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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Letter 18 (2016-17)

23 January 2017
Dear Parents,
          Last week, we talked about going to the zoo to see animals.  We talked about animals we like and whether we have seen them before.  We learned that many zoo animals come from the jungle. 
We focused our discussion on different kinds of birds as they are animals that we are familiar with as we see them fly around the school all the time. We went on a nature walk to look at birds.  We were excited to see so many birds and to find some nests in the trees.  We learned that different kinds of birds have different names such as parrot, flamingo, crow, ostrich, peacock and so on.  We then talked about the body parts of a bird. We saw that a bird looks very different from us.  It has wings, a tail and a mouth that is called a beak.  It was quite confusing for us to why a bird’s mouth is called a beak. We learned that different kinds of beaks help birds to eat different kinds of food.  We then looked at bird seeds, and made bird feeders to take home and to put in the playground. We tried to feed the birds, but the birds kept flying away from us!  Then we looked at the birds’ wings and feathers.  We learned that the birds’ wings and feathers help them to fly.  However, some birds like ostriches and flamingos cannot fly as they are too big.  In the art centre, we snip feathers of different colours to make wings for us to pretend to fly like the birds. We also painted with real feathers and made flying birds.  With the flying birds, we took them out to the play area and tried flying them like airplanes!
          This week we will end our discussion on birds by talking about their habitats and nocturnal birds.  We will then look at monkeys and crocodiles which we can also see in the zoo.  
                                                                             Best Regards,

                                                                             Ms. Marizon





























Thursday, 12 January 2017

Letter 17 (2016-17)

16 January 2016

Dear Parents,
          As last week was the first week of school after the Christmas break, it was a time for the children to settle down.  Most of us were happy to be back and went straight to the centres to get the toys they wanted, while others took some time to get back into the routine.  Most of us came in with smiles, and although there were some tears, it stopped pretty quickly. 
          Being away from school for a few weeks made us forget some of the class rules and routines, and so we used the first week back to revisit and reinforce the class rules and routines. We had to learn to wait for our turn, and to use our words to express our needs. We also learned to tidy up the toys after we had finished playing. It took us some time to remember, but by the end of the week we started to use our words and started to put the toys back on the shelves. Thank you for the “During the Break” homework. Every day we took turns showing photos and reading out what we had been doing during the break. We were excited to see that our friends had also visited places we knew. Some of us had visited the zoo which will be a good lead to our discussion on zoo animals, while others visited the mountain or the beach. We also talked about New Year’s Day. After looking at pictures of fireworks, we used tissue paper rolls to make firework prints. Apart from that, we also talked about colours. Every day we looked at a different colour. We explored items of different colours and played “I Spy Colours”. In the art centre, we used different colours to make pictures through different art techniques. We got to paint with texture rollers, funnels, and chalk.  In the Math centre we played with coloured blocks, colour games and puzzles.  It was our first time to have PE class in order to prepare for Sports day. Everybody participated. We ran, jump, rolled a big ball and balanced a beanbag. It was fun!
          This week we will start to talk about zoo animals. We will be focusing on birds such as parrots, owls, ostriches, flamingos, etc. We will also be talking about the different parts of a bird, their habitat, and so on. 
                                                                                      Best Regards,

                                                                                      Ms. Marizon