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.
This week we began to explore different ways to move from one place to another. This ended with our field trip to the skatepark behind Somerset MRT and then a train ride back to school to find out what the best way to get there was. We talked about how to move safely and collaborated to create a set of 'safety rules' to make sure we were safe, had fun and learnt.
On the way to the skatepark, we walked and followed our safety rules, crossing at the green man and staying in their group. There were lots of interesting things to see on our walk, including lots of dogs. This helped us to realise it is the year of the dog this Chinese New Year. At the skatepark, there was only one person scooting, but that didn't stop K1! They demonstrated their ability to move their bodies in different ways and to persevere with challenges as the played on the ramps and obstacles. Finally, it was time to head back. We went to the MRT station and bought our own tickets, applying our knowledge of letters by searching for the word 'Orchard' and our knowledge of numbers to pay the right amount of money. The children enjoyed the train ride but complained it was a little too short!
It was a fantastic field trip and the children were very responsible throughout. Thank you to everyone who came to help.
Next week we will continue to compare the two ways of getting to and from the skatepark and see which way is the best.
This week we were thinkers and inquirers in our Math work. We explored shapes and looked at how they can be arranged. Through this exploration, the children noticed the following things -
We continued to think about more and less and recorded our findings of the number of times different numbers were rolled on a dice. The children used a bar graph to record their findings and then explained what the graph showed.
We also connected our Math work to our Unit of Inquiry and thought about how we move with different objects. We thought about positional language and created different structures to demonstrate how they could move over, under, through and around different objects. This was a great opportunity for the children to work on their cooperation skills and to show their creativity.
This week we also began our own inquiries into our favourite movements during our unit work. The children shared their favourite sports and activities and began to look at books of the different ways people move when taking part in these activities. They recorded the new information they found on paper by either drawing pictures or making notes, working on their research skills. The children can take action with this by bringing in any examples of these movements from home. For example bringing photos or books with these movements in them.
This week we explored one of our lines of inquiry; ways we move. We also continued to think about the concept of form to describe what different movements are like. We reflected on our playscape exploration last week, thinking about the different movements we made when moving over the equipment. The children made a class book, with each child contributing a page about their movements. Click through the slideshow below to read our book!
We also had a special visit from a yoga teacher who worked with the children to try new ways of moving their bodies. The children made movements for each letter of the alphabet, making connections to their learning of the alphabet and the associated sounds of each letter. Some children even created their own movements, demonstrating their creativity and application of shape and space. Have a look at K1 in action.
Reika - 'I looooooooooooove yoga!'
Leya - 'I'm so sweaty now from exercising.'
Ceyone - 'I was a risk taker. I tried something new.'
Later, we talked about our experiences of doing yoga and how we moved our bodies. Many of the children said they would like to do it again! In number work, we made a class graph of our favourite poses and then talked about which poses had more people liking them and which poses had less, connecting our work on more and less with data handling.
With our effort to develop independence in our students, we encourage them to complete routines and tasks, such as tidying up, packing their bags and getting ready, on their own or with teamwork for bigger tasks. It was interesting watching the students put their socks and shoes back on after yoga this week and to see them help each other with this task that was challenging to some. The children should be commended for the help and cooperation that they showed towards each other, and often display throughout the day.