This week we will be practising our Shelter Drill. We will be explaining to the children that just as we sometimes practice fire drills so that we’ll know what to do in case there is a fire, we are now going to practice staying inside to protect us from any trouble outside the classroom. Should questions arise about why we would need to do this, we will make sure we use age appropriate responses. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks Kat & Alice
Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves
We will be exploring Creativity over the coming months.
Central idea: We enjoy and show creativity in different ways.
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Assessment is an integral part of the Early Years Teaching and Learning Programme and feedback is continuous. Reporting on student progress may include: portfolios, anecdotal notes, informal conversations and more formal conferences.
We recognise the importance of maintaining our partnership with you, the parents, in order to communicate effectively regarding your individual child’s development and learning.
In order to facilitate this, during the month of November you are invited to attend an observation session here at school, during which you will have the opportunity to observe your child’s engagement in the programme and take some notes. Due to classroom space as well as distractions to the children, we request that only one parent per family attend these sessions. A Parent Observation Checklist will be provided to help guide you in your observations.
Following on from the observations, our Learning Conversations (parent/teacher conferences) will be scheduled for 3rd and 6th November. Please note: there will be no classes on these days and students do not attend this conference. This is a time for parents and teachers to discuss our observations of your child’s learning and development. More details regarding the sign-up process for these conversations will follow shortly.
We look forward to seeing you at school soon.
Make sure you check the timetable if there is something you especially want to see!
For those of you who were not able to attend, please find the link to the presentation below. We have placed the invitation sheet which includes how to access your child’s portfolio into your child’s folder. Please keep hold of this important document.
To respect others’ privacy, we ask parents NOT to share class or group posts in Seesaw (multiple students) on social media or publicly. If the post is individual and only has your own child involved then we leave any decision about sharing to the parent’s discretion. Thank you for your cooperation with this important protection of privacy.
Can I also remind parents they are not permitted to take photographs or videos of children around school. Please take a look at the LS Child Protection poster. Thank you!
Last week we spent some time thinking about how we should care for the fish in our classroom. If you happen to be knowledgeable about caring for fish and are willing to share your expertise, please let me know!
We have enjoyed getting to know our buddies over the last few weeks. They have enjoyed reading, drawing and exploring the playground together, we look forward to many more great learning opportunities with these older role models throughout the year!
In an early childhood education setting, loose parts mean alluring, objects and materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change while they play. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. As a part of our unit of inquiry we are collecting loose parts to create our own toys. Sometimes the interesting items are those you would least expect. Here is a list of items we would love to see. If you or someone you know has any type of factory and discards interesting loose parts, please let us know!
Early Years Parent Workshop
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We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Seesaw Workshop on Wednesday and sharing with you how you will be able to keep track of your children’s learning throughout the year. This more personalised method of communication will allow for you to keep up to date with what is happening in the classroom and will mean that the weekly updates on the blog will no longer take place. We will be using Remind to keep in touch with upcoming events.
Pre-Reception, Reception and Prep classes are using Seesaw this year to document their learning journey. Seesaw gives children a platform to capture and reflect on their learning – in real time. Seesaw will give parents a window into classrooms/learning spaces and into your children’s learning process. It will form an integral part of the way in which we assess, record and report on your child’s growth and development over the year.
We invite all Early Years parents to a parent workshop on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 from 8:00-9:10AM at the school’s LLAC lobby. At the workshop, we will present about the purpose of portfolios, the role of parents and how they can access their children’s online portfolio. Please use this link to sign up for the workshop.
Before you attend the workshop, please download the Seesaw’s family App on your personal device so that you can use it to access Seesaw. We will have limited amount of loaners at the workshop for those who need them.
Seesaw for Family links: https://web.seesaw.me/
Our weighing and measuring Maths inquiry continues!
We will be taking a couple minutes each day to clear our minds. Mindfulness helps with focus, attention and calming the emotions. We will start with simple relaxing exercises.
Please have your child return their library book on or before the following Monday in their beautifully decorated bags.
If you have a celebration that is meaningful to your family and you wish to share the customs and celebrations with us at school please let us know (Diwali, Hanukkah, St. Patrick’s Day, Holi, Thanksgiving etc.) We will as a class be celebrating, Halloween, Christmas, CNY and of course birthdays!
If your child is coughing, sneezing or has a runny nose please be courteous to the other students and keep them home until it has cleared. Please also note students in Reception should be fever free for 48 hours before returning to school.
Book Fair 18-22 September
Please note we will not visit the book fair as a class, however you are more than welcome to accompany your child at any time during the week.
Lower School Dress Down Day – 22nd September
Cost to dress down is $20, with donations being made to Room to Read on behalf of Bear House. The theme is: dress as your favourite book character.
Pancake and Pyjama Day – 27th September
Students are encouraged to come to school in their PJs
On Friday, the students were asked the question: Can we play without toys? As a class, we brainstormed the different ways you can play without a toy, which led to a healthy debate on whether it was fun to play without toys! Next week we will be putting into practice some of these ideas and discover whether we can in fact have fun without toys. Here are some of the idea’s we came up with:
Hide & Seek, Duck Duck Goose, Rock Paper Scissors, Running, Dancing, Tag
Thank you for the fabulous photos of your children playing at home, if you have not sent in a photo yet, it is not too late, please send one in next week!
A student led inquiry developed into a wonderful maths activity this week. We have been experimenting with our balance scales and have been weighing items around the classroom, comparing different objects with lots of discussion about weight in terms of “heavy” and “light.” We will continue to explore this further next week.
Making playdough and landing on the moon!
“The rocket trucks landed on the moon”
Loose Parts and Open-Ended Materials
This week we introduced some new materials to our playground. These included crates, wooden planks and large pieces of cloth. These open ended materials provide the children with never ending ways to transform objects into whatever they can imagine.
Dates for your diary:
Friday, 15th September- No School for Students
Wednesday, 27th September 8am to 9am –PreRec to Prep Parent Workshop on Seesaw.
Looking ahead: We will be going to see Hairy Maclary in January 2018
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