dilluns, 20 de febrer de 2017

Self portraits

This week we have welcomed two new friends. Axel is three years old and this week was his first week ever attending a school. He has enjoyed getting to know the other children in the class and has been confident to explore the class activities. Axel has been very confident when expressing himself and has been very able to let us know what he wants and express to us the things he likes and does not like. Nil, who is 8 years old, has also joined our class this week. He has settled fantastically into the class routines and is already developing very good relationships with some of the children in the class.
This week, we have continued to learn about the human body. The EYFS children (Sergi, Julien, Katie, Kai, Luke, Ona and Axel) have continued to learn the names of the body parts. The children have enjoyed exploring the concept of x-rays and have enjoyed creating their own using paints and wax crayons. Sergi was especially concentrated when finger painting each bone in the hand and he created an excellent x-ray for our display. The children have enjoyed colouring in different body part pictures and we have been focusing a lot on colouring  them,  using the correct colours. Kai and Ona have impressed me this week, as they are developing much more concentration and perseverance when colouring and they both worked really hard to colour the body parts,  using skin colours.  The children have enjoyed playing in the construction area, trying to build a hospital.  It was great to watch Axel interacting with his new friends, trying to help them build the hospital. We have also continued to learn our human body songs. The children love singing along and it is lovely to see how involved and enthusiastic Katie is when singing the songs. Julien has enjoyed working with Gabrielle this week and I am so impressed with how much confidence he now has to try and speak English. He is so proud of himself when he is able to say something to us in English. Unfortunately this week,  Luke has been too poorly to join us. We all look forward to seeing him again next week.
The KS1 children (Jordi, Marcel, Noa, Thais, Joana, Arlet and Carla) have been working on the magazine. They enjoyed writing about their trip to the beach. Jordi worked especially hard to try and sound out his words and write a sentence about his memory of the beach trip. Thais and Joana were extremely concentrated when drawing a picture of the beach and they both worked hard to colour it carefully, using the correct colours. In maths, the children have continued to work on addition. We have then introduced the concept and have been encouraging the children to notice the relationship between addition and subtraction, whilst also focusing on recognising snd differentiating between the addition and subtraction symbols.  Jo was very impressed with how hard Marcel and Arlet worked when tackling 2 digit subtraction.  They both found it tricky but they were very perseverant and keen to understand how to solve the subtraction problems. In our art session this week, we have been focusing on the skill of self-portraits. The children were very excited to have a photograph of their face. They then worked hard to carefully copy the features of their face and create their own self-portrait. I was very impressed by how focused Noa and Carla were when drawing themselves. They both looked at their photos carefully and were keen to follow my advice when pointing out to them a way in which they could improve their artwork. The self-portraits are fantastic and they look great, displayed on our art window.
The KS2 children (Arnau, Nil, Judit, Sara B, Sara, Tatiana, Blanca and Sofia) have been working really hard this week to write all of the information for the school magazine. Judit wrote fantastic information on her tablet about all of the new children that have joined our class this month and Blanca carefully handwrote information, explaining about our treat day trip to the beach. As part of our human body topic,  we have been reading comprehension texts about different parts of the body. The children were particularly focused when learning lots of interesting information about the eye and how it functions.  Sara B was extremely motivated by the text and worked hard to answer the questions; writing very informative answers to each question. Tatiana was also very motivated by the text and she was very enthusiastic to read aloud the little dialogue/ story she had written, when explaining how pupil changes, dependent on the amount of light. Tatiana had included all of the relevant information and was very proud to admit how imaginative she is. In punctuation and grammar this week, we have been learning about speech marks. Sofia really impressed me with the motivation she had to correct all of the mistakes in the text and add in the relevant punctuation. She worked fantastically with Sara B and tried so hard to correctly place the speech marks within the text. She found this very difficult but she didn’t give up! In science, we have  been learning about different ways in which we can live healthy lives. Sara read the information in the text book very well and then was able to confidently explain the different foods we can eat, which helps our bodies to  stay healthy.  She was very enthusiastic and keen to explain her ideas to the rest of the group. Arnau and Nil have been working really hard with Gabrielle to learn about the different organs in the body. They have been very motivated to work together to produce an information booklet about the different organs and the functions they have in our bodies. Gabrielle has been really happy with how well they work together and support each other to complete their work.

This week for our treat day, it was so lovely that all of the children in the class had enough happy faces to be able to go to the beach for our gym lesson. The children had a great time playing on the park, before going to the beach to play gym games, which were focused on building teamwork skills. The children had a great time running, jogging, jumping and hopping all the way to the sea and then back to their teammates. It was very difficult to hop in the sand! The children then had to work as a whole class team, passing the ball over their shoulders and through their legs to the person behind them. It was so nice to watch as the older children really supported the younger children to pass the ball down the line. The children had a great time and were completely exhausted when returning to school for lunch. Thanks a lot to Katie and Sara Mum for coming to the beach with us. You were such a great help! 

dilluns, 13 de febrer de 2017

Human Body

This week, we have welcomed two new friends into the class. Sara (9 years old) and Katie (4 years old) have settled brilliantly within the class. They are both extremely happy and enjoying getting to know their new friends in the class. Sara has settled fantastically within the KS2 group and is doing a fantastic job of working with her friends to complete her work. Katie is now confident to play with the other EYFS children in the class and it is great to see how happy she is to complete the activities.
This week we have started our new ‘human body’ topic. The EYFS children (Sergi, Kai, Luke, Julien, Katie and Ona) have enjoyed learning some new songs to help them learn the body parts. Katie especially enjoyed learning the ‘one little finger’ and it was lovely to hear her singing it as she completed the activities. Julien loved learning the song, ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ and he used the song to help him name each of the body parts when sticking them on to his body picture. I was very impressed with how well he remembered the names of the body parts in English. Kai also enjoyed labelling the body parts and when saying the body part to him he was able to correctly identify the correct part on his human body picture. The children enjoyed cutting out and sticking the different parts of the face to create their own person. When questioning Luke, he was able to tell me the name of all of the face parts with ease and independence. I am very proud of how much English he is now using. Ona also enjoyed learning the parts of the face. It was great to see how concentrated she was when colouring in the different face parts in the art area. She was determined to finish and display her work on the window. Sergi has enjoyed helping to set our role play hospital up. He had a great time and was very concentrated when creating name badges for the doctors, nurses and surgeons.
The KS1 children (Jordi, Marcel, Noa, Joana, Arlet, Thais and Carla) have enjoyed creating a large human body. Arlet was really happy to lay on the large white paper and it was lovely to watch how gentle and careful Jordi was when drawing around her. The children had a great time adding the facial features and Noa drew some very nice eyes, with eyelashes. Marcel was very focused and keen to ensure we added the extra features, such as the eyebrows and fingernails. The children enjoyed using the felt; drawing and then cutting out different clothes for our person. Carla was really engaged with this activity and was keen to use lots of glue to stick the clothes on. The KS1 children also did human body labelling activities; labelling the big human body and then a smaller, individual human body. It was great to see how confident Joana was to stick the labels in the correct place and she was confident to point to the correct part of the body when questioned about each body part. It is great to see how well she understands and is trying to use English now. Thais also enjoyed the labelling activity and it was great to see that she used the ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ song to help her label the body correctly.
The KS2 children (Judit, Sara B, Sara, Arnau, Tatiana, Blanca and Sofia) have been extremely motivated by our new topic. We started the week by writing ten questions of things which they are really keen to find out about the human body. Sara B thought of some fantastic questions and was very determined when researching the answers. She was very keen to share what she had learnt with the rest of the group. When reading books about the human body, I have been very impressed with the information and knowledge which Blanca already has about the human body. She has been confident to share her knowledge with the group, whilst also being very motivated to find out more information about people who suffer from anorexia and obesity. Arnau has been very motivated by the human body topic and he has created several information booklets. He was very keen to use the internet and books to find out information about the main organs in the body and the important jobs which they have. Judit was very motivated to create a life-sized body picture. She independently found a picture of the organs within the body. She then began to sketch the different organs on to the human body picture. She was very concentrated and keen to ensure that she drew the organs in the correct place in the body, to the correct scale, in comparison to the other organs. She has made a fantastic start and is keen to continue adding to the human body next week. In maths, we have been learning how to divide, using the ‘bus stop’ method. I have been very impressed with how hard Sofia has worked to understand this method. At the beginning of the week, Sofia found the method very difficult but she persevered and was very proud of herself when she was able to use the method to work out many division and create her own division triangle. In punctuation and grammar, we have continued to focus on full stops and capital letters, as the children are still not using these correctly within their work. Tatiana focused on the use of capital letters. She was fantastic and very independent when thinking of different names and she correctly wrote them all with a capital letter. She was then able to correctly write different place names, using capital letters. Finally, she focused on the days and months of the year and she was very confident to write each one correctly, with a capital letter.
This week we have been lucky to take two class trips. On Tuesday, we went for a walk to the library in the centre of Mataro. The children were keen to find books about the human body for us to borrow and use in the classroom. Unfortunately, the English corner was unavailable for us to use but the children had a lovely time reading books in Catalan. It was very good for the children to be in an environment where they needed to be completely silent and I was very impressed with how quiet and respectful they were when reading in the library.
We were also very lucky to go to the beach, as part of our ‘Friday treat’. On the walk, down to the beach, we played ‘I spy’ and the children had a great time trying to identify objects and correctly name them in English. We also sung lots of songs; some of the human body and some of their favourite space songs too. When arriving at the beach, the children had a great time exploring; collecting shells and interesting rocks. We then had a little paddle in the sea and played a game, where the children had to wait as long as they could before running away from the approaching waves. It was so lovely to see the children happy and relaxed. They enjoyed having fun together after a busy week doing lots of work.

Next week, we will continue to work on the human body and will be focusing more on the names of different clothing which people wear. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday, ready for another fun and busy week. 

dilluns, 6 de febrer de 2017

Comets, asteroids and alliens

This week we welcomed another new friend into the class. Julien has enjoyed settling into our class routines and making friends with the other children in the class.
This week was our final week learning about space. The EYFS children (Sergi, Luke, Kai, Ona and Julien) have enjoyed spending the final week focusing on stars. They have been practising writing their names and focusing on the formation of each letter. I was very proud of Kai and the concentration he showed when writing his name and creating his name star. The children also did a great job painting their own stars by painting two triangles. Sergi was particularly concentrated and he worked hard to try and improve the star that he was painting and by the end he was confident to correctly paint the star shape by painting two triangles in the correct shape. The children have also been focused when continuing to extend their space vocabulary, using the space flashcards. Ona did a great job colouring in the planet pictures and I was impressed to see that she was able to follow my instructions and correctly select the colour I suggested for each of the planets. When organising the flashcards within our space display, I was impressed to see how engaged and keen Luke was to help me and it was great to see how much confidence he has developed when cutting out the flashcards; carefully cutting along the lines.

The KS1 children (Jordi, Carla, Joana, Thais, Marcel, Noa and Arlet) have been working hard on their story writing skills this week. The children each chose a space picture and then as a group the children discussed what they thought was happening in the picture, who might be there and what they thought the people might be doing in Space. The children then wrote simple sentences to explain the picture; beginning to create their own story ideas. Jo was very impressed with Arlet as she is becoming very independent when writing and is really developing the confidence to sound out her words and use the sounds she knows to write the words. Jo also explained how proud she was of Joanna as she is now grasping a great understanding of English and is keen to translate to her friends when helping them to think of story ideas. The children have also been working on descriptive Words, whereby they created their own planet and needed to use descriptive words to explain what their planet looks like and the things which we can see on their planet. It was lovely to see  how keen Thais was to explain that both she and Joana needed to live together on her planet. In maths, the children have continued with addition and have been focusing on their number bonds to 10. The children needed to complete the number sentences by working out how many they needed to add to equal ten altogether. Jordi and Marcel did a fantastic job of completing the number sentences and Jo was really impressed that they were able to answer some of the questions independently, without the use of props to help them. The children have also been practising their number bonds to 10 by colouring in different aliens in different colours and then deciding how many of each coloured alien could fit in the ten seats in the space ship. Carla was very motivated by the practical aspect of this activity and was keen to find lots of different ways of making 10. Noa also really enjoyed this activity. She took great when colouring the aliens and she was keen to check that she had correctly coloured ten aliens in each of her chosen colours.

The KS2 children (Sara, Judit, Arnau, Tatiana, Blanca and Sofia) have been working on list writing. The children really enjoyed using a numbered list to show the things they would take if they were leaving to go on a trip into space. It was so funny to read the ideas the children had of what was important to take into space. Blanca wrote a very extensive list of all hair products and make-up that she thought were vital items to take into space. Gabrielle was very impressed by how keen Arnau was to complete the list. He did a great job of numbering his ideas and he thought carefully about the importance of a space manual, whilst also being keen to explain that he needed to take lots of magdalenas into space, in case he got hungry. The children also worked on bullet point lists when writing an application to Nata; explaining the reasons why they would make a good astronaut. Sofia really thought about the skills she could bring to the job and she was very keen to explain how she wanted to start creating life on Mars by planting lots of plants.  In maths this week we have been learning about doubling and halving. It is great to see how motivated the children have been by this mathematical concept. Tatiana has developed a very effective to work out the doubles of bigger numbers. She is now able to independently apply her arrow method as a way to break down and simplify the bigger numbers when working out the doubles of the numbers. Sara has really impressed me by how quickly she grasped the concept of doubling and she was extremely keen each day to be provided with extension work. Each day she was keen to tackle progressively more difficult work and I was so proud of how determined she was to complete the work and find out the answers. In our reading comprehension task the children needed to read an information text about comets and asteroids and then answer questions to show their understanding of what they had read. Judit really impressed me with the knowledge she gained from the text and it was lovely to see how confident she was to explain what she had learnt.
It was great to see some of you at the school’s open morning today and to see how proud the children were to show the school to their families.

Next week we start our new topic- 'the human body'. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday. 

dilluns, 30 de gener de 2017

Planetarium trip

This week we have welcomed another new friend into our class. On Carla first day, she joined us on our school trip to the Planetarium. It was great to see how quickly she developed relationships with the children and teachers during the day and she was very happy to join us again the next day. It is lovely to have Carla in the class as she has settled into the routines fantastically and is already confident to speak to me in English.
This week we have continued our space topic and the children are still very motivated to explore the space activities and learn new space vocabulary.  This week the EYFS children (Sergi, , Kai, Luke and Ona) have been working hard to make our space role play area look even more fantastic. They have made some very scary and super colourful alien masks to use when travelling on our space rocket. I was impressed to see how concentrated Kai was when making a mask and it is great to see how much he is improving with his cutting skills. The children also enjoyed exploring our box modelling rabble.  They made lots of new rockets and even two space stations to put in the role play area. Ona was particularly creative when adding a little water to coloured crepe paper. After lots of shaking she managed to create a very colourful liquid inside her bottle space rocket. The children have also enjoyed colouring in space vocabulary word cards to display in our space area. I was particularly impressed with Sergi’s enthusiasm to learn the new words as he repeatedly asked me what each word said and was keen to say the words himself.

The KS1 children (Arlet, Joana, Thais, Marcel, Noa, Jordi and Carla) have also been working hard on space themed work. During their writing time this week the children have continued to do work for the magazine. They all wrote a fantastic sentence to explain their space painting,  They also enjoyed drawing pictures of all the farm animals we have in the farm. Joana and Thais were very concentrated when drawing the animals and they were keen to write the names of the animals correctly. Once the children had completed the magazine,  they continued to work on learning space vocabulary in their writing session. They explored the different planets in the solar system and chose their favourite planet. They drew their chosen planet; focusing on the colour and size of the planet. The children then thought of words they could use to describe the planet, for example,  the colour, size, temperature and special properties of the planet.  The children then wrote labels to describe their planet. Jo was very proud of Marcel and Arlet as they were very concentrated and focused when writing their labels and they thought of some very good describing words. In maths this week,  the children have completed space themed maths activities.  At the beginning of the week the children consolidated their recognition of numbers 0-20, by completing a moon shaped dot to dot. The children particularly focused on recognising, naming and ordering the teen numbers ad this is something they previously found difficult.  Jo was very happy with Noa,  as she wrote her numbers beautifully and the correct way around.  She is really improving her presentation!  The children then focused on the then of addition, whereby they needed to solve the addition number problems to be able navigate a path from the Earth to the moon. Jo wad particularly impressed with Jordi’ s enthusiasm when completing the activity as he was keen to complete many addition problems and didn’t just focus on finding the quickest route to the moon.
The Ks2 children (Arnau, Tatiana, Sofia,  Blanc,  Judit and Sara ) have also continued to work on the magazine this week. Sofia did a fantastic job writing about the artist who came to visit our class the previous week and she included lots of information about the different drawings which he brought to show us.  Sara  also did a fantastic job writing information about out new class reward system, whereby all of the children need to gain ten happy faces throughout the week to e allowed to have a treat on the Friday morning. Sara explained very clearly about the muffins we made and the games we played as part of our treat morning, the previous Friday. As t magazine, is now finished,  it was the KS2 children’s job to put all of the different parts of the magazine together.  Blanca did a great job of cutting out and matching the drawings,  names and explanations about all of the animals we have on the farm. Judit also did a great job matching the pictures,  names and explanatory speech bubbles, which each of the children had written. She cut everything out and stuck everything on the ‘All About us’ section of the magazine.  It looks fantastic!  In maths this week we have been working on multiplication.  We started the week by revising all of the times tables from 2-12. I was really impressed with Tatiana concentration and determination when writing down the times tables. She did a great job and was able to write almost all of the times tables without any help.  We then moved on to multiplying 1, 2 and 3 digit numbers.  All of the children did a great job if multiplying 2 and 2 digit numbers and they were all keen to complete extension challenges.  Gabrielle was very happy with how quickly and confidently Arnau was able to multiply 1 and 2 digit numbers. He ha worked really hard on his multiplications this week.
This week we were lucky enough to take a class trip to the Planetarium in Barcelona. The children were extremely excited and the museum provided the perfect opportunity for the children to consolidate their previously learnt space knowledge and find it even more information, which we can continue to develop next week in our final week of the space topic.  The 3d space theatre was absolutely incredible and I repeatedly heard the children saying ‘wow!’ as they reached out to touch the 3D planets, months,  sun and stars. The theatre provided lots of information about our solar system and it provoked the children to ask lots more questions when returning to school. There were so many amazing and hands on science exhibitions for the children to explore and they were keen to find out how and why the machines moved or performed tasks. It was so lovely to see how excited the children were and I was so happy to be with Luke as he excitedly grabbed my hand and pulled me over to see each science exhibition. He was so enthusiastic! It was an extremely educational trip and the children loved learning about many different scientific concepts.
The children behaved very well this week; completing their work and following instructions very well.  All of the children managed to get their ten happy faces this week and their treat was to bake some sweet pizzas.  We then went to the park to do our gym lesson. They had a great time running, jumping,  skipping,  hopping and crawling through the obstacle course we created on the park.  To end our treat morning the children enjoyed having a little picnic at the park, eating the pizzas which they had baked.  

We have had a great and extremely busy week. I look forward to next week; our last week learning about space!