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Month: October 2018

New Morning Routine – Book Worms

New Morning Routine – Book Worms

Dear Parents,

Starting tomorrow we are going to be having a new reading schedule from the time the students arrive from 8:15am onwards.  This will run for 15-20 minutes.  This will be called BOOKWORMS.

There will be 4 scheduled activities and students will do one of these on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We will leave Monday as a free choice, catch up with friends and chat morning.

The 4 activities will be:

  1. Change your home reader and show Miss Hayley your home reading folder
  2. Work on Raz Kids or another reading app on ipad
  3. Read in the Library Corner
  4. Drawing and colouring (This is very popular in our classroom so we are leaving that as a morning choice.)

This means that on your child’s Home Reader Change day they will choose 5-6 books to keep at home for the week and only need to bring their Home Reader Folder on that day.  I have told the students their day, but here it is if they forgot.

Tuesday – Charlie, Nakia, Lilah, Rackie

Wednesday – Henry, Joanna, Sarah, Paul

Thursday – Sunny, Noah, Scarlett

Friday – Chiu, Holly, Marina, Oliver

During this change over week, students are welcome to change their book daily until their Home Reader Change Day comes up.

I will be encouraging the students to come into the room, say hello to me and then use their skills to identify what they are doing on that day and go to that spot.  Now that we have all settled in to 1HN, we are aiming to get some independence and more reading time for students with this change.

Please let me know if you have any questions or require more information.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Miss Hayley


Story Teller Clips

Story Teller Clips

Here are some of the fun clips from our Story Teller Session during Book Week.

The first clip shows on the student’s faces how captivated they were in the story.  It was a really fun session.

Ask you child about some of the stories if you want to learn a bit more.



Starring Lilah

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Learning the Haka

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The Final Scare

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Book Week 2018

Book Week 2018

What a week in 1HN and at SSIS.  We were so busy last week with our Book Week activities and this morning we made a list of all the activities we did and completed some writing about the week.   The list we came up with had all of these activities:

  • Dressing up for the Parade
  • Character Hunt around the school
  • Listening to the Story Teller, Andy, in the library on Tuesday
  • Reading with the High School Students on Wednesday
  • Reading with the Grade 4 students on Friday
  • Making Bookmarks in the library at lunchtimes
  • Listening to parents read in the library at lunchtimes
  • Creating our Class Book Week Poster of Gregory the Terrible Eater
  • The two parades on Friday
  • Going to the Book Fair
  • Listening to students read a Fairy Tale in costume on Thursday.  (Jack and the Beanstalk)

Phew!!  What a list of fun and engaging activities to excite students about books and all the adventures and fun you can have with books.   We hope you enjoy looking at some of the photos and clips from the week.

A good conversation to have might be to ask your child what was their favorite activity and why.


In the kitchen

In the kitchen

ESL phase 1 students began creating a kitchen. This is a fun way of becoming familiar with vocabulary around the kitchen and food. Soon we will wonder and explore how the food got into the kitchen and where it came from.

What’s in your kitchen at home?

Literacy Parent Workshop Invite

Literacy Parent Workshop Invite

Dear Parents,

The IB PYP Coordinators, Carmen Murray EY and Katriona Hoskins Grades 1-5, would like to extend a very warm invite to you to a parent information session next week.   This session is focussed on our Literacy Programme at SSIS.  We will be exploring what it looks like, how we ensure your child is making progress and the different elements that make up a literacy programme.


Please see the details in the attached flyer (English, Korean and Chinese versions) and come along if you are able.

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Book Week Invite

Book Week Invite

Dear Parents,

You are invited to attend next weeks ‘Book Parade’.

Date: Friday 26 October

Time: 10:00 – 10:30am Book Character Parade

Where: The Field behind the Elementary Gym

At 10:00am, 1HN and other grades will be assembled on the field and will parade class by class.

All children are encouraged to wear their book character costume to school with the book if possible.  All clothing and accessories should be clearly labelled. Please provide appropriate footwear and a change of clothing if required.

I have also attached the Book Week parent letter provided by the school librarian with detailed information about next week.

If you have any further questions please contact Miss Hayley

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Element Fresh Field Trip

Element Fresh Field Trip

At the end of last term 1HN headed off to Element Fresh to experience creating a balanced meal in a ‘real-life’ situation.  The students were very excited and handled the experience really well.  After washing our hands and putting on our chef clothes, we gathered around to hear Christina chat to us about different fruit and vegetables.  We all ordered a fresh juice from the four flavors on offer.

Then we created our own salad.  The students were good at selecting a wide range of ingredients to include and even trying some new ones.  Some of the most popular were the barbecued corn, avocado, carrot, cheese and bacon.

Everyone was very quiet when the eating began, so the evidence was there that they loved what they created. It was great to see lots of empty bowls and big smiles at the end.

Hopefully they can create a fresh salad for your family very soon.

We hope you enjoy the photos and video clip.

Elements of Art

Elements of Art


Grade 1 students have had a great start to the year in visual arts classes! We have been investigating all seven of the elements of art individually through a variety of activities including painting and color mixing, 2D and 3D drawing, cutting and pasting, small sculpture experiments, and texture rubbings. Here are some examples of their sketchbook investigations.

Soon we will be learning how to combine all seven elements into one final exciting art work! Keep checking the blog to see the artist we will be inspired by and what our final project will be!  



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