This morning we started by looking at our day:
The children asked for another look around the school, so we decided that it would be a good idea to do that after Numeracy.
Each day, we will have two assistants to help with tasks around the class. Today Grace and Mila were our first assistants. Here are some of the tasks they help with:
The children settled really well into play, exploring the laptops, beads and tap tap, home corner and play dough.
We used the class laptops to explore some phonics and number games. The children also did some drawing on ActivInspire. The laptops are a great tool for investigations.
This week, we are reading Pig the Pug. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and we have had lots of talk about how mean Pig is to Trevor. It has been great to talk about sharing and being kind to others.
After brain food and shared reading, the children tidied the class and we did some fitness from GoNoodle. It is great to see the children participating so well and enjoying the guided activities.
During library time, we read a book about the first day of school and compared it to our own first day yesterday. Each child then got to borrow three levelled readers and two picture books. I will work on reading with each of the children before our next library visit to make sure they are borrowing appropriately levelled books.
After borrowing their books, the children read them until it was time to go back to class for recess.
Children have a black library bag to bring their books home in. Inside the library bag is also a reading diary, which you can use to record their reading at home – these are great as they reward the children for continuing to practice their reading.
We had a go at writer’s workshop after recess. During this time, the children were given A5 pieces of paper to draw pictures to begin making their own books. Children were assured they don’t need to know how to write yet, but to have a go at making their pictures and try to add some words if they know. We will continue to work on writer’s workshop throughout the year, using mini lessons on sounds and words to add to their reading and writing knowledge.
At the moment, our focus is on letting the pictures tell the story. We also had a look at an alphabet phonics song.
After lunch, we did some guided meditation, with The Balloon Ride. This helps the children to calm their bodies for the afternoon. You can check the link out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlv6Y1tq1sQ
The children sat on the floor and relaxed their bodies as we followed the journey of the ride in the hot air balloon.
Our afternoon finished with some numeracy and looking at what the children already know about numbers. We started with the ‘Big Numbers Song’:
Next, we talked about all the things we know about numbers:
Kobe H: They help you learn a lot about numbers.
Jacob B: They help you learn and you can count them.
Carmelo: I know how to count, because I know how to count to 50.
Eva: I know how to read 69 and even though numbers help you count and help you do something quickly.
Grace: A big number is 30. I love 30 and my mum and dad are 30.
Neaveah: They help you practice to go to big school.
Navya: Numbers are very special. They help you, otherwise, if you don’t learn to copy them, you wouldn’t be able to read words.
Jason: I’m drawing numbers, how many spiders.
Jacob F: Some dot help me do my name.
Finally, we got to make some numbers of our own. The children recorded some numbers that they know in their Numeracy Journals.
Our day finished with some games of Heads Down, Thumbs Up!