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‘Bake it Better’ Day 2016

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.

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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.

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We made a poster to go in the staff room so the teachers knew what was happening.

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We also sent them an email so they couldn’t miss the information.

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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. 
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Father’s Day Fun 2016

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.
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Wear It Wild Day 2016

Friday 20th May was Wear It Wild Day in school. We got to come to school dressed up as our favourite animals. There was a whole school competition for the best costume in each class. The Panda won in Onyx class, can you spot him in the picture?  🙂

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We talked about why we’d been allowed to come to school dressed up and what happened to the donation we’d brought to school. We also talked about how it linked to our Environment Week ideas and how we needed to make sure the animals environment was still nice for them to live in.

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We thought about our favourite animals and what we could do to help them. When we were talking about it we looked at the website for the World Wildlife Fund. Click here and here to find out more.

Corey’s comment above then started another conversation the next week……

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So, look out for some more fundraising in Onyx Class soon…..

What have we been learning? 

  • Why we need to look after animals. 
  • Why looking after the environment is important for animals as well as for us. 
  • To raise money for people and animals other than us. 
  • About the different animals we dressed up as. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look at the websites above to find out more. 
  • Visit Graves Park or Heeley City Farm to visit some animals in Sheffield. 
  • Visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to see some different animals. Don’t forget to tell Miss Parker if you see her giraffe! 

 

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Running for Sport Relief

On Friday 18th March it was Sport Relief. We had already raised some money by holding a Fair-trade Bake Sale for the teachers with our Chocolatey Easter Nest Buns. You can find out more about this on our Fair-trade blog post if you click here.

We weren’t finished there though. Everyone in school ran for a whole mile and we were no different. We waited until our special time then headed outside. A mile is a long way when you only have little legs but everyone kept on running even when their legs got tired. Some of our parents and carers came to cheer us on and run with it. It was great to see them there and definitely gave us a boost.

Everyone did an amazing job and helped school raise lots of money for us to send to Sport Relief. Well done everyone!

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What have we been learning?

  • How exercise helps to keep us fit and healthy. 
  • What happens to our bodies when we do exercise. 
  • About how the things we do can help other people, including some people that we’ve never met. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

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Our Fabulous Chocolatey Fairtrade Week

It was Global Citizenship Week in school before the Easter holidays. We were given the theme of Fair-trade and after talking about it we decided we’d like to learn more about Fair-trade CHOCOLATE!

We received a special delivery from George along with a copy of his book.

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It prompted us to think about which of our foods were Fair-trade and where the food we eat comes from. We were particularly interested in where Grace’s favourite Kinder Eggs came from. At first everyone said Lidl and Adsa but we learnt they came from much further away than that. You can see what everyone said on our Floor Book pages…

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We had a chocolate tasting session where everyone tasted the chocolate, even the ones they weren’t so sure about, and thought about how it tasted. We had to try and think of as many different words to describe the taste as we could. We weren’t allowed to just say “nice”.

Then we had to decide which as our favourite and vote for it on the chart. We turned the chart into a bar chart. Can you see which was our favourite? Which chocolate was nobody’s favourite? 

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We did some more maths thinking about the Kinder Eggs that we’d been thinking about. We had to think about which part of the Kinder Egg was our favourite and recorded our findings in a different way using a Venn diagram. Can you see which part of the Kinder Egg we liked best? 

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Finally we used the chocolate we had to make some Chocolate Easter Nests but we weren’t allowed to eat them! We used them to sell to the teachers in school to raise money for Sport Relief on the Friday of the week. Along with Diamond class (Nursery) and Garnet class (FS2) we raised just over £80 to go in the school’s Sport Relief donation. Well done everyone!

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What have we been learning? 

  • where our food comes from in the world. 
  • which food is Fair-trade 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. 
  • how to find out which the class favourites are. 
  • how we can work together to raise money to help other people. 

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. 
  • ask people in your family what their favourite foods are and think of ways to record what you find out. 

 

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Wonderful World Book Day 2016

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.

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

 

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Road Safety Day

Some of our Key Stage 2 children organised a Road Safety Day on November 6th. It is really important to think about staying safe near the roads all the time but especially now when its getting dark so early. We were asked to come to school dressed in as many bright colours as we could find.

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We talked about Road Safety when we had a special visitor come to talk to use about staying safe on the roads so we worked hard to remember what we had talked about before.

At the end of the school day we went to the whole school Assembly where those of us who were dressed up got to walk on the special catwalk. We had the whole school watching us and then we got to watch them and see what they were wearing. Someone in our class even won a whole school prize for the best costume.

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You can look at this website to find out more if you want more activities for your child Think! Education for children under 5 or there’s information for parents here. 

 

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FS2/KS1 Sports Day 2015

We had a great time at Sports Day on Friday with Key Stage One. We were all split into mixed teams and had to complete 13 different sporting challenges. Can you guess what any of them were from the photos?

The teams finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place got special certificates in Sports Day Assembly and everyone else got a certificate of participation. It was great to see everyone working together in teams and trying their best.

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A big thank you to the Year 6s who came to help us.

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Environment Week 2015

The last week of Summer 1 half term was Environment Week at our school. We asked the children again what they wanted to learn and as they’d been learning about Superheroes just before they decided they’d like to find out if there were any environmental superheroes. You can see here what they said on our planning sheet…..

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Miss Parker found out there were some environmental superheroes so lots of our learning came from these stories.

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You wouldn’t believe the mess that Litterbug Doug made of our classroom. There was rubbish thrown around EVERYWHERE! We had a busy afternoon picking it all up and sorting it into the recycling. Then it turned out he was kidding us when he turned into the litter police. He just wanted us to realise how horrible the mess was!

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We also thought of lots of ways to change rubbish into useful items that we could use again. For some items this took quite a bit of thinking but we did it.  You can see one of them below- the bird feeder. That then made us think of other ways we could improve our Outdoor Area.

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We also thought of some other items we would like to make our new Outdoor area even better at the new school.  Hopefully Miss Parker can put them on her shopping list.

At the end of the week  we wrote some environmental promises to show we were able to think what we would do to help save the world.

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All ready for the Children’s First Day

We’re all ready for day one with the children! The big pile of furniture and boxes have gone and now we have a classroom all ready for exploring and lots of learning to take place. We’re excited to welcome everybody back.

So, first things first, how do you find the classroom? The photos below should help you find where you need. Please look at them with your child so they know what to expect in the morning.

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We hope that helps you in the morning and makes the first day a little easier. You will come to collect the children from the same classroom door at home time.

You will be welcome to look round the classroom in the morning but please remember your chance to look round the rest of school is on Friday afternoon at 2.30pm. 

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