NEW! The Native Speakers are now part of the Library staff.
Welcome to Sara and Maria.
This school year you’ll find me in the library helping the kids get familiarized with how this kind of space operates as well as in the computer lab teaching the kiddos the basics of graphic design!
Fresh, colourful, healthy and tasty food from around the world
During our cooking session we talk about the dish we are preparing, where it comes from and the ingredients used in it. The children are brave enough to try the ingredients before it is cooked and tell me their honest opinion, so far mostly positive. We use seasonal vegetable, we always include 3 to 4 colours so our food look and tastes great. The best part is everyone takes turn in chopping, setting the table, preparing the food and tidying up. Excellent team work and best of all is they enjoy eating together, it’s like a family. Sometimes some lucky teachers get to taste our food too……We ensure that our food is fresh, healthy and tasty.
In the year 1 science club, we have been learning the basics of how an experiment and collecting experimental data works by trying out different paper airplanes and measuring how far they fly. After that, we built our own little submarines, using diving bells, and did a number of little experiments with air and water.
The 3euB has been busy getting the garden ready for the winter. This included weeding the garden, raking leaves, and fixing the path after a digger had ruined it over the summer. We have also been reading an exciting book together about aliens.
The 3euC has been learning all about butterflies. In our free time, we have been playing lots of games, including capture the flag and football.
The girls’ football club has finally gotten going with a good-sized attendance. While the younger girls are learning the basics, the more experienced girls have started training for their first tournament in November.
I have been working in the 1euA English lessons with Ms Meyer, teaching the children to listen and identify different objects in English. Ms Meyer, along with my assistance, makes the class as fun as possible, with the use of interesting scenarios and, of course, many coloured pencils. I also give extra help with English for the children in class 6A on a Wednesday, after which, I take class 6A to the library to select an English book for the week. I work with the children of 3euC on Wednesdays and Thursdays, I usually start the sessions by reading a story to them in English. On Wednesdays a number of the students from 3euC have been joining Christine’s Halloween origami classes, whilst others prefer to sit and read or play various games. The children have been teaching me how to make friendship bracelets! On Thursdays, after free play, the children have quiet time working on their individual folders, and I rotate around the room answering any questions the children may have about their work. On Thursday mornings I assist in Ms Hagman’s 6euA science class. The children have been learning about different functions of the body, which culminated in a wonderful power point presentation from each child on their allocated body system. I also visit the class 3euA on Thursdays. The class begins with me reading them a novel by Roald Dahl, ‘Danny, the champion of the world’ which the children are very engaged in and finishes with free time where we play many games and sometimes make beaded animals.
Twice a week I run chess club. The children enjoy playing against each other and myself. The children I have played against are pretty good players for their age whilst the younger ones are surprisingly very interested and are indeed beginning to understand the rules of the game. Often they sit and watch each other, learning how to play in groups. The atmosphere in the chess room is very relaxed and not competitive, which is nice.
Well my activities were finishing up the 3euA Science Project, where the entire class made origami models of the Tortoise Shell Butterfly in it’s 4 stages of life, egg, Caterpillar, cocoon, and mature butterfly. Three of the model designs were created by me specifically for this project.
In the 2euA,and 2euB, we opened the Halloween factory, and have churned out masses of origami bats, spiders spider webs, giant worms and bloody claws, cut out and assembled, 3D life sized models of human skulls, plus solved and colored two tricky Halloween puzzles. The children received treats- cool stickers for every project they completed! The 3euC comes over on Wednesday to join the fun!!
I have also started an Origami Club on Monday afternoon from 2:00-4:00, where a small but dedicated group of folders nearly cranked out their body weight in Halloween decor! It was a great start!!
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I have been reading stories to the 1eua and 1eub while they have their afternoon snacks. On the days where the weathers nice enough to go outside, I take the kids to the playground and we play games such as red light green light and What’s the time Mr Wolf? Those two games are extremely popular with the children at the moment!
I have introduced colouring to the children, and they seem to really enjoy it. I have been trying to encourage them to pick something other than Ninjas and Elsa from frozen, but that’s still a working progress! Because Halloween is one of my favourite times of year, I wanted to stick with the colouring in but bring something a little more spooky to the afternoons. We have been creating Halloween paper dolls, where they have been learning how to use scissors safely. We managed to get most of them finished before the break, so I am very proud of them!
When we are finished with our afternoon activity I go back into the classroom and play a game with them until it’s time to be picked up.
On Thursdays I work with Christine in the 2eua/eub where we have been taking small groups of children into the classroom to feed Christines rats, it’s all very exciting!
This month I have been doing Arts and Crafts free time with the children in 3euA, and sometimes also 3euB, on Wednesday afternoons! We have been making, origami heart cards, flowers, pom poms and monster munching bookmarks! It has also been a free art time where the children can draw pictures or make whatever they want to express their own creativity.
I have also been assisting in science class with 4euA and 4euB where we have been learning about the planets and creating a scale model of our solar system. In 6euB’s science class I have been assisting them with their PowerPoint presentations about the different body systems!
Monday and Wednesday I supervise Homework help during lunchtime. This month has been a mixture as usual of some of the above mentioned power point presentations, French homework and revision for spelling tests! All interesting stuff
So I’ve started reading class on Wednesday, the children come and read their class books to me. I’m doing drama class with Michael. The kids love it and our acting exercises. I’m doing free time with Christine on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with 2euA 2euB as well as making lots and lots of Halloween origami decorations we’ve also been doing lots of drawing and Christine had brought the rats in twice.
Football clubs both have been going well with 20 plus attending in both age groups.
With 1eu a I have been making 3D paper sunflowers and then in the 2nd week outside for the last of the good weather!
With 1eub we were gardening for the first week and helping with Autumn crafts figures from conquers , leaves acorns etc. Story time with both classes.
I have been working with classes 4euA and 4euB. During the free time we have been cooking. This month we created our own mini Cakes from scratch! It was very exciting to have the classes read the recipes and convert the measurements into the proper proportions. They also made their own Cookbooks for our recipes. I have also been assisting Mrs. Bailey in class working mainly with the Topic lessons and Art. We are concentrating on the Middle Ages at the moment learning the history, the life style and about Castles. I have also been helping with the English classes reading out loud and correct pronunciation.
I am currently involved in 3 Lunch Clubs: I am assisting students in the computer room in House 3 at lunch time on Mondays. Tuesday Sophie and I are running a Theater/Drama club. The kids love it, they are learning many acting exercises and emotion games. As well as how to read a script and cold readings. On Wednesday I am starting an Online Magazine for the students to learn how to create edit and publish their own Magazine. The Magazine will be available to the students at school.