## Serial Days 4 and 5

Day Four To start day four off we had a class catch up as it was after the February break and all the pupils told their stories of what they got up to, it was nice to hear. The maths lesson was continued from the previous week with 3 rotating activities, to recap on their …

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Day Four

To start day four off we had a class catch up as it was after the February break and all the pupils told their stories of what they got up to, it was nice to hear. The maths lesson was continued from the previous week with 3 rotating activities, to recap on their learning they played ‘guess the shape’. Each pupil put their hand into a bag of shapes and without looking for picking it out they had to guess the shape they were holding. This was useful as it allowed children to think of how many sides and points shapes have.

In the afternoon the 3 winning pupils practiced their burns poem ‘Sare Finger’ in front of the class as a practice for the burns assembly the following day.

Day Five

In maths each group were given different nets of 3D shapes and they had the activity of cutting them out and forming all different kinds of 3D shapes, the children showed a lot of interest into this and were pleased once they were all disaplyed around the class to show.

The class topic is the Romans and they have been working on a story ‘Romulus and Remus’. They were set a reading task to fill in the missing words from sentences and this made them think about what had happened throughout the story.

## Final Serial Day

Another busy day for P3, their first task was to create a set of questions or a quiz for a friend to check their understanding of their own story book, using questioning openers. Then it was imaginative writing where they … Continue reading

Another busy day for P3, their first task was to create a set of questions or a quiz for a friend to check their understanding of their own story book, using questioning openers. Then it was imaginative writing where they had to create a story with an interesting setting.  The teacher went over the importance of adjectives and what they are used for.  Their story had to be about being transported from the classroom to Ancient Egypt, and the pupils came up with descriptive, exciting journeys that involved mummies, crypts and pyramids!  Great imagination used here.

The maths input today was time related, and I assisted a small group of children learning their quarter and half past times.

As it was ‘Safer Internet Day’, an activity that led a discussion on what things the pupils like to do online ensued.  The pupils talked about the various fun aspects of being online, but also were reminded of the importance of not disclosing any personal information online, and they were given a task to create their own online ‘safe’ profile.

I’m looking forward now to my 3 week block placement.

## Placement Day 4

Day 4 already! Today was a busy day for P3, as well as their usual Literacy and Mathematics and Numeracy classes, they had to take part in the ‘Big Bird Watch’ for the RSPB. This is part of the ‘Developing … Continue reading

Day 4 already! Today was a busy day for P3, as well as their usual Literacy and Mathematics and Numeracy classes, they had to take part in the ‘Big Bird Watch’ for the RSPB. This is part of the ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ strategy.  We all got wrapped up to go outside as there was snow lying on the ground, and the children had charts supplied by the RSPB that they had to identify the birds they saw from and mark how many down.  We talked about the different ways we could identify the birds: by sounds, colour, size, beaks, what they were eating.  We saw crows, blue tits, robins, magpies and seagulls. Although it was very cold the children really enjoyed this experience; this enhanced their social skills and taught them that they are making a valuable contribution to protecting wildlife in their area.

## Serial Days 2 and 3

Day 2 For my second week the children began with literacy in the morning and they were working on creative story writing. Previously the children had made story plans and the teacher recapped with the pupils of the standard and expectations of their writing. The success criteria and learning intentions were spoken aloud with the …

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Day 2

For my second week the children began with literacy in the morning and they were working on creative story writing. Previously the children had made story plans and the teacher recapped with the pupils of the standard and expectations of their writing. The success criteria and learning intentions were spoken aloud with the children and then stuck into their jotters for them to refer to when they were writing. I found this helpful to the children as they could refer to it throughout which continued to emphasise what was expected and the purpose of their writing.

After break there was a whole school assembly which involved children from every class receiving awards nominated by their teachers. This allowed the children to be recognised for their hard work and allow the school as a whole to congratulate them. The school is sectioned into houses and throughout the assembly their behaviour expectations are highlighted to encourage points to be won.

In the afternoon the children continued with their story writing and began to piece it together on paper, they were introduced to VCOP to encourage them to think how they can improve their writing skills.

Day 3

In the morning children worked on maths and their topic was 3D shapes. The lesson started with a quick recap and use of the interactive whiteboard to play a matching game of shapes to their correct label. The class was broken into 3 groups and they all had a different activity. Education city on the computers, 3D bingo and colouring sheet made from shapes.

As this was before the February holiday the school received golden time in the afternoon and they have the choice to chose the activity they would like.

## Serial Day 1

Thursday 23rd January was my first day of placement in primary 3. I was very excited to be out on placement as after all my learning and use of previous knowledge since starting first year back in September it was exciting to see it all in practice. Throughout my day of observing in the classroom …

Thursday 23rd January was my first day of placement in primary 3. I was very excited to be out on placement as after all my learning and use of previous knowledge since starting first year back in September it was exciting to see it all in practice.

Throughout my day of observing in the classroom I was able to take note of all the activites and learning that was carried out throughout the school day.

To begin in the morning the class worked on maths, they were working on how to subtract tens and units, before they carried out the sums they were reminded of their previous knowledge on tens and units sums. The teacher made use of the interactive whiteboard giving opportunity for individual pupils to carry out sums themselves and allowing their peers to watch the process.

Before lunch time as a whole class we went out into the playground and we completed the daily mile, I found this very beneficial to the pupils as after a morning full of maths it allowed them to get up and be active and to recharge.

In the afternoon the children were split into their 3 literacy groups and worked on phonemes, each group had a different activity such as making words with playdoh, typing them onto computers and using whiteboards along with magentic letters. I thought allowing the pupils to practice their words with different resources rather than just writing them out engaged the pupils well.

## Situated Communication Workshops

Today in situated communication, we were learning more about how to use Glow and shown how to upload audio files and videos to our blogs. We also had a workshop in the performance studio where we got to practice our … Continue reading

Today in situated communication, we were learning more about how to use Glow and shown how to upload audio files and videos to our blogs. We also had a workshop in the performance studio where we got to practice our storytelling to group of peers, and they then gave us feedback.  It was nerve-wracking as I felt very conscious  of my body language and voice when I was standing up in front of my classmates but they were very supportive and I got really nice feedback along with potential opportunities to make the story better. I was so glad once I’d done it, and felt a real sense of achievement. I only have to emulate that in the actual assignment now!

Finally we took part in a role-play workshop where we had to act out certain scenarios given and reflect on how we would do them in the classroom if confronted with them.  This ended with a question and answer session on aspects of placement that have arisen that we wanted advice or feedback on, which was very valuable.

## Today in Review

Today in Situated Communication we had the chance to perform part of the story for our assessment to a group of our peers. I was so nervous for this as I was scared I would forget my story. After telling my story I now know what I need to work on after receiving feedback from … Continue reading “Today in Review”

Today in Situated Communication we had the chance to perform part of the story for our assessment to a group of our peers. I was so nervous for this as I was scared I would forget my story. After telling my story I now know what I need to work on after receiving feedback from my peers.

Also, we went through a couple of scenarios of situations that may arise on placement or when we are teachers and how to deal with them. It was good to hear other people’s experiences on placement and how it compared to my experience.

A class teacher from North Lanarkshire came in to talk to us about how he uses blogs with the children in his class to display their targets, school work and achievements. He also showed us how to insert audio files and images into our blogs.

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