Introducing…’Y2 Museum of Interesting Things’

It’s funny how good ideas come about. I was speaking to my colleagues about how the Y2 children  like to share random objects, that they found on the field, with me. I said something along the lines of, “Its cute but what do I do with it all!”

Ms Fox suggested I start a class museum. I was sceptical, but thought i’d give it a try.

We discussed the idea as a class and thought about what how objects are presented in museums. We decided that each exhibit should be named, should include the date found, the name of the collector, the place it was found and a brief description. We also discussed what our museum should be called. The name we settled on was a combination of three of the children’s suggestions.

I set to work and made sure that the museum was ready to launch the next day. We agreed that time would be given directly after lunch to either write out a museum card or read.  If i’m being really honest, I thought (hoped?) that by introducing the extra hurdle of writing about these ‘found’ objects, I wouldn’t get as many!

How wrong I was. I’ve never seen so many objects brought in after lunch! About two thirds of the class came in with their object (mainly stones!), grabbed an exhibit card and sat and wrote. Not because they had been asked to, because they wanted to.  Not only that, they measured, described, examined and discussed. Amazing.

Now we have a structure in place for the children to share those things that they value and a purposeful vehicle for learning. We can take this to so many places. I’m excited. We’re excited!

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Parent Friday – HELP US!

An amazing Parent Friday full of conversation about the Learning Attributes. Our aim is to create a video that shows the Learning Attributes in action at home and at school. The video will be a way for parents who find it hard to engage with the school to promote and drive the Learning Attributes in their children’s lives.

Now, the video storyboard plan – from a parent – is brilliant – I will we share the details at next week’s Parent Friday where we will start to learn to film with our children – we may even have time for some editing! We shall see – Mr Flint will be able to help us on that front!

Here is the sheet parents completed today – have a go with your own child – can you think of SPECIFIC examples?!

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Reception visit the Fire Station

Reception have had a wonderful visit to Rickmansworth Fire Station today.  We travelled to the Fire Station by bus.  As we left the bus stop and walked to the Fire Station, a member of the public commented on the excellent behaviour of the children and how they were a credit to the school.  They certainly are and a credit to their parents too!

The children were able to see the equipment on the fire engine, sit in the fire engine and each child had a turn at squirting the hose.

Mrs Scourfield and Miss Heydarzadeh had been sponsored to wear their Children in Need Onezies to the Fire Station and raised £30 for Children in Need.

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Children In Need – Valuing each other

Dear All,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02blvlr

 

Today I shared the following video with the children. Your fundraising today will support children across the country. This video also brings home the message of the importance of road safety. The school is having a big push to try and secure funding for a road crossing patrol from HS2. Please see the newsletter for more details and to help support us. Let’s value each other!

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Nursery and Year 3 reading buddies – Week 2

Today was Nurseries second visit to the Yr3 classroom. The Yr3 children welcomed their reading partner and read a book to them. It was wonderful to see questions being asked and discussions around what was happening in the illustrations as well as one pair acting out what was happening on each page!

After reading, a range of activities continued in the Nursery reading journals. Children wrote lists of the favourite words and characters, others copied illustrations and one pair began to think about creating a story map. Nursery are looking forward to next week.

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