As promised, here are pictures of our cool giraffes that helped us understand about a growth mindset. Before reading the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ a lot of us used phrases like, ‘ I can’t do it , ‘ I’m no good at this’ but now making the tricky legs of our giraffes, the classroom was full of , ‘ I can’t do it YET, ‘ I’m getting it now’ , ‘I’ve got it’, ‘ I can help teach you ‘ all fantastic to hear!
The last few week have been busy with lots of different learning styles used and some real successful learners in Primary 2.
Here are some of the things we have been doing……
Celebrating Scots week and learning about where some Scottish produce comes from.
.Our topic work is coming to and end and Miss Ferrier has been looking at constellations and learning about what an astronomer does.
Primary 2 are so proud of their latest group work challenge! First we learnt about the talented artist, Vincent Van Gogh and discussed lots of his pictures and how we felt about them. We then looked carefully at Van Gogh’s brush stroke style and pointillism. As it linked nicely with the final chapter of our class novel ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ we studied the painting titled ‘Starry Night’Our
The first task was individually recreating the picture on the Ipad and with paints.
In our cooperative learning groups, we then took a section of this painting and carefully recreated that part of the picture.Everyone was delighted when we put the sections together and it looked so good. A big thumbs up for the way we all worked together!
In Maths this last few weeks Miss Ferrier is continuing with Time work and I am focusing on Numeracy skills shown below and a brief synopsis of what’s been/being done with different groups.
|Sequencing numerals: Placing out cards x to y randomly arranged. Putting these cards in order…Numerals 0 – 100|
|Sequencing Decade Numerals: Placing out decade cards from 10 to 40, randomly arranged. Putting these cards in order. Saying the numbers and pointing to them Similarly order other decade cards.|
|Sequencing Off-Decade Numerals: Place out off-decade cards from 6 to 36, randomly arranged. As above using numerals 0 – 100|
| Early Multiplication and Division
Combining and Counting Equal Groups: Placing out ten 2-dot cards. Show me 2 dots. Now 2 more dots. How many is that altogether? Now 2 more dots. How many is that altogether? Can you put them in a pattern? (That is make a 2×10 rectangular array of dots) Now 2 more. Count the dots. Two, four, six eight. Count by twos Dot Cards
| Determining the Number of Equal Groups: Here are 10 eggs. Here are some baskets. Each basket should get 2 eggs. Put 2 eggs in each basket. How many baskets have 2 eggs.Here are 15 biscuits. Here are some plates. Put 3 biscuits on each plate. How many plates get 3 biscuits.
Similarly with 12 and 4, 20 and 5 and so on.
|Determining the number in an equal share: Here are 6 counters. Here are 3 people. Can you share the counters out so that each person gets an equal share? How many counters does each get?Here are 12 counters. Here are 4 people. Can you share the counters out so that each person gets an equal share? How many counters does each get?
| ARRAYS useful website https://nrich.maths.org/2466
Describing Visible Arrays: Placing out a 4 x 6 array. Here is an array? What do you notice? These are called rows. How many rows are there? What can you say about each row? These are called columns. How many columns are there? What can you say about each column? Similarly for arrays 3×5, 3×2, 6×3 and so on.
Building Visible Arrays: place out 3 rows of 6 dots. Here are some rows. What do you notice about each row? Can you make an array? Point to each of the rows in your array. How many rows are there? Point to each column in your array. How many columns are there? Similarly for 4 rows of 2 dots, 2 rows of 7 dots, 5 rows of 4 dots, and so on.
Determining the Number of Dots on Visible Arrays:
Place out a 2×5 array. This array has two rows of 5 dots. How many dots are there altogether?Similarly with 2×3, 3×5, 6×2, 4×4 and so on.
I pad Apps
Please find below a list of some of the I pad apps which we use in school for literacy and numeracy. All of the apps are free to download, some may require in app purchases.
The apps are split into literacy/numeracy and under subheadings. Each App name is in bold and is followed by a short description.
Literacy Handwriting/ Letter Formation
Finger paint – practice writing sounds using finger, can use to write cursive letters too
Doodoo Pad – drawing programme, can use to write cursive letters and words
Abc Lite – letter and sound recognition. Click on sound to hear sound and letter name to hear letter name, has a bird/animation for this and a word with that initial sound. Informational purpose, not a game.
Road block – vowels. CVC words, select correct vowel to complete the word
Short Vowels – select a vowel, and find the short vowel words (CVC words) on the fish
CVC word – 4 pictures displayed, app says a word, child has to select the matching picture
Kids phonics 2 – CVC words, says sounds and blends words, builds up difficulty
Phonics vowels – short and long vowels
First words – drag letters for CVC words in the correct order onto the letter shadows given
Word magic – words with a missing letter. Have to select missing letter from a small selection given
Cimo spelling – common words spelling, using the given letters to make the word, no picture clues
Spelling Bee – can add own set of spelling words for children to use in a variety of games.
Spelling Magic 2 – select either word building or movable alphabet. Word building – choose a theme and then build the words, picture shown and word said. Has the correct letters shown, need to put the letters in the correct order. Moveable alphabet – chose a theme, shows a picture and says the word, alphabet displayed at the top, select the correct letters to build the word.
Spelling Bee – can add own set of spelling words for children to use in a variety of games.
Simplex Spelling Phonics Lite –child hears a word being set and in a context, needs to select the correct letters from the alphabet at the bottom to build the word. Various word lists starts with CVC words.
Whack a word – app says a word, moles then appear holding letters, children need to select the letters to make the word in the correct order
Sentence 1 – 2 options, Sentence building or sentence reading. Sentence building – 2 words or 3 words. Shows a picture, sentence is said aloud, child puts the words in the correct order (words there to move). Sentence Reading – 2 or 3 words. Child reads the sentence given at the bottom and then clicks the white box above it to reveal the picture. Can click on the sentence to hear it read aloud.
Rhyming Bee – Rhyming words. Ipad says word and shows word, child selects rhyming word from 2 pictures below, can click on the pictures to hear the words. Ipad repeats the word shown for the child to hear.
Montessori Rhyme Time – rhyming pictures, no words. Children match up 2 rhyming pictures.
Make a compound word – pictures and words to make a compound word
Fun compound words – words only. Find the 2 which go together to make a compound word
Compound word match – words only. Pairs (memory) game, turn over 2 cards to see if they make a compound word
Compound Word with Gama – Words and pictures (spell) bring up the 2 words to make a compound word
Flowers numeral/letter/shape recognition – colour by numbers, or by letters, by shape, by + or – sums or by + and – sums in the same puzzle
123 Basic Number Counting numeral recognition and counting
Lola’s math train numeral recognition
Math 3-4 (math is fun) counting objects and selecting correct numeral and recognising most/least
123 genius counting to 10, finger patterns to 10, tracing numerals
Hungry fish numeral recognition
CountSort sort chips – dividing them into 2 groups, count chips – count chips and select right number, estimate chips – select correct number without counting or 10 frame – count the chips in the 10 frame and select correct number. Can set maximum and minimum number up to 32.
Calculate ordering. Order numerals
Add and Subtract HD ordering numerals, forwards and backwards
First Grade selection of activities – ordering, patterns, word bingo. Can pay to add extra activities.
Domino – computer generated game of dominos, matching dot patterns
Number Quiz number formation and recognition
Addition and Subtraction/ Number Bonds
Addition Wiz + game. Can set level add by 1, add by 2 etc.
Subtract Wiz – game. Can set level subtract by 1, subtract by 2 etc.
Dino math Select level. Ipad displays a completed sum e.g. 2+1=3, children have to decide if it is correct or incorrect
10 frame fill number bonds for 10
Math fight + – sums to compete against a friend, sharing the ipad
Penguin math + facts (can set max number, 10, 100 or 1000)
Math penguin lite + facts
Addition! + facts. Bowling theme game. Count and add the 2 sets of pins knocked down
Bubble Maths! + and – can select a level.
Math Dots – facts, can choose from 3 levels
Pirate Sword + or – or mixed + – facts practice answering sums or time self for quick recall. Can also play 2 player game using practice or time
Butterfly maths + shows a sum, children have to answer the sum by moving the butterflies into the area and app counts them as they go in.
Geoboard make shapes using “elastic bands” on a pegboard
Identify 3d shapes name 3d shapes
Colors and shapes lets you look at and explore 2d and 3d shapes
3D Shapes lets you look at and explore 3d shapes
Shapes names 2d shapes and colours
Friendly toys 2d shapes. Build simple pictures by moving the 2d shapes onto the correct spaces
Time Generally matching up analogue times and also
looking at some in digital form too
Telling time-8 Games to tell time
Wake the Rooster by Telling Time
Interactive Clock Telling Time to learn