A Note from the P.E. Department

 

28/04/2014

Dear Parents,

Please find enclosed the ES swimming schedule for this trimester. Please ensure that your child brings his/her swimming clothes/equipment on his/her designated day. Your child will receive 4 lessons of swimming. Swimming is a mandatory part of our curriculum, therefore we ask that you help your son/daughter with preparing all necessary items for each swimming lesson. The list of all times which your child should bring to each of the swimming lessons is below:

Schedule 

Mr. B’s Classes 

4C, 3C, 2C, 1C, KC – 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th May

5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, KA – 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th May

Mrs. Wright’s Classes 

5C, 3B, 2D,1D,KD – 19th, 22nd, 28th, 29th May

5B, 4B, 2B,1B, KB – 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th May

We have tried our best to avoid the days when there is any trip scheduled. However if a class trip occurs on any of these dates then the swimming class might be rescheduled.

Swimming equipment 

-Swimming clothes

-Goggles

-Sunblock

-Towel

-Dry bag

-Water bottle

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the PE Department at school or via email.

Thank you,

Pawel Barwicki and Esther Wright

Observing Seeds

In our unit “Structures of Life,” we’ve been studying seeds.

Our minisprouters have kernels, beans, sunflower seeds and peas. We bleach them everyday to prevent them for moulding. Yesterday we were so happy to see that our seeds finally sprouted!

We learned new vocabulary words such as seed coat, cotyledon and embryo as we explored the seeds.

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Earth Day is Every Day!

This week we celebrated our beautiful home, Earth, at the E.S.

We decorated our door with recycled materials.

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STUCO sent us a daily tip so we could discuss it in class and think of ways of helping our precious planet.

Here you have some of them:

Recycling and composting prevented 85 million tons of material away from being disposed of in 2010, up from 18 million tons in 1980.  We have made great gains.

Twenty recycled aluminium cans can be made with the energy it takes to manufacture one brand new one.

 We also watched a TED talk about “How to use a paper towel” Click on the link so you can also watch it: How to use a paper towel

We came up with some “earth day” activities to do with our buddies. We reused old and broken crayons and made a “crayon earth” out of them

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On Wednesday we received these facts and tips:

“Today is save electricity day.  Below are some facts and tips related to electric consumption/emissions.”

Rank Country CO2e emissions in megatonnes Percentage of global total
1 China 7,225.4 16.38%
2 United States of America 6,933.8 15.72%
 Air conditioning, which typically uses high-watt machines for extended periods of time, accounts for a big chunk of residential energy use.
  • Close off the room (shut doors and windows) where the air conditioner is working. A single-room air conditioner can’t efficiently cool the whole house.
  • Set the temperature at a reasonable number.
  • Turn it off when not in the room or you leave the house.
  • TURN LIGHTS off when not in use.  Use fewer in the classroom.

We decided to read and work on our literature circles outside. It was a little windy but still nice. We actually enjoyed getting out of the room and the A.C!

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In writing we are working in persuasive speeches. Today’s lesson was related with ways to make our persuasive pieces more powerful.

Students watched an excerpt of Severn Suzuki speech to the UN when she was only twelve years old.

You can watch the whole speech by clicking on : “The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes”

…and remember, “Earth Day is Everyday!”

Exploring Fruits and their Seeds

This week we launched our new science unit, “Structures of Life.”

Students observed different kinds of fruits and described their properties.

In addition, they opened the fruits and explored their seeds. When counting the seeds in a fruit that contained many, such as the tomato or the kiwi, they estimated the number of seeds.

Finally they were happy to eat the fruits they’ve been exploring!

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Field Day Reminder

Gr3-Gr5 FRIDAY 11TH APRIL
Venue – Jing Shan Sports Field 
Time:  13.00 – 14.45
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
Students need to wear PE clothes, sun screen, hat, bug spray and bring a water bottle.
If possible please dress your child in their team color. 
 
Parents, feel free to come and watch the fun. 
If there is BAD WEATHER, Field Day will be cancelled by around 11.00am and then re-scheduled.

Fun with Fractions

Some students might find fractions hard and feel frustrated when they are not able to accomplish their goals o they simply don’t understand how to solve a fraction problem.

Yesterday we played all sort of games in order to differentiate, review fractions and serve students’ needs. It was indeed a fun way of go back to enrich they learning.

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Today, students had the opportunity to create with fractions using the the book Ed Emberley’s Picture Pie as a reference.

Their “Art with Fractions” will soon be in our kidblog.

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International Trade leads us to Climate Change, Global Warming and Carbon Footprint

During our last unit for social studies, students have reviewed the concepts of needs and wants, and goods and services. New economics’ concepts, such as barter, trade, and international trade, were brought to them this year.

After doing a whole group activity, where learners were able to see the environmental impact of buying globally, they became aware of the importance of buying locally. This led us to introduce global warming and carbon footprint.

Please support your child in tonight’s homework. They should go into  the climate kids website, click on the guided tour of the big questions, chose one, read about it, and write a short summary of what they read. They can try and persuade everyone about something they believe in or they just learned from reading. For example, they might choose to read “Do I need to save water too?” and start writing a thesis:  “Everyone should save water.”

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Literature Circles

Literature circles are an excellent way to extend student understanding and provide an authentic way to reinforce concepts of literature.

Learners read a chapter of a book, ( the same book for the whole group,) and meet daily to have conversations about themes, settings, plot and characters. They all have different jobs to work on after they read their chapter. Some of those jobs are “summarizer, questioner, visualizer, word finder, etc.”

Students are starting to have deeper and longer conversations, listening actively when others share, and adding positive  and thoughtful comments to the conversations.

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