We were outside for the middle block on Friday to take part in Outdoor Play Day. What a fantastic time. The children were so engaged!
I supplied magnifying glasses and clipboards in case anyone might find them useful. We set up the premise that it was a time to be totally self-directed; an opportunity to adventure, explore, play. The only rule was to stay in sight of a grown up. Thanks heaps to the mums who joined us as it meant we could spread further through the school grounds.
Play-based learning is often praised for enabling children to develop and use their Key Competencies. I felt so proud of our Room 3 and 4 children as I could see and hear them doing exactly that. Click here to read more about the Key Competencies.
We've been learning about fractions!
Watch the slideshow below to see how we put our knowledge of halves and quarters into practice to cut, spread jam or butter, and eat our pikelets.
* Pause on Slide 3 to watch video
Word Rumble can be a fun way to practice spelling and build fluency in writing. In class, children use a whiteboard and whiteboard pen but they can use any writing materials (and I mean any - get creative!).
If you're working together, you can facilitate by showing each slide for 5-10 seconds while the children write. At first you might allow longer, eventually you can see how quickly they can write the words. At each slide, the child should say the word, then write the word, saying the word as they write it.
Alternatively, it could be an independent activity. The children move to the next slide when they have finished writing the word.