Yesterday we celebrated all of our progress and accomplishments in swimming with the Elementary School Swim Gala. We had so much fun visiting 8 different activity stations and showed off our swimming confidence and skills. Thanks to Jenni for helping us in the water and all the other mums and dads who came out to support us. A big thank you to Mr. Nathan and Mr. Dino for organizing! What a fun day!
Today at our swimming lesson some of us had to show our courage and risk-taking skills to face a new challenge...jumping into the big pool with life jackets on! Here we are!
Last week Kindergarten 1 started our swimming unit in PE. We now go to the pool every Thursday morning. Here are some photos from today's swimming lesson!
Our emergent interest in game invention has continued in our main classroom and PE time. We've used a range of different materials and equipment to inspire and support our movement games. Last week in PE we invented some new games. We worked in small groups and Mr. Nathan interviewed us to see what we invented.
Dillon, Phoenix & Adrian
Max, Caileigh & Mana
Libby, Cailynne & Olympia
Isaiah, Elliot & Aarna
Currently we are exploring the PYP Transdisciplinary Theme 'How We Organize Ourselves' through the central idea 'We move in different ways and for different purposes. Ms. Alison noticed that during our free playtime we were often playing and inventing games that involved movement. She recorded a few of these on video and showed them to us, following up with two questions:
We were really excited by the second question and immediately started discussing our ideas during a class meeting. We separated ourselves into groups based on our interests in specific games that were proposed during our group conversation:
Planning Our Games
First we worked in our groups to plan our games through discussion, drawing and writing. Each group then met with Ms. Alison to have a conversation about the games which we recorded using the Audioboom app.
Through the conversations, some of us decided to make changes or additions to our games. Later that week, all of us agreed that the games were ready to be played! We moved around to different parts of the school that the groups thought were the best spaces for playing the games. The groups then presented the rules and format of their games and we played!
Game 1: Crab Walking
Game 2: Jump on the Mats
Game 3: Throw the Pancake
Continuing our Interest in Games
The next week in our PE lesson we wanted to show our games to Mr. Nathan. Since then, we have continued to pursue our interest in inventing and playing games that involve movement. In our main classroom and PE classes we've been encouraged with different equipment and materials. Stay tuned to our blog to see how we're continuing to make the connection between movement and organizing ourselves through games!
Yesterday we went swimming as part of our inquiry into movement (We move in different ways and for different purposes). We had so much fun moving around in the water and showing our different swimming skills.
The day before our trip we read the book Teddybears in the Swim which helped us to anticipate the types of routines and activities we might expect at the pool. We also discussed how we can be safe at the pool:
When we got back to school we discussed the different ways we moved our bodies in the pool:
Thanks to Mr. Nathan and all the helpful parents who joined us at the pool. What an important (and fun!) movement experience for us. We are looking very forward to our PE swimming unit coming up in April.
Today we demonstrated our ability to be risk-takers and challenged our bodies and movement skills at the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Adventure Playground. We had so much fun moving in many different ways - like running, jumping, sliding, crawling, swinging, pulling, and more! This park has such incredible structures which definitely inspired us to stretch beyond our movement comfort zone and extend our coordination and skills.
As the week we continues, we will be reflecting on our Adventure Playground experience by reviewing the photographs and videos that were taken and discussing our memories. We will be representing our movement through different language including visual art and writing.
Our new unit of inquiry is part of the PYP transdisciplinary theme 'How We Organize Ourselves'. We will be exploring movement through the central idea: 'We move in different ways and for different purposes'. We started inquiring into this idea last week with an invitation in our Multipurpose Room. We had so much fun responding to the different equipment and exploring the different ways we can move our bodies! Check it out!
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