Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Letter 19 (2018-19)

                                                                                                          28 January 2019
Dear Parents,

Last week we continued to look at birds. We talked about birds that we usually see at night.  We focused our discussion on owls and learned that it was a nocturnal bird which meant that it slept during the day, and went out to look for food at night.  We read stories about owls, and some of us felt sorry that the owls could not come out to play during the day. To make our owl, we tore pieces of brown paper into small pieces. It was good practice for our small muscles. Some of us could tear the paper well, while others still tried to figure out how to tear. In Cooking we made chocolate birds nest.  We had to break the pretzel sticks into small pieces. We observed how the chocolate melted when it was on the stove. Of course we all wanted to eat the chocolate right away!  

Later on in the week, we discussed that many zoo animals come from the jungle.  We pretended to be monkeys and read many books with monkeys as the main character.  Our favourite books were “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” and “Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile.”  We then made monkey puppets in the art centre which are now hanging around our classroom. While looking at monkeys, we also looked at apes.  It was quite confusing for most of us to distinguish between monkeys and apes.  When we saw pictures of gorillas or orangutan, we all thought that they were monkeys.  We then learned that monkeys have tails, while apes do not.  After that we tried hard to look for the tail to be able to identify that animal. 

This week we will be looking at crocodiles before moving on to the three biggest land animals which are the elephant, rhinoceros and hippo. 
Please take note that on Friday 1 February, we will be having our EY-KS1 Sports Day.  Please let your children wear their house t-shirts that morning and arrive at school by 8 o’clock. 
                                                                   Best Regards,
                                                                   Ms. Marizon

Friday, 25 January 2019

EY-KS1 Sports Day Announcement

Upcoming Event

EY – KS1 Sports Day

Friday 1 February

Please wear your house t-shirts and arrive by 8 a.m

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Letter 18 (2018-19)

21 January 2019
Dear Parents,
          Last week, we talked about going to the zoo to see animals.  When we saw pictures of a zoo, some of us started to talk about our personal experiences when we went to the zoo.  The names of different kinds of animals started to pour out.  This will certainly be a popular topic in our class this term. 
We first 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.  On our way back from the Sports Hall, we saw many birds walking, and flying around the school.  We learned that different kinds of birds have different names such as a pigeon, parrot, flamingo, crow, 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 whether it’s a worm, a berry, or even fish.  We looked at pictures of mummy birds feeding baby birds. We then used tongs to pick up worms (pink foam tubes) to feed the baby birds.  It was quite a challenge, and some of us opt to use our hands than the tongs!  Later on 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 snipped feathers of different colours to make the tail for our parrots. We also painted with real feathers and made feather prints.     
          This week we will end our discussion on birds by talking about their habitats and nocturnal birds.  We will then look at monkeys, gorillas and crocodiles which we can also see in the zoo.  
                                                                             Best Regards,
                                                                             Ms. Marizon