WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME / LITERACY:
This week during inquiry we spent time dissecting and constructing biographies, analyzing the features of this type of recount text. Cooperatively in small groups, students began to research and write a short group biography on a significant individual. Each group will use these biography posters to teach the class about the significant individual researched. The children will peer assess their presentation skills to help them develop confidence when presenting to an audience.
The children also sequenced their own personal timeline and have begun to write their own autobiographies using this information. Thank you for your help in choosing and recording dates of these significant moments.
In addition to using the timeline as a plan for write autobiographies, they will also share their timelines in an oral presentation and self assess their own presentation skills. The children are focusing on posture, eye contact, clear voice, good pace and volume and effective use of expression. Students have asked about adding photographs/drawings to their timelines, and we discussed how these could be collected and used if they would like to include them. It is totally optional.
This week Pablo Picasso was the significant individual who inspired self-portraits. Using blending and cubism techniques, as well as incorporating both warm and cool colours, allowed for creative experimentation.
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!
EVERY MONDAY – PE has swapped again due to swimming!
Monday, March 27 – Photos for timeline (optional)
Thursday, March 30th – Swimming PE Lessons resume
Thursday, March 30th – Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap (7:00-7:40 12F cafeteria)
Friday, April 28 – Student Led Learning Reviews (Prep-G5)
A note from the Lower School Admin Team:
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 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.
Lower School Admin Team