Today 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 all the mums and dads who came out to support us. A big thank you to Mr. Nathan and Mr. Roy for organizing! What a fun day!
This week Kindergarten 1 started our swimming unit in PE. We now go to the pool every Thursday morning. Here are some photos and a video from today's swimming lesson!
And here are our reflective journal entries after the experience:
Last week we had a joint K1.1 and K1.2 PE lesson following our field trips to Paterson Road/Orchard Boulevard. Children were presented with different materials -- including road signs, chalk, bikes, and big blocks -- and were invited to re-create some of the movement and road organization they had observed during our road visits.
First, the children worked with chalk to draw roads. Then they added the road signs and blocks.
Through this experience, children showed their ability to transfer knowledge between situations and apply their knowledge about road safety...all in a fun and playful way!
This week 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 zones and extend our coordination and skills.
On the playground, it was amazing to see how the children used their thinking skills to analyze and evaluate. These are two of the PYP Approaches to Learning that we are focusing on during this Unit of Inquiry. The children carefully analyzed and evaluated how best to move their bodies and how to navigate the challenging structures. They observed their peers carefully to support their thinking.
Photos and videos were taken to document the experience by teachers and also by students. Check out the first video to see a students-eye view of the Adventure Playground, shot using a GoPro camera.
As our movement inquiry continues, we will be reflecting on our Adventure Playground experience by reviewing the photographs and videos 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 yesterday 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.
After our time in the MPR, we spent time reviewing the documentation (photos, videos and teacher notes). We created drawings and wrote words in our journals to represent the favourite way we moved.
We showed our work to our classmates and discussed as a group all the different ways we moved. We have started recording our ideas about movement on a Golden Circle chart. Here are some of the movement words we used and discussed:
We are beginning to work with a range of different materials to represent movement. Today we used clay and wire to show some of the different ways we move:
Today we participated in our very first Sports Day! It was a hot day, but luckily there was no haze or rain. We had lots of fun running in a race and playing the games in our activities rotation. Thanks to all the families who came out to support us! And thanks to Mr. Nathan and Mr. Roy for organising!