Archive - November 2015

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Exploring Light
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Completing Our Obstacle Courses
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Oral Language
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Excellence Kindergarten Assembly
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Thai Language in Excellence

Exploring Light

This week, we begun our new inquiry into Light and felt this was the perfect opportunity to really transform our classroom space to spark the children’s curiosities.  As we all know, it is important to give the children time to explore their interests, have time to play and interact with the environment and make discoveries on their own. With this in mind, we had a great idea for how we could really bring out the inquiring minds of the children.

After a little team work amongst the staff we were able to gather together different dark materials to cover all the classroom windows.

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson

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Completing Our Obstacle Courses

As mentioned in our Oral Language post, as part of our inquiry we have been exploring going on and designing journeys, including obstacle courses. In our last post, the children had worked in pairs, gone out onto the playground, taken photos of obstacles for their course and then drawn their obstacle course map.

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Oral Language

As part of our current unit of inquiry we have been reading quite a few stories about journeys. We have particularly focused on the famous book by Michael Rosen, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and other versions of this story like ‘We’re going on a lion hunt’ by David Axtell and ‘We’re going on a leaf hunt’ by Steve Metzger.

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Excellence Kindergarten Assembly

The Excellence Class (Kindergarten) had their first assembly of the school year on Friday, October 30. The students were very confident and enthusiastic in presenting the learning from their Unit of Inquiry.

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Thai Language in Excellence

One goal for Excellence Class this semester is to bring more Thai language and culture into the classroom. Ms. Jacky, Ms. Bee and Mr. Jarryd have been working together to make Thai language and culture meaningful for both Thai native speakers and Non-Thai native speakers.

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