We are working on a documentary about saving the toads from James’ swimming pool!
This week we’ve written scripts where the children interview each other as toad experts. On Friday we rehearsed and filmed these, learning how to project our voices, and not be nervous in front of a camera.
We’ve been exploring ways to stop the toads getting into the pool, and ways to help them get out. The children realised their ideas fell under two headings: preventative – a toad city with things toads like so they won’t want to go in the pool; and restorative – some sort of ladder or ramp to help the toads escape if they do get in.
We split into two groups to research what materials to use for this, the first group feeding back to the next what they’d discovered. From this they defined new areas of research – such as how different materials can be joined together – which the next group then explored. This was a good example of the sort of deep collaboration that goes on in the real world. The children are very alive about working in this way.
The children have been practising their shop-keeping skills in anticipation of running a small snack stall at the premiere of the documentary. All the children excelled at this and have been given certificates by Camilla. Thursday was Forest School with Bea and Monica, with Art projects in the afternoon.
We have a big ongoing focus on writing and reading, with a session of each every day. We’re making sure to sit with every child for both writing and reading at least once a week, and to track their progress and identify specific areas needing input. We’re very keen for all the children to achieve a high level of literacy by the time they go up to Badgers; and the more you can do informally with them at home, to build enjoyment and stamina, the better: reading favourite stories, writing letters; cards; notes; diaries etc for pleasure and without worrying too much about accuracy (we’ll work on that at school!).
Next week they’ll continue their work on the toad ladders / toad city, build up their film company and start to block together the documentary. If you have time over the weekend please invite your child to watch a documentary. They could identify elements that make it work well (music, narration, camera angles!).
Don’t forget: Monday is Sports Day. Send your child in in PE kit with a lunch and water bottle.
Tuesday afternoon they’ll be doing PE with Pedro. Thursday is Forest School with Monica and Bea. The other days the class will be led by Lizzie, with Camilla and James.
Have a great weekend. See you Monday.