It has been another great week in Onyx class this week. Our Mathematician of the week did some great work in his focus group activity with Miss Morris. She was really impressed with his calculation skills and the way he was able to solve the problems she set. The children had to try and find a collection of animals with a given number of legs. Can you see which numbers he was trying to make?
It was too difficult to choose a Writer of the week this week. Everyone did such a fabulous job writing their Mother’s Day cards. We’ve not given them to our mums and carers yet but we will tomorrow and we think they’re going to be really impressed with how good we’ve got at writing! We think you’ll agree- have a look below…
There are two more superstars this week ready to share their learning with everyone.
Our writer of the week has been growing in confidence all year and recently has started writing all the time! She is now writing sentences herself and remembering all the words. In this activity she wrote the first sentence all by herself which was amazing. We looked at it though with a sentence hand to see what she had missed. We then talked about writing the sentence with a sentence hand and I modelled it to show her. She was then able to rewrite the sentence using her finger for the finger spaces. She even changed one of the words. Three days later when she got her Writer of the Week pencil she could still remember what she’d written! Great job!
Our Mathematician of the Week found the same spot in the classroom to do her learning. She was writing calculations though. Look at her amazing learning.
Well done! We’ll keep working on that number orientation and making sure we record left to right.
We had joint winners for Mathematician of the Week this week. It was impossible to choose between them as they worked so hard together in the Maths Area counting the domino spots. In fact Miss Parker is busy thinking of ways to make the domino game more challenging to stretch the children’s thinking even further! Well done girls!
Remember to look back again next week to see who the final Mathematician of the Week of 2016 is. In the New Year we’re excited to have Mark Maker/ Writer of the Week as well.
What an excellent effort by our Mathematician of the Week this week recognising numbers, matching them and ordering them. Can you order the numbers to 5? Can you order the numbers to 10? Can you order all the numbers to 20? Don’t forget to let us know about all the learning you’ve been doing at home on a WOW moment and hand it into class. You could email us and let us know instead.
You may have noticed the new style of display we have in the new classroom. You’ll see on the wall how every child has their own space with their photo and they’ve written their own name. All the teachers are busy looking for some examples of great independent learning to fill the spaces. You’ll see how some of them are already filling up. Because we’re looking for times when your child has followed their own interests and followed their own ideas they’ll all be slightly different. Here are some examples….. (names have been removed from next to photos)
You’ll see a speech bubble and a thought bubble next to the children’s work. We ask the children to tell us about what they’ve been doing and to explain their learning. Then the teacher thinks about what the child has been learning and what they can do next to move their learning further forward. If the piece of actual work is too big to fit in the space you’ll see a photo instead.
Don’t forget to lookout for these new displays when your in the classroom. We’d love to know what you think about your child’s learning.
You’ll have seen our new learning stories in class recently and will probably have been asked to look at one featuring your child. If not don’t worry, it’ll be coming soon. We’re using the Learning Stories as a new way of observing the children’s learning through their play. It allows us to focus on the communication between the children and the language they use. Communication and Language is one of the most important areas that we teach as it forms the basis for lots of other learning.
So what is a Learning Story?
We let you have a copy of the Learning Story to keep at home and look at with your child. You could also share it with other family members encouraging the children to tell their own story. We keep a copy in school so the children can read them with their friends and enjoy reading books with them as the main characters.
We’d love to know what you think and if these are useful to help you know what your child has been learning at school and to give you some ideas for how to continue this at home.
Don’t forget to let us know about the learning you do at home with your child on a wow moment so we can display it in school!