Posted in Class Notices, School Notices and Newsletter

Fun Games Day

Tuesday 20th June is Fun Games for the junior school including the Pre-Junior classes.

As you were already informed via Ms. Georgina’s email, this will take the form of play water games as well as swimming in the pools already set up in the school grounds.

These are the main points which will guide you what to send for that day.

  1.  The children need to come to school wearing their bathing suit beneath their school uniform.  Since the children are young, to the contrary of what was originally stated in the e mail, girls may come in a two piece bathing suit since it makes it easier for them to access the toilet.
  2. You need to send in:
  • Ready blown up armbands
  • A towel
  • A t-shirt for the children to wear while swimming (compulsory) – either a swim top or a normal t shirt
  • A sun hat –  Extremely important since they cannot apply sun block before entering the pool BUT they can apply sun block from home.
  • Flip-flops, crocks or sandals
  • A pair of underpants to change into after swimming
  • A plastic bag to put the wet items in before sending them home.

Please ensure that everything you send in is clearly labelled so we don’t have any confusion.

  1.  An ice cream van will be visiting the school that day. If you wish, your child will be allowed to buy an ice cream.  Please write me a note in their notebook and leave it open with your decision. If the decision is yes send in Euro 2 in a labelled envelope with the child’s name.
  2. IMP. – Sun cream may be applied at home before the children come to school.

Thanks for your co-operation

Ms. Geraldine

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Posted in Photos

Outing at the dentist

The highlight of the 8th week was our visit to the dentist.  It was really a valuable experience for the children were they learnt to trust the dentist as a doctor who might help them.

In preparation for this visit, a day before a good chunk of circle time was dedicated to this topic.  First we discussed that our teeth are very important for us because we use them to bite and chew our food.

Our teeth give a shape to our lower part of the face along with the chin bones.  With shiny white teeth we can smile and feel good.

That is why it is important to take care of our teeth and brush them when we wake up and before we go to sleep.  We should also brush them when we eat some kind of sugary deserts or sweets.

Sugar is the number one enemy of our teeth.  It creates holes called cavities which hurt our teeth.

The children watched a story on the interactive whiteboard to put them at ease regarding going to the dentist.

Caillou at the Dentist –

Going to the Dentist Song | Original Songs | By LBB Junior –

The Carter Family 10: Going to the Dentist | Level 3 | By Little Fox

I also mentioned that the dentist has a magical chair which goes up and down as well as special tools like a very tiny mirror.

He also has a computer with a huge television where we can also see our teeth.  At the end of circle time the children were very excited and promised that they were going to take care of their teeth and brush them really well    🙂

At the clinic:

During the visit the children were split into two groups, half were with me and they were under the care of dentist Dr. Jean Paul.

The other half were taken care of by dentist Dr. Sara and accompanied by Ms. Corinne.  Below are the photos we took at the dentist.  Amongst them are the photos of Dr. Jean Paul showing us a set of huge make believe teeth and he showed the children how they should brush their teeth in a circular motion.

The children got to know that at present they have 20 teeth but when they are adults they will have 32.  Our dentist session ended with all the children paying a visit to the laboratory where they saw how false teeth are made.


Last but not least you received the dental plan of your child for your perusal along with the small gifts to encourage the children to brush their teeth regularly.

Enjoy the photos    🙂

 

Posted in Numeracy

Term 3 Week 7 – Number 19

The next number for this week number 19 was associated with the doctors and nurses topic.

After the usual drill of singing up to 20 song, writing it in the air, looking at the numicon shapes which make up this number also using play dough and practicing in sand,

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The children did the rainbow formation and printed 19 windows onto the hospital where the doctors go to work.

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The children played games on the interactive whiteboard where they had to count various objects till 19.

The students had to recognize 19 from other numbers and thus select it.    They practiced writing 19 on their workbooks too.  Last but not least they had a mixed page.

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They also watched the following video clip –

Sesame Street- Number of the Day 19 Song- Let’s stomp 19 times

Elmo 1234 – Number 19 – Elmo 123 count with me, Sesame Street Elmo count with me by DisneyToysReview

Posted in Literacy

Term 3 Week 7 – Letter x

We dedicated only two pages on our literacy workbook to letter x.  (They usually find this letter easy to write).  I reminded them that there are only a few words in English which start with this letter sound.

Sometimes instead of saying the letter sound we even use the letter name such as in xylophone.

The children watched this video clip to see that letter x can be placed in other places as well in a particular word.

The Letter X Song” by ABCmouse.com –

The jolly phonic letter x song –

We emphasized words that finish with x such as box, fox, six, mix, fix.  The students practiced their writing skills on their literacy workbook 9.  Here are the pages.

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Success Criteria to be able to write letter x –

  • You start writing this letter from the top.
  • Slant down.
  • You have to lift the pencil
  • Go to the top again other the other side and slant down the other way.
  • There are no straight lines in x, if we do this we end up writing a plus (+).

We ended our letter x sessions with the following video clip.

The Skeleton Dance –

Posted in Topic Work

Term 3 Week 7 – Part 6 – Doctors and Nurses

The second topic work for this week was doctors and nurses with particular reference to x-rays.

We spoke about how these special people help us get better when we feel sick.  Two students in class were very proud to mention that their mummy was in fact a doctor and another couple of children mentioned that they too wish to become doctors when they grow up    🙂

We spoke about some characteristics that a doctor and a nurse have to have, such as they have to be patient, kind, very attentive to the feelings of their patient, able to work long hours even during the night.

We spoke about the fact that although at times we might be afraid to go to the doctor because he/she might give us an injection these people are our friends and what they do is for our best.  We also spoke about a trick we can use if we are scared of the injection.

  • First of all we look the other side and not at the injection.
  • We can take our favourite toy to the doctor’s and show it how brave we are.
  • We imagine something that we really like for example playing with this favourite toy or eating something yummy.
  • With the other hand we hold on tight to mummy’s or daddy’s hand.
  • In no time the injection is over.

We also spoke about the medicine that the doctor gives us which unfortunately is not pleasant to the taste.

So we came up with another trick that of pinching the bridge of our noses, open our mouths very wide and gulp down the medicine very hard.

We can always take a glass of water after.  The medicine given to us only makes us better.   These are the video clips we watched:

Story for preschool children about going to the doctor –

Going to the doctor song –

At times we also go to the doctor because we would have broken a bone from falling.  When this happens a special photo of our bone has to be taken to see which part of it is broken.  This is done with an x-ray machine.

After which they would have a special cast made from plaster placed over the broken bone so that it can heal properly.

The children watched a video clip of a small boy who already had a cast on his arm but needed to go for an x-ray check up to see if he was healing well.

Video Clip – Having an x ray –

Besides role playing doctor and nurses they also created a craft where they printed their hand onto a black cardboard using white paint and white chalk.  This is found hanging outside our class room door for all of you to see.

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We spoke about the vehicles that the doctors might use for their work.  We mentioned a normal car to go to the clinic or hospital where they work.

The nurse might have to go in an ambulance to the place where a patient needs to be taken care of.

If we need an ambulance we have to call 112.  However I emphasized that we do not do this for nothing.

If someone happens to be sick or fall first we look out for another adult nearby such as dad, mum, granny etc.  If we are alone with that person and we try and touch them but they are not answering or moving and there is no other adult around, it is then that we have to call the ambulance.

This led us to the other letter of week x-ray.  More detail found in the literacy blog section.

Posted in Numeracy

Term 3 Week 7 – Number 18

Number 18 was the first number we tackled during the seventh week.

The children are now capable of seeing the pattern in the number line themselves.  They enthusiastically come to the board and reason out what comes after what.

They are very proud that they managed to learn to count, work and experiment with these numbers so far.

They also got used to the numicon shapes and know which ones to choose.

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The children played a game on the interactive whiteboard where they had to choose number 18 from other numbers.  They also watched the following video clip –

Sesame Street – Number of the Day 18 Song – Let’s stomp 18 time

As part of their hands on activities the children had to use the rainbow technique to form 18 on their number scrapbook.  They also had to stamp 18 musical notes on the page shown below.

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The children also practiced writing number 18 on their number workbook 5.  They drew 18 balls and coloured in the numicon shapes.

Last but not least they practiced their counting skills on a mixed number page where they had to sequence numbers using the number line if needed at the bottom of the page.
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