Prep 2 Newsletter
SJI International Elementary, Singapore, 31 Aug-4 Sept 2015
Dates for the diary
*ECA's begin next week - week beginning Monday 7th September
*September 14th-18th* – Book Week!
Come dressed up as your favourite book character on Friday 18th September.
*Celebration of Learning - Monday 21st September 8 - 8:20am
Flowers and Insects Exit Point trip - date to be confirmed
Swimming - Please note that next week is the last week of swimming for this Block. Swimming resumes on the week starting 26th October .and continues until Christmas.
IPC - Flowers and Insects
Our plant and seed observations have continued this week as we looked back at our first predictions and saw whether they were good ones! We then discussed and came up with conclusions about what plants need to live and thrive. Our latest investigation has involved trying to explain how a plant can 'drink up' water. After examining the cross section of the plant stem the children discussed their ideas.
One child commented...
'The inside is kind of spongy so I think it will absorb the water!" The children are really thinking with their 'scientific hats on'!!
In the latter part of the week, one of our investigations involved using water mixed with different food colouring and white carnation flowers. We are waiting to see what might happen.........Watch this space next week when we reveal our findings!!
Next week we will be looking at bean seed germination and researching some of the questions from the Knowledge Harvest.
We introduced a new genre in Writers Workshop this week - Author study. You may have read from last week's newsletter that we are looking for help from you to collect more Eric Carle books. If you have any at home, please do bring them in. We will do our best to look after them and return them when we are finished with this genre. We noticed a lot of things about Eric Carle. He is not only an author, he is also an illustrator.
Here are some of the noticings from the children:
His sentences are short.
The hungry caterpillar is like an information book because he tells us about the life cycle of a butterfly.
He repeats words and pictures.
His pictures grow with the story.
The animals talk.
We have also used his books to look at punctuation. We noticed that Eric Carle uses a variety of punctuation in his writing e.g. full stops, commas, exclamation marks, question marks, speech marks and more. Please do these noticings in their books at home too. How many full stops are there? How many question marks can you see? What types of punctuation do you see?
Our CAFE strategy this week is Skippy Frog. This strategy helps us to practice fluency so we do not lose the meaning of the sentence by being stuck on a word for too long. Sometimes, it helps to finish reading the sentence to get a clue for the tricky word. The children have been practising this strategy during DEAR time.
Prep 2CNe practising their Magic 100 words through games
Prep 2AMc practising their spelling patterns
Prep 2TGa working on their Writers workshop noticings
This week in Maths, we have been Measuring Mass using non-standard units. The children had lots of fun using balance scales and weighing with non-standard units. They compared different kinds of objects around the classroom to see which was heavier/lighter. The children were able to use comparative language such as heavier than/ lighter than or same as to solve problems and answer questions.
At home, we can continue developing the children's skills by using a range of hands-on experiences like:
Showing your child how you can use kitchen scales to measure ingredients.
Have your child weigh themselves on bathroom scales.
Weigh other family members and family pets.
Show where the weight of goods is recorded on food packets.
Have your child help you weigh items when grocery shopping.
Play on a see-saw and talk about how to make the see-saw up and down, and balance.
Next week, we will focus on Numbers to 100. Children will understand place value by looking at skills like counting to 100 and counting by 2s, 5s and 10s.
This week we have looked at Self-discipline.
Next week, we will be looking at the Virtue of Responsibility!
You are practising responsibility when you...
*take your agreements seriously.
*admit mistakes without making excuses.
*are willing to make amends.
*give your best to whatever you do.
Your Prep2 Teaching Team
Ms Renuka and Ms Grace
Mrs McCloskey and Ms May Leng
Mrs Garrity and Ms Allison
Mrs Newbery and Ms Alice
Jacqueline McNalty (Head of Early Years)