Celebrations and creativity

Hello Parents,

Our second to last week has been a time of celebration and creativity for our community.
For Arts Week, we’ve danced, sung, drummed, illustrated and painted. We used the knowledge gained during our H.W.E.O. unit to create amazing abstract pieces which will be displayed in the Arts Centre.
UNIS celebrated the graduating class of 2020 with some rad signs and lots of cheering during the Grand Walk.
Next week, we will wrap up the year with more fun, reflection and connection.

See photos below of our presentations last week for our space studies.

The Buzz of school !

Hello Parents,

Our second week back has been a great success! The whole-school morning wellness Zooms were great fun, getting us up and moving in the classroom. It is great to stay connected and have fun as a community, wherever we may be.

With our new routines streamlined, the kids let loose with their enthusiasm and newfound independent learning skills to wrap up the unit. There was a fantastic buzz to the finale of our inquiry into space. The students have been working hard to polish up their informative paragraphs, create presentations and spent time in the Makerspace crafting their representation of learning.

Next week we will loop back into our ongoing unit Who We Are, to reflect on our beliefs, values and the strangest school year in history- certainly one we’ll never forget. There is a huge amount to celebrate!

REMINDER : We start swimming next week!

First week back!

Dear Parents,
We have been so excited to be back in school! It has been wonderful to reconnect in person with the students and see how much more independent they have become. Friendships and classroom communities have been renewed. A special treat from the SCO today was welcomed excitedly. 
New routines for snack, lunch and recesses are in place and the students are doing a great job of following these.
We have been staying connected with those students unable to attend through our regular classroom morning meetings and we have all been participating in the Book Week activities. 
Students have been completing their individual “Space” research and are drafting a report on their findings. Next week they will have the opportunity to decide how they would like to share some of their learning and discoveries. 
We look forward to the new normal becoming even more normal next week!
Have a great weekend.

UOI Activities and Buddies

Hello Parents,

This week we have been taking part in activities that will help us understand what life is like for other people- as a family in India making paper bags for a living and as a family in Columbia growing bananas for export. These simulations have taught us about teamwork, communication, sharing a work load, that you can work hard and still not earn enough money, costs and that life is NOT fair. Frustrations mounted as our paper bag buyers- The Dodgies- (Josh & Kristi ), turned away the bags made because they were not the same size, didn’t have enough glue, wanted a different size or the price changed. Frustration was also experienced as banana growers, when conditions beyond our control affected  resources and the crops. The discussions after each game were very interesting and empathetic. See photos below

This is the vocabulary we have been learning and using, which you could talk about with your children to give them a better understanding.

employee  wages   profit   workers rights  economic activity  resources  costs and expenses  products   consumers  trade  trading  Sustainable

I look forward to seeing those of you who are able to come to the parent conferences on Wednesday next week.

Chuc Mung Nam Moi -Happy Tet

Paper Bag Families and The Dodgies!

Banana worker families

 

 

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year Parents. I hope you all had a relaxing winter break. I really enjoyed spending time with my family in New Zealand and managed to read a few books too.

This term we are looking at economic activities and fair trade in our unit of Inquiry- How we organise ourselves. It would be great to include or discuss with your children, whenever possible, the household expenses and services you use. For example the electricity bill, food shopping, clothes shopping etc. I have included a post from Ms Kristy our EAL teacher with vocabulary and concepts to discuss with your children in your home language- even if that is English. These are sophisticated words and ideas that need to be explained and used frequently for our students to feel comfortable in understanding and using them. We will be using this language in class and investigating the meanings.

You will also find an advert for Grade 4s Market day next Tuesday below.- many worthwhile causes will benefit while we have fun and learn more about money.

The beginning of a new unit is a good opportunity to discuss ideas and vocabulary in home languages.  Please take some time to talk with your child about the following words and concepts.  These conversations will continue to develop your language AND deepen understanding in English.  Kristy Belete

Central Idea: 

Economic activities affect people and impact the environment.

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • Buying and selling is an interconnected system

  • Fairness and sustainability in growth and development

  • Our power as consumers to affect change

Key concepts:

Causation, Function, Responsibility

Market Day
What:Grade 4 Market Day
When: TUESDAY 14 January 10:45-12:00
Bring: maximum of 100,000 VND to spend
The products and services being sold will range from 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND.
All profits will go to organizations that support Childrens’ Rights.

Related Concepts:

 

 

 

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Winter Break

Hello Parents,

This morning we had an elementary school, Winter Break gathering in the cafeteria, with performances to celebrate. Our class took such good care of their buddies- the youngest students- making sure they felt safe and had fun. We took along cards we had made for our buddies and some colouring for them to do, staying by their sides the whole time in the very busy room, as we thought they might be feeling overwhelmed with all the people and celebrations. There was music, singing and dancing-See photos below

I am returning to New Zealand  for the holidays and am very excited to catch up with family and friends after a year away. I  wish you all a relaxing holiday break wherever you may be. Enjoy and I will see you in 2020!!

 

 

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Aristocats & sharing our learning

Hello Parents,

Today we had a preview of ‘Aristocats’ at assembly- see photos- and we were lucky enough to go to the dress rehearsal on Wednesday. It’s a great show with nearly half our class in the cast or choir- all performing their hearts out. I hope you find the time to come along and watch either on Friday evening or Saturday.

Today was also our class time to show some of our learning, at assembly, which we were right in the middle of when we had a spontaneous fire drill!  We have been talking about ‘being in charge of how we feel’, so even though we were a little disappointed, we decided to be positive about it, as it was not within our control. Ask your child to explain ‘release’ to you and about their ‘dial’.

Have a relaxing weekend before the last week of school for 2019!

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Bear rescue centre.

Dear Parents,

We had a lovely, relaxing day on Friday at the Bear Rescue Centre. As you can see from the photos we were right out in the countryside with fabulous views of distant mountains, lush bush and even a clear stream. The centre is very quiet so as not to stress out the bears. We walked around all the enclosures with the guides and saw lots of healthy, relaxed bears, enjoying their life outside of confined metal cages. Ask your children what they learned.

A great trip to take visitors to, or if you need to ‘rewild’ yourselves from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Buddy fun

Hello Parents,

The week flew by- we managed to take advantage of the lovely weather and be outside with our little buddies. 3A students take their job very seriously, looking after the youngest children in the school- helping with activities, playing what their buddy wants to play, and making sure their buddy has a fun time. This is not always easy when you are 8 & 9 years old and used to doing what you want to do and the fun is usually all about you. Because they do their job so well their buddies are always excited to see them. The responsibility is greater when we are on the E.S. playground as it is not where the little children play and they need a lot of help managing the bigger structures. See photos

Have a relaxing weekend

 

 

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UN day & Repurposing

Hello Parents,

It was lovely to see most of you at the UN day celebrations. Thank you all for contributing to the delicious lunch- the food was plentiful and we had so much variety. With everyone in their national costumes or dressed up, it was a very colourful day- see our class photo below

Thank you also to those parents that were able to support our ‘Innovation Fair’ last week. Your enthusiasm for your own and other students creations was great. We looked at SDG goal number 12 – Responsible consumption and production- keeping this in mind during the planning and making of the machines- everything had to be repurposed.  Our class are very proud that we able to repurpose all most everything. A little bit of scrap cardboard, used paper tape and some small bits of pipe cleaner went in the bin, the rest was salvaged and returned to the Makerspace to be reused. See the photo below

Have a relaxing weekend

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