Week 23; 13th to the 17th February.

Events Coming Up

Wednesday, February 22nd; Field Trip to Aberdeen Reservoir.  We will meet at the entrance to Aberdeen Country Park at 8.45am and head back to school around 11am

Friday, February 24: Dress Down Day.  The theme to be advised.

Friday, February 24;  Grade 1c Assembly.

Tuesday 28th February, Some of 1a students will visit the dentist. Either myself of Ms Pies will go.  Parents will receive an email letting them know if their child is going.


Events This Week 

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A big event was a visit from Plastic Free Seas who gave grade one a very informative presentation of the problem of plastic in the seas around Hong Kong.  We learned all about the damage our rubbish in Hong Kong is doing to our seas and ocean life.  As a grade, we are now passionate about reducing our plastic consumption as well upcycling our old refuse.  We made a plant pot from plastic bottles this week.   One small thing that we as grade can do is REFUSE a plastic straw when we go out to eat.

In maths, we did a lot of work looking at more strategies to help with mental addition and subtraction.  These included bridging through ten and adding and subtracting 9 and 11.  We also continued to work on solving real life word problems and other more abstract problems.  Can you do the one below?Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 9.18.39 AM

We also continued to learn how to code the Blue Bots and have also posted an explanation for you about what the students did and what the robots look like.

In literacy, we learned a new genre of writing called Explanation Writing. This writing style is used to explain how something works or the processes involved in actions, events or behaviours. Titles that use words like ‘how’ or ‘why’, will help readers to understand what the text is about and make them want to find out more.  We will be looking more closely at this genre in the coming weeks.  Please check your child’s school diary for their spelling words of the week.  We also posted a Love Is…. piece of writing on the portfolio’s, please check your child’s blog and send them a comment.

In UOI, we looked at non-fiction texts to research what our planet’s resources are and why they are not renewable.  Students were able to work out that water, the sun, the earth and air are all resources that we need to look after.  The next part is to go into more depth about each resource.  We started with water and looked at where it comes from, including the water cycle.  This will be the link for the field trip next week as we look at the reservoirs in Aberdeen Country Park.

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Other Events

If you weren’t able to make the talk, the councillors had on the importance of sleep this week, here is the link to the slide show.
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.
Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! The Lower School Performing Arts Department is 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 an 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

Week 22; 6th to 10th February

Events Coming Up

Wednesday, February 22nd; Field Trip to Aberdeen Reservoir.  As part of our new unit Sharing The Planet, (see below for parent overview,) we are going to Aberdeen Country Park to look at the reservoirs and the forest with a focus on sustainability and conservation.This field trip will be about 2 hours. The children will be back to school for lunch.

Friday, February 24: Dress Down Day.  The theme to be advised.

Friday, February 24;  Grade One Assembly.

Tuesday 28th February, Some of 1a students will visit the dentist. Either myself of Ms Pies will go.  Parents will receive an email letting them know if their child is going.


Events This Week.

UOI;  Sharing The Planet;  Parent Overview.

The 100 Days of School on Monday was a fantastic morning of maths and literacy celebrating 100 days of grade one.  Check out your child’s blog and see what they did!

In maths, we started to look the transdisciplinary skill of capacity with finding out what words like capacity and volume mean.  We looked at the capacity of different containers and used non-standard measurement to find out the volume. We also revised place value and addition using tens.

In literacy, we learned more about how to infer the meaning behind what the author meant.  Students also wrote their holiday recounts and what an improvement in writing.  Slowly but surely, time words, capital letters and full stops are becoming a consistent feature.

In spelling I have done a bit of regrouping and students will have ten focus words each week which they should look at over the week.  These words will be reviewed in centres on a Wednesday/Thursday.   Click on the image below for a link to some home spelling activity fun.  spelling_2_1

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Share A Story

If your child wants to share a favourite story book with the class,
please bring it in and instead of me reading to the class the student can read the book.

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Sharing the Planet

musicalinstrumentsPlease send in plastic bottles, plates, straws that you don’t need as well as any old pieces of cardboard.  We have lots of plans for making things out of the recyclable garbage.

 

 

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Other Events

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.

 

Gong Xi Fa Cai

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Events Coming Up

Friday, January 27-February 6: CNY holiday

Tuesday, February 7th;  Students return to school.

Friday, February 10th; Lower School House Day.  Students wear PE uniform and eat lunch in their house.

Wednesday, February 22nd;  Field Trip to Aberdeen Reservoir

February 24: Dress Down Day


Events This Week

Our grammar focus in Literacy this week were pronouns and how we use them to make our writing less repetitive and boring.  In reading, we started to explore new comprehension strategies and how to make meaningful connections to the text they read.  Good readers draw on prior knowledge and experience to help them understand what they are reading and are thus able to use that knowledge to make connections. Struggling readers often move directly through a text without stopping to consider whether it makes sense based on their background knowledge, or whether their knowledge can be used to help them understand confusing or challenging materials.  Text-to-self connections are highly personal connections that a reader makes between a piece of reading material and their experiences or life.

I was able to conference with each student this week, and we looked at some skills on Raz-Kids that each needs to work.   Students can access Raz Kids over the holidays too.  Please click on the picture below to go to the website and then click on Student Login.

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In maths, we had a big focus on time and while most students can read the time to the five minutes, i.e., 1.45pm or 3.25am.  The challenge was a quarter to which will be revisited in grade 2.  We also worked on problem-solving with missing addends and a known total, which students learned that it meant you had to subtract.

We continued to work on coding and this time we got to code real robots, known as Blubots.  We also used the coding app Scatch Jr to code some characters in different settings.

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Week 20; 16th to 20th January

Events Coming Up

Monday 23rd January to Thursday 26th January;  Dress Down Days all week.  Students can wear CNY clothes and colours all week.

Tuesday, January 24: CNY Flower Festival.  Grade One will visit the Flower Fair at 8.10am and parents are welcome to meet us there. If you haven’t bought tokens, you can get them at the door.

Friday, January 27-February 6: CNY holiday

Tuesday, February 7th;  Students return to school.

Wednesday, February 22nd;  Field Trip to Aberdeen Reservoir


Events This Week.

Thank you so much to our fabulous volunteers that went to Peng Chau.  What a great days exploration and the students thought the next day about some of the challenges and opportunities that exploration leads to.

What a great assembly too.  They made us so proud, and I feel we are ready to take on the world!!


Other foci that we had this week included long vowel spelling.  Choosing a just right book to read in literacy and of course our recount writing of the trip to Peng Chau.  Please check your child’s blog to see the digital recount they wrote.  We also wrote a more traditional pencil and paper one too.

Maths was reinforcing skills as well as another push on how to tell the time.  This time it was on quarter past and quarter too.  We will do some more work on this next week.

UOI used transdisciplinary skills this week and looked at coding and programming human robots using the cardinal directions.  They, first of all, learned about what programing is and what an algorithm is.  The BBC video below is also a good explanation.  Next week we hope to use these coding skills to create algorithms and program a real robot.

Don’t forget if you have time to do POW 

Week 19; 9th to 13th January.

Events This Week.

Tuesday, January 17th; Field Trip to Peng Chau to go exploring.  We will meet at Pier 6 in Central at 7.30am.  We will take the 8 am the ferry to Peng Chau and then explore and return to Central at 1 pm.  PLEASE REMEMBER  OCTOPUS CARDS!

Friday, January 20th;  1a Assembly. 9.30am in the Alan Dick Forum.  All parents welcome. Please bring in clothes to wear by Monday 16th January. 

Friday, January 20th; 1a CNY Class Party.  After our assembly you are all welcome to come back to the classroom for CNY centres and then CNY lunch.  There is no need to send a school lunch that day.

Tuesday, January 24: CNY Flower Festival.  Grade One will visit the Flower Fair at 8.10am and parents are welcome to meet us there. Link below to order tokens

Friday, January 27-February 6: CNY holiday


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Events This Week. 

In maths, we’ve continued to consolidate our addition and subtraction skills while looking at lots of ways to solve word problems.   We also reviewed positional language as part of the transdisciplinary math in this UOI.  This helps with map reading and direction.

Literacy was all about story writing and grammar.  Students were shown some picture prompts to go and write any story they wanted.  They do enjoy doing this and this would be a great activity to continue at home.  Spelling we started our Unit 6 focus which is the long oo sound.  As in words like, soon, chew, June, drew, pool, flew.  Our grammar focus was on conjunctions and how they can make sentences more interesting.  A conjunction is a word that is used to connect words, phrases, sentences and clauses and it maintains a strong flow of communication.

We are busy in UOI getting ready for the big field trip.  We revised our map reading skills as well as looked at landmarks and why they are important when you are an explorer.  We also met a real life explorer a Captain on Cathy who told us all about the choices and decisions explorers make before they fly.

Find out what 1A have been up to in Performing Arts.  Click this link here. 

Problem of the Week (January 13): This problem of the week encourages children to use addition strategies and problem-solving. The second problem is quite challenging and your child might need help solving the problem. Please ensure your child shows their work as the process of solving the problem demonstrates their understanding.


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Coming up in March we will be welcoming another artist in residence, Tamie Nakamura, This time students will be working on recycled art.  Please, can you send in the following to help us create something wonderful.

Plastic bottle caps, old CD’s, straws, toilet roll inserts, old cereal packets, old plastic toy bits.

 

Week 18; Happy New Year!

Events This Week.

Thursday, January 12th, Grade One to see KidsFest to see Hippo Goes to the Moon.

Tuesday, January 17th; Field Trip to Peng Chau to go exploring.  We will meet at Pier 6 in Central at 7.30am.  We will take the 8 am the ferry to Peng Chau and then explore and return to Central at 1 pm.  Students can either go back to CDNIS or go home.   Everyone needs a home lunch that day.

Friday, January 20th;  1a Assembly. 9.30am in the Alan Dick Forum.  All parents welcome. Please bring in clothes to wear by Friday 13th January. 

Friday, January 20th; 1a CNY Class Party.  After our assembly you are all welcome to come back to the classroom for CNY centres and then CNY lunch.  There is no need to send a school lunch that day.

Tuesday, January 24: CNY Flower Festival.  Grade One will visit the Flower Fair at 8.10am and parents are welcome to meet us there. Link below to order tokens

Friday, January 27-February 6: CNY holiday


1A Assembly- Costumes 

As you may have heard our assembly will be based around our UOI and explorers.  For costumes, students can wear anything that make them look like an explorer.  This can be blue for a deep sea explorer or brown for an explorer from long ago,  white for space explorer, green for a jungle explorer.  

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This Weeks Learning.

In maths, we have been focussing on subtraction using a number line.  We have been using math word problems which are focussing in subtraction.  We also looked at the partpartwhole whole model of addition and subtraction.  Partpartwhole thinking refers to how numbers can be split into parts. It allows students to see the relationship between a number and its component parts. As a result, students generalise the connections between addition and subtraction.

In literacy, we recounted our holiday experiences, and wow they were good! What great holidays!   We also had a big focus on camera words and used them to create crazy stories.  As part of our UOI, we continued to focus on taking jot notes and report writing.

A great UOI week of new explorers and exploring.   We learned all about the journeys and sketches of Charles Darwin and how he developed the Theory of Evolution as a result.  We also went on an exploration ourselves to try and find Hank and Stanley based on the data they had left in their journals.

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Other Events 

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The Internet is a vital part of our world and an 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 8:00 am – 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 to RSVP

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

The Last Week of 2016!

Events This Week.

Tuesday, January 3rd,  Back to school.

Thursday, January 12th, Grade One to see KidsFest.

Tuesday, January 17th; Field Trip to Peng Chau to go exploring.  We will meet at Pier 6 in Central at 7.30am.  We will take the 8 am the ferry to Peng Chau and then explore and return to Central at 1 pm.  Students can either go back to CDNIS or go home.   Everyone needs a home lunch that day.

Friday, January 20th;  1a Assembly. 9.30am in the Alan Dick Forum.  All parents welcome.

Friday, January 20th; 1a CNY Class Party.  More details to follow.

Tuesday, January 24: CNY Flower Festival

Friday, January 27-February 6: CNY holiday


This Weeks Events

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Thank you so much to all the lovely volunteers at the 1A Christmas Party it was incredible and so organised.  A big shout out to Doris for bringing it all together.  Thank you!


Finally, as I put the finishing touches on 1a’s report cards, I thought it only fair that I get some feedback on the year so far.   I would be grateful if you would fill in the 1A Report card questionnaire below to help me become a better teacher.  Many thanks.

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Have a Great Holiday!

Week 16; 28th November to 2nd December

Thursday, December 15;  Students should bring in sunglasses in a named bag for the winter singalong.  This is a student only event.

Thursday, December 15th; 1a Class Christmas Party.  1pm to 2.15pm.

Friday, December 16th;  Dress Down Day and early dismissal at 11 am.  Buses leave at 11.30am.

Tuesday, January 3rd, 1017;  Back to school.

Thursday, January 12th, Grade One to see KidsFest.

Tuesday, January 17th; Field Trip to Peng Chau to go exploring.   Letter with details to follow.  All students have to bring a home lunch.  Please don’t order lunch from Maxims that day.  We are hoping to meet at the Ferry in Central at 7.30am and go directly on our expedition.

Friday, January 20th;  1a Assembly. 9.30am in the Alan Dick Forum.  All parents welcome.

Friday, January 20th; 1a CNY Class Party.  More details to follow.

Tuesday, January 24: CNY Flower Festival

Friday, January 27-February 6: CNY holiday

Tuesday, February 7: Back to School.


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Events This Week

A busy but fun week packed with learning and inquiry and art.

Maths

  • We finished off our addition and subtraction books and have posted them to your child’s blog.  Please take a look and make a comment.
  • We continued to look at time with a focus on half past and five-minute intervals.
  • We learnt about and practised column addition and subtraction.  Challenging for some especially with two digit numbers.    After the holidays we will consolidate all our strategies with lots of practise and games.

Literacy

  • We planned and wrote a letter to Santa.  I’ve posted them to the North Pole and hopefully we will get a reply.
  • We continued to do our jot notes and research on explorers.  We then used our jot notes to write sentences and create a book about our chosen explorer.
  • We are still looking at the long o vowel sound, and I will review this on Monday with the students.

UOI

  • We found out more about explorers like Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, Ernest Shackleton and Captain James Cook.  

  • We also focused on our lines of inquiry as to why people explore and what decisions and choices they make when they go exploring.

Homework This Week

Your child will come home with a letter and an A3 sheet of red poster paper to make a Gift of Kind Words for a friend.  This is the only homework for this week and we will present the posters to our friends on Thursday at our Christmas party.   Please send in the posters by next Wednesday in a plastic bag or bag that you can’t see through.

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Other News

Coming soon to the Lower School:  HOUSE DAYS!
In order to build House spirit and identity in the Lower School, we are beginning Lower School HOUSE DAYS on the middle Friday of each month. Students are asked to wear their PE uniform and House shirts, and at lunch time the cafeterias will be organized so that students can eat with others in their Houses. We look forward to the first Lower School House Day which will be on Friday, January 13.
Curious about what happens in Performing Arts?  What to see what amazing dancers grade one is?  Follow this link.

Week 15; 28th November to 2nd December.

Events Coming Up

Thursday, December 8; Grade 1 and 2 Online Portfolio and Digital Literacy Parent Workshop 2016. Parent workshop on Thursday, December 8 in the LLAC that will help you to find out more about them.  Grade 1-2 Parents from 10:15am-11:15am. Click on the links to learn more and register.

Tuesday, December 6; 8 am to 9.30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk by Virginia Spielmann, Occupational Therapist. RSVP here.

Wednesday, December 14;  Students should bring in sunglasses in a named bag for the winter singalong.  This is a student only event.

Thursday, December 15th; 1a Class Christmas Party.  1pm to 2.15pm. Doris will be in touch with more details.

Friday, December 16th;  Dress Down Day and early dismissal at 11 am.  Buses leave at 11.30am.

Tuesday, January 3rd, 1017;  Back to school.

Thursday, January 12th, Grade One to see KidsFest.

Tuesday, January 17th; Field Trip to Peng Chau to go exploring.   Letter with details to follow.  All students have to bring a home lunch.  Please don’t order lunch from Maxims that day.  We are hoping to meet at the Ferry in Central at 7.30am and go directly on our expedition.

Friday, January 20th;  1a Assembly. 9.30am in the Alan Dick Forum.  All parents welcome.

Friday, January 20th; 1a CNY Class Party.  More details to follow.


Events This Week.

Maths

  • Students created their own maths problems with criteria.   They then had to show what strategy they would use to solve the problem.
  • The new strategy this week was Decompose and Compose. Students need to know how numbers work, how numbers can be broken apart and put back together in different ways. I want them to think flexibly about numbers and apply that flexibility to addition and subtraction.
  • Students learned how to tell the time past the hour and five-minute intervals, i.e., 12.10 or 2.40.  We will continue this next week.

Literacy

  • We wrote a recount of our Friday trip to the park, and I was impressed with how much writing they achieved.  The picture prompts clearly work.
  • Students worked on retelling favourite stories.  I can use retelling as a way to assess how well students comprehend a story, then use this information to help students develop a deeper understanding of what they have read.
  • In spelling, we are still looking at the long o sound.

UOI

  • Our young 1a explorers decided to take the plunge and explore the nooks and crannies of CDNIS with their buddies.   Some went to the Green roof, and some went to the depths of the LLAC.  Most wanted to see the 9th-floor offices as they had never been there!   We posted some picture to the blogs.
  • We started to create our worlds on Thursday.  A big thank you to mums, Doris, Ingrid, Lucy, Jaclyne and Christina for braving the glue and gunge to help with the paper mache.
  • We went on a virtual field trip with our VR Goggles and explored the deep sea, space and the deep dark swamps of the Amazon!  I nearly lost Meldric to a shark!

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Week 14; 21st to 25th November.

Events Coming Up

Sunday, November 27; Family Fun Fair- An unmissable event for fun at school.

Wednesday, November 30; Paint Your Hat for Grade 1 and 2.

Friday, December 2nd; Grade 1 MHL Chinese Assembly. 9.30am in the Alan Dick Forum.

Thursday, December 8; Grade 1 and 2 Online Portfolio and Digital Literacy Parent Workshop 2016. Would you like to learn more about your child’s Online Portfolio?  There is an upcoming parent workshop on Thursday, December 8 in the LLAC that will help you to learn more about them.  Grade 1-2 Parents from 10:15am-11:15am. Click on the links to learn more and register.

Tuesday, December 6; 8am to 9.30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk by Virginia Spielmann, Occupational Therapist. Virginia draws on her 20years of experience to help parents sort through contradictory information, and latest buzz terms about motor and cognitive development. She will share typical developmental milestones and in lay terms to describe behaviours that may be problematic and how parents can support. RSVP here.

Wednesday, December 14;  Students should bring in sunglasses for the winter singalong.  This is a student only event.  Sorry there’s no room for parents but we are looking at a live streaming for this event.

Thursday, December 15th; 1a Class Christmas Party.  1pm to 2.15pm. Doris will be in touch with more details.


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Events This Week.

In maths we looked at two strategies, one was easy and the other was a little more challenging.  The first was using near doubles to help you add and subtract.   If you know your double facts off by heart then adding and subtracting using near doubles can help enormously. The near doubles build on student proficiency with the doubles facts, along with an understanding of near numbers (+1 facts).  When faced with a fact like 6 + 7, students can think double 6, plus one more.  The other strategy was using a 100 chart to add two digit numbers. unnamed Students learned to add and subtract 2-digit numbers.  This strategy relies on a solid foundation of place value understanding. Few resources emphasize place value as well as the hundred chart. This approach to math promotes critical thinking and conceptual understanding. It functions much like a number line, but in a more condensed space that highlights place value and patterns. It allows for more advanced 2-digit operations, which can become cumbersome with manipulatives such as base-10 blocks.

In literacy we used our knowledge of recount writing to retell familiar stories.   The long vowel sound o was also studied in depth and I’ll do one more week of this and then review this.  The unit includes the camera words, more, here, our, another, two because.  In reading we continued to look at inferring and dictionary work.   We also looked at how to write to inquire, which is essentially teaching the students how to write a  good question that will elicit the most information.

1A love Maps!!!  We spent a lot of time exploring the continents in UOI this week and learned how the world is organised.   Students were also told to research some explorers that they are interested in.  We did this by looking at a child-friendly database, Peeble Go.  Going forward we will pair up the students to go further into this and we will try to find out more articles and research the explorers we are interested in.  The idea is that towards the end of the unit, the students will do a presentation on their chosen explorer they are most interested in and what changes came about as a result of their explorations.   Screen Shot 2016-11-24 at 3.11.45 PMIn case you haven’t had a chance to look at the Parent Overview for this Unit of Inquiry please click on the image below.


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