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 😀
This one was completely my fault as I had asked my more able writers to imagine what happened after Jesus healed Bartemeaus and Bartemeaus joined Jesus and his crowd. I just really didn’t expect to be reading this:
Guess I need to emphasise that it needed to be realistic and that when Jesus was alive one just didn’t pop down the shop for some sweets! R.E strikes again and gives me fits of giggles! Hope you find it as funny as I did 🙂
I just wanted to give a shout out and a big thanks to The Staff Room Blog for featuring my blog post on Poundland Pedagogy. It’s a great blog with lots of ideas that also let’s you share your own ideas and practice.
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:
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!
Saying what they wonder about is an important part of the R.E curriculum. Something that the majority of children in my class have trouble with. So I decided to create an I wonder book so that children can write in it what they wonder about! I have said if it can be answered we will have a go, but made a point that not all things have an answer 🙂
Anyway to start them off I read them this poem:
By: Jeannie Kirby
I wonder why the grass is green,
And why the wind is never seen?
Who taught the birds to build a nest,
And told the trees to take a rest?
O, when the moon is not quite round,
Where can the missing bit be found?
Who lights the stars, when they blow out,
And makes the lightning flash about?
Who paints the rainbow in the sky,
And hangs the fluffy clouds so high?
Why is it now, do you suppose,
That Dad won’t tell me, if he knows?
A simple but thought provoking poem I think. The children certainly enjoyed it anyway and I asked them to talk to their friends about anything that they wonder about. Got some beauts:
“I wonder why tigers have stripes”
“I wonder how the stars twinkle”
“I wonder where the rain goes from the floor when the sun comes out” (This one astounded me as it came from a rather low ability child! Fantastic thinking 🙂
“I wonder how God made us”
“I wonder what Jesus thought when he was on the cross”
“I wonder how fireworks work”
“I wonder where lightening comes from”
Wonderment achieved 🙂
Short and sweet post today!
Take a peek at our sunflower growing project we’ve been in school by clicking on the above link. They have started to grow and the children are very excited about it so will post some pics tomorrow of how much they have grown so far!