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Environment Week 2017

Every year in school we have an Environment Week. 2017 was no different. In Onyx class we had a couple of visitors in our classroom. First Michael Recycle came to visit and then Litterbug Doug. Litterbug Doug left a total mess which we had to sort out. It turned out that he was just trying to trick us and teach us about recycling. We learnt how to sort out rubbish and make sure it all went in the correct bins.

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We didn’t stop there. A couple of weeks ago Jayden had asked if we could make paper in Onyx class. We gave him a couple of books to see if he could find out to do it and in Environment Week we gave it a go. It took a couple of days to do everything but worked out really well. Can you remember how we made paper? 

We watched the film Wall-E to find out more about how to keep our planet safe and why it was so important. It made us think about plants and how important they were. We talked more about this when we went to tidy our allotment which was looking a mess.

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We talked about the weeds as we dug them up and started to talk about the roots and the leaves. It surprised Miss Parker how few children knew about the different parts of the plants so look out soon for some learning on plants. The good news is we knew more about how to grow plants so hopefully the sunflowers which we planted will be growing really tall soon. Keep your fingers crossed! How tall do you think they’ll grow? 

We also had a go at making a model of Wall-E. What do you think?

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We had to be able to talk about the shape of the recycled materials that we were using and the properties of the shapes. It was hard to get the round bottles to balance on the neck because they had round faces not flat. We solved the problems and made Wall-E stick. Can you see any other shapes- 2D or 3D- on Wall-E?

What have we been learning? 

  • Why we need to take care of our environment. 
  • What makes a nice environment. 
  • What we can make from rubbish to make it even better. 
  • To sort materials and recycle them. 
  • That a film can teach us important things about the environment. 
  • Why plants are so important to our planet. 
  • To build robots like Wall-E using a variety of different materials. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Recycle materials at home using the blue bin and blue box. Ask your child to help you sort the rubbish. 
  • Encourage children to turn the lights and other electrical equipment off as they leave rooms to save energy. Talk about why this is important. 
  • Buy a plant and let your child look after it at home by watering it regularly.
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You Can’t Catch Me…

We had a visitor in Onyx class the other week. The Gingerbread Man left us some clues in our classroom. We had to go on Gingerbread Man hunt around the whole school. He left us some clues to work out. Can you remember where the clues told us to go? 

I didn’t want to be a snack, I bet you’ll never get me back. Now got to the place where there’s lot of books. 

Mr Sieczkarek told me to stop running away or I wouldn’t be able to go out and play. I walked away before we could meet and went to the place where we eat. 

You’ve not caught me yet but you will soon I bet. I’ll tell you for free I’ve gone where their three. 

We found out where lots of new places were in our school. Some of us had never been there before. We also got to meet lots of people who work in our school. Can you remember all the places we went? Can you remember all the people we meet along the way? 

When we got back to the classroom we found some gingerbread men. Everyone enjoyed their special treat. It started us talking about the Gingerbread Man and what we knew about him.

We decided that’s what we want to learn about the week after. We retold the story, we acted out the story, we counted gingerbread men, we made some of our own in the creative workshop and then we baked some of our own as well. It was a busy week!

We had an interesting question to find out in Maths as well- Which part of the Gingerbread Man do you eat first? Although Miss Parker didn’t tell us this at first, she just told us that we were only allowed to take one bite. It was hard not to gobble him all up! When we took our bite we looked to see who had eaten which part first. Most of us had eaten the head first!

And we still never caught the Gingerbread Man. We only got to eat the little ones he left for us. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for him at home!

What have we been learning? 

  • To learn where the different spaces are in our school, insides and out. 
  • To learn some of the other people who are in our school and where our big brothers and sisters classrooms are. 
  • The story of the Gingerbread Man. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • See if your child can tell you about the photographs above- Who can you see? Where did we go? 
  • Try and make some Gingerbread Men at home. You can find a recipe here.
  • Find out which part of the Gingerbread Man people eat first at your house. Which is the most popular?
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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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Buildings, Structures and Homes

We had a great time in the first half of Spring term learning all about Buildings, Structures and Homes. The children decided this was what they wanted to learn about while we get ready for our New School.

First we asked the children what they would want to learn about…….

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We read the story of the Three Little Pigs and it became our storytelling text for the half term.. Look on the blog for a post about our storytelling. The children thought about what they would use to build a house if the big bad wolf came to Manor Top and why that would be the best material.

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Once some of the children had decided on the bricks to build a solid wall for the house the used the rest of the materials to create the rest of the house. Doesn’t it look great?

There were lots of other building activities for us to do too. We had great fun exploring them all. There was more going on than we could take photos of to show you!

The children loved the freedom and creativity of the role play area which they could make anything they wanted to be.

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One our favourites was using the sand cement to build sticking the blocks together. If you want to make some at home just mix shaving foam with some sand- it’s that easy 🙂

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There were lots of Elsa castles popping up all over the place but these ones with the sugar cubes were particularly popular.  What could you build from using materials at your house?

During the whole school Safety Week, Stephen from the new build came to talk to us about being safe on and near building sites. He also showed us some pictures of what our new school is going to look like. It was very exciting to see the pictures and we can’t wait to see it for real.

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We’ll try and put some more pictures up of the new build as we get them. Keep looking back to check…..

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Bonfire Night and Fireworks!

Last week we had a great time using the inspiration of Bonfire Night and all the fireworks we were seeing at night.  Look at all the fun things we did.

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We thought about the shapes we could see looking at pictures and videos of fireworks. Then we wrote the numbers for November on our calendar sheets to turn them into our November calendars. We took them home to share with our families.

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In the Finger Gym, we enjoyed popping the Bubble Wrap to make sounds like fireworks and also drawing firework shapes in the sparkly glitter.

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We had to think carefully about how to make our 3D fireworks. Our teachers didn’t tell us how to make our fireworks. We had to think of what we wanted it to look like and choose the materials we used. Look how great they turned out…

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We also turned our whole bodies into fireworks while listening to the sounds like made. We had to think what the different fireworks looked like and how we could change our bodies into these shapes. Can you guess which fireworks we were from looking at the pictures? image

When we went outside we tried to draw fireworks as big as we could. We made them bigger than us which was hard work. They looked fabulous though and were well worth the effort.

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Pfinally, we looked at the colours and patterns of fireworks using a Magic Milk experiment we used milk, food colouring and washing up liquid to find out what happened.

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“Wow look at this what we’ve made. Mine’s all multicoloured.” Eva-Lee said. Callum C said “Wow! It’s cool! The colours has been going into the milk. This is good. The milk is going on top of the colours so we can’t see the colours”.

We loved learning all about Bonfire Night and fireworks!

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