Back to School Life
The students have settled back into campus life with gusto. They have all expressed how happy they are to be able to be back on campus and see their friends again everyday. Students have also embraced the wearing of masks and the constant sanitising of their hands as part of school life. Thankfully the wearing of masks at school now is not quite as sweaty as it was in Term 2.
This term, using a range of texts by Aaron Blabey, we are exploring the idea of Characterisation and how authors use words and images to tell us about characters. Students have been expanding their vocabulary by discussing different adjectives including synonyms and antonyms that can be used to describe character. They have also been making text to self connections and comparing themselves to the characters of Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley.
Ask your child who they think they are most like, and why.
Term 4 Mathematics is all about consolidation of Year 1 concepts through hands-on learning experiences with concrete materials. So far this term we have measured and compared the capacities of containers using rice and water (rice was less popular with our cleaners); looked at the features of coins from Australia and Hong Kong and identified how the features tell us the value and where it is from; and experimented with making money amounts. We have also started to hone our skip counting skills, explain our thinking and work on developing new strategies for solving addition problems. It has been a busy few short weeks!
Ask your child what animals are featured on some Australian coins.
After a successful Science Unit about dinosaurs (and their features), we have started a new HASS Unit focussing on Geography, and exploring the importance of place and environment. Over the coming weeks students will be examining the natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location, how they change and how they can be cared for. This week we have looked at what the term ‘Geography’ means, and started to look at various Hong Kong places, sorting them into groups and sharing with each other the reason for such groups.
While we are unfortunately unable to organise a year level excursion out of school to a local park (due to social distancing constraints) we will soon be looking at several AISHK spaces in more detail. This will be in relation to the uses of the spaces, the facilities that are provided there and mapping of these spaces. We will also be encouraging students and their families to make an effort to visit their own local park on a weekend, to see how such spaces are used, at what time of day, by whom, what facilities are provided there and why.
Parental assistance to explore the park would give your child invaluable insight into why such managed spaces are designed as they are. More details (and ideas!) about this to come in the coming weeks. Ask your child what their understanding of ‘Geography’ is.
- Tuesday 20 October: DPT Vaccination
- Friday 23 October: Chinese Day (Students may wear traditional Chinese clothing to school)
- Tuesday 3 November: MMR Vaccination
Mrs Torres, Mrs Negus, Mrs Harbottle and Mrs Galvin