Term 1 Week 5 Update

Wow! What a great week of learning in FS1/2-Y1!

The students really enjoy their music time with Mr. Green.

In Maths we learned some arithmetic strategies and used the number line a lot to understand the relationship between numbers. We learned that subtracting is just counting down which we demonstrated by standing on a number, rolling a die, and walking down the number line. We did a scavenger hunt to help us start learning about adding three single-digit numbers. Our strategy for that is to look for numbers that can easily make 10. And we practised adding and subtracting 2 to any given number by hopping on the number line and also with a fun game with dice and counters. Students had a personal number line they could consult to confirm their answers.

In Literacy we started writing our own stories and working through the writing process. We began with prewriting using a graphic organiser to choose our character, setting, and plot (or as the students know it “what happens”). Then we drafted our stories. We had a writer’s workshop one-on-one with Ms. M where we looked for any mistakes we could correct in the revising and editing process. I’m very pleased to say we will be publishing our stories on Monday.

In IPC we continued on our SuperHumans unit. We designed and made a sensory book for a baby using all kinds of different textures. We learned about the eye and how it is connected to the brain. We drew our first scientific diagrams and also polled the school to see which eye colour was the most popular. Brown was the winner by an overwhelming majority. Finally we learned about the ear and sound. We sure did make a racket!

Next week is a short week with only 2 days before the Chuseok break. Don’t forget we will be celebrating Chuseok on Monday so your child can come in their hanbok or the traditional dress of your country (this is not mandatory).

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

Term 1 Week 4 Update

Well we are definitely into the swing of things here in FS 1/2 – Y1. We’ve had a lot of great learning going on this week.

As you know we begin our days with our Mindful Morning Meetings. Currently we’re working on emotions. We’ve discussed happiness and sadness and this week we went on to discuss fear, nervousness, and anxiety. The students were really upfront about what makes them feel scared and nervous and we talked about strategies that could help us overcome fear and anxiety. We set positive intentions for the day to “have a peaceful day” with a hand symbol (a bird flying like a dove) to help us remember to stay calm and peaceful. Today we wrote and drew our worries and fears on a piece of paper and then one by one tossed them into the trashcan, while telling our fears to “GET OUT OF HERE!”

In Maths we worked on more mental maths strategies like counting by 10s not just from 10 but from any number and how to estimate a quantity that we could check by counting later.

In Literacy we dove deep into the book The Rainbow Fish and studied it all week long. We read it many times. We wrote about our favourite part of the book. We did a sequencing activity where we put images of the book back in order. We did a role-play retelling activity where we acted out the story. And finally today we wrote our first book review.

We began our new IPC unit this week, “Super Humans” with a visit from Dr. M. We measured our height and weight and used the tablets with an app to measure our heart rates. Then we ran in place and measured our heart rates again. We all signed a promise to take good care of our bodies. We did our Knowledge Harvest by tracing Ayaka (our smallest classmate) onto a piece of paper and labelling it with all the body parts we knew. We compared human body parts to other animals and used our laptops to do it. Finally we went on a senses walk to see what we could see, hear, touch, and smell outside. We all decided we weren’t going to taste anything outside because it wasn’t a good idea to taste trees or mud.

In PE we practiced dribbling skills with a basketball this time and also did some more yoga.

Last, but not least, in ICT we began using the laptops and practised touch typing. The children found the platform we’re learning on fun but the practice of touch typing to be somewhat frustrating. It’s a big learning curve going from tablets to computers but I know they’ll be able to do it.

That’s all for this busy week! Have a restful weekend and we’ll see you again on Monday!

Term 1 Week 3 Update – Farewell Rani

Well, we survived the typhoon on Monday but sadly we did not have any class. Thank you so much to the parents who were ready to help their children with e-Learning. I’m glad we have structures in place for continuous learning should the need arise.

On Wednesday we said goodbye to our dear Rani Choi. She will be greatly missed.

This week had a lot of great learning. In Literacy we continued reading stories and writing responses to them. We learned about setting – the Where and When of a story. We identified the problem within a story. Finally we tried to add onto a story about a cat who likes to hide in boxes by using our imaginations to think of something our cat might like to do.

In Maths we finished off our Numbers to 20 by practicing ordering numbers 0-20 and began on some mental maths. We practiced our math facts with addition to 10 and also began exploring “double numbers” (the double of 1 is 2, the double of 2 is 4). We explored up to double 10 with a focus on doubles 1-5.

We finished off our IPC topic on Metagognition – thinking about thinking. We’ve had some robust discussions about learning. memory, the brain, and thinking. We’ll be starting our new IPC topic this upcoming week.

The students also still get developmental play time and they have been using it in all kinds of creative ways. I’m really excited to see their learning in action as they work with puzzles.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you ready to learn on Monday!

Term 1 Week 2 Update

Hello and welcome to our second week of school! We certainly had a fun and exciting week as we settle into our new routines.

On Monday, the children had their first Music lesson with Mr. Green. I could hear from my classroom that they were having an excellent time.

In PE we learned about dribbling as a way to control a ball with small movements to make the ball go where we wanted it to.

In Literacy we are learning about stories with familiar settings. This week we focused on characters. We learned who the main character and other characters were in stories and thought about who was our favourite character in the story. We also tried a new activity called Think, Pair, Share. In this activity after I ask a question, the students think silently about their answer. Then, they pair up with a partner and discuss their answer quietly, finally they share their answer with the class. This activity produced some rich discussions and everyone felt confident sharing their answer with the class.

In Maths we are looking at numbers 0-20. We spent some time using a number line to count the numbers in order. We played a game called “I Have Who Has?” to practice number identification. We used blocks to count concrete objects up to 20 and also to learn that no matter what shape a pile of objects is, it’s still the same number. I’m happy to say the students caught onto that quite quickly.

In IPC we continued with our Brainwave unit and learned more about how our brains worked. We learned about thinking outside the box by looking at close up photos of animals and guessing what they were. Then we used our tablets to take close up shots of things around the classroom for our classmates to guess. We also learned about giving clear instructions with an activity where we sat back to back and had to tell our partners what to draw on their whiteboards so that they would produce the same picture as us. Finally, we used the laptop computers. That was a slow process as this is very new for all the children but I know they will become adept with the computers as we practice more.

That’s all for this week. Don’t forget, Monday is going to be e-Learning. Please log on to Google Classroom by 9 am for your first lesson. Instructions on how to use Google Classroom were sent in the school newsletter. I will be sending further instructions via email this weekend about how to log out of Kids Mode as well as other information regarding usernames and passwords that you may need.

Have a great weekend. Stay dry. And we’ll see you virtually on Monday!