Top Library. You can issue books for your child. Please ask for more details.
We found another clue in the Library so couldn’t stay to read. We didn’t want the Gingerbread Man to get away from us. Next we had to go to the place where people answer the phones before finding the room we eat in- the office and the hall of course!
We found out there is only one hall in our new school where we have dinner, do PE and have all our assemblies. We can’t wait to do PE for the first time. Our next clue said to go where they are 3 so it was off to Nursery next to see the three year olds there.
From Nursery we had to go outside and all the way down to the MUGA (multi-use games area). The Gingerbread Man did well did get down there and back without anyone seeing him. Next we had to go where the teachers drink their tea which meant the staff room. The staff room is back upstairs but this time we used the yellow stairs. Did you know there’s a blue staircase and a yellow one?
We asked Mrs Ainsley if she’d seen the Gingerbread Man and she hadn’t but he’d left another note. After checking in Miss French’s office too we followed the clue the Gingerbread Man left to go to the room which is best. Valerie said straight away “our classroom!”
We all had a great time chasing the Gingerbread Man and although we didn’t find him we loved eating the gingerbread men he left. It was a great way to get to know our new school.
We hope the Gingerbread Man comes back again soon.