You might have seen the new display in our classroom called How Are You Feeling Today? We look at it twice a day every day to see how everyone is feeling and if they are feeling sad or scared we think of how we can help them. We understand that not everyone will be happy all of the time but we don’t want anyone to be unhappy or worried when we can help them. We also talk about the different ways in which we can be happy. We’ve used the characters from Inside Out to help us understand the different feelings.
These are some of the things we say when we put our pictures onto the different emotions.
As you can see there are still question marks for Disgust. Not many children have chosen this emotion so we’ve not heard many reasons for why you might feel disgust. Can you think of any with your grown ups?
If we do say something that is making us sad or worried there is always a chance for the children to talk to a grown up about it and hopefully they can help. Any serious concerns or worries would be followed up using the correct school procedures and policies.
The children put their pictures up first thing in the morning just before we start our first morning carpet session and then look at them again straight after dinnertime.
The whole school does something similar with the children giving a number out of 10 to say how they are feeling each day.
Please ask if you have any further questions.
During our first few days at school we wrote our class charter. Our charter says what we think we should get to do and feel at school. We call these our rights. If we want these things to happen then there are some things we need to do. We call these our responsibilities.
After talking about our rights and responsibilities we recorded our ideas in the floor book.
We decided this is what our class charter should be….
Everyone then had to sign to say they agreed with our charter and that they were going to do their best to make sure they followed their responsibilities. Name writing can be a bit tricky when you’re first starting FS2 but we all tried our best and copied our name card if we needed to.
We’ve put our class charter on the classroom wall so everyone can see it and it will remind them what they agreed to. It means we can show our families as well.
On our first day of school we all made our handprint so we could make a flower altogether. Together we are the best!
Can you remember which colour your handprint was?
What have we been learning?
- about teamwork and working together.
- about the importance of following rules and routines.
What can you do to continue the learning at home?
- talk about other groups you and your child belong to, such as your family.
- talk about the rules and routines in your house and why it is important we follow them.
When it was Valentine’s Day we read some stories about the Love Monster. The children loved the story and it led to some amazing child- initiated learning as the children decided to try and cheer him up. Miss Deighton collected all the pictures we took and the things we said to make a whole class Learning Story. You can read it below…..
Everyone was happy and the Love Monster seemed to be cheered up to 🙂
You can also see our Learning Story and pictures displayed in our new Library. FS1 Diamond class (Nursery) helped us by making some Love Monsters.
What have we been learning?
- To be kind friends.
- To organise and hold a party for the Love Monster.
- To follow a recipe ourselves and bake cakes.
- To solve problems such as ‘Are there enough buns for everyone?‘
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Make cakes and buns together following recipes.
- Think how to be a kind friend for other people you know out of school. Could you draw them a picture or write them a letter?
- Allow your child to help you solve problems at home such as ‘Are there enough plates for everyone?’ at dinnertime.
Before the Christmas Holidays we read a story called ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee!’ It was a brilliant story and everyone thought it was really funny. When we first looked at the book Miss Parker set us a challenge to find as much Maths in the story as possible. At first we weren’t sure what Father Christmas needing a wee had to do with Maths but it quickly became clear.
Father Christmas stops at all the houses and at each house has lots of drinks. We had to count the number of drinks at each house. We then thought how to make that number using our fingers in different ways. Can you see on the display how Logan and Lacey made 6 in different ways? We checked with the Numicon that they were right. How many different ways can your child make 6 on their fingers?
Michael knew which house number came next because it was the next number in sequence, “4 next because 1-2-3-4.” Does your child know which number comes next for numbers to 1o? If they know them to 10 how about to 20? How about knowing the number which is one less and comes before?
We talked about the numbers we could see on the pages and also the numbers that we had on our doors at home. Some of us tried to write the numbers on our doors. Does your child know which number house they live at? Can they write it down?
We were feeling really clever as the book went on and even found some calculating to do. Corey knew that 5 drinks and 5 mince pies made 10 altogether, “10 because 5 add 5 is 10” and he was even able to write it in a number sentence. Does your child know any simple addition calculations? are they able to write them down?
It wasn’t just Number Maths we found in the story either. We found some Shape Space Measures Maths. We talked about the size of the characters in the story and Charlie said “Big Santa, small elf“. Can you child talk about the size of the members of their family? Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest?
And we weren’t finished there either, Ruby noticed that there was some time in the book. “Half past three, thats time!“, she said. Does your child know about time? Can they say what happens first in the day and what happens after that? Can they sequence events during their day?
What a lot of Maths from one story!
Do you have any stories at home which have Maths in them? Have a look next time you look at a book together. If you find one bring it to school and we can all have a look at it together. It would be a great thing to write on a wow moment too. We look forward to hearing about the Maths stories you find.
Have you seen the new displays in the cloakroom? They appeared just before the Christmas holidays and are there especially for our parents and carers.
The first one explains why your child might sometimes come home a little bit messy. We do our best to make sure the children come home each day as clean as when they arrived but a little mess is inevitable! This display aims to tell you all the good things the children are learning even if they get a little messy while they are doing it. An example is ” This black mark was made with a pen. I am trying hard to develop my writing and drawing skills.” We will continue to do our best to help the children stay clean and tidy by providing aprons and other protective clothing but please be understanding if they are a little messy.
The next one shows you lots of different ways that your child is learning to be independent in school. Often the children tell us they can’t do something, and often you tell us they can’t do it at home, but we see them doing it in school all the time. They just need a little time and patience. Like the display says, “All I learn when you do it for me is you can do it better than me!” Although obviously there are some things that your children will need help with and shouldn’t be doing alone the display will show you what we expect them to do at school.
Finally, there is a display about British Values and how we teach it in the Foundation Stage at Prince Edward Primary. We are required to teach British Values throughout school and you can click on this link to find out more information about the requirements on the School Webpage. In Foundation Stage we weave it throughout the curriculum and the children probably don’t even know they are learning it. You can find out more by looking at the display. You can also see how they link to the certificates and values we celebrate in Friday Mentions’ Assembly.
We hope you like the new displays and they are informative and helpful. Please ask us if you would like to know any more about anything you see.