It has been an action packed week at Vanuaso District School, with our volunteer team offering teaching assistance across the 8 classes, throwing some special ’shapes’ during the House Cup Dance competitions, and nurturing talent during the daily sports coaching sessions!
Class 1 & 2 – by Lucy
“I had great 3 days with class 1 & 2. The children are still just understanding basic English, and some really picked it up well. They love singing songs, nursery rhymes and story time. Some even know the words better than me! I think the best lesson was art, as the theme of the week was flowers we had a flower and art competition where were cut out big flowers and coloured them in!”
Class 3 & 4 – by Katrina & Sammy
“This week we were teaching classes 3 & 4 and we took a variety of lessons including maths, French, biology and English. In maths we tried to make the lesson as fun as possible and crete a real like situation. So we set up a shop that the children had to come to and buy at least 2 items. They had to work out how much to give us and if requested, the change they needed, The children really enjoyed this and kept running up to the shop to buy different products using fake fijian dollars.
In English we asked the children to list some different rhyming words and then introduced them to poetry. They then had to write their own simple poem which they really excelled at.”
Class 5 & 6 – Kate & Hanna
“This week we taught classes 5 and 6. We kicked off with a lesson on Henry VIII and his wives, going through each one and explaining a little about them. We taught them a rhyme which helps students remember the order of marriage and how each marriage ended. They seemed fascinated by it and genuinely interested – really keen to learn more and equally amused by the kings antics. In the second half of the lesson we lead a drama lesson which focused on what we’d just taught and cast the class as Henry VIII, his wives and advisors etc. It was really funny and the children were laughing a lot whilst at the same time trying really hard to create an impressive play.
We also taught a lesson about writing biographies – a concept and style they’d never heard of or come across before. Splitting the class into pairs we asked them to interview each other and ask questions which they thought would create interesting answers. When they’d done so they spent some time writing and then we read out their work and asked the class to guess who each piece was about. This was really fun and they seemed to really enjoy it. It’s been a great week working with class 5-6!”
The House Cup also had the kids full of excitement and enthusiasm as the team led them through the steps of their dance routine, with the battle of dance floor all set for finals day!
The team also continued the daily sports coaching sessions for all students at Vanuaso District School, with skill based activities and fun games for all!