Al Rabeeh News
A Message From The Senior Leadership Team
A warm welcome to all of our families to our Summer 1 Al Rabeeh Newsletter.
As always, we are incredibly proud of all of our students for all of their hard work and efforts over this half-term. The children have benefited from so many wonderful learning experiences and enrichment opportunities and have continued to make fantastic progress, socially, emotionally and academically.
We would like to extend a special, warm, Al Rabeeh welcome to our new Principal, Mr Riaan. Mr Riaan has joined the Al Rabeeh team having worked a very high profile school in Abu Dhabi for a number of years. Before that, Mr Riaan worked in London in a number of senior roles, developing and improving a number of inner city schools.
During The Holy Month of Ramadan we were extremely privileged to host a special Iftar with many of our families to celebrate this special occasion. Thank you to all of our families who attended this event, it was a truly special event and experience that we will always treasure.
All of our children had special Ramadan assemblies to educate everyone about why we celebrate Ramadan and how we can be respectful around this Holy month. Thank you to our parents who presented and spoke to the children, they thoroughly enjoyed it.
Our contributions to the local community have been commendable once again. The Ramadan fridge outside of the school has been filled up on a daily basis and members of the community who are less fortunate than us, have benefited from these goods.
We would like to wish all of our families an Eid Mubarak. Have a lovely holiday and safe travels if anyone is traveling. Thank you once again for your continued support.
A Message From the EYFS Team
FS1 have had a lot of fun in their final term of school! This term our topic has been bears. The children have enjoyed listening and acting out a variety of bear stories including ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘Goldilocks’, ‘Kipper’ and ‘Paddington’. The children were even able to explore a cave in their class! We also made Paddington’s famous marmalade sandwiches and tasted porridge just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears!
In FS1 we went on our final school trip of the year to Umm Al Emarat Park. The children had lots of fun, exploring and learning how to climb safely on much larger equipment. There were many small animals there and we got to feed them which the children enjoyed – they particularly enjoyed the baby goat escaping from his pen!
Well done FS1 for all of your hard work!
This half term in FS2, our topic has been ‘Fairy tales’ and the children have really enjoyed it!
We have been reading the books ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, ‘The Enormous Turnip’, ‘The Ugly duckling’ and ‘The Elves and the shoemaker’. We enjoyed building a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff using recycled materials and making our own delicious turnip soup. We have also been learning about the life cycle of a duck. In Math, we have done a lot of work on addition, doubling, halving and even using number lines!
FS2 recently visited Umm Al Emarat Park. The children had the opportunity to feed and interact with the animals in the Animal Barn. We played in the Children’s Garden and enjoyed a lovely picnic. It was a great trip!
We are now looking forward to our FS2 graduation on 20th June at 8:30am.
A Message from Y1,2&3
In Year 1 this term we have explored the world around us. We learnt lots about the differences between hot and cold countries, the seven continents and 5 oceans. We learnt songs to help us to remember these. We were able to explore atlases and interactive maps using the iPads.
In English we have been developing our sentence writing by reading and writing lots of stories! We are becoming more confident writers and readers. We enjoy being able to retell and sequence stories working with our friends to develop our language skills.
In Maths we have been working very hard to develop our understanding of numbers further with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division! We have also been able to learn about telling the time to o’clock and half past. We particularly enjoyed being able to go outside to explore capacity using the water and containers!
In Science we have been exploring our topic of Plants. We have learnt about the different parts of a flower; roots, stem, leaves and flower (petals). We learnt about the different parts of a tree; roots, trunk, leaves and fruits. We enjoyed exploring the different fruits and vegetables we eat and how they grow. We also had the opportunity to plant our own seeds!
During this term we have had lots of important celebrations as part of our heritage and culture such as Haq-Al-Leila, Ramadan and Iftar. We are also becoming very excited for Eid!
This term has been a very busy one for Year 2! The children have worked incredibly hard and have done some amazing learning.
Our focus in Science this term has been on plants. The children have researched many facts about plants and they have written some amazing non-chronological reports based on their research.
The children put their research in to practice and grew their own plants in class! The children have loved caring for the plants, making sure that they have all of the things that they need to grow.
In Maths, the children have been learning about measurement and money. They have been able to apply their addition and subtraction skills to these new concepts and they have really enjoyed weighing and comparing different objects as well as adding and subtracting coins.
The Year 2 team would like to wish all of the parents and children Eid Mubarak. We hope that you have a fantastic week off and we look forward to seeing you next term.
This term in Year 3 we have been incredibly busy. In English, we created our own non-fiction fact files and made leaflets about Ramadan. These were particularly informative leaflets and we really loved making them.
In Maths, we have been learning to create our own pictograms and bar charts. As part of this topic we were able to survey different classes to collect data for our graphs. We enjoyed finding out which Disney character was the most popular!
In Science, we have been learning about rocks and soils. We looked at what rocks are made of and the way a rock is formed. We also looked at the 3 different types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. We had great fun carrying out an investigation to look at the different properties of a rock. We tested each rock to find out if it would sink or float, whether it was permeable or not, as well as how hard or soft the rock was. We asked scientific questions and found out the answers together as a class. We also looked at fossils and learnt about different dinosaur fossils, which we found so exciting.
This term we also had the opportunity to perform two songs for the whole school. This was a fantastic occasion and helped build our confidence. We particularly enjoyed performing ‘Together’ as it reminded us that we are all one team working together to achieve a common goal.
Finally, we enjoyed a Ramadan assembly and we learnt lots of new things. It was great to see some of our parents in school to share this moment with us.
We have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming examinations and are looking forward to celebrating EID. We wish you all ‘Eid Mubarak’.
A Message from Y4,5&6
It has been another busy half term in Year Four, and the first week finished with ‘Funky Hair Day’! This was an initiative from our School Council, to raise awareness of Autism. Fatima, School Council Representative for Four Red explained, “We wanted the children to know more about Autism. It was funny seeing everyone with different hair!”
The following week we had an exciting educational visit to The Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The children split into groups and took part in different workshops, related to our art and science topics. The activities included making habitat totem poles, creating animal masks and sketching the work of famous artists. The children also enjoyed touring the galleries, admiring the architecture and eating their picnic on the grass. We all learned more about Ramadan during our special assemblies, with guest speakers.
Many of the girls in Year Four took part in dances for a special Hag Al Laila assemblies. Mahra informed us, “The dance was about people coming to our house and knocking on the door to celebrate Hag a Laila. We had great fun practising and performing our dance!”
Our class novel, which the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading, was The Firework Maker’s Daughter. We have used this to inspire our artwork and to develop our creative writing skills.
In science this half term we have been learning about ‘States of Matter’ and ‘Electricity’. We have completed lots of practical activities, including making electrical circuits to light bulbs and sound buzzers.
Finally, the Year Four team would like to wish all our families a safe and happy Eid holiday.
Year 5 have had another wonderful half term. We are proud of all of the children continuing to work hard as they near the end of the year. It was wonderful to see all of the children complete their cycling practice with Team UAE Youth Academy. Many achieved cycling independently for the first time, while others practiced skills that will help them stay safe on the roads. Seeing the children have fun and be proud of themselves was a wonderful experience.
In class, Year 5 have been continuing their learning about Ancient Greece and have taken part in some fun learning such as writing a diary about the Ancient Greek Olympics, using drama to act out famous battles and creating beautifully designed paper mache vases. We will celebrate their learning with an Ancient Greek Day at the end of the half term!
Our P.E lessons have been filled with fun, while we have learnt some new moves in gymnastics such different ways to balance, roll, jump and travel. Make sure you continue to check the Year 5 Dojo pages to see more of the brilliant things our children get up to in school!
This half term in year 6 the children have been enjoying a thematic approach to their learning which has been focused on volcanoes. Children have worked collaboratively using a range of resources such as iPads and the library to research facts and present them in the form of non-chronological reports. The children have enjoyed this approach and the use of technology has provided a good stimulus and motivation for their writing.
Applications such as Education City and Socrative have been utilized to provide the children with revision opportunities in both mathematics and English that are of greater interest too them as they approach their end of year assessments. In particular, this approach has provided excellent opportunities for feedback and discussions in the classroom as well as the chance for teacher and peer modelling.
This half term we were fortunate enough to go on an educational visit to Tee and Putt at Dalma Mall as part of our study of Light. The children explored and played in a glow in the dark room and were able to play mini golf. The children examined how light, or the absence of it, can affect our ability to focus and perception of depth. The children found out quite quickly that we need light to be able to see clearly. The visit was a good conclusion to the topic and allowed children to see the practical and novel application of light and the affects it causes.
Whilst at Dalma Mall the children also had the opportunity to participate in an escape room, where lateral thinking and problem solving helped them unraveled the mysteries of the past! They needed to use their knowledge of science and the UAE to solve the puzzles and unlock the boxes. The students worked collaboratively and quickly in a race against each other to be the first team to conquer the challenge.
Year 6, and the rest of KS2, were also lucky enough to participate in some cycling provision this half term meaning they had 3 sessions learning the basics of cycling as well as how to stay safe when on a bicycle. These sessions were clearly enjoyed by all of the children who made excellent progress in their cycling ability.
A Message From The Arabic and Islamic Team
في قسم اللغة العربية في مدرسة الربيع، نولي الثقافة والتقاليد والحضارة اهتمامنا بقدر اهتمامنا باللغة وتعلّمها. لذلك احتفلنا باقتراب حلول رمضان الكريم من خلال إحياء التراث الشعبي (القرقعان) وتمتّع الطلاب بالفعاليات التي نظمت في هذه المناسبة.
ومن هنا نودّ أن نقدّم باقة شكر لكل الأهالي الذين يساعدوننا في كل ما نقوم به فنحن نعتبرهم شركاءنا في إعداد جيلٍ صالحٍ مثقّفٍ سعيد. شكرًا لكم لما تقدمونه من عونٍ ونصحٍ ودعمٍ. نتمنى لكم عيدًا سعيدًا وإجازةً مريحةً.
عجلة العمل في مدرسة الربيع لا تتوقف وانشغال الطلاب في الاشتراك في الأنشطة المختلفة يشبه اجتهاد العاملات في خلية النحل. فكلّ يومٍ مرّ في الأشهر السابقة حمل حدثًا مختلفًا والقاسم المشترك في كل تلك الأيام هو افتخارنا بالطلاب الذي لا يكفّون عن التعلّم والتقدّم والنمو. لقد احتفلنا بحفظة القرآن من كل المراحل الدراسيّة وسرّنا العدد الضخم للذين اشتركوا في مسابقة القرآن كتابي. فما هذا إلا دليل على أنّ القيم الإسلامية وحب الدين راسخ بعمق في قلوبهم. كما توّجنا فائزين كثر بتصميم بطاقات رمضان وقد أظهر الطلاب مجددًا إبداعهم وقدراتهم الفنيّة في إظهار مشاعرهم النبيلة وأمانيهم الطيّبة.
ولم يكن ليمرّ رمضان دون أن نجتمع معًا في إفطار عائليّ يعكس علاقة الاحترام والود التي تربط أفراد أسرة الربيع من طلاب وأهالي ومعلمين وإدارة.
الإنجازات والمناسبات عديدة ليتسع لها هذا المكان ولكننا فخورون بطلابنا. نتمنى لكم عيد فطر سعيد!
A Message From The Nurses
We want thank all parents for their co-operation throughout the academic year.
We have completed the immunisation programme for Year 1 and we are happy to say we attained our 100% immunisation target this year. Thank you all parents for their co-operation. We will be sending original immunisation cards signed by SEHA after Eid Holidays.
We conducted comprehensive screening for Year 1 and 5 in this last semester. Thank you all for those parents who signed up for this Screening programme, it really helps to identify health problems early in age. We encourage more parents to sign up next year.
Now as we are approaching the end of the year, more children are becoming sick as their immune systems are low and they are tired. Please keep your child at home if they are sick to prevent the spreading of illnesses to other students.
Wishing you all Happy Eid and Happy Summer Holidays.
A Message From The Librarian
This half term the library continued its function in supporting and encouraging the students reading during library sessions . Year 1 and 2 students have been showing great interest in reading above their actual reading levels and also linking their topics to research when borrowing books. Students have been motivated by being awarded certificates and Dojo points .
KS2 students showed great results in Accelerated Reader especially when some of them were enrolled in a challenge to increase their amount of words read and the shiny stars won the challenge, and as a result we had 4,184,148 words and 2380 books read just by Year 3,4,5 and 6 students. We had the library Kahoot competitions where the students displayed plenty of enthusiasm, joy and fun. Everybody participated, including the teachers and this is what made the competition more exciting. The competition was a review of what children have learned and read in the library. We have been so impressed with the wonderful interaction shown by the students.
As we are almost approaching the end of year, we will be collecting library books, and home reader books, we appreciate the parents support in ensuring that all your children’s books are returned by the 13th of June. The children from then on will still have library sessions with activities in KS1 and KS2 will continue with AR inside the library.
We are continuing our reading journey next year, remembering always that reading is the key of knowledge and success. Today a Reader ... Tomorrow a Leader!
A Message From The Social Worker
Best wishes for every one as we approach the end of the school year . This term has been very busy, with lots of activities and events. We would like to thank all parents, students and staff who participated in a number of events and assemblies for Ramadan, Iftar and the Ramadan fridge campaign. We hope that this collective spirit will carry on next year and our Al Rabeeh Family will be even closer. Eid Mubarak.