Hello to all,
Another good week has passed, with the children succeeding in completing some very good work.
A big issue for me is how the children can complete their tasks independently. Some have been able to do this well, others are still learning. It would be very helpful for your child to learn to work independently at home, too. A great place to start is their homework. After an initial ‘bit’ of help from you to ensure they understand what they should do, please let them go off and try by themselves to complete the task. It is not easy to do this, but if you sit with them for every piece of homework, they will always be reliant on someone to help them complete their tasks.
We have again focused on information text tasks, culminating in a piece of writing based on a ‘fictitious’ animal the children created earlier in the week. In their writing they had to write about their animal, in information text style, and tell us about the animal, their habitat, life cycle, food source, etc.
Earlier in the week we looked at this website:
on how we can create different creatures. I promised the children I would put it on the weebly as they had a lot of fun creating a creature, and thought they would like to make their own.
Other Literacy activities included creating a small booklet about the tiger, more practise of their handwriting, and testing of their spelling words.
The children also created some fantastic art this week, based on the art of Henry Rousseau*, including their ‘new’ animal in the scene. I was very impressed with their efforts, and you can be too, as they are proudly hanging in our classroom right now. Drop in and have a look whenever you can.
* I have included a small file/dvd below about the life of Henry Rousseau. It is quite interesting about how he persevered with his painting despite what 'the critics' said about his art.
I hope you enjoy the photos below; they are a mixture of the children at play, in class and during PE.
I trust you will all have a happy and restful holiday,
P.S. Below are some links re sentence writing, using capital letters, etc., that may be useful to you for helping/(reminding) your child at home with their writing.
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