Weekly Update – T1W3

Hello and happy Friday to you all! I would like to begin by giving you some more information about Mathletics. 

You can download the app for iOS or Android or access Mathletics on a computer.  The Apps are great and younger children seem to have more success on tablets as it is easier to press the buttons.

-The log-in and password details are attached to the student’s homework files on a small keyring. If you wish to use the QR code to log-in on a tablet, I have attached this also to the homework files. Just point the camera at the QR pattern.

– Mathletics is always optional extra homework so you can do as much or as little as you want

– We reward kids in school each week for earning Mathletics points

– Sometimes Mr Green sets specific tasks for the kids to do based on what they have learned in class but usually, they are free to access whatever they want.

– It is possible for Mr Green to change the level (difficulty) of the work if your child is finding it too easy or too hard. Just let us know.

Let’s now take a look at what we have been learning this week!

In IPC, we have been finishing up our unit ‘Brainwave’. We looked at how to solve some of ‘Professor Spark’s’ maths problems, made our very own brains and made a mind map of everything we have learned so far. Yesterday we looked at how we can create a good learning environment.  We designed our own classrooms and discussed how various factors can help us learn. Thank you for taking the time to help your child complete their sleep and food journal, we had fun discussing them this morning. 🙂

Literacy Rotations- Daily 5

My goal is to introduce classroom routines and structures in a way that removes all of the guesswork from the children and allows them to concentrate fully on learning. In reading, the classroom structure I use is called “Daily Five”- Literacy Rotations. Your child may be talking about these at home. I would like to explain to you what “The Daily Five” is. 

The Daily Five is a literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that are introduced individually. We have now introduced four of them.  ‘Read to Self’, ‘Listening to Reading’, ‘Work on Writing’ and ‘Word Work’ and next week we will be adding our final rotation.

When introduced to each task, the children discuss what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to engage in the task independently. Then, the children work on building their stamina until they are successful at being independent while doing that task.

Daily 5 Tasks include:

1. Read to self

2. Read to someone

3. Listen to reading

4. Work on writing

5. Word work

The rotations all provide the students with time to focus on their reading, spelling and writing. 

In English we have done various activities this week, including an Alphabet Hunt, sentence practice and read a lovely story called “The Doorbell Rang” which the students enjoyed.

Snack Bags

At break time could I please ask that the students put their snack in a little pouch bag. There has been some confusion at times with which one is their lunch and which one is their snack. This will also make it easier also for the students to carry outside or to the gymnasium. I bought my children’s from Daiso. 🙂 I hope you all have a lovely weekend.