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That is a wrap!

That is a wrap!

Dear all,

Well we have completed our last day of 1HN. It was with sadness that we all said good bye to 1HN yesterday.

Personally, I feel like I have been so lucky to work your children this year. They have been amazing this year.  Open to inquiring, learning to cooperate and everyone has made wonderful progress.  We  have shared a lot of laughs together and then a few tears yesterday.  We reflected on the famous quote from Winnie the Pooh that says, ‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good bye so hard.’   That explained why we felt a little sadness yesterday.

One final thank you to all the families for all the support and cooperation this year.  I hope you all have wonderful summer holidays and I look forward to saying hello to everyone in the corridor next year.

Kind Regards,

Miss Hayley

Here is our last photo from today!

 

 

 

Summer Learning

Summer Learning

Dear all,

Around this time of the year I sometimes receive questions asking me for advice about what the children can do during the Summer holidays.

We do not give out any holiday homework as it is important to recognise that holidays are designed to give children some ‘downtime’ as they work exceptionally hard during the year. However, if you would like your children to do activities in the holidays I would suggest the following:

1) Reading, reading, reading!! Reading any books in English is wonderful for students.  Raz-Kids will also be available and I will update all the levels following the recent PM reading tests.  It is great if you have time to discuss the book with questions such as;

What was the main idea of the book?

Tell me what happened in the story?

Who were the characters and tell me a bit about them?

Before starting to read make predictions about what might happen

Make a list of any new words in the book and look them up in the dictionary

 

2) Writing – keep a diary of events you do in the Summer.  This would mean practising the Recount writing genre, where students write an introduction sentence that includes the W questions (Who, When, Where, Why).  Then write what happened in sequence, using words such as First, Then, After and Last.  Then there is a concluding sentence in which the writer includes a feeling.

For beginning writers, they can be encouraged to draw up to 4 pictures such as ‘Get up’, ‘Have breakfast’, ‘Play with toys’ and ‘Go for a swim’.  Then they can write simple sentences using sequencing words too (first, then, next, finally)  Don’t forget to check for capital letters and full stops.

 

3) Numeracy – Playing games such as:

Throwing two or even three dice and adding up the numbers shown.

Throw another dice and subtract this number from the number made earlier.

Play Rockets or Blast off as a family

Practice skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s from different numbers.

Play ‘Buzz’ where you count around the family circles in 1s, every time the answer ends in 5 (5, 15, 25 etc) or any other chosen number say ‘Buzz’.

Board games like Snakes and Ladders or Ludo are also good.

Basic child friendly Sudoko challenges

Practice doubles facts

 

I hope that helps with some holiday ideas. Have fun!

The last week

The last week

Hello, here is just a quick summary to finish the year.

Literacy and UOI

To finish off our year we had a lovely week.  We were busy finishing our Persuasive Writing piece about why Grade 1 is the best year. This involved writing an introduction, giving 3 reasons why Grade 1 is the best before writing a concluding paragraph. The children needed to give facts and opinions to back up their reasons.

We worked really hard to complete these and then invited KGA to convince them they had something to look forward too. It was great to see the Grade 1 students taking the expert role and sharing with our younger students.

End of year concert

I hope you enjoyed our concert on Wednesday. I was really proud of the children, they did an amazing job.  There were some photos taken from out the front.

Maths

We finished our year with some revision on subtraction and following directions.  Students did well to design their own routes and give directions through an area of their design.

Digital Safety

Digital Safety

Hello All,

We have had some very interesting discussions in the recent weeks about Digital Safety.

I am happy to share that the students had lots of ideas about how to keep safe when using technology.  They had good ideas about not sharing information and we watched some short clips and read some books about what this really means.   We created a class chart and had a good brainstorming session.

 

 

It is a topic that students need ongoing reminders, but it is always nice to know they are aware of some of the ideas to keep safe already.

 

 

Classroom Visits

Classroom Visits

We have had a lovely time welcoming some Year 10s into our classroom on the last two Fridays.

On the first visit we used them to help us create some historical timelines about the development of the telephone on an app called Timelines.  It was great to have their expertise to guide us.

On the second visit we read some books together and then chose a game to play in small groups.  There was a lot of laughter in the classroom as students got ‘bombed’ in Ludo, created a word in Scrabble or were searching for an item in a new game called Pictureka!

It was great to make some connections with the older students and have them come and chat to us. We all enjoyed it in 1HN.

 

Thank you!

Thank you!

Hello Parents and Families,

I just wanted to send a personal note to say thank you for all the lovely flowers, cards, hot chocolates and hugs I received last Thursday.  I did feel very appreciated by the students and it was a lovely day. Thank you so much for all the support in my first year at SSIS.  I was very fortunate to work with the wonderful students in my class and their supportive families.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.  Your kindness was very much appreciated.

Warm Regards,

Miss Hayley

1HN – Reminders

1HN – Reminders

Hello All,

Just a couple of reminders for this busy time of the year.

If you child has not returned their library books, can they please do so as soon as possible.  The library is now closed for borrowing and all books should be returned.  We can return them on any day this week and do not need to wait until Friday.

This week during Bookworms I will still be listening to students read, but will not ask students to take books home this week.  The home reading books will all be returned and sorted out.

We are doing a full dress rehearsal for our concert tomorrow and the concert is on Wednesday, 12th June at 11:00am – 12:20pm.  We will performing alongside Grade 2s and parents and families are welcome to sit any area of the theatre as there will be no students in the audience on the day of the performance. This is to allow enough space for families to watch.  We would love to see any of our families there that have the time.

If your child is finishing school before the last day please send me a note via email of your finishing day, so we can prepare everything for them to bring home.  We will send home books and portfolios on different days, so there is not too much to carry on one day.

We will have a small class party next Tuesday and will be sending a note about that today or tomorrow.

Thank you for your time in reading these reminders and if you have any questions please let me know.

Kind Regards,

Miss Hayley

 

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