2 weeks back and this is the first chance I’ve had to write a blogpost. Here is a quick overview of what is working well so far since we got back to school.
Our classrooms were given a deep clean during the Christmas holidays, so we had to have all the tables cleared beforehand. I decided to go back to rows in the classroom for the beginning of the school year. My class really like rows and its also good to have them all facing the board rather than having to turn to see the board for each lesson. I also assigned seats – I do a mixture of assigned seats and choosing seats. I also change seats every week – this works in my class and gives the children a chance to sit with different people and in different areas of the room. In the past, I changed every 2-3 weeks or sometimes every month but with this class weekly seat changes works best.
(Yes there is still tinsel in this picture!)
We changed how Maths works in my classroom this week. I’m lucky to have a SET member who comes in for English and Maths every day. I divided the class into 4 groups – we change the tables into groups and the children move to their group at the beginning and then I do the introduction and for individual work the children work independently and each teacher looks after 2 groups. This has worked really well in my classroom – I’ll explain more about it in a blogpost next week.
I use timers for everything – from changing spaces to ruling copies. My favourite timer is the Mission Impossible theme tune timer on You Tube.
I started doing a circuits type P.E. lesson this week to practise a variety of different skills. The children spent 1.5 minutes on each circuit and they really enjoyed it. The different stations included:
- Step up (benches)
- Push ups
- Sit ups
- Tricep dips
We’re learning about Nelson Mandela as part of our History topic this month. The children are fascinated to learn about apartheid and what life was like for black people in South Africa. We made timelines of his life, imagined ourselves as Nelson Mandela and wrote diary entries explaining our feelings and thoughts about life in Robben Island Prison, dramatised events and used conscience alley and hot seating to try to imagine how Mandela felt.
Internet Safety Talk
We had a fantastic talk on internet safety from Zeeko Education.
What’s working well for you so far? Hope the first two weeks have gone well!