Having had a student teacher with slim experience of little people my class have been overtaught and talked at for the last few weeks. Despite my best efforts as her mentor the littles haven't really been partners in their learning, their experiences haven't been too genuine and they haven't been interlaced or magical. I have 6 weeks until both summer break and my maternity leave begins and a lot to get through and tie up before we finish. However I thought it best to pause this week, to take a different approach, to offer freedom of choice and independence of thought, to offer plentiful opportunities for engagement in the missed opportunities that have shouted to me not to ignore in the past few weeks whilst I observed in class, to remind the littles of the hundred different ways that they can express their deep understanding and individual ideas.
With this as an aim because I like to keep things simple! I decided that for each of my 3 year groups within my multi-composite class I would create individual Challenge Sheets, to be used independently across all areas of the classroom throughout this week. With any straight age class this could be created for different groupings of course.
The challenges include assessment tasks such as check your first 100 words,