Coming to school every day and learning is hard work; this is no bad thing as solving problems and applying knowledge helps deepen our understanding. One key important factor is our readiness to learn; what should we be doing to help our brains get ready for learning each day?
Sleep. A good nights’ sleep for adults is important, but for students it is crucial. Research shows that sleep helps to reset the brain and consolidates the memory, which is essential for learning. Many studies evidence how a sleep deprived person cannot focus their attention optimally and therefore cannot learn efficiently. Imagine then, spending all day learning in a second or third language and how important it is for young brains to get the required sleep and rest that they need.
Scientists recommend that children need the following hours sleep each night:
2-4 year olds need 11-12 hours
5-8 year olds need 10-11 hours
9-12 year olds 9-10 hours every night
Balanced Global Citizens
Global Citizens are balanced and think about their well-being and today Ms. Caroline reminded us about this during the EYC assembly. We learn by doing so children and teachers alike took part in practising some simple yoga positions and thinking about breathing and balance. Taking time out away from devices and our busy lives is an excellent way to switch off and help refocus. There were some great warrior poses and here is the link to a websites should you wish to try some at home. https://www.gonoodle.com/
Tam Dao Bears visit
Year 3 set off on Wednesday morning to visit the Tam Dao Bear Sanctuary. This was an opportunity to deliver the money raised from their sale last week but also to see the bears who have been rescued and the amazing work being done.
The children were taken on a tour around the sanctuary and got to see the bears who have been rescued and being cared for and reintegrated. There were huge amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables being chopped for their lunch as we walked through the kitchens and the children were very careful not to startle the bears as they explored the grounds. What a wonderful day and thank you to the parent helpers that came along.
Today 4S gave us some important messages about how we all need to come together and help our planet. The children showed us how we can reduce, re-use, recycle and how our consumption of plastic needs to change rapidly; think, if everyone stopped using plastic bags today…They spoke clearly and confidently and shared how these issues have been linked to their learning and work during science week. They also re-wrote the Beatles song, Come Together, which they performed with enthusiasm and pizazz . Well done 4S!
Mrs. Willson led an EAL workshop for parents this afternoon and shared our approaches to teaching English, explained the tier system and gave ideas of how to help at home. It was lovely to see so many parents here. Next week Mr. Callan is leading a parent workshop with a maths focus as a follow up to his session earlier this term.
Ms Rebecca Carroll, Head of Primary
Congratulations to our fine diners this week:
- Tuan Kiet 6I
- Gia Bao 6S
- Chi Kien 6S
- Simon 6S
- Nguyen Khang 6S
- Thai Anh 6S
- Nguyen Bao 6H
- Coco 6H