A short but busy few days in 1C…

Mystery Reader #1

We would like to express our huge appreciation to Shelia (Hann Yang’s Mum) for being our first mystery reader of the year. Sheila shared a Singaporean Folk Tale that teaches us about how the modern day area of “Red Hill” in Singapore got its name. We throughly enjoy our first mystery reader experience and look forward to our next visitor!

 

Preparing for our field trip…

We arrived at school on Wednesday with huge excitement about our field trip to Vivimart on Thursday. We first reflected on what we have inquired into so far about nutrition and making balanced choices and set to work designing healthy, balanced snacks. We organised ourselves into groups and planned our recipes, listing our ingredients and deciding as a group what we needed to buy. We shared our plans with all other groups and discussed if there were any overlapping ingredients that we could buy and share in order to avoid waste.

Field Trip Fun…

We would like to extend a big, big thank you to our parent volunteers Rachel, Judit, Barbara and Phuong for joining us on our field trip, we could not have done it without you!

We set off on foot to Vivimart in our teams of four and were surprised at how quickly it took us to arrive there. In previous years this was not possible but thanks to the new sidewalk we were able to integrate some exercise into our balanced and healthy field trip! Our shopping lists and plans kept us focussed as we explored the supermarket to find our ingredients. There were so many wonderful learning opportunities to be had. We weighed items, made group decisions, interpreted signs and labels and interacted with shop assistants. We also made the conscious choice to bring along our backpacks to carry our purchased items to reduce the use of plastic bags.

Using our ingredients to making balanced snack choices…

After returning from our field trip we set to work making healthy and balanced snack from the array of ingredients that we purchased and what fun it was!! We observed wonderful examples of delegation, team work, creativity and endurance (it takes a lot of energy to slice, chop and peel!) as each team consulted their plans and produce a balanced feast fit for a King. Reflecting on the experience we realised how proud we were to create our own snacks independently and to be risk takers by trying new recipes and ingredients. We hope to see some action in the form of independently made and balanced snacks as a result of our trip today.

Reminders this week…

 

The Grade 1-3 Musical is fast approaching be sure to support by attending on December 1st & 2nd, it is sure to be a great performance!

 

 

 

  • Healthy Snack Sale will take place November 22nd, thank you to our SCO for organising
  • Please remind your child to wear suitable running shoes tomorrow, Friday November 17th, as they will be participating in outdoor athletics
  • All Walkathon sponsorship forms and donations are much appreciated, please support this wonderful cause in aid of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

Week 12 in IC…

UN Day Celebrations…

What a memorable and inclusive community event! We will remember UN Day 2017 for a variety of reasons but perhaps most memorable was the amazing performance from our Elementary School Students. We supported our friends carrying flags to represent their countries and proudly displayed our national costumes.

Continuing our inquiry into “Balance in our lives can promote Health and Well-Being”…

Hygiene Experiments and Documenting Diaries…

To highlight the importance of personal hygiene we conducted an experiment to show how germs, both invisible and airborne, can easily be passed from one surface to another. We used powder to show how surfaces are contaminated each time we come in contact with them. This experiment led us to track our daily hygiene habits to determine how mindful we are about washing our hands throughly before we eat. In preparation for our healthy snack field trip next week we also started documenting our daily snack choices. We hope to see greater action and student input at home when preparing healthy, balanced snacks each day.

Recording our observations…

We know that scientists regular observe and record their findings. We have continued to closely observe the deterioration of our bread experiment. Next week we will draw our conclusions as to which surface at school was the most hygienic and why.

Walkathon in Aid of Blue Dragon…

We had a wonderful time on Wednesday afternoon gathering as a community to support a very worthy cause. This years walkthon kicked up with a brief introduction from our UNIS ambassadors who organized the event in collaboration with Ms. Julia and Ms. Sue. After a fun dance warm up the ECC students kicked off the event and showed that they have just as much, if not more stamina, than their Grade 2-5 peers. Many laps were run and many donations received for the children of the Blue Dragon Foundation. We thank our parent volunteers, Dara, Rachel, Lori, Eriko & Phuong for supporting our running teams and to all those that came along to support. All participants earned a well deserved ice-cream for their efforts!

A chance for K2B to share their learning…

This week’s assembly was led by our friends in K2B who are their artwork to raise awareness of simple actions that we can take to make the world a better place. They warmed all our hearts with their song “With my own two Hands”. Well done K2B and well done to Ellen and Hann Yang who helped to introduce our assembly. Ms.Alexa also shared some information regarding the upcoming Grade 1-3 musical entitled: How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lesson on Not Being a Grown-Up. It will take place December 1-2. Tickets go on sale very soon and we look forward to support our friends during this wonderful event.

Reminders:

  • Class Field Trip with 1D on Thursday November 16th. Thank you to our four parent volunteers, we look forward to you joining us. Please note that our walk to Vivimart (across the highway using the foot bridge) will start at 8:30 and we aim to arrive back to school by 9:30. The children will purchase ingredients to make a healthy snack, all money will be provided by the school. We ask that the children carry their empty backpacks to reduce the use of plastic bags. Field Trip Forms will be send home today. If you wish for your child to attend please sign and return next Wednesday, November 15th.
  • Please support the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation by returning your child’s sponsorship form and donation in the envelope provided. Each child noted that number of laps they completed on the outside of the envelope.
  • Thank you to our Mystery Readers who have already signed up, we look forward to welcoming our first reader tomorrow. Here is a link to the sign up form
  • Please note that there will be no school for students on November 13th & 14th due to teacher professional development days.

 

Week 11 in Grade 1C…

Scientists: Wonder…Hypothesize…Experiment…Observe & Record….Conclude

Our inquiry into “balance in our lives can promote health and well-being” led us to discuss the importance of hygiene and personal care. We conducted an experiment to observe the effects of good hygiene practices and how bacteria is easily spread through contact with many objects that we come in contact with regularly. We followed the scientific method process when conducting the experiment.

First, each group was assigned a wondering:

  1. What will happen to the bread if we wash our hands really well before touching the bread…
  2. What will happen if we don’t wash our hands and touch the bread…
  3. What will happen if we wipe the bread all over the floor and tables…
  4. What will happen if we wipe the bread on the toilet seat…
  5. What will happen if we use hand-sanitizer and then touch the bread…
  6. What will happen if we put our fingers up our nose and then touch the bread…
  7. What will happen if we wiped the bread on the playground equipment…

Our next steps will be observing and record our observations. Finally, we will draw some conclusions from our findings.

I can see how shapes are put together…

We have continue to work on developing our vocabulary relating to describing and naming 2-D shapes. We spent a lot of time this week noticing how shapes are put together and how many 2-D shapes can be combined to make other shapes.

Buddy Time with 5A…

We always have a lot of fun when we get together with our buddies and this week was no exception. In the lead up to U.N Day we decided use our time together to learn more about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals that hope to be achieved by 2030. We used some great comic book resources that have been developed by graphic design artists. Our Grade 5 buddies helped us out with some of the challenging text and afterwards we shared how each comic book connected to a specific Sustainable Development Goal.

Getting ready for U.N. Day…

Each of our Morning Meetings this week have been dedicated to learning more about the U.N’s Sustainable Development Goal. We watched a number of videos outlining action that young adults have taken be inventing, innovating or campaigning about a specific Goal. We learned many facts and figures along the way like that there are 193 Nations working towards achieving 17 Goals by 2030…and that the members of Grade 1C will be 19 or 20 years of age by the time these goals are evaluated! To show what we have learned we created individual drawings that connect to a goal of our choice. They will be on display for you to enjoy during tomorrow’s U.N. Day lunch and we hope you take the time to appreciate our art work.

Reminders: 

  1. U.N Day is finally here. Please join us tomorrow, Friday November 3rd to celebrate and represent each of our nations. Thank you to our classroom parents Aya and Eriko to coordinating our pot-luck lunch and thank you to all of you who are contributing. Please join us in the Sports Centre at 10:20am for the much anticipated assembly. There will b a designated seating area for Parents. Good luck to our flag bearers Martin, Martina and Anabelle.
  2. Please note that all children need to wear running shoes to P.E. next week as they will be taking part in outdoor athletics.
  3. Your child received a permission letter for this years Walkathon in association with Blue Dragon. If you wish for your child to participate please return the form by Wednesday, November 8th.
  4. To support our unit on health and well being we looking for donations of old white shirts, empty medicine bottles or doctor’s kits that you may have at home. All donations are greatly appreciated.
  5. Friday Mystery Readers: Thank you to those of you who have signed up…we look forward to some more mystery readers!

Mystery Readers on Fridays in Grade 1C…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

We invite you to join at the end of each Friday from 15:00-15:15 to share a favourite story in your mother tongue or English if you wish. If you or a visiting family member would like to participate please sign up using this form. It is a secret so please do not inform your child if you have signed up!

We look forward our first mystery reader!

Grade 1C

Week 10…

New T.I.G Sessions…

To coincide with our new inquiry into “Balance in Our Lives can promote Health and Wellbeing” Ms. Anissa will be facilitating our T.I.G. sessions each Friday. There will be a focus on well-being supported by mindfulness techniques and discussions on how we can take care of ourselves both physically and mentally.

Math…

This week we continued our lesson series on organising and collecting and resumed our inventory investigation. We revisited our counts from Days One and Two and used post-its to make signs indicating the total number of items, the number of ten packs and the number of loose items. We identified strategies as we counted and shared feedback on how to improve the process.

Every plate tells a story…

As a follow up to our shared lunch provocation last week we had the opportunity to analyse our independent food choices. We did a gallery walk of photos showing our individual plates and recorded the information on a graph. This led to much discussion about balanced and unbalanced choices and also enriched discussions about number and choice comparisons.

We have also started to integrate 2-D shapes into our daily math focus. New vocabulary, such as quadrilaterals, rhombus, parallelogram and trapezoid have emerged as we compare and contrasting shapes and their features.

ECC Assembly…

It was a busy assembly this Thursday with a number of performances and important announcements. Members of the student group organising the Blue Dragon Walkathon came to share some information about the upcoming event on November 8th. We also had a lot of fun practicing our song for U.N. Day next week- The World is Ours. Congratulations to the brave members of K2 who were the first to take to the stage this year to share their learning. They did a wonderful job sharing their adaptation of the popular story Silly Susan. Thank you also to David and Mia for being great role models by presenting with confidence as assembly helpers.

Celebrating Diwali

Thank you to Kresha and Vidisha for treating us to a wonderful dance performance to celebrate the Indian festival of Diwali. The girls shared some information about this important Indian celebration before introducing us to some great Bollywoord music.

Reminders

  • Dress up day: Tuesday October 31st. To align with dress up days taking place in both the Middle and High School we have been invited to take part.
  • It is almost here!!! U.N. Day will take place next Friday, November 3rd. We look forward to seeing all of our classmates and friends dressed in clothing to represent their countries of origin or countries that we have a close connection to. Assembly will start at 10:30-11:45 followed by a shared Grade level lunch in our classrooms from 12:00-13:00. Please note that school finishes early, at 13:00 on this day. All are welcome and highly encouraged to join in with this unique community event. We look forward to supporting our friends who will be carrying the flags of their native countries: Martina (Colombia), Martin (Czech Republic) and Anabelle (Cyprus).
  • Save the date: The Annual Walkathon in aid of Blue Dragon will take place on Wednesday November 8th, more information to follow next week.

Week 9…

Here is a little of what we have been up to after our week-long holiday!

Community, Sportsmanship and Team Spirit…

UNIS was very proud to host their first Super APAC Volleyball Tournament and we in Grade 1 were very proud to support the visiting team, WAB (Western Academy of Beijing) as well as our own UNIS players. On Thursday morning we attended a whole school assembly in the gym to kick-start the event and cheered our visiting team as they entered. We look forward to attending a  game tomorrow (UNIS Vs. AISG) and to having the opportunity to see some excellent sportsmanship in practice. Don’t forget to wear BLUE as part of our spirit day festivities.

Provocation and Overview for our new Unit of Inquiry…

To coincide with the beginning of our new unit and World Food Day (October 16th) we hosted a grade level shared lunch on Wednesday. Chef Adam and his team prepared a meal for us to enjoy and we had a lot of fun serving ourselves and making independent choices. We will inquire into balance, nutrition and hygiene over the course of the unit and hope to gain deeper understanding and implement action towards improved physical and mental health. Ms.Anissa will be running our T.I.G. sessions each Friday during this unit beginning with a focus on Mindfulness.

Math: Organising and Collecting

As part of our year long goal to strengthen our understanding of the number system we read the story of the Masloppy Family- an endearing, large family that finds it difficult to keep track of things whose youngest member, Nicolas is determined to bring some order to the household. As a class we began to take an inventory of some of our own resources by focussing on organising in groups and skip counting, then specifically on groups of ten to develop a concept of place value. We will continue this process and study patterns in the data.

Work on Writing: Recount

As part of our Daily 5 component: Work on Writing we have been learning about the different stages of writing a recount. We used our October Holiday as the starting point for our writing and created a draft recount of our favourite day during the holiday. We used these drafts to publish a final draft and worked through each stage of the writing process.

Reminders

  • Library Book returns each Monday 
  • Swimming classes finish this week
  • Please return student photos to the office if you wish to purchase them

What’s happening in Grade 1C

Expert Interviews…

To conclude our inquiry into systems and routines in our community we conducted interviews with both Chef Adam and Nurse Susan to find out more about the complex Canteen and Health Care Systems at UNIS. We created questions together as a group before our visits and used these questions to develop our understanding of both systems. We thank Chef Adam and Nurse Susan for the time, enthusiasm and expertise in helping us to develop both understanding and appreciation of how these systems work and help our community.

Daily 5…

We continue to develop stamina and independence in both reading and writing by following the Daily 5 system. This week we have been focussing on response writing both in pairs and independently. We have become more proficient with our initial 12 Golden Words and as a result have integrated 32 Red Words into our Word Work programme. Guided reading with Miss Anna, Miss Sharon and Miss Deirbhile provides daily opportunities for focussed and explicit reading instruction as well as having time to follow up and reread texts independently.

Buddy Time with Grade 5A…

We were joined this week by our Grade 5 Buddies who brought along their iPads to share photo and video footage of their wonderful class trip last week to Hòa Bình. We very interested in all the great activities they took part in over the three days and were most impressed with the dragons they created in teams. As a connection to this dragon task we played a dragon game of our own involving rock-paper-scissors, we had a lot of fun playing it together and recognised how these gatherings helps to build a strong sense of community between our two classes.

Thank you Enrico…

Thank you to Enrico for sharing some delicious moon cake treats with us on Thursday.

Reminders

  • Autumn Break: October 9th-13th. School will recommence Monday, October 16th
  • If you are looking for age-appropriate books for you and your child to enjoy please check out the wonderful collection of books put together by our teachers. It is located under the resources tab of our class blog.

Our news…

Moon Festival Assembly

Today we had the opportunity to join the upper elementary school in the theatre for a special moon festival assembly. We were treated to a variety of performances including music, dance and the tale of Cuoi and the Moon Festival.

Moon Festival Traditional Crafts

Thank you to Ms. Dung for teaching us about the significance of masks during the Moon Festival and for leading our mask painting activity. We had a lot of fun creating our own unique masks and took time and care with our designs. Check out our blogs to see our mask creations.

Thank you to our Class Parents Aya and Eriko

We greatly appreciate both Kanata’s Mum (Aya) and Hiroshi’s Mum (Eriko) for taking on the joint role of classroom parents this year. We wish to thank them for representing our class and for keeping us informed throughout the year. Thank you Aya and Eriko.

Unit of Inquiry

This week we continued our investigation into important systems at UNIS. We each chose a particular system that we wanted to find out more about and become an expert on. The two systems with the greatest number of votes were the Canteen System and Health Care System. We look forward to meeting the people behind each of these systems on Friday. We plan to interview both Chef Adam and Nurse Susan to deepen our understanding of both systems.

Daily 5 in full swing…

Thank you to everyone for bringing in headphones, we have been putting them to good use during the Listen to Reading portion of our Daily 5 routine this week. We continue to practice reading and writing trick words and are developing greater independence for written response tasks.

This week’s reminders…

  • Please sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences taking place next Tuesday, October 3rd (10:00-18:00). Looking forward to seeing you all, please note that there is no school for children on this day.

Week 5 news…

A week of birthdays…

It has been a week of birthdays in 1C this week. On Tuesday we joined the whole school community in celebrating UNIS’s 30th Birthday. We gathered in the sports hall for a special birthday assembly and marked the occasion by taking a group photo in the shape of the number 30th. We were also treated to a birthday cupcake as part of the festivities, yum!! Minh An and Sophie also celebrated their birthdays this week, Happy Birthday 🙂

Math Time…
Ms Beth joined us for another fun math lesson this week. Together we worked through a math problem that challenged us to estimate, record our thoughts in picture and number form and derive an answer as a result of additional information given. We started out by sharing our noticings and wonderings as we watched two m&ms packets being opened. We worked towards finding out exactly how many were inside and used this information to compare with our initial estimates.
We have been working on developing our subitising skills by identifying and applying strategies that we can use to quickly determine quantity when presented with a group of objects. We worked together in pairs and found out that there are many different ways to reach the same answer…visualising, adding, counting on, use of doubles and even triples!
Systems hunt…
As we inquire further into the systems and routines in our school community we decided to get out and about and identify systems and their component parts. Our systems hunt around the campus not only strengthened our understanding of how systems help our school to function but highlighted parts of systems that we never knew existed. Here are some of the photos we took along the way…can you name a system that each part belongs to?
Healthy Snack Sale…
Thank you for supporting our first healthy snack sale of the year and thank you to all the parents who made this yummy tradition possible. It was a big hit!
 
Thank you Mr.Jeff…
We are hugely grateful to Mr.Jeff for taking the time this week to entertain us with the story Mortimer by Robert Munsch. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to get together as a Grade 1 community and enjoy a theatrical and highly engaging retell of a much loved story. We look forward to Mr.Jeff’s next visit.
 
Reminders for this week:
  • Please note that swimming will take place during all P.E. periods for the few weeks (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).
  • Moon Festival Celebrations will take place next Thursday, September 28th. All students are invited to wear a traditional Ao Dai on this day.
  • Please support our Listening to Reading programme by sending in a pair of headphones for your child.

 

 

Week 4 news…

Math fun…

We have been working hard towards our goals of mastering numbers to 30. Our areas of focus are: Numbers before and after, forwards and backwards counting from any number, combinations of 5 and 10, and building up strategies for adding and subtracting to 20. We will continue to work on being able to clearly show our thinking using pictures, words and numbers. 

New Routines…

We started off this week with our new home reading routine which coincides with our discussions about systems and routines during our Unit of Inquiry lessons. It has taken a few days to get the hang of it but we now feel confident that we know the expectations are before and after we choose a book to read each night. A big thank you to everyone in supporting us in this important routine each evening.

  • We re-read our books each morning before choosing a new one...

Systems and Routines…

We continue to inquire into different systems and routines that exist in our community. We worked collaboratively to complete puzzles that led to much discussion regarding the components that allow systems to function or become dysfunctional. This lesson was followed up with the reading of the story, If Everyone Did by Jo Ann Stover. We created our own class version to highlight what would happen in our school community if systems and routines were ignored.

A Visit from Ms. Deirbhile…

Ms Deirbhile, our learning support teacher, came to visit early in the week to introduce herself and get to know us better. We enjoyed listening to the story that she read to us and had a lot of fun reading to self and sharing connections that we made while reading. We look forward to more visits from Ms. Deirbhile and her support throughout the year.

Buddy time with 5A…

We had a wonderful time connecting with our Grade 5 buddies today. We enjoyed reading their reflections on our last visit and were surprised by how many connections were made in just one visit. We look forward to our next get-together in two weeks time.

Dot Day with our Buddies…

To celebrate World Dot Day, we read the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds together with Grade 5A. Afterwards we joined our buddies and the rest of the school community in “making our mark” together and celebrating our collective creativity. Thank you to our art teacher Ms. Emma for leading this initiative.

A visit from Willy Wonka…

Wednesday, September 13th is Roald Dahl Day and we were very lucky to have Mr. Willy Wonka come to visit! Well done to David for taking action and sharing his favourite Roald Dahl book with us. As a result we have implemented a Golden Ticket system in our class and reflected on the principled actions that we can take as a class to earn a golden ticket. Well done David for inspiring us!

Reminders…

  • New parents of EAL children are invite to join Ms. Sharon for a coffee morning tomorrow, Friday, September 15th from 8:30 – 9:30. It will take place in the Community Room in the Administration Building.
  • Daily Home Readers: Please note that your child’s blue folder, communication booklet and home reader need to be returned each day. Thank you for your support.
  • UNIS 30th Birthday will take place Tuesday, September 19th. We invite you to join us at our celebration assembly at 14:00 in the Sports Centre. Please wear blue if you plan to attend.
  • The first Snack Sale of the year will take place next Wednesday, September 20th. Please support by providing your child 20,000VND to spend on a healthy treat or two!
  • Please send in a set a headphones with your child to support in our Listen to Reading Programme.
  • Swimming during P.E. periods will commence next week. In order to participate your child will need a bathing suit, swim hat, towel and goggles.