Term 3 Week 10 – People Who Help Us – Lawyers

As you all know we currently having parents come in to talk to us about various professions and how they help in the community.  In fact this week we had another special visitor to our class.  Josehiry’s mum from Pre-Junior C came over to speak about children’s rights and how as an immigration lawyer she ensures that their rights are protected.

She showed the children that a lawyer is responsible to check that everyone’s rights are respected according to the law.  They therefore help people to work out what might have gone wrong such as when two people are involved in a car crash, when people are arrested by the police for doing something wrong.  A lawyer helps people when they migrate from one country to another or to set up a business.

She introduced the concept that children have rights that need to be respected and protected. These are the right to be safe, to have access to education and health services, to have healthy food and clean water and the right to play.

She used this child friendly clip to help explain the concept to the children. She also hinted without going into much detail that in some countries, not all these rights are protected and some children do not have clothes, homes, clean drinking water or access to health services or schooling.


We then spoke about why people move from one country to another:

  • Some people emigrate because they have found a job in other countries.
  • Others migrate for the experience of living in a different place.
  • People might go to live elsewhere because of health reasons. The climate might be too hot or too cold for them.
  • Some people emigrate because of necessity. The place where they live in is not safe.
  • People might want to live elsewhere so their children’s rights will be better respected.

All this made us aware that it is not easy to leave a country and go to a strange land no matter how better it might be in the long run.  There are new rules and laws to be respected.  Thus it is important welcoming new children to our class should anyone join us in the middle of the year, playing with them and helping them understand the rules and routines of the classroom.

We looked at ways and means of getting from one country to another such as cars, trains, buses and airplanes.  Others might not even have these means of transportation so they move from one place to another on foot.  To do all this we need special travelling equipment such as valid tickets, passports, ID cards and appropriate clothes for the climate we will be living in..

This talk was very well put together in a way that the children at such a tender age can understand and relate to.  It helped them appreciate how lucky they are to have a supporting family both at home and at school.

This talk also helped them understand that they need to be sensitive to the needs and realities of others that they might encounter in their lives.

Last but not least, it is important for the children to understand that they have rights and how lucky they are to live in a country and in families that uphold and respect their rights.

 

 

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Term 3 Week 10 – Writing number 19

The first number for this week was number 19.  It was associated with the pilots and airplanes topic.

After the usual drill of singing up to 20 song, writing it in the air, looking at the numicon shapes which make up this number (10 and 9) and counting 19 beans, the children did the rainbow formation and stuck 19 tiny circles for windows onto the airplane picture found in their number scrapbook 2.

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19

 

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The children also drew the numicon shapes on bank sheets of paper counting till 20 in the process.  They also counted beans and various other objects.  Last but not least they worked out two other pages on their workbooks which were the following.

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Success Criteria for counting bigger numbers properly

  • Usually I tell the children not to talk in a sing song manner. However I tell them that whilst they count they can stretch the number so there would be a pause between a number and another.  Or else they would easily skip one.
  • They have to look at their work at all times whilst counting.
  • They have to use the cutting technique to avoid repeating a number twice.

Song associated with this number is:

 

 

 

Term 3 Week 10 – Writing letter z

Letter z is the fourth zig zag monster letter which we looked at.  As usual the children were eager to mention words starting with this letter.  The following are the words the children came up with starting with z: zoo, zoom, zebra, zig, zag, zero, zip and Zara and Zach.

Besides doing its formation in the air, on the interactive whiteboard and in sand they also formed it using craft sticks.

Songs which accompanied this letter were the following:

 

 

Finally they practiced writing letter z on their workbooks.  Here is how the pages looked like.

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Success Criteria for writing letter sound z.

  • There is a sleeping line at the top and at the bottom.
  • After the first sleeping line we have to stop for a second but not lift our pencils, then slant down.
  • After the slanting line we have to stop for another second without lifting our pencil rom the paper than pull back.
  • When we stop for a second it stops us from going round and ending with a number 2 or mirror image of a letter s

At the end of our letter work we completed a mixed page, an exercise in initial sounds.

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Term 3 Week 10 – Zoom away Airplanes and Pilots

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We started our week by looking at the profession of a pilot.  The children became aware that pilots have to be responsible people because on board their plane they would be carrying a good number of people.

However they can fly other types of planes which carry food and other goods from one country to another.  Whatever type of airplane they fly there are words which are used for all.

The children got a taste of these words: turbine engines, wings of a plane, the tail of a plane, the nose of a plane, cockpit, luggage compartment, steward, air hostess, airport, departure, landing, runway, hanger, engineer etc.

The children watched two video clips related to this topic.  One is a book called Planes Fly where the children got familiar the language mentioned above.  The other story talks about going on an airplane from a child’s perspective.

Planes Fly –


Caillou Flies on a Plane


The children created their own little airplane out of a clothes peg and two craft sticks which they decorated to their hearts content.  They pretended to be pilots and fly their planes during PE time    🙂

All these planes make a loud sound when the engines are warmed up for takeoff.  They all make a zoom sound.  This led us to the letter associated with this profession z-zooommmm.  More information is found in the literacy section.

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This song accompanied our topic too

 

 

Term 3 Week 9 – Writing Number 18Term 3 Week 9 – Writing Number 18

Number 18 was the next number in line for the 9th week of schooling during this term.

The children are now capable of seeing the pattern in the number line themselves.  They enthusiastically come to the board and reason out what comes after what.  They are very proud that they managed to learn to count, work and experiment with these numbers so far.  They also got used to the numicon shapes and know which ones to choose.

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The children played a game on the interactive whiteboard where they had to choose number 18 from other numbers.  They also watched the following video clip:

Sesame Street – Number of the Day 18 Song – Let’s stomp 18 time


As part of their hands on activities the children had to use the rainbow technique to form 18 on their number scrapbook.  They also had to stamp 18 musical notes on the page shown below.

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The children also practiced writing number 18 on their People Who Help WB 2.  They drew 18 balls and coloured in the numicon shapes.  As is routine they counted various objects such as beans, blocks, craft sticks and buttons.

Last but not least they had to circle the smaller number out of a choice of two.  They had a number line to guide them besides the class explanation.  These are the pages.

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Term 3 Week 9 – Writing Letter x

I reminded the children that there are only a few words in English which start with this letter sound.  Sometimes instead of saying the letter sound we even use the letter name such as in xylophone.

The children watched this video clip to see that letter x can be placed in other places as well in a particular word.

The Letter X Song” by ABCmouse.com –


The jolly phonic letter x song –


We emphasized words that finish with x such as box, fox, six, mix, fix.  The students practiced their writing skills on their workbook.  Here are the pages.

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The children used craft sticks to form x and wrote it on the whiteboard.  They crafted an x craft using black cardboard, white paint for the shape of their little hand to mimic an x-ray, and white chalk to write x.  They finally blended some words which had letter x in them in our blending page.

Photos of work done with this letter will be uploaded when we get the go ahead from the IT office.

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Catch up time ! – Writing Number 17 – part 2

During the numeracy lessons for week 9 we continued working with number 17.  First we revised the material done the week before and sang some songs related to it. (See previous blog).

The children counted various objects making up 17.  They also sequenced number flashcards and finally proceeded to recording them in their workbooks.  Here are the pages we worked:

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Number practice ideas and games

Now that summer is very close you can revise the numbers with your children in a fun way.

  • Write the numbers on small pebbles. Hide them in the sand along with other pebbles without the numbers written on them.  Then take it turns to dig them out.  Who gets the most pebbles with numbers written on them wins   🙂
  • Get some fish foam cutouts or make them yourselves, write a number on each one ranging from 1-20. Attach a small key ring to each one.  Put them in a tub with water.  Get a small bamboo stick and attach a small magnet at one end.  Let them fish away to their hearts content.
  • The children can make triangle cut outs and attach them to a craft stick. They can write the numbers 1-20 on them and then they can flag them on one of their sand castles near the beach.
  • They can use all the above to sequence them.

 

Enjoy   🙂

 

 

Term 3 Week 9 – People Who Help Us – Doctors and Nurses – X-Rays

One of the topics for this week was doctors and nurses with particular reference to X-Rays.

We spoke about how these special people help us get better when we feel sick.  Two students in class were very proud to mention that their mummy was in fact a doctor and a radiographer (a person who takes X-Rays)   🙂

We spoke about some characteristics that a doctor and a nurse need to have, such as they have to be patient, kind, very attentive to the feelings of their patient, able to work long hours even during the night.

We spoke about the fact that although at times we might be afraid to go to the doctor because he/she might give us an injection these people are our friends and what they do is for our best.  We also spoke about a trick we can use if we are scared of the injection.

  • First of all we look the other side and not at the injection.
  • We can take our favourite toy to the doctor’s and show it how brave we are.
  • We imagine something that we really like for example playing with this favourite toy or eating something yummy.
  • With the other hand we hold on tight to mummy’s or daddy’s hand.
  • In no time the injection is over.

We also spoke about the medicine that the doctor gives us which unfortunately does not have a pleasant taste.

So we came up with another trick – that of pinching the bridge of our noses, open our mouths very wide and gulp down the medicine very hard.

We can always take a glass of water after.  The medicine given to us only makes us better.   These are the video clips we watched:

Story for preschool children about going to the doctor –


Going to the doctor song –


At times we also go to the doctor because we would have broken a bone from falling.  When this happens a special photo of our bone has to be taken to see which part of it is broken.  This is done with an X-Ray machine.

After which they would have a special cast made from plaster placed over the broken bone so that it can heal properly.

The children watched a video clip of a small boy who already had a cast on his arm but needed to go for an x-ray check up to see if he was healing well.

Video Clip – Having an X-Ray –


We had a lovely first hand experience of Jeanmarie’s mummy who came to school to explain about her job.  The children learnt very interesting facts such as

  • Why we have bones
  • Which is the largest bone in our body – (Femur – the thigh bone)
  • The smallest bone is found in our ear
  • When we happen to break a bone it is called a fracture which will heal.

The children saw different X-Rays of the arm, hand, skull, neck, parts of the foot and they tried to guess which part of the body these belonged to.  They also had the opportunity to hold different sized bones in their hands. The children learned what is the appropriate food to take, to have healthy bones:

  • White milk
  • White yoghurt
  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Green vegetables

Regular exercise helps keep the bones healthy too.

The children coloured in a picture which Ms. Maria brought along for the Pre-Junior classes.  (They brought it home to show it to you).  They also created a craft where they printed their hand onto a black cardboard using white paint and white chalk.  This is found hanging outside our class room door for all of you to see.

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We spoke about the vehicles that the doctors might use for their work.  We mentioned a normal car to go to the clinic or hospital where they work.

The nurse might have to go in an ambulance to the place where a patient needs to be taken care of.

If we need an ambulance we have to call 112.  However I emphasized that we do not do this for nothing.

If someone happens to be sick or fall first we look out for another adult nearby such as dad, mum, granny etc.  If we are alone with that person and we try and touch them but they are not answering or moving and there is no other adult around, it is then that we have to call the ambulance. (Reminded them of the emergency nurse visit we had earlier in the week).

This led us to the other letter of week x-ray.  More detail found in the literacy blog section.

PS – I will only be able to upload Ms. Maria’s visit photos, the children during the visit and the crafts related to this topic when all the GDPR papers are handed in to the IT Office.

 

 

Familiarisation Visit To Grade 1

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One of the highlights for this week was the familisation visit that our young ones (well not so young anymore) had to grade 1.

Before they visited one of the classes I explained that when they came to pre-junior they were young 3 year olds.  We had a discussion of all the things that they learnt throughout this a scholastic year.  These are some points they mentioned

  • Making new friends
  • How to hold a pencil
  • How to colour
  • How to ask certain questions
  • Learning new things such as numbers and letters
  • Learning how to read new words.
  • How to behave in different situations

It was a very exciting year.  I also mentioned that next year will be an exciting one too.  They will still have most of their friends with them.  But they will also make new friends and go through new lovely experiences.

I pointed out that some of the children will be going on to other schools or even go back to their country just like Olda and Noah. They can still meet up at the park or at the beach even if they are not in the same class.

I mentioned that the Junior 1 class rooms are lovely and bigger than the ones we have.  They will also have their own toilets and garden patch.  The teachers are kind and nice too.  Most important of all I mentioned that Ms. Stefania will be in one of the classrooms with them.  Ms. Corinne and I will be visiting them from time to time.  So we will still see them.

PS – Our class visited Ms. Bernice’s class. This does not necessarily mean that the children will be in her class next year.  The children loved their visit to grade 1   🙂

I will upload some pictures when all the GDPR consent forms are filed via email or as a soft copy and handed in to the IT office.

 

 

Visit by an Emergency Nurse Worker

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Besides being a short week for the children it was an intense and interesting one because we had two parents coming in to talk to us about their jobs which go hand in hand with the topic we are currently doing – People who help us in our community.

The first visitor of the week was a mum from Ms. Stef’s class who brought along an ambulance to school for all the pre-junior classes to see.  They saw how the stretcher is pulled down from the ambulance.

All those who wanted a go went up on the stretcher.  They even pretended to be emergency nurse workers by trying the special jacket and protective helmet that these professionals wear when they are on duty.

Ms. Ingrid then visited every pre-junior class and gave a simple yet very effective presentation.  She explained that we should all remember a very important number 112.

 

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This is the emergency number we need to call when someone is badly hurt.  (This number is there to call the police or the fire department too.  I had discussed the latter with the kids when the warden came over the previous week).  Under no circumstance should we call 112 for any other reason.

  • We should call 112 only if the injured person is not answering us.
  • Try and seek adult help as well.
  • We should listen very attentively to the questions being asked by the emergency worker, be brave and answer them as best we can.

Ms. Ingrid then gave a demonstration of what should we do when we have minor injuries at home.

  • If we have a nose bleed we have to pinch the bridge of our nose and put our head down.
  • If our hand or leg bleed slightly we should not panic or be scared. We just get a clean dish cloth, towel or tissue and press it on the bleeding part.  Then seek adult help.  It is important to remember not to play with anything pointy or which might break such as glass.
  • We should never touch things which are hot such as a hot kettle or a pot. But if we do so by accident we should put the slightly burned area such as the hand under cold runny water.
  • If we are stung by a jelly fish we ask our relatives for a credit card and scrape lightly or the sting. Then we apply some vinegar on it.

The children were then shown how to apply a bandage as well as how to place an unconscious person in a recovery position.  Always seek adult help after.

 

I have a lot of lovely photos of the children doing hands on activities such as bandaging as well as placing each other in the recovery position.  However I cannot blog them before all the parents and guardians fill in the GDPR email or the equivalent paper some received, to authorise the uploading of the children’s photos on the blog.