dilluns, 5 de desembre de 2016

Creating Elf Hats

This week we have continued our topic of ‘Christmas’. For the upcoming weeks leading up to Christmas we are going to focus on one element of Christmas each week, linked to the songs we are learning for our Christmas performance. This week we have been learning about elves and we have had lots of fun decorating our elves workshop. The children have had a great time decorating presents with glitter and different materials. They have also practised their wrapping skills by wrapping different types of paper around cotton reels. All of the children have enjoyed helping to create elf hats, using the sewing machine  and they have all been keen to try and feed the felt through the machine. We have also all worked together to create a large sleigh for our Christmas performance. The children  had a great time ripping up paper and then mixing it with glue and water to create paper mache. The children have all decided on the colours they would like to use to decorate the sleigh and we are all looking forward to making the sleigh look very beautiful next week.  
We have spent lots of time this week, practising our Christmas performance. The children can now confidently sing and dance to the songs. We just need to practise reading our Christmas poems. The children love our performance practises and they ask everyday if we can practise it more than once each day. We have now made almost all of our costumes and the children are all so excited to show the performance to their parents and grandparents.
In phonics this week we have been working on the h sound. We worked together to select the different h flashcards and the children enjoyed identifying the different things which begin with the letter h. We started the week by creating a large letter h for the display. The children enjoyed filling the hand by painting their hands and creating handprints within the h. We then focused on the word ‘horse’. The children needed to concentrate a lot when creating a horse jigsaw. Each child decided how many pieces they wanted for their puzzle. They each then cut up their puzzle into their desired number of pieces and every child managed to reassemble the pieces to create the original horse picture. It was great to see how organised the children are becoming! Next, we focused on the word ‘heart’. The children used lots of different coloured materials to create a collaged heart picture. The  children needed to concentrate a lot to fill their heart. Amrita, Jordi and Marcel really impressed me when they were able to independently sound out and write the word heart on to their work. Finally, we focused on the word ‘happy’. All of the children enjoyed creating their own happy face picture and we also enjoyed learning the song ‘if you’re happy and you know it’.
In maths this week we have enjoyed learning about symmetry. We have used a range of Christmas pictures, such as presents, stars, Santa, baubles and snowflakes. The children have loved learning how to create a symmetrical picture and they now all fully understand the importance of drawing and colouring the exact same image on each side, to ensure that the picture is symmetrical. It was a very tricky skill as we had to really think how to draw the same image but in the opposite direction.  The children have loved learning about symmetry and we now have a very colourful display of symmetrical pictures up in the classroom. All of the children have asked if we can do some more symmetry so we will continue this within our maths lessons next week.
In reading comprehension this week, the girls have continued to work on the genre of fictional stories. We have worked on the themes of characterisation, inference, paragraph structure, mythical stories and legends. Both girls have become confident to identify the different elements of a fictional story. Towards the end of the week the children had the opportunity to create their own fictional stories, using all of the elements they have learnt about during the previous two weeks.  The children have decided on the content, characters, setting and title of the story. They have loved having the opportunity to use their own imagination and they have been extremely motivated to work on their stories independently. The girls have enjoyed creating their own illustrations and they are both really proud of the books they are creating. Both girls have been focusing on their spelling and I have encouraged them to use the dictionary  to check any spellings they are unsure of. We have also been working on the technique of proof – reading to ensure that what they have written makes sense when read aloud. We are all really looking forward to the girls reading their stories to us next week.
In maths this week, we have been learning about the order of operations. Both girls found the BIDMAS method very difficult to understand and we needed to spend a lot of time together working out how to use the method to ensure that we had the correct answer to the number problems. Once we had worked out the method, Judit became very motivated by the problems and she wanted to try to solve more problems, using the method, on her own. Sara found the method very difficult to understand. Therefore, we spent this week revising her multiplications, using her knowledge of the times tables to find the multiples of factors of different numbers. We also worked on the concept of prime numbers.  Both girls are now becoming very confident to identify whether a number is or isn’t a prime number, using the knowledge they of their times tables. They are now both becoming much more confident to work out the  multiplication problems in their heads. We will continue to work on BIDMAS next week to ensure that both girls understand and can use the method independently. 

In punctuation and grammar this week,  Sara has continued to work on direct speech. The activities she completed required her to insert the correct punctuation and insert the speech marks in the correct place within the sentence. Sara found this very difficult and was unable to re-write the sentences correctly. When correcting her work, Sara was able to recognise the mistakes she had made and by the end of the activity she was able to self-correct her work. We will continue to work on direct speech particularly the concept of starting a new line every time a new person speaks.  Judit has been learning about noun phrases,  with a particular focus on subordinate clauses.  Judit was very confident to identify which parts of the sentence were subordinate clauses and she was able to re-write the sentences and insert her own subordinate clause,  which made sense within the context of the sentence. 

dissabte, 26 de novembre de 2016

Reindeer crafts

This week we have welcomed another new friend into our class. Aran has been so confident when learning the new routines and has been independently using English when answering my questions.  She has settled into the class fantastically and has particularly enjoyed singing and dancing to our Christmas songs, as we have practised for our Christmas performance. The girls in the class are very happy to welcome another girl into our class and it has been lovely to watch them playing and helping Aran to settle.
This week we have started our topic of ‘Christmas’. For the upcoming weeks leading up to Christmas we are going to focus on one element of Christmas each week, linked to the songs we are learning for our Christmas performance. This week we have been learning about reindeer and we have had lots of fun creating different reindeer crafts. The children have had a great time creating their own reindeer hats; sticking googly eyes, pom poms and pipe cleaners on to create a cute reindeer face on their hats. The children also created individual antlers for their reindeer by painting their hands with brown paint and creating handprints to stick on to their hats. The reindeer look fantastic! The children have also worked really hard to create a reindeer, using a wooden spoon. They started by painting their spoon brown. They then added googly eyes and a pom pom nose. Finally we worked with. The children drew mouth, antler and ear shapes on to felt and then had to work hard to carefully use the sewing scissors to cut out their face parts. We had to work very hard and be perseverant as cutting through felt was very tricky. It was also very fiddly to stick the parts on to the spoon and all of the children had the opportunity to learn how to use the glue gun. We had to be super careful as the glue gun could get hot. The children did a fantastic job creating reindeer and they became confident to identify different reindeer. The children even began to recognise the word reindeer and they were very focused when completing the handwriting sheets; practising writing the word reindeer correctly. Finally, the children constructed their own reindeer puzzles. The children  decided how many pieces they wanted to cut their reindeer picture into. Noa did a fantastic job of cutting the puzzle into many pieces. She was then very concentrated when looking at the reindeer picture and reconstructing the puzzle; sticking all of the pieces in the correct place to create her own reindeer picture.
In maths this week we have been learning about the concept of subtraction,  using Christmas themed worksheets.  The children have had the opportunity to learn the skill of taking away mince pies, presents, crackers and Robins. The children learnt to recognise the take away symbol and they became very confident to count the objects , using one to one correspondence. We worked a lot on number formation and focused on making sure that we write our numbers the right way around. The children then had to carefully cross out the correct number of objects to help them work out the answer to the subtraction sum. Marcel and Amrita were extremely confident and independent when crossing out the objects and writing the number that is left over. Jordi really impressed me with the ability he had to take away, without needing to cross out any objects.  He was able to work out the answers by looking at the objects and then mentally subtracting the amount shown in the sum.
In phonics this week, we have continued to focus on the letter ‘d’. We have continued to learn about the letter, using the animals we have in the farm. We created donkey pictures , using collage materials, painted dog pictures and used sponges to create duck pictures. We also had lots of opportunities to practise forming the letter ‘d’ on our animal handwriting practise sheets. I am really impressed with how much the children’s letter letter formation is improving. Finally,  at the end of the week we created a dinosaur picture by turning the letter ‘d’ into a dinosaur. The children had a great time using green materials,  googly eyes and pom poms to create very cute dinosaurs.
In reading comprehension this week Judit and Sara have been working on fictional stories. Sara has really impressed me with the progress she is making in developing her inferential understanding of what she is reading. She was especially confident to answer questions and explain her understanding of what was happening within a story about a bus crash. She showed her understanding of how the people would feel in this situation and she understood what was meant by the different phrases used to explain the fear the people felt. Judit really enjoyed reading the fictional stories and we enjoyed discussing the meaning of the Christmas tale. Judit found it difficult to undertake because of the language used in the past but it was fantastic to see the motivation Judit developed to read more of the stories she was focusing on. Next week,  we are going to search for the full stories as Judit is keen to read more of the traditional English fictional stories.
In maths this week we have focused on number, place value and number ordering. Initially, both on the girls found it difficult to order the hundred,  thousand and million numbers and to understand the value of each number. However, after focusing on place value and identifying the value of each digit within the number, the children began to understand the importance of ensuring that they wrote the numbers correctly and included the correct number of zeros within the number. Sara became very confident at identifying the value of each number and she became very confident to write the number as digits correctly when reading the five and six digit numbers as words. Judit worked very hard on adding and subtracting whole and minus numbers and she is now confident to order the numbers correctly and identify the value of each number when filling in the missing numbers on a number line.

In science this week,  we have been working on volume,  vibration  and pitch.  We have been focusing on the vocabulary of tempo,  pitch and volume and the girls had a great time exploring the BBC interactive activities to help them further understand the concepts of volume and pitch. The girls particularly enjoyed organising flutes and guitars into the correct place in the table,  depending on the pitch and volume of the sound which the instrument was creating. The girls had lots of fun testing the instrument and they became very confident to identify the different levels of pitch and volume which are present within the different sounds they hear.