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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.  
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Safer Internet Day 2016

We are always talking about being safe on the computers and iPads in school but we also talk about staying safe on other devices as well. For Safer Internet Day we had a focus all day on talking about staying safe when we were online.

First we talked about the things that we did online and how we use the internet.

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We read the story of Penguin Pig and made up some creatures of our own.

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We found some funny animals on the internet by putting duck horse into Google and looked at the images. How many of these do you think are real? They’re all there on the internet though! We talked about how you have to use your brain and think about if what you’re seeing is true.

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We made up some great animals of our own thinking of what we would like to see at the zoo if we could see anything we wanted.

We talked about the story and here’s some of what we said…..

Is it a good idea to go and meet a stranger alone? 

Aiva- “If you went to the zoo, you’d take your mummy, dad, nan or grandad.”

Ruby- “Some people might take you away.”

Aissata- “It could be someone who’s invisible.” 

Lacey- “Its making the wrong decision (to go and meet them)”

What could it be behind the door (in the story)?

Corey- “Could be a robber.”

Samuel- “Robbers are bad guys.”

Narla- “They pinching children.”

Samuel- “It might frighten you.”

Harvey M- “Might be the Keeper. It might be a cardboard cut out and they’re hiding behind it.”

Is everything real on the internet? 

Lucas- “No, some bad people tell lies and want to take you away.”

Elisha- “Penguin Pig is pretend, its not real, its not in the zoo.”

Why do you have to be 18 to play some games?

Corey- “Theres too much bad language.”

Alfie- “You could turn down the sound.”

Lucas- “You could see nasty books.”

Harvey M- “I could just play on motorbike games where you just do stunts. You just get back on, you don’t die.”

Dalton- “Violence means when you’re older and play on GTA.”

How do we stay safe on the internet at home? 

Reo- “If we see something we don’t like we tell can tell our mum.”

Corey- “We can press the x and then tell our mum.”

Heres what we recorded in our Floor Book…

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We also watched a Hector’s World Video and thought about what we tell people on computers about ourselves. We know not to give out our personal information online.

You can watch the video from CEOP again by clicking here.

What have we been learning

  • To stay safe when we’re using our computers and tablets online. 
  • Not to believe everything we see on the internet. 
  • About all the different things you can do on the internet. 
  • Not to give out our personal information to people online. 

How can you continue the learning at home

  • Watch the video again at home and talk together about what it says. 
  • Talk to children about what they do online and what to do if they see things which worry them or they don’t like. 
  • Look for the Penguin Pig story- you can look for a copy at the library or buy a copy (paperback or online) Click here for more information

 

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How to Melt Ice and more…

A wonderful thing happened last week….. it got really really cold and the children found ice outside. Some of them brought it inside and began talking about it. Here is their Learning Story…….

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The ideas didn’t stop there though. We began thinking about where the ice came from and how we could possibly get some more.

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Sadly the water we put outside never froze because it didn’t get cold enough again. We got very excited when it snowed though!

We did start talking about frozen food in our freezers at home. Then we had a fabulous idea!

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We looked for a recipe and got busy making ice cream.

The children had lots to say while they were making and tasting the ice cream they’d made.

“Are we making chips or ice cream? Oooh, its right freezing.” Harvey S

“We need a dish to mix it, you have to mix it?” Dalton 

“We’re making ice cream and we’re going to taste it.” Pheobe

“Because we have to mix it up” Narla

“It looks like a cup o’tea” Grace

“My hands is freezing” Retaj

“Double bag, that means two. We wanted to try frozen food.” Corey

“Its yummy, its cold. Can we have some more?” Raghd

“My mouths getting cold because I drink ice cream, so yummy” Ya Qing

“More please” Logan

“It was nice. It look like milk. It was leaking at the side” Aiva

Everyone loved making and trying our ice cream. Maybe you could try and make some at home. Its easier than you think and you don’t need a fancy ice cream machine- just some plastic bags, ice and salt! Look below for the recipe. 

 

What have we been learning?

  • About how ice melts and how it is formed. 
  • Different words to describe the ice other than just cold. 
  • About looking for changes in the things that we observe and how to describe them. 
  • To use the ice we were so interested in to make ice cream. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Try to make ice cream at home. There is a recipe if you click here. We bought a bag of ice from the shop to save us spending a long time freezing ice cubes. 
  • Talk about the different weathers when you wake in up a morning. How many words can you think of to describe them other than cold and hot? 
  • Look for other types of frozen food in your freezer. What can you find? Can you eat it straight from the freezer? Why not? 
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Birds, Birds, Birds!

We started talking about birds the other week when we were talking about camouflage (another child initiated idea). The children got very excited about looking for birds and loved being outside with the checklists looking to see what was about.

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Some of the children even built themselves a small hide so they would be camouflaged from the birds and they might see more.

We talked about what the children could see…..

“When it were dinner, I see some birds”- Harvey S

“I was camouflaging myself with my coat”- Lucas

“It flies”- Grace

“It got black and white”-Elisha

“Magpie!”- Lacey

We started to think how we might encourage more birds into our Outdoor Area.

“With some food”- Dalton

“Seeds, but I got a good plan to get the birds to come. Get a tray, fill it with seeds then get a hide out. Then get camouflaged”- Corey

We talked about if anyone had heard of special bird cake…

How do we make bird cake? 

We found some instructions in a recipe and got busy making the bird cake.

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We’ve hung the bird cake up on our trees and now we just have to wait and see if it works. Do you think it will work? 

What have we been learning? 

  • About the world around us and the animals which live in it. 
  • To talk about the different animals (birds) we see and describe them. 
  • To follow a recipe measuring out the ingredients in the correct order. 
  • To feel different textures when making the bird cake and talk about how they feel. 
  • To observe the natural environment and comment on what we see. 
  • To think about the feelings of others (the birds) and what they like. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for birds you see when you’re at home and out and about. 
  • Talk about the birds you see at home and out and about. 
  • Talk about the different foods that animals eat and compare them to our foods- would you like to eat the bird cake? 
  • Use this recipe for Bird Cake and make some at home. 

 

 

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Making Mashed Potato!!!

Last week, some children found that our beans and potatoes had grown over the summer and were now ready to eat. We decided that we wanted to harvest the vegetables and make some mashed potato. It was hard work turning our potatoes into mashed potatoes. Look at all the things we had to do, it was a real team effort. At each stage we talked about how to make sure we were staying safe, especially when we needed to wash our hands and when were were cutting the potatoes.

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Which foods can you help make at home? Don’t forget to let us know in school what you’ve been up to.

We’d love to hear all about it and see some pictures 🙂