Prep C News 25th March 2017

Prep C News 25th March 2017

A week with a lot of extra opportunities and fun. We also have some important messages below – please take the time to read them.

SPOTLIGHT was absolutely lovely and our children really enjoyed sharing their talents with you. As someone who is a dance teacher, I was impressed with how our blossoms showed their learning in Music and Movement, and I look forward to seeing how that develops over the next few years.

Ms Benusa came in on Tuesday to sing songs that are stories with our young ones which had the children rapt. This week we also focused on tall tales (John Henry, Thunder Rose and Captain Stormalong being favourites).  Ms Kipfer came in on Friday and read a story about a quilt, and the children were able to create kindness quilts. The children continued to build on their understanding of patterns in mathematics, and they demonstrated growing understanding of the narrative with their use of role play and puppet play.

Tamie Nakamora was our visiting artist this week and the children worked on mosaics with her, creating some lovely pieces. Many thanks to Ms Kim Campbell for organising this opportunity.

The SPLAT troupe came this week and our children were treated to dramatised poetry, which was both extremely funny and highly captivating. Thanks to Mrs Jenny Lovegrove for organising this.

Razkids – We have been setting up for each Prep C child their Raz kids account. This is to expand their reading opportunities at home. We encourage students to first listen to a story, and then read it for themselves. There is the option to record their voice if they wish. Some stories have quizzes attached, and this is an optional feature. Gaining points to build a robot is also an optional feature. It is important that the children see this as another reading option as well as their take home readers, library books (and class books are still available for children to read at home); parents are encouraged to enjoy this extra opportunity with their children.

Next Thursday after parent groups we will be having coffee and tea in the classroom. The times are slightly different for coffee – 8.50-9.10.

Messages from the school:

The Book Swap for Pre Rec-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria! Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one.  If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use their leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! So please come to the 12th floor cafeteria before school on Thursday 30th March for the Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap!

SWIMMING!

Session 2 of Swimming will commence on March 28th. 

Swimming lessons for Prep C students will be 10:30-11:30am in the CDNIS pool on Tuesdays:

Your child will need the following things on swimming days:

  • Bathing suit and goggles
  • Towel
  • Swimming cap
  • A bag to hold wet items and a separate labeled bag to hold all these swimming items.

During Session 2, parents and helpers are invited to watch from the 2nd floor gallery but are asked to refrain from helping with the changing process. We encourage you to help your child learn to dress themselves independently between the 2 sessions.

Session 2 dates: Mar 28/ Apr 25 / May 2, 9, 16, 23 / June 6

Kindly note that swimming is part of the Physical Education curriculum and children are expected to participate. If on the swim day your child is unable to participate due to illness or any other reason, please send us a message in your child’s communication book with a doctor’s note.

FROM ADMINISTRATION

We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there are a few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.

 

  • The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.

  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.

  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.

  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.

  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.

Sincerely,

Lower School Admin Team

Have a wonderful weekend everyone

 

 

 

Prep C News 17th of March 2017

Prep C News 17th of March 2017

Where do these weeks go?

Our Unit of Inquiry on stories has been a big favourite this week, as we explored stories that explained a natural event (Persephone and Arachne), stories that explain how something is (how animals ended up with their featured characteristic), stories with morals (Aesop), stories through song (Puff the Magic Dragon and the Ugly Duckling song), stories without words (miming episodes from youtube). The children listened to storytellers – myself and found online – and told each other stories inspired by pieces of art found online, as well as writing and drawing about their learning throughout the week. They were introduced to the short and amusing stories told in limericks by Edward Lear and explored the limerick pattern. Patterns were the mathematical angle this week and the children explored patterns using hundreds charts, shapes, cubes, drawings and natural objects. Over the week they were invited to continue patterns and create their own, with the requirement that they try to be ever more complex.

Our final Wacky Wednesday was this week, this time teachers offered different ways of telling stories through art, dance, song, mime, acting and drawing.

Spotlight is on MONDAY at 10 am in the LLAC! Students have been working hard and it is great to see the clothing come in. PLEASE ENSURE YOU BRING CLOTHING ON MONDAY IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. If you missed previous notifications, the clothing is below:

Prep C 

Boys: Black pants, any white shirt with collar (short sleeve)

Girls: Black pants and any colourful shirt (pop stars)

We are very excited about showing you what we can do!

Our Mystery Reader was Miss Carole (yes, me!) and Marisa came for parent groups. We practiced different language, mathematical and social and strategy skills through our groups this week. Next week there are no parent groups due to SPLAT from Faust; the following week is parent groups followed by a coffee/tea recess.

Portfolios have gone home today. We added a few pieces into the November/December file and then the children have collected pieces and chosen photos for the January/February section. Students were interviewed for photos, however, as many were chosen, I felt it would help if I annotated most of their chosen pieces of work. Some are un-annotated – the children assure me they can tell you about these pieces… mostly!

Portfolios are a time to:

-celebrate learning

-observe growth

-enjoy successes and encourage goal setting

Please remember to send portfolios back when you have enjoyed them with your child.

Swimming starts March 28th – this will run as before.

March DDD
The next DDD is March 31 and the designated charity is Free to Run. Students are encouraged to wear a sports uniform or gear from a sport they play.
And that is all! Have a marvellous weekend!
Carole and Joanne
PS many of our children have been unwell this week – so please keep an eye on your child and if they are at all unwell, please keep them home.

 

 

 

Prep C News 10th March 2017

Prep C News 10th March 2017

Another week flies by!

Our Unit of Inquiry went in interesting literary directions this week, with children looking at how humour and sadness and worries are conveyed through stories. They looked at fables to see how stories give messages (morals) and they created the second part of a comic strip – developing dialogue for a story line – having done the first part last week. In mathematics the children developed patterns using manipulatives and their bodies. They incorporated IT through photographing and filming their results. Through play, the children made up their own stories using puppets – both commercially bought ones and their own.

Alan Dick Day occurred on Thursday and the children celebrated the life of a previous principal much loved at CDNIS as well as celebrating the 25th birthday of the school. They were paired up with a buddy from the Upper School and sang, danced, were wowed by the school band playing Jazz, ate cupcakes and bananas (so if they didn’t eat their snack, there is a good reason) and generally enjoyed themselves. By the afternoon they were extremely tired!

The information on our new Unit of Inquiry is under How We Express Ourselves in the Programme Overview tab – please have a look!

Some messages for you:

From Jennifer Salvador:

Dear Parents,

In preparation for our coming Music & Movement Spotlights, please help your child prepare their costumes for the show (see note below).

Please put them in a bag/ziplock bag  and label it with their name and class. Please have your child bring them to school in the next few days, so their teachers can collect them (by: Friday, 17th March please). Thank you for your help.

PS.

I lot of students have practiced their lines (noted in their pink communication book) at home already, thank you for helping them memorise their lines. Please continue to do so this week. Thank you. Thank you in advance for taking the time to celebrate with us on what we have been learning. Hope to see you there!

Prep C, D & F SPOTLIGHT– Monday, March 20 at 10am – 11am

Costumes 

Prep C 

Boys: Black pants, any white shirt with collar (short sleeve)

Girls: Black pants and any colourful shirt (pop stars)

From David Baird:
Diane Frankenstein, US based author of Reading Together:  Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, will be talking to parents about how to have meaningful conversations with children, helping them develop their capacity for empathy, compassion, and perspective.  The workshop is on Monday, March 13th at 8:30am in the library pit.
More information can be found at:  http://cispa.hk/2017/03/workshop-for-parents-g2-g6/

From Leo Wong:

Dear Parents,
During Open Doors Play on Tuesday Afternoons for the next two weeks your child is welcome to join a Puppet Theatre making station. All we need is a large shoe box (or a sturdy cardboard box of similar size). Please send them in with your child’s name on it if he/she would like to participate. Over the next few weeks we will also be making cut outs to act as the puppets for the ‘show so be sure to send in any excess cardboard you might have at home!

Thank you for your kind attention.

Article Time! I have had so much fun reading these articles! I am nuts about neuroscience so I hope you find the second included article as interesting as I did.

article: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ZkCcw_G6oCdXpBUmNTVHdMLUU/view?usp=sharing

http://www.puffinschool.org/index.php/articles/item/brain-development-in-the-pre-k-and-k-years.html

Napping Can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, And More

Have a lovely weekend!

Carole and Joanne

 

Prep C News 3rd March 2017

Prep C News 3rd March 2017

Another week has trundled on by. According to my calculations we have been at school for 25 weeks now! (I could be wrong, let me know if I am).
Classroom
This week we have been exploring stories – Strega Nona remains a huge favourite, with the Froggy books running a close second. As part of exploring the ways in which stories are shared, this last Wednesday we had students from the upper school sharing different kinds of artistry that could be used to express stories and the children had a lovely afternoon exploring an engagement of their choice. Singing, dancing and painting were on offer. Thank you to those older students and a big thank you to Miss Rebecca for organising this. Writing, drawing, talking and acting stories using puppets were part of this week’s literacy offerings, including identifying feelings in stories and writing dialogue around a story with no words. Mathematically, we revisited addition and subtraction, honing in on skills individuals were ready to learn. Our play encouraged children to explore small worlds where they could recreate stories using puppets, themselves or various symbolic props.
Reading at home has become a regular occurrence with our little ones now and some parents have asked about reading logs. Please note that we will not use formal reading logs. Research, coupled with my personal experience teaching older grades shows that reading logs can actually dissuade children from reading, especially over time. I enclose two articles that talk about reading logs’ detrimental effects below.

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/06/are-reading-logs-ruining-reading/485372/https://hometownhomeworkchronicles.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/the-reading-log-the-quickest-most-effective-method-of-killing-a-love-of-reading/

Playground – from Ms Saunders and Ms Kipfer:

The students continue to enjoy the new 9/F playground and have adjusted to the new equipment and open ended flow of the playground.  As there is open space for free play, the students are trying out new developmentally appropriate play.  At times, this play can become a bit rough and we are working with the students to make better choices.  Please speak with your child and encourage them to choose to avoid these types of games and rough play.  Thank you for your continued support.

Cup of Good Choices – We won! We won! Prep C won the Cup of Good Choices for their wonderful audience skills during Prep F’s assembly today! We won! Our students have been hanging out to win for ages, so today was an amazing day for us!

Workshop News:

There has been a lot of positive feedback around the recent Prep Parent Workshops and we are gratified to know that you enjoyed what we planned for you. Some requests have been put forward for workshops on social, emotional and physical skills and we are presently in the beginning stages of planning something around these requests. Stay tuned!

Lower School Website: Eyes on Learning
In this week’s post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School VP Rob Grantham writes about building student leadership and community engagement through the LEAP program and in-house activities designed and facilitated by student leaders.
Coming Up:
Alan Dick Day
Alan Dick Day is on March 9th. There are activities planned between the times of 8.15-10.45am. Children are asked to wear something pink as this was Alan Dick’s favourite colour. Children will be carrying water bottles around to different activities so please ensure the bottles are named. They will be paired with an older student, but parents are of course welcome.
Portfolios are due home on March 17 – your children have been collecting pieces for this. I have been asking children to reflect on their photographs but have started annotating pieces of work for them as they have been very enthusiastic about both the work and the photographs – many have chosen quite a lot! Please take some time to enjoy your child’s progress with them!
Spotlight for Prep is 20th March 10am-11am. Come enjoy the Preppies who have put forward their names to participate and strut their stuff!
Finally
I was randomly reading a couple of nights ago (yes, I am a geek) and found this interesting article which I thought you would enjoy:

http://www.kidspot.com.au/school/primary/learning-and-behaviour/handwriting-milestones-5-6

 

 

Prep C News 24th February 2017

Prep C News 24th February 2017

Another week has flown by for our blossoms!

The highlight of the week was Dress Up Day, with our children coming as a variety of book characters. As we are starting our next Unit of Inquiry on How We Express Ourselves next week and our focus is looking at stories, this was a lovely entry point.

We have been wrapping up the unit on How the World Works and as a summative, the children were asked to investigate playground equipment, experimenting with force, friction and the pull of gravity. They were also given equipment to build a marble run, where their scientific inquiry skills were evident and assess-able.

Much of the class went to the dentist this week; they came back pleased with their results (although they may need reminders that zero cavities is best, not the highest number).

Our investigation into measurement came to an end this week. Children spent much of the week revising their understandings of number. For literacy, the children explored how to put words together and wrote for a purpose during their scientific investigation summative. We have also fallen in love with the Tomie de Paola Strega Nona stories and the children created popsicle stick puppets and performed stories with them. These are filmed and QR coded in the portfolios.

Our mystery reader this week was Ms Kipfer who brought us into the world of Jan Brett, a specific author/illustrator known for her rich art. Our parent helpers – Hyeji, Michaela and Cindy, spent treasured time with our blossoms on Thursday and stayed for a cup of tea over recess! Our next coffee/tea gathering is at the end of March.

There are two articles I would like to share with you this week. The first is from a discussion between myself and the counsellor, Ms Chutke. The second was from a three day workshop I attended during the school holidays.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201001/the-decline-play-and-rise-in-childrens-mental-disorders

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ZkCcw_G6oCeFp1YlEtWDRfRzQ/view?usp=sharing

Finally, here is the link to the writing workshop presentation!

http://prezi.com/igxivtqury98/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Have a great weekend everyone and stay warm!

Carole and Joanne

 

Prep C News February 17th 2017

Prep C News February 17th 2017

Another week over…..

This week we had the following high lights:

Our science experiments investigated spinning – things that spun, things that didn’t, why this was so. We also looked at how friction (surfaces) can change spinning. We made our own spinner to experiment with and noticed that balance, an earlier concept, was key.

Mathematically, we looked at capacity, creating and filling boats with rocks until they sunk, to see how many they could hold. We also considered the why, how and what of measurement as a bigger idea and talked, wrote and drew about this. Finally, we played with subtraction concepts through games, writing and reading.

Literacy wise we continued finding out how sentences make sense and we shared ideas from our big book on motion. We also listened to stories where Magic Goes Wrong after reading a book where Anansi the spider stole a stick that he could not control. This led us to the Magic Porridge Pot and in turn to Tomie De Paola’s Strega Nona and related stories.

Our mystery reader was Miss Joanne reading a story about a Magic Pillow, and Marisa and Swati came and joined us for strategy and chance games. Next week we have the final parent group for the month and so I invite parents to come and join us for the parent groups and then stay for coffee during recess. I have a coffee maker and will bring coffee, so bring your own mug (and milk and sugar if you take that). I also have a tea press. (You can just rock up at 9 am).

On FridayMichaela and some wonderful parent helpers came in and the children had very real experiences measuring flour, eggs, sugar, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder and vanilla, which after being mixed and baked turned into brownies for our blossoms. The focus was on the importance of measuring accurately with the right tools. The children had a fantastic hands on experience and a huge thank you must go to our mums for setting this up, particularly Michaela who ran the morning.

Coming up:

Faust SPLAT! performance on for Prep Students: Thursday 23rd March : 8-9am, in the Library Pit.

Writing Workshop for Prep: We cordially invite our Prep parents to our parents workshop on Writing on February 22nd at 8 am in the library pit. Hosted by Carole Saunders Deborah Pih and Rachel Rendall this workshop follows on from the previous reading workshop and will discuss the developmental nature of writing and how it is incorporated into play. All parents, grandparents and aunties are welcome to come and find out how children progress in writing in a play based, developmentally appropriate environment.

February 24: Dress Down Day

Prep needs your help in our next Unit of Inquiry ‘How We Express Ourselves’!

We are looking for members of the CDNIS community (parents and other family members) who are passionate about an art form that they can teach the Prep students on Wednesday March 8. We are looking for any type of art form, and some examples could be sewing, knitting, poetry writing, drama, martial arts, etc. We will all meet at 12:20 and then the students from Prep will choose the art form they would like to learn about for 30 minutes. Please contact Rebecca (Prep E teacher) at RebeccaTupling@cdnis.edu.hk if you would like to volunteer for this event.  Thank you!

Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! We are looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases on April 5-7. The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their amazing talents in front of au audience of their peers. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on March 1 and 2. If your child is interested, sign them up to audition in the form here.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Thursday, February 23, 2017. If you have any questions please email Ashley Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Lower School Parent Morning

Is your child struggling with attention and skills associated with executive functioning? Deficits in these skills can have a negative impact on their school performance. Join us on Feb 23 8am-9:30am at LLAC lobby with Dr. Rebecca K. Dogan and find out more on how to help your child manage and develop executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in school and at home. RSVP here.
Have a lovely weekend!
Carole and Joanne
Welcome back!!!

Welcome back!!!

It looked like a quiet week was on the cards…. and then….

We spent the week investigating magnets and compasses as part of our UOI on motion, with children learning the principles of attraction and repulsion which they were asked to explain using their own words. Wandering around the playground was a big hit with children discovering where north was and what the needle did when they went south. Magnetism as a force acting upon objects was the aim behind this investigation and the children certainly enjoyed the week.

In other areas of exploration, we were also busy. In mathematics we explored capacity using buckets of rice and cups and looked at mass using scales and a luggage weighing hanger. Some ways of working on subtraction were also investigated during group learning. A big suggestion here is to encourage your child to help you when preparing the evening meal – they can measure out how much they need for various baked goods as well as salads. For literacy, the children put sentences taken from their big book into order and found missing words to complete sentences.

Thursday’s parent groups were a hit with Marisa bringing in a beetle larva for the children to observe, talk and write about. Julie also revisited a game that involved mathematical concepts and Miss Joanne also had the children playing with a number game. Our mystery readers were Tyler’s parents and they read two highly engaging stories.

We finished the week celebrating 100 days of school with children going from classroom to classroom for all the prep classes doing 100 day activities, following up with enjoying Prep B’s assembly – well done to Prep B! Today was also a house day, and children could sit and eat with their house members during lunch.

Upcoming events:

Prep needs your help in our next Unit of Inquiry ‘How We Express Ourselves’!

We are looking for members of the CDNIS community (parents and other family members) who are passionate about an art form that they can teach the Prep students on Wednesday March 8. We are looking for any type of art form, and some examples could be sewing, knitting, poetry writing, drama, martial arts, etc. We will all meet at 12:20 and then the students from Prep will choose the art form they would like to learn about for 30 minutes. Please contact Rebecca (Prep E teacher) at RebeccaTupling@cdnis.edu.hk if you would like to volunteer for this event.  Thank you!

Parent Coffee Morning-

Please join us on Thursday, Feb 16 from 8am -9:30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk on one of the most challenging parenting tasks – sleep management with  Dr. Minna Chau. In this talk, Dr. Minna Chau will share the latest research on the function of sleep and practical strategies for your child to get the right amount of sleep they need.

RSVP here..

https://docs.google.com/a/cdnis.edu.hk/forms/d/1jmqcc6z8DyTmB49tp3SZ8GnTnsjCCn5sXYU9TI_XbCA/edit?usp=sharing

There is a Spotlight for Prep on the 20th of March from 10-12 – please contact Jennifer Salvador for information.

Preps will be attending a show called Splat on the 23rd March in the library pit as part of their coming UOI.

All pictures are available under the photos tab. Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Carole and Joanne
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We had a lovely week this week, preparing for the Year of the Rooster.

The New Year events were a major treat on our calendar!

  1. On Monday we went downstairs to try out moving fabric with different levels of force in our guise as lion dancers – tying in with Chinese New Year festivities while exploring the movement of fabric when different kinds of force was applied. All the Preps were involved. The Chinese teachers helped the students with movements and gave them music and drumming to move to. All in all the children had an interesting time.
  2. On Tuesday, we had the most amazing flower fair. The students came with their tokens and enjoyed exploring what the market had to offer. Many thanks to CISPA and Penny Pan for organising this wondrous event! Our featured photo this week is also from this time and credit to CISPA for taking it!
  3. On Wednesday, the students attended the New Year show, where students and guest artists performed dance, orchestra and song. Our students were in the act as well, with “in-your-seat” dancing at various moments during the show. For this, thanks are due to our Chinese teachers and Penny Pan.
  4. On Thursday, our reading buddies came in during the morning and ran activities and shared snacks with our blossoms. Chinese New Year crafts were completely organised by our grade four buddies and included “Fu” wishes, paper folded dragons and “pin the parts on the rooster”. Thanks Grade Four Buddies and Ms Brown! A big thanks to Amy and Pinky for organising and making the snacks and to our parents who popped by for a visit! Short animated clips about the Nian and the Zodiac rounded off the day, with children listening in both English and Chinese.

In between these exciting times, the students completed word, letter and sentence activities, experimented with force making pompom poppers and using hammers, nails and wood, explored the use of force in body movement and dance and developed their understanding of measurement through making their own balances, trying different measuring tools and explored shapes by thinking about how sides, edges and corners helped shapes fit together.

So we had a very very busy four days!

Message from Ms Chutke:

Students in Prep Experimenting with Language
 Prep students have been experimenting with their choice of language, including words that they have categorised ‘bad words’. This is a natural process as they are easily influenced by older siblings, older students on the bus or playground and other social opportunities, and feel the need to share their new language with other students in the class. Teachers have addressed this issue within their classes but want to reassure parents on what strategies they are using at school. Teachers are defining these ‘bad words’ as words people use when they are angry and are giving other options to the students to use, especially to start a sentence with ‘I am angry because _________.’ Teachers are not reacting with a consequence because the more they react when students choose these words, the more it teaches the students that these words have a lot of power. We would appreciate a partnership with this strategy and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me (Shellychutke@cdnis.edu.hk) or your child’s teacher.
Some interesting articles and tips:

http://www.ahaparenting.com/ask-the-doctor-1/how-to-stop-three-year-old-from-swearing
https://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/parenting/10-tips-to-curb-foul-language
https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/how-to-be-a-parent/angry_child/kids-swearing-cursing/#.WIk42LZ94dU

Have a lovely break and Happy New Year!

Carole and Joanne

Prep C News January 20th 2017

Prep C News January 20th 2017

Excitement reigns as Chinese New Year approaches!!!

The present Unit of Inquiry form is on the blog – please look on the blog under “Programme Overview” and click on “How the World Works.”

We ran experiments this week!  The children looked at different ways of using force to create motion by making paper helicopters, a windmill (or pinwheel) and a parachute. They experimented with blowing and throwing and learned that the actions PUSH and PULL had a lot to do with motion. Gravity was discussed as a huge pulling force (what about space?? the children were curious to know). Diagrams were created to show their thinking.

We extended our learning into Chinese classes with the children decorating a length of fabric which they then moved in different ways as they experimented with movements for the Lion Dance for Chinese New Year. Tempo was seen as an interesting way to change how force acts on motion.

Measurement and shape were investigated with children exploring and building with shapes, and finding different ways to measure mass and length. These activities linked nicely with the Unit of Inquiry through the drawing of diagrams and discussing how size and shape affects product – also important for the UOI.

Our mystery reader was Marium and she and Marissa then explored words and strategies in groups for that morning. We had a lovely coffee afterwards! The next coffee get together is scheduled for the 23rd of February. Note that there are no parent groups next week as we (and our buddies from grade four) are having a Chinese New Year related activity, along with some New Year related snacks kindly provided by Amy Ng and a group of dedicated Mum helpers (we love you!). If you would like to stop by to say hello, the buddies’ and snack time is between 8-9 am. As always, you are welcome.

Thanks are also due to Amy and her team for their lovely work decorating the classroom for Chinese New Year. This is the most important time of the year on the Chinese calendar and it is wonderful that we can pay homage to our host culture by celebrating.

We had an amazing experience at Kidsfest with a cleverly put together dramatisation of the story “Stickman“. The students LOVED it. A big thank you to Miss Jenny Lovegrove our wonderful librarian, for organising this.

We still have portfolios yet to be returned. Please send them in!

This week we have seen some children coming into school looking and saying they are tired. With Chinese New Year looming they are and will be highly stimulated so please ensure they get plenty of rest.

The reading workshop run by Miss Rebecca, Ms Susie and Mr Leo was very well received and the link is included below. The next workshop on writing will be run by Ms Pih, Mrs Rendall and myself on February 22nd.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dc-sY-TjhqDxg1o4ZrL-yaRk0x-wAna6eZZx3wlDXxA/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.p

Next week’s events:

  1. Monday – Friday – Chinese clothing Dress Down Days
  2. Tuesday – Flower Fair – 10.55-11.30 parents are welcome
  3. Thursday – Class CNY party with Buddies 8-9 am

Have a restful weekend!

Carole and Joanne

Prep C News January 13th

Prep C News January 13th

It was a buzzing week for our busy little bumblebees.

Our Mystery Reader this week was Marisa, who engaged our listeners with high interest stories. She then stayed for parent groups and we were also joined by Julie.  Next week it would be lovely to have a coffee during recess, so please sign up! (And if you feel like dropping by at recess to hang out for twenty minutes feel welcome!!!)

We investigated letters and words while exploring a Big Book related to our unit of inquiry How the World Works. Our speaking, writing and drawing is related to what we are learning through this book and through the unit of inquiry. Our related Measurement activities have allowed children to explore size, mass and length and developed language essential to the Unit of Inquiry. In keeping with our science focus, we experimented with balance, movement and force. In PE children compared movement with and without weight added. Now that was GREAT FUN!

Next week I hope to explore mass, balance and push/pull further. To help us, please send in with your child a shoe box lid, and a can (soup, peas, corn – it is not to be opened and will be returned).

Miss Makky came into the classroom on Friday afternoon to work with students using a motion app on the iPads. The children made characters from clay and manipulated them using actions such as swing, spin, slide, push and roll. They used photography to create a stop motion effect which they then played back, experimenting with how big they made the movements.

Portfolios continue to trickle back in – please ensure you return those so we can continue working on showing our learning journeys.

Coming up:

The class trip is on January 20. We will be leaving in the morning and will return around lunch time. A big thank you to Miss Jenny Lovegrove for organising this!

Chinese New Year is getting closer!

Pre-order your child’s 2017 CNY Flower Fair Tokens online
Jan 6 – 19
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Online Token Reservation LINK

Parents are welcome to join us for the flower fair!

 

On Tuesday January 17th Ms Rebecca, Ms. Richardson and Mr. Leo will be presenting a workshop on reading and how Prep promotes the joy of reading. They will have specific examples of activities Prep does in class and will provide examples with how you can promote your child’s reading development at home. This presentation will take place at 8:00 am in the library pit. Parents, grandparents, aunties and anyone else is more than invited!

From Ms Chutke:  Internet is a vital part of our world and a important tool in education. Research shows that students are spending an average 44.5 hours per week online. Nearly 23% of youth report that they feel “addicted to video games” Join us on Jan 19 8:00am – 9:30 am for a talk by Dr. Gandolfi, the Executive Director for St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Service and learn more about Internet Addiction. Sign up here: 

https://docs.google.com/a/cdnis.edu.hk/forms/d/1M8e6Dmu1VjeQqz0OdUNciTmTFk0rwPI33rI5A8HF-jA/edit?usp=sharing

Have an amazing weekend!

Carole and Joanne