Today our math investigation was about number patterns. Within the year 1 currciulum the children are working towards being able to investigate and describe number patterns formed by skip-counting and patterns with objects (ACMNA018). Our aim for today was to show a number of different number patterns and for the children to be able to make connections and see where patterns occur for example within ten frames, a 100’s grid, number lines and so on. The children manipulated different materials to play and explore with number patterns.
Over the duration of the term we will be exploring story telling and the parts that make up a story. For example; title, characters, plot and setting. To begin yesterday we got the children to verbally create mini stories and the audience then had to pick out who the characters were, where the story happened and what happened in the story.
Today we read the story the 3 little pigs and the children had a go at writing the story. We were looking for their comprehension of the story and ability to re-tell it. This was in many different forms for example writing text, drawing and oral language.
As we are still conferencing with the children about this within their books if you would like to come in and see their work you are most welcome to.
We have been talking about symbols in our class and how they are a picture which tell us information. Our class Dojo uses symbols and we used this to start our discussion. We then continued our conversation about symbols for God and for being Catholic. The children then filled a cross with pictures, we will them put these up on our Catholic identity wall.
This week we changed the room around after reflecting how the children were using the spaces in the classroom. We opened up the home corner area to be a more defined space and also bigger space. It has dress ups and other materials for the children to use in their own ways. There is talk of a pizza shop or lollie shop in the home corner.
We moved the light table to the other side of the classroom and will slowly add new materials to this. We moved the block area into the corner and made it a more defined space to build and keep their buildings made.
We also moved a few more tables to see how the children use them in different spaces.
Some of todays provocations were;
Exploring seeds and rosehips
Patterns on crosses
Making- food and resources for the home corner shops
Researching paper folding on the laptops
Motar and pestle coffee and bay leaves, potion making
Please click on the above link to access the sight word cards that Michelle and I wear on our key chain each week. You can print, cut and laminate to use in many different ways to extend the children’s knowledge of sight words.
If you want some inspiration of activities you can do at home with these cards write in sight word activities in the website pinterest.
Today we explored safety plans as an extension of our exploration about feelings. Michelle and I learnt about safety plans when doing some PD with Berry Street. A safety plan will assist the children to become present, centred and grounded. For our year level the children will first acknowledge the feelings where their behaviour might escalate. This can be angry, sad, frustrated, worried, mad, silly, etc. They will then think of 4 things they can do that will help them to de-escalate themself.
The outcome of the safety plan is- children are able to articulate their own strategies for when they are feeling angry/ frustrated/ anxious etc.
3 Steps we can do as adults to help children to De-Escalate are
Proactively create a calm, routine and predictable environment
Consistently monitor and identify aroused stressed states
Implement interventions to maintain optimal states
Today the children recognised the feelings when they might be escalated and when they might need to implement their own safety plan, then their own personal strategies to de-escalate.
If you would like to see their safety plans they will in the children’s folders in the classroom.