Here are our reflections on Sports Day. The children have described what the most exciting part of the day was for them. There were lots of different highlights; from riding in the bus with friends; to racing and playing tug-of-war.
Our 'Star Names' just keep coming. This week it was Nora! We are getting really good at making the actions and the sounds of all the new letters we are learning. We are enjoying making our sand books and writing new letters in the sky, on our friends backs and in our Word Study books. It was also great to get to know a little more about Nora. Take a look!
Whew! That was one hot, sticky sports day. Thanks to all of the wonderful parents who came along to support us, to Mr. Nathan and Mr. Dino for all their organisation and to Ms. Yun Ping Zhao, for these photos of our very first Sports Day.
Water play has got to be one of the most wonderful things to do on a sunny afternoon. It has many benefits for children, including: opportunities for social interactions, the development of physical skills, soothing sensory exploration and the opportunity for scientific exploration. Children will (taken New Zealand Ministry of Education, ECE Website):
• Develop hand-eye coordination and the manipulative skills of lifting, pouring and controlling.
• Explore the early mathematical and scientific concepts of heavy/light, float/sink, full/empty, shallow/deep, and learn about measuring, estimating, and conservation of volume.
• Increase concentration and problem solving skills as they become absorbed in their experimentation.
• Extend their social skills as they play alongside and communicate with others.
Our maths focus is measurement, so we discussed: which bowls would hold more and less water, how many scoops it would take to fill various sized bowls and how we knew when the cup or bowl was full?
To add to all of this we took sea creatures out to put in the water and asked the children how many they had in their aquariums (take a look at the children's individual pages). A great (and very wet!) way to end the day!
Our star name this week was Kili. We started our week with our ‘Star Interview’ and continued on to learn the names and the sounds of the letters in Kili’s name, as well as some actions to help us remember them. We have practised writing the letters in Kili’s name by writing them in the air, on our buddies backs and tracing them into our word study notebooks. We also continued working on our sand tracing books. We are all enjoying finding out about the other children in K1KB and learning lots about letters!
Natural materials such as leaves, stones, sticks and shells are fascinating play things for the children in KBK1, so we have created an area in our room where we can study objects from the world around us.
We have also used these materials as a part of our everyday programme. To extend our knowledge of measurement, we have looked at the lengths of the sticks in our room, compared them and then discussed which are longer and which are shorter.
Using our alphabet knowledge, we have created a display containing the letters we know. Unsurprisingly, the letters in the children’s names feature prominently in their designs.
As a part of our unit, Who I Am is Shaped by the People Around Us, we have been listening to this great song by Will.I.Am and the gang from Sesame Street. We hope you like it too!
Today we had another special birthday! This time it was Nora's big day.
As a class, we wrote Nora a birthday card (some people even wrote extra cards during their free time!), then we invited K1AC to come to our party! We had cake and played games.
Nora, we hope you had a wonderful day!
Last week we met our Grade 3 buddies. This week they were back to read to us. It's great to have big buddies. We all hope they'll be back again soon!