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1M's Blog: This blog will keep you up-to-date with 1M's learning this year.

Our Wonderful World

Published Monday, April 21, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, April 21, 2014

Welcome back to Term 3 – I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Songkran. Today we started our new learning theme – “Our Wonderful World”. This is all about living in Thailand. We started by thinking about where Thailand is and using maps and images to start to think about everything that happens here, linked to our new Travel Agents that we have set up in the corridor. The children used the acronym for Thailand and thought of images for each poster.

 


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The Fairy Tale Ball

Published Friday, April 04, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, April 04, 2014

Today’s Fairy Tale ball was a truly magical event, with all the children, staff and even Year 7 students dressing up in lots of different costumes. After the Songkran Assembly we all came back to the Year 1 building to find a clue in our classroom. Following the clues to the primary hall, then the School Shop, the playground and the Nurse’s room, we finally made our way to the Black Box. Here we found the Patana Ballroom. There, we were greeted by all the ‘staff’ from the castle and introduced by a guest speaker from Year 7, complete with Fairy Godmother! Before the festivities could begin we toasted the Fairy Godmother with a wonderfully applicious ‘champagne’.  The Princess Pearl arrived and we all sang songs from Frozen before we were invited to play lots of games.  The Evil Witch had her corner, with Poison Apples on strings and Bobbing Poison Apples.  There was also a chance to smash an Ogre and an array of horrible things in cauldrons for us to feel.  Luckily, the Fairy Godmother also had a lovely corner with Cinderella’s slipper and a beautiful magic mirror as well as the characters from Frozen. We then enjoyed lots of different activities. We ended the ball with lots of delicious food. Well done to Miss Michelle and all the other staff for organising such a wonderful ball!

Have a wonderful Songkran holiday and see you all on Monday 21st April.


Comment By Jo, Emily's mummy 

Wow! You all look amazing. Hope you had a great fairy tale party

Published on Friday, April 04, 2014
Comment By Jo, Emily's mummy 

Wow! You all look amazing. Hope you had a great fairy tale party

Published on Friday, April 04, 2014

The Three Little Pigs

Published Wednesday, April 02, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Today the children from 1M and 1B joined together to complete a house-building challenge with a difference. The Three Little Pigs arrived in class with instructions from their mother to go out into the world and build the biggest, strongest and tallest house that they could. We split into three teams and then tried to use different building materials to build our house as quickly as possible, before the Big bad Wolf came and tried to blow our houses down. Sure enough, after only 15 minutes, the Big Bad Wolf did come, armed with a huge air-blower to supplement her own house-blowing abilities.

The aim of the activity was to use superlatives to describe the houses, like big, bigger, biggest and string, stronger, strongest. We also spoke afterwards about whether the test was a ‘fair’ one – we all agreed that it definitely was not fair and that we would have to do it again but making sure it was fair.


Comment By Jo Emily's mummy 

Brilliant building. Did they all stay standing? Well done teachers you all look great

Published on Friday, April 04, 2014
Comment By Marcus Madden 

Not all of them - but we did learn about fair testing and the best materials for building a house!

Published on Friday, April 04, 2014

Songkran Splash Morning

Published Tuesday, April 01, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014

This morning the children in Year 1 enjoyed their annual Splash morning, covering each other and their teachers with lots of water!


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Class assembly

Published Friday, March 21, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, March 31, 2014

Congratulations to all the children from 1B and 1M - what an amazing assembly! You should all be really proud of all your hard work and learning.

Tell us what you thought of the performance here...


Comment By Jo, Emily's mummy 

Amazing! You all preformed so brilliantly. You should be so proud of yourselves and your class mates. Also a big well done to all the teachers involved. Loved it!

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014
Comment By Jacqui - Daniel's mummy 

Well done 1M and 1B!! I was really impressed by all your performance's and your hard work - what a great assembly that was! Thank you

Published on Monday, March 24, 2014
Comment By Leena's mum 

Wonderful performance..believe it or not i love singing the song 'do you want to write a story'

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

Our Learning this week

Published Friday, March 28, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, March 28, 2014

Yet another busy week in 1M.  Thank you all for your support in the Three Way Conferences, these were a fantastic opportunity for the children to really share their learning and their understanding of the progress they have made in many curriculum areas. Whilst we as teachers can articulate the progress, this becomes more powerful when the learner articulates their own.  I certainly enjoyed the experience and I hope that you found it beneficial as well. 

The children in 1M have been particularly enjoying playing a tactical game called Three in a Row.  This week however, we discovered the game called Connect Four.  We loved it so much that next week we have decided to have an official Connect Four challenge.  At present I am the undisputed winner and I intend to work hard to stay at the top!  However, my position at the top is precarious and a little bit of practice could easily see me fall.  To help you topple me from my position as Connect Four Champion take a look at these links.   Happy practising!
http://www.mathsisfun.com/games/connect4.html

http://www.neok12.com/games/connect4/connect4.htm 

If you look at the left side bar of the blog, you will now discover an array of links to learning web sites that you can use at home.  If you have any wonderful learning sites that you would like to share with the class please let me know and I will add them to the tool bar. 

To finish off the week 1M had an exciting visit from the Fairy Godmother’s Messenger, who told us all about an exciting event that is happening next week – The Fairy Tale Ball!  FG’s Messenger came to our class and after reading out her proclamation gave us all a personal invite to the ball!  It is going to be amazing I am sure so I'll have to choose something to wear!  


Comment By (Emily's Grandmother) Bibi 

I hope you all have a fabulous time at the Fairy Tale Ball. Exciting.

Published on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Our Class assembly

Published Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Last updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our Class assembly is nearly here – we are showing K2 this afternoon for our ‘Dress Rehearsal’ followed by the real thing tomorrow at 9:30am in the Primary hall – we hope to see you all there!


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Year 10 Fairy Tale Performance

Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Today we were treated to a drama performance by some Year 10 students, on the theme of Fairy Tales. They had written, acted and directed two short fairy tales called “The Hare and the Hedgehog” and “The Golden Goose.”

The children from Year 1 really enjoyed both tales, particularly when there was audience participation and all the actors got stuck together! At the end, we got to meet the actors and directors and ask them questions about their performances. We hope that our assembly next Friday is as much fun for the audience!


Comment By Jo, Joshua's mummy 

Thank you year 10 for performing. What a lovely experience :-)

Published on Monday, March 17, 2014

Preparing for our Class assembly

Published Friday, March 07, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, March 07, 2014
 
Try this game - the children might need some support though!

We are now in the Invention phase of our writing.  The children are very familiar with the structure and characters in Jack and The Beanstalk and have thought very carefully about the adaptations they would like to make.   As you can imagine though, to write a whole story as this young age can be daunting.  To help the children we have structured their ideas into a Story S.  In a Story S visual prompts are used to tell a story which can then be retold or even acted out quite easily. First we introduced the children to a Story S of Jack and the Beanstalk, then we encouraged the children to tell their own story using the same structure.  The results were quite amazing. 

Our next step is to choose a section of this story to write in detail.  As we are only writing a small section of the story we can now expect more detail and flavour in the children’s writing.  We can also expect that the children will write in full sentences remembering to use capital letters and full stops.  As we have also been discussing nouns and adjectives, we can encourage the children to use adjectives to create an evocative word picture of their characters and setting. 

The children have been working very hard and I am sure that the final writing will reflect all their effort. 

We will be sharing this writing journey and excerpts from all these stages in our Learning Assembly which will be held on March 21st at 9.30 am in the Primary Hall.  We hope that you can join us. 

After some consolidation work on tens and units, in mathematics this week we have been discussing positional language.  This week we has been our introductory week and next week we will extend this learning through use of our electronic Bee Bots and learning activities focusing on co-ordinates.  


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Innovating Jack and the Beanstalk

Published Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This week we are in the “Innovation” stage of the writing process. This involves the children changing some parts of a story they know well, in this case “Jack and the Beanstalk”. We have asked the children to think of a new character for their story, describing them with adjectives so we know what they look like, their personality and their likes and dislikes. Then, using the same beginning as “Jack and the Beanstalk”, the children used their imaginations to think about what the magic beans could grow into, instead of the beanstalk.

Once they had these details, they drew pictures of each stage of the story to help them structure their ideas and to help them retell their story into a voice recorder. This is a good way to help the writing process, even though the children have not had to write the story down, as they are challenged to think about describing words, sentence openers and extending their sentences using connectives.

Listen to some of the results below…

Alanna

Andrew

Emily

Emma

Kaede

Kaitlyn

Keika

Leena

Maria

Oisín

Reuben

Seungyeon

Venice

Xander

Jacob

Kenzo

Teema

Orca


Comment By Jo, Emily's mummy 

Brilliant! You all are so imaginative!

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Comment By alanna's mommy 

How lovely listening to all your stories. Good job and beautiful voices too!!!

Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Comment By Sopana, Kaitlyn's mom 

Kaitlyn, I love yours ending. : )

Published on Monday, March 03, 2014
Comment By Seungmin (Seungyeon's sister) 

I love your imaginative story!

Published on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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