Week 28; 20 to 24th March

Events Coming Up

Monday 27th March;  SWIMMING BEGINS!  Every Monday from now till the end of May, 1a’s swimming will be back on Mondays again.

Thursday 30th March; BOOK SWAP;  Students can bring in books to swap one for one.  If they don’t have books to exchange they can pay $10 for a used book.  Kids can also use leftover Flower Fair Tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for one 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!

Friday 31st March;  Dress Down Day.  Wear the sports uniform of a sport you play or love!  Money raised goes to a charity called Free to Run.

Tuesday 4th April;  Ching Ming Festival  No school.

Friday 7th April;  Break up for Easter Holiday.

Tuesday 18th April;  Teachers back for Professional Development

Wednesday 19th April;  Students Return to School.

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

NEW DATE; MONDAY 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.

A Note From the Admin

Dear Lower School Parents,

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 area 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 of 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 for 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

Learning This Week

In maths, we dove right into 3d shapes and spent time looking at their characteristics and where we can see them in real life situations.  We also revisited word problems with missing parts. Understanding part/whole thinking helps students work flexibly with numbers as they learn all the ways numbers can be composed and decomposed.

In literacy, we researched some non-fiction books on animals and created an explanation about three things that we found out about those animals.  Ms Lovegrove also continued to work on the features of non-fiction books with small groups.  This week’s comprehension strategy was looking at visualisation.  Creating a mental picture of what you are reading.  Visualising while reading is a strategy that should be explicitly taught. The assumption that children are naturally imaginative may not be true for all students, and even those with vivid imaginations may need guidance in applying the active process of making brain movies to improve their understanding of what they read.  Our spelling focus were rules for, adding -ing and -ed to the end of verbs. We will have a review of the week next Tuesday. Next week we start to look more closely at poetry and how to write it.  This was kicked off by a visit from the actors of Faust who performed a fantastically funny skit about Poetry Planet.

We have started our new UOI this week, and its focus is on How We Express Ourselves with the central idea being art can be created interpreeted and appreciated in many different ways.  Please have a look at the parent overview below to see where you can help at home.  Also, this is a great time to appreciate the arts in Hong Kong right now.  So if you are planning to visit Art Basel or Art Central, then please take pictures that we can share with the class of the different forms of art.


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Week 27; 13th to 17th March

Events Coming Up

Friday 31st March;  Dress Down Day.  Wear the sports uniform of a sport you play or love!  Money raised goes to a charity called Free to Run.

Tuesday 4th April;  Ching Ming Festival  No school.

Friday 7th April;  Break up for Easter Holiday.

Tuesday 18th April;  Teachers back for Professional Development

Wednesday 19th April;  Students Return to School.

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

NEW DATE; MONDAY 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.


THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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WE RAISED $4300 FROM OUR BAKE SALE!

We had such good feedback for our fabulous and meaningful bakesale.  Its good to have some more delicious competition to Maxim’s daily offerings.


 The Week’s Events

In maths, we looked at measuring weight both in non-standard and standard ways.  We used scales to find the approximate weight of different objects and worked out what 500g looked like compared to 1g and 50g.  We will use this knowledge next week to do some class baking.  We also revised the properties of 2d shapes, and next week we will start looking at the more simple 3d shapes and where we can find them in everyday places.   We also gave our brains some good exercises with Kids Sudoku. They are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or hate them.  Try the one below with your child.  I’ve also put one on as POW.  The solution under the POW tab.

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In literacy, our explanation was about what is a gumball machine and how it works.   We are getting better at this genre of writing but still need to focus on making it more interesting as well as doing a proper introduction.   Our grammar focus continues to be adjectives and how they can improve our writing.  I will extend this further next week to investigate similes and metaphors which will lead nicely into our unit on poetry.

We are coming to the end of this UOI, and a lot of planning and research went into our summative task.  Students were given a choice of a medium where they could present their learning on this unit, Sharing the Planet.  Some students finished their work and have posted it to their blog. Please take a look.  Next week, we will start How We Express Ourselves, watch this space for the parent overview.

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Message from the Lower School Counsellor Ms Chutke
Students have been experimenting with their choice of language, including words that they have categorised as ‘bad words’. This is a natural process as they are easily influenced by older siblings, older students 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 or frustrated and are giving other better 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.
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

Week 26; 6th to 11th March.

Events Coming Up

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Wednesday 15th March;  1A Bottle and Bake Sale.  10.30am to 11.30am. To raise money for Plastic Free Seas.

Friday 31st March;  Dress Down Day.  The theme is to be confirmed.

Tuesday 4th April;  Ching Ming Festival  No school.

Friday 7th April;  Break up for Easter Holiday.

Tuesday 18th April;  Teachers back for Professional Development

Wednesday 19th April;  Students Return to School.

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

NEW DATE; MONDAY 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.


Events This Week. 

The Alan Dick Community Day was a fabulous morning of bonding and fun around the school, and there was a fantastic atmosphere at CDNIS!


In maths, we continued to focus on measurement as well as money.  We played shops with Hong Kong money and bought a whole bunch of expensive good.  While students found it easy to add up simple sums, finding change was more difficult.  Please if you are out and about shopping with your child.  See if they can work out how much change they should receive.  We also looked at litres and millilitres and real life measurement problems.  Next week the focus will be how to measure weight and temperature.

In literacy, our explanation writing was on why shoes need shoe laces and how to tie them.  In grammar, we started to learn about adjectives and use them to make our writing more interesting. In reading, students are practising looking at the picture to gather information as well in non-fiction texts. Often the words on the page reflect the picture, but the children and I noticed that you could learn more by looking at the picture carefully. Please do not worry (or hide the picture) when your child is reading, this is an important comprehension strategy. It helps them to develop a better understanding of the story.

We are coming to the end of this UOI and learning more about how all the earth resources are threatened by humans.  As part of appreciation of water, 1A had to walk to the park to fetch some water, walk up the hill and bring back the water.  We then measured how much we had left to drink after we took off different amounts for washing, farming, and cooking. It wasn’t much!

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Other Events Coming Up

CISPA has a Literacy guest speaker who will be coming to the school to talk about children and reading. The date is on the 13th of March at 8:30 AM in the Library pit. Please make mention of this in your blog. Description below:

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 8:30 am in the library pit.

 More information can be found at  http://cispa.hk/2017/03/workshop-for-parents-g2-g6/


PLEASE BAKE ON WEDNESDAY FOR OUR SALE!!  THANK YOU!

Week 25

Events Coming Up

Thursday 9th March, Alan Dick Day.  The Alan Dick Community Day is a whole-school event. We hope to see many parents at the event March 9. Children are encouraged to wear pink that day.  Students will be given an upper school buddy. The event will go ahead rain or shine.

Wednesday 15th March;  1A Bottle and Bake Sale.  10.30am to 11.30am. To raise money for Plastic Free Seas.

Friday 31st March;  Dress Down Day.  The theme is to be confirmed.

Tuesday 4th April;  Ching Ming Festival  No school.

Friday 7th April;  Break up for Easter Holiday.

Tuesday 18th April;  Teachers back for Professional Development

Wednesday 19th April;  Students Return to School.

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April; Student Led Learning Review.  No school that day, parents accompany children to learning review at an allotted time.

NEW DATE; MONDAY 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.


Events This Week  
 In maths, we have been focussing on measuring length with millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres.  Students had to identify what unit they would use to measure different things from a finger nail to a book to a piece of paper.   We also used this knowledge to measure how far a paper aeroplane went with our buddies.  Finally, we practised solving real life problems using measurement.
Our literacy focus is still on writing to explain, and the students had to write an explanation about the app they wanted to develop.  I’ll post the outcomes of this next week.  In grammar, we revised capital letters and punctuation.  In reading comprehension, our focus was on cause and effect.  1A got this concept, and hopefully, this will help deepen understanding of what they read.  Science seeks to explain and understand the natural world. Things happen for a reason: there is a cause for every effect.
In UOI we had an extremely insightful talk from Tanner Holland in grade 5 about what we can all do to reduce the amount of plastic in the oceans around Hong Kong.   We were also lucky to have a visit from the Hong Kong Water Board to teach us more about the water we use in our city.
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We as a class have decided to have a bake sale and sell cleaned lost water bottles to the rest of the school.  We will sell the lost property water bottles with some cupcakes on Wednesday 15th March.   Please, mums and dads, send in some baking on Wednesday 15th March.
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Other Events. 

Please have a look at the blog from the lower school admin team.
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.

Week 24; 20th to 24th February.

Events Coming Up

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.

Thursday 9th March, Alan Dick Day.  The Alan Dick Community Day is a whole-school event. We hope to see many parents at the event March 9. Children are encouraged to wear pink that day.  Students will be given an upper school buddy. The event will go ahead rain or shine.

Tuesday 4th April;  Ching Ming Festival  No school.

Friday 7th April;  Break up for Easter Holiday.

Tuesday 18th April;  Teachers back for Professional Development

Wednesday 19th April;  Students Return to School.

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April; Student Led Learning Review.  No school that day, parents accompany children to learning review at an allotted time.

NEW DATE; MONDAY 8th May;  GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC.  Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.


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Events This Week

Thank you, parents, for coming on our UOI field trip.  It was a gentle morning of finding out where we get our most important resources, water, in Hong Kong.  We have also been wondering why the distribution of water around the world is so unfair, with some countries relying on imports or a deep water well.
urlGrade 1A now want to take some action, so we are planning to clean and sell the unclaimed and unnamed lost water bottles and send the money raised to help Plastic Free Seas.  More details to follow.  We also helped the pre-reception class make some musical instruments from recycled rubbish. 

In Maths we continue to look at measurement but this time in connection with length.  We looked at how non-standard units of measurement can help to find out the length of different things. However, a standard unit is much easier in real life situations.  Next week we will spend a lot of time looking at a standard unit of measurement.  Standard units are the units we usually use to measure the weight, length or capacity of objects. The standard (metric) units that would be discussed at primary school would include: grams and kilograms, centimetres, metres and kilometres, millilitres and litres (though children also learn about imperial units in Year 5 maths)

In literacy, Ms Lovegrove is working with small groups focussing on the features of non-fiction books and reports.  In class, we looked at the importance of asking questions before, during and after you have read a book.  Researchers have also found that when adult readers are asked to “think aloud” as they read, they employ a wide variety of comprehension strategies, including asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading (Pressley and Afflerbach 1995).  The grammar focus was action verbs and putting them into the past tense.  In spelling, there are no new words this week, but we will continue to look at the last few weeks words.



Problem of the Week 13 

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.