divendres, 14 d’octubre de 2016

I do like to be beside the seaside

This week we started a new topic; ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ and we have been learning about the key parts of the seaside- the beach, the sea and the sand. We have been mixing different paint colours to create our own seaside; remembering to paint both the beach and the sea. Within the topic we have been focusing on the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and we have used our cutting skills to create Rain Fish stick puppets. We have also used plasticine to create the Rainbow fish; sticking different coloured pieces of pipe cleaner to create the Rainbow Fish’s coloured scales. The children also enjoyed using different blue materials to create the sea and have been very imaginative when using the blocks to create a large cargo ship.
In phonics this week, Sergi, Kai, Marcel and Luke have been learning the ‘i’ sound. Within this sound we have been focusing on the theme of insects; colouring them in and discussing the number of legs which different insects have. Within this theme we have learnt the song ‘Incy Wincy spider’. The children loved this song and have become great at miming the actions to the song.  We have focused a lot this week on the formation of the letter ‘i’, cutting and sticking the letter ‘I’ and then recognising when the letter is not placed the correct way around.
Jordi has been learning lots of new sounds this week, using his new ‘Read, Write, Inc’ phonics book. He has been learning to recognise the letters by drawing pictures within the letters, which match to the shape and sound of the letter. It is really helping him to remember the way which the letters are written and some words which are associated which each sound. Jordi is learning new sounds every day and is enjoying creating his own pictures to display in the phonics area. 
In maths this week, the boys have been focusing on the concept of size. Using seaside themed pictures, the boys have coloured, cut out and ordered the different objects by size. We have been using the vocabulary of ‘smallest’ and ‘biggest’ and all of the boys are getting very confident to identify which object is the smallest and which is biggest. Jordi has also enjoyed the challenge of being introduced to the vocabulary of ‘shorter’, ‘longer’ and ‘taller’ but we need to keep practising these words when identifying the size order of different objects. The boys have also continued to practise counting when adding different amounts of legs to their insects in the phonics area.
In reading comprehension this week Sara has been focusing on fables as a style of writing. She has enjoyed reading the various and has become very confident to identify the similarities and differences between the three texts she has read. Sara has become very aware of the fact that within each fable there is a lesson to be learned and she is very good at identifying what that is. Sara has been answering questions on a range of levels, using different comprehension skills. She was particularly confident when checking specific details of the text and could explain her understanding of the selected section of the text well. Sara was also very good at linking the events of the story to her experiences and could explain how she would feel in the different situations.
This week, Judit has been focusing on play scripts. She has been learning about the different elements of text which are featured within a play script. She can now identify and explain how the different elements are used by the actors and why they are important to allow the play to flow. We have had lots of fun adopting different and reading out the different play scripts. Judit is becoming much better at responding to the stage directions and acting accordingly when reading out her characters’ part within the play. Judit has been exposed to a range of new language and has worked hard to understand the meanings of new words. However, she found it difficult to understand the language and vocabulary used within the extract of Shakespeare. We will focus more deeply on this when next working on play script texts.
In maths this week, Sara has continued to work on fractions. She has worked really hard on finding different fractions of amounts and now understands that she always needs to divide by the denominator and multiply by the numerator. Sara has had lots of practise, reading word problems and is getting much better at identifying the mathematical information she needs within the text and the way in which she needs to solve the problem. Sara has completed many exercises which have allowed her to practise the skill of multiplying a fraction and when completing her end of week mental arithmetic test, she confidently applied this skill to solve the fractions problems.
This week, Judit has continued to work on decimals. Judit has been extremely perseverant when working on place value within a decimal number. She now understands the importance of putting the decimal point in the correct place and the effect that this can have on the value of the number. Judit has also now mastered the skill of multiplying and dividing a decimal number by 10 and 100 and understands the direction she needs to jump with the decimal point, depending on whether she is multiplying or dividing the number. When completing her end of week mental arithmetic test, I was very impressed with the ability she has now developed to convert decimals, fractions and percentages and she was keen to explain to me the understanding that she has of the importance of 100 when converting the numbers. 

dissabte, 8 d’octubre de 2016

Three billy goats gruff

This week we continued our topic; ‘down on the farm’ and we have continued to learn the names of the different animals we find on the farm and the letter which they begin with.  We have made farm animal masks, painted our own t-shirts and created different farm animal puzzles to stick on to our display. We have also been focusing on two traditional stories; ‘the three little pigs’ and ‘the three billy goats gruff’. We have tried to create a bridge for the goats and a stick house for the three little pigs, using a range of different resources. The children also enjoyed using the blocks to create a bridge for the farm animals to cross and tried to create a house which the big bad wolf could not blow down. 
In phonics this week, Sergi, Kai, Marcel and Luke have been learning the ‘p’ sound. They have used sponges to paint a pony, finger painted a big letter ‘p’ with pink paint and then had the opportunity to create their own pictures, using their fingers as a paintbrush. The boys also had fun using feathers to create a multi-coloured peacock. The boys have also learnt the skill of collaging; using different coloured pink material to create a pig picture.
Jordi has been learning the ‘qu’ sound and has been practising making the ‘quack’ action with his hands to make this sound. He knows the two letters which make up the ‘qu’ sound and has had lots of practise writing these two letters. Jordi is beginning to tell me the different words which contain the ‘qu’ sound and has had fun creating a ‘qu’ train; reading the ‘qu’ words and using the pictures to help him. He really enjoyed British coins and has done rubbings with wax crayons to help him reveal the queens’ head on the coins. Jordi has also had fun using playdough mats, he has spelt the ‘qu’ words on the mats, using plasticine.
In maths this week, Sergi, Kai and Luke have been focusing on counting the numbers 1-10, using one to one correspondence. They have used different number cards and needed to select the correct numeral for the amount which they had counted. The boys are really improving their ability to count in English and are gaining lots of confidence with recognising and selecting numbers.  Using our topic focus of ‘down on the farm’ the boys have been using maths when collecting vegetables. Each day the boys have been given a focus number of vegetables to collect. When finding the correct amount of vegetables, we have then focused on the vocabulary of ‘more’ and ‘less’. The children have been using their fingers to show me how many there will be if there was 1 more or 1 less vegetable.
Marcel and Jordi have been doing lots of addition activities. They have been creating their own physical addition number sentences, using paper animals. The boys worked together to create selected numbers and had to take it in turns to add the correct amounts of animals to reach the target amount. The boys have also had addition questions to answer, using farm animal pictures to help them with the representation of the numbers they are adding. This week the boys have also learnt how to add without the help of pictorial representation and have been using their fingers to help them to recall their number bonds to 10.   
In reading comprehension this week Judit and Sara have been focusing on newspaper reports as a style of writing. The girls have been very motivated to read real newspaper reports and have been fascinated with the facts they have discovered. They have been working hard to research the meanings of unknown words and are becoming more motivated to understand the majority of the words which are written within the reports they are reading.
 Sara has been working hard on recognising different punctuation when reading the reports aloud. We have been practising taking a breath when reaching a full stop and Sara has begun to recognise how the meaning of the sentence can be very different if read without the use of a full stop. Within the newspaper reports, Sara has been focusing on the photographs and has enjoyed creating her own captions to explain what the photographs show, based on the information she has read in the text.
Judit has also been working hard on the skill of reading aloud. She is slowing down when reading and is trying hard to pronounce the difficult words correctly. Her fluency when reading is really improving. Within the newspaper reports, Judit has been identifying the specific layout of a newspaper report and has been able to explain the specific features which are present within a newspaper report. She has also been learning about ‘quotations’ and is now aware of the importance of including quotations to emphasise more clearly what the situation was like for the people involved.
In maths this week, Sara has been working on the concept of fractions. She now understands that fractions are a division and is able to divide and shade different fractions within a shape. Sara was extremely confident to order fractions and is working hard to add, subtract and multiply, using fractions. Sara is now finding it easier to order fractions from smallest to largest and is recognising the links between fractions and decimal numbers. Sara has found it difficult to calculate fractions of different numbers but is beginning to understand the method of dividing by the denominator and then multiplying by the numerator. We will continue to work on this skill further next week.
Judit has been working on fractions, decimals and percentages and is learning how to convert fractions and decimals into percentages. She has been extremely confident when adding whole numbers and decimals and is recognising the importance of place value when placing the decimal point in her answers. Judit now recognises that she needs to multiply her fractions to make the denominator equal one hundred and she is then extremely confident to convert the fraction into a percentage. Judit is becoming confident to order numbers when they are written as fractions, decimals and percentages and now knows that she needs to convert them to ensure that she is able to order using an equal numeric value.