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This week in the classroom - The Little Red Hen

In this edition of our weekly eNewsletter, we bring you a literacy update from the Grade 1 classrooms plus student reflections from Upper Primary on visiting author Sarah Brennan’s visit last week. We are also pleased to share details of an exciting online literacy programme for our Primary students. 

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Grade 1 learn all about The Little Red Hen


Over the past few weeks, students in Grade 1 have been covering a unit of work in English about the story of The Little Red Hen. This has been part of the “Talk for Writing” approach to English learning, which focuses on building skills in spoken English to lead to improvements in writing. The children have learned the story off by heart and can recite it confidently with expression. They are able to retell the story in writing, and are increasingly confident in understanding how to punctuate using capital letters, full stops, question marks and speech marks. The children have planned their own version of the story using their own characters; from giraffes to astronauts and Goldilocks to an evil witch. The students are very excited to be “authors” of their own stories and we are very excited to see the finished results!


Reflections on Sarah Brennan’s Visit to NACIS


Last week we welcomed children’s story book author Sarah Brennan to NACIS. We reached out to some of our students to hear what they enjoyed about the author visit and what they learned from the experience:  
‘I thought Sarah was really funny and so were her stories. I really enjoyed listening to her story. When she signed my book she shared a funny story and wrote me a special message’ Maggie G3A

 ‘It was good to meet an author and someone that can write stories. I don't normally like writing stories but it will help me to write stories of my own in English class.’ Elisha G4B

 ‘Sarah taught us how to write stories. To write a good story you need to make sure that you plan the story, thinking about the characters and the setting. The most important thing is that when you edit your story you have to leave time before writing it and reading it again. We really enjoyed her visit and learned a lot.’ Michael, Michelle and Fiona G5A
 
‘I thought that Sarah was really interesting. She taught us how to make our own story looking at who you are writing the story for and why you are writing the story, for example, what you want people know.’ Sophie G5B


Fun and Friends Literacy Platform for Primary Students


At NACIS, we understand the importance of fostering good reading habits to allow for lifelong learning.  In order to help this, we are delighted to introduce the online literacy platform ‘Fun and Friends’ designed to immerse children in an English environment whilst having fun at the same time.  Through this platform, families can discover an interactive multimedia library full of books, songs and learning games.  Families and teachers are able to track each child’s progress through their online learning record.
 
An account for each student will be created online and details will be sent home in Communication Books this week.  May we ask parents to login to the website and work together with your child on their language learning journey.


Secondary PE Updates


Our Grade 8, 9 and 10 students have completed an eight week block of Ultimate Frisbee where students developed their technical ability over a course of learning sessions. Students worked on various passing techniques as well as offensive and defensive strategies with a series of matches and games over the course of the unit. The unit finished last Friday with an inter House competition.
 
Integrity House was the overall winner, just edging ahead of Honesty House in a closely contested final. The students were able to demonstrate the progress they have made and it was an enjoyable and competitive occasion.
 
For the next topic of study, all secondary students have started a ‘Health and Fitness’ unit which will run for six weeks where they will be exploring various methods of training and exploring the physiological effects of exercise.

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