For the last two weeks, our Star Name has been Akari. As usual, we focused on the FORM of our Star Name, including the shapes and names of the letters, as well as the sounds (with actions) they make. We are all becoming more comfortable with recognising and writing each other's names which is supporting our emergent and independent writing, as well as the development of our class community.
Next we watched a video which demonstrated the same counting skills:
Later in the week, we practiced the same fives frame technique with a different story. '5 Little Monkeys' also helped us to practice counting forward and back.
By the end of the week, we were ready to extend these organization and counting strategies to Ten Frames. We used the '10 in the Bed' book, video and song to do this:
To build confidence with our 'Speaking & Listening' and 'Viewing & Presenting' skills, we each shared our family books during a Morning Meeting:
As we shared our family books, we noticed many connections between ourselves and our classmates:
To continue consolidating our knowledge about 'The people around us', we created Draw & Tell app drawings and voice recordings which represented ourselves surrounded by people that are important to us.
As our unit of inquiry continues, we will be working on finding more connections to these important people in our lives - including what physical features, character traits, and likes and dislikes we have that are the same and different.
First up was our big race! We ran down the track as fast as we could from start to finish line.
Then it was time for our activity rotations:
Back at school the following week, we reflected on our experience by viewing the photographs and creating drawings and writing of our favourite activities.
Some of us carried our reflections into our free play by building a representation of the Sports Day stadium. These children re-enacted Sports Day events and added labels like "PE", "Orchard", and "Newton".
We once again observed ourselves using mirrors and shared many favourite parts of ourselves. We chose one very favourite thing and recorded it with writing and drawing in our journals.
When we were finished tasting, we continued with our drawings and writing, including more examples of our most and least favourite foods.