Author Archives: Lisa Warner

Pick of the #pedagoofriday tweets 27th April

Examples of the magic happening in classes up and down the UK.

 

My pupils are really benefiting from having a very keen BEd 3 student. Well done on a great first week @ #pedagoofriday
Advertising the benefits of drinking milk in health. P3's 'Got milk?' posters with painted milk moustaches made me smile! ūüôā #pedagoofriday
@MrsDaniMcNulty
Danielle McNulty
@ S1 hurricane survival kit advert. Peer assessment - 2stars and a wish on post it #pedagoofriday http://t.co/jJHAC5rC
@Jen_miller6
Jennifer Miller
enjoyed being solids, liquids and gases on the playground in our science lesson #pedagoofriday
@Class5W
Class 5W
Giving my P3s their plants learning logs and hearing them talk about what they would add at home of their own choosing #pedagoofriday
S2 pupils cooperatively planning Olympics unit for our class and a school assembly for S2 Olympics fortnight. Brilliant. #pedagoofriday
@hynes_j
Jason Hynes
Bringing the curriculum to life with world of work and a real life examples working with employers. #pedagoofriday #employability
@Stephen_Logan
Stephen Logan 
#pedagoofriday I use a combination of @ videos and a twitter feed to help my exam students revise
@nutta182
nutta182
#pedagoofriday created a crime scene using props and crime scene tape to get Y10 exploring Todorov and Propp. CSI!

Ancient Egypt

This is my first, hopefully not my last, ever post about the learning that takes place in my classroom. After stumbling across #pedagoofriday several weeks ago, I have been sharing the experiences of the 8 and 9 year olds in my class through our blog

My experience lies in Early Years, (9 years in FS2, 3 years in Y1) and my philosophy has always been to allow children to take time to think, make mistakes and ¬†be responsible. When I took the plunge and moved from Y1 to Y4, I brought many of the same ideas. Children very quickly knew there was joint ownership of the room and it’s contents. Equipment was made available to eliminate the low level questions of “can I get a pencil” and a collaborative reward system was put in place.

Since September we have been following a Creative Curriculum and most recently a theme about Ancient Egypt. Because this is the first time I have taught this age range I won’t pretend it has been easy – it hasn’t, and much of my planning time is spent researching and learning the content myself! But I can honestly say it has been the best move of my career. I’ve been able to do all the things I’ve read about and wanted to try over the last 12 years.

Over the term our Ancient Egypt theme has been guided by the children. We started with “what do I know already” and “what do I want to learn?” ¬† Blog post

This was loosely linked to a problem solving activity  Blog post and Blog post

 

One of the most popular activities was making God and Goddesses Top Trumps. Not only did this enable children to research the Gods but they also used their ICT skills to make the cards. Blog post

 

The children also designed and make their own games.  Blog post

 

Throughout our school we use Learning Logs as our only homework. We believe children are only reciting known facts or knowledge when they complete worksheets and the creativity and diversity Learning Logs offer, is a greater learning opportunity.

Here are some examples of Learning Logs as part of this topic.  Blog post

 

The children also made observational drawings of some artefacts we were very fortunate to borrow for the museum service. Blog post

 

Half way through the theme we went to the Leeds City Museum to take part in workshop and to see first hand a real mummy and other exhibits. This was perfectly timed to re-ignite the topic area and also because the children had some knowledge already, they were able to identify what they were looking at. I was delighted to hear many “oooooos and arrrrrrahhs” ¬†Blog post

We also found out about the Weighing of the Heart Ceremony. Children made story strips to show the two possible outcomes of this event. Blog post They were very interested to find out about Ammut.

 

Children also created some hieroglyphics

World Book Day was linked to the story of creation and children created mini books, collage, puppets and their own cartouche.

As the theme was coming to the end and our name was down for a class assembly, it made sense we would share our fantastic 3 months. The children learned a little play depicting the preparation for King¬†Tutankhamen’s¬†tomb, sang as song and showed off their work.¬†Blog post

After the assembly the parents were invited back to class to see the exhibition of work and play the games the children made.

The children played their games for the last time Blog post one Friday afternoon.

 

Children made canopic jars Blog post and Blog post

 

Finally, we rounded off the theme with one last morning of fun. Children made a learning log style page to illustrate all their new knowledge about Ancient Egypt.

I dressed up as an Egyptian Queen and painted the children’s eyes. They were very keen to have their eyes made up and proudly showed off at playtime. I’ve had some lovely comments on the blog from the children, the have really enjoyed this theme and look forward to our next one after the Easter break.

I hope you’ve made it to the end of my ramblings! and I hope you might have an idea or two to use in your class.

Do visit us and say hello. http://www.year4blogspot.blogspot.co.uk/

Warmest regards,

Lisa

 

One last thing..

A conversations I over heard;

Boy1: I don’t know if I dare have my eyes made up

Boy2: Why?

Boy1: The other kids might laugh at us at playtime

Boy2: So what if they do, they’re only jealous.

Boy1: Jealous??

Boy2: Yeah, jealous ‘cos they’ve not got an ace teacher like we’ve got!

 

That made my day ūüôā