As part of our ongoing ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy, we had the children’s author, Nick Toczek, at Rayyan Campus this week. Beginning with a whole school assembly, he educated and entertained the children with his poetry, rhyme and magic tricks. The children were treated to poetry recitation and dramatization and they loved sharing the humorous poems. During the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, Nick led class workshops where children learned how to write poems and find rhyming words. He also led a group of ‘ambitious writers’ who had a chance to improve their skills and take their writing to the next level. We look forward to seeing this learning applied to some very imaginative and creative writing in school this year.
This morning we presented pen licences to those children who made excellent progress in improving their handwriting during Happy Handwriting week. Mr Anderton, our English leader, presented the certificates and explained the benefits of a focus on handwriting. Contrary to some modern views, a focus on handwriting is particularly important for primary age children as it develops fine motor skills and supports learning in other subject areas. Handwriting in the earliest years is linked to basic reading and spelling achievement; for example, when children learn how to form the letter m, they also learn its sound. Attention to the links between handwriting, reading, and spelling skills can help to reinforce early achievement across these areas. Cursive writing promotes the reading of words, instead of a distinct letter. After words, reading moves to sentences. Thus, support for comprehension and the reading of words occur less. The child reads what he or she writes as "whole words" rather than as individual letters. Please encourage your child to write neatly during homework tasks. We expect children in Years 3-6 to join their handwriting and present their work neatly.
Year 4 celebrated the Exit Point to their International Primary Curriculum unit ‘Different Places, Similar Lives’ by travelling to Gharaffa Campus to meet all Compass International School children in Year 4. They sang our school song together and set up a learning expose to showcase what they had learned during the unit. They set up country stalls to display and share their learning and children from other classes visited the stalls. It was wonderful to see our parents involved and they returned to campus, excited to have been part of this collaborative learning.
The first House assembly of the year took place this morning. The children quickly joined their teams and were very enthusiastic about composing and performing their house chant. This week, they will all be trying their best to win house points to be the first house to chant at assembly. Who will it be?
The Friends of Compass Move Night will take place on Thursday evening. Tickets are on sale from FCS members in the morning and afternoon. Watch out for them in the playground.
Parent Teacher Consultations will take place on Monday 23rd October. The teacher will send you a letter so that you can request a 10 minute appointment time. This is a chance to meet the teacher, talk about your child’s progress and discuss areas for improvement. Our subject specialist teachers are also available if you would like to hear about your child’s progress in French, music, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Qatar History, PE or EAL. Appointment sheets will be available at Reception.
Now that the weather is a little cooler, the children are getting outside more to use up their energy. Please remember to pack a healthy snack and a water bottle which can be refilled.
Have a very pleasant week.