Wow! I can’t believe that it is Week 4 of the half term already. No wonder the children are showing us such amazing learning in all areas of the classroom.
Our Mathematician of the Week got her award this week not just for the great counting she did with the 1p and 2p coins but for her great attitude to learning. She said:
“I was doing this and I found it a little bit hard but when I had a try I didn’t find it hard anymore.”
She really grew in confidence using the Numicon to help her count the coins and work out which ones she needed to make the given total. Well done and don’t forget to help mummy and daddy counting the coins next time you’re at the shops!
Our Writer of the Week this week amazed us all with her writing. Miss Parker knew she could do it but she doesn’t often choose to write so it was a lovely surprise to see she could do it so well. She formed the sentences she wanted to write herself and then was able to write each word listening for the sounds and writing the tricky words she knew. She then had to think really hard to read her writing back to the whole class. Great job!!!
The last week of the Spring term was another busy but great week. Everyone worked so hard on their independent writing in their writing assessments that we had to give Writer of the Week to EVERYONE!!!! It wouldn’t have been fair to pick just one child or even a few. Everyone worked so hard and we are so proud of all the progress the children have made since September. We’ll be sharing all the Writing Assessments with parents/carers so if you’ve not seen your child’s yet look out for it in a morning. We really value your comments on how well you feel your child is doing and love to share their progress with you.
Mathematician of the Week was a tough choice this week as well but it was awarded to Faith. You can see here how she was making a ‘number cake’. The thought that went into it was amazing. She sorted the dice out making sure the correct numbers were displayed in each pot and then she started to count out the chicks so there were the correct amount in each section. She was constantly talking telling everyone what she was doing. It is lovely to see her so confident in her independent learning.
Miss Parker noticed that the children all loved stickers. When she asked them what they wanted to learn about they gave all sorts of answers so we decided to learn about lots of different things while linking the learning through our love of stickers. Look at the pages in our Floor book to see what we learning we did….
One of the other great things that we did was become authors using the stickers to help us. We learnt that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. We also learnt if we were going to be story authors our story would need a problem in the middle which was then solved at the end.
First we made up some stories orally and recorded them on a special video. Click on the link to see the three stories we made up.
Our Sticker Stories by Onyx class
The following week it was our turn to write the stories we made up. We wrote one as a whole class and then we all had a go at doing some writing of our own. Some children concentrated on writing the initial sounds they could hear in words, some children wrote the beginning sentence of their story and some children were challenged to write the whole of their story!
To help them the children had a sentence hand, a phoneme strip and some tricky word bookmarks. The sound button makes it easier to remember what we are trying to write. This made it much easier to remember all the different things you need to when you’re writing.
Look at some of our amazing work…..
We hope you like our stories. We’d love you to comment and tell us what you think.
What have we been learning?
- About the structure of a simple story.
- About the characters in a story.
- To make up stories we can tell out loud.
- To write the sounds we know to write a sentence.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Talk about the beginning, the middle and the end of stories which you read together at home.
- See if you can find the problem in a story and say how it was solved.
- See if you can make up some stories of your own using stickers if you have them or by drawing three pictures.
- Encourage your children to write as independently as possible by listening for the sounds in word and writing the ones they can hear. Don’t expect them to be able to write everything correctly. Look at the examples above for ideas of what your child should be achieving at this stage in FS2.
Don’t forget if you do any of these activities at home to let us know either on an email or a wow moment which we’ll display in the classroom.
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!