Toucans have used all their behaviours for learning since being back in school with lots of activities. They have played listening games and memory activities requiring great perseverance and concentration. They have made self portraits and designed their own frames for them. They took pride in their work to make it the best it could be! Toucans have also been working very hard to produce neat handwriting. Can you remember all our behaviours for learning?
This half term we are focusing on the behavior for learning of pride. Today in check-out we thought about what we did this week that made us feel proud.
This week I felt proud when…
Eason – I did well in Maths. Max – I worked hard with Harvey. Liam – I made my handwriting neater. George – I showed people in assembly my karate award. Alexie – I won a prize for getting the most pair points. Rawan – I got 5 out of 5 for five-a-day. Dora – Making 3-D shapes in Maths. Maarya – I got a silver card. Daisy B – I used inverted commas correctly.
Today in Circle Time we discussed our value word – appreciation. We thought about who we appreciate and why. We had lots of great ideas!
Imogen – I appreciate my Grandad because when we were rushing around he dropped me to school so I wouldn’t be late. Krista – I appreciate my Nanny and Grandad because they helped us at Christmas. Eason – I appreciate my Dad because he lped me build a tower. Dora – I sppreciate my Mum becuase she always cares for me. Frishta – I appreciate my Mummy and Daddy because they work hard for me. Max – I appreciate my Uncle because he helps me with my games when they are hard. Jason – I appreciate my Dad because he took me to the sweet shop. George – I appreciate my Mum because she helps me with my homework. Maarya – I appreciate my brother because when I am sad he plays with me.
We then discussed ways we can show people we appreciate them. We thought we could:
• Say thank you
• Give them a reward.
• Give them a cuddle.
• Give them a high five!
• If the person is in your family you could give them a kiss.
Excellent ideas Toucans! We should always try to show our appreciation.
This week in Circle Time we thought about the value word ‘thoughtfulness’. We shared some ideas of how we have been thoughtful:
Naz – I was thoughtful when I gave Maarya my scarf. Anaiyah – I was thoughtful when I helped my brother when he was crying. Sammy – I was thoughtful to my Mum by going to bed when she wanted me to. Zi Yan – I was thoughtful when I gave out Christmas cards. Helen – I was thoughtful when my sister was scared in the night. Scarlett – I was thoughtful when my sister did good dancing on stage because I said well done to her.
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!