We invited our parents and carers to school on Friday for Big Board Game Day in aid of the NSPCC. You can find out more about the great work that they do for children here.
We love playing board games because they are such a fun way to help us get better at Maths and counting. All the counting on a board game going backwards and forwards and counting the dice makes us much better at understanding number order, number lines and the concepts of more and less. The extra bonus is we’re having so much fun we don’t even know we’re doing Maths.
We all made our very own board game which we got to take home at the end of the day. Everyone had to order the numbers 1-20 themselves and then decide which messages to put on their game. Every single game in the class is different. Then we had the tricky job of cutting out the dice and folding it to make a cube.
Some children made a different board game with Mrs Brown at Parent Workshop on Thursday. One child brought his to school and very kindly let his friends keep it in the Maths Area. The children had a great time playing the game following the rules themselves and reading the cards which told them what to do.
As well as being great for making us great Mathematicians, board games are really good for helping us take turns and think of others as there are winners and losers.
We loved having our parents and carers come to help us in school and are really looking forward to playing our games again and again. Thanks for coming and for the donations that you made for the NSPCC.
Parents/ Carers- Don’t forget to let us know how your child has been getting on with their game on a Wow moment. You can send us an email of you all playing it on the class email. Let us know about any other board games you have and play at home. I heard one child talk about playing Monopoly already!
We are particularly proud of our Writer of the Week this week. He has been determined to win the award and consequently has been trying really hard with his writing all week. He has done independent writing nearly every day! He has been challenged to write about different things and to start including more finger spaces. Great job!
Our Mathematician of the Week also did a fabulous job this week. She initiated her own activity in the classroom counting the correct number of pegs. She was then able to extend it when challenged to order the numbers she had. She spotted some were missing so knew to add them in. Our Mathematician was also spotted helping her friends with their Maths earlier in the week. Fabulous!!!
We’ve got another superstar Mathematician this week 🙂 In his work with Miss Morris he showed that he was able to order the number cards, say the numbers he could see and knew which one came next. When we asked him, he said, “I were counting the numbers backwards.” Well done!
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.
During the last week of half term we had our Storytelling event for parents and carers. We’d been practising the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as part of our learning about caterpillars and butterflies so decided this is the story we wanted to tell our grown ups. (Click here to find out more about our caterpillar and butterfly learning)
We went to the Hall first with Diamond class (Nursery) and Garnet class (FS2) and used the Story Map and Makaton actions to help us tell the story. Our grown ups who came were very proud of us and gave us a big clap at the end.
Then we headed back to the classroom. Our focus this year has been on Maths so we took the opportunity to do some Maths with our parents and carers based on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We practised knowing and ordering the days of the week. We could then use this to help us retell the story. Some of us didn’t have grown ups there to help us so we had to be independent and complete it on our own. Some of us even took it a step further and used the pictures to help us write the story ourselves on the back.
This is sheet we had to complete and then take home so we could keep on practising the story.
We also got to take home the story map and the words so we could keep practising. We asked our grown ups what they thought so we can make it even better next time.
It was lovely to see lots of parents and carers there again. Thank you for coming, the teachers and children really appreciate your support 🙂
What have we been learning?
- To confidently tell a story to an audience of adults.
- To say the days of the week.
- To use the days of the week to help us order the story.
- To be independent and cut out and organise an activity ourselves.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Retell the story together using your story map and story words.
- Practise using a big voice and tell some different family members the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You could even use Skype or FaceTime to tell people you don’t see all the time. We’d love to hear who you’ve been telling the story to, don’t forget to tell us on a Wow moment.
- Can you change the story to the story of The Very Hungry Tadpole? What might he eat each day?