Gong Hei Fat Choy!
Wishing everyone happiness, health, and prosperity during the Year of the Pig. Our class enjoyed the activities held at the annual CDNIS Flower Market. Most of the students came wearing their traditional Lunar New Year clothes and went off in small groups to participate in the mini games held by parent volunteers, browse through the shops for a small gift for a friend, and line up for fresh snacks. This event couldn’t have been successful without the help of all the parent volunteers – thank you for the memories!
Returning back from the Lunar New Year holiday, we will continue with our unit focusing on design. Students have all been now grouped into their Design Groups and have been brainstorming and learning various skills to help them create a final piece in our upcoming fashion show. Our Friday Skills Workshops have been a hit with all the students. A final Skills Workshop will be offered at the end of this week. The topic of futurism has been explored in various subjects such as: Visual Arts, Coding, Language, etc. All the teachers and I are looking forward to the final products that will be showcased on March 15.
In Maths, we will be starting Fractions, a major unit in the Grade 5 curriculum. The slides that students will be learning from will be shared in the Google Classroom and updated as the lessons progress. We will start by focusing our attention on representing fractions in a variety of ways (ie – each way highlights something different about a fraction) and being able to identify and compare equivalent fractions.
Our weekly schedule returns with an addition of swimming every Wednesday until April 12. Please be sure to have all your swimming items on Wednesday, a double period after lunch is devoted for this. Regular PE in the gym/on the field continues on Fridays.
Here is a message from our Head of Aquatics Programme, Darren McHugh…
Grade 5 will be starting swimming this week as part of their PE Programme.
Please note the following:
Swim Hat Uniform
The Aquatic department and PE Department have a PE swimming Hat Uniform policy . Students must wear a swim hat at the pool. Student can purchase their own Swim Hat or purchase them from Aquatics office $20. Each hat is a high quality silicon hat with CDNIS and an animal printed on each side. All students are expected to have their Swimming Hats by week 2 of swimming
This block of swimming finishes on 12th April. As swimming is an important part of their PE Programme and a lifelong skill that all students should have, students are expected to attend each class. Students will only be excused for medical reasons.
Swim staff are aware that some students may be nervous or anxious about swimming and will prepare to make the learning environment safe, fun and pleasant at all times.
Teaching / Grouping
For PE school swimming students from each class are divided into 4 animal groups and although they are based on ability, levels can vary greatly within each class with some classes of similar ability and others having a wider range of swimming ability. As classes change each year, your son / daughter may be in the same ‘animal level’ from last year although they have improved in swimming ability.
For PE school swimming, although we focus on technique and stroke correction, a large part of the class is also focused on water confidence and safety in and around water. We will practice life jackets, safe entries, survival swimming and learning through fun games.
Make up classes
If a class group misses a lesson, there will be make up lessons available. The Homeroom Teacher and Aquatics Department will arrange another suitable time and date. Note, there will be limited time allocations and days available.
Darren McHugh (Head of Aquatics Programme)