This term is always one of my favourite times of the school year as it always seems to be the time when children make the most progress, academically, socially and emotionally. This week has of course been packed full of progress.
The children love our class novel, The Firework Maker’s Daughter. Everyone was terrified when we read about Lila’s meeting with the Fire Fiend but it helped us to produce some brilliant Big Writes. I asked the children to write instructions about what to do when you meet the Fire Fiend. Fatimah delighted me with her desire to choose the best vocabulary and by her focus on doing the best that she could. She’s shown what is required in Y4.
‘Begin your journey by climbing the enormous and monstrous mountain until you’re muscles hurt and you’re bleeding’.
Maths has been a very popular subject this week. We’ve been learning about fractions, a topic that the children had previously found quite difficult to understand. After a couple of lessons many children have now decided that it is actually their favourite aspect of maths.
Thank you to the Friends Association for buying some BBC Microbit computers to help us learn about coding. Microbits are usually used by High Schools, with pupils in Y8 and above, but we don’t worry about a challenge at ACE. After teaching the teachers how to use the Microbits at a staff meeting, I showed my class how to make a program that would display a message using the LEDs on the Microbit. Teachers and children all learned very quickly but I have to tell you that the children were much better behaved. I was really pleased that many of the girls enjoyed their programming lesson. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Evie Rae be so confident and smile so much. Neil Armstrong would not have walked on the moon had it not been for female computer programmers.
Well done to Benjamin and Susan for making incredible progress on Lexia this week. 35 and 34 units respectively are very impressive. Sonny and Liam have also scored a seriously significant amount of units this week.
My Learners of the Week are Hamza and Elyssa. After a long break from school Hamza has come back and shown me why we had missed him so much. He has worked to his full potential, quietly, sensibly and diligently. With every week that goes by Elyssa shows me greater confidence, determination and ability. She is absolutely flourishing.
Homework: spellings, 6x times table focus, a writing task and the equivalent fractions page in the maths homework book.
We’ve been thinking about the value of Thankfulness this week. A video about Nick Vujicic made us realise how lucky we are just to have arms and legs. Every single child wrote about how grateful they were for their families, Ramtin told us that we should be thankful to God for everything that we have been given, and Signher said that she is grateful to Euanson for showing her how to answer a maths problem. He didn’t just tell her the answer, he taught her and helped her to understand. Harley and Fatimah wanted to say thank you to Ariana Grande for being so kind to the people hurt in the Manchester Arena bombings.
I am so thankful that I have such a wonderful class.
Next week will be even better. On Wednesday, Sam the Soundman will be visiting us. He will teach us everything about the science of sound and we will make our own musical instruments. I hope you all have some good headphones / earplugs
Have a great weekend