September 27

Dear Parents,

Here is some learning information and some photos – enjoy! 

 

Reading

Children are used to the routine of book shopping. They are using the Five Finger Rule when choosing just right books. 

They are also setting personal reading stamina goals. Thank you for helping your child to monitor his/her own reading! 

For the past few weeks, children worked on fluency, stamina, and comprehension. They also worked hard to solve tricky words. 

Learning includes:

  • good readers ask questions and wonder about stories
  • take a ‘sneak peek’ before starting reading a book
  • read a book in the way that the author wants me to read
  • read in bigger scoops
  • read, pausing at times, and retell big events in order
  • come up with a question or an idea about a book
  • work out a tricky word using more than one strategy

Writing

Children are revising and editing their small moment stories, using strategies taught and teacher  feedback. Next week, they will learn to self assess and improve their writing using a checklist. 

Learning includes:

  • come up with small, meaningful moments to tell
  • write about just one moment/event in one story
  • write exactly what happened in each part bit by bit
  • revise the beginning and the end of a story
  • use correct end punctuation 
  • add appropriate connective words and transition words

Maths

This week, we practiced adding and subtracting through fun games. We learned ‘Make 10’. We watched graphics, fun videos and used manipulatives to visualise 10 in many ways. This promotes number sense. You may refer to the family letter for more information.

Art

This week, our work was again connected with our current writing unit: small moment story. We thought about a moment (story) and identified associated emotion(s). Then, we expressed the emotion(s) by selecting lines and colours that fit best. 

Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) 

The past couple of weeks, we focused on Structured Word Inquiry (word study + inquiry skills). We inquired into prefixes, suffixes, base words and ‘word sums’. We also looked at some words and made hypotheses of the meaning of the affixes. Students are encouraged to apply this knowledge when they encounter with unknown words.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

This week, we started our new inquiry unit; It’s Shocking! This unit will involve scientific experiment and it will be exciting! We set out to understand that electricity is a kind of energy that must be used responsibly or there will be consequences. We investigate these and other questions:

  • What is electricity and how does it work?
  • How has electricity changed our lives?
  • What is our responsibility when using electricity?

This week, we heard a lot of sounds associated with electricity and then guessed what the source of each sound was. A reminder to please review the Unit Letter (vocabulary) and send to your email address on September 19 with your child.

 

Other

  • Please make sure your child only brings what is necessary for learning. Fancy  stationery and accessories can become a distraction.
  • Thursday, October 3 is our Yearbook Photo-Shooting Day. Please make sure your child is wearing his/her full winter uniform.

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