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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Developing fine and gross motor strength

In Nursery we spend a significant amount of our learning developing both fine and gross motor strength to prepare for the early stages of writing. We tackle this in lots of creative ways!

 

Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements.

Tree climbing (or any other climbing!)

Dancing

Double handed drawing

Chalk writing on a horizontal (wall, board)

Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscles, in movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes.

Picking up small objects

Threading

Using tweezers

Developing scissors skills

Balancing small items (marbles, golf tees etc)

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Familiar faces in Year 1

Today Year 1 have have the pleasure of sharing their learning day with some members of Year 3. So far this morning, they have worked collaboratively in groups to take part in some phonics and literacy challenges:

– Writing as many words as they can for special friend sounds

– Reflecting and improving Miss Crowley’s very boring sentence

We have had some amazing literacy language being used and have also had some brilliant examples of commas and conjunctions to extend sentences.

Within our maths learning Year 3 also became learning ambassadors and helped Year 1 to find more and less by working systematically. I have even had to give up my teaching chair for a fantastic reader, who showed great risk taking in reading the snack time story. I can’t wait to see the rest of the learning to follow!

 

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Stig of the Dump

Year 5 have done a very impressive job of picking up on their learning from the end of Year 4. We acted out our stories to remind us of our learning and then took time and care over the drafting and editing process. We have finally written our version of what happens next in Stig of the Dump and they are ready to be posted to the original author. I wonder what he will think of our versions…

 

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The Smallest Theatre in the World

Today, in Literacy, Year 4 explored Stig of the Dump using ‘The Smallest Theatre in the World’. They all directed one actor exploring the feelings, actions and reactions of the character. They were incredibly engaged and it was amazing to hear such varied suggestions and to hear some children linking these effectively to the text we had been reading

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Y3 Fire Safety

Linking in with the sad events of the Grenfell tower fire, Y3 has been discussing and exploring what to do when in a fire. The children went around the school looking for objects that would help keep us safe. We have also discussed what to do if there was a fire at home.

What would you do, Year 3, if there was a fire at home?

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Stig of the Dump

To start their exploration of Stig of the Dump, Year 4 identified all the clues about the setting in the first two pages of the text. They then used these to make their own chalk pits. They were brilliant at hunting through the text for clues about the setting and coming up with ideas for the resources they could use. They then used this learning to start writing sentences which evoked the atmosphere of the pit. Some of the language they have used is incredible. Each group has something to be really proud of. I have picked just a few to share.

“The sticks, jagged and splintered, grabbed hold of the crumbly earth tightly.” Rihanna

“Bit by bit, the litter, abandoned and worthless, cracked while the jagged fence crumbled up.” Matthew and Francie

“The creeper, withered and aged, furiously, whistled like a hawk.” Orla and Andrei

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