Now seven weeks into the term, the children are well established in their new classes and working hard. As you scroll through the Class Stories and Portfolios of ClassDojo, you will soon gain an understanding of the great depth of learning that is taking place in your child’s class every day and the variety of activities used to engage them.
In Year 1 you will see posts of your children in their Maths lessons, using interactive methods to learn about measuring. Their Art lessons follow their IPC curriculum theme ‘Circus’ through which they learn to use different media to draw circus elephants.
In Year 2 the children are exploring texts and writing character descriptions or describing settings using both the English and Vietnamese languages. They are comparing features of different countries as part of their IPC topic and learning about their responsibilities as global citizens, to protect their environment.
The concept of ‘eco awareness’ is developed more in Year 3, as the children learn about the Rainforest as part of their IPC curriculum. Estimation is the focus for current lessons in Maths and during Reading sessions the children are acting in the capacity of ‘peer readers’ as they read books written in either English or Vietnamese to Foundation 3 children.
Science for children in Year 4 is very exciting as they explore the concept of sound and investigate how sound waves travel. Later in the year they will combine their knowledge in Science and Art as they begin their STEAM projects, making useful items to go on an adventure.
More peer reading is taking place in Year 4 as the students guide Year 2 children through books written in Vietnamese and English. While in Art lessons, the children experiment with oil pastels and paints as they try to create the effect of water as part of their IPC topic ‘Go with the Flow – rivers’
Through role play activities, as part of their PSHE focus, students in Year 6 have been exploring ways to be more respectful, acting as peer mediators when others are less respectful. In Maths, they have been using the geoboard app to learn about parallel and perpendicular lines.
During all of these activities, the children are able to express themselves and their ideas so comfortably as emerging Bilingual speakers. For some students, they are emerging trilingual speakers, as their native language is Korean. It is astounding how our children continue to challenge themselves every day. We use the instruction of translanguaging as a methodology to support our students as they develop their second language skills. It is a fascinating concept and those of you who wish to know more can visit this link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/life-bilingual/201603/what-is-translanguaging