Character Strength Surveys
Today the students completed the VIA Character Strengths Survey. They responded to a wide ranging series of questions such as what is on show below:
After responding to 96 questions, the students received a list of their strengths in order from 1-24. Ask your child to show you their PDF document and have a chat about it together.
Class Novel – Demon Dentist
We read Chapter 5 today, called ‘Special Sweeties’. The students were all very engrossed at the strange behaviours of Miss Root, the town’s new dentist. During her visit to the school where Alfie attended, she handed out trays and trays of sweeties, but not before she had given Alfie, the kid with the rotten teeth, a tube of her own social ‘Mummy’s brand of toothpaste. On his walk home, Alfie squeezed a bit of the yellowy goop out of the tube and watched as it burned a hole in the pavement. What was this concoction?? If that is what the toothpaste can do, then what powers did the dentists’ sweets have?? Alfie wondered about all of these questions and more on his way home from school.
Maths Mini – Doubles and Squaring Numbers
In another timed session of 10 minutes, students worked on bettering their score from yesterday. With a 10, 12 or 20-sided die, students rolled and recorded either a double fact or squared the number using multiplication. By the show of hands after the session, the majority of the class in the words of Hiep, “SMASHED” their previous score. Well done team!
Health – What makes a good teacher?
To tune into our lesson this afternoon, we watched a video from the much-loved ‘Kid President’.
We then presented the following provocation:
We used the randomiser function on Class Dojo to divide the class into groups of 3.
Within these groups, students were encouraged to use many of the character strengths that they had identified within themselves to complete the task. We were on the lookout for teamwork, fairness, leadership, creativity and perseverance and we were happy with what we saw.
After an outstanding classroom pack up, where all students worked as a team to make our room sparkle and shine, three groups got to present their ‘What makes a good teacher?’ learning.
We will watch more of these presentations tomorrow, with the aim being to create a class ‘Wordle’ that highlights the many shared views that we all have. This will form the foundation of our class values.
Just a reminder about the Family Laptop Workshop the school is running next Tuesday at 9am in the Café. This really is a wonderful opportunity for families to share their learning with one another.