dissabte, 24 de setembre de 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk

This week we have continued the topic of ‘plants and vegetables’ and we have been focused on the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have made beanstalks using plasticine, bottles with crepe paper and green cups. We have also practised the skill of twisting, when wrapping pipe cleaners around sticks to create the leaves of the beanstalk. We have had fun using the blocks to create the Giants’ castle and have enjoyed using paint to create Jack’s golden eggs.
In phonics this week, Sergi, Kai, Marcel and Luke have been learning the ‘a’ sound. They have done apple printing, created their own ambulance, coloured and cut out ants and used whiteboard pens to practise the formation of the letter. We have also linked the sound with our topic; learning about fruits and vegetables which begin with the ‘a’ sound- apple, avocado and asparagus.
Jordi has been learning the ‘th’ sound and has been practising sticking out his tongue to make this sound. He knows the two letters which make up the ‘th’ sound and has had lots of practise writing these two letters. Jordi is beginning to tell me the different words which contain the ‘th’ sound and has fun painting a ‘thumb’ and moulding a ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ person from plasticine.
In maths this week, Sergi, Kai and Luke have continued to learn about the numbers 1-10. Using our topic focus of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ the boys have ordered magic bean numbers, counted different amount of beans into cups and played ‘match the bean to the number’. They have also had lots of practise forming the number 1-10, using the whiteboard and writing over the numbered dots which I provide. This week we also took our maths lessons out into the farm and collected lots of natural objects. We focused on the song of ‘ten little speckled frogs’ and used the tape to stick the correct number of objects on to each frog picture; making sure that we counted the frogs carefully and stuck one item for every frog on the paper.
Marcel and Jordi have been working on the numbers 0-20 and have created a fantastic chart for our display. The boys worked together to write the numbers 0-20 and then counted out and stuck on the correct amount of stickers to show the quantity of each number. They have also had lots of opportunities to practise forming the numbers to 20, using felt tips, pencils and the whiteboard. They were very motivated to try and write all of the numbers and their number formation is really improving.
In reading comprehension this week Judit and Sara have been focusing more intently on poetry as a style of writing. Judit has been learning about the different types of rhyme apparent within the poems, both at the end of the line and internally within sentences. Sara has been learning about alliteration and similes and has had to find example of these within the poems she has read. The girls have had to think carefully about the hidden meanings of words and phrases within the poems to allow them to correctly answer the comprehension questions given for each of the poems they have read. The girls are making very good progress within their understanding of the content and layout of different poems.
In maths this week Sara has been focusing on numbers. She has worked hard to understand the concept of rounding numbers up and down to the nearest hundred. She has also begun to use VENN and Carroll diagrams as a way to help her organise and classify odd and even numbers. When organising the numbers Sara has revised her times tables and is becoming more confident to trust her answers when writing down the different multiplications. Finally, Sara has been learning about symmetry. She has learnt that for a line to be symmetrical, the image needs to be the same on both sides. She has consolidated and practised this skill further by playing a symmetry game on the computer and as a result of answering all the questions correctly she was able to create a symmetrical robot.

Judit has continued to focus on her mental arithmetic and is practising many mathematical skills in preparation for her SAT’s test. She has been solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions within the concept of money, time, mass and weight. She is now learning the importance of showing her ‘working out’ in her notebook. Judit has been working particularly hard on finding and using fractions and this is a concept which she is keen to continue developing next week. 

dissabte, 17 de setembre de 2016

Welcome to Pre-School

Welcome to pre – school!
Our first week has been lots of fun and we have enjoyed getting to know our new friends- Kai, Luke and Marcel. This week, Jordi, Luke, Marcel, Kai and Sergi have enjoyed exploring our new corners.
In our topic corner we have been learning about plants and vegetables. We have been focusing on the names of the vegetables  and have created our own flashcards; thinking carefully about the colours of each vegetable. We have worked on our cutting skills; cutting out and sticking different vegetables to create our own meal.
In our mathematics corner the boys have learnt counting songs, such as ‘1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive’ and ‘5 little ducks’. We have been doing lots of number recognition  activities, such as number matching, number ordering and number formation on the whiteboard.  The boys are getting very good at counting to 10 and recognising the names of each number in English. Jordi and Marcel enjoyed creating a display of numbers from 1-20  and they even started to prepare a ‘counting in tens’ display. We have also been learning the names of simple 2D shapes – square, rectangle, circle and triangle. We identified each shape and practised it’s name. We then created a ‘shape snake’.
In our phonics area Kai, Marcel, Luke and Sergi have been learning the ‘s’ sound. They have created the letter ‘s’ using paint, plasticine, , stamps, stickers and shapes. We also focused on our colours when each creating a different coloured ‘spotty snake’. Jordi has been working on the ‘sh’ sound. He has learnt the two letters which make this sound  and has practised the formation of these letters.   Jordi has been identifying words  which contain the ‘sh’ sound and has been learning how to use ‘sound buttons’  to help him read ‘sh’ words.
In our exploration area the boys have been using our new microscopic magnifying glass to look intricately at different insects, leaves and flowers. It is very interesting to see things up close!
In our role play area we have set up a fruit and vegetable shop. The children have created price tags for the different fruits and vegetables that are on sale  and have used real money to buy the foods they want from the shop.
In our construction area the boys have been imaginatively using the wooden blocks to create buildings and towers.
Judit and Sara have been focusing on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing a fact file of all the information they have learnt about plants and vegetables. They have also begun to create a ‘working word wall’ of all of the words which they have identified as being difficult to spell. They have completed reading comprehension activities linked to our topic; answering questions about the text to improve their comprehension  skill and deepen their subject knowledge of different plants. The texts they have read have provided information about rainforests, weeds, gardens and the world around them.
This week Sara has focused on instructional text  and poems. Judit has been working on  myths and poems. Within the different styles of writing the girls have been very motivated to research the meanings of unknown words and they are now creating their own dictionary of new words.
In maths, the girls matched the numbers to the number words. Sara then worked on the concept of thousands, hundreds, tens and units and is learning to recognise the value of each number within 4 digit numbers. Sara has also been working on the concept of time, using analogue clocks. She has been focusing on showing the time it will be if it is 15 or 30 minutes earlier and later than the given times. Sara has been working really hard to understand the concept of ‘past’ and ‘to’ when reading the time in English.
In maths, Judith has been working on 3 digit addition and subtraction number problems. She has also started taking mental arithmetic practise tests. She is working hard to prepare for her SAT exams. She is now particularly confident to answer number problems related to money.
Both girls enjoyed creating price tags for the role play area. They were both extremely confident  to add coins  and pay for the food, using the correct amount.  When change is needed, the girls were able to say how much they needed refunding and the coins which I needed to give them.

We have had a fun and busy week and we are looking forward to lots more new activities next week.