Week 2 has seen some very successful den building. It was exciting to see the students highly engaged and excited to build small houses in their living rooms and bedrooms with pillow, cushions, sheets and blankets. The students also looked like they enjoyed reading, playing and eating in their special places. Den building allowed the children to explore the concept of building design to implementation, utilizing the materials they have available. As this has been a highly successful learning experience, we will look to include more offline and active tasks in the coming weeks. Here is a selection of construction work from the final design challenge of the unit.
In literacy we will look at creating interesting introductions to our opinion writing. A strong introduction can include a feeling, fact or questions. We will be practicing these approaches next week with our Dear Diary task on Friday. Writing a diary allows the children to process their week as there are so many changes they need to continually adapt to. In reading, we will continue with reading groups and phonics sounds. This week’s Uu sounds proved quite difficult for most children – perfect for creating discussions and conversations about sounds.
In maths we will continue with patterns to continue and discover the rule in number functions. We also begin work on time by making connections between patterns and skip counting to look at clock faces to start work on time and fractions.
Our Building Design inquiry ended this week and next week we will begin looking at communities. We will begin by asking students to tune into our Zoom community by creating ideas that make our Zoom experiences caring and inclusive for everyone. This will be followed by the creation of a community Zoom agreement. We will also begin to tune into what students think communities are and what they would like to know.
Don’t forget that next Monday and Tuesday are public holidays. Please encourage your children to continue reading each day. Reading groups from these two days have been moved to Wednesday – Friday. Please check the daily schedule to see when your child has been moved to.
Next week’s planning and resource list