Across the school this week the children are finding out a lot about what sustainability means and why it is such a crucial topic for the future of the planet. From Nursery up, the children are involved in recycling, learning about looking after our oceans, monitoring and thinking about reducing food waste and many other issues. Miss Heidi, who is a part-time Wildlife Educator with the Love Wildlife Foundation will be working with the KS1 children during the week, and has tailored her conservation sessions to the Y2 Seas and Oceans topic and the Y1 Bear topic. It will be an exciting week that we will report on next Monday.
New Parent Workshop area on Moodle
Over the last term there have been a number of meetings for parents, and curriculum workshops across the school. At some of them you might have been given information booklets or there might have been a slideshow presentation to explain some of the points made.
For your ease of reference these are now being saved in a special area on Moodle.
- Log into Moodle as a parent and you will see, on the right hand side of the screen, a list of links - one of them being Parent Workshops.
- Click on that and it will take you to a list of subjects. Choose 1.
- Click on “Enrol Me”
This will take you to the materials already uploaded - such as the Clive Leach reference materials, information from the KS1 Numeracy Workshop and the recent EAL and Reception Phonics Meetings.
It is still very much a “work in progress” which will be added to over the next few weeks. We hope it will be a useful resource.
Reception Phonics Meeting and KS1 Numeracy Workshops
Last Tuesday and Thursday we held the KS1 Numeracy Workshop for Parents and Reception Phonics Meetings. There was an amazing turnout of parents; thank you to those of you who came!
In the Numeracy meeting there was a lot to cover in a short space of time, but we talked about the mathematical expectations in Year 1 and 2 and the methods that we teach the children to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Hopefully lots of you are now more confident helping your children with maths in the same way we teach at school.
All the materials from this session have been put onto Moodle for parents to access. So if you weren't able to attend or you would like extra copies, everything you need is now accessible to you.
Miss Lauren says “Watch this space for the up and coming Reception Maths Workshop and the Year 3/4 Workshop next term.”
In the Phonics meeting parents were given the opportunity to try out some of the activities that the children will engage in and given some useful resources to take away and use at home. Again, these are already on Moodle for anyone who missed the meeting.
The focus of both meetings was hopefully “Keep it Fun!” Home Learning shouldn’t be a chore.
Christmas in Reception and KS1
Christmas is fast approaching and we are already starting to prepare for our Christmas shows, learning the songs and finding the costumes - thinking about our Christmas crafts, and also about the holidays!
Traditionally Christmas is all about “Giving”, and this is a time where we really can make a difference to others. We all teach the children to give and to share, and this is something we encourage them to remember, especially at Christmas time.
As is our tradition, Reception and KS1 are going to collect Christmas presents for those less fortunate than ourselves, the children of ‘The Mercy Center’ in Klong Toei, so that they may join in the festivities as well.
We would like to ask you to provide 1 wrapped gift that we will donate. This gift should be clearly labeled with a ‘B’ for a boy or a ‘G’ for a girl, and what age of child the gift is for – 4yrs/5yrs or 6yrs-7yrs. These gifts should be placed under the tree in the Reception, or in the boxes that will appear in the Y1 and Y2 shared areas.
We suggest that gifts purchased should have a top price of 500B. We also ask that gifts provided should not contain small parts that will either be dangerous or get lost, and avoid gifts that need the use of batteries as these will need to be replaced frequently or the toy will not work. These gifts will then be collected by representatives of the Mercy Centre and distributed to the orphanage nearer the end of term.
Superstars and Birthdays