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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Letter 22 (2016-17)

27 February 2017
Dear Parents,                 
Last week, we ended our discussion on zoo animals by discussing about animals with spots and stripes; focusing on giraffes, cheetahs, tigers and zebras. We identified which animals have spots and stripes. Then we painted both large and small giraffes, learning the words “spots” and “dots”. We made spots by tearing paper into small pieces and glueing them for our big giraffe and painting small dots with cotton swabs for our small giraffe. We reviewed the word “tall”, in the discussion about giraffes, and identified things that are tall. In order to make our tall giraffes, we tore a lot of brown paper into small pieces and glued them onto our giraffes.  When learning about giraffes, we tried to stand and pretend to drink water like a giraffe.  It was hard!  We learned that giraffes have very long tongues and could even eat plants with thorns!  Next, we learned about stripes and painted zebras and tigers. When learning about tigers, we had to be careful when saying whether it was a tiger or a lion.  We learned that unlike the small cats, tigers are good swimmers.  In the math centre, we sorted out animals with spots and stripes.  Most of us could separate the two well.  
          After learning about so many zoo animals, we were ready to go on our field trip to Safari World.  It was the first field trip for most of us. On the bus, we all cooperated and had our seat belts on while we traveled on the road.  In Safari World we saw lots of animals.  We couldn’t help but scream with delight every time we saw an animal come near our van.  We were excited to see the camels cross the road right in front of our van.  We also saw tigers swimming in the pond and zebras eating grass. Although we only looked at the animals from the bus, this exciting experience did tire us out, and most of us fell asleep on the way back while the rest who still had energy talked all the way back. After we came back, we looked at pictures from our trip, and told a story about it which we are now making into a book.  Please come and look at our book when it will be ready this week for Book Week.
          This week is ‘Book Week’ which we will also start our new theme on “Stories We Like”.  We will be focusing on books written and illustrated by Eric Carle who is a famous children’s book author.  Please come and be our secret reader and read your child’s favourite book to the class.  Details about Book Week can be found on the letter for Book Week.   
                                                                                       Best Regards,

                                                                                       Ms. Marizon





















Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Letter 21 (2016-17)

20 February 2017
Dear Parents,
          Welcome you back after the half-term break. I hope you had a great holiday.
          Before the break, we spent the whole week talking about Brazil and the animals in the rainforest. We pretended to go on a plane and fly to Brazil.  We saw pictures of the Brazilian flag, places and people. We looked at pictures of carnivals and saw that people dressed up in costumes to celebrate.  We then made masks with feathers and sequins to go with our feathered wings.  We then left the city and visited the Amazon rain forest.  There were so many strange animals living in the rain forest such as the river dolphin, blue butterfly, tree frog, jaguar, snakes and so on.  The two animals which we found most exciting were the anaconda and the piranha.  In the art centre we made many kinds of animals which we then put around the classroom in order to turn our classroom into the rainforest.  Every time we saw the piranha’s sharp teeth, we couldn’t help but put our fingers inside its mouth to pretend that it was biting us!  On International Day, everybody looked really lovely in their national costumes.  Apart from visiting Brazil in the Nursery class, we also got to visit China, England, Egypt and Israel.  We had fun playing games, tasting food and making crafts in these countries.
          This week we will end our discussion on zoo animals by talking about animals with spots and stripes.  We should then be more than ready to go to Safari World this Wednesday. Please remember to be early as we plan to board the buses at 8:30. The children can come to school in their school uniforms, as usual. We ask that all children wear a diaper on Wednesday, for convenience, and don’t forget to bring a  water bottle for use on the bus. When we board the bus, we plan to stay on it for the entire trip. We will go by bus around the Open Zoo and have a chance to view the animals from the comfort of the bus. We will then return to the school by 11:30 for our regular lunch time and the children can be picked up at their usual time at school. We are all looking forward to it.

Best Regards,

Ms. Marizon