It has been a very busy week in 1MH!
On Monday we welcomed another student to our class. Her name is Alice, she and her family are here from Sweden.
We hope you will be very happy with us Alice!
Following direction – using prepositions
During our Literacy lesson on Monday we looked at the prepositions used in Alexander’s Outing.
Later we brainstormed other prepositions such as ‘along, beside, near, past, across, through’ etc. before going on a journey around the school. One group went from the class to the library, while the other group went from the class to the upstairs canteen.
We took photos of our journey and wrote down the instructions, focusing carefully on the prepositions.
Later in the week we used the photos to write our own journey.
Please encourage your children to tell you their journey using full sentences and prepositions, e.g. Go out of the classroom, walk past 1JA and continue up the stairs.
On Tuesday we had some mystery characters come to join us! Actually, these were Mr. Jeff, Mr. R.K. and Ms. Connie, however, they were pretending to be different characters and we had to ask them questions to identify who they were. This was actually quite hard! We discovered it was better to ask general questions such as ‘are you a girl?’ and ‘do you have family?’ before moving onto questions such as ‘do you have blonde hair?’ etc.
Expert rotation sessions
On Wednesday afternoon the children had the opportunity to experience different ways of presenting and expressing stories. These included, using puppets, traditional story telling using voice and body language, dance and music, drama and through technology.
Here are some photos from the puppet rotation.
The Opera came to visit!
On Thursday we had an internal field trip when we were treated to a visit from 3 actors and a musician from the Suzhou Opera.
They performed 2 short plays for us, one about the joys of Spring and the other a love story between a monk and a nun.
It was amazing to see their traditional costumes, face paint, instruments and to hear them sing.
Story from Fanny’s dad
This morning we were visited by Fanny’s dad, Mr. Frans. He came to share some objects and photos from his home country of Holland. He also shared a personal story of when he was a risk-taker in a holiday camp in Wales.
It was wonderful to welcome him in. We would love to have other visitors in to share stories with us. Please contact me if you would be able to come a read a story to us, either in English or in your home language. We would love to see how you express your story.
This week we have been reviewing and consolidating place value – identifying what each number in a 2 digit number really means. For example 23 means 2 tens and 3 units. 2 tens really means 20.
We have also been learning how the 100 square can help us with addition and subtraction. If we move horizontally across the rows the numbers increase or decrease in 1s, if we move down the columns the numbers increase in 10s and if we move up the columns, the numbers decrease in 10s.
Please focus on the following alternative maths words with your child:
Addition = plus, more than, count on, greater than, altogether and total.
Subtraction = minus, take away, count back, less than and fewer.
I said it had been a very busy week!!!!!!