Term 3 Week 5 Update – Back to School!

Wow! I can’t believe we’re back. It was so great having a full and lively classroom again. We’ve got some adjusting to do back to classroom routines but I’m happy to say this week was largely a success.

I’d like to begin by welcoming Olivia Walker-Hutchison in person to our class. She’s been attending online classes with us so we feel like we know her. And I would like to extend a warm HFS welcome to Rani Choi who is just now joining us for the rest of the term. It’s wonderful having these girls in our class.

In Phonics we learned the digraph CH. I was really pleased to see how well the students did on their independent spelling and making words with magnets. They’re really getting it. We also did reading assessments this week so that we’re ready to start our “Just Right Groups” next week for guided reading.

In Math we worked on subtraction. It’s a trickier skill than addition and it’s going to take a lot of practice but I’m happy that everyone is giving it their best shot. We’ll be continuing subtraction next week.

We started our new IEYC topic this week Animal Rescuers. We made phones (so that we didn’t have to share a class phone) and got calls from the Animal Rescue Centre that we were going to be needed to help animals around the world. We made our class into a jungle by taking tree rubbings and making vines out of paper. We learned about animal movement and made our own animal stories book.

Also, today we had a little birthday party for me. Thank you so much, parents, for helping your children make the cards and flowers. It really meant a lot to me. With social distancing still somewhat necessary a birthday dance party with FS 1/2 was the best gift I could have hoped for. Your children mean the world to me and it was wonderful celebrating with them.

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to a full week back to school next week!

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Term 3 Week 4 Update

Wow! I am so proud of all the learning the children have been doing through this eLearning time. I can’t believe it’s almost to an end.

We’ve finished up our unit in Math on Addition Stories. The students really know their math facts on sums from 0 to 10! Next week we start some tricky work – subtraction!

Our Blast Off! unit came to an end this week culminating with a wonderful cookie party. I hope you enjoyed the time in the kitchen with your children this week starting with slime and ending with a delicious treat. Hopefully the parents got to try some of those cookies!

In Phonics we continued on digraphs and introduced the digraph SH. I’m really excited to see the children start to put their new phonics knowledge into action when we get back to the classroom next week.

As you know, we’re still home on Monday and Tuesday, and we’re getting the school ready to see you on Wednesday. From the literature sent home it’s pretty clear things will be different here at school when we come back. Please remind your children that we will have to keep physical distance when we’re at school. We have to wash our hands thoroughly and frequently. And we absolutely have to wear our masks. Children need to be responsible for their own masks so please practice putting them on and off independently in the time we have before we come back. Children will only be allowed to take their masks off for snack and lunch but they must be able to do it themselves.

I am so excited to have everyone back next week and we’re going to have a great time! See you online on Monday and see you in person on Wednesday!Cookie Party! (Friday) (22 May 2020 2_38_34 pm) Touchdown on Planet Moonbeam (Tuesday 1) (19 May 2020 2_13_27 pm) Touchdown on Planet Moonbeam (Tuesday 1) (May 19, 2020 2_05_47 PM) 20200519_140136 Touchdown on Planet Moonbeam (Tuesday 1) (19 May 2020 2_26_44 pm) Touchdown on Planet Moonbeam (Tuesday 1) (19 May 2020 2_35_01 pm) Where does Moonbeam Live (20 May 2020 3_02_12 pm) Where does Moonbeam Live (May 20, 2020 3_05_28 PM) What do Aliens Eat_ (Thursday) (21 May 2020 2_09_51 pm) (1) Addition Sums to 10 (Friday) (22 May 2020 10_07_19 am) IMG_4859 IMG_4845

Term 3 Week 3 Update

Well our 3rd week of the term has come to an end. And as you read in this morning’s school newsletter we have an end in sight for e-learning. I’d like to thank the parents again for all that you’ve been doing with your children during this time.

In Phonics we finished up Short Vowels and have started on Digraphs. Today we began learning “TH”.

In Maths we continued doing addition focusing on different strategies and working towards doing word problems (more of that next week).

In IEYC we continued our space theme focusing on the Moon this week. We learned about phases of the moon and some of the first space missions. Next week we’ll be finishing up this unit culminating with a space food (cookie) party on Friday. Hopefully we’ll get to see our friend Moonbeam again!

Have a great weekend  and we’ll see you rested and refreshed on Monday!

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Term 3 Week 2 Update

Well here we are finished another week! And what a great week it’s been.

In Math we finished up our unit on Addition to 10. Next week we’ll start our new unit and be looking at different addition strategies and word problems.

In Phonics we finished off Short Vowel U and started our Short Vowel Review.

In IEYC we continued to explore themes around space. We said goodbye to Moonbeam but went to visit him with our astronaut packs!

I can’t wait for next week’s learning! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday!

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Term 3 Week 1 Update

Wow! What an exciting entrance to Term 3 we’ve had!

We started a new unit in Math on Addition to 10. Our Phonics is continuing with Short Vowels. We did E and started U this week. We also returned to doing Word of the Week and our Sight Word was “love”. Of course we started our new IEYC unit “Blast Off!” a unit about space and planets with a little visit from an extraterrestrial guest, Moonbeam. We’ve also started having more, and longer, video chats. I hope the children are pleased to see each other and each others work in these chats. It’s been fun for me to share with them.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday. Don’t forget, Tuesday of next week is a holiday so there will be no school.

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Term 2 Week 11 Update

Wow! What an exciting end to Term 2! That whole-school assembly really was something. Congratulations to all our award winners. You deserved it.

This week we finished off our Math unit comparing numbers within 20. In Phonics we continued with short vowels doing the letters I and O. In IEYC we finished off our Going Places transportation unit. Thanks so much for making those great pictures to go in our final assembly story. I will put the link to that Google Slideshow on Classroom so you can look at it whenever you want.

We’re ready to start Term 3 on Monday. We’ll be continuing in our Phonics book but there is a new Word of the Week Sight Words book going home in your packet. Also for IEYC we’ll be starting a new unit called Blast Off! Some homemade play dough came home in your packet today. It is best kept in the fridge. We’ll be using it on Friday. And of course, we’ll be starting some new Math!

See you all on Monday! Have a great weekend!

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Term 2 Week 10 Update

Well we’re well into our new normal of e-learning. Thank you again to the parents for helping your children implement their learning. You are invaluable.

In Math we continued our unit comparing numbers within 20. In Phonics we started our new unit with short A CVC words. In IEYC we continued our transportation unit looking at air transport this time.

Reports have gone home this week with your child’s learning pack. Please be sure to schedule a parent-teacher conference.

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

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Welcome Back to E-Learning! Term 2 Week 9 Update

Wow! Welcome back! I’m so proud of how well the children have adapted to the e-learning. I know this is challenging for everyone and I just want to extend my sincere thanks to the parents who have been instrumental in making e-learning work.

This week we started a new Math unit – comparing numbers to 20. Our Phonics finished off with letters W and Q and that means KinderPhonics Unit 2 is finished. We will begin Unit 3 next week. The new books are being delivered today. In IEYC we continued on our unit Going Places by exploring water transport and themes around water and the ocean.

Thank you again for everyone’s hard work. I look forward to seeing you all Monday morning. Have a great weekend!

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Term 2 Week 8 Update

Wow! What a week! Thank you so much to the parents who have done so much to help your children this week of e-learning. We had some growing pains but we still learned a lot.

In Math we learned about 2D shapes. In Phonics we learned about the letters J and X. Our word of the week was “this”. In IEYC we started our new unit about transportation.

We had video chats and got to see each other. We watched videos to help our learning. It’s been an interesting challenge.

We will now go on break for 2 weeks. The school is set to re-open on Monday the 16th. If there are changes to this schedule parents will be notified by the school.

Have a great break. Stay safe. And we’ll see you soon!

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