Using Our Imagination

Using Our Imagination

For our unit on materials we used objects that were made with different materials like plastic, cardboard, metal, paper to create building structures around the world. To make our sculptures, we first designed our ideas on paper of what the buildings would look like. We worked together with a buddy.

Take a look at our wonderful creations!! 🙂

Pajama Day Pics!!

Pajama Day Pics!!

Dear parents,

We had a cozy and warm Pajama Day! We all got inspired by incredible stories and authors. Thank you so much for all your support with this special event and sending the children in thick warm pajamas.

Have a warm and lovely weekend!

 

 

PE Update and Welcome Back!

PE Update and Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone,

Karen and I hope that you have enjoyed your holiday. This week we have focused on getting the students active again, all grade 1 students participated in a series of 6 fitness circuits during their sessions as we prepare for our movement unit for the next 5-6 weeks. During the movement unit the students will use the terminology of ROTATIONS, TRAVEL, BALANCE, and JUMP to describe and label their movements. This unit covers a mixture of gymnastic type movements such as rolls, balances, leaps, and gallops etc and then adapting/modifying them into a small routine  – particular focus for grade 1 will be a high level link with their current story telling unit and looking at the concept of perspective.

Just a reminder that students are encouraged to bring a change of clothes for PE sessions for both hygiene and ease of movement reasons. Time will be given before and after the session to get changed. Any sports clothes are recommended although students often prefer to wear their house t-shirts or proper school PE uniform.

As always both Karen and I encourage families to talk about PE at home and we welcome any feedback, questions, clarifications that you may have as a result of your child’s PE sessions.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

The last Art update for 2018

The last Art update for 2018

Grade 1 artists were delighted when the final mobile artworks joined the display in the last week before the Winter Break. It is a beautiful sight to behold and takes up the main window and entrance ceiling area in our Art Foyer. Enjoy stopping by to admire them after the Winter Break.

Grade 1 also begun to learn all about clay processes and techniques before the break when we began our second art unit of inquiry – ‘How The World Works’. We will continue to work through foundational techniques such as coiling, slab work, and glazing after the break. This year we are enriching the experience by exploring how various cultures work with and/or decorate clay – our central idea is ‘cultures manipulate the natural world’. So far students have carefully crafted pinch pot turtles and the paint work for these will feature an Oaxacan (Mexican) influence.

I hope you get to relax and enjoy lots of art over the break Grade 1 artists. See you next year, in 2019!

Home learning for December and January

Home learning for December and January

Dear Partners,

Soon the holidays will be upon us and many of you will be traveling and exploring new places or visiting family and relatives. Or just spending lots of quality time with your family here in Suzhou.

Please find the home learning for both months of December and January. Please note that this is optional for you to do with your child and a way to play with them or do an activity with them to enhance their learning over the holidays and for the month of January.

 

G1 Focus

G1 Focus

Here are some samples of the assessments that your child participated in this week with regards to throwing and catching. Talk to them about how they performed in their assessment or ask them to break down the over arm throw into steps.
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Come one & all to see our Art display!

Come one & all to see our Art display!

Grade 1 artists have created amazing mobiles that are being put up on display near the entrance to the Art Department. Look up to see hanging wonders and look in the window to see standing works of art.

These mobiles were inspired by Alexander Calder and allow each artist to showcase their understanding of all 7 elements of art as well as their own sense of creativity.

All mobiles were carefully designed and created using a variety of materials that were thoughtfully chosen by the artists.

IDEAS: Next time you are passing from the Foyer to the Canteen take the time to look at these artworks with your child and discuss the artistic decisions made and the reasons behind these choices in your mother tongue. You could also ask the artist what they did to solve any challenges they encountered and what their favourite element of art is so far.

NOTE: We are encouraging all artists to be principled and respectful by looking, but not touching artwork. Please model this for our young artists.

And yes, the good news is these artworks will get to go home after they have been displayed.

Congratulations on amazing artworks and developing your independence in Art 1KS!

Our Assessment

Our Assessment

Throwing and catching are important components of many sports and physical games. Your child has been investigating the common elements of throwing and catching different size, shape, and weight balls/objects throughout this unit. Our summative assessment will utilize self, peer, and teacher observations of the skills in the sheet attached.

Ask your child what are the things that we need to ensure successful passing and catching – they should be able to explain this in 3-6 simple steps or sentences. Let us know by placing a comment whether or not they could do this.

We will upload some video of these assessments taking place next week everyone to see how we facilitate peer, self, and teacher assessments.

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