Alright, I have never been one for boring displays, but recently I have become tired of bordered rectangles! Don't get me wrong, I have one or two, but I have been experimenting with different styles.
For my Writing and Maths walls, I just used big sugar paper sheets, wrote the headers on in felt-tip pen, then stuck them on the wall at a jaunty angle! We use Maths Makes Sense, so my Maths wall is split into Arithmetic, Geometry, Data & Measure and Reasoning. I just stick and scribble on it when I have something to remind them of!
For writing, I have broken the writing process down into 4 phases: researching the genre (deconstruction, pulling out the features, reading activities to explore), making a plan, writing, editing.
I've also been playing with my new window pens! Take a look on my lotus flower post.
Our Religion topic continues! Yesterday, we looked at the Aboriginal creation story. I found a great video of it on Big Myth.
We discussed the story and how it compared to the others we have looked at. We then looked at Aboriginal art and its features. Using cotton buds, we created our own piece to represent the story:
I'm so pleased with the results! They are really effective and each is unique.
The children worked in pairs. I wasn't sure that would work for an art project, but it really did. They discussed what motif to use and their colour scheme, then one of them lightly sketched just the main image while the other got the paints they needed. They then had to work together, discussing who was doing which part and having to take care not to get in each other's way. It was lovely to see them chatting together and helloing each other! They really politely gave each other tips for improving their technique. I also enjoyed seeing their patterns evolve - they didn't pre-sketch those, just went straight in with the cotton buds.
In Religion, we are learning about creation stories from different religions and cultures. We read about the Hindu story of the lotus flower growing from Vishnu and being used by Brahma to create the world. We then made tissue paper lotus flowers to symbolise creation.
We layered squares of tissue paper, 1 green, 4 pink or white then 1 yellow on top, slightly smaller than the others. Concertina them (like a fan) and tie a green string around the middle. Cut the ends of the 'fan' into points. Open out the fan carefully, then gently pull up one layer at a time, shaping as you go. Lotus flower! Easily adapted to make other flowers by changing the shape of the cuts and the colours, or into pompoms by pulling out from both top and bottom (like on my board). Pretty!
Can't believe how far into the first term we are already! Well, I do have a new classroom but not a new class. For the first time, I am taking my class up to thee next year, into Year 5. I'm already reaping the benefits - it's been so much easier because they already know my rules and routines.
Anyway, here are some pics of my classroom after the first couple of weeks.
I've tried to make it a bit more grown-up now they are in Year 5 and I wanted it to look very different to last year. The poor kids are stuck with the same teacher, least I could do was give them new decor!
For my reading area, I found the covers from books we have read together or that I thought the children may like, stuck them onto backing paper (too lazy to staple each to the wall!) and voila!
Our 'swap shop', where children can bring in books from home that they are finished with and swap them. A great way to encourage them to read by refreshing their home library for free! Here's the file for the sign:
Hi! I'm Mrs P: passionate primary school teacher!