Prep 1 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore, 4th September, 2015

Dates for your Diary

Thursday, September 10th (6:00-8:30) - Family Welcome Back BBQ on the Upper Field

September 14th-18th – Book Week! The theme this year is 'Singapore Stories' in honor of SG50. On Friday the 18th of September the children can come dressed as a book character from a local story/book or alternatively, as their favorite book character from any story! Costumes do not need to be elaborate. Please just have fun! This is a wonderful celebration of the written word.

Friday, September 11th - School CLOSED due to elections

September 24th and 25th - Hari Raya Haji Holiday (school CLOSED)

Monday, October 5th (8:00-8:30) - Celebration of Learning

October 12th - October 23rd - October Mid-term Break (school CLOSED)

*Wednesday, October 28th (8:05-8:45) - Exit Point for Amazing Animals! - Children will come to school dressed as their favorite animal and participate in an 'animal parade' in the ES hall - parents are invited to attend.

Thursday, November 5th - Entry Point for 'Changes'. Field trip to Green Circle Eco Farm


*Please note that this date has been changed due to a scheduling conflict. The good news is you have lots more time to 'create' your costume over the October holiday! Check with your teacher if you have any questions.

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We are going to the zoo...zoo..zoo..how about you..you..you?

As you can imagine, the big focus this week was our trip to the Singapore Zoo! It is amazing, no matter how many times the children have been to this magical place, they still get excited to go - especially when accompanied by their good friends and community of wonderful parents from SJIIES. The prep children were very busy in the classrooms, writing letters to the zoo and preparing their research questions for the big trip. They also began working on a shared collaborative ibook to put their animal discoveries in. We have been very busy beavers!


As part of our IPC unit 'Amazing Animals' the children looked at the work of Henri Rousseau, a French Post-Impressionist painter. Their main focus of this study was to learn about one of his most famous works, Tiger in a Tropical Storm. We discussed this medium, closely observing the attention to detail, the sensation that the rain created, and how we feel when we see the tiger emerging from the over-grown greenery. We even had a go at doing our own masterpiece!


In Jolly Phonics we focused on the digraph /Ww/ and /Zz/ and the Magic 100 words, /if/ and /up/. In Mathematics we looked at simple addition and subtraction, using both workbooks tied to our unit of work, as well as hands-on manipulatives. We also worked in small groups with the ipads to work out simple math problems. Our budding mathematicians are making excellent progress!

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Early Years Assembly in Focus: Prep 1 SMo

The fabulous Prep 1 SMo class presented two amazing songs on animals linked to our current unit of work - one in English and one in Chinese! It was a special treat for both students and parents. Thank you so much for coming to support us in our learning!

Next week at a glance....

Jolly Phonics Focus: /ng/

Magic 100 Word: /no/ and /go/

Virtue of the Week: Responsibility