UOI: How We Organize Ourselves
CI: Cooperation is essential to achieve team goals
Visit to Grade 1 class:
The Grade 1 has a fish tank in their class. We wanted to see how their interactions affect the fishes.
We had lots of questions for them.
Mikhail and Reyansh wondered: Who would take care of the fishes when everyone goes home at night?
Esther, Isabel and Gabriella wondered: What do they eat, how do they eat and what time do they eat?
KueiYen wondered: Who cleaned the water tank and how did they do it?
We learnt about the special kind of foods the fishes ate everyday. We also learnt that during the weekends the fishes have special food called feeder blocks which are placed in the tank. this helps feed the fishes on the weekend when we don't come to school.
This is our last week of this unit. We made posters, books and a play to show our understanding.
100 Day Fun!
Field trip to the Zoo
We saw a lot of animals at the zoo and had discussions about
Is it fair for the animals to stay in the Zoo?
What was the role of the Keepers at the Zoo? Were they being helpful or hurtful?
Some of us thought that it was good for the animals to stay in the zoo as they were taken care of by the keepers at the zoo. But we did not like to see the animals living in small enclosures and cages and felt sad to for them. They should be living in the jungles and forest where they have more space to move.
Visit to Botanic Garden
Moving further with our inquiry into how human interactions affect other living things we visited the Learning Forest. Before our visit we wondered what animals we would see. Some of us thought we would see lions and some thought we would see snake.
When we visited the Garden we found out that there were lots of tall trees in the garden but a lot of trees were cut down because they were very old and were not safe. We also saw some tress which were held upright by poles. We wondered why people had done that? Was it to support the trees from falling?
We saw many insects and birds and trees. Here is a list of some of the living things that we saw:
Lizard, bumble bees, spiders and its web, water hen, fish, tadpoles, bamboo trees, rooster, lily pads, turtle, flowers, ants, snails and dragon fly.
We wondered why we did not see lions? Was it because there were so many people walking?
Unit Of Inquiry:
Sharing The Planet
Human actions affect other living things
Lines of Inquiry:
Human interactions with other living things
The result of human behaviour on other living things
This week, we looked at how human action affect other living things by visiting Mr Aik, our security guard who looks after the plants in our school. He showed us what he does to make sure the plants are well cared for at the front of the school. He talked to us about the importance of watering the plants, feeding the plants by giving them fertiliser, and getting rid of the weeds. All this helps the plants to grow into strong and healthy plants and trees. We had great fun potting our own plant and watering it. We think Mr AIk is being helpful to the plants by looking after them.
We are being responsible of taking care of the plant and watering them everyday. We also take water the bamboo trees in the little playground. As we do that we are also looking at the changes that takes place due to our actions.
We then had a look around the school campus and found plants that we know Mr Aik looks after and the ones he does not. We noticed that the big trees like the Banyan tree and the field plants are looked after by nature and not Mr Aik.
Our focus in math this week was combining, separating and exploring combinations of whole numbers through various fun games and hand on activities!
We had a mystery reader This week! It was Gabriella grandmother who came to read to us. We were all so excited! She read the 'Hungry Caterpillar' in Spanish to us! Even though we did not understand the meaning we could read the pictures:)
Sharing The Planet
Central Idea: Human actions affect other living things
Lines of Inquiry:
To learn about how we would react to other living things in the environment we went for a little picnic in our school! On two days we went to the lovely green areas in our school where we laid the mats and had our snack! It was so much fun (and we got lucky as it was not raining at that time and the sun was peeking out from between the clouds!). We saw some spiders, ants, bugs and a snail. And how did we interact? Some of us were scared, some of shooed the bug away and some of us just let let them be and watched them move!
On another day when we just got back from the library we found a big mess in our class! The pencils were lying on the floor, the toys were found thrown all around the class! We wondered who had made the mess? We were sad, mad, upset and disturbed to see our class in a mess. We took up the responsibility and cleaned up the mess. Ms Smita was so proud of us! We then made connections to our new unit ' Sharing The Planet'. Just like being responsible for class, we also need to be responsible for our planet. Everything we do affects our planet.
Unit of Inquiry:
As a culmination into our learning for our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit with the central idea of 'Dance, Mime and Acrobatics', it was time for us to perform. We first planned what we wanted to show, then practised and finally presented it in front of K1's.
End of term party:
Unit Of Inquiry:
This week we looked at the different acrobatic skills.
The highlight of this week was, learning about the Flamenco Dance from Gabriella's mother.
She said, the Flamenco Dance had originated more than 500 years ago from India and travelled across the Arab countries before it reached Spain. She showed us the special shoes and dress, girls wear when dancing. She then performed for us and helped us learn some steps. This is what we discovered we were doing when dancing.
Stomping (tapping) the feet,
Using the hands to shake our skirts/shorts
Shaking our bodies
Moving our hands up and down.
She also shared that people in Spain, do the Flamenco at social gatherings and during special events. It was a dance to show happiness and excitement!
We created our own grids and programmed the Bee-bots to move from one destination to another!
On another day we went through an obstacle course where we had to go on, under, around through and beside many obstacles.
Unit Of Inquiry
We have been looking at different forms of dance to express ourselves. This week we looked at Haka dance from New Zealand, Tap dance and Gumboot dance. We showed anger by stomping and putting our tongue out during the Haka dance. It was fun to express happiness by moving to Tap and Gumboot dances. Here we stamped our feet, stomped around, jumped, twirled and clapped.
Unit Of Inquiry
Going further into using the language of position and giving directions we played several games. We played the blindfold game where we had to give direction of moving forward, backward, left and right. We also played with the Bee-Bots giving it direction to move on a grid. And then we went out in the playground where we gave directions to our friends to move on the grid! Movement has been so much fun!
Unit Of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves
Focus: Dance- to express our emotions.
Emotion? What are they? How do we express them? Some of them are: happy, sad, excited, scary, lonely, loved, proud, worried, jealous, upset, disgusted and included.
We then looked at dances from around the world. We watched how people moved their bodies in different ways to express their feelings.
Japanese Dance: We looked at how people from Japan dressed in Kimonos and moved their bodies gently to soft music. It showed that they were calm and happy.
We made our own fans and danced to the Japanese music.
Lion and Dragon Dance from China: We first watched these dances and saw that the people jumped, skipped, moved their hands up and down. Some of us were scared while most of us thought that it was fun and exciting!
Strand: Shape and Space
Focus: Describing and locating one object to another using the language of position and direction.
In literacy we learnt that it is important to sound the words when reading and writing. We looked at the beginning at the ending sounds in words. This helps us become better readers and writers.