Despite the weather not co-operating for a while and the intense heat towards the end, most of the sporting events went ahead as planned.
Grade 2 competed in Javelin, Shot-Put and Track and looked very athletic while doing so. This is their first year competing in the Track and Field events rather than the K1-G1 rotational games and they did a great job.
We had two students share slideshows they had created during their lunchtimes in order to raise awareness of plastic pollution. This has been in collaboration with the S.A.L.T. ECA group.
This was in advance of Sports Day to remind the children to bring their own water bottles rather than use disposable ones.
This week, we have been practising our communication skills. We highlighted listening carefully and speaking clearly as a focus and had a rotational sharing session.
In small groups, half the class visited the other half's presentations. They then made brief notes on what they had heard.
We reflected on how the process went- the excitement of moving around the classroom with clipboards made it quite noisy but most children were able to share something they had enjoyed or learnt from their peers and also think about how they could improve next time.
On Monday, the children will share to the whole class and Tuesday will be our final reflections for this unit.
A message from Ms. Jasinska who is organising this year's event.
International Day is on the 6th of October and it is quickly approaching! We are excited to share our cultures and celebrate together on that day. We would love to have as much parent involvement as possible and besides sharing the day with your children, here are some ways you can participate:
Country Display: We will be making the Elementary School hallway's display boards available to parents to decorate. Each board will be assigned a country and you are welcome to come by and decorate during the week of 2nd October - 5th October. If you are interested, please let Ms. Jasinska know by email which country you are representing so she can try to connect you together email@example.com
Food: One of the highlights of International Day is the food! Please feel free to share your national dish with us that day. You can bring it in the morning for it to be kept in a safe place while you participate in the fun. Later, each country will have a table where you can place your food and we can celebrate the wonderful cuisines of the world together.
We are all looking forward to International Day, and hope you can join us for a morning of fun!
This week, as part of Unit of Inquiry, the children have been working either independently, in pairs or in groups to research and prepare their presentations for next week.
We began by making a research plan. We followed this with a visit to the Library, where Mrs. Grant led an information book session.
This included how to find a particular topic and then how to use the features of non-fiction books to help decide if it is the right book for what you want to find out.
We have begun to practise putting what we read in books into our own words. This summarising skill is a useful way to gauge how well children have understood what they have read. It also begins their understanding of research not being copying straight from a book.
We consolidated our work with inserting images and the children began making connections with how they use different forms of communications to help relationships in their own lives.
For example: "talking with mum every day about school"; "emailing grandparents to tell them what I do in school" and "skyping to find out what is happening on the farm and to arrange holidays with my cousins".
We also discussed times when it has been challenging for the students to communicate with people who speak a different language and thought about how that can make us feel.
We watched a clip of Postman Pat in Danish and some comments were:
I felt... "weird", "confused", "nothing" and "happy because I still liked the pictures and music". Our one Danish speaker felt "great".
We will continue to watch little clips in our class languages during lunch.
In Maths, the children practised regrouping in addition with hands-on games. We also explored how we break a word problem apart and explain our thinking and solution in words.
This week the children have continued to develop their computer skills.
We have been learning how to make a copy of a document, add it to drives and then type or insert images. This has been supporting our Unit of Inquiry and our thinking about forms of communication and when we use them.
The children have also chosen people to interview as part of the collecting data and finding out stage of our inquiry cycle.
We are developing our skill in formulating questions and these vary from personal questions to more research driven questions.
Some children may bring home their interview questions if they have chosen to interview someone from their family. Others are interviewing teachers or friends and this will be done at school.
We have also had some good sharing sessions; a rather addictive game from Bangladesh, a special photo from Australia and an interactive learning pad from Japan which the class got a chance to try for themselves in Japanese.
International Day will be celebrated on 6th October.
This year we will sing Edelweiss as a whole school.
We will sing 6 rounds, with each round in a language represented at ISS. Unfortunately, not every language at school will be represented as it depends on the number of native speakers, as they will be leading those rounds of singing. (This will be practised in school).
We will finish with the English round. The lyrics we will sing are below. I have also attached the links to the various language versions, should you want to practise at home. Happy singing!
Every morning you greet me
Small and white,
Clean and bright,
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow
May you bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever
Bless our home-lands forever
Slightly altered lyrics
We are in the middle of our inquiry cycle now and the children have been thinking and gathering information about different forms of communication, using the terms verbal and non-verbal.
They have also begun to inquire into the relationships in their own lives and how they communicate with those people. Friends and family who live in different countries or who have moved have been a common theme and we will explore this further next week.
We have continued to have some fantastic sharing sessions, including home-made poi from New Zealand and Indonesian musical instruments, as well as games, toys and books from Japan, Indonesia, England, Italy.There are more lined up for next week. These have been a wonderful way for the children to learn more about each other and ask questions. They have been followed by playing and learning new games together. Communication building relationships in action.