For their Maths lesson today, Elephants played a very simple, but very effective game to improve their fluency in taking away and promote reasoning skills- see the rules in the photo below.
Given the choice of starting with ten or twenty, they played the game and manage to figure out some winning strategies. By the end of the lesson we had figured out that reaching the number 4 was a good tactic as it guarantees your partner will not reach zero but will give you a chance to win! Lots of happy faces and challenged minds mean that we will be playing it again very soon...
The sun shone for our wee hippos today!
We enjoyed a book about 'Yucky Worms' which introduced lots of new vocabulary, some maths and a worm search. We found a dead blue-tit which provoked lots of discussion and engendered much gentleness. Ladybirds were out, owing to the warmer weather and Hazel group enjoyed an adventure - visiting the other end of the wood. Time was spent trying to attract pheasants - Joseph W impressed us all with his pheasant impression!
There was a lot of running today, and the children arrived back at school tired but having learned so much.
Have a look at the video for a snapshot. There are also more photos in the YR gallery.
The children have started the measuring unit today - I wonder if they can tell you the length of the classroom?
Today we took our learning outside and used practical equipment to help us with our skills in converting metres and centimetres. We used metre sticks and measuring tapes to work in pairs to find and record different lengths.
This term year 6 will be looking at the Woodland Trust Charter for Trees, Woods and People. They will be encouraged each week to participate in activities linked with the charter.
This week they were encourage to help build up the deadwood hedge - to help maintain an obvious boundary for our younger children; to prevent them wandering too far away, and to help reduce the number of visiting dogs off the footpath!
Watch this video to observe the teamwork:
It was lovely to welcome lots of parents this morning for our Maths Open Morning. The school has recently introduced a 'Singaporian approach' to learning Maths called Inspire and today was a perfect opportunity for parents to see first hand how we now teach Maths at Goudhurst & Kilndown and how engaged our children are as a result. Many classes took to the outdoors and much of the Maths equipment that the PTFA had kindly donated was also in full use. See the short 'Spark' video below.
One parent commented:
Dear Mrs Roberts,
Thank you for the opportunity to see Maths in action this morning. It was a delight to see such creative and enriching teaching and learning in every classroom. Every child I spoke to was engaged and eloquent about the thinking they were doing and they were all so happy and relaxed. Wonderful!
I would like to thank all the parents who joined us this morning and I am sure you will join me in thanking the staff for their dedication and of course all the children for all their continued hard work.