June 4th

June 4th
Our last full week of Kindergarten together! Where has the year gone!?!

In Unit of Inquiry this week we celebrated our talents in our Talent Shows. The children were all such risk takers as they sang, danced, played and performed in front of their classmates and teachers. It was a wonderful way to finish off our How We Express Ourselves unit.

For Literacy we continue to listen to, write and enjoy stories together. We have loved performing and using puppets to tell stories. In math we are measuring, counting and working on equals and making equal groups.

Next week school will finish at 12pm on Wednesday. The children will begin to bring home their books and school work from Monday. Please make sure they have a bag big enough to hold their things.

This is our last blog post for the year so we want to wish you all a wonderful, relaxing summer. Thank you for sharing your fabulous children with us! Although it’s been a bit of a crazy year, we feel grateful for the time we got to spend with our wonderful K2 children. We have watched them grow and learn and we feel very proud of how resilient they have been through the ups and the downs. Thank you for all of your support throughout the year.

Kind regards,
Emily, Diep, Nikki, Mi, Penny, Hang, Micah, Michelle, Vu and Francesca

May 29th

May 29th

Arts Week

This week has been ‘Art Week’ which has meant we have started each day celebrating our creativity and personal expression through art and music. Students have drawn, chosen colours to express emotions, sung songs, and stomped and moved to different music.  We love expressing ourselves in different ways.

UOI

In Unit of Inquiry, we to explored ways different people and cultures express themselves. We listened to music from around the world and the countries we are from.

K2A’s Got Talent

This week we have been moving through the creative process to express ourselves at the  K2A’s Got Tallent Show next week.  Like all good things, this takes time.  We have all come up with the expression we can to share and are now working on towards making it the best art that we can.  We have been working towards making puppets, masks, books and Artwork to express ourselves in the talent show. 

Math

During Maths we have been practising our counting forwards and backwards and making sure we know the difference between ‘teen’ and ‘ty’ numbers. We have continued to show our thinking visually with different math word problems.   We explored capacity and making equal groups by making Anzac Biscuits.  We had to carefully follow the recipe to make sure we measured the right amount of each ingredient.  It was so much fun and delicious! 

 

The Grand Walk

On Thursday we congratulated the Grade 12 students who are graduating from UNIS.  We worked out that they had been learning at school for 15 years!  Wow! What a great effort!

 

Mystery Readers

We had 3 very enthusiastic and brave Mystery Readers from the K2A class this week.  We loved hearing stories from Marta, Faye,Yukyeong, Leo and Cao Minh!  Well done Friends!  We look forward to hearing more K2A Mystery Readers next week.  Remember, there are 3 ways to read a book:

1, Read the Pictures,

2. Read the words and

3. Retell the story.

May 22nd

Wellness Week

This week was Wellness Week.  We started each day connecting with the UNIS community on Zoom for some wellness fun.  We did aerobics, yoga, and dancing with our wonderful PE teachers.  The challenges were really tricky but made us laugh.  You can try some of the Wellness challenges at home:

Plank that song

Floor to standing challenge

Balance Challenge


Unit of Inquiry

In our Unit of Inquiry this week we have been exploring the elements (earth, wind, water, and fire) through drawing, music, movement and dance. We reflected on how these make us feel.  What is your favourite element and why?  How does it make you feel?

 

Literacy/ UOI

We have been expressing our creative ideas through the form of a puppet play.  We made our own puppets, puppet theatres, backgrounds and props to help us tell our stories. In small groups, we wrote a story, practised our story and then shared it with our class.  What a fun and expressive process!  We really loved it and learned so much along the way.  

Reading at Home

We have really loved reading in class in large groups and small groups.  You can read at home on Raz kids too!  I have assigned 3 books for you to read each week.  Please read these and feel free to read more too:)

May 15th

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Welcome Back!

Wow what a week! Even though it looks very different and there are many new routines we are happy to be back at UNIS. We definitely miss our friends who are not here but are glad be back at school. To make this week even more amazing we had our first ever virtual Assembly on Thursday to celebrate Book Week! 

 

 

Book Week

A huge THANK YOU to Ms. Monica and everyone involved in making this book week so much fun! We loved dressing up as our favourite characters and making new stories about them. We also got into the creepy critters theme. Ms Monica Read us the Story “Wombat Stew.” We loved drawing and writing about characters from the story.  We also explored the story “Wild Things”. We solved Maths problems, created Wild Thing puppets and Wild things settings.  What fun!

 

Unit of Inquiry

In our Unit of Inquiry this week we kept learning different ways we could express ourselves. We read the story The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas and talked about how colours can express our emotions and how we feel. 

 

17th January

In preparation for Tet, Ms Vu brought us a Peach Blossom tree for the classroom which we decorated with our Tet Dragons.   

Next week we will write a description about our Tet Dragons.  You can help your child plan their writing by asking: What is your dragon’s name? What color is your dragon?  What shapes can you see on your dragon?  What is the texture of your dragon?  What does your dragon do?

Market Day was a real treat.

We are very excited about planning and creating items to sell in our ‘K2 Market day” in our upcoming unit of inquiry on “How We Organise Ourselves.”

Ask your child:  What was for sale?  How did you pay for things?

We had 2 mystery readers this week.  Ms Nitasha read us “Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley” by Aaron Blabey and Sandhya (Reyna’s Mum) read us “Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Williams.

Ask your child:  Who were the characters in the story?  How do you say “Knuffle”?

During Buddy time we visited Grade 2’s classroom and listened to our Buddies presentation on explorers.  Then we were explorers ourselves on the Upper Elementary playground.

Ask your child:  What was your buddies presentation about?  What do you like to play with on the Grade 2’s playground?

UpComing Events

Tues 21st Jan- Reports go out to families 

Wed 22nd Jan- Parent/teacher conferences.  If not signed up yet please do so through veracross.  

Thurs 23rd Jan- TET assembly 9:25am.  Parents are welcome to attend.  

Fri 24th Jan- TET holiday

 

10th January

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a fantastic break!

We have had a great start to the new year.  The children have returned to school fresh, focused and excited to learn.

On Monday we wrote a  recount about our holidays. It was great to share what we did on our holidays and practice our writing.

Ask your child 3 “W” questions about your holiday: Where did you go?  Who did you go with?  What did you do?

We also created our own Nogard.  We had to listen very carefully to Ms Francesca as she explained how to draw a Nogard.  We were all very surprised with our final picture.

Ask your child:  What is a Nogard?  How did you create it?

Upcoming Events:

  • Tue 21st –Reports home. 
  • Wed 22nd Jan- Parent-teacher conferences Next week you will be able to sign up for a parent-teacher conference. These conferences will take place on Wednesday the 22nd of January from 8-4. There will be no regular school on that day. Your child’s report will available on Veracross on Tuesday the 21st. Please read it before the conference so you can come with any questions.  We will spend the first 10 mins of the conference having an adult to adult conversation about your child’s progress and achievement. In the last 5 mins of the conference, your child will share with you something they are proud of and we can all celebrate their success together.  Our specialist teachers will also be available on the day but if you feel the report is enough information, then seeing them is not compulsory.  Please let me know if you have any questions
  • Thurs 23rd Jan- TET assembly 9:25am
  • Fri 24th Jan- TET holiday

 

 

13th December

Our field trip to Maison Marou was a highlight this week. It was a great opportunity to think like scientist while using our senses.  We also answered all of our questions and wondering about chocolate.  All except for “Why is chocolate called chocolate?”   We’ll do some further research on this in class.  What a wonderful inquiry.

Ask your child:  What senses did you use at Maison Marou Chocolate shop?  What questions did you ask? How is chocolate made? Where are the cocoa beans grown? What was your favorite chocolate to taste?  Why?

We have been reading, writing, dramatizing, baking and experimenting with gingerbread people over the past 2 weeks.  Luckily the gingerbread people did not run away when they come out of the oven.  They were delicious!

Upcoming events:

Friday 13th Dec- Winter break begins

Mon 6th Jan- First day back

Wed 22nd Jan- Parent/teacher conferences

Thur 23rd Jan- Reports go home

Thurs 23rd Jan- TET assembly 

Fri 24th Jan- TET holiday

 

What a Semester!  Ms Vu and I are very proud of K2A and all that they have learned so far! Have a restful and happy holiday. See you in the new year.

 

 

 

 

6th December

This week we planted seeds in our very own ECC vegetable garden.  So far we have some herbs, beans, snow peas and tomato seeds planted. Some have begun to sprout!  We will watch closely to see how our seeds/plants grow and change over the year.

Ask your child:  What do you want to grow in the vegetable garden?  What do plants need to grow?

During our UOI this week we followed the scientific method while doing an experiment with m&m’s and water.

Ask your child:  What do scientists do?  What senses were you using while you were doing the m&m experiment?  Do you have any other questions about what you saw?

Today we went to the DP Science Labs to visit Ms Carly the Chemistry teacher. She showed us around her Laboratory and the special equipment that she uses to learn about chemicals.  We even had the opportunity to do an experiment together.

Ask your child:  What special tools did you see in the lab?  What do scientists do?  How do scientists think?  What experiment did you do with Carly the scientist? 

Thank you to your Mystery reader Lee (Yukyeong’s Mum).  We loved the story “Creepy Carrots” story and the treats you made.

 

Upcoming Events:

Next week is week A

Tues 10th Dec- K2A Fieldtrip to Maison Marou 

Please be sure that you arrive at school on time as the bus leaves at 8:30am.

Thurs 12th Dec- Winterfest  5-7pm

Friday 13th Dec- Winter break begins

Mon 6th Jan- First day back

 

29th November

This week we focused our minds to really think like scientists.  We used our 5 senses and particularly our sense of tase to explore the taste of different types of chocolate.

Ask your child:  Why were you tasting chocolate?  What did you notice about the way the chocolate looked?  What did you notice about the way the chocolate tasted?  Did you like all of the different types of chocolate?  Do you have any other questions about chocolate?

We also made a chocolate shop role play in the classroom.  We decided to call the chocolate shop “Chocolate World”.  We created a menu with loads of tasty treats.  We are very excited about our upcoming field trip to Maison Marou Chocolate.

Ask your child:  How did you help to make “Chocolate World”? What is your favorite thing on the menu?  What is your favorite role to play in the chocolate shop?

Upcoming Events:

Tues 10th Dec- Maison Marou Field trip.  Permission notes were sent home in book bags on Thursday.  If you have not already done so, please sign and return to school as soon as possible.

Thurs 12th Dec- Winterfest  5-7pm

Friday 13th Dec- Winter break begins

Mon 6th Jan- First day back

 

22nd November

Our highlight this week was sharing our learning with parents during open classrooms.

Thank you parents, for your playfully participating in lessons.  We are really proud of the learning taking place in K2A and it was wonderful to show off our skills and knowledge.

K2A are really captivated by our current inquiry.  Exploration through our senses has triggered some rich wonderings and questions which we will now use to guide our inquiry.  Here are a few of our wonderings…

I wonder why flowers smell good?  Gia Han

I wonder how chocolate is made?  Adalyn

I wonder why chocolate is brown? Hia Ha

I wonder why everybody loves chocolate? SanWook

Why is some chocolate square and some chocolate brown? Reyna

I wonder why my reflection is upside down in the water marble? Oscar

Why do flowers smell good?  James

We have so much to learn and find out (especially about chocolate). Watch this space and we will share what we discover.

The children have spent today beautifully decorating their new reading bags.

Please remember to return your reading bag every day with your home reading books inside.  Poetry books return every Monday.

Upcoming events.

Next week is week A.

Thurs 12th Dec- Winterfest  5-7pm

Friday 13th Dec- Winter break begins

Mon 6th Jan- First day back