The children have a made bright and sunny start to the Summer term. During the hot weather please ensure that you apply sun cream before your child comes to school. We also advise that your child brings in a named sun hat and water bottle.
This week the children started their new topic of life cycles and planting.
On Wednesday morning we talked about the Characteristics of Effective Learning (see further information about these below) and the importance of the children showing what they have learnt, explored or created during their independent learning times. This term the children are encouraged to take control of their learning, show increasing self-confidence and independence. Each day the children will be given a learning to challenge to complete to extend their learning opportunities.
This term’s PSHE topic is about relationships and this week the children created a recipe for friendship and thought about what they need to do to be a good friend. The children were asked to think about how they could be a better friend to their peers.
On Thursday the children were asked to share what they knew about butterflies and caterpillars, it was fantastic to hear the children sharing so much prior knowledge. Following this the children looked at the butterfly life cycle and watched a video to show the life cycle in action. During the afternoon the children received a parcel of caterpillars which they will observe over the coming weeks as they turn into butterflies. During our group time the children talked about their current interests, what they want to learn about and what they can’t do at the moment but they would like to be able to do. The children’s ideas will be used to inform future planning and support children with their learning throughout the term.
During this week’s handwriting the children practised the formation of the letters o, a, c, d and g using the RWI letter formation rhymes (these can be found on the back of the children’s flashcards). On Friday the children used The Hungry Caterpillar story to learn about the days of the week and sequencing familiar events. We have also used the story during our adult-led activities this week. For their Literacy activity some children wrote a simple sentence about what the Hungry Caterpillar ate on Monday and others read simple sentences about the Hungry Caterpillar and were challenged to complete the missing words. This week’s adult-led Maths activity focused on addition using dice. We will be continuing to learn about different life cycles next week.
What are the Characteristics of Effective Learning?
The Characteristics of Effective Learning describe learning as a process and not as an event.
The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
- Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and have a go
- Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
- Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Below is an example of what the Characteristics of Effective Learning look like in children’s terms: