Some information to share

Dear Parents,

I hope you and your child enjoyed the long weekend.

  • Please find a letter here for information about our current learning in Mathematics.
  • A message from from Ms. Santos: Please have your child come to school wearing their PE uniform in the morning on Wednesdays, Week 1.
  • We have a yearbook photo session scheduled for Thursday, October 5.
  • If your child feels he/she would enjoy a cushion to sit on during reading time, you may provide one for your child to encourage them to feel comfortable as they read.  This is optional.
  • Please remind your child to bring notebooks and their Maths book back to school everyday.
  • Please encourage your child to do his/her homework.
  • Here are photos from our first field trip to Zoorasia. The students had a lot of fun with their classmates. Thank you so much Mrs. Lee for chaperoning us and taking a lot of photos!! This field trip couldn’t have happened without you!

Kind regards,

Kyoka Frost

                             

Week 5

Thank you very much for coming to the Open House on Monday. I hope that you had a good grasp of how lessons generally go and  that you enjoyed observing your child working hard!

  • Here is some information about our learning.
    The past two weeks, we worked on:
    Writer’s Workshop: Narrative writing strategies and the process of writing true stories. The students were encouraged to self assess their writing against the checklists and then make changes accordingly.  I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the use of the checklist for self assessment as this helps students to be more independent and responsible for their own writing.
    Reader’s Workshop: The students developed strategies for  gaining deeper reading comprehension. They  were taught to become more independent when critiquing texts as they read. They were taught strategies to notice small details in a text that carry significant meanings. This requires resilience and effort. Another focus was on deducing the meaning of text with attention to the gist, synonyms, antonyms and explanations.
    Maths Workshop: For the past two weeks we investigated addition and subtraction with two and three digit numbers. The students practiced and applied their addition strategies (up to 10+10) to deal with bigger numbers more smoothly and quickly in real life contexts. They were encouraged to quickly double-check their answers to avoid careless mistakes as well as to read maths problems thoughtfully to avoid misunderstandings. Generally speaking G3 students are more prone to make mistakes when undertaking subtraction.

For the next two weeks we will be working on:
Writer’s WorkshopThe art of information writing. The students will write information texts to teach with authority and intended for real audiences. They will work towards a higher level of, well structured information writing with a table of contents. Concrete strategies will be taught. More emphasises will be on drafting and revising.
Reader’s WorkshopExpository texts. The students will learn the structure of expository texts and be guided to identify main ideas and supporting details. They will also work on note taking skills (boxes and bullets). Another focus will be to think and ‘talk back’  to(critique) the texts the students read.  They will determine the author’s perspective on a topic as well as to offer their own perspective.
Maths Workshop: Data handling (e.g. data collection, classifications, organisation). Please find more information here.

  • Homework for this long weekend: all students have written down their homework in their Homework Notebook. Please encourage your child to work on their homework.
  • Future Homework: From next week your child will regularly bring home ‘I can statements’ (learning goals) pasted into their homework book. ‘I can statements’ describe your child’s (intended) learning for that day. The daily homework task will be for your child to describe and explain what they have learned to you or their childminder by referring to each ‘I can statement’.  The action of explaining their learning will also deepen their learning. This process will also give you a clear picture of exactly what was taught to your child each day and whether or not they met the intended learning goals. Here is an example of what you might see pasted in the homework book and what your child might say. These conversations can be undertaken in your native tongue or English.

This procedure should last for about ten minutes. It is not necessary for your child to explain every single  ‘I can statement’; I will highlight in bold the statements which are the most important. You or their childminder are asked to sign the homework book to confirm your child has completed this activity with you. You are encouraged to write a short comment in their homework book describing how well they performed and any ‘I can statements’ they found  tricky to demonstrate or explain. They are also expected to read for twenty minutes.

  • 27th is our field trip day. I have sent out an email regarding this. Please read the email if you have not yet done so.
  • below photos are from a buddy time with G1.

  

 

Thank you.

Week 3

Week 3 has finished and I hope your child feels settled down and has sense of belonging to 3F.

Writing

We have been working hard to be good personal narrative writers. This week we started writing a fresh new piece using all the strategies we have learned. We spend extra time to self assess our writing against the checklist. This is a big deal for Grade Three. The checklist tells us what we still need to work on to make our writing better so that we can work accordingly. It helps us be independent, better writers.

Reading

One of the biggest learnings this week was making good predictions. We can make ‘wild guesses’ but ‘smart guesses’ involve taking what has happened in the story, character traits and our knowledge of how stories tend to develop to inform our predictions. We need to understand the story to make good predictions; comprehension matters. Good readers make smart predictions about what will happen and how it will happen.

We continue reading both at school and home. Please support your child and make sure he/she has some time for reading every day. How much he/she reads will affect his/her reading stamina and proficiency. And I sincerely hope your child truly enjoy reading so that he/she does not find it something they have to do – it should be something they want to do!

Maths

We have been working on addition and subtraction fluency with two digit numbers through various games. Addition strategies up to 10+10 can be applied to deal with bigger numbers. For example numbers which combine to make ten are called ‘Make 10’. Students should have instant recall of ‘Make 10’ combinations already.  But ‘Make 10’ is also useful to work out 40 + 64. If you know 4+6 =10, you also know 40+60 =100. Then you add another 4, which makes 104. Being able to do this fluently is important in real life. You can support your child by posing similar two digit number addition/subtraction problems and asking them to work them out mentally. Then ask them to explain their strategy. Using ‘Make 10’ is not the only right way of course. If your child finds one strategy easy, ask them to show you a different strategy. In Grade 3, we explore many strategies so students develop number fluency and conceptual understanding.

 

Art

This week we, with one of our Essential Outcomes: Unique Individuals in mind, created a collage after reading Elmer. Elmer is a patchwork elephant who is unique. In the story he learns being himself is great stuff- it makes people around him happy as well as himself. We created our own Elmer to celebrate being ourselves!  

 

Others

  • Please provide your child with three standard, HB wooden pencils. Avoid fancy plastic pencils and propelling pencils since they distract some students. Thank you. 

          

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  • Birthdays:  now that the students are older we do not hold class parties for birthdays. We will be sure to wish them happy birthday during attendance. At the end of the day, we will wish them well again. You may also send in something small for the children to enjoy during recess or to take home. Please make sure you clearly label all the ingredients. Ensure it is easy to distribute, easy to carry and not too messy. Individual biscuits and simple cupcakes are fine.  If you choose to give out birthday treats at school I ask that you please provide a treat for each of the children to avoid anyone feeling left out.