This morning we had a math investigation. This investigation was focused on exploring what we know about number. The children had different stations set up where they could explore-
- One to one correspondence
- Number lines
- Ordering numbers
- Writing numbers
- Counting on
- Number 1-100
As part of our indentiy inquiry this week today we read the story- ‘Just the way we are’. The book explores many different family structures and how different they all can be. The children then explored who is in their family. They did this in their black books and then we came back to the mat to share how special everyone’s family is.
This morning we started our day with the calendar, some songs and welcome circle where we sung our classroom song.
We then went for a walk around the school for fitness and did a tour reminding the children about where all the different places are.
We came back and read the story- I will not ever eat a tomato. It is about trying new things.
We then started our literacy rotations. Literacy rotations will usually be on a Monday and Tuesday morning and the children will be working in small groups moving
- Painting letters and words
- Matching words and picture cards
- Tracing the alphabet
- Writing samples
- Oral language with characters to tell a story
- Chalk boards
- White boards
- Finding sight words in readers
- Many other literacy games looking at letter recognition, sight words and building words.
Today was more of a free flow literacy rotation where the children moved at their own pace. This enabled us to move around and document where the children are at the beginning of the year.
Here is the children engaging in their learning.
On our first day we have done many different activities and games to get to know each other and begin to explore our own identities. Our morning started with some different provocations around the room. These included;
- Self portrait art, to make our classroom community walls.
- Hand prints to make our classroom birthday calendar
- Sanding some wood to make their name piece, these will be use in our sign on area.
- Name craft- children write their name and then decorate with different materials
- Jenga people- each child will create an image of themselves on a jenga piece that we will be keeping on our sign in area to show who is in our classroom community.
We want the children to have a strong sense of belonging within our classroom community and because of this many of our lessons for this week will be centred around this.
After recess we went f to the library to choose some books for our classroom.
After lunch we had some relaxation and then we sat down as a group and talked about the classroom expectations. We wanted this to come from the children and for them to lead the discussion on what will make our classroom run smoothly and safely and a happy place to learn and grow. Within this dialogue about safety took place and the children were able to identify what this would look, feel and sound like. The children recorded their responses in their books and then we shared as a group.
We ended our day with prayer and a reflection about how the day went. This included looking for specks of gold. Moments to recap that went well and were special to the children.
Reminder- Tuesday is sports so the children need to be in their sports uniform.
Miss Moore and Mrs Rodgers
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Our library day is Monday children will need their black bags with their library books every day.
Our sport day is Tuesday children will need to be in their sports uniform on Tuesday’s.
We look forward to seeing you all this week.
Miss Moore and Mrs Rodgers