That’s the diversity of learning you could and indeed I did, see on a walk around school earlier this morning. In Thistle class, the children have been fascinated by the story of Mary Anning a famous historical paleontologist. Google her, she’s really interesting! Clover class have used blank number lines to successfully practice their subtraction whilst Lotus class were working on their spatial awareness and coordination. I watched and immediately thought I’d have to concentrate a lot!
In Orchid class, the children have been planning their quests for writing about them later in the week. Loads of great and original ideas, so I know that the writing will be of high quality. I’d better go and prepare for some teaching in Lotus class this afternoon. It’s ICT and I can’t wait…
Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching Orchid class and one of the activities that we did was a 100 word challenge. These I have always found as an excellent way to develop literacy skills and use of vocabulary as you literally only have 100 words plus the prompt in which to be creative, descriptive and generally very clever. As Orchid class have been learning about World War 2 this term, I began the session with nothing more than turning out the lights, asking the children to imagine hearing this for real and creating an image in their minds:
Afterwards we briefly discussed what an air raid siren was for and the children then had the following prompt on which to base their 100 words: …as the bombs dropped…
I was very impressed with the responses and ideas to this. I had a go myself and promised the children I’d upload it, but it was not a patch on theirs. Well done everyone.
Bombs at dawn
I woke with a start. The deafening crash of next door’s roof startled me and I sat bolt upright. Outside in the dusky dawn i could hear voices, terror, panic as villagers ran for their shelters. As the bombs dropped I gathered my worldly possessions into a knotted handkerchief and took a long look at my room, wondering if it would be the same again. Carefully picking my way through the desecration, I held on tightly to my dad’s hand, terrified to let go. Number 28 next door was just a pile of bricks. Mr Rogers sat nearby, sobbing. His life ruined.
If you fancy having a go at any more of these, please visit 100wc.net, there are loads to inspire your imagination.
It was one of those occasions today when I actually stopped to think about how quickly this term is going and it’s hard to believe we are almost 7 weeks through. Having been out this morning on a course, I was grateful to be back in school with the children again and the French tones coming from Orchid class were, once again, extremely pleasant, lots of good pronunciation and laughter, which is always lovely to hear. Learning should be fun.
With some intricate images coming through the copier I was intrigued to find out what Lotus class were working on, so took my daily stroll around school to see some fine and detailed art work in full flow. Using pencil only, the children were working extremely hard to replicate their chosen work of art and the shading and concentration was excellent. We do have some super artists. In Clover class pencils were also working furiously, but with control, as they practised their handwriting. I also had the joy of sharing a wonderful piece of work on connectives from a year 2 child this afternoon and it shows how the practice is paying dividends in the children’s extended writing. On a final note, I still can’t walk through Thistle class without smiling at the brilliant rocket they have for their space topic and the way the children use it for role play – it is magical. If you get the chance, pop in to have a look, it’s so creative and imaginative.
Don’t forget the disco on Thursday evening, so get your dancing shoes ready, it’s sure to be a great night!
Part of my job each day is to spend time on a learning walk around the school. This gives me the opportunity to find out what the children are learning in each session and to enjoy talking to the children about their learning. It also gives me time to reflect on the diversity of the learning that is taking place.
Today, for example, I saw a group of children in Thistle class successfully working with money to make amounts in different ways – not an easy task, ask any KS1 teacher! Clover class were working with the other perennial stumbling block, time, not that you would know it. Their progress from yesterday is marked in their recognition of quarter past and half past. Orchid class were being amazing mathematicians with square and prime numbers – do ask them for examples when they get home! Lotus class were using punctuation today to highlight speech in their writing. As a school we have been using what we call ‘rainbow writing’ to identify punctuation, initially, in our writing. This will help the children with their sentence formation and to raise the standard of their writing overall. Inspired by this, I thought I’d add something interactive – a game all about connectives, if you and your children have a moment. A word of warning though, these are good time wasters so if you have a go on your own, don’t be surprised where the evening goes!