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Making Butter!

Before we went to Cannon Hall Farm we talked about the milking that we would see and talked about…

What can you make from milk?

Adam said, “You can make a cup of tea.”  Dontae knew you could make “chocolate” and apart from that we weren’t really sure.

(You can see the photos of the milking we saw on the Cannon Hall Farm post- click here)

Miss Parker said she knew of something that we could make ourselves in the classroom so we had a go. We made some butter!

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It was hard work because we had to shake the jar a LOT! We passed the jar around the circle and made the butter as a team so our arms didn’t get too tired. Lexi said, “My arms are tired.”

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After a little while we took the lid off and saw that the cream had got thicker but it didn’t look like butter yet. We put the lid back on and shook it some more. After everyone had had another turn we took the lid off again. We thought it would be different this time because the noise the jar was making when we shook had changed. Jayden said he could hear, “flump, flump, flump.” Miah also noticed there was milk back in the jar, “Its turned to milk, look!” We found out that was the buttermilk which is formed when the butter is ready.

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When we’d made the butter we had some on a cracker. We had to use the knife to butter our own cracker then we could sprinkle some cheese on it. When we read the packet we found out that cheese came from milk as well. We also had a drink of goat’s milk because we’d found out about it at the farm but no one had tried it before, including Miss Parker and Miss Morris.

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What have we been learning? 

  • which products come from milk. 
  • about turning liquids into solids and talking about what happens. 
  • to use a knife to spread butter. 
  • to try new foods and drinks which we haven’t had before.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Find some other products which are made from milk. Which is your favourite? 
  • Have a go at making butter at home. We used a small glass jar with a marble in it. 
  • What else do you know about which turns from a liquid into a solid? Here’s a clue: What happens to water when it get really cold? 
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Our Fabulous Volcano

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.

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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.

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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.

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We also shared our learning with some of the children in Garnet class and showed them our videos.

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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? 

 

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Mathematicians of the Week- Week 6

We had joint winners for Mathematician of the Week this week. It was impossible to choose between them as they worked so hard together in the Maths Area counting the domino spots. In fact Miss Parker is busy thinking of ways to make the domino game more challenging to stretch the children’s thinking even further! Well done girls!

Remember to look back again next week to see who the final Mathematician of the Week of 2016 is. In the New Year we’re excited to have Mark Maker/ Writer of the Week as well.

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Mathematician of the Week- Week 5

We’ve another superstar for our Mathematician of the Week this week. He can often be found in the Maths Area and is using the resources in increasingly complex ways. You can see here how he was finding the total number of spots on a domino. Not only did he do it, he was also explaining it to his friends so they could.

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Our Class Charter

During our first few days at school we wrote our class charter. Our charter says what we think we should get to do and feel at school. We call these our rights. If we want these things to happen then there are some things we need to do. We call these our responsibilities.

After talking about our rights and responsibilities we recorded our ideas in the floor book.

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We decided this is what our class charter should be….

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Everyone then had to sign to say they agreed with our charter and that they were going to do their best to make sure they followed their responsibilities. Name writing can be a bit tricky when you’re first starting FS2 but we all tried our best and copied our name card if we needed to.

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We’ve put our class charter on the classroom wall so everyone can see it and it will remind them what they agreed to. It means we can show our families as well.

On our first day of school we all made our handprint so we could make a flower altogether. Together we are the best!

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Can you remember which colour your handprint was?

What have we been learning? 

  • about teamwork and working together. 
  • about the importance of following rules and routines. 

What can you do to continue the learning at home? 

  • talk about other groups you and your child belong to, such as your family. 
  • talk about the rules and routines in your house and why it is important we follow them. 

 

 

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Singing in the Rain

We’re really lucky in Foundation Stage this year at Prince Edward Primary. We love playing and learning outside so much our teachers got us some special waterproof clothes so we can play out everyday even on the really rainy days.

It rained this week so we got to try them out. We have to get the waterproof trousers and jackets ourselves and find the wellies which fit. We did a great job of finding all the right sizes and getting ourselves ready. Our teachers only had to help a little bit with the zips. We her friends to help us as well if it gets too tricky.

Then out we went…. its great to be able to go out in the rain and stay dry. We’re even looking forward to the next time it rains.

 

Parent/ carers– please remember the outdoor clothing is only for learning time and we will be unable to let children wear it at lunchtime. There is not enough for everybody. If you would rather your child bring their own wellies then make sure they are named and kept next to your child’s peg. As always write your child’s name in everything!

 

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Making Our Own Paper

Do you remember when we told you about the paper we’d made? We made it during Environment Week after reading a Charlie and Lola book called Look After Your Planet. Some of the children decided they wanted to try and make paper themselves by recycling old paper. You can read more about Environment Week by clicking here.

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Miss Deighton made a Learning Story all about the paper that we made and you can read it below.

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We had such a good time finding out how to make our own paper and it generated lots of language and conversation.

What have we been learning? 

  • To follow instructions. 
  • To talk about what we see and feel happening. 
  • To observe the changes to materials. 
  • To recycle paper. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Look for the materials you can recycle in your home and sort them into the correct recycling bins. 
  • Find lots of different papers and talk about the different types. Which types of paper are good for what? For example, would you use writing paper instead of toilet paper? Why not? 
  • Have a look at these instructions and try to make your own paper at home. As you’ll see in the Learning Story, we didn’t have a window screen to squeeze the water out, we used a piece of thin fabric instead.