Last Friday, K1 showed that they were risk-takers by sharing some of their learning from the current unit, How we Express Ourselves. Their performance of Michael Rosen's 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' allowed the children to practise their communication and presentation skills while sharing one of the many ways they have explored to tell stories. For a repeat performance, see the video below. It's just as wonderful the 10th time of watching!
This week we have continued our exploration of how stories cause different feelings and how they connect to our experiences by planning our own stories. They have used ideas from familiar stories and from their own experiences to create a plan. Next week they will transfer their plan to create a full digital story.
For the PTA Fun Fair, K1 chose to run a cake stall. We raised $100 and the PTA matched us with another $100 bringing our total to $200, After asking for suggestions from K1 parents as to which charity to donate the money to, the SPCA, who take care of animals, was suggested. Luci kindly organised this and sent the money to them. The SPCA were so grateful for the donation that they sent each child a certificate, which was sent home this week.
And speaking of certificates... Ceyone and Leya received certificates this week for showing creativity through their story making and Olga and Advaith received certificates for showing teamwork in Visual Arts. Well done!
Listening, speaking and presenting are all key skills that children work on throughout elementary school. One of the most exciting opportunities for this is when the children take part in their class assembly performance. This year, K1 will be demonstrating that stories can be told through action and movement by retelling the famous story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. This involves collaboration with Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Mandarin to allow children to develop a deeper understanding of the performance process and how these areas are all connected. Take a look at the children developing their props for next week's performance.
Please join us next Friday at 1.30pm in Changi Hall to see the finished performance!
In Early Years, we look for opportunities to take learning outside. The advantages of outdoor learning have been heavily researched and include the following benefits:
This week some of our word work and number lessons were held outside. In word work, the children had to find the hidden letters of the alphabet and then work as a team to put them in order. In number work, the children were given a number and they were asked to retrieve the correct quantity of objects. Activities like this not only support the development of literacy and number knowledge, but also allow children to work on their ATLs (learning skills, such as communication, gross-motor skills and resolving conflict), attitudes (such as curiosity, empathy and creativity), and to use the Key Concepts (such as connection, responsibility and form) to demonstrate a deeper understanding.
This week the children also took action to create their new puppet theatre, after the original one kept falling over. They took a vote for how the theatre would be decorated and worked together to create the final product. Once complete (and dry), the children have enjoyed telling stories and putting on shows from inside the theatre.
Our Learner Profile award this week went to Ashritha for showing the attitude of enthusiasm. Ashritha approaches everything she does with excitement and enthusiasm and is a great role model to her friends. Well done, Ashritha!
K1 have been really inspired by our current Unit of Inquiry and are creating their own stories and books when given time for their self-initiated play. It has been wonderful to see the children working on their own, in groups, with picture stories and written stories and also stories in their mother tongue. This really does highlight the significance of intentional play for children. You can find out more about learning through play at our parents workshop on Wednesday.
This week the children were also excited to welcome their parents to the classroom and share their learning with them at their Student Led Conference. This was a great opportunity for parents to see some different ways the children learn and it's a time of great pride and excitement for the children.
This week we dug a little deeper into our Unit of Inquiry and explored one of our lines of inquiry - how stories are told. The children came up with a big list of ways to tell a story and added to the list as the week went on.
We explored different ways of story telling, particularly using pictures and puppets. The children worked together, which helped them work on their group decision-making skills and collaboration skills. As the week progressed, the children became more confident to share their stories with the class, both retelling familiar stories and making up their own. We found out that nursery rhymes are a fun way of telling stories and the children also recognised that they can tell stories in different languages. Next week we will combine these ideas to make a class book of nursery rhymes in different languages.
Olga received the Learner Profile certificate this week for being a communicator through her story telling.
This week we were also excited by the observation of a nest with a sun bird outside of the playground. Ceyone shared his news with the class and we all went outside to see if we could find it. The children used their observation skills to sketch pictures of the bird and some chose to find books in the library about birds. K1 are real inquirers!
We have begun our final term in K1. The children enjoyed sharing their adventures of the holidays but were also very excited to see each other. This week we welcomed two new students to the class; Sophie and Divit, and worked together to remind each other of classroom expectations and following the 4 Bees - Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be Honest, to help everyone to be happy and to learn at school. Una showed a great example of being caring this week, by being kind and helpful to our new friends. She therefore received this week's Learner Profile certificate in assembly. Well done, Una!
This week we dug a little deeper into the idea of adding. The children talked about what they thought it meant and had lots of different opportunities to demonstrate their understanding. The children shared some strategies that they already knew, such as using their fingers or counting objects.
We also introduced our new Unit of Inquiry - How We Express Ourselves. Our Central Idea is 'stories are interpreted in many ways' and we first of all shared our understanding of what a story is. Here are some of the children's initial ideas.
Zoe said 'you can read stories.'
Vivaan said 'stories must have a title and they have characters.'
Sammy said 'stories are in books.'
Anjali said 'stories have pictures and you can make up your own story.'
Sophie said 'grown up stories don't have pictures.'
Olga said 'you can read a story instead of watching TV.'
Daniyal said 'you read stories at bedtime.'
Ceyone said 'you can tell stories too.'
The classroom has been set up with different provocations about stories and the children have had fun exploring them. Some even decided they were going to read stories to the class 'like the teacher.'
We've come to the end of another unit! We consolidated our ideas and investigations this week and reflected on how our thinking has changed. The field trip to the adventure playground helped us to identify areas that the children have become more confident when moving and how they applied their knowledge of safety, spacial awareness and cooperation. In addition, the children were able to work on their gross motor skills, such as climbing, hanging, balancing and pulling, and identified themselves as risk takers for trying new things.
In assembly this week, the award was given to the whole of K1 for being courageous and taking risks to try new things at the adventure playground.
After such a busy week (and term), the mid-semester break will be a good chance for the children to catch up on some rest before we come back in April for our final term in K1. Have a wonderful holiday!
This week we thought a lot about how we move safely in different ways. The children talked about signs they have seen on the roads and what they tell people to do. They explained that the signs stop cars from crashing and running over people so signs are important to keep us safe on the roads. This inspired the children to want to create their own road with signs to use with the bikes and scooters. They identified the different things they needed and who was going to create each part. They used their cooperation and listening skills to work in groups to design and then create their parts of the road. Finally, they tested it out, with some children holding the signs and others using the transport. Lots of fun and only one or two crashes!
It was great to see the children apply their understanding of shape to their road inquiries, recognising the different shapes of signs and identifying curved and straight lines. They have developed their understanding of the properties of 2D shapes and have learnt songs to help them remember the names and what they look like. The children were encouraged to practise their songs in groups and to perform them, helping them to work on their presentation skills.
What a busy week we've had, celebrating stories and illustrations and even dressing up as our favourite book characters. We had a number of mystery readers and were joined by author Fleur Vella-Chang who read her story Mabel Moves to Singapore. The children enjoyed making connections to places they have been to in Singapore and food they have tried. They even had some illustration tips on how to draw the characters from her story.
We also spent time working on our own Literacy skills, exploring letters and sounds in both reading and writing activities. It has been wonderful to see the confidence that the children are showing when reading books and the sense of pride and accomplishment that they have when reading with increasing independence.
Our mathematics activities have allowed the students to explore shape and recognise the properties of different shapes. Through the use of different materials, the children have experimented with making different shapes, creating new ones, tessellations and creating pictures by identifying shapes in art and everyday things.
During our Unit of Inquiry explorations, the children chose books about transport from the library to find out about different ways to move. They spent time looking at the pictures and thinking about why we use different transport for different things. Children then applied their knowledge of shape and transport to help them to make their favourite mode of transport from junk materials. Spatial awareness and safety were key skills the children thought about during their construction, whilst also demonstrating their creativity.
As a class we have been thinking about being respectful to others around us. We all thought about ways that we can show respect to people -
Viggo received the Learner Profile certificate for showing the attitude of respect for applying the above ideas to his time at school this week. Well done, Viggo!
This week we spent time thinking about reasons for moving in different ways. We were reflective and thought about the best way to get to the skatepark on our field trip. The children were asked to explain why they thought walking or taking the MRT was the best way and it was interesting to hear the differences in reasons why. Have a look at the videos below.
We talked about other ways we could have got there, which included -
This week we were also visited by the lion dancers to celebrate Chinese New Year. The children were very excited and enjoyed watching the different ways the lions moved.
"It's very loud." Said Olga
"I liked their costumes." Said Vivaan
"I liked their tricks." Said Daniyal.
We are a class of 4 and 5 year olds who go to an international school in Singapore. we learn by playing, inquiring and having fun. Our teacher is Ms Cass.