Friday, 13 June 2014

Five for Friday

Hello Friday - so glad to see you again!

This has been a tiring week. There is just so much to do and I'm so far behind I'm not sure I'll ever catch up!

 Animation Update

We made flick books this week. I found these great templates from They were great to revise the work we had done on life cycles earlier in the year. First  they had to work out the sequence and number the pictures. They did so well! 

Next, they coloured then cut and stuck them to small rectangles of paper. I think this actually made the books flick much better than drawing them straight on. The kids talked about how it was similar to and different from the thaumatropes we made last week. They made some of their own the next day with the cover teacher with varying success!

(Sorry - I don't have any pictures of those)

  Nationality Day

To tie in with the start of the world cup we had a day to celebrate the different nations the children in our school are from. They could wear the traditional dress or colours of their country and some of them looked so amazing. I think it did a lot of them so much good to receive all those compliments for how great they looked in their traditional dress! I was out moderating writing all day which was no fun whatsoever, but the kids enjoyed all the activities I planned for them to do with the cover teacher. As I was out of class, I didn't get pictures! However, my next 3 for Friday are some of the things they did:

Flag Hats

I saw this on Pinterest from Keeping Up with the Kindergartners. I thought these flags looked really effective and that the activity would be great to strengthen little hands and improve fine motor skills. They made flag head bands using this method which they loved and they looked so good wearing them when they were collected by their parents at the end of the day.

Flag Maths

We got some data handling in with some flag maths. There are loads of ideas out there for this but we kept it simple. They looked at the flags of the 32 countries participating in the World Cup and created tally charts to show the different colours represented. They could the either choose to write a series of questions for others to answer about the chart or create a different type of graph to show the results. This will make a great display!

Paper Quilts

I used the idea from DLTK and split the class into 3 groups of 9. In their groups they chose a country and researched some facts about it. They then used these to each make a square showing something different about that country. When they shared these at the end, it was amazing how much they had learned!

Apologies again for the lack of pictures of my actual class and the great things they made. I will post pictures of the paper quilts and world cup maths display when I get them up next week!

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  1. Pixie Anne, I love reading your blog and catching the difference in phrasing from our two countries. You called your teacher a cover teacher. We call them a substitute teacher or sub. I like your version better!

    Teachers Are Terrific!

  2. Autumn's husband is from England. We are your newest followers by Bloglovin and email. Great ideas. Yes he is watching and keeping up.

  3. I LOVE Pinterest! It's amazing all of the wonderful things you can find on there!

    Surprisingly Seventh