In this week’s article, we focus on carpentry in Year 1, the recent FOBISIA maths competition and World Book Day on Monday.
Don’t forget, that on Monday, Foundation Stage to Year 3 children and teachers are invited to come into school dressed as a book character. I look forward to seeing the costumes on Monday!
Carpentry in Year 1
Over the Easter holidays, you may have noticed a slight change to the Year 1 outdoor learning environment. This space has been further extended to include our brand new woodworking area. As part of this exciting new development, we also invited in two carpenters to work with the children to help guide them in the development of their new skills. Before the children began using the tools, they were taught fundamental safety rules and how to handle them correctly. They then learnt key measuring and carpentry skills in order to make boxes to store the resources they will be using. I am sure we will continue to hear more about the exciting projects that the children create as the term goes on. They will begin by working collaboratively to make planters for the reception children to use to develop their gardening skills. If you would like to know more about the carpenters who came into school, please click here.
Book Sale and Unesco World Book Day- Dress up - By Ms Krupa
What a great week we have had in The KS1 library: each day has seen classes, teachers, teaching assistants and parents come to the library and buy a whole range of books from the pop-up bookshop. The children have been so excited and watching them and chatting to them about their choices has been great. They have been both polite and respectful and watching children from Preschool upwards handling and exchanging their money and all that that involves, has been amazing: some are very switched on and super mathematicians! Thank you to all the parents who have participated and supported the bookshop, we hope you enjoyed it too!
Unesco World Book Day-Monday - Dress up for some!
As you will probably be aware, we will be celebrating UNESCO World Book Day on Monday and a number of activities will be taking place. Parents, have a book or Kindle at the ready because across the whole JB campus, we will be promoting a love of reading: ERIC or Everybody Read In Class will take place between 8:00 am and 8:30 am! Listen out for the tannoy announcement to signal the start of our World Book Day events.
Some classes are dressing up along with teachers and various members of staff and we will be having special assemblies and events depending on your child’s year group and class. Please make sure you check what your child’s class is doing and that they come in with their favourite book or the book related to their costume! We are looking forward to having a great time celebrating, what we think is an amazing event - celebrating a love of books and reading.
2018 FOBISIA Maths Competition - By Miss Gaskell
During the first weekend of the Easter holidays, Ms Nur and I were delighted to take four enthusiastic Year 6 Mathematicians - Risa, Hunayn, Caroline and Giulio - to the FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The KLASS Maths Lions Team (the ‘Mathsketeers’) have been preparing for many months with Mr Winter and were excited to put all of their hard work into practice! The fiendishly tricky two day event tested their knowledge of all areas of Maths. The team relished every opportunity to compete and achieved a fantastic second place in the Reasoning and Logic Puzzle round.
As usual, the weekend began with Maths Trail. The KLASS children sprinted around the course, eager to complete each question. Following this, several team rounds gave the Mathsketeers the opportunity to work together to calculate and problem solve at speed. To finish the first day, the children took part in various fun house events at our host school which gave the children a chance to make new friends. On the second day, children competed in the individual challenge, logic and reasoning puzzle round and the construction challenge. The weekend finished in style with the grand Awards Dinner and Presentation.
In addition to being excellent ambassadors for our school, the children were the true epitome of KLASS students - they were incredibly sportsmanlike throughout, congratulating others and showing genuine enthusiasm and happiness at the achievements of other teams. Further to this, they were incredibly gregarious and friendly and were noted by many teachers from others schools for their amiable nature and confidence. Ms Nur and I were exceptionally proud of these qualities.
I would like to extend our thanks to our hosts, the ABC International School, who did a fantastic job of organising such a successful event.
Fancy testing your mettle against our outstanding Mathematicians? Have a go at this question that the team answered in 10 seconds flat...
Principal, Primary Campus
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