Busy, Busy, Busy!!!
That’s how this week has felt…..I can not believe that it is Thursday already! Monday was A’s b’day and we all met up at soft play which was good fun, B needed some help and I enjoyed playing with the kids in the ball pit with the pyramids-a great rocking game where I tried to rock them off and they clung on for dear life…..what can I say I’m a big kids at heart! On the way back we went into Asda, got some plants for the garden and fruit and veg for the week-and it has been raining ever since I bought the plants…so they are sitting on the table in the garden-at least they’re getting watered!
Tuesday club was good, it was odd not doing an activity but it was lovely playing with B. Ot and TIg both had their’own’ activities.
Tig sorted all of his pieces out (read his blog entry here) and got people building their own Lego hero models which seemed to go down really well and he was really pleased he had done it although he said he did miss being able to do the activities.
Ot decided at the last minute to take in stuff to make Morse code message circuits, so people could try sending messages (after we did some on the table after talking about SOS messages and Titanic.). Electricity stuff is always good fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it although I think Ot wanted to tell people what to do a bit- well at 6 I guess it’s totally understandable!
Swimming before was good fun, although Ot needs many reminders for his splashing etiquette!
B and Ot enjoyed some bubble blowing with the kids who were braving the chilly garden this week!
The clay recipe looks fab and I can’t wait to try it-I must get A’s playdoh recipe as well as the colours were really good! B didn’t really do the activities this week but we played, he was playing with D and J at the stickle bricks, building cars, spears, detectors and then setting the detectors to detect people and making funny noises when it found them-great fun!
We had a go at hockey in the garden which was good fun. Ot was struggling with keeping his stick down and not ‘golfing’ the ball but kind of got there eventually. Tig was trying hard and B really got into it once we’d established how to manage a large stick-really good dribbling :0)
Weds was going to be a park met up but it was rainy and rotten so we popped round to A and D’s to play and had lunch. S and I roughed out a Romans plan for Tuesday and the boys had a good if rambunctious time! After that I ordered some of the stuff for Tuesday and we went to the garden centre to grab some white card-it really tipped down and the sound of the rain on the roof was lovely just like a caravan…
Today we intended to got the toy library but we were all pooped and so we stayed in, did some of our Roman lap book stuff and pottered, did a bit of mosaic work this afternoon. B and E made coasters using cool coloured tiles. E stuck to blues and created a lovely pattern. B enjoyed playing various games and he instigated a turn taking to put on the tiles. I managed to hold back my need to straighten tiles. Tig started a sign for the Pig Palace with the 3 guineas on. He did a great job of the edging and we worked on the face features together. He stuck them whilst I shaped the ears. He deliberately chose to put the tiles the wrong way up for the furry texture which was good.
B working on his coaster.
Tig doing his mosaic
Ot with his Lego Hero model
Ot, glue finger picking was quite distracting and required a lot of concentration!
We had the pigs out today and Nibbles caught her ear, we need to get them running around on something to help trim their nails but the wet weather is just not helping!
The visual timetable has helped Ot but we need to remember to do it the night before. Doing handwriting and art first seems to work well as he feels he’s making headway and that helps to keep him going.
B read today! He did some great sounding out and knows the, I (for words that you can’t sound out) and we are working on they said and was. We grabbed out the red ditty books and he read the sun is up get up mum get up dad get up Sam get up. :0D
We had lots of hail this afternoon and B and Ot were very excited by at, closely followed by TIg. Ben enjoyed going out after the hail had stopped and holding the hail. Elliot bought some in to stop it melting and loved feeling it on his fingers. A little while later I overheard a conversation between Tig and B about what had happened to the hail and Tig saying it had melted and B going yes it has and then continuing=g to talk about the hail and how loud it was.
In our art we have been working on blind contour drawings. I think that doing the same basic skills has been good-we do a blind contour drawing, a drawing of whatever we want real or imagined and a sheet of drawing practice-boxes with shapes and lines in and a blank box underneath to try and reproduce the lines above. All geared around looking and seeing which are key. We haven’t done any other arty projects this week although we did mosaic so that is art I guess!
In our History we have been looking at Romans and we have found out about what clothes Romans wore, Bullas which children wore, a little about the life of women in Ancient Rome. We found out about the 3 groups Patriarchs, Noblemen and Plebeians and a little about them. We have found out about who influenced the Ancient Romans and how at a basic level (Ancient Greeks, Carthaginians and Etruscans) and a little about Roman art. We created a Roman menu today but it was a bit sparse although we are keen to cook some Roman dishes and have a feast. We’ve talked about Pompeii and how it helped us to find out about Ancient Rome-Tig already knew about this. We have found out about the languages spoken in Ancient Rome. B has done little of this as it is not appropriate for him. I found a sticker book in the Works which I think he will like and will provide some more visual references for him and also as it is in chronological order it will reinforce the ideas of chronology
Geography wise we need to go back and reinforce where the different parts of the Roman Empire are but they do have a clear idea of the difference between Rome the city and countries and lots of countries which made up the Empire. They have been enjoying being my SAT nav as we drive to places we know, telling me in x yards you need to turn right, at the next round about you need to take the third exit and are surprisingly good at re-calling routes-in fact Ot is better than me! We also created a plan for our Villa before building it up and played directing the Mommy Monster whilst swimming using NSEW and Port, Starboard as well as left and right.
In our Music Ot and Tig have been working on their piano skills, learning about note values, finger numbering, bass and treble cleff. Ot has just started and can find and name middle C in both clefs and is currently working on A with his left hand. Tig is working on minims and dotted minims and A B C in the LH and C D E in the RH currently focusing on the LH. He is doing well and has really improved his holding of the beat and noticing when he is speeding up, cutting notes short etc. B and I need to do more but we have played with the percussion instruments, sung and created sound effects fro stories!
In DT there has been lots of Lego building both hero’s (good problem solving from B to get his long legged creations to balance) and various bits of learning how to add new bits facilitated by TIg. Tig is really creating some fantastic models, both from and inspired by YouTube and his imagination. OT was building a junk model of the Titanic with collapsing funnels well at Tuesday club (unfortunately he didn’t pick it up) and I showed him how to cut tables to attach the one he wanted to be firm. B has been building lots with stickle bricks and knew too, including a vase of knew flowers for me and stickle brick gadgets.
In Science we have if I am honest not done all that much I can remember this week-we have talked about scenic stuff like the hail, clouds, petro;l, plastic not being biodegradable, calories and we have been logging the guinea pigs weight and have seen how much they have grown over one week noticing they re visibly larger. we have all been talking about what they need form us and about how to look after them both physical and emotional needs. We have talked about the responsibilities of having a pet and Tig has been finding out about guinnea pig babies and shared some of his fav videos from you tube with us showing us baby pigs, telling us they were hairless when born…ok so we’ve ben doing a bit of biology then
In RE we have talked about worshiping many gods and Romans and Christianity. We also have talked about the difference between a belief and fact and how we can show respect for peoples beliefs even if we do not believe. We have had some interesting discussions about why or if anyone worships Greek or Roman gods now-they both quite like the idea of Zeus!
In PE we have been going swimming every week. This week we were working on OTs leg kick which is still bicycle like. Tig was working on his stamina-I think that swimming everyday would be really good for him but it would a bit costly. We have all had a go at hockey and we have also been playing on the trampoline when the weather has allowed.
In Literacy we have been working on re-calling and extracting information from texts (non fiction) fairly simple re-call and using alternative words so we are not repeating words in the text. We have also been reading and listening to a range of stories and developing using expression and different voices (modelled by dh). We have listened to stories about events in Rome’s history and re-called key events. Tig is much better at the recall than Ot but what Ot does re-call seems to really stick in his long term memory. We have been working on general sentence construction and punctuation. Ot in particular has been working on capitals for proper nouns consistently and extending sentences independently with connectives. Tig has been looking at spotting overlong sentences and proof reading his own work. both have spellings related to a phonic/spelling pattern but we have not been able to access those this week so have taken a break. We have all be focusing on explaining v clearly how we feel, why and what we would like whilst still considering feelings (B in particular has been trying really hard to use this). B has been working on a review of phonic sounds and we have some we need to re-cap and he has moved on a huge leap in sounding out words. He is still loving writing signs and signed his name on cards this week.
In Maths Ot has been working on 4 digit numbers, place value and addition. writing and presentation are making this more challenging for him especially writing out the sum in problem solving. Today in subtraction we again hit the 2-7 issue which once pointed out he gets but it indicates he is not really clear on what is happening so we need to get out the deans blocks and work on this I think with practical apparatus again-he is clear on the value of digits, good at spotting + or subtract in the problems but needs to take care but also not loose focus! Tig has been completing a review, he seems to have grasped the area and perimeter of compound shapes well, some extra practice of the measuring angles just to reinforce which scale to use on the protractor would be useful as would the use of 360 and 180 to find missing angles-although he did get this instantly I started talking and shushed me so might be just needs embedding. He has the last bit of the review to complete which is the part relating to fractions and that was quite a while ago so will be good to see if there are any areas to review before moving on. They are both working on tables, saying, playing iPad games, using cards, writing but we need to really work on these as they are not known. I think that we might need to take a good look at the best way-might get the CD out although they don’t really like the songs! May try the VAK method of using printed hands in different colours with answers, moving fingers, saying, looking as that used to work for my old Y6 class so we’ll have a go!
In ICT we have been using live writer, iPad, iPod, looking at some new software with dad; at the weekend they made a video using green screen and this is something they will want to explore more as really they did not do much of the ICT bit. They are enjoying using morpho booth to make various fruit and veg talk as well as anyone who sits still long enough!
Right it’s work tomorrow so I am going to leave the photos, they’ll get up in at the weekend!