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What have we been learning about this week?

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What have we been learning about this week?
by Mandy Porrett - Friday, 17 January 2014, 6:24 PM

Unfortunately the rain returned this week, which meant that wet playtimes were on the agenda again this week. However, lots of learning taking has also been place and that has kept everybody very busy.

Despite the unusually mild weather, Bear’s Cave started their new unit all about winter this week. During circle time they looked at winter clothing and enjoyed listening to the story ‘The Mitten’ by Jan Brett. They had fun playing a sorting and memory game, and have also been busy making stripy scarves using a pattern.

This week Lion’s Den have been exploring the world of pirates hunting for treasures. They have been practicing painting wavy lines, and in arts and crafts they have made parrots and treasure maps. This week they started the Jolly Phonics program with the letter s. They had great fun learning the s song, finding things that begin with s and making a letter s.

The children in Class 1 have been showing how they can be a good friend, when they started their new unit on ‘Family and Friends’. They enjoyed listening to the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister and learnt about sharing and friendship. During art and craft they each created a rainbow fish for a friend in the class. They have also been playing games to help recognise each other’s names.

Class 2 have been exploring their senses and in particular the sense of sight. During Art they have been discovering and discussing the work of different artists. They then enjoyed creating their own artwork in the style of a chosen artist and experimented with different techniques. In Literacy the children have been finding and writing words with the letter z in them, as well as forming simple sentences about their senses. In Numeracy they have been practicing addition facts and have been busy finding different ways of making six.

Class 3’s new unit of work is all about buildings. This week they were out and about looking at all the different buildings in the area around our school. They made observational sketches, paying particular attention to the different features. In Literacy the children revised the long vowel sounds and the different spelling patterns. They also developed their vocabulary linked to the unit and labelled pictures of houses. In Numeracy they have been naming, sorting and describing 3D shapes.

Class 4 have just been putting the final touches to their understanding of clean and dirty water and evaluating what they have learnt throughout this Unit of Work. Along with identifying the things they learnt they were talking about what they found hard and what they enjoyed learning about the most.

In Literacy they have been writing water poems (you will be able to read these as they are going to be on display on the landing very soon) and using more complex conjunctions. In Numeracy they have been identifying and drawing lines of symmetry on shapes and learning the 7 times table.

When they ran their snack shop last term, Class 5 gave us the choice of healthy and less healthy snacks. I am sure that was because they knew that their next Unit of Work was going to be all about health and fitness! They have been investigating how our body is formed and what the main organs are. Next they started finding out what each organ does and how we can ensure they work effectively and keep them healthy.

In Literacy have been writing shaped poetry using adjectives and other rich vocabulary. If you need to know the time, please ask someone in Class 5 as they are working with time in Numeracy. As well as telling the time using both digital and analogue clocks they have been solving word problems involving time.

The Class 6’s new Unit of Work about fairgrounds will give plenty of opportunity for learning about science and forces. They have already been experimenting with gravity, recording their observations and trying to explain what they have seen. They have also started to design new fairground rides and will be making models of these in the not too distant future.

In Literacy they have been summarising parts of Roald Dahl’s story about the BFG and have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 in Numeracy.

 In their Unit of Work Class 7 are celebrating the wonderful world we live in. However, there were concerns that the pieces of paper they were given to draw a map of the World on were too small, and that there are far too many countries in the World for them to remember. It will be interesting to see how these opinions change by the end of the unit! They worked in groups to design calendars to show their current understanding of the theme Planet Earth, before they embark on developing understanding of biomes next week. They enjoyed the activity greatly and are keen to share the results with everybody.

In Literacy they have been editing the stories, which they planned and started writing last week. They have all greatly improved by being re-read, with the introduction of some paragraphs and a little less conversation being written. We are all keen to be able to share these with each other soon. In Numeracy they have been calculating the area of rectangles, compound shapes and right-angled triangles. Finding the surface area of a wedge stretched everybody’s brain, but the problem was solved and the task successfully completed.

As you can see there is plenty of opportunity for exciting learning to take place through the new Units of Work and over the next weeks. There will also be some fun events too, so watch this space.

Next Thursday (23rd January) Class 3 will have their Cake Sale. This will be the first one of the New Year and may well encourage a few people to break their New Year resolutions. As always the cakes and cookies will cost 1€ each and the money raised will go directly to the class.

Kurt Goossens has asked me to inform you that the Winter Concert DVDs will be ready by the end of next week. As soon as he has them he will bring them into school to be distributed.

I would also like to remind you that if you are collecting your child(ren) after a club or from Garderie you should enter school by the side door using your security tag, rather than ringing the front door bell. If you do not have a tag, please come in and ask Dominique how to obtain one, she will be happy to help you. She will be back in school again on Monday. Thank you for your support.

Enjoy the weekend.

Mandy Porrett