We are going to be learning a range of Disney songs this year! Each time we learn a new one, I will post it here, so that you can all sing along at home!
(As always with youtube it is advisable that parents supervise the watching of videos in case of pop ups)
As emerging readers, the children would really benefit from joining a local library, if you have not already done so! Some of our classmates joined recently and there has been great excitement about having our own library cards and borrowing some of the books we have been reading in class!
Our first week of homework is going grrrreat! A big thank you to all Mums and Dads (homework helpers!) for your co-operation and support!
It is fantastic to see the childrens’ reading records being filled in each night…please keep this up!
Also a big thank you for correcting each night’s Master Your Maths questions. My reasoning behind asking you to do this is not to save me work, but to give you an understanding of how your son/daughter is faring each night! These mental maths questions encompass a range of skills and concepts each night and are hugely beneficial to the children. While correcting, if your son/daughter gets a question wrong, take some time to revisit this, and to establish the correct answer! When it comes to q11 and 12 (problem solving), I always encourage the child to draw a picture of the scenario…this is a great help. Remind your son/daughter that it is not about getting all 12 questions correct each night…but more about trying to beat the score you got the previous evening!
Sentences have also been fantastic, and the children have been very proud reading them aloud!
A great start to homework…let’s keep it up!
Take a look at some of the ‘Maths’ themed we have been having!
Colour by number – addition
Playing ‘Fireshot’ (Ready, Aim, Fire!) using our number fans
Using wooden number lines to add 3 numbers eg : 5 + 2 + 4 =
Learning to write in maths copies in exploring the ‘story’ of numbers greater than 10…
Playing dice games
Maths is lots of fun!
As part of the Visual Arts Curriculum, we look at and respond to some of the best known paintings in the world.
Yesterday, we looked at ‘The Village School’ by Dutch artist Jan Steen.
This painting depicts a classroom scene long long ago in Steen’s homeland of Holland. We were fascinated as we identified what was happening in the picture…the teacher is very cross indeed! We speculated why he might have been punishing the little boy, and reckoned it had something to do with his crumped up work on the floor! We found the fact that the little girl in the picture is finding it all very funny…only because the wooden spoon isn’t being used on her!
We compared and contrasted this scene and this situation with life in our classroom today…which is completely different in every single way! Everything from our colourful classroom, to our teacher, to our uniforms, is completely different! We are glad we are in school now, and not part of that class! 😊
We responded to the painting by drawing our own …
…and even had some fun creating a ‘still image’ imitation scene using a plastic spoon! Tomorrow we will work in groups of four to recreate this exact scene through drama!
Today, we thought about Jan Steen’s homeland, Holland. Amongst other things, Holland is known for its beautiful tulips and so we used kitchen forks to paint gorgeous tulip fields! These vibrant paintings will make our classroom even more cheerful and even more colourful…we don’t think the teacher in Steen’s painting would approve! ☺