WOW, what a month January has been for us! In these 4 short weeks we have assumed so many new roles that have enabled us to stretch and progress our learning. These roles have included: dragon trainers, musicians, comic book cartoonists, yoga aficionados and award-worthy actors, to name but a few of the hats we have donned so far this term!
We began the New Year by discussing what exactly a “new year” entails. We considered the significance of New Year resolutions and discussed how they are personal targets that we set with the intention of self-improvement. Therefore we all chose a resolution for 2017 and wrote them on to a constellation of stars that have now formed a display in our classroom to remind ourselves that we always have a goal to be working towards!
This term’s topic, How to Train Your Dragon, has provided a feast of creative opportunities for writing, making and discussion. The writing that the children have produced this term has been the best I have seen from them so far. We have written instructions for how to care for a pet dragon and also made comic strips that narrate the process for how to trap a dragon, and these projects have required the children really think about their writing and justify their ideas.
As well as our writing, the theme of dragons has been consistent in most of our making as well. We looked at the repeating patterns that can be found in a dragon’s scales, and then translated this into both digital and non-digital artwork. For Chinese New Year, we learnt about the significance of dragons in Chinese culture and made some beautiful fire-breathing dragons from card, tissue paper and googly eyes!
In PE we have been relaxing our minds and our bodies with yoga every week, which always sets us up for a productive day!
We were also lucky enough to be joined by a special guest, Bob the cartoonist, who taught us how to draw figures and faces with a professional artist’s eye! This came in really handy for when we were drawing the pictures in our comic strips!
The cubs returned from the Christmas break more galvanised and ready to learn than I have ever seen them. So many of them have gone above and beyond my expectations, and I look forward to seeing how they sustain this enthusiasm and quality as we move forward into the second half of the Spring term and, *gulp* dare I say it, the second half of Year 1!