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.



FS 1/2 – Y1 Week 8 Update

A little housekeeping before we begin:

Homework

Homework has gone home this week. There is some Phonics, Maths, and IPC which reflects the learning we’re doing in class.

Homework will go home every Friday and is due back Wednesday of the following week.

For FS2 I will be sending homework but it is not mandatory.

For Y1 homework is mandatory but it is not meant to cause stress. I have a very flexible homework policy and please let me know if there’s any issues with the homework and I will adjust accordingly.

In this week’s Phonics Homework it talks about “Skill Focus Words”. This week’s Phonics Skill Focus is Short Vowel A (cat, rat, sat). I hope this helps.

Also a reader went home. This is yours to keep. A new one will be going home every Thursday or Friday and you can keep those and read with your child. As our term progresses I will also try to send home levelled readers that are at your child’s reading level. Those will need to be returned. There isn’t one in this week’s homework pack.

Bookbags and Library

Just a gentle reminder that we have Library class every Thursday. Bookbags are to be brought that day and library books that were borrowed the week previous are to be returned.

And now, the update.

As seen in our homework, we have begun a new phonics program. For the next few weeks we will be focusing on short vowels in CVC words. This week was Short Vowel A.

In Literacy we have begun learning about instructions. The students scoured the school and Hanmaeum centre looking for examples of instructions that were posted. We made a photo collage of these instructions on our tablets. We also began learning about what makes a good instruction.

In Maths we’ve begun looking at shapes. We did some exploration of 2D and 3D shapes. This begins our Geometry unit which will continue for some weeks.

In IPC we finished up our Super Humans unit by looking at the sense of taste. We tried an experiment using trying to only use our sense of taste (not sight or smell) to determine the flavour of something. We also looked at the Food Pyramid and began talking about healthy food. We made menus for our own healthy restaurants. We finished off the week with a lively discussion about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how in some parts of the world people do not have clean water or enough food. The students were very curious and asked a lot of questions.

In PE we played some low-contact games. Isabella taught us how to spin like a dancer. We tried an activity we learned in our Monday assembly where we all had to stand on a mat and try to flip it over without falling off. The children had a great time.

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