What a fun afternoon we have had today! I had the real pleasure of working with KS2 and we have been testing our spelling and mathematical skills using Spellodrome and Mathletics as part of the three day World Education Games. Children experienced the excitement of challenging friends from all around the world to spell the most words in the fastest time and to answer as many maths questions as they could in one minute. As a mental maths activity, Mathletics is fantastic and allows the children to develop their skills when adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Plus, with the gently competitive element, there is the challenge to perform at your very best! Some seriously good spelling and calculating took place and I’m looking forward to tomorrow with Clover class. We certainly have a lot of talented spellers and Mathletes at Westwood!
This was made by one of our Digital Leaders during the afternoon.
The children’s reaction to international learning.
An exciting opportunity is available just next week for us to take part in the World Education Games. As a school, all of our children have access to Mathletics – login details are in the back of your child’s HASP book – and for three days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, children can play against other children from all over the world. Testing their maths and also English skills, through using Spellodrome, which we have access to for just this week (same login details), children can develop their mental maths and spelling and their ability to answer questions quickly and accurately. It would be great if your child took part, so please encourage them to login and ‘warm-up’ with a few questions in readiness for this week coming. It will be great fun!
I’d been looking forward to today as I had the opportunity to spend a whole day teaching with our Year 2/3 children of Clover class. With plenty of learning planned and an enthusiastic class in front of me, we were underway and quickly into phonics before an English lesson centred around a character description of Mr Twit from Roald Dahl’s The Twits. You can see the results of the children’s hard work here: http://clover.westwoodblogs.org/what-do-you-think-of-mr-twit/ Needless to say that there was some super vocabulary and with the children now able to accurately and concisely blog their ideas, it was a great session.
Maths today was focused on Mathletics and the children worked brilliantly to consolidate their learning from yesterday on money. Mathletics is great for engaging children who find some elements of maths tricky. Then this afternoon we took on an international flavour, culminating in a live Google Hangout with our friends from Georgetown Elementary School in Hudsonville, USA.
Something I haven’t done before was to photograph a day in the classroom and you can see what we worked on together in the slide show below, as well as our live hangout with our friends in the US, where the children got to ask questions, share learning and discover each other’s cultures.
I had the pleasure of being in class all day today and this afternoon, with Lotus class, we made some lovely new friends in a school in France at the International School of Toulouse. Through the magic of the web, the children were able to talk about their school and local environment and even practice some of their French, which the children in Toulouse thought was really good! Well done everyone, a really fun afternoon and some great learning taking place.
We can’t wait to do it again and my thanks to Miss Ash, the Y2 class teacher for linking up with us.
Today was our first step into mystery skyping, a brilliant way to practice geography and map skills by live skyping a class from somewhere in the world, but not knowing where they are. Intrigued? We were too, but the children in Orchid class, who I was working with today, turned super sleuths.
Armed with atlases, Chromebooks to access Google maps and a good level of questioning skill were able to narrow down our friends in Ms Miller’s class to Dodge City in Kansas, USA. What a fun time we had, along with some fabulous international learning and a good sharing of knowledge and facts. Our huge thanks to Ms Miller and her class for a fun and enjoyable afternoon. Here we are in action today. Thanks Tom for being chief photographer:
It’s been some time since I blogged but today is a good day to catch up! We are having another of our International days again today and so much great learning is taking place. I have had the pleasure of walking around school to see the children in action working on rangoli patterns in Thistle class to ‘what makes our country’ quilts in Clover class to Vlogs in Lotus class!
As a means to develop our understanding of the wider world and our internationalism, this year each class has forged a link with a class from another country around the world. Thistle class have linked up with a school in India, Clover class have friends in the USA, Lotus class regularly say bonjour to their friends in France and Orchid class keep in touch with their friends in New Zealand.
It has been so successful and so much fun so far. We have also now introduced time zone clocks onto our display boards in the entrance hall, so pop in and have a look when you have time! Needless to say that I am sure the blogs will be full of today’s learning over the next couple of days. With a combined visit tally to date of over 13,500 on all of our class blogs I am proud to say that at Westwood school we are becoming truly international.