dilluns, 23 de gener de 2017

Space

This week we have continued to learn lots about Space.
The youngest children (Sergi, Kai,Luke and Ona) have had lots of fun creating the role play space area. They have worked hard as a team and Sergi was particularly concentrated when covering three boxes in tinfoil to make a fantastic rocket. The children are now enjoying using the astronaut and alien masks and pretending to fly off in the rocket. They also enjoyed helping me to create a dark ‘space’ reading area. Ona loves using their torches to read the space stories and searching for the moon and stars that are stuck on the roof of the reading area. The children have also enjoyed creating scrunched up, tinfoil moon rocks and then using the pincers to search for the moon rocks inside the flour moon. The children have been doing a great job exploring the moon and Luke has had a great time using cups and pincers in the flour. The children have also enjoyed learning lots of new space songs. They are learning lots of new vocabulary and are beginning to remember and sing the songs independently. I have been particularly impressed with how well Kai has remembered the words to ‘eight planets’.
The KS1 children (Jordi, Joana, Thais, Marcel and Noa) have been working hard to help the older children to create our school magazine. Joana and Thais did a fantastic job when writing a list of all the children in the class. The children also did a fantastic job drawing a picture of each of their friends. Jordi was also very keen to draw a picture of Jo and I. The pictures look fantastic and Noa was particularly concentrated and carefully drew the specific features of each person in the class. The children have been working lots on label writing and they were all confident to draw and label their space pictures for the magazine.
In maths, the children have continued to create different number displays. They enjoyed creating a planet calendar for January; colouring in the different planets and sticking the ordinal numbers in the correct place on the calendar. The children also continued to work on matching number words to the correct numerals. They enjoyed creating new number flashcards and displaying them in the correct order in the maths area. The children have continued to practise counting down from 10-0, especially when singing our new rocket song. The children then used ‘multiple of 10’ rocket pictures. It was the first time the children had accessed multiples of 10 and they did a fantastic job of ordering the numbers from 10, up to 100. We will keep working on tens, within a range of different space maths activities. Unfortunately, Arlet was poorly this week and missed all of the fun activities. I hope she is feeling better and can join us again next week.
All of the children have been reading individually to Jo, using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The children did a great job of blending the sounds to read the words. Marcel was especially confident to use the sounds he knows when reading the words in the book. We will read a new book every week and will start to bring a book home to practise reading at home.
The KS2 children (Judit, Blanca, Sara, Sofia, Arnau and Tatiana) have also been working very hard to create the different sections of the magazine. I was very impressed with the introduction Arnau wrote, as he presented his writing beautifully and was very keen to finish the two-page introduction. Judit did a fantastic job finding and writing up a muffin recipe for our special beach treat. She did a great job of copying different pictures and illustrating each part of the recipe. Blanca did a great job, using the computer to find out information about the planetarium we are going to visit. She then translated the information from Catalan to English and dictated very well to Sofia, who wrote down the information and presented it beautifully for the magazine.
In maths, the children have continued to work on fractions. I have been particularly impressed with the progress Sara has made with fractions as she is now able to confidently find ½, ¼ and ¾ of different amounts and convert the ingredients in different recipes to ensure that she created the recipes for the correct amount of people. Judit also did a fantastic job of multiplying, and dividing fractions and she was extremely perseverant when working out the answers to create the fractions triangles. Arnau and Tatiana have worked really hard to draw pizzas and shade the correct number of pieces to ensure that they depicted the correct fraction for each flashcard.
All of the children have enjoyed reading individually to me. They all read fantastically well in English. It was great to see how engaged Arnau was with reading and how keen he was to read more than one book to me. Tatiana really impressed me with the comprehension skills she had and the abilities she had to explain the story to me in great detail. Blanca did a fantastic job of reading a chapter book to me. She was extremely motivated to understand all of the words within the book and she was keen for me to explain any words which she didn’t understand.
This week, we have started a new system of ‘happy faces’. The children have been very motivated and have worked really hard to get ten happy faces next to their name. All of the children who gained ten happy faces for listening carefully and completing their work were rewarded with a treat morning on Friday. The children had a great time baking muffins (using Judit’s recipe). They then ate the muffins, before choosing to play lots of team games, which involved them running, jumping and jogging around obstacles. The children had a fantastic time and are now all really motivated to get ten happy faces again next week.



















divendres, 13 de gener de 2017

Happy New Year

Welcome back and happy new year! We have had an extremely busy week, welcoming seven new children into the class. The children were very excited to meet Ona, Thais, Arlet, Tatiana, Arnau, Blanca and Sofia and they were keen to help them settle into the routines of our class. Now that we have sixteen children in the class, the children are now working in three groups to ensure that all of the different aged children are accessing activities which are most appropriate for their age. The children have enjoyed completing the activities and they are really happy that we now have Jo working with us for the whole morning. This week, we have started our ‘space’ topic. The youngest children (Ona, Kai, Luke and Sergi) have had a great time learning new space vocabulary. They have learnt about astronauts and have had lots of fun using the astronaut masks in the roleplay area. They have also enjoyed making their own alien masks and they loved having the opportunity to colour the faces in many different colours. The children were also very imaginative when using the plasticine and were able to create super aliens, using googly eyes and pipe cleaners to add lots of eyes, arms and legs. I was particularly impressed with Sergi’s design as he tried really hard to include all of the relevant features on the aliens’ face. They have been working hard to decorate our space area. There are now lots of shiny, glittery stars hanging within the dark night sky. The children also had fun learning about the different planets. We looked carefully at the eight planets in the solar system and then coloured in planet pictures, using the correct colours. Ona worked really hard at this and I was impressed with how well she was able to control the crayon when trying to colour inside the lines. The children then hung the planets up within the black background. They now look at the planets and try to remember the correct name for each one. The children have also had lots of fun creating rockets from a range of box modelling materials. At the beginning, they found it difficult to think of ideas of how to create the rocket but after a little help from Jo they were able to create some great designs. All of their rockets are now flying around in our space area. The KS1 children (Jordi, Arlet, Marcel, Noa, Thais and Joana) have been working very hard with Jo. This week we have focused lots on phonics, both learning the set one sounds and focusing on different objects which start with the letter ‘c’. The children have been really challenged this week to use the phonics they know to help them write words. They have had lots of fun learning ow to write lists when writing down the different presents they had for Christmas. They also continued to practise list writing when exploring the farm with Jo; writing down everything they could see in the farm. All of the children enjoyed this and were motivated to sound out and write down the things they could see. Thais and Arlet have been introduced to new set one sounds and Jo has been very impressed with how many sounds they already know. Unfortunately, Noa and Marcel have been too unwell to join us this week. We are looking forward to seeing them next week and continuing our challenge of sounding out and writing words. In maths, the children have been working hard to create lots of new number displays for our classroom. They have been colouring in rockets, with the numbers 0-20. They then needed to draw the correct number of stars to match each of the numbers. Joana worked very hard and was super concentrated when counting out how many stars she had drawn. They also worked on counting down from ten to zero. We ordered the numbers and then played a game of ‘blast off’, before working together to place the rockets in the correct order within the role play area. I was impressed to see how well Jordi could count backwards and he was able to select the correct number in the order every time. Finally, they all worked very hard to order the alien numbers from 0-20 and then match each numeral to its number word. This was a new concept for each of the children and they all tried really hard and were concentrated when trying to select the correct number word and stick it alongside the correct numeral. The KS2 children (Blanca, Sofia, Judit, Sara, Arnau and Tatiana) have been working very hard with me this week. We have been working a lot on their tablets and this has really motivated them in their reading comprehension tasks. When completing comprehension quizzes about recounts, past tense, first person and adjectives they were all keen to read the information and then answer the comprehension questions within the quiz. The children did a fantastic job of working in pairs to read and then answer the questions. Judit and Blanca did an excellent job and scored very highly on all of the BBC quizzes they completed. When learning about adjectives, Arnau and Tatiana were motivated by picture cues. They enjoyed looking at and drawing pictures of different objects. They then worked hard to think of relevant adjectives they could use to describe each of these objects. When researching different emotions words, Sara was very motivated to write a long list of words. She then worked hard to draw the corresponding face for each emotion. When working on our spellings, the children were very motivated to learn through a game, whereby they had to identify the correct spelling for many words, including plurals and past tense words. All of the children did very well and were able to complete the game. However, Sofia was especially confident and was keen to explain to the others how to play the game and find the correct spellings. In maths, we have been working on fractions. Blanca and Judit have been very perserverant when creating a fractions puzzle. They worked very well together to add up and subtract many fractions. They then had to be very organised when finding the answers and had to check their answers many times to ensure that they were joining the correct pieces, as they needed to form a rhombus when completing all of the fractions problems. Both girls found the organisational aspects of this activity difficult but by the end they were both confident to explain to me how to add or subtract two fractions. Sara and Sofia have been working on recipes. They have been provided with recipes for different foods. They then needed to work out how much of each ingredient they would need if cooking half, a quarter or three quarters of the original recipe. Both girls were extremely confident in finding out the answers and it was great to see them working together and supporting each other so well. Tatiana and Arnau have become very confident to find half, a quarter and a third of different amounts, using pictures to help them. Tatiana impressed me with how quickly she could work out half of the different two digit numbers, without the use of pictures. We have also been doing lots of fun activities altogether as a class. The children had a great time learning the difference between walking, jogging and running when playing the baked bean game and ‘red rover’. They all listened very carefully to the instructions and were able to change their movement dependent on the word I shouted out. When cooling down after our gym lesson, all of the children were able to suggest a way that we could ‘cool down’ and stretch out our muscles. Blanca was especially good when teaching the class different breathing exercises, we can use to calm our bodies. We also enjoyed our music lesson and had a great time creating rhythms, using different parts of our bodies, bells and maracas (which we made ourselves). The oldest children did a fantastic job of creating a musical performance, using the different instruments and they did a great job of continuing the rhythm, alongside their friends. Within our art lesson, the children enjoyed learning about the different sizes and colours of the planets in the solar system. They then worked really well in pairs to create their own planets by wrapping the correct coloured wool around their cardboard planet. All of the planets are now displayed within the role play area, using the correct order to show how close each planet is to the sun. We have had a great week and I look forward to doing lots more fun things next week.































dijous, 22 de desembre de 2016

Christmas Performance

This week the children have been very excited about Christmas. We have had a very relaxed week, doing Christmas activities. The children have finished their Christmas envelopes and Christmas cards and they now all have a fantastic envelope, filled with all the Children’s Christmas crafts and cards.
The children continued to consolidate their focus Christmas vocabulary- reindeer, snowman, star, snow ball, sleigh, presents, elf. They have coloured in pictures of all these different Christmas objects and we focused on colouring the objects the correct colours. We talked about the different Christmas objects and the parts they play at Christmas time.
We had a relaxed morning watching ‘Home Alone’ and it was great to see that the children understood most of the English and were able to laugh along at the jokes in the film.
We had an afternoon baking Christmas biscuits in the classroom.  We created our own Christmas stencils, in the shape of a bell, Christmas tree and a snowman. We worked together to create dough and then used our stencils to shape the Christmas biscuits. The following morning we created two different types of icing and decorated the biscuits with lots of shiny balls, stars and hearts. The children then enjoyed eating the biscuits as a late breakfast snack.
The children had a great morning creating sock snowmen with Jo. They were all keen to cut the bottom off the sock to create a hat for their snowman. The children then filled their sock with rice and made their snowman big and fat. They then used an elastic band to create a head and body but they all needed help as the band was tricky to tie. The children then had a great time sticking on buttons, eyes and creating a scarf and nose out of felt. All of the children’s snowmen looked very individual, especially when they all drew different mouths , which gave each of the snowmen real character.
The children performed their Christmas songs and dances to their families. They did an absolutely fantastic job and I was so proud of how confidently they performed and how they remembered the song words and dance moves so well. The children had a great time and it was great to see their big, smiling faces. Everyone enjoyed watching the performance and the children absolutely loved being on the stage.  They are already discussing what they want to do for the Summer performance.
The children had a great time visiting the mechanics garage. They made the mechanics very happy by singing their Christmas songs to them in the mechanics’ office. The children then had the opportunity to watch the mechanics change a tyre and they were introduced to all of the different tools, which are used by a mechanic. The children had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and they managed to learn a lot about how mechanics help people by fixing their cars. 
Sara and Judit chose some of their favourite Christmas poems from various web pages. They read them all and focused on the key features of each poem – the rhyming pattern, use of metaphors, similes and adjectives. The children then chose which poetry features they wanted to focus on and use within their own poems. The girls wrote their own Christmas poems, using the poetry styles of their choice. They created their own paragraphs, checked their spellings and added their own illustrations.  They were then very proud to read their poems to me and explain how they had developed their ideas. They did a fantastic job and really enjoyed being little poets.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your families and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.