We've had so much fun this week getting messy and exploring different materials and substances. Sensory play is so important for children as it helps to develop their fine motor skills and also helps to develop connections between the brain and different experiences, evaluating and forming conclusions along the way. We made our own gloop, which gave the children the chance to ask questions and make group decisions about how much water or cornflour they would need to create the right consistency. They experimented with different amounts of each and then added food colouring to see how the colour changed. One colour was not enough, so colour mixing was also explored and further experimentation and analysis was needed to find the right colour. Above all, it was lots of fun and very messy (sorry about the T-shirts!).
This week we also spent time watching each others' stories and thought about how they made us feel in our K1 Film Festival. We talked about how to give feedback and the importance of being respectful. In addition we talked about how to accept a compliment if one is given to us. The children were so engaged when watching their friends' stories and I was so proud with how kindly they gave each other feedback.
This week, Sophie and Haruto received Learner Profile certificates in assembly. Sophie received hers for being knowledgeable and Haruto received his for being a communicator. Well done, Sophie and Haruto!
This week, we took our story plans and made them into real stories. The children used the iPads to draw their characters and then record their voices telling their story. This helped them to work on their communication skills, as well as a variety of literacy skills.
This week we also enjoyed our field trip to the Children's International Film Festival, Big Eyes, Big Minds, where the children watched 11 short stories from around the world. This linked directly to our lines of inquiry ways that stories are told and the feelings stories cause.
As we are nearing the end of the year, there has been some talk of transition to new classes. This can be a challenging time for some children, whilst others may take the move to their new class in their stride. To support children through the transition we have spent some time this week in the K2 class where the children who are moving into K2 at ISS were able to meet their new teacher and explore their new environment. For children who are leaving, talking about where they are going and what it will be like can help to reduce anxiety and make a smoother transition. Also, spending time with friends before they leave is an important part of the leaving process to have time to say their goodbyes.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Daniyal and Vivaan for receiving Learner Profile awards for being knowledgable and for showing creativity throughout this Unit of Inquiry. Well done!
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!
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.