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This Week’s Awards- Summer 1 Week 1

The children have come back to school full of life and ready to learn even more. Our writer of the week in particular has come back ready to write. We’ve not been able to stop her! She has chosen to draw pictures and write independently as well as write in her new Writing Journal (see upcoming post for more details). She is rightly very happy with herself and we’re all really happy to see the excellent effort she is putting in. 🙂

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The Mathematician of the Week was spotted in the Water Tray this week. In fact, I bet if you asked him and his friends they wouldn’t have even known they were doing Maths. There was a lot of chat about how much water was in the containers and if that made it heavy or not.  Our Mathematician was using the correct vocabulary well and learning some new words with the help of his friends (half full). Great job, keep up the hard work 🙂

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Chocolatey Easter Baking

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For Global Citizenship Week we refreshed our learning about Fairtrade from earlier in the year. We learnt about how chocolate gets to us from the plants in Africa. Did you know chocolate comes from a plant? 

We decided that we wanted to make something with our chocolate and because it was also nearly Easter decided to make Chocolate Easter Buns. We had to safely melt the chocolate watching carefully to observe what happens. There was lots of talk about what we could see and also smell! It smelt yummy.

We helped to make the buns following the recipe and weighing out the ingredients. We also had to count out the eggs for the top to make sure there was an equal number on each on.

What have we been learning? 

  • where our food comes from in the world. 
  • which food is Fairtrade and what this means. 
  • where our favourite chocolate comes from and how it gets to us in Sheffield. 
  • what different chocolate tastes like and how we can use different and interesting words to talk about it. 
  • about what happens to chocolate when it gets hot and melts. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • look at different foods at home and in the supermarket to see where it comes from. 
  • talk about the taste of foods using as many different words as possible. Examples are:  sweet, sour, salty, spicy, chewy, soft, crunchy, fizzy, fruity, gooey, mushy, icy, cold, hot. 
  •  look for other foods which melt when they get hot and talk about what happens when it cools down again. 

 

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Easter Weighing Maths

Miss Parker brought a strange box of eggs to school and gave us a problem to solve….. Which egg is the heaviest? 

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We used the balance scales to compare the eggs to each other so we could find out which one was the heaviest. We knew the heaviest egg would make the balance scale go to the bottom. What it took some of us a little longer to understand was that the biggest egg wasn’t always the heaviest.

The next day we’d been on our Easter egg hunt and had a basket full of mini creme eggs. We decided we could use these to measure the weight of our eggs because they were a non-standard but consistent weight.

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We had to add the eggs slowly to make sure we didn’t put too many in or not enough. We had to make sure the balance scales were balanced.

Everyone’s favourite but was when they got to eat their egg! 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To say which object is the heaviest and which is the lightest. 
  • To be able to order at least 3 objects by weight. 
  • That the biggest object isn’t always the heaviest. 
  • To use the balance scales to say which is the heaviest and the lightest. 
  • To use a non-standard unit to measure the weight of objects so we can say which is heaviest. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

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Yummy Pancakes!

You can imagine how excited we all were when we saw it was Pancake Day on the calendar! We decided that we just had to make pancakes 🙂

First there was lots of talking about pancakes and Lucas told us everything he knew about them.

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We thought about how to make pancakes and the all important toppings.

Before we made our pancakes we had to write the shopping list and decide on our toppings. In Maths we had a vote to decide which were the five most popular toppings in Onyx class. Everyone voted by putting their cube on the topping of their choice. We counted up and found out which ones had the most votes. Hot chilli sauce was the most surprising option!

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Everyone helped to make our pancakes following the recipe carefully then it was our favourite bit- eating them!!!

They were delicious! We did such a good job and we’re really glad we decided to make pancakes at school. Did you have pancakes at home this week? We’d love to know what toppings you had and how they tasted. Don’t forget to fill out a WOW moment to tell us what you’ve been doing.

What have we been learning

  • About the British celebration of Pancake Day. 
  • How to write shopping lists. 
  • To find out the most popular toppings by having a democratic vote. 
  • To follow a recipe and make pancakes. 
  • To stay safe in a kitchen. 
  • To talk about what we have been doing. 

How can you continue the learning at home

  • Make simple recipes such as pancakes or cakes together allowing the children to help measure the ingredients. 
  • Write a shopping list together before you go to the shop. 
  • Talk about staying safe in kitchens and why we need to be careful. 

 

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Pumpkin Pandemonium

We arrived at school to find lots of pumpkins one day! Everyone started talking about them straight away and loved picking them all up, especially the big one.

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We talked about how the pumpkin was heavy but everyone was impressed when they could lift it. Some of us even lifted the pumpkins above our heads!

This started a discussion about the pumpkins and what we could learn about them. Here is the page from our Floor book to show what we talked about and some of the questions we asked. Can you see where some children made the link to Cinderella and the pumpkin in the story?

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We opened some of the pumpkins up and had a feel inside. Some children were a little reluctant to feel and said it “looks dirty”. Some of us loved feeling the “slimy, gooey” middles of the pumpkin. We found lots of seeds so talked about what happens to them. We read a book all about the pumpkin life cycle to find out.

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We found another book in our book corner called Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper so we read this. It inspired us to make our own pumpkin soup in the water tray. There was lots of discussion about what would need to go in the soup and who could help to make the best soup.

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Lots of us had never tried real pumpkin soup so we got some to try. Look at our faces, do you think we liked it?

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We also asked if the pumpkin would float or sink and had to go outside to find out. There was too much water needed to do it in the classroom.

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We found out the pumpkin would float, even the really big one! That surprised lots of us.

What have we been learning?

  • About heavy and light objects and which ones we can carry.
  • To describe the size of the pumpkins and order them by size.
  • About which foods we like the taste of and which we don’t. 
  • To describe how the pumpkin feels inside and out. 
  • To role play making our own soups and potions. 
  • About the life cycle of the pumpkin and what happens to the pumpkin seeds. 
  • About floating and sinking. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for other objects which float and sink in your house. Try them out when you’re in the bath. 
  • Try different and new foods which might be unusual to your child. They might surprise you with what they like!
  • To talk about where different foods come from and look for if they have seeds in them. 
  • Look for other heavy and light things around your house. Can you lift it? Which is the heaviest? Which is the lightest?