On Tuesday, all students participated in Olympics Day. The children had a fantastic time and it was wonderful to see them working together with the older students to complete the games and challenges. These included:
- Moving around a course with their legs tied to other student’s legs
- Getting the entire team across the field without stepping on the grass when using only three mats to help
- Completing an obstacle course while avoiding being hit by balls thrown by the opposing team
These activities provided the students with a great opportunity to apply what they have learned in class about how to collaborate well with others and work as a team.
In Writing this week we have focused on adding labels to the sketches we draw when making books. For example, the students have been writing their own names or ‘me’ above pictures of themselves. They have also been encouraged to label the other objects and characters in their stories, such as ‘mum,’ ‘dad’, the names of their friends or ‘bed’ and ‘toy’.
Our writing program is differentiated so that all students are supported and feel successful at whatever stage of writing they are at. For example, some students are taking a guess at how to write words using random letters they know, some are writing only the first letter of words (such as ‘h’ for house), some are writing all the sounds they can hear (such as ‘str’ for sister), and a few are aiming for sentences and more accurate spelling.
We also spent time this week reviewing all of the letters and sounds that we have studied so far this school year. For example, the children had to match items to their correct initial sound. During reading lessons we have focused on one-to-one correspondence (one spoken word for each written word) and initial sounds to check words. It really helps if the children point at each word as they say it as this makes their reading more thoughtful and accurate.
In Math we have been exploring the order of numbers within the number system. For example, students have been putting number cards in order from the smallest to the largest. They have been playing a game called ‘Top It’ where the partner who draws the highest number card gets to keep both cards and the player with the most cards at the end is the winner. We have also been practicing how to write the numeral 8. It’s a tricky one and you might like to practice this a little more with your child at home.
Our UOI sessions have focused on how the people we have relationships with can make us feel different things depending on the situation. For example, the children said they sometimes feel unhappy when their mum asks them to eat food they don’t like or to go to bed (although we also spoke about how our mothers know what is best for us!). They said how they feel happy when their mum hugs them, reads to them or gives them food they like.
During our Buddy session we made a ‘Friendship Wall’ with the Y5 students. The children worked with their buddies to draw and write about some of the things that good friends do.
Please enjoy some photos from this week.