UN Day Celebrations
Thank you to everyone for joining us for this year’s UN Day celebrations. Once again it was a fantastic celebration of our school’s identity and a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together. An extra special thank you to Khuthadzo for all her hard work in organising the delicious lunch buffet and to all parents for providing food for the event.
Before joining attending the UN Day assembly we spent the morning discussing our wishes for the planet as well as representing our translated SDGs as illustrations. Thank you for your support in translating and discussing these important Global Goals with your child.
Our Current Text Type: Response
We have started the first of our text types for this year: Response. This text type focuses on responding to and analyzing objects or events in a structured format. Students will be learning to distinguish between nouns and pronouns, justifying their opinion using the terms like/dislikes and will build a repertoire of adjectives to support their opinions.
Counting, Subitzing in Math
Throughout the week we have been working on skills such as forward and backwards counting to 20 as well as identifying the numbers that come before and after in this sequence. Another important math routine that we engage in regularly is number talks. During our recent number talks we have been focusing on subitzing (to perceive at a glance the number of items presented) and justifying our thinking based on the number patterns presented. This week we have added an additional element of working on number sentences to represent our thinking.
Unit of Inquiry: Balance in our Lives supports Health and Wellbeing
We continue to inquire into Balance in our Lives and the ways we take care of ourselves and this week we focussed on what balance looks like in terms of the food choices that we make. Each day we have focussed on a nutrition through the specific food groups listed above. Next week we hope to combine what we now know about these food groups to create balanced snacks that we will share together as a grade level.
Thank you to Noah’s Mum Maria for joining us this week as our Mystery Reader. We would love to have you or any visiting family members come to read to us.
An Important Notice about Home Readers
Thank you for your patience with our paper folders. Please be assured that fabric book bags are coming soon. We ask that you support your child be re-reading their chosen text with you each night and returning it to school the next day. This is an important daily routine to best support your child’s literacy growth this year.
Children are encouraged to chose a book that is a good fit (they can read the majority of the text with ease) and is of interest to them. While the level of the book may give some indication of the complexity of the book we fully encourage students to chosen books that they are motivated to read for this reason you may notice your child choosing to reread a book or from time to time taking on a more complex book that they which to tackle with your support.
Reminder from the P.E. Team
The Grade 1 Wheels Unit will begin next week, October 28th.
1. We request that all students bring their bikes and helmets to school on October 28th from 7:45-8:30 from the Main Gate. Upon arrival, you will be directed by the PE staff to the storage location where all bikes will be stored (see attached).
2. If your bike has training wheels on them, we request that you remove them.
3. To help us with organization, it would be helpful if you put a label on your child’s bike and helmet that includes your child’s name and homeroom.
4. The unit will end on November 22nd, and all bikes can be collected on that day from 3:30-4:00.
- October 31st ES Dress Up Day: Please discuss with your child what they may wear for our dress up day on Thursday. We ask that children do not wear masks and highly encourage some creative home grown costumes.
- There will be no school on November 11 due to it being a staff professional development day.
- Save the Date: On November 19th open classrooms will take place across the Elementary School.