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To observe a child replacing rhyming words in a poem during the literacy hour and compare to the national curriculum.Details of setting:Child in a small group within a year 2 class of 27

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Cache Diploma in Child Care and Education OBSERVATION -2 Method: Free description Date: 30th November 2004 Aim and / reason for observation: To observe a child replacing rhyming words in a poem during the literacy hour and compare to the national curriculum. Details of setting: Child in a small group within a year 2 class of 27 Immediate context: In the literacy hour in a small group of six children working independently on task. Time observation started: 1.50 p.m. Time observation finished: 2.30 p.m. Adults present and their role: Teacher, student First name and gender of child/children being observed: 'T' male Age: 6.8 Any other relevant information: Supervisors signature...................................... Date................................................................ Cache Diploma in Child Care and Education OBSERVATION -2 Free-description T is sitting at a table he has his pencil in his left hand and is tapping it gently on the book in front of him. T sits back in his chair and looks towards the child on his left. T looks down, opens his book and runs his right hand over the page T begins to write, he writes the date using his left hand. T then closes the book and begins to flick the pages. T puts the book down on the table in front of him. He opens it and looks towards the child on his right (N) T > N, "I don't know which to do" N whispers something to T, T looks down and begins to write in his book he writes, to the sandy desert. ...read more.

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When the teacher asks who would like to read out their work T places his book on the floor in front of him, he sits upright with his right hand straight up in the air and his index finger on his right hand on his lips. T is not chosen to share his work. 4 Cache Diploma in Child Care and Education OBSERVATION -2 Evaluation Before my observation had begun T had played an active part in the teacher's whole class teaching session. T had been able to read the poem and find the rhyming words within it. An aim of the national curriculum, Programme for study - English key skills 1 is: 8) Speaking - b. Reading aloud and reciting 2) Listening - f. Identify and respond to sound patterns in language (e.g. alliteration, rhyme, word play) (National Curriculum, P.45) T proved to be able to meet these aims during the whole class teacher's session. The aim of the activity for T's group was to think of a rhyming sentence to replace the original sentence in John Foster's poem, Black horse, Magic horse. National literacy strategy - Year 2 term 1, Text level work - writing composition 12) "To use simple poetry structures and to substitute own idea's, write new lines." T showed an understanding of the task, he was aware of what needed doing but thinking of rhyming words proved to be very difficult for him. ...read more.

Conclusion

On my turn I to guess I would try to come up with other words and not always say the obvious answer in an attempt to extend T's rhyming vocabulary. I think a free description observation was the best observation to use as it gave a full clear picture of what was happening. I wrote up the notes quickly to ensure details were not forgotten. A checklist may have observed that T managed to find 2 new rhyming sentences but it would not have recorded how much support was needed or enough detail to evaluate my findings. 7 Cache Diploma in Child Care and Education Personal learning Through this observation I have gained knowledge of the national curriculum's aims, values and purposes. I have also reached the national literacy strategy and seen where it fits into the national curriculum. I have seen how relevant the zone of proximal development is in practise today and gained knowledge of the literacy hour. I have also learnt about the benefits of using a free description observation and how important it is to record everything that is seen in order to get a clear picture. Before my observation I had not worked with T and did not have any idea of his ability although I was aware he was in the higher ability group within the class, doing the observation has given me a clear indication of the varying abilities within the class as I am used to working with the lower ability groups. ...read more.

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