As part of our 'Brainwave' topic, we have been learning all about our brains and how they work! We conducted an experiment to help us understand the connections in our brain. During the activity, we discovered that we had lots of connections between each other. Lots of us have a brother or sister, many people had a pet and almost everyone liked chocolate! Each time we found a connection, we marked it with a piece of string. Before long, our web of strings/connections was so strong it was able to hold up a book! We realised that this is a bit like our brains. Our brains are full of connections made by our learning. The more we use these connections, the stronger they get. However, when someone let go and stopped taking care of their connection, the whole web collapsed and the book fell. We realised that, in order to keep our brains strong and healthy, we have to work at these connections and make them stronger by practising!
We also did some research and found out that, to stay healthy and work its best, our brains need:
We are going to use this knowledge to help us in our learning. We want our brains to be as strong as they can possibly be!
What an exciting first week back! We have spent some time getting to know each other and learning all about ourselves. We have created a Class 3D display all about us to share some of our favourite things. We even contributed to the KS2 reading display by sharing our favourite books - we discovered that there was an impressive variety within the class! We also worked together to develop a set of class rules which we feel will help us to create a positive learning environment.
On Tuesday, we revisited our School Learning Outcomes (SLOs). We discussed what each one meant and thought about how we can demonstrate each outcome. To put our thinking to the test, we had a house team lego building competition! We had to work as a team to design and create a building out of lego/building blocks. We knew that, to be a successful team, we would have to show each of the values. Below are pictures of our finished buildings and some of the children's reflections on how they applied the SLOs to their learning:
‘Our cube towers fell down so we tried not to speak loudly and we tried not to touch the tables so that they didn’t move’
‘I enjoyed building the castle because it was fun’
‘I listened to Tiara’s idea to make a castle’
‘We helped each other when we were building'