Having thought individually about who works in our school, we gathered together to share our ideas in order to make a class list of those adults we already know who work in our school.
Between us, we tried to decide what each person’s ‘job title’ should be. We used grown-up words like prin-ci-pal (three claps) teacher, nurse, li-bra-ri-an (four claps!) helper and ass-is-tant (three claps) And we used other words where we were not quite sure of a person’s role.
Joseph, for example, confirmed that his mummy isn’t a teacher (at the moment) but we remain unsure of quite what she does; it seems she ‘has meetings’! Joseph has promised us he will get to the bottom of this! (Personally I think her job has an awful lot of claps!)
Melchior went on a mission to ascertain whether Francine is a teacher or an assistant. Result? She is the assistant in Linda (the teacher)’s class.
We talked about what the word assistant means – and we agreed that it means the same as helper. So we chose to use the bigger word, ass-is-tant because it made us feel more grown up!
And anyway, Yanis told us that his mummy helps Miss Kate the librarian but that she only does it sometimes. He thought that the word helper would suit her perfectly!
On Tuesday (music day) Ella is going to ask the music teacher what her name is so we can add her to our list. And even once she has done that for us, we still have a few unsolved mysteries we hope to unravel.
Here though, is one mystery successfully unravelled! Tafi and Momo have so many jobs, or roles (between them they clock up bus-driver, digger, leaf sweeper-upper, drinks pourer…..
grass-cutter and Mr do-it-all) that it was hard for us to decide which was the most important one. (Me? I’m erring on the side of the 4th in our list!) But the observant among us had spotted two words written on the back of their navy shirts. Service Technique. Following a bit of a chat about what that might actually mean, we decided that this was perfect and therefore what we would use too.
Once we have got everyone we already know, together with the jobs they do, listed in our table we will start to look what true things we can say about the data. We will sort the information so we can count the number of teachers and compare that to the number of assistants. We will ask (and try to answer) questions such as ‘how many assistants work in our school?‘ and ‘which is more, teacher or assistants?’
But that’s for next week. For now, take a look at these photos.
They are all of the places where different people work in our school.
I wonder; can you say what are the jobs of the people who work in those places?
And - does anyone recognise exactly where each photo was taken? Answers on a postcard please!