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Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

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Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

This morning was our Big Board Game Day Workshop. We invited parents to come and play and make board games to help raise money for NSPCC.

We made our own board games with numbers to ten and played board games too.

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Board games are a great way to help teach turn taking, counting and matching colours. Different board games can help to teach different skills too. We focused on numbers to ten in our board games to help the children with counting skills.

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You can download and print the games we played today here –  board games. You can use anything you want for counters like use small toys, characters or even pebbles.

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Thank you to everybody who came, find out more about the great cause you are supporting with Big Board Game Day here

Easy Peasy Pizza!

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Easy Peasy Pizza!

After having a lovely time celebrating Pancake Day the children thought we should have a new celebration, ‘Pizza Day!’

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We had an easy peasy recipe for making pizza dough – 1 cup of self-raising flour and 1 cup of yoghurt. We mixed them together then chopped up vegetables for the topping.

We walked around school and took orders from the grown-ups in school.

Then we cooked our pizza thinking about how to keep ourselves safe.

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In the classroom we made pizzas in the workshop.

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Then we sold the pizzas in our pizza restaurant. Pizza cost 1 penny a slice so we counted how much money we had and how much pizza we could buy.

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Then we ate our pizza in the restaurant!

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What were we learning about? 

We learnt how to be safe using knives to cut and cooking in the oven.

We were learning to talk to less familiar adults and to ask questions.

We learnt about changes and what happens when we mix ingredients together and cook things.

We learnt the names of vegetables and to try new things.

In our restaurant we learnt to count out amounts. We learnt about numbers as we exchanged 1 penny for 1 piece of pizza.

We all took different roles with children making the pizza, selling the pizza, waiting on the tables and being the customers.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Why not have a go at making pizza at home? Just mix one cup of self-raising flour with one cup of yoghurt. Top tip for a crispy base let a tray get hot in the oven first and then put your dough on.

We were a bit unsure about some vegetable names especially onions, mushrooms and peppers. Try pointing out vegetable names when cooking or shopping.

We had lots of fun buying and selling pizza. Why not make your own shop at home? You can use pennies and toys or even things from your kitchen cupboards to buy and sell.

 

 

Trick or Treat

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Trick or Treat

Monday was Halloween and everybody was very excited!

The children dressed up and went trick or treating around the classroom.

We made doors to knock on and handed out sweets (pompoms)

At the end we counted up our sweets and shared them fairly between our friends.

We had lots of pumpkin fun before the holidays but we still had a couple left so the children decided to cut them up and scoop them out.

One of the ‘pumpkins’ was green on the outside so everybody guessed what colour it might be inside…

We read Halloween stories and drew Halloween pictures. Click here to see what we got up to when we read the story of Spinderella.

We also played a Halloween game where we had to pick up the pompoms with the tweezers of throw them into the skeleton buckets. We had to think about our colours and we counted to see who was the winner.

What have we been learning?

  • When we were trick or treating we were learning to pretend, to listen to our friends ideas, to share, to take it in turns, to keep our play going by listening and responding to others, to talk about the colours of our ‘sweets’ and to count them
  • When we were playing with the pumpkins we learnt to talk about what we could see, feel, smell and hear. We thought of describing words and thought about what we thought we might see.
  • When we coloured our Halloween pictures we thought about the colours we needed, we learnt to hold our pens and pencils properly and to try and make slow and careful movements rather than scribbling.
  • When we played our Halloween game we learnt our colour names and counted the pompoms to see who had more.

How can you continue learning at home?

Lots of the children need a bit more practise with their colour names. At home you could try ..

  • going on a colour hunt
  • naming colours as you travel to school – ‘what colour is the traffic light?’
  • playing I spy with colours – ‘I spy with my little eye something blue’
  • naming the colours as children get ready – ‘can you find your yellow socks?’
  • playing a colour game like seeing who can see the most red things on the walk to school
  • colouring pictures and talking about the colours you need

We hope everybody had lots of fun trick or treating and a Happy Halloween!

Spinderella Maths

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Spinderella Maths

This week we read the story ‘Spinderella’. It is the story all about a spider who wants to learn about counting and numbers. There is lots of counting in the story so we did lots of our own counting around the classroom.

In the story Spinderella and The Hairy Godmother count out boots for the spiders. We decided to sort out our wellies for outside. We counted how many we needed each and counted how many children could go outside.

In the story Spinderella likes to play football but she has to teach the other spiders to count the teams and keep score.

We got ourselves into teams and thought about what it meant to be FAIR. Then we played cups and saucers outside and kept score. We learnt that the winner was who had the most.

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We have had lots of fun learning to count with Spinderella. We need a bit more practise saying our numbers in order to 10. There is lots of counting you can do at home, why not…

  • Sing number rhymes like 5 little ducks or 5 currant buns. BBC radio is a great place to listen to number rhymes online, click here to listen.
  • Count as you move – you could count stairs, count steps or count jumps.
  • You could count on your way to school, how many traffic lights do you see, how many buses?
  • Count as you get ready for school – how many shoes do you need? How many socks?
  • Count at home – how many people in your family? how many bedrooms in your house?
  • Count out food – can you eat three chips?
  • Count as you tidy – lets see how many cars there are to put away 1,2,3,4
  • Play your own games and keep score.

 

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling

Today was our story telling workshop. We have been learning the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We learnt the words and actions to help us to remember them. Then we performed the story for our grown-ups.

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After that we went back to our classroom and waited for our grown ups…

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When our grown-ups arrived they helped us to order the pictures from the story. We thought about the days of the week and counted the fruit to match the day. We used our scissors carefully and stuck our pictures on in order…

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Thank you to all the grown-ups who came. Don’t worry if you missed it, here are the words and story map, why not see if you can have a go at telling the story at home…

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Aliens Love Underpants

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Aliens Love Underpants

Last week the children decided to learn about … underpants!

We read the story Aliens Love Underpants.

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In the water tray we had underwear to wash and hang. We tried to match the underwear by their colours and patterns then hung them to dry.

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In the sand tray we had aliens and a mini washing line. We told stories with the aliens and pretended they came to take all our pants!

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On the washing line we counted and ordered the pants. On the back of the pants there were patterns. We sorted and matched the pants. We also learnt a new song …

 

Chilly the Polar Bear

(to the tune of 5 Little Speckled Frogs)

Chilly the polar bear,

Hanging his underwear,

Out on the Arctic washing line, to dry,

He had one pair on the line,

And hung one more out to dry,

Now there’s two pairs of polar bear, underwear

(We carried on to 5 but you can use it to count in 2s or start counting from different numbers)

 

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We made a new exploration and investigation area. We learnt about plants and caring for living things, including looking after Gary the snail!

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We worked together to complete the jigsaws and learn about how things grow…

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We had lots of fun making spinning cards for Valentine’s Day last week so we kept the spinning going with cogs in the classroom. We added more puzzles and jigsaws to help our coordination and fine motor skills.

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What have we been learning?

We have been learning to sort and match by colour and pattern

We have been thinking about numbers, matching numbers to amounts and putting numbers in orders

We have been thinking about how things work with our new puzzle area, thinking of and testing our ideas

We have been learning to care for living things including plants and our class snail

Using pegs helps to build our fine motor skills and coordination getting us ready for writing!

We learnt to listen carefully to the story, remembering the important parts and using the characters to retell the story

How can you continue learning at home?

Have fun with pegs. Pegs are great for building children’s motor skills. Opening and closing the pegs helps children with their pinching skills.

Use dolls and toys to retell stories at home

Learn about how to look after living things by caring for flowers and plants in your house or garden or looking after a pet. Give children little responsibilities like checking when things need more water.

Use jigsaws and puzzles and support children with their hand strength and coordination ready for writing

Encourage the children to help with the washing! Can they sort things by colours or patterns? Can they match their socks before they are put away?

 

 

We had so much fun learning about underpants we decided to have more pants fun next week! Come back soon to see what we get up to when we read Dinosaurs Love Underpants!