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.
This week’s Mathematician of the Week was spotted in the Funky Fingers Area. She was making Chinese dragon tails but while she did this she was also doing some great maths. She was able to count the beads as when she threaded them onto the skewer. She was able to make a pattern with them and also compare the number of beads on the first skewer and the second one saying which one was more! Great job!
Our Writer of the Week worked really hard to write names of his family. He was then challenged to take his learning further and put the words in a sentence. You can see his writing on his individual display in the classroom if you want to see more. Well done!
(Some of the writing has been cropped so his name isn’t revealed)
This week also saw the end of Books at Bedtime. To celebrate all the children (and teachers!) wore their pyjamas to school. Our winner got a special grand prize for reading 15 bedtime stories. We went to a special assembly with everyone else in FS2 and Key Stage One. We’ve all loved reading bedtime stories with our grown ups and hope that we get to keep reading them even though Books at Bedtime has finished.
Last Friday on the 18th November we celebrated Children In Need across the whole school. Lots of children in Onyx class contributed to the charity by dressing up in spots and special Pudsey and Children in Need outfits. There were also lots of wristbands and keyrings sold and that was before the hugely successful Bake Sale. Look out for the final total in school soon…
We went to Special Mentions Assembly for the first time this week. It is always on a Friday afternoon and everyone in the whole school goes. We get to sit at the front as we’re the youngest children there.
In Special Mentions Assembly, Mr Sieczkarek and Miss French give out special mentions certificates to some of the children in school. This week we were very lucky as everyone in Onyx Class (and Garnet Class) got a certificate to say well done on such a wonderful start to full time school.
This week we will start getting individual mentions in Onyx Class. We’ll let you know if your child is getting a mention and you are invited to come to Assembly to see them receive it. I wonder who it will be! There will be 3 special mentions linked to our school values and then all the children who have earned a reading certificate as well. Look out on Thursday and Friday morning to see if its your child. It will then be our turn fortnightly to get certificates in Assembly.
On Friday 30th September the whole school took part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning. We had a busy week baking Gingerbread Men and we decided that we would send these to the Coffee Morning for the mums and dads to eat instead of us.
We talked about why we were doing the baking and why we had to sell the Gingerbread Men instead of eating them ourselves.
“Its for the nurses”, said Jayden.
“Its for charity so the poorly people can feel better”, said Corey.
We all paid for a cake so got to eat these at snack time.
Everyone agreed they were delicious. We hope our families had a fantastic time at the Coffee Morning. Look out in school to see how much was raised overall. Last count was £200 and there was more to come!!!
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The children recently had their own idea to raise some money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Some of us talked about times when we’d been to the Children’s Hospital and how they had helped us.
We realised that Bake it Better Day was nearly here and we’d best start making plans for making and selling our goodies. First we had to decide what we wanted to bake, we’d baked a lot of buns and cakes already this year so decided on biscuits. Linked to our learning about France we decided on French Butter Biscuits. We also decided how much we wanted them to cost. Garnet class decided they wanted to help us and made some biscuits as well.
Everyone got busy making and baking the biscuits remembering to read the recipe carefully. We had to make sure we measured everything out carefully too.
Once we’d made and decorated our biscuits then we had to make sure we sold them all to raise the money. There was no pinching one because that wouldn’t have helped the Children’s Hospital.
We made a poster to go in the staff room so the teachers knew what was happening.
We also sent them an email so they couldn’t miss the information.
We made some special boxes to help us carry the biscuits up to the staff room. We didn’t want to drop them!!! It was also a special job to collect the money and work out any change anybody needed. We even got to meet some teachers we’d never met before.
Everyone said they loved our biscuits. Some teachers even bought two! We managed to sell them all 🙂
A big thank you to everyone who bought our biscuits. Onyx and Garnet class managed to raise £30 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital which we will send them as soon as possible. Well done to the children for their kind work to help others 🙂
What have we been learning?
- To help others by thinking of ways to raise money which will help them.
- To write posters and emails to promote our event.
- To measure ingredients after reading the recipe.
- To work out real money and change.
- To talk to people we’ve not met before and get to know some different teachers at our school.
How can we continue the learning at home?
- Talk about other people who might need our help and how we might be able to help them.
- To make some biscuits at home using the recipe for biscuits. We then decorated ours with chocolate. How will you do yours?
- Allow your child to help you with money and change at the shops. Give them £1 to buy something and wait for the change together.
We recently had a wonderful afternoon celebrating Father’s Day with Garnet class and Key Stage One. We invited any male member of our family to come and play with us outdoors at school. Lots of our dads, granddads, uncles and big brother came. We said no mums because they had their turn when it was Mother’s Day.
When our dads and other relatives got to school and found us we got to play lots of games outside with them. Some people decided to play football, some played hockey, some played in the water areas together. We could choose what we wanted to do. Look at the fun we had…
A huge thank you to all the dads and other family members who came to support this event. The children LOVED seeing you there and spending time at school with you.
To say thank you to our dads and other male family members, we made them trophies! THANK YOU!!!
What have we been learning?
- To play games in the outdoor environment.
- To say thank you to important people in our lives.
- To combine materials in the workshop to make a trophy.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Go to the park and play some of the ball games, such as football, there.
- Work out the rules of the game and try to write them down.
- Decide who else you could say thank you to and why you want to say thank you.