Today in circle time we thought about the value word of tolerance. We played the game The Sun Shines On… to start to think about likes and dislikes. We then worked with a partner to think of something we both liked and disliked – it was very tricky to agree because some of us are have our own strong opinions! We decided it is absolutely fine to be different but we must respect each other’s opinions and show tolerance to those people we disagree with.
This week we are focusing on improving our understanding of the behaviours for learning. We have discussed each one and shared examples of what it might look like when we are using them.
We then did some short activities to put them into action. First we practiced concentrating on colouring a title for our class display while Miss Williams tried to distract us! It was very tricky because she was talking to us, tapping us, asking us things and even trying to get us to join in with her. Some of us were very good at ignoring distractions but some of us definitely need more practice!
We also did a classroom quiz to practice being independent. We had to look around the room to find the answers to some questions. All the things we found will help us with our learning this year.
Finally we shared our ideas about pride. We decided we could be proud if we had done a good piece of work, if our books are neat and if we have concentrated and done our best. We made ourselves a proud cloud. Every half term we will get our books out and choose the piece of work we have been the most proud of. Keep a look out if you come into our classroom – we hope we can also make you proud!
In our Circle Time today we focused on the value word of appreciation. We asked each other ‘2, 4, 6, 8, who you do appreciate?’ These are the people we appreciate and why:
We then focused on how we show that appreciation for others. We decided the main thing was saying two small words that have a big meaning… THANK YOU! We also said being kinder to people, saying nice words (praise or compliments) and being interested in what someone has to say were all ways of showing we appreciate someone. This week Miss Williams has challenged us to show appreciation to three different people.
This half term we are focusing on the behaviour for learning of perseverance. In our lessons we have learnt all about what a growth mindset is and how we can apply it to our learning. We have also been working with different partners and learning from each other. Scientists have proven that if you think you can do something you are more likely to be able to do it. This positive talk is an important part of having a growth mindset.
This week made ourselves some positive vocabulary cards. We then had some challenges to try and meet to practise using our growth mindset vocabulary. Look at our photos and see if you can work out what we were doing! The challenges really were very challenging! Some challenges we met and some we never, but the most important thing was we never gave up trying and thinking positively. Some of us even want to try them again tomorrow in Golden Time!
Today in Circle Time we focused on listening – one of our behaviours for learning. We played a game where we had to practise passing the tambourine around the circle as silently as possible. It was very tricky! We then listened for 1 minute inside and 1 minute outside and made a list of all the things we learnt. It was interesting how different children heard different things. We decided some children are about to close out certain noises like coughing and shuffling. We thought these children must be able to learn more as they are less distracted. We went around the circle and thought about why it is important to listen in school:
This week in circle time we discussed what it meant to have courage. We talked about the importance of having courage in everyday situations as well as different or new situations. In check-out today we shared some times when we had shown courage:
Today in Circle Time we shared our thoughts about our value word of honesty.
Tell us about a time when you were honest: Dayne – I was honest when I spilt milk on my brother’s x-box. Ke Xin – I was honest when I hurt my brother by accident. Taya – I had to be honest when I ate all the chocolate. Kerris – When it was snowing I threw a snowball at my brother and I was honest when Mum asked me. Kai – I was honest when I hit my sister.
Why is honesty important? Esmay – It is important because some things can be dangerous so you need to tell the truth. Scarlette – It is important to be honest because if you lie you will get told off. Amelia – If you lie it might have consequences for other people. Brooke – It’s not good if you lie because you will get it trouble. Shona – It is important to be honest because you might feel sad if someone else gets into trouble for something you have done.
Today we thought about how we put our perseverance into practise! We talk about the important of persevering all the time but we don’t always apply it to our learning. That is what we have been focusing on this week. We are really improving!
Perseverance really is key Toucans. Not just in theory… but in practise! Well done and keep trying.
Today we focused again on our behaviours for learning (particularly perseverance) and growth mindset. We learnt more about how the brain works and watched a video about how we learn and make connections in our brains.
Our challenge this week was to work as a team to make a free-standing tower that was at least one metre tall. We really had to persevere! We used our growth mindset talk to help us keep going.
In the end none of the groups quite managed to meet the challenge but every group had a good idea and made a good start. Next week we are going to try to put all those good ideas together and see if we can persevere and succeed.