February 26, 2006

My Bro

Happy birthday to the best brother in the world. We love you very very much. See you later xxxx

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February 24, 2006

First week done!

The first week back has been brilliant. We built the pirate ship and most children in the class helped with this activity.

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Since this photograph was taken we have added a gangplank and other items. Next week we will make treasure maps and wanted posters! I am unable to show photos of the children as I would have to ask for parental permission. However here is apicture of Alex who has been working with us this week and will be with us next week. Alex has been fantastic with the children and we have all enjoyed having him with us. (I have known Alex all his life as he is a very close family friend!) However I am not being biased. Well done Alex, I look forward to next weeks ideas!

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February 20, 2006

Back to School

Well, it was back to school today. The children were wonderful and their work is coming on well. Everyone was excited about the "Pirate Ship" and work got underway this afternoon. The sail is already up complete with Jolly Roger. Planks of wood were being painted to create the ship and the decks. The hammock went up and is going to be filled with cuddly animals of the fish variety. A treasure chest was being painted and hopefully will be filled over the next week or so. There is a box to be filled with dressing up clothes and even "a plank" in the making to walk on! Look out for the photographs when it is finished.
All of this will hopefully look good on 18th March when we have an open day!

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February 11, 2006

Day off and Inspired

Last Tuesday I had a day off work to attend a course at the Barnsbury Centre in Islington. The course was entitled "Maths through Role Play". It supported teachers in the planning for the role play area, taking into account pratical maths activites.

The home corner or role paly area can become very "samey" and I know that sometimes it is just easy to let the children play with what is there. However I was inspired and took my entusiasm back to the classroom.

I spoke to my classroom assistants and the children and we decided that we would plan for the area together. After an interesting discussion we all decided that after half term we would change the role play area into a pirate ship. Their knowledge on the parts of the ship was astounding and I can't wait to get started after half term. Now I am pondering on how to make a working ship's wheel! Any ideas? Watch this space!

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