Term 2 Week 5 Update

I’d like to begin this update by extending a warm welcome to our newest classmate, Ayaka, in FS 1. We’re so pleased to have him in the class.

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This week began with a fun assembly looking at the effects of water pollution. In their mentoring groups, the students read about the journey of Freddie the Fish who swam down the stream encountering one pollutant after another. It was a real hands-on experience as they used safe household products like dish soap, soil, syrup, and raisins to simulate all the toxic pollutants that can enter our water. Environmental awareness is one of our core values and activities like this one always help the students understand the effects their actions have on the environment.

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We continued with our Math work looking at comparing numbers. We explored how many more one number is from another number and how many less. We used a lot of hands-on methods. The students also took their second-ever math test (a very short 4 question test at the end of the unit to check on understanding). They did wonderfully both in their ability to show their learning and their understanding of not shouting out the answer. We will be moving on to our new Math unit next week – looking at 100! This is a planned 2 week unit and it’s the perfect time of year to be doing it as we are getting close to our 100th day of school. Today was day 94.

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In Phonics we looked at the letters C and U and our word of the week was “we”.

As it is both cold and flu season and with coronavirus being in the news, we took the opportunity to learn about germs and how they spread. We talked about covering our mouth when we cough and sneeze and being sure to wash our hands frequently. We know sharing is good but sharing germs is not!

In IEYC we continued with our superhero exploration. We explored different movements that superheros can do such as fly (like Superman) or plod (like The Hulk). We also wrote some superhero stories in our IEYC books taking the opportunity to use some of those sight words we’ve been learning.

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And of course today was Pyjama Day! Thank you to all who participated and sent their 5,000won. The money will be going to support those affected by the Australia wildfires. At the end of the day when it was time to watch our movie and eat popcorn, we had a whole-school competition for best pyjamas and our Elif Ece won! Congratulations!

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That’s all for this week. Don’t forget we have the field trip next Thursday. We will be leaving the school at 9:15, eating our snack and lunch at the location, and we are expected to return to school by 2:30.

Have a restful weekend and we’ll see you ready to learn on Monday!