Thursday, 25 November 2010

Sophias

Focusing on shape in our carpet sessions with the children is fun. We do feely bags, look for shapes around us, draw them in the air, on the ground, walk them. Last week we were learning the name of a cylinder and a cuboid-with reference to what they can do-as in a cylinder can roll-so we rolled it around our circle to each other as we said it. This week we are doing a sphere-or 'sophia' as most of us say it! I am finding spheres all over the place,



Silly things on the news this week-our prime minister plans to start measuring our happiness, and the improvement in it over time. What an impossible task. It will give the government even more of an excuse to tell us how to live our lives, as they so love to do. At the same time there are announcements from the education minister that many more schools than already thought are failing, that lots of teacher's lessons are dull and uninteresting and that they will train ex-soldiers as teachers for free, as they will be able to instill good discipline in the classroom. Of course, why didn't I think of it, my job is almost exactly the same as that of a soldier. There have been big student protests this week over the massive debts they will now incur, with the tuition fees they will now have to pay. It has been quite reminiscent of the 80s, when I enjoyed a number of demonstrations and witnessed very similar scenes to yesterday. So, they will train soldiers for free to be teachers, but charge students £9000 a year for the chance of further education, yet they want us to be more happy.
The most snow has fallen the earliest in the year in 17 years, or something like that-not here yet but I can feel it coming! It is freezing. We went to forest school today, and after only about 10 minutes I gave the children the choice of staying out or going back in. Half went and half stayed so we had a very relaxed and bountiful hot chocolate and snack time. I have never seen Khy look so happy as when he was helping himself to his third hot chocolate from the giant flask!
Happy Thanksgiving to you if you celebrate it! I hope it has been fun.

4 comments:

Lynne said...

Well I don't think anyone could accuse your lessons as being uninteresting.
We listened to the news as they talked about the happiness idea and no one seemed able to give a clear response as to how it would be measured, as if you can. What is more annoying about it is they are going to spend £2 million on researching it! Spending the money the country hasn't got on a woolly idea.
You sum up the education thing very well.
I'm glad you didn't take offence about cats playing with thread, as I was amazed at some of the things I read involving cats, (and dogs) swallowing it. I hadn't thought of it myself.
Enjoy your weekend. My son will be travelling through all that snow to get home to Newcastle from Aberdeen today!

frayedattheedge said...

I would be happy if we could have a week without at least one government initiative being announced. Just be glad that you don't live up here, where our numptie govt spends a fortune trying to make us all speak gaelic - that makes me most UNhappy!!

snoopydog said...

Makes us feel so worthwhile, doesn't it! ;-)I have year 3 children who still refer to them as 'sofias'! Forest school sounds such a lovely place to be .... with hot chocolate too!I love your header, by the way. Have a good weekend. Ros

Liz said...

Government is crazy! I am glad to know we aren't the only ones with insane people in office! What would make me happy? That they all resign...LOL!