Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Cards

So around two weeks ago, I pasted a note in the children's diaries for the parents, to send a blank card (or two), a stamp (or two) and the addresses to whom these cards were to be sent. Since this month we learnt how to write letters and emails, I wanted them to learn also how to write the address on the envelope and where to put the stamp...and physically see where the letter goes. In this day and age, with all the marvellous technology we have around us, hand written letters are rare, and a lot of children didn't know how to write addresses on an envelope. Sign of the times. So today, we had a fun lesson writing those envelopes, licking the yummy (or yucky for some) stamps. When the activity was over, we walked down to the post office and posted our Christmas cards, all neatly written, with hearts and kisses tucked in before the envelopes were licked and sealed. I do hope they get to their destination on time, we've been mighty busy of late. 
Here are some photos of my cuties at the Post Office.



Friday, December 7, 2012

Write-ups about our December Outing

As you all know, we've had a very interesting and exciting outing this week. We had three photographers, Mattea, Matthias and Ranya taking (really good) photos. The photos were resized by myself and put into 2Create a Superstory from 2Simple Software for the children to use in class. Here are the books they produced. (Best viewed in explorer)


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Photography from Ranya and Matthias

Here are some great photos from which I chose the ones used in the .swf books made by my class. Well done Ranya and Matthias.

Ranya's Photos


Photos from Matthias

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Class by Ranya




Someone went trigger-happy in class today- with a camera. :) Quite like the three-and-a-half-foot-tall-point-of-view :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Emails to Santa Claus

Here is what we do when it's raining outside

We look cute while we use our kitchen scales


We investigate and exp

Don't get fooled by that smile. This young lady managed the whole group

Counting pasta bits and seeing how much they weigh

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Logħob antik ta' dari.

Tafu xi logħob antik?


Hawn xi stampi għalikom. :)

Iż-Żunżana ddur iddur.


Il-Passju.

U ħafna oħrajn li jissemmew fuq Senduq Buffuri.
Min jinteressah, dan il-ktieb dwar il-logħob hu tajjeb ħafna.



Wieġbu l-Mistoqsijiet fuq il-Pitazz tat-taħriġ.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Today's work

These last few weeks we had some intensive work regarding adjectives. We have a word wall which is dominated by adjectives other than 'nice' and 'good'. As you can see from the work below, many children decided to use this resource in their work. Today I decided to do a lesson that allowed the children to choose their presentation according to their tastes. As you can see, quite a lot of them are excited about Christmas, aliens, fairy tales and superheroes. 
Well done. I wish some of you took more care to save their work properly...a lot of work gets lost through rushing from one task to another. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Some -ing verbs and other vocabulary for you to study.


Don't forget to study these :

swimming
watching TV

reading
riding
tennis
basketball

drawing
singing


Friday, November 16, 2012

Thank-you

To all the lovely mummies and daddies who came to parents' evening. 
Keep up the good work :)


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The George Cross

Today we had a handout about the Maltese Flag. I wanted to explain to the children how the George Cross came along, so I showed them some of this video. Would be nice if some great grand parents spoke to the children about the Great War.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Some mashcams

Today we had some people visiting our children so we didn't do any formal lessons.
We sure did learn a lot though!
We had the computers all day and we went on
educationcity.com and played some science, language and maths games.
We also went on purplemash, designed a few cars and buildings for a future project, and we wrote a few stories. Here are some of them.
As time goes by, children are learning to become more independent. There is always some sort of computer activity going on in our class.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Farmer Duck : Certificates, Comic Strips, Wanted Posters and Much more.

Boy, did they work hard today! They were all like little Farmer Ducks (see the story in the yesterday's post), some even putting 5 pieces of work.
After that, the children who were ready explored more bits form the fantastic 2Simple Software.

(we're painting now Miss, we wrote too much today!)


  
 The .swf Books.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Farmer Duck

Today we read this story. The children enjoyed it immensely...had a few giggles while reading it.
Tomorrow, we're going to do a few posters and comic strips on the Intel Classmates...so watch this space for some fantastic posters and comic strips. 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Like and Don't like


At the moment we are doing Unit 3 from Way Ahead.

Here's how it works.

If you like apples and bananas, you say
I like apples and bananas.

If you like apples, but don't like bananas you say
I like apples but I don't like bananas.

If you don't like any of them you say
I don't like apples or bananas.


Nomi.



(Ħajr lil Mrs. Barbara, għax dak il- PPT hu xogħolha)

Colours.



In year three, children are expected to spell all the colour words properly, in English and in Maltese.

Here is a good game that will help them to spell the colour words.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy pumpkins and spiders


Happy faces too!
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Pupil Profiles

Today, we went on Purplemash.com and we wrote in our profiles.
It was good fun.
Thankyou for being good during the computer lesson.



Two lovely girls finished a bit early, so they had the time to  explore purplemash a bit more. Here is what they did. 
Angela the fairy princess

Shanaia the fairy princess

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Things you can do on Purplemash.com

Every day I'm going to show the class a different activity. Today I showed them the Maths games (since they are all convinced that Maths is just awesome). One can also explore, which is great :) 
Here's what Ranya did on 2animate light. This .gif picture can be inserted into a story. 
Explore, practise, save on your 'cloud' online. Discovering on your own is the best thing you'll ever do. 


Monday, October 22, 2012

More Halloween Stories

Today we had an impromptu purplemash.com lesson, for testing purposes, but that did not mean that we didn't use the short time we had with the netbooks to the full.
More scary stuff!

How to use Purplemash.com

Today, in your diaries, you have the logins written down. Tomorrow I'll give you a login card so you can keep it safe. 

So...just a reminder on how to login to purplemash.com 
Also, you can check the 'online docs' section and show the people at home what you have been doing in class! 
Enjoy xx Miss C


The Maths corner

Each week I have been adding activities to the Maths corner. Soon I'm going to add scales and capacity jugs so the children can investigate practical maths. This is important for when they have to deal with Maths problems later on in older classes. It is also important that children participate in weighing activities (when cooking for example) or helping you measure things around the house. The more they can see that Maths is not a subject alien from real life, the quicker they will grasp concepts. This is the whole scope of these activities. 
I am very proud the children are keeping the corner tidy. They love their snakes and ladders games, the measuring activities, the dice games and the whiteboards. Today I showed them how the addition/subtraction dominoes work too. 
Here are some pictures of my cuties having fun (really) doing Maths. 


Friday, October 19, 2012

a) Be afraid...be very afraid. b) First Game design

So today, we went on purplemash.com, and using the teacher's login (children will have their own usernames and passwords on Monday- serious F.U.N, seriously) we used what is known as the 'mashcam.
We had loads of fun doing this activity.
ICT Aims : Using the internet to find a webpage (this was peanuts for my children...just awesome)
          Finding the right activity
          Using camera
          Resizing font so that all the text fits into a window
Language Aims : Usage of adjectives, writing in the first person, use of humour, adapting a given text to make it one's own.

And here they are (brace yourselves, things might get a bit horrible)


We had to put some machines on charge, so we went out for a much-needed P.E lesson and a run in the fresh air of the yard. We played onġionġella too, to keep in the worms, spiders and squashed rats theme. Back in class, the children created their own .swf games. Here is the box.com link to them. They had to choose the colours, those who had difficulty in spelling the colour names had to look them up. Different tools were used. Some children even imported the cover picture of the cards. They also had to save their work on their drives. Find your games in this album here. Please click on the first one, then hit the left/right arrow until you find yours x

Enjoy your weekend. I have a throat to rest. Don't make it work so hard next week. 

x miss C

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thank-you and well-done!

A big thanks to all my pupils today, you really worked hard. Today we finished a book 'Otto's family'. All of you took great care to write lovely sentences. In Maths, I can see most of you now are counting back without the use of the number-grid. Great work!
Also, you wrote the Maltese comprehension without much huffing and groaning. That was refreshing. 
So here...I can't give you any sweets because of our healthy eating policy, but you can share these amongst yourselves :D
The ones who are extra good, for a long period of time, will be borrowing my constructa-bot car to take home and (please) bring back the next day for someone else. Today two very good boys borrowed it, let's see who gets it tomorrow. 


Friday, October 12, 2012

Monsters and Dinosaurs

This story had to be done last week.

First we read the book and listened to the story here
 


We should have done more work on this story, but we wrote about it on our Literacy project book and stuck pictures and what-not.

Today the pupils transformed themselves into monsters and then they wrote stories from the monster's point of view.



To keep in theme, we did some dinosaur Maths. Children had to work out the subtraction sum and then they had to colour accordingly.



Friday, October 5, 2012

More skills on our Intel Classmate netbooks

Here we learn more skills on the Intel Classmate. Today we get the hang of the flip-monitor and the pen, thus using the netbook as a tablet to draw. We also learn a bit more about saving our work, and about sizing our font. Language skill : Choosing one's 'likes' and finding the word from a big word list on Way Ahead, using the ABC (alphabetical order) skills we learnt this week.
 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Our first ICT lesson. (a big YAY!)

So today we met our Intel Classmates for the first time. We had an hour's lesson and in it we learnt a few basic skills such as:
Logging on the computer
Using the start button to find the right program
Opening the programme (we used 2Publish+ from 2Simple Software)
Using the camera to take a photo
Writing using the keyboard, use of shift key and space bar
Saving our work as 2pp and .png on our usb drives
 
Here are my beautiful children. There are a few missing, these will be uploaded tomorrow. Thanks for watching, glad our first lesson went well.
 
 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Back to School...and we are 3.1 :)

Welcome to all my new pupils, my new LSA and all the parents. It's going to be a fun year.
Today I met all the children for the first time and WOW! aren't they just the sweetest bunch ever!
Kindly visit this blog as often as you can because in it you will find information about what we do during the school day, homeworks and other curious things that happens in class.

So...what did we do today?

Picking up the copybooks took us a good hour, children were very efficient. Many of them took the role of the group leader to collect the proper copybooks at the right time. It was fun seeing the group dynamics and their characters showing. Soon enough I knew who was quiet, who was talkative, who was bossy, who was helpful, the feisty, the kind, the dreamy.

Then we had a little Maths session. We did numbers up to hundred. Some children have beautiful handwriting. Then we moved on to discussing rules for our class. This session was done in English. We decided that during this school year we must listen, be friends with everybody, respect our school environment, wear our uniform properly and above all, work hard. I told the children that if they promise me that they'll work hard, the fun will be greater. Hard workers are happier because they have no worries about missed homeworks and other horrible things :)

We had a Maltese reading session from Senduq Kuluri. It was a lovely story about Sara, who decides to decorate her mum's bedroom walls (and her face) with lipstick. Homework was given as a fill-in the blanks exercise on this story.

I noticed that some children had difficulty with writing on the red and blue lines, so I decided that the next session would be a handwriting one.

We did some work on ActivInspire (that's my whiteboard software) about Vowels and Consonants (Maltese) and wrote on a couple of pages from Stilel 3.

Time surely flew by quick...Tomorrow I shall open a new tab to inform you what we are doing this week and I will update the homework tab too.

Thankyou for sending all the copybooks to school, that surely has helped me a lot.

I have sent a paper inside the folder to inform you about my email in case you have any queries.

Tomorrow will be another day filled with fun and hard work. I can't wait to see the children again.

XX Miss C.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What do you prefer?

We all live in Birkirkara. It is a very busy town with lots of cars and buildings. If you has to choose another place to live, where would you choose, and why?
Valletta?

Sliema
Bugibba.

Imgarr, Malta

Or anywhere else? Give me your opinion and tell me why.




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