dissabte, 4 de març de 2017

Presentation Projects

This week we have welcomed another new friend, Cloe, into the class. Cloe isn´t quite three yet but I have been so impressed with how well she has settled and how quickly she has adapted to the class routines. Chloe has really enjoyed exploring the different corners of the class and it has been great to see how independent she has become when taking part in the different activities. It is a pleasure to welcome you to our class, Cloe.
Although we have only had four days this week, we have been very busy and have done lots of very fun things. The EYFS children (Julien, Cloe, Axel, Kai, Luke, Sergi, Katie and Ona) have been busy learning all about our family and the names we use for the different members of our family. Ona, Kai and Sergi worked really hard with Oasis to re-create their own home. They explored pictures of lots of different family members and had to select the correct people from their own family. Sergi did a fantastic job of remembering all of the people in his family. Kai and Ona were also very engaged in the activity and were keen to talk about their families and try to use the English words. In maths, we have been learning about shapes. Julien and Katie enjoyed working with Gabrielle to locate all of the different shapes in our school environment. They really enjoyed learning about how our environment is made up of shapes and they were both very motivated, when realising they could use clipboards to record their results. This week, we have continued to explore our role-play hospital. Axel has been becoming more engaged with his friends´ activities and he has enjoyed taking part in simple hospital role-play, using the different medical instruments. Unfortunately, Luke has not managed to join us this week as he has been poorly. We hope he feels better and can join us again next week.
The KS1 children (Jordi, Arlet, Joana, Thais, Marcel, Carla and Noa) have also been working on shapes in their maths lessons. They also had a great time exploring their environment with the clipboards, looking for all of the shapes which make up different objects. All of the children were amazed when realising that everything in our world is made up of shapes. Jo was very impressed with the Noa´s tally chart, as she carefully placed a tally for each shape she saw. She was then able to confidently identify the shape which was most popular and had the most tally marks. The children also had the opportunity to go outside and find different sticks and piece of wood, which they then used to create different shapes. Marcel did a fantastic job of using the wood to make shapes and he was very confident to name all of the shapes he made. Jordi also really enjoyed this activity and he was really pleased to share the triangular block of wood which he had found. He proudly displayed it in the classroom. As part of our topic, the children have continued to learn about clothes, focusing on the different clothes we wear in each season. Jo was very impressed with Arlet, who was able to select many clothes which we wear in each season. She then wrote a fantastic sentence for each season, to explain why she wears her chosen object in that particular season. Carla is continuing to develop confidence when speaking in English and it is impressive to see how many clothes she is now able to name in English. The children then moved on to learn about family and the different people they have in their families. Joana and Thais loved working together to talk about their family and it was lovely to see how proud they were when explaining that they were sisters. They were both also very confident to explain in English about the different pets, which they have in their family.
The KS2 children (Arnau, Nil, Judit, Sara B, Blanca, Sofia, Sara and Tatiana) have been working extremely hard, preparing their end of topic project about the human body. Arnau, Sofia, Blanca and Sara worked fantastically as a team to create a flipchart presentation all about the brain. Blanca did a fantastic job drawing, labelling and explaining the different parts of the brain and the functions which they have. She was also very keen and independent when researching about the different diseases which the brain can develop. She loved finding images to show that the different illnesses have on the brain. Sofia and Sara worked really well together, researching the differing ways in which the left and right sides of the brain work. They were both very creative in their approach, drawing all of the different things which each side of the brain does, inside their own brain diagram. Arnau did a great job of working in a team and he was very keen to be involved. It was great to see him out his fantastic art skills to good use, when drawing a very detailed picture of the brain. Tatiana, Judit, Sara B and Nil worked to create a flipchart about the heart. Tatiana was very creative in her approach, when deciding that she wanted to recreate the circulatory system, using blue and red plasticine, to represent the oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood which is pumped to the brain and around the body. She did a fantastic job of explaining her model and was extremely confident and enthusiastic during the presentation as she very effectively involved the audience in each part of the presentation. Sara B was also very creative, when deciding that she wanted to create a story as her way to explain how the circulatory system works. She did a great job of finding all of her own cartoon pictures and then used these as props to explain how the red blood cells travel through the blood and how the white blood cells are there to fight infection. I was very impressed with how confidently she told the story to the audience, without the use of a prompt sheet. Judit did a fantastic job of finding lots of information about the heart. She was keen to describe it´s appearance and the way in which its size differs, depending on our age. Judit was a fantastic group organiser and she worked really hard to ensure that everyone was involved in the project. I was very impressed with how keen Nil was to be part of the project. He did a great job of typing ´cool facts´ about the heart and then read them out brilliantly during the presentation.
The EYFS and KS1 also did a fantastic job of singing their human body songs within the presentation and I was very proud of how well they remembered the actions for each song. Well done to Jordi, Joana and Arlet for bravely speaking aloud and introducing each of the songs to the audience.
Finally, we were very lucky this week to have a visit from Ona´s grandfather, who is a paediatric doctor. He provided a very fun and interactive session for the children and they had the opportunity to use lots of real medical equipment, to check their friend’s ears, throat and heart rates. The children were very keen to listen to all of the information he provided and they asked him many questions about a varied range of topics, regarding their health, diet and different parts of their body. It was great to see how interested the children were and it really was a fantastic way for them to consolidate what they knew and learn lots of new information from a real doctor. A big thank you to Ona´s grandfather. You did a great job!

Have a good weekend everyone. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.