Welcome to Early Years.
As part of our transdisciplinary unit, How We Express Ourselves, we have been inquiring into ways we can communicate ideas and feelings through music and art. The children have been building their understandings around this idea through many exciting experiences and interactions with each other. We wondered together how reading stories makes us feel. So we experimented our feelings through music. We have also spent lots of time listening and dancing to many different kinds of music. We will finish this unit at the end of this week. We have read a variety of books including, fables, traditional, cultural and modern stories and have enjoyed many of them. We used our inquiry skills to determine how the author makes the audience engage with the stories and what lessons they share with us.
In math we are counting 1-100 and measuring objects in the classroom with rulers and then we compare the height and width of these objects. Also we are practicing counting backwards 10-1.This week we will be mixing colours to make new colours and how mixing dots of two colours can create different colours and we will be talking about how we express our thoughts and feelings through colours and art.
Looking forward to another great week in early years.
This week we will be reading books that have letter H in them.
One will be, Harold and the Purple Crayon, the other,The Hungry Caterpillar.
Our Jolly Phonics song is ‘I like to hop, hop, hop up and down.’
The students will practice writing upper and lower case H and h.
The students are expressing how they feel after we read a story and we are discussing what makes us feel like that'
The Nursery Rhyme next week is Peter Piper.
No Uniform Day: Friday January 19th.It is a Fundraiser by the Student Council. Cost 20,-DH.
Another event will be a bake sale on Friday January 26th.
We’re looking forward to another exciting week.
Mrs. Achaoui and Ms Boudrika
We had a great start to 2018.The students worked well last week and we read the story, Elmer the Elephant. We discussed how the story made us feel,(happy, sad, excited or scared,) and then we demonstrated our feelings through paintings and music.In math we counted to 20 and wrote numbers 1-20. Children are encouraged to say the number that is one more and one less than the given number.
This week we are going to talk about patchwork and do some weaving activities.
We continue to teach the Jolly Phonics program and introduce the second group of letter sounds: e and h. Some strategies to support your child at home are,practice singing Jolly Phonics action songs, rhymes and reading stories together. Next steps include hearing the end sounds, for example, that red ends in /d/ sound. End sounds are more difficult to hear than initial sounds.
This trimester we will be continue to use Seesaw to document and communicate our learning .Y our constructive feedback is always appreciated.
Looking forward to another great week.
Please note that:
Wednesday January 10th is Early Dismissal.12:15 pm
Thursday January 11th is No School. Morocco Independence Day.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and welcome back to school. I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing break and the students are ready to start our new year activities with lots of energy and enthusiasm.
We will continue with our unit, ‘How We Express Ourselves,’ and as we read stories we will reflect on the,
Lines of inquiry:
*What stories can convey
*How stories created and shared
*Feelings and emotions that stories evokes
*How to construct an effective story.
We will review our sounds, S A T P I N CK and introduce the e sound, our jolly phonics song is , ‘Eggs in the pan, E E E !
We will read about elephants and make lots of craft activities that begin with the letter E. In math will continue to count up to 20 and make groups of eight with objects we find around the classroom. We will use dice and dominoes to do addition problems, counting dots to find the sum of two numbers and write and record our answers.
Looking forward to a great week.
Thank you so much for attending the Winter Show. The students did such a great job standing on stage and performing.
This week is a short week; we will be finishing off our diorama project and reviewing all the letter sounds we have learned. We will be reading a Snowman Story and making our own snowman.
In math we will continue counting and writing one more and one less of a given number.
I want to wish everyone happy holidays and a prosperous new year. All the best in health and happiness in 2018.
Dates to remember: Winter Break :December 21 till January 2 ,2018
Back to School : January 3, 2018.
I would like to thank everyone who attended the conferences last week. It was a pleasure to sit with you and talk about your child’s progress. I am looking forward to seeing lots of progress in Term 2.
On Monday December 11, is our first student council organised,
“No Uniform Day”. It will cost students 20 dirhams to participate; the funds raised will go towards the purchase of a new camera for the student council. Students do not have to participate; they can choose to wear their uniforms and not pay 20 dirhams.
Please be sure to mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday December 14 at 7pm for the Winter Show. The students have been working very hard to prepare their Santa songs. We will be singing, ‘Must Be Santa’ and ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town.’ Students must arrive by 6:45pm .We hope to see you all there to enjoy this wonderful event for our school community. There will be small items for sale, as in previous years, as well as a Student Council Bake Sale.
Friday December 15 is Pyjama Day. Students may wear their pyjamas to school.
Our winter clothing and blanket drive will continue until the holiday, the deadline is December 20th so please continue sending in items if you have them.
This week in early years we will be reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We continue rehearsing for the Winter Show and we will be learning about the sound ck. In math we will be measuring how long and how tall things are. Our nursery rhyme this week is,Twinkl Twinkl Little Star.
Our winter holiday starts Thursday December 21 and school resumes Wednesday January 3, 2018.
Looking forward to a great week.
I hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend.
Term 1 conferences are scheduled for Wednesday December 6, we do not have regular classes that day but the nursery and reception students will come to the meeting with their parents and we will discuss the report card. Your child’s report card will be given out at the conference. Please check your email and sign up for a time on Wednesday.
This week we are reading, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will be looking at the characters and looking at what comes next in the story. Simple sequencing activities are great for emerging readers. The students will begin to practice their comprehension and re -telling skills by sequencing the events of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
In maths we will be counting, writing numbers and learning about measuring: comparing height and length. We will measure using non-standard units of measurement. Our Jolly Phonics sound this week is N. We will learn words that begin with the letter N and sing a new song.
We are already practicing our Santa songs for the Winter show.Please be sure to mark your calendars for the evening of
Thursday December 14.
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
Have a wonderful week!
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