Number 511............................... 12th February 2022
Parents were back in school for a 'meet the teacher' coffee afternoon. Many thanks to everyone who attended and a big thank you to Daman for her organisation.
DP1 managed to raise around 2,000,000 shillings in just one day.
Primary News This Week
If you don't ask then you'll never know.
This Week's Super Learners of the week for being extra inquisitive...
Year 5 Ryan Mutwota and Rafi Damani
Year 4 Benjamin Ashemeza (4DPB) and Kaka Karen Ssesanga (4DA)
Year 3 Atharvi Patel
Year 2 Hridhaan Raval
Year 1 Liesel Msukwa
Reception Miles Mubalya and Leo Kalinzi
KG3 Harel Mangu
KG2 Arie Sakaria
Primary Specialist Teacher Awards...
Primary Musician of the week is Amaanya Sachdeva in year 1 for recalling all the songs and chants learnt so far and actively performing with enthusiasm (awarded by Ms Janice)
Primary Artist of the week is Michimasa Usui in year 3 for creating a beautiful and intricate line design (awarded by Mr Nsimbi)
Primary Computer Technologist of the week is Miia Merrifield in year 4 for using a simple flow chart to describe the internet as a network of connected computers around the world (awarded by Mr Nsimbi)
Primary French Speaker of the week is Chahaat Goyal year 6 for active participation in class and sharing ideas constructively
Year 5 yummy fractions!
The year 6 students have spent this week learning about the skeletal system; the next stop in our journey to a better understanding of the amazing human body. The spine, in particular, was the focus of this week’s science lessons. The information super highway (spinal cord) of the body is protected by our vertebrae. Students modelled the key components of the spine through using straws (vertebrae) and pipe cleaners (disks and spinal cord). The second half of this term will see students learn all about the muscular system, immune system, and nutrition to keep our bodies fit and healthy. Year 6 are so well informed to teach their younger peers and lead by example.
Forces in action
Year 3 enjoyed some practical hands on investigative learning. The children were exploring how different magnetic poles attract and repel each other. Why don't you test their learning at home and ask them what happens when two poles meet such as North-North? South-North? South-South?
The wheels on the bus go...
In Kindergarten the children are currently learning all about transportation and vehicles. This week the focus was on buses! The teachers took the children on an exciting bus trip around the school campus and for many, it was their first experience of riding on public transport. What is planned for the week after half term Ms Dima, helicopters?
Mr Darren: Hi Mrs Wise, I'm going to pop into school during the holidays to prepare the garden for the ecology club's first planting session after half term.
Me: No you are not, Mr Darren, they need to do that themselves!
Mr Darren: Really? I can't possibly ask the children to do this tough job!"
Me: Of course you can, it's their land, they need to prepare it!"
Mr Darren: Well, I suppose it will reduce the workload and also divide the hand calluses between us all!
Me: Of course, and they will also learn the full cycle of growing from seed, get the children digging!
The children had so much fun and all got stuck in. They are so protective over their little plot of land already and it is yet to include a plant, crop or seed. They have even made a sign to deter pests and intruders!
STEM Club news (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
Board games club is buzzing!
In addition to teaching children about teamwork, patience and how to win and lose gracefully, board games can actually benefit kids' brains and language development. Here are some incredible benefits of board games:
1. Board games offer opportunities for early learning. Even simple games help young players identify colours, count spaces, and develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity in moving cards and pieces around the board. Plus, learning to wait your turn and follow the rules are important lessons.
2. They get older kids' brains buzzing, too. Board games are an easy way to encourage healthy brain development in older kids and teens and strategy games are useful in helping the frontal lobes of the brain develop.
3. They boost their language skills. Board games can be a sneaky way of helping school-aged kids work on skills they’re struggling with. A reluctant reader can expand their vocabulary and flex their spelling skills.
4. They sharpen your child's focus. Board games can help lengthen a child's attention span.
Phonics Workshop for Parents
Parent Teacher Meetings
Term 2 Curriculum Overviews, Spelling Shed and Oxford Owl
After half term, we will also be re-launching EdShed with an aim to following in last year's Year 6's footsteps to become the highest weekly scoring class on the entire planet! Spellings of key words (high frequency words and common exception words) will be made available for all children to practise on EdShed, with weekly word lists sent home in spelling books to practise rules, patterns and conventions taught in class each week.
We will also be using Oxford Owl again to ensure that parents are aware of the reading level that children should be accessing and the teachers will assign books from the online library to groups of children and individuals for them to share with parents and practise at home.