Water World

Prep 2 Curriculum Letter Friday 18th March 2016

Dates For Your Diary

PLEASE NOTE - SWIMMING BLOCK RESUMES AS SOON AS WE RETURN (WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 4)

April 4th - Summer Term begins

May 2nd - Labor Day/National Holiday (school is closed)

May 13th - Founder's Day: 1/2 day for students

May 26th- Prep 2 Sports Day.
June 17th - Last day of Summer Term; holidays begin

Dear Parents

Our next IPC unit of work titled, “Water World” will help children to understand the importance of water. Water is important to all living things – without water there would be no life on Earth. In this unit we will look at how we use water every day to stay clean and healthy, just like the many plants and animals we share our world with.


Not everyone in the world has clean, fresh water – but we can help to change that, because water is for everyone. We will explore different parts of the world that do not have clean fresh water and what we can do to help.


Finally the children will be investigating different water habitats around the world and the damage that humans do to these environments and what we can do to help or change this problem.

Key Learning Goals

During this unit, we will be focusing on the following goals -


Geography:

1.12: Be able to use secondary sources to obtain simple geographical information.


Science:

1.3: Be able to identify ways of finding out about scientific issues

1.4: Be able, with help to conduct simple scientific investigations; recognizing when a test or comparison with one variable is fair.

Other Curriculum Areas

Mathematics

In Mathematics we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes.We will be comparing the shapes by investigating their features and making shape patterns. Next we will be looking at Numbers to 50 where the focus will be on representing and ordering the numerals, as well as beginning the concept of place value.



Language Arts

In Language Arts we will continue with journal writing, focusing on sentence structure and writing letters and words that can be easily read. We will also be consolidating our knowledge on Jolly Phonic sounds and using our phonic knowledge to decode words. We will be introducing different magic 100 word activities and begin a new unit 'personal narrative' in Writers Workshop.



Art

In Art we will be working on a ‘Stand Alone’ project. This means our unit is not connected to the IPC classroom unit, but will focus on core skills and techniques in a particular medium, this time in clay. We will be exploring the many uses of clay around the world, both utilitarian and decorative as well as viewing famous clay sculptures. Children will become knowledgeable about various tools used when working with clay. To help with this project, we will develop skills in hand-building technique, particularly making pinch pots and using tools to create texture.


P.E.

In PE this term, children will be working on an invasion Games Unit with a focus on attack and defence:


In Invasion Games children will

- Know and be able to apply the rules and regulations of a number of small-sided games

- Observe, copy and develop throwing, catching, kicking and sending actions

- Perform isolated skills with increasing control and coordination and improve them by reception

- Take part in a range of modified football, netball, hockey and basketball invasion games


Swimming begins again after Easter!

All classes will be continuing with their swimming programme after Easter.

Please see below for a reminder of your classes swimming lesson times:

Prep2 RDa – Monday 10.50am – 11.20am

Prep2 AKo – Tuesday 8.40am – 9.10am

Prep 2HRo – Wednesday 10.50am-11.20am


Chinese

In Chinese, we are working on Unit 3: I Like Sports

• Learn to say some simple sports activities

• Stating one’ s favourite sports and asking others about their favourite sports

• Stating family members’ favourite sports



Music

In Music, we will begin a unit titled “Jack & the Beanstalk”. Pupils will learnthe story of Jack & the Beanstalk through song. Each song will include elements of instrumental accompaniment. Pupils will begin to expand and reinforce their knowledge of beat and rhythm.

Our Entry Point

Our Entry Point on Wednesday 6th April will be a “Water Wonderland Day”. Please send in a towel, flip flops, and swimwear on Tuesday. Please could your child come to school wearing swimwear underneath their uniforms. Thank you.

Our Exit Point

We will celebrate the end of our unit with an exciting field trip related to our topic by looking at marine life under water. More details to follow.

Personal Goal

The personal goal we will be focusing on throughout this unit is 'resilience'.

VIRTUES

Joyfulness

This week our virtue was 'joyfulness'.


You are practising joyfulness when...



  • You look inside for happiness.
  • Enjoy whatever you are doing.
  • Have a good sense of humor.
  • Feel an inner peace even when things are tough.



When we return from the holidays, our virtue of the week will be 'Enthusiasm'.