So this term in literacy we are doing Lost and Found. I wanted to start off with a WOW to give the children all the experience and language that they will need to fully approach the text. So on Tuesday I ‘lost’ my pencil case; I am always misplacing this in class so it was very believable for this children! But this time it wasn’t in the classroom everyone looked for it and I expressed my emotions to the children eg. I’m starting to panic, getting upset and worried.
We then discussed what people do when they lose things-. We said a prayer to st Christopher that my TA told us that her gran used to tell her to say when she lost something and one of the little Muslim children told us what her mum tells her to pray so we did that too! Eventually we came round to the idea of a lost poster and did a shared write of one before making individual ones yesterday.
Today we went around school putting them up, the kids loved this and assured me that this would work. You know what, I have a feeling that they are right 🙂
I’m excited to see where the kids will take us next with this!
After trying to get my new classroom ready over the summer I still hadn’t got it perfect when the big day came.
Today the kids were back and my classroom wasn’t up to my own standards, that being said the room worked pretty well… Thinking about it I should’ve taken pics of my continuous provision areas and posted them here so I’ll do that tomorrow (must’ve been too busy or something, fancy that).
Anyway, the day ran fairly smoothly (disregarding the fire alarm going off unplanned just before lunch of course, no Ict in my room whatsoever till later this week, my outdoor area unfinished, oh and my ASD child not having any 1:1 support yet).
But however much I tried to prepare myself that my new class wouldn’t be the little angels my last class. were by the end of last year (rose tinted lenses?)I was still surprised by how loud they were, I’d completely forgotten how loud they are fresh from reception! That being said they are a thousand times better than my last class was at the start of last year. So with that in mind in shouldn’t take as much work with these to get them where I want them 🙂
With coding being at the forefront of the Computing National curriculum I decided to cast myself back to my ICT A Level where we learnt a smattering of html. I’m pretty pleased with the result, it’s basic but also simple enough skills to transfer to school, please take a look:
I’m going to put it forward to the head that perhaps I could deliver a coding club at school to some of the older year groups where they can design their own website on whatever subject interests them. Then with some basic html they can make their own website. I’ll keep you posted anyhow!
Think I may make a few more of my own to make sure I’m up to scratch myself 🙂
HTML is actually pretty simple to do you can use notebook on your computer or download free software notebook++. I started on notebook then downloaded the free software which is intuitive and makes it easier to spot the mistakes in your coding.
So today I decided to have a go at making a story map on Google maps. As I am doing Little Red Riding Hood at the start of next year that’s the story I based this map on. I got the idea from this TESConnect resource. I’m pretty pleased with the result, have a look and see what you think!
Oh my days! I have found my new place to spend all my money on school things- a Poundworld! Now usually I never find anything good in Poundworld but today was a different story!(Some of these aren’t from poundworld but I will say which ones!)
So this is going to be my new phonics monster (after a little decoration!) class pet that we have to feed everyday. He’s a bit of a fussy eater though you see and will only eat words with certain sounds in each day- some times he gets so fussy he’ll only eat words that rhyme!
I’m going to use these in my maths area- perfect for bonds to 10 and their matching subtraction facts. Also good for counting and adding if we just fancy keeping score sometimes!
The windmills are from poundworld and the spinning tops are from the works- I’m going to use them in my lesson on recognising things that turn about a point! – also the windmills will be nice if we get the flower bed at the bottom of my new outdoor area next year (fingers crossed!).
Also from the works- can’t resist a nifty little Dr Seuss bargain 🙂
and finally these are from Wilkinson’s perfect for my maths area for counting and sorting!
Our topic this term is under the sea and after a pretty boring role play area, and failed attempts at fantasy stories last term, I decided that another wow role play area was needed to replicate the fab fairy tale stories we got after Christmas…
So far along the writing process we have looked at a few different sea creatures and read a few under the sea stories. We’ve used alliteration to describe the sea creatures and next I’m going to lead a few drama sessions in the role play area acting out problems and solutions 🙂 I’m just waiting for the child’s wetsuit I bought off ebay to arrive!
Back to the roleplay area: I was adamant I wanted some fabric to create a definite “under” the sea feel and found this beautiful bargain at the market for just a pound a metre. The fish are fish the children created using a collage technique during our Bread and Fishes miracle lesson! My TAs created the tissue paper backdrop and the water themed paper was from the YPO catalogue that I got at the start of the year for our pirates topic.
The best part is the kids using my old yellow with pink fishes sarong and wearing it as a mermaid/merman tail!
I’ve also put a kids camera and recording microphone in and hopefully we’ll get some good photos and oral story telling out of it prior to getting down to writing.
Despite my anxieties about my assessments being accurate http://wp.me/p1M2a7-4Q half of my class were Sandwell’d today (Maths test) and it turns out my assessment is pretty much bob on! Happy days 🙂 so I can safely say there is some pretty whizzy maths going on in my class (the head’s words!).
All I need now is the writing moderation session with my NQT tutor to make sure I’m on track with those and maybe that little voice in my head will leave me alone and trust me.
Very proud of my bunch of littlies- we have worked so hard this year; it’s a relief to see that it has paid off 😀
Upon stumbling across the story ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ on the story sack resources on www.twinkl.co.uk I thought it would be a good idea to find the book and try it with my class! We haven’t done much PSHE this year and this seemed like a nice one.
Anyway we read the story to which the kids were pretty engrossed in and then discussed how we could be bucket fillers and how not be bucket dippers!
We made the buckets, decorated them and now in the writing area there are little sheets of paper that the children can fill peoples buckets with 🙂
It has worked pretty well; no one wants to be a bucket dipper so all I have to do is mention bucket dipping and the unwanted behaviour stops!
Here are some of the bucket filler writing done today:
(Urgh, awful picture quality I really do need a new phone!)
And when they fill someones bucket they fill their own as I put a bucket filler card in theirs. I’ll count up who has the most bucket filler cards and they’ll get a certificate (also from the story sack set from Twinkl– click the word to go to the set). This particular resource is a premium one which means you have to have a membership- which I do because it’s good value for money and the resources are fab 😀
We shall soon see if the bucket filling continues and whether it has a positive effect on the children!