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Welcome to RV!
You will find lots of photographs and updates of all our adventures here.
We use different approaches to teaching and learning depending on the topic and the needs of the children. We understand that every child has the ability to achieve deep thinking and are able to master concepts and content if they are provided with the right tools. I love teaching, and I hope that what you find here will allow you to share all those 'light bulb' moments that I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of.
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The Dino Project came about as a result of a collective interest from the children. The Project Approach is all about self discovery, asking questions and then taking responsibility for your learning by finding out the answers, individually or in groups. The children asked fantastic questions such as "Do all dinosaurs look the same?", "How big as a T.Rex tooth", "What did they eat?" and "Where are the dinosaurs now?". The answers had to come from them, not me. My role was to support them during their learning journey, to help them to discover new and different ways of finding out information. They were active in their own discoveries - asking for YouTube videos about specific things, using the iPad to take photographs and videos, painting different dinosaurs, using clay to make dinosaurs, collecting and comparing data, comparing and grouping, asking an expert from the Liverpool World Museum by sending emails, making Volcanoes and doing experiments and much more besides! The children regularly came together to discuss their findings and to update their 'Wonderings' wall once a 'wonder' had been answered. The children demonstrated huge amounts of skills - perseverance, problem-solving, team work, responsibility, using information texts to collect facts, discovering different ways to document their learning, the list is endless. The Dino Project lasted for about three weeks and I couldn't be prouder of the children and all their efforts. I am already looking forward to the next one (whenever the children decide that will be!)
Below you will find some photographs from the Dino Project.
The Easter Story
As a C of E School, learning about Christian celebrations is extremely important to us. This year we used strategies from Lane Clark (see Mastery and Depth page) to help our children to master and really understand the events that led up to Easter Sunday. We looked at each event in turn for example Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, The Crucifixion and so on, spending time to get to grips with what happened and reasons why. The children used T.Charts to organise and sequence events, they sorted events by 'happy' and 'not happy', they used lego and building resources to make models of key events and they thought about how people in the story may have felt during different moments and why; writing their ideas and supporting their thoughts with evidence. We read stories, watched animations based on the Eater Story, thought about 'love' and how people show their love for each other. The children loved learning about Easter and were able demonstrate deep thinking and master many concepts as a result.
Below are some photographs of our Easter learning journey.
Supertato and Evil Pea!!
Imagine our surprise when we came into school on Monday and discovered Supertato and his Super Veggies! They had been captured by Evil Pea. We searched but couldn't find him anywhere. The next day we discovered paint all over our sand tray and on the back of supertato's cape. We decided to design and make traps for Evil Pea. On wednesday we received an email with a video from Evil Pea, he said we'd never find him, but we did. He was hiding in a ball pool in the sand tray, so we threw him in pea jail; unfortunately he'd escaped and took Super Carrot with him. We made 'Missing' posters and put them all around school. On Friday we came in and found that Super Carrot had returned, but had been frozen in a block of ice. We had another email from Evil Pea and found ways to free Super Carrot.
What a week!
(After reading the Supertato books, the children loved following the narrative of Supertato and his team. They wrote recounts of the story, designed and made traps, wrote 'Missing' and 'Wanted' posters and talked about the best way to melt the ice that Super Carrot was trapped in. Great learning and great fun)
Here you will find links to some of the videos I use during maths 'warm-ups' and in phonics. I will also upload any links to videos that we just enjoy moving too :)