Grade 1B – Week 4

Dear Families,

It has been another fantastic, busy week in Grade 1B!  We are all settling into our classroom and the routines at Green School and are beginning to feel more at home.  We begin everyday with our community time at 8:15 where we may be practising mindfulness, learning about our Irespect values, having some time in the garden or practising our peer massage.  It has been great to see so many of the children here for the start of the day!  Thank you and keep it up.

Thematics

This week in thematics we have begun work on our classroom community projects.  We have been learning a dance routine with our friends to practise our ability to work together, we have painted some of our mats lovely, bright colours to liven up our room and we have been planning designs for some other classroom decorations. Phew!

Literacy

This week in literacy we have started working in our new reading groups.  During these sessions we have been practising reading to ourselves, we have started building on our phonics knowledge, we have begun working on our letter formation or spelling and have loved doing some simple activities like using playdough to improve our hand and arm strength which will help with our writing and pencil control.

We have also written our first Monday journal of the year!  To do this, we shared what we had done on the weekend and then, using the sentence starter On the weekend I … we wrote our ideas down.  We will be doing this regularly on Mondays so if you want to talk to your child about this on Sunday evening, that would be great and will help to prepare them.

Maths

In maths this week we have built on the learning we started last week.  We have continued our practise of counting, we have thought about place value by trying to put numbers in the correct order, have been playing lots of games to compare bigger and smaller numbers and have even been trying to find the missing numbers in a number sequence.  Great learning!  If you want to practise this at home, that would be great … counting the trees you pass in the car, how many steps you walk up, how many kites you can see in the sky are all great practise.

Bahasa

In our Bahasa lessons this week we have carried on learning about numbers and colours. We have practised counting in Bahasa, have played lots of counting games have learned to hear and say the different colours and have spotted them in our classroom.  As well as that, in our Indonesian Studies, we have begun to learn about the islands of Indonesia, looking at the map and trying to learn their names.

Asking For Help

Grade 1B are discovering their love of reading and have started taking home books from the library.  As a part of this, Ibu Pera and I would love to start a small class project, but we need your help!  If you have any old (adult sized) t-shirts at home that you don’t use any more we would love to have them!  We will be making things from them which means that the t-shirts will be cut up so please don’t send in anything you need to have back.  Thank you for your help!

On the same topic, if you have any spare / old socks at home, we would love to have them also.  We are going to use them to make our own whiteboard erasers in class to help keep our hands a little cleaner and our boards looking great!

Important Notice

Next Tuesday we have a Primary Full Moon Ceremony, beginning at 8:20am promptly at the Green School Temple in the Heart of School. Primary students and staff will come together to celebrate and each person will get a packet of kwangen (flowers wrapped in banana leaves) as an offering and holy water and bija (rice) will be distributed by the Balinese ceremony leaders. These celebrations are practiced out of respect for the culture of the island on which we live. Students should go to their classrooms as normal at 8:10 on the morning of the ceremony. Classes will walk together to the Heart of School and should be seated quietly, shoeless and as a class at the temple by 8:20am promptly. All students and staff participating should wear a sarong, a sash, an udeng (traditional hat for boys) or a kebaya (traditional lace shirt for girls).  It would be best if students came dressed in their traditional ceremonial clothing and brought a change of clothes in their bags for afterwards. We look forward to celebrating together.

Announcements

– 6-8 year olds soccer is on next week and we will have practice Monday after school from 3:30-4:30pm on the soccer field

– Every Tuesday and Thursday our students will have PE and Sport classes. A new policy has been put in place where students MUST wear running shoes AND a hat or they will be asked to sit out from those classes. In my opinion, no students should be sitting out from PE or Sport classes as this is when they have the chance to run and play organised sports which is such a special thing and so beneficial to their growth and learning. Please, please make sure that EVERY Tuesday and THURSDAY you pack shorts, running shoes and a hat for your child to be able to participate in those classes. If they do not have the appropriate apparel they will be asked to sit out and their PE and Sport teachers will be contacting you to help remind your child to bring shoes.

**Suggestion, if I may: you may leave a separate little bag in your child’s cubby hole in our classroom with a pair of socks, their running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt and a hat and we can always help them get changed. Thank you for your understanding!

– Please, please send your child to school with a water bottle everyday! Though we do have spare cups in the classroom they can use, we can’t guarantee how much they will drink throughout the day. If they have water bottles we can keep an eye on their water intake.

– Appropriate footwear to be worn to school on a daily basis should be sandals or shoes that the child can put on themselves. Please help us to move about our daily schedule at a quicker pace by providing appropriate shoes for your child to put on themselves.

Thank you very much, and apologies for the very long message today, here are some photos as a reward for making it all the way to the end!

Have a lovely weekend.

Pak Thabo

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