FORTNIGHTLY ACADEMIC UPDATE (issue 5)

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ENGLISH (GRADE 1)

In English we have been preparing for our first topic – Labels, Lists and Signs. We have been focusing heavily on our handwriting and correct letter formation. We have learnt the term ‘capital letter’ and when we must use one. The class enjoyed competing to match capital letters with their lower case counterparts.
After assessing the class’s level, we have decided to place extra focus on English. We will use cross-curriculum activities to incorporate handwriting practice into all other lessons when appropriate. I will also be sending home some worksheets which should help with correct letter formation; it would be great if you can encourage your child to practice their reading and writing as much as possible.

Mathematics (Grade 1)

We’ve started the term by securing numbers to 20 and can count both forwards and backwards with ease. We’ve had fun every day removing or switching some of the numbers on our number line, messing them up and then re-ordering them.

This week we have learnt about estimating and played an exciting game where we had to guess how many toys were in a closed box just by shaking it.  The children with the closest estimation were rewarded with stickers.

We have just begun to learn about addition and students are able to recognise and use plus and equals symbols.

Social Studies (Grade1)

This term we are focusing on Science.  Our first exciting topic is the human body and we had a great time drawing around one of the students and labeling the body parts to create beautiful life-sized poster. The students then practiced their skills at recognising and copying words by labeling their own smaller pictures with the correct body part names.  We have enjoyed beginning to compare the bodies of humans and animals; looking at the similarities and differences.

Next week we’ll be moving on to learn about the senses.  This should be an exciting and interactive topic for the class and we are all looking forward to it.

English (Grade 2 & 3)

We have started our topic on traditional tales and have read the fable about the Frog and the Scorpion.  The moral of this story then led us to think about ourselves and what we think is good about ourselves and what we could get better at.  This opened up a lot of enthusiastic discussion with the children.  We also read a non-fiction text about a scorpion and a frog and found out lots of interesting facts.  Please ask your children about this.

Mathematics (Grade 2 & 3)

During maths we have learnt about place value and what 2 and 3 digit numbers are worth.  We have played games with dice and digit cards to make the learning fun and relevant.  The children are also learning their number bonds to 10 and 20 and will then be able to use these facts to add and subtract number to 100.

Social Studies (Grade 2 & 3)

Our new topic is about Rocks.  The children had clipboards and investigated in and around the school what items were made out of rocks and then drew and wrote about them.  They were amazed at how much rock there was in the school and looked at the different uses.  We have also looked at the rock beneath the surface of the Earth and learnt the scientific names for the different layers such as crust, mantle, inner and outer core.

English (Grade 4 & 5)

In the previous two weeks of class the students have just been introduced to our Grammar textbooks, with the first section covering pronouns.  The textbook acts as an important guide to the English language, assisting students in the construction of proper sentences. The class has been split into three reading groups based on their individual interest: The Magic FingerThe Suitcase Kid and TheFantastic Mr. Fox. Each book has been divided into quarters in which students will be writing a report about that section of the story. Students have also been studying different game shows and learning how to create formal instructions for either a game show of their choice or one they will create.

Mathematics (Grade 4 & 5)

Students have recently received their Math workbooks in which they have been learning how to properly separate numbers into their place value and placing them onto a number line. They have also been practicing Addition and Subtraction of numbers in the thousands.

We have been slowly getting into grid multiplication in which students will learn how to multiply 2-4 digit numbers. These textbooks make it easier for students to work at their own pace, while still completing their individual goals on a weekly basis.

Social Studies (Grade 4 & 5)

For the first term of the school year students will be studying Science. Students have learnt how to differentiate between the States of Matter. They have been categorizing solids, liquids and gasses into their correct state.

On Friday’s we will be conducting a number of science experiments in which students will have an opportunity to have a hands-on experience with different substances and material.

English (Grade 6 & 7)

In the first two weeks of English we have just scratched the surface of our new textbooks. We have begun to work on our grade 6/7 grammar texts, and have looked at factual writing (magazines, biographies, autobiographies, recipes, instructions). We have spent much of our time getting acquainted with Literature Circles. Lit Circles are an in depth way of studying a novel, where in small groups we are reading the book Narnia The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. We read the book in stages, after each stage students are responsible for a single literary job within their group. Lit Circles encourage literary discussion among peers, and in-depth analysis of the text.

Mathematics (Grade 6 & 7)

Students have received Math textbooks and workbooks from which the year sevens have reviewed place values, rounding, and BIDMAS otherwise known as order of operations. The year six students have reviewed place values, rounding, decimals, and are moving into the addition and subtraction of fractions. The textbooks make it easier for students to work at their own pace, while setting individual goals on a weekly basis.

Social Studies (Grade 6 & 7)

This term we are studying Geography. Our first unit of study is OUR PLANET. Starting with the big bang theory, to the birth of our sun, the creation of the Milky Way, earth, our moon, and the planets geological timescale. Students wrote a long answer quiz on the terms: evolution, mass extinction, and big bang theory. From an evolutionary standpoint we homo sapiens are at the top of the evolutionary pyramid, but science tells us that in millions of years we too will evolve; what do you think humans will be like in 100 million years?

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