Week beginning 25.11.19

We hope everyone who has been sick this week is starting to feel better!

We have been learning to tell the time on analogue and digital clocks this week. We know the minute hand is the long hand and the hour hand is the short hand. Some of us were working on o’clock (always at the top) and half past (always at the bottom) times and some of us were looking at quarter past and quarter to times. We all found quarter to trickiest, especially understanding that quarter to 4 is 3:45 in digital time not 4:45.

We have been independent learners in charge of learning our spelling words with different activities. We had a chance to make our spelling words from blocks, chose a chilli challenge to complete and chose how we would practise our spelling words. Our sound this week can be made in two ways: oi (like in spoil and oil) and oy (like in toy and boy).

We created exciting characters in writing. Next they will be going on an adventure into a volcano. We loved being creative and were focussing on using WOW adjectives to describe our characters.

We focussed on having a quality discussion as part of our literacy learning this week. We identified the steps to success of a quality discussion as giving sensible answers with lots of detail, answering in sentences that aren’t too long or too short, giving our opinion and giving reasons for them, having good eye contact, speaking clearly, listening carefully and asking follow up questions like ‘why do you think that?’ or ‘tell me more’. We used key language like ‘I agree’, ‘I think’, and ‘because’. We talked about how our next steps will be to make sure we are having quality discussions about our reading books.

We created art using the five patterns in nature and in the style of Andy Warhol. We looked at Andy Warhol’s art and decided he uses the same picture but in different colours, he uses bright colours and he put them all in little squares.

Abigail, Rosie, Lexi and Emma taught us some of the Spring Fling. We asked to learn more about Highland Dancing as part of our topic ‘The Life of Buckstone’.

Home Learning

Reading: we are focussing on having quality discussions about our reading books in class. I am encouraging the children to give their opinion, reasons for their opinion and to ask questions about the book. Some examples of questions are:

  • If you were the main character, what would you have done differently?
  • What did you learn from this story? Has it changed your opinion of anything?
  • How could you have improved the story?
  • How would it effect the story if you changed the setting?
  • Was there a ‘secret message’ hidden in the story?
  • Have you had a similar experience/adventure happen in your life?

Maths: Using and talking about real clocks (both analogue and digital) throughout the day will be enormously beneficial to the children. If you are looking for some online resources to use as well, you could look at this mathsframe game which can be played with either o’clock and half past or the quarter hour (or the next step which is 5 minute intervals) and uses analogue and digital times. This timetools game is matching o’clock and half past times on an analogue clock and level one of this ictgame explores reading quarter hour times on an analogue clock.

Our whole school Building Resilience focus is ‘Be Kind to Others.’ The children have been exploring a concept called ‘Bucket Filling’ based around a book called ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ by Carol McCloud. P3C are experts on bucket filling as we are always trying to be a class of bucket fillers. It is an easy-to-understand concept. Everyone carries an invisible bucket that fills up whenever we do kind, considerate, helpful things for others. We call these acts ‘bucket fillers’. When we say things that are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful to others, this has a negative impact and gradually empties theirs and our buckets. These acts are bucket dippers. We learned that:

·         Kindness makes a difference to ourselves and others

·         Being unkind hurts others, and it hurts us too

·         It is important to be kind to ourselves

If you are interested in learning more, you can watch ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ being read by the author here.

For the Family Sharing Activity the children have been asked to think about how they can fill someone else’s bucket. There is a slip of paper that has gone home to support this. Please discuss ideas with your child and we will continue to discuss ideas in class as well.

Class notices

With all the runny noses we have as a class we would appreciate any donations of a box of tissues!

We have been practising all week for our carol concert which will be on Thursday 19th December at 2.30pm.