A Day In The Life

Article posted on Sunday, January, 27th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

                      Come & take a look at a typical day for our reception students at                Mosaic Jewish Primary School

Learning a20120713 Megan & Elind fun can start at 7.45 for our early birds who will arrive to take part in our breakfast club. There will be adults waiting for them, helping them to settle and choose from a varied array of activities. The adults will take any relevant information from the children’s parents or carers to pass on to their classroom teachers. As the school grows the breakfast club will be a perfect opportunity for children of different year groups to participate together and get to know each other.

The day will start at 9.00. Reception parents and carers will be encouraged to come to their children’s class and help them to find their names (both in English and Hebrew) to self- register. This is the ideal time for parents to take a look at their child’s learning recorded in their learning journal through photos, drawings, writing and observations. Maybe parents will want to share something significant they have seen their child do at home. Parents will be able to help their children find an activity in one of the seven areas of Foundation Stage learning which will be evident throughout the classroom. It could be building a home for a superhero in the construction area, making tea for ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ in the home corner, counting the number of coins buried in the sand, writing a shopping list for a tea party and so much, much more. The activities are changed regularly and are related both to the topic for the term and to children’s interests and ideas that have been observed and discussed.

9.30 the children will gather on the carpet. It is time to say hello, share a morning prayer, check the register, taking the opportunity to use maths to work out how many children are in class, if anyone is away and plan the busy day ahead. This is also a time to practise some songs and words in Hebrew. At this time of the day, we can learn about the wonders of language. The children will immerse themselves in the meaning and the art of words. They may find rhymes, listen to poems, make up stories and illustrate them. A story might be shared followed by some writing modelled by the teacher and the children having a go themselves on a mini white board.

9.50 is Free Flow time where children return to the activities that were on offer when they first arrived, there will also be the opportunity to enjoy the activities on offer outside too.. They may have a few specific ‘jobs‘ that they have to complete that day, eg finding a way to transport a pile of bricks from one end of the garden to the other as part of a problem solving task. Learning may be centred on a special festivity, a topic or a current event that is of interest to all. During this time, some children will work in a small group with the teacher or another adult, carrying out the writing task or maths that was taught during the time on the carpet. A small group of children may be “Going On A Bear Hunt” with an adult and enjoying the wonderful local resource of Wimbledon Common. They will be observing their environment using all their senses and recording some of the sounds and using cameras and recorders. During Free Flow, healthy snacks and drinks are available. Even snack time is a chance to learn for example the children can practise their fine motor skills by spreading cream cheese onto crackers for a friend.

10.20 Following a quick tidy up, the children gather again on the carpet for a maths session. The children might be practising counting, holding up their fingers to represent a number and writing the corresponding numeral on a white board. This would be accompanied by a number rhyme such as “Five Little Monkeys” with the children joining in. We may have a guest coming to tell us about Hindu Rangoli patterns. The children will be encouraged to recognise the pattern in the design and then move in small groups to make their own pattern. How satisfying it is when they understand how the shapes and colours and sizes repeat following certain rules and then develop the activity in the afternoon with new designs and insights.

10.40 It’s time for children to tackle another job or join an adult for some focused literacy or numeracy work.

11.10 is tidy up time. All things are tidied with children taking responsibility for putting things away in their correct place. This is a perfect opportunity to practise negotiating skills with friends.

11.25 is time to meet in a smaller group with an adult and talk about and share what has been learnt in the morning. A child might explain the shopping list they have written or tell us what they made for “The Tiger Who Is Coming For Tea”. This is also a time to learn some more Hebrew words or talk about the weather and seasons.

11.40 is Circle Time where children will experience playing fun games which require careful listening. As the term progresses, they will develop skills to talk about thoughts and feelings, listen to each other, take turns and most importantly, how to get on as a group.

12.00 – 12.15 The children and teachers wash hands, help set up the tables and pour their drinks.

12.15 is lunch and a time to practise how to sit together, take turns, share with others and remember their manners. If you listen closely you will hear interesting questions and conversations that emerge as they eat. These may inspire activities that are led by the children’s interest like growing their own food, learning where it comes from and how it changes through cooking or in our bodies. Tidying up is also part of this lunchtime. Before tidying we say a short blessing to show thanks for the food we have eaten.

After lunch, your child may decide that he or she wants to explore the garden and quietly set off to search for mini beasts. Others may decide to play in little groups and put on a show. Many children will not miss the opportunity to climb, slide and jump and work off some energy. It is a great opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ things whilst tinkering around with different materials and textures. You may wonder what the teachers are doing at this time. Sometimes you will see them help the children make friends, resolve a disagreement, inquire about “why a mini beast rolled up when prodded”, and call the children around to show them the wonders of frozen water or the new signs of spring.

13.30 it’s time to learn some letters and phonics, sounding out simple words and reinforcing the sounds with actions. Later, during Free Flow, the children will be hunting for objects beginning with the sound ‘m’.

13.45 is Free Flow time again when the teachers make sure each child has finished their jobs for the day. Throughout the Free Flow periods adults observe all the children closely. Noting down significant moments where your child has demonstrated a skill. They may have written their name for the first time or used a full stop and they would be helped to record this in their learning journals. All these milestones are recorded in their Learning Journals, a record which will travel with them throughout their school journey. Their Learning Journals are something of which they will grow to be so proud and eager to share with you at the end of the day.

14.30 Tidy up time

14.45 now it is time to get ready for home or after-school activities. You will see the children getting their home school book and coats and sitting on the carpet to listen to a story and sing their goodbyes. If it is the end of the week, you will bring home a weekly newsletter. In it you will find the main activities of each day, know what the children have been learning, be reminded of any up and coming events and find suggestions on how to support your child’s learning. Don’t forget to take a look at the back of the page so as not to miss ideas for fun activities to support learning at home or a simple dialogue in Hebrew to practise with your child.

15.00 Doors open and each child can either go home their parent or carer or join the after school club adult who will come to pick them up.

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