January and February 2015

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In the Homerooms we’ve been thinking about our own and other peoples feelings and emotions. We talked about how lovely it is to feel ‘Happy’, but we also learnt that everyone sometimes feels ‘Angry’, ‘Sad’ or ‘Scared’, and that’s ok because it is a natural feeling. We looked at how we can deal with these difficult feelings so that we don’t feel controlled by them.

After the half term we will be learning about friendship skills.

We always do circle times and fun activities to help us learn in the Homerooms. We also have some time for ‘free play’. Free play helps us develop our social skills. During ‘free play’ we learn to co-operate, communicate and compromise. This helps us to succeed academically as well as in life.

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Happy Christmas

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas from the Homerooms.

We made Christmas decorations and delicious cranberry and white chocolate cookies this week that we all really enjoyed them, even the children who said that cranberries were horrible, thought they were tasty. A big success!

We used the fork biscuit recipe as they are so easy. 🙂

Do have a go at making different flavoured cookies and let us know how they taste.

 

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Christmas Cookies

This week we made cookies for the Christmas Fair. We used the fork biscuit recipe and added some festive flavourings then made them into Christmas shapes. So easy to make and they taste yummy.  Ingredients you need are:

150g flour

100g margarine/butter

50g caster sugar

Cinnamon and ginger

Mix all ingredients together to make a dough, then roll and cut out using your Christmas shapes.

Bake  at 180c for 10-15 minutes.

Finally when the biscuits where cold we covered them in icing and decorated them with sprinkles.

Hope you enjoy!  🙂

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Festive playdough

This week we have made some festive playdough. We used red and orange colour with cinnamon and ginger spices to get the Christmasy smell, and fans of Frozen made blue sparkly playdough  🙂

Have a go at home, it’s easy peasy……

Playdough recipe:

Your will need:

  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of oil
  • 1/2 cup of water mixed with some food colouring
  • spices and glitter

What to do:

Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then mix vigourously with the water.

Knead until a soft ball forms.

Makes wonderful playdough which lasts for ages in little plastic sandwich bags.

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Bucket filler quiz

This week we played the ‘Bucket Filler’ quiz. We listened carefully to the questions and then decided with our partner what we thought were the answers. Have a go at home…….

  • Your classmate tripped and fell on the playground

What would a bucket filler do?

What would a bucket dipper do?

  • Your friend got top marks for a spelling test

What would a bucket filler do?

What would a bucket dipper do?

  • Your classmate dropped their lunch all over the floor

What would a bucket filler do?

What would a bucket dipper do?

  • Your classmate is messing around and being silly during circle time

What would a bucket filler do?

What would a bucket dipper do?

  • Its sports day and your friend came first in a race

What would a bucket filler do?

What would a bucket dipper do?

  • Your class are making Christmas cards and there aren’t enough glue sticks for everyone

What would a bucket filler do?

What would a bucket dipper do?

  • It’s time to go to school but you want to play your computer game

What would a bucket filler do?

What would a bucket dipper do?

  • Your classmate looks sad

What would a bucket filler do?

What would a bucket dipper do?

After our quiz we played co-operation games, made interesting objects with junk and also made pop cakes. We ate one and took one home to give away as a gift. If you received a pop cake I’m sure your bucket was filled 🙂

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Bucket filling

In L2 this week, we continued practising taking turns and listening. In circle time we played a game where we told each other our favourite food and then we took it in turns to remember what each other had said. We all did a really good job of listening.

The best listener in L2 was Alfie Worthington again. Well done Alfie, you are a star! 🙂

This week in  L1,G1 and G3 we have been bucket filling, which is all about how being kind to others helps us to feel good too. We also made pop cakes which we shared with others (and fill our and their buckets). If your child went into the Homeroom this week they will be able to tell you all about bucket filling 🙂

The best listeners this week were Ollie L1,  Savannah, Nikita G1 , and in G3, Sam.

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Taking turns to talk

In L2 this week we discussed how when we talk we need to take turns.

Sometimes it’s our turn to talk and sometimes it’s our turn to listen.

The best listeners in L2 this week were Alfie Worthington and Daisy Peplow.

In L1, G1&2 we continued learning about  ‘How do I listen?’

The last skills we talked about were keeping our and hands and feet  still.

We have learnt that you listen with your Brain, Ears, Eyes, Head and Shoulders, Heart, Mouth, Hands and Feet and are going to continue practicing these skills.

Some of us had great fun having our hands/feet painted, hope you like the photographs! 🙂

The best listeners this week in G1 were Luke Walker and Savannah Finch. G2 Luke Chester and in L1 Chloe Carter, Angel Harper-Finch and Corey McDonough. Great job!  🙂

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