Wow! We made it! School’s out for summer!
We were still learning this week with some more money talk in Math.
In Phonics we continued on blends, this week we learned -R blends. Our Word of the Week was “find”.
In IEYC we continued looking at different artists and had a great time making flower paintings with our fingers and making faces from vegetables!
I just want to say it has been an honour to teach your children this past year and I have so loved watching them grow. I’m excited that they are graduating from FS2 to Year 1 and I am thrilled to continue to be their teacher. We’ve got lots in store next year so rest up over the holidays and we’ll see you in August, ready to learn!
Wow! Another full week as we round the bend to the end of the school year.
In Math we began learning about time. Students started learning how to tell time to the hour on an analogue clock.
In Phonics we continued with “Magic E” and the long vowels O and U. The students are becoming astute young readers and writers.
In IEYC we began our new unit “Imagine That” which focuses on different artists and types of art. We learned about Jackson Pollock and his “action painting” which we recreated by using found objects from outside instead of paint brushes. Much to the pleasure of some of our class, we learned about rangoli from India and tried to create our own with some coloured sand. Also we learned about Paul Klee, a Swiss artist who painted a lot of houses and villages. We drew pictures of our own homes and coloured them vividly.
Book character dress up day was a hit. Congratulations to Maximos for being voted best costume in our class.
Last, but not least, the students presented the Google Slideshows they made last week in Monday’s assembly. I was very proud of them for presenting in front of the whole school.
That’s all for this week. Have a restful weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!
Wow, it’s been a busy week. The students did their GL Assessments in Maths and English this week. I am really proud of the effort they put in. It’s not easy writing such long tests at such a young age. The results of the tests are being scored now and we can discuss the results at the parent teacher conferences at the end of term.
In Maths we finished off our unit on data and graphing. The students surveyed the school and found out what the overall favourite animal of the school was (dogs). They learned to read graphs and how to compare two pieces of data within a graph.
In Phonics we started on “Magic E” where we learned that E at the end of a word makes the vowel say its name. We specifically studied Magic E with A and I. Our Word of the Week was “are”.
This week saw the close of our Animal Rescuers unit. We looked at penguins in Antarctica. We finished off by making our very own Google Slides presentations about animals we studied. I’m really proud of how well the students used a Google Image Search and the Slides software on their tablets.
Last week and this week a leveled reading book when home in your child’s homework folder. These books are to be read independently by your child. Please remember to include the books when returning your child’s homework on Wednesday. But these shouldn’t be the only books your child interacts with. Make sure you read your child’s library book with them. It’s OK if they can’t read those independently. Being read to is just as much a part of learning to read as reading independently.
That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!
Well we made it through our first full week back! Congratulations to all the students for their endurance.
A few housekeeping notes before the update:
The students have a library period every Thursday. They are to bring their Book Bags (either a blue or pink folder with handles) and their books so that they can receive new books. Reading is so important at this age so please don’t miss out on this opportunity.
A pink homework folder went home with some work sheets. Homework goes home on Fridays and is due back on Wednesdays. Homework is never meant to be a stressful event. If your child is struggling with the homework, please let me know so I can adapt it appropriately.
Our PE days are Monday and Friday. Please wear your grey PE t-shirts and appropriate bottoms and shoes to be active in.
And now for the update!
In Math we finished up our unit on subtraction. This is still a pretty tricky skill for the students as it is much easier to conceptualise adding more than it is taking away. I really applaud their efforts in learning.
In Phonics we did a review of CH/TH/SH and moved on to the digraph CK. Our Word of the Week was “Come”.
In IEYC we continued our journey around the world as Animal Rescuers. We read a story about a crocodile with a toothache and played a game where we pulled out the crocodile’s bad teeth. We played a jungle animal guessing game before moving on to the African Savannah where we learned people went on safari to see the animals by jeep so we made a jeep and some animal masks. We also practised our fine motor skills by threading the stripes onto very colourful zebras.
That’s all for this week!
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!
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!
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!