Inspiring learning

This week I have had the real pleasure to be in the classroom working with nearly every class in the school and it is a constant reminder of how hard the children work and how good they are at challenging themselves in their learning.

Yesterday I was in Thistle class and after an energetic and focused PE lesson we settled down to some Mathletics tasks.  When I first worked with Thistle class on Mathletics some months ago, they, understandably needed some help and guidance as it was their first time, but yesterday they were superb. Not only could they navigate their way around but, more importantly, they were using their mathematical skills and knowledge to answer a range of challenging questions, relishing the opportunity to try something harder. Well done everyone and thank you for a lovely afternoon.

Today I have, quite literally been at the opposite end of the primary age range in Orchid class, working with Year 6. Using Google Classroom as a learning tool, I set each of the children a task to create their own stories using a prompt which they selected at random and had one opportunity to change – a real stick or twist moment! Using our Chromebooks, the children worked with complete commitment and focus for almost an hour to produce some really high quality, sustained writing and it was a pleasure to see. I am looking forward to reading them all this evening.

So, despite the fact that is only Wednesday I’ve had a wonderful week so far with plenty more to come and an international online discussion tomorrow with Clover class and their friends in Michigan. If you would like to join us live, it will be here tomorrow at around 2.30pm when we will be sharing our favourite stories and i will be reading a couple to everyone, both here and in the US. Great fun!

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