Friday May 12th 2017

In UoI this week we looked at different habitats and created lists of animals that live in those habitats (savannah, desert, arctic, forest, rain forest and ocean). The students then, using our unit books, thought about the external features the animals need to survive in these habitats. It was wonderful to see the children working collaboratively and enthusiastically researching. Here they are in action:

 

REMINDER: Swimming starts again in PE lessons on May 15th (next week)!

Learning Intentions for next week are:

English – Continue to explore and discuss narrative text.

Maths – Patterning.

UoI – Begin to look at how humans are impacting living things.

PSEL – Curiosity and Inquirer.

Friday May 5th 2017

It’s been a short yet fun-filled week this week. This is how we celebrated Book Week: On Wednesday the children read with their Grade 5 buddies, on Thursday was Character Dress-up Day where the children paraded in their costumes and on Friday we enjoyed “Line in Your Pocket” day. We were also treated to a story read by our mystery reader, Ms Kristi from K1. Here are some photos:

We have also started a new unit this week. Our central idea is ‘Human interactions with the environment have an impact on the survival of plants and animals’.  We did an interesting provocation where we put the children’s fists inside a glove and told them they couldn’t use their fingers. They then had to build something using only their restricted hands.

The children said that this activity felt: weird, interesting, challenging, bad, hard, different, tricky, sad. We then looked at photos of animals suffering due to things humans had done. The children made connections between how they felt and how they thought the animals might be feeling. To help get us thinking about these big ideas, we invited some expert Grade 5 students who told us about endangered animals in Vietnam. Many thanks to our Grade 5 friends!

Learning Intentions for next week are:

English – Begin to explore and discuss narrative texts.

Maths – Continued number work. Following directions.

UoI – Inquire into the different environments of living things and the external features of living things.

PSEL – Caring

Friday April 28th 2017

In Maths this week we had a bit of belated Easter Egg fun. We did a “3 Act Task” so that the children could practise thinking like mathematicians. Act 1: we discussed what we noticed and wondered about the eggs in the bowl (there were 4 colours, but how many were there of each, and how many in total?), the children made estimates. Act 2: The numbers: armed with the number of each colour egg, the children then tried to figure out the total. The children used a range of strategies: tally marks, cubes, small toys, counters, dots etc. Act 3: The solution: it wasn’t that easy to keep track of such a big number, but we found that making groups of 10 made it much easier. The answer: 82. The prize: chocolate eggs – buy how many for each child!?

REMINDER

No school on Monday or Tuesday!

Next week is Book Week. Please see the Grade Level Blog for more information. Here is a quick reminder of what is on:

  • Wednesday: Buddy reading (nothing to prepare for this, but if your child would like to bring in a book from home to share with his/her buddy, that would be great).
  • Thursday: Favourite character dress-up day.
  • Friday: Line in your pocket day (copy a line from a favourite book, put in your pocket and be ready to say it to anyone who asks).

The Learning Intentions for next week are:

English – Information Report assessment

Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify, addition and subtraction.

UoI – Provocation for the new unit- Sharing the Planet.
Central Idea-Human interactions with the environment have an impact on the survival of plants and animals.

PSEL – Appreciation.

It was wonderful to see the pictures of  you with your children during the Student Led Conferences. The kids were so excited to tell me about it and they were all so proud. Here are some photos which Noi took on the day:

 

Next week: Maker Day is next Friday!

 

The Learning Intentions for next week are:

English – Information Report writing

Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify, addition and subtraction

UoI – Inquiry into how light and sound help us

PSEL – Appreciation

Friday April 14th 2017

Please remember that next week Student Led Conferences are on Wednesday the 19th of April. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for a conference time. It will be a wonderful opportunity for the children to show you what they know and have learned. There will be no regular school that day.

Unfortunately I will be absent for the first part of next week. The class will be in the very capable hands of Ms Stephanie Canada, who you will meet on Wednesday. Please contact Ms Noi with any changes to the pick up routine, and please contact Ms Julia with any other queries. I hope to be back at school on Thursday.

The Learning Intentions for next week are:

English – Information Report writing

Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify. Continue number objectives

UoI – Inquiry into what can be done with light and sound

PSEL – Curiosity

 

Friday 31st March 2017

In Maths this week we learned a new game, Quick Draw (by 1s, 2s, 5s or 10s). The learning objective of the game is fluency in forward & backwards counting sequences. It’s a fun, fast-paced game which requires lots of focus and thinking. Encourage your child to explain the rules! Regular playing cards can be adapted to make this game – maybe an interesting Spring Break project?!

1C also got together this week with our neighbours, 1D,  to teach each other some new Maths games.

Important: I will be absent from school for the week after the holiday (April 10th-14th inclusive). Please contact Ms Noi (ntnoi@unishanoi.org ) with any changes in pick-up routine or to communicate your child’s absence. Please contact Ms Julia (jhatch@unishanoi.org) with any other issues or concerns. Ms Joh Ponson, who is an experienced teacher as well as a UNIS parent, will be substituting the class in my absence.

WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL SPRING BREAK!

The Learning Intentions for 10-14 April are:

English – Information Report writing

Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify, continued number objectives

UoI – Inquiry into what can be done with light and sound

PSEL – Curiosity

Reminder: No school next week as it is Spring Break

Wow – what a performance!!! I was absolutely brimming with pride to see how 1C, and all the K2 and Grade 1 students, performed with such energy and skill today. Thank you so much for coming. Many congratulations to Ms Alexis, Ms Noor and Ms Emma for all their hard work. Here are a few photos I snapped.

Other

Maths: Here is a great video with tips on how to “talk maths” with your kids.

ES Fun Sports Afternoon: Friday March 31st, 2017. 

Please remember to

– pack your child’s house uniform

– provide a full water bottle

– provide an additional afternoon snack

– pack sunscreen

– label everything

 

 

The Learning Intentions for next week:

Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify, continued number objectives.

English – Information reports

UoI -Inquiry into where light and sound come from

PSEL – Integrity, cooperation and empathy
 

Friday March 17th, 2017

This week we started our new unit of inquiry. Our big idea is: “Light and sound affect our lives in many ways.” We had a fun, if but noisy start to the unit with free exploration of our light and sound equipment. The children subsequently came up with many interesting “wonderings” about light and sound such as: “why does the mirror reflect light?”, “how do the drums make a sound?”, “why does a torch need batteries?” and “how do all these things work?”. We will find out! Here are the kids getting busy (watch until the end for a bit of noise!).

In maths this week we’ve been revisiting all our games, including “Saluter” and “Double Compare”. Here are the rules if you’d like to play at home:

DOUBLE COMPARE

SALUTE

The Learning Intentions for next week:

Maths – Practice of addition and subtraction within 20.

Note: By the end of the year children should be able to: skip count by 10’s, 5’s and 2s to 100 and have instant recall of combinations to 10 e.g. 7 & 3, 8 & 2, etc.

English – Information reports, making connections between text and ourselves.

UoI – Inquiry into where light and sound come from.

PSEL – Empathy, cooperation and integrity.

Friday March 10th, 2017

It was so wonderful to see you all at the Wax Museum today. The children worked so hard to prepare: lots of research, note-taking, writing and speaking practice. I’m so proud of them all, as I’m sure you all are! Many, many thanks for your help with the costumes and research!

Here are some photos and our green screen videos.

Click here to see: Sarah, Davide, Angela, Costanza & Maeve

Click here to see: Yukimaru, Ian, Thao, Giang & Abi

Click here to see: Beomjoon, Jasper, Milly, Mirabel & Jaehyuk

Click here to see: Sungwoo, Miley, Amitay, Rei & Addison

 

Our learning intentions for next week are:

English-Begin exploring report writing.

Math- Skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Directional language, Addition and subtraction within 20

UoI-Provocation for new unit, How the World Works

PSEL-Look at Integrity, Cooperation, and Empathy

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Friday March 3rd, 2017

This week in maths we started looking at “coding”. One of the activities consisted in trying to direct our friends around a grid using simple commands.

Important:

The field trip is on Wednesday 8th to the Water Puppet performance.

Our Waxwork Museum will be next Friday at 14.10. Please see the grade 1 blog for more information!

 

Our learning intentions for next week are:

English – Descriptive writing about the wax characters

Maths  – Skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Directional language, Addition and subtraction within 20

PSEL – Inquirer and Risk-Taker linked to Waxwork Museum

UoI – Biographies and research skills