This week we say goodbye to our Brainwave Unit! It has been great fun and full of discoveries! We have learned so much new knowledge about the brain which will continue to help us understand other aspects of our learning as we grow and develop. For our Exit Point we became enquirers and explored each other’s classrooms; checking they were all learner friendly! Together and with our careful assistance we created our own checklist: Is the room inviting/colourful? Does it have a quiet corner for story time? Is there a hydration zone – drinking water is good for the brain. After that, we assessed each classroom making sure we stuck to the criteria! Finally we evaluated the results and made any necessary adjustments to our own environments, making sure we have the maximum potential to learn!
In LITERACY we have been learning all about rhyme: words that sound the same.
We read lots of poems and stories which include rhyme. It was great fun learning the different sounds and rhymes. We even made up our own performance poetry. First we had to practise! We used our toolkits to help us remember to speak clearly, use expression and include actions. Finally, we created our own rhymes and read them to the class.
In MATHS we have been counting in tens and ones. We made up our own maths stories and then drew pictures to help us remember. We then got to work on some maths challenges: adding a one digit number to a two digit number. We chose different resources to help us, such as a number line or 100 square. We love a challenge!
In LITERACY, we explored a fable; The Frog and the Scorpion. Fables usually have a message or a moral in the story. We enjoyed acting out a conversation between two characters in the fable and had a go at writing the dialogue on our own. We also talked about different adjectives to describe the characters.
In MATHS we did some mental addition and subtraction by partitioning all numbers to 10, then 20 into pairs, using the = sign to represent equality (e.g. 6 + 4 = 7 + 3), We counted on in tens from any 1-digit number and then any two digit number. Finally, we related counting on/back in tens to finding 10 more/less and 1 more/less. We expanded our learning through interactive maths too.