It’s A Wrap!

I will miss these guys a lot.  Thank you all again for being such supportive group of parents with myself and Jay as well as your children. It really has been an amazing year!


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Summer Home Learning if you want!! 
Mathematics
The kids have many apps on the iPad to play and practice math skills. However, please ensure that they are playing them properly before you use them to practice their math skills. Otherwise, here are some math skills to practice this summer:

  • fractions (when cooking or serving food),
  • time (hour, half hour, quarter to/after)
  • reading word problems
  • skip counting (by 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 9s)
  • Addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • Mathletics: on the children’s iPads they all have the mathletics app. Their login is saved on the iPad and their password is their name.
    Math Facts Practice
    •Addition (or subtraction) War: Split the deck of cards into two piles (take out the jacks, queens, kings). Each player flips the card from the top of their pile at the same time. The first one to call out the sum wins! (subtraction is the same)


Writing:

The children loved writing this year!Please allow them to spell however they would like and then once they have finished, they can edit their spelling. Things they can write:

  • Journals
  • Postcards
  • Letters
  • Packing or Shopping Lists
  • Instructions on how to play a game/do something
  • Non-fiction reports on a subject they know (or have researched about)
  • Made up stories
  • Katie Woo Series
  • Mr. and Mrs. Green by Keith Baker
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
  • Mouse and Mole Series by Joyce Dunbar
  • Magic Tree House Series
  • Usborne Young Reading Series
  • Any picture books by the following authors:
    • Eve Bunting
    • Patricia Polacco
    • Kevin Henkes
    • Chris van Allsburg
    • Robert Munsch

Reading

Please continue to have your child read daily over the summer. Please ensure that you talk about the books before, during and after your child reads. Here are some great books and series to read over the summer:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Green Series by Keith Baker
  • Katie Woo Series
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
  • Mouse and Mole Series by Joyce Dunbar
  • Magic Tree House Series
  • Usborne Young Reading Series
  • Any picture books by the following authors:
    • Eve Bunting
    • Patricia Polacco
    • Kevin Henkes
    • Chris van Allsburg
    • Robert Munsch

 

To also support kids making use of the web for learning, I’ve created a collection of websites gathered via a LiveBinder. The sites are organised by content area and provide engaging, fun activities for a variety of ages and grade levels. Use them and share with your kids in whatever way makes sense given your context. Click on the link to access.  Also as an alternative to TV here’s a collection of  YouTube channel with curated “Summer Learning” videos for kids to watch.

But what matters most?  Summer Reading! 

Over one hundred years of research clearly shows that children who do not read plentifully during the summer lose a lot of ground in their reading development.   Also, Raz-Kids is still on line over the summer so please keep up the reading! 

Week 38; 29th May to 2nd June

Events Coming Up

Monday 5th June – Last swimming lesson.  Should be a fun one!

Tuesday 6th June – Please return all library books.

Wednesday 7th June – Last day for ASA’s.

Wednesday 7th June – CDNIS yearbooks will be distributed and the students will sign.

Thursday 8th June – Please send your child to school with a bag to take the last of their work home.  Free DDD.  Buses at 2.20pm.

Monday 14th August – Back to School!


Events This Week

In maths, we continued with working with arrays and repeated addition.  We also did a review of addition and subtraction strategies which we continue next week.  We also used the data that we got from our beak experiment to make graphs and analyse the numbers

In literacy, we focused on creative writing and wrote a story from some question prompts.  Next week we will use picture prompts.   We also reviewed our spelling for the year and the long vowel sounds.

In UOI the focus was on habitats and how animals adapt to their habitats.   We are in the midst of creating and drawing habitats with the right animals that can survive.  We will send these home next week.

Photos from this week here.

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thank-you

The party was fabulous.  Fast and furious but brilliant.  To Doris and the mums and dads, thank you all, for helping make our job so much easier.  It is only with your support of myself and Jay and also the belief you have in your children that make the learning journey possible.  Thank you also for the incredibly generous gift.  I will truly miss this year’s grade one class.  A noisy but caring group of kids who are going to be amazing in grade two.  What a great way to end my adventure in Hong Kong.

If you ever find yourself in Singapore, please look me up for a coffee/cocktail.

 

 

NO POW.  Just read and relax!

Week 36; 22nd to 26th May

Events Coming Up

Tuesday, May 30th – Tuen Ng holiday.  No school.

Friday, June 2nd– Chinese assembly for gr 1  MFL students

Friday, June 2nd End of Year 1A Class Party – We will start the festivities at 11.30 with a class picnic lunch.  We will all eat together in the class then at 12.15 the whole of grade one will go to the LLAC to watch a movie.  We have to pay a copyright fee to watch the movie, so each grade one child needs to bring in $35 in an envelope with their name on the front.

Wednesday 8th June;  Last day of school.  School finishes usual time.  It’s a free DDD!


IMG_6418-COLLAGEEvents This Week. 

In literacy, we started to edit and publish our animal reports.  The students are in the midst of creating both an ebook report and a hard copy which we will send home towards the end of next week.  Our comprehension focus was trying to distinguish between the factual and fictional elements of a text.  Next week we will categorise information about a topic using graphic organisers as an aid in comprehension.  In grammar, we revised how to organise words into alphabetical order.

In mathswe started to look at repeated addition as an introduction into understanding multiplication.  Students can more readily develop an understanding of multiplication concepts if they see visual representations of the computation process. For example, they can picture eggs arranged in equal rows or ice cubes in trays. These arrangements all have something in common; they are all in rows and columns. An arrangement of objects, pictures, or numbers in columns and rows is called an array.  This array has four rows and three columns. It can also be described as a four by three array.

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1A are loving this UOI inquiring into living things and how they survive their environment.  We became zoologists and conducted some scientific inquiry into how polar bears can survive in the Arctic.   We used a blubber glove to experience how blubber can help animals live and hunt in these frigid climates.  Later in the week, we looked at how birds beaks have adapted to their environments to perform a certain function.  We practised with different beaks to collect food and next week we will use the data gathered to come to a conclusion.


Week 35; 15th to 19th May.

Events Coming Up

Friday, May 26th – Dress Down Day and Friday Fun in the Forum.  The theme to be advised.

Tuesday, May 30th – Tuen Ng holiday.  No school.

Friday, June 2nd– Chinese assembly for gr 1  MFL students

Friday, June 2nd End of Year 1A Class Party – We will start the festivities at 11.30 with a class picnic lunch.  (Please cancel Maxims lunch that day) We will all eat together in the class then at 12.15 the whole of grade one will go to the LLAC to watch a movie.  We have to pay a copyright fee to watch the movie, so each grade one child needs to bring in $35 in an envelope with their name on the front.

Wednesday 8th June;  Last day of school.  School finishes usual time.


Events This Week. 

What a great Sports Afternoon.  The students had a very tiring but fun afternoon running, jumping, throwing, kicking, skipping, hopping and balancing on the various activities that our PE department had organised.  Thank you to the strong parents that took part in the final Tug-of-War!  It looks like the kids won though!

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More Sports Day Photos Here 

In maths, we continued to look at fractions of a set and numbers.  We practised with manipulatives and shapes.  You can see student learning on your child’s portfolio too.  We also did a real life math investigation into describing shape in a Paul Klee painting and being his assistant.

In literacy, we started to do research into a living thing that we are curious about.  This research was done using books and looking at websites.  Even at this early stage of literacy, I still made sure that the students were citing sources correctly something that will stay with them the rest of their learning lives.  By showing your reader that you have done proper research by citing where the information came from is showing you are a responsible scholar.

In UOI, we focused on the many ways that scientist use to classify animals. Hopefully, your child can work out what classification different living things would be put into.  We started with vertebrates and invertebrates and then moved to classify further different animals based on their characteristics. maxresdefault
 Next week we will look at habitat.  This will build up knowledge to allow the students to understand how this helps living things survive

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Photos of the Week Here 

 

Week 34; 8th to 12th May.

Events Coming Up

Wednesday, 17 May: Gr 1 Sports Day, 12 pm to 2:20 pm in the large gym on the 3rd floor.  Parents are welcome to come and watch the event from the 4th-floor gym.

Friday, June 2nd End of Year 1A Class Party – We will start the festivities at 11.30 with a class picnic lunch.  (Please cancel Maxims lunch that day) We will all eat together in the class then at 12.15 the whole of grade one will go to the LLAC to watch a movie.  We have to pay a copyright fee to watch the movie, so each grade one child needs to bring in $35 in an envelope with their name on the front.

Wednesday 8th June;  Last day of school.  School finishes usual time.


Events This Week. 

What an amazing Spotlight.  How good were the grade ones?!  Well done 1a and 1C.



In maths, we continued to look at fractions, but this time the focus was finding the fractions of a set and real life fraction problem.  We also started to look at what is 1/2 of an amount a 1/4 of an amount like 10, 12 and 14.   Students were able to use their prior knowledge about doubles to be able to figure this out.  As a break from fractions, we revised place value with expanded and standard form of a number.  Please look at your child’s blog to view their learning and find out what this means.

In literacy, we spent some time looking at the long 00 sound and brainstormed some spelling words using 00, ew, ue, u-e.  We will revise this on Monday with a spelling review on Friday of these words.

We have started tuning into our new UOI this week.  Please see the parent overview below to see what we will be inquiring into in the next four weeks.  There are also ways you can support at home.

We also had a fantastic hour of coding where the students used a combination of technology and real life situations to write code.   Then on Friday, there was an afternoon of creating, making and collaborating.  The photos below show what an action packed week it was.

Thank you so much for fabulous birthday cakes too.  They were gone in a matter of minutes!

Photos of the week here.

Problem of the week here.


 

Week 33; 1st to 5th May

Events Coming Up

 

Monday 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please send your child in with colourful clothes that day. If they have Indian clothes even better, but this is not compulsory.

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Wednesday, 17 May: Gr 1 Sports Day, 12 pm to 2:20 pm in the large gym on the 3rd floor.  Parents are welcome to come and watch the event from the 4th-floor gym.

End of Year 1A Class Party – Details to follow.  


Events This Week 

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A fast and furious week of fractions in Maths.   We introduced the idea of equal parts of a whole and equal shares and what that looks like.  I think it’s a very good idea to put the foundation of fractions in a child’s mind as early as possible so that they don’t become this scary number thing later in school.   We looked at making a whole and how many parts it was divided into and then adding them back together again.  Please take a look at your child’s blog to see the fraction train they made this week.  Next week we will look at fractions of a set.

In literacy, we wrote a recount of our weekend as well as finished off the last details of the poetry books which we also posted on the portfolios.

In UOI we finally got round to making some sculpture.  This was done using air dried clay, and the students had to think about an emotion to show feelings in sculpture.  The results were varied, with some students showing excitement, shyness, calm or happy.  We will finish painting next week.

The rest of the week was spent practising our lines, moves and songs for Amrita’s Tree which I hope you can come and see on Monday.  It’s very exciting!


Problem of the Week 21 Here.

Week 32; 24th to 28th April.

Events Coming Up

Monday 1st May; Public Holiday.  No school

Wednesday 3rd May;  Public Holliday;  No School.

Monday 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please send your child in with colouful clothes that day. If they have Indian clothes even better but this is not compulsory.

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Wednesday, 17 May: Gr 1 Sports Day, 12 pm to 2:20 pm in the large gym on the 3rd floor.  Parents are welcome to come and watch the event from the 4th-floor gym.

End of Year 1A Class Party – Details to follow.  



Thank you so much for coming to the SLLR!

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Over the past week, the children have been reflecting on themselves as learners. They have been purposefully selecting different learning engagements, classroom tools or games, etc. to use during the SLLR. These selections were chosen independently and are student initiated. They felt these selections best-provided evidence for you to see their approaches to learning through various conceptual lenses.  It means a lot to them that they can share this with you.

In maths, we have been focussing on more complicated word problems with missing addends and two/three digit numbers.  We also revised how to use a number line in subtraction which can be a challenge for some children.

In literacy, we have been putting the finishing touches to our poetry iBook which we will post on Tuesday.  We also did our final recount of the year.  As part of our reading strategies, we investigated the difference between a fact and opinion.

We are coming to the end of this unit of inquiry and went on a virtual field trip to New York to visit MOMA.  Once we got there we learned how to appreciate and interpret art in different ways.

Have a great long weekend and see you on Tuesday!


Problem of the Week 20


 

Week 31; 17th to 21st April.

Events Coming Up

Monday 24th April;  Free DDD Green Day; Wear Green.   To promote Green Week and environmental issues.

Friday 28th April; Student Led Learning Review.  No school that day, parents accompany children to learning review at an allotted time.

Monday 1st May; Public Holiday.  No school

Wednesday 3rd May;  Public Holliday;  No School.

Monday 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.  There will be no swimming that day

Wednesday, 17 May: Gr 1 Sports Day, 12 pm to 2:20 pm in the large gym on the 3rd floor.  Parents are welcome to come and watch the event from the 4th-floor gym.


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Events This Short Week.

In maths, we continued to work on maths word problems as well as reviewing some of the strategies that we use to solve addition and subtraction problems.  We also have been reviewing our maths skills on mathletics and splash maths.

In literacy, we wrote another poem for our poetry book.  This time it was a Cinquain Poem.  A cinquain – which, is pronounced “sin-cane,” not “sin-kwane” – is a form of verse that is very popular because of its simplicity. It is easy and fun for children to write. With just 11 words and five short lines, a cinquain is compact and loaded with descriptive language.

In UOI, we continued to look at art, and this week the focus was appreciation and interpretation of the artist’s message.  We used our senses to experience jumping into a painting and describe what was there and then wrote a postcard to describe those experiences.  We also turned this experience into a free verse poem with some beautiful results.  Mr G also visited 1a to explain how photography is also art and looked at composition in landscape and portrait photography.



Other News

I sent out an email to your CDNIS email with a link to a survey about the One to one iPad programme.   Please check your email and it would be a huge help if you could respond.

Happy Birthday to Mathea and Timeo

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Congratulations to Caden & his family for the new arrival of little sister Nathalie during the Easter Holidays!unnamed


Problem of the Week 19

Week 30; Happy Easter!

Events Coming Up

Tuesday 18th April;  Teachers back for Professional Development

Wednesday 19th April;  Students Return to School.

Friday 21th April;  DDD.  Theme to be advised.

Friday 28th April; Student Led Learning Review.  No school that day, parents accompany children to learning review at an allotted time.

Monday 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.  There will be no swimming that day.


Events This Week. 

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A short week of writing poetry, solving maths problems and creating art, finished off with very fun Easter Egg Hunt and party. Thank you Doris and lovely parents for making this a huge success.

Please have a restful holiday and see you all on the 19th April.

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Important

A message from Ms Banusa.  How you can help your child at home prepare for their Spotlight performance.  Click this link.  

A message from our PYP Coordinator. 

Please watch this video to learning about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

Week 29; 27th to 31st March.

Events Coming Up

Tuesday 4th April;  Ching Ming Festival  No school.

Thursday 6th April;  1a class Easter Egg Hunt;  We will go up to the park to look for eggs with some math problems and return to class for some juice and muffins.   Please see Doris to help.  1pm to 2pm.

Friday 7th April;  Break up for Easter Holiday.  Buses usual times.

Tuesday 18th April;  Teachers back for Professional Development

Wednesday 19th April;  Students Return to School.

Friday 21th April;  DDD.  Theme to be advised.

Friday 28th April; Student Led Learning Review.  No school that day, parents accompany children to learning review at an allotted time.

Monday 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.  There will be no swimming that day.


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Learning This Week

In maths, we had a lot of fun with symmetry in both math and the arts.  We just stuck to simple reflectional syymentry and most students were able to understand what it was and how to replicate it.  We also continued to with problem solving and create our own problems.  Students completed and posted their shape and space iBooks which have been posted onto thier portfolios.  Please take a moment to have a look.

In literacy our focus in reading was visualisation The children continued to think about visualizing as a comprehension strategy. Visualizing is when you use different words in the text to create a mental image. This week they practiced identifying specific words or phrases in poems that helped them create their mental image. By practicing this strategy, they are thinking more deeply and will develop better understanding of the story.  Our spelling words this week are shape related.
In writing the children explored different kinds of poems this week. Together, we created a list of things that we noticed happened in a poetry. For example, the children noticed that poems can be long or short, they can rhyme and repeat, they can be about any topic or idea, they use lots of interesting words, metaphors and similes.  The students began writing their own poems this week and we started a new iBook to record these poem.

Unit of Inquiry: This week the children looked a whole bunch of photos that showed different art forms. They separated the pictures into Art and Not Art. It was interesting to see the misconceptions that continue to come up and hear their conversations about what makes art art! The children created a working set of criteria to help them decide what is art. Since they believed that painting was art, we painted on Thursday afternoon. The children were asked to think about what their body and mind was doing when they were painting and what they felt. Many children noticed that when painting they had to make many choices, they had to come up with an idea, they made a quick plan and then they had to try. They also spoke about feeling happy, proud, challenged, frustrated and excited when they painted. We will compare these thoughts when trying out another art form.

Problem of the Week 18


An interesting article from our school counsellor about respect.

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/manners/the-return-of-respect/