Term 2 Week 2 Update

Wow it’s so nice to be back in the classroom. There was a lot of exciting learning going on this week.

In Phonics we looked at R-blends and our Alphabet Friends finished off their initial sounds unit.

In Literacy we did a close study of the traditional tale The Three Billygoats Gruff. We made a lapbook and in it contained finger puppets which we used to do oral retellings of the story in small groups.

In Maths we worked on addition to 20 focusing on the + and – symbol. We also began looking at 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less than any given number within 30. The students had great fun using our new interactive whiteboard to solve problems.

In IPC we continued on our Freeze It! topic. We had a look again at insulation and built cooler boxes to try to keep ice frozen all day. We also began looking at some geography learning about cold places in the world. We had a really robust discussion while looking at some NASA satellite images of the world at different times of year. We also looked at snow and ice festivals around the world and made posters advertising them.

In the very important world of child development, the students were excited to work on the new puzzles we got over the break. They also have been creating some elaborate Lego creations.

That’s it for this week. Have a good weekend. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay dry and we’ll see you on Monday for another exciting week of learning!

Term 2 Week 1 Update

Well it certainly was a strange start to the term but I’m happy for a successful week of e-learning. Thank you so much to all the parents who helped so much. I couldn’t do this without you.

This week we started a new IPC topic called Freeze It! looking at ice from a science, design, and geography standpoint. This week we started with science. We froze and melted ice, tried to keep ice from melting, and made delicious ice treats.

In Phonics we looked at L-blends. In Literacy we began our new unit on Traditional Tales. We read some stories and did work around our favourite parts of the story, our favourite characters, and simple retelling with Beginning, Middle, and End.

In Maths we did some problem solving with the aid of a number line. We did addition and subtraction within 20 while keeping in mind that addition is just counting on and subtraction is just counting down.

I can’t wait to see everyone back at school on Monday. Please pack students e-Learning worksheets to bring with them and we’ll paste them into the appropriate notebooks.

For those parents who chose not to do a virtual Parent-Teacher Conference, I will be contacting you soon to arrange a time to meet before February 8th.

Thank you again for all you did this week. Have a restful weekend. See you Monday!

Term 1 Week 17 Update

And that’s a wrap, folks. Thank you so much for your involvement and patience this term especially this week of e-learning. We have our fingers crossed that we’ll be back to face-to-face classes after the winter break but please know the school will keep you well informed of developments in this regard.

In Phonics this week we looked at Bossy R (or R-controlled) vowels. Our Alphabet friends did the letters K, B, U, and Z.

In Literacy we read stories with rhymes and worked on some rhyming worksheets.

In Maths we looked at digital time, and elapsed time.

In PE we did some Winter Yoga.

In IPC we focussed on the celebration of Christmas ending off today with a cookie party. I hope you all enjoyed it.

Have a wonderful Winter Holiday everyone. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who celebrate!

Term 1 Week 16 Update

Sadly, this was our last in-class week. As you are aware, we will be online for the last week of term. Supplies went home today which are for Monday and Tuesday (and other days as well) Another batch of supplies will go home on Monday afternoon with the end of term report cards.

We had a great week of learning, nonetheless. In Phonics we looked at the digraphs KN, WR, and CK. For those students learning the alphabet and initial sounds, we looked at the letters I, S, F, and R. I continue to be impressed with the students’ ability to learn these new spelling patterns and apply them to their work. In Literacy, we continued to look at rhyme by reading stories with rhyming patterns and listening for rhyming words.

In Maths we looked at time to the hour on an analogue clock. We made a large clock and made sure that we knew where each number went. We practiced drawing both the hour and the minute hand for any given hour.

In IPC we used our planned upcoming Winter Show and End of Year Party to explore preparing for a celebration. We brainstormed necessary elements for a party and wrote a plan in groups. We designed party hats to be made and learned about some elements of design such as making a list of necessary materials. Finally we made posters advertising our Winter Show and Party to be displayed in the school.

Our Morning Meetings for the last 7 weeks have been focussing on kindness. This week we learned about gratitude, peacefulness, and random acts of kindness. We also learned that like ripples in water, kindness has a ripple effect. If we are kind to someone it can make many people’s day better.

We’ve been making use of the gymnasium during PE and have been playing lots of running games to take advantage of the space. Tying in with our learning about time in Maths, we have been enjoying playing What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?

That’s it for this week Please remember to log into Google Classroom for 9am on Monday. We will begin our day with Calendar Time which will be a live, on-camera meeting. A link will be waiting for you in the Classroom. See you Monday!

Term 1 Week 15 Update

Well we’re into the home stretch. Just a few more weeks of learning to go then a well-earned break. The students are still hard at work learning through experience, play, and old fashioned hard work.

Speaking of play, the students have been having a great time moving their bodies in PE. We’ve been playing a variety of cooperative games in the hall and in the gymnasium.

In Phonics we looked at the digraphs WH and PH. I am just amazed at the spelling ability of these children. They’re learning so much so quickly and applying it in all they do. In Literacy we continued looking at rhyming.

In Maths we’re working on measuring time. We did activities to understand how long 1 minute was such as seeing how many times we could write our names in one minute or how many times we could take on and off our shoes.

In IPC we’re still learning about celebrations. We took a trip to the post box around the corner. Keep an eye on your post is all I’m going to say. The rest is a secret!

We also researched some of our favourite celebration songs. The students are becoming more and more familiar with the computers and it gets easier each time. We also made a reindeer craft as we roll closer and closer to the celebration of Christmas.

That’s it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm. Stay safe. And we’ll see you on Monday for some more great learning!

Term 1 Week 13 Update

Wow! We made it through our CIS evaluation week. I am so proud of all the children who displayed their best behaviour and learning while both on camera and off.

Mr. Green has brought in his guitar so music lessons were very fun for the children. They also got to play some instruments.

Mr. Green also came up with a great mentoring activity for our assembly on Teamwork. The students worked together to use string and a rubber band to lift paper cups. They definitely needed to work together!

As some of you may know, the injury in my foot has not healed as I thought it had but thankfully during the last few weeks I have taught them some games in PE which they can play without much demonstration from me. We also played some old favourites from last year which the students familiar with the game taught the new students from this year how to play.

In Maths we continued learning about measurement. We focused this week on weight and capacity. They were able to do some exciting (and a little messy) experiements.

In Phonics we learned new spelling patterns such as “SS” “FF” and “LL” at the end of words. We learned that words that end with S/F/L that are preceded by a short vowel often have that letter doubled at the end.

In IPC we continued on our Celebrations unit and we learned a bit about the Jewish celebration of lights called Hannukah. We made a dreidel which is a traditional toy used to play a game with chocolate coins known as gelt. The students were excited to make their dreidles as well as play and take a bunch of chocolate home. We also made a traditional Hanuukah food called “latkes” which are potato pancakes. The children thought these were delicious and asked that I share the recipe with you. You can find the recipe here. Please note, the recipe says to eat them with apple sauce or sour cream. We just tried them plain with a little salt.

That’s all for this week! We’ll see you next week for another jam-packed week of fun learning.

Term 1 Week 12 Update

These children sure are learning the meaning and proper usage of “jam-packed” as we had another jam-packed week of new and exciting learning. We started new units in IPC, Maths, and Literacy!

In Maths we began learning about measurement. We started by working on length and height. The children got longer/shorter right away but we needed to spend a little extra time on taller/shorter. They did get it in the end. We used lots of hands-on activities to learn these concepts and re-enforce the proper vocabulary. We counted out the letters in our names and represented them with snap cubes so we could compare names and see who had a longer or shorter name. We had a scavenger hunt in the classroom looking for items that were longer, shorter, or the same length as a Popsicle stick. We made play dough snakes and ordered them from shortest to longest. In pairs we traced our bodies onto paper and ordered them so the children could see the height difference in class. Sometimes these paper models weren’t the most accurate so they didn’t perfectly line up with who actually was the tallest or shortest in the class but it was a great visual aid for them to order the paper cutouts. We also made a height mini book looking for items that were taller and shorter than other things in the class.

In Phonics we finished up our Short Vowels that we’ve been working on for the last 5 weeks with Short Vowel E. We’re on to new spelling patterns from next week. It’s been really exciting watching the children grow into more confident readers and writers. For the members of our class that are being introduced to the letters of the alphabet we made it all the way to X this week. Everyone is excited to make it to letter Z on Tuesday.

In Literacy we began working on simple rhymes. We reviewed rhyming words with a slideshow game. We have been reading a lot of Dr. Seuss as he has amazing rhymes in his books. The students read along to Hop on Pop and listened intently as I attempted Fox in Socks (the tongue twister book) and we all enjoyed Green Eggs and Ham today. We’ve also been learning simple rhymes we can sing and clap along to. We worked on Pat-a-Cake this week and I’m pleased to see the children working on both rhythm and rhyme with this clapping game. I’ve promised them next week we’ll try the more difficult and longer Miss Mary Mack. Wish us luck!

Let’s Celebrate is our newest unit in IPC and that will take us to the end of the term. We began with a class party on Tuesday as our Entry Point. It was declared as “the best day ever” (we do seem to have a lot of those, but I’m certainly not complaining). We made decorations and party hats, listened to some music, and had some snacks. We continued the theme with our Knowledge Harvest where the students helped me make a poster of all the celebrations they know or have been a part of. Then, we made a timeline of celebrations in our lives. Thank you to all the parents who emailed me photos to put on the timelines. Finally today we learned a bit about Diwali as it is celebrated on Saturday and we did a compare and contrast with Chuseok.

If any families would like to share their Diwali pictures with me over the weekend I will make a slideshow so students can see how you celebrated this weekend. We would do this on Tuesday.

In PE we played lots of running and catching games. We also brought in a new game called “Rotten Eggs” where there are 2 people throwing “rotten eggs” at the students (soft balls) if you get hit with the ball you must freeze. You can be unfrozen if someone crawls between your legs. They found this very enjoyable!

That’s all for this week. Next week is our CIS inspection so please remember there is no class for students on Friday. Have a happy weekend and I’ll see you all Monday for another jam-packed week!

Term 1 Week 11 Update

I taught the kids “jam-packed” today to explain the busy day we had but really we had a jam-packed week full of exciting learning.

With Mrs. Sim teaching Mr. Green’s class this week, the students got a little change in their music class. They were very excited to learn with her.

In Maths we worked on symmetry. We looked at patterns with mirrors to see how they were the same on both sides if we looked through a mirror. We looked at symmetry in nature – specifically butterflies – and made a butterfly symmetry craft. Also we played a Thumbs Up Thumbs Down and Move It! review game where the children had to decide if a line through a shape was a line of symmetry and give their answer with a thumbs up or down (some of them were quite tricky) and every few slides the students did some exercise at their desk such as jumping jacks or desk push-ups. They declared that a real winner and said we should do more activities like that in the future.

In Phonics we looked at the Short Vowel O in CVC words and also looked at the sounds of letters O-S for those of us learning our alphabet. Next week is Short Vowel E and then we’ll be done all our short vowels and onto learning new sounds and spelling patterns!
In Literacy we finished up instructions by writing instructions for making sandwiches. We worked in groups and began by writing a draft with a word mat to help us. Then we revised our instructions – many children had to be reminded that instructions need verbs. After that, we published our instructions and Ms. Jiyu laminated them so that today we could move onto the final step of making the sandwiches. We traded instructions between groups and made another group’s sandwich based on their instructions. Of course we all got the opportunity to have a little taste of our sandwich creations.

In IPC we finished up our Push Me Pull You unit on forces. Thank you to all the parents who could make it to our virtual show and tell. Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to have you all into the class for our celebrations of learning. This week we learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and made PSAs. We created our own toys to show pushes and pulls. Finally, we looked at what happens when movement comes to a sudden stop with great force by rolling a homemade car with a (boiled) egg down a ramp and having it knock into a stopper. My egg cracked and the students were tasked with keeping their eggs in their cars to avoid breaking. They had a lot of fun with this activity.

No one was happier than the kids that I am out of my boot and able to do proper PE again. We went to both the field and the gymnasium and played a variety of games involving movement such as running and hopping and skipping. We played “the penguin game” that required the students to walk like penguins until I called out a number and they had to arrange themselves with that many students – no more and no less – on a mat. If they didn’t have the right number of students on the mat that group had to do some callisthenics.

That’s all for this week. We’ll see you on Monday for all-new learning adventures!

Term 1 Week 10 Update

Wow! What a way to end this week. Scary Dress Up Day was a huge success. Thanks to all the hard work of the parents in the PTA for decorating. Thank you to everyone who donated candy for the children’s treat bags. Thank you for all the effort that went into your children’s costumes. To quote Max, “Ms. M. Today was a really special, great day.”

But it wasn’t all fun and games this week. We did lots of learning. Well, actually we learn a lot through games so we did see a few of those this week especially in Maths. We delved into 3D shapes and played some attribute bingo, a board game matching real life objects to their 3D shape counterpart, and we went on a scavenger hunt using QR codes around the school.

In Literacy we continued working on instructions and used differentiated learning to write or sequence instructions on making a jam sandwich.
In Phonics we worked with the Short Vowel U for those of us learning to read and the letters K-N for those of us learning our letters for the first time. That means we’re over half-way through the alphabet!

As I’m sure you were told when your children got home on Wednesday, I was absent with a stomach bug. Please be aware that viruses that cause illness like the stomach flu travel quickly through schools and please keep your children home if they’re feeling poorly. I’m feeling better and your children were in good hands on the day of my absence continuing their same learning in Maths and Phonics and reviewing sequencing for Literacy while making a Jack-o-Lantern craft.

We did lots of great experiments in IPC as we continued to learn about forces. We went to the gym and felt air resistance by running freely, running with a small piece of card held in front of our bodies, then running with a large piece of card. They then illustrated their observations in a comic book style.

We also experimented with water as a force while we learned about predictions and tests. We predicted what would happen when we squirted a toy boat with water of varying force and then we tested our hypotheses.

The children have been great sports about my foot being out of commission which limits what we can do in PE. They’ve continued doing yoga and today we did a spooky work-out video to get our muscles moving and our hearts pumping.

And of course, we all bid a fond farewell to Mr. Kearney today. The whole school made him a goodbye card. The students did their best to write him messages. Authentic use of writing really brings out the best in young learners.

That’s all for this week. Have a Happy Halloween to those who celebrate. Rest well, and we’ll see you on Monday!

Term 1 We 9 Update

Another week of exciting learning happened here in FS 1/2-Y 1 this week.

In Phonics we spent the week looking at CVC words with the short vowel I as in “pig” and “bin”. We’re also working our way through the alphabet for the younger students and we studied the sounds of F-I.
In Literacy we broadened out from instructions to all of non-fiction. We learned where the non-fiction section in the library was and we studied different parts of books such as the title, author, and illustrator.

In Maths we dove deep into 2D shapes by making a Shape Turkey, doing a scavenger hunt for 2D shapes around the school, and learning some new words like “octagon”, and “parallelogram”.

We began our new IPC unit about Forces and began investigating the forces that move everything in our world: push and pull. We did a tug of war. We observed push and pull in every day life around the school, and we used a car and a ramp to study the effects of push on speed and distance. We also learned a little bit about friction.

In ICT the students were excited to use computers again. We practiced typing some more.

That’s it for this week. Don’t forget about Scary Dress-Up Day next Friday. I look forward to seeing everyone’s costumes. Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you on Monday.