Term 3 – Week 2
Welcome back to Term Three. We have had a great start to the term. Beginning with exciting tales of summer holiday adventures and diving straight back into our Literacy, Numeracy and Science units. We have some new families joining our Year One cohort and would like to extend a warm welcome to them. The children have been buddied up and our buddies are showing lots of AISHK school spirit in taking care and leading our newest members throughout the school.
As we settle into the term, the Year One team would like to gently remind families to take note of the following grade procedures and expectations:
- Morning drop off – all children to be dropped on Level 1 before 7:55am. Only when the bell rings at 7:55am, can they come upstairs to their classes. All children should be in their class by 8:15am. If your child is running late, please sign them in at the Primary Office on Level 3.
- School Diary – please sign the diary each day and empty outdated materials. Teachers and parents can use the diaries to communicate messages as these are checked daily. You can record home reading texts here.
- Independence – please encourage your child to pack their own school bag at home. At the end of the school day, they are expected to pack their diaries and lunch boxes themselves, and more practice at home with this will be beneficial.
- Volunteering at school – we love to have parents in. The children enjoy seeing their mums, dads and grandparents come in for literacy, maths or school excursions. Please see individual teachers for opportunities to volunteer in your child’s class.
This term we will be focusing on transformation by exploring the setting, characters and plot of various books. Across the term, Year One students will create texts inspired by the chosen literature. They will innovate on and recreate the plot, character or setting whike following the text patterning.
So far we have discovered:
The setting describes when and where the story takes place.
The characters are the people, animals or objects that play important roles in the plot.
The plot is everything that happens in the story.
Phonics: Long A sounds
The long /a/ sound is made by the following spelling patterns:
a ay a_e ai
friend four could were their your
In Mathematics we have been looking at numbers and skip counting. We continue using problem-solving to encourage students to SHOW their thinking and expand on their collaboration and communication skills.
The problems offer the children a way to solve mathematical questions that may exist in real life and help them see how we apply various operations to solve any number of problems. They discuss how the problem can be answered in multiple ways and gain an appreciation of this. Where the process is the focus, rather than the solution.
This term our Science unit is on Changes. Children have been learning about their senses and how we can use our senses to describe changes around us. They will engage in a variety of experiments this term that focus on the effects of temperature changes (adding heat or cooling).
Pizza Express Excursion by class
- 1 T – Tuesday 13th August, Pizza Express, Sai Ying Pun
- 1 B – Wednesday 14th August, Pizza Express, Citygate, Tung Chung
- 1 N- Wednesday 14th August, Pizza Express, Stanley
1 M – Tuesday 27th August, Pizza Express, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang
We had a very exciting first lesson with Mr Ohlson this fortnight! This term Year One students will explore coding using ‘unplugged’ and ‘plugged’ activities. Unplugged activities involve using directional language but not technology. It is a great way for children to use and understand directions. Plugged lessons will include writing and testing codes using the Blue Bots. Students will explore the functions of forwards, backwards, left and right and reflect on how written code is used.
Many thanks to all the parents supporting the fundraising efforts for our Jacaranda mufti-day. The children enjoyed dressing up and their sausage-sizzle. A perfect opportunity to cool down in this hot weather with an icy-pole!
Stella the Starfish
Our biennial Early Childhood production is getting closer by the day. Students will perform in multiple shows in Week 8, so keep that week completely free! All of Early Childhood have been working hard to learn their class songs during Music and are getting very excited for their moment in the spotlight. More information will be coming out over the next few weeks. Please be sure to check the Dhanara. Tickets are free, however, we will be asking guests for a donation at the start of the show. Families are limited to 4 tickets only as there will be over 300 families attending the shows.
Library News from Mrs Atkins
Please click on the link below for information regarding Book Week in week 5.
AISHK School TV
To support parents and all members of our school community, AISHK has joined with SchoolTV to provide topic-based multimedia content with credible, sound information and realistic and practical strategies. SchoolTV is a world first, online wellbeing platform out of Australia, featuring Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. It addresses the modern-day realities faced by schools and parents who increasingly need clear, relevant and fact-based information around raising safe, happy and resilient young people. https://aishk.hk.schooltv.me/
All published SchoolTV topics are divided into series. Every 2-3 weeks a new topic will be published for the AISHK community to review, with comprehensive videos from leading specialists and organisations. You’ll also find fact sheets, suggested books, apps, websites and much more. And because SchoolTV is independent, they’ve pulled in some great content from organisations such as Beyond Blue, ReachOut, HeadSpace and others. In case you haven’t had the opportunity to check out any of the information, we have included the links below:
Topics published in June:
Social Media and Digital Reputation https://aishk.hk.schooltv.me/newsletter/social-media-and-digital-reputation
Special Reports on Fortnite and Cyberbullying https://aishk.hk.schooltv.me/newsletter/social-media-and-digital-reputation
Topics published in July:
Youth Anxiety https://aishk.hk.schooltv.me/newsletter/youth-anxiety
Dates to remember
- Week 3 – Friday 9th August – Value Star Assembly
- Week 4 – 1T, 1B, 1N – Pizza Express excursion
- Week 4 – Friday 16th August – Teacher Professional Development Day – No classes
- Week 5 – Book Week – Friday 23rd August – More details above
- Week 6 – 1M – Pizza Express excursion
- Week 6 – Eucalypt Mufti Day – Wednesday 28th August
- Week 8 – Stella the Starfish Performances – More details to follow
Miss Beange, Mrs McCarthy, Mrs Negus and Mrs Toufeili