Mantle of the Expert - Continued ⚓️🗺
Well what a busy day we’ve had today!
We were thrilled to discover a special message left on our class display of ‘The Kathleen and May’ this morning. On discovery of this surprise the children were quick to think that this could only be a message from our navigator. The message was a poster advertising for ship mates to join the navigator on a fabulous journey to South Wales to deliver bricks. We thought that the bricks would probably be used to build houses. We had a look at the traditional ‘Ruabon Red Brick’ to give us a better understanding of this special aspect of North Wales’ history.
Following this, we participated in a drama and communication convention called a ‘conscience alley’. The children had to sit on either side of a piece of material to indicate whether they wanted to join the navigator on his special or not. Whilst the majority of the children were eager to embark on this journey, a small number of children had valid reservations. Some were concerned about water safety, whilst others were anxious about letting their families know where they were going. With this in mind, we set about making lists of all provisions we would need for our journey as well as what we would need to put in place to ensure the safety of all shipmates.
The children had some fabulous ideas, such as:
- packing lifejackets and lifebuoys
- taking registers and first aid kits
- of course they thought of endless supplies of food and drink ☺️
- Writing letters to our families and taking a mobile phone to keep everyone updated and informed of our whereabouts
Their list really was endless!
Fianlly, all that was left to do was to write to the Navigator to confirm our interest in the voyage. The children constructed the sentence on the whiteboard for everyone to copy and then sign their names.
Mantle of the Expert - continued . . .
Today, the children were given a rather special challenge. They were asked to create a character, specifically ‘The Navigator’ for ‘The Kathleen and May’.
The children had to brainstorm what characteristics a navigator would need along with what physical attributes they wanted our navigator to have. The children were thrilled to agree upon the following:
- our navigator needs to be tall enough to be able to see over the side of the ship but not too tall that he can’t see through the portholes ☺️
- our navigator needs to be good at planning, organising and communucating
- we would like our navigator to have a hat that will protect him from the sun and rain as well as anti slip boots so that he stays safe on the deck
- we would like him to have long, red hair, wearing a pair of binoculars and carrying a map
Below is a collage of the children discussing and designing our ‘Navigator’
Mantle of the Expert project - The Kathleen and May ⚓️🗺
Today, the children were introduced to our new historical learning journey - The Kathleen and May, a ship that is very special to the people of Connah’s Quay...
- The children were initially shown Connah’s Quay using google maps, this encouraged their sense of current place. We discussed what we could see, identifying familiar places points of reference.
- We then planted the seed of things being different a long time ago by looking at images of old and new modes of transport. We also compared old and new photos of roads through Connah’s Quay.
- After viewing old and new photos of the Docks at Connah’s Quay, we then worked in teams to build the Docks. We used a variety of materials to bring our masterpieces to life.
The children have loved exploring our new den building area this week. We have included an assortment of different sized boxes, materials, safety pegs and masking tape for the children to create their desired play space. We have spent time modelling this area with the children to inspire them to view this space as somewhere they can express their creativity and develop their communication skills with their friends. Our new area gets a big thumbs up from our happy little learners 👍👍👍
St David's Day Celebration
Our Progress with Phonics
We have been working hard to develop our confidence and accuracy with blending simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and using the sounds we know, to help us record simple sentences. We’re sure you’ll agree that we’re doing really well 👍👏
Matching and Sorting
The children are currently working on the early foundations of developing their mathematical knowledge and understanding. Matching and sorting are some of the earliest skills we nurture in children. The children have been very busy with an assortment of sorting and matching activities over the last couple of weeks.
The children have been learning that items can be matched or sorted into sets based on attributes such as colour, size, shape, type and even the sound they make. Matching and sorting enables children to consider what is the same about all of the objects in one set and how they are different to the other sets. Have a look at the pictures below to see what we’ve been up to . . .
Hello and welcome to all of our Dosbarth Gwyrdd families.
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This week has been all about settling in and learning new routines and expectations. We have busy getting to know your lovely children and ensuring that they are all happy and settled.
The children have blown us away with their confidence and resilience as they have left their parents side in school the car park. I am sure you're all very proud! We do however, want you all to know that we empathise with you! We know it is an emotional experience letting go of your child's hand. Please be reassured that they are in safe hands.
From, Mrs Jones (Class Teacher), Mrs Cook (Teaching Assistant), Miss Gaskell (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Nock (1:1 Support Worker )