A quiet blog = A busy Seesaw!


As you may have noticed we have been a bit quiet on the blog front but that does not mean the class is quiet. We have been testing the Seesaw digital portfolio system with great success! This will in future take over for the daily achievements of the children and serve as a message port for parents.

It’s really great to see all the parental involvement and the children notice this and it inspires them to add the pieces of work that they are most proud of. In addition the children love reviewing and commenting on their friends work.

Collaborative. Creative. Connecting.

Column Addition

As the video shows above our children have been discovering (or rediscovering) different written strategies to solve problems. For 3-digit addition we looked at column addition. This strategy adds the units (ones) column, followed by the tens and finally the hundreds.

Extension: This strategy is applicable for numbers below or beyond the hundreds column!

Performance Poetry!

Our children have been working hard at learning and making their very own Performance Poems. We looked at Bruce Lansky’s I’d Rather as an amusing start!

I’d Rather

I’d rather wash the dishes

I’d rather kiss a frog.

I’d rather get an F in maths

or run a ten-mile jog.

I’d rather do my homework.

I’d rather mow the lawn.

I’d rather take the garbage out.

I’d rather wake at dawn.

I’d rather dine on Brussels sprouts

or catch the chicken pox.

I’d rather do most anything

than clean the litter box.

The children used this as a guide to perform their version of the poem focusing on:

  • Volume
  • Pace
  • Pauses
  • Expression
  • Different voices
  • Background sounds
  • Body positions

Opa and Oma Week: Guest Readers

We would love for our Opa’s, Oma’s and friends to come read to the children this week. Just let Mr. Maddocks know what time is best. We will have open slots every morning this week. Just add your name to the sign-up sheet. I will bring it out each morning and afternoon as children are being dropped off and picked up.

We cannot wait to each a variety of stories from some of our most important people in our lives, OPA and OMA! Voor altijd jong!

Telling time can be tricky…

This week the we have been exploring time. Time can be very tricky for children and our focus has been:

  • calculate time intervals in hours and minutes.
  • tell the time on analogue and digital clocks.
  • compare durations of events to calculate the time taken

For extra practice children can head to Read Clocks and Write Time

Also, children can add context to time by a few questions:

  • What time of day is breakfast, lunch and dinner?
  • What time is bedtime?
  • What time is school?
  • What time is my swim lesson?

Book Week is almost here!

Dear Parents,


We are very excited to announce that this year’s ISB Book Week will take part from Monday 17th  to Friday 21st October 2016. This year we have decided to adopt the theme that is currently running in most Dutch School’s for their Kinderboekenweek 2016. The theme is Opa en Oma (“Grandfather and Grandmother”) with the central motto being Voor altijd jong (“Forever Young”).

We appreciate that not all grandparents live nearby and that sadly, some are no longer with us. Our team will be very sensitive to this. Throughout this week the children can focus on a special relationship they have with their grandparents or with another adult. If you know your child is particularly sensitive about this subject, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

We have planned a range of really exciting activities to boost the children’s passion for books. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about how we would like you to be involved with these activities. The timetable of activities for the week will be as follows:

Monday 17th October: Bedtime Story Morning

To launch our Book Week, we kindly ask that all children come to school dressed in their pyjamas.  During the morning, the children will be treated to milk, a cookie and a story. Naturally the children need to be dressed appropriately for the weather and be able to participate fully in the school day e.g. morning sports, outdoor playtime. Therefore the children can bring in a dressing gown or sleep clothes that can be worn over their normal clothes.

Tuesday 18th: Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 October

Throughout these days, class teachers will carry out a variety of in-class activities. For Years 2 – 6, one of the activities will involve the children writing a performance poem about their grandparents. This will be performed to their class and the best performance poet from each class will take part in the final of the Poetry Reading Competition in Friday’s assembly. The Year 2 – 6 assembly will begin at 2.15pm. In Nursery, Reception and Year 1, the children will learn a grandparent-inspired song to perform in their Friday assembly which will begin at 2pm.

In addition to this, grandparents are invited to come into school to read their favourite children’s story book to their grandchild’s class. If a grandparent is interested in taking part, please have a chat with your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. We actively encourage grandparents to read a book in their native language.

Thursday 20 October: ‘How do you read with your grandparents?’ Competition Deadline

For this year’s Book Week competition, children will need to hand a photograph to their class teacher of them enjoying a book with their grandparents (or special adult as mentioned at the beginning of the letter). Pictures will be judged per year group, meaning there is a chance for one child from each year group to win a prize! Photos will be judged on their creativity. The more creative entries,  for example enjoying a book with your grandparent whilst skydiving (!), will stand a greater a chance of winning. Children need to hand all photos to their class teacher by 09:00 on Thursday 20 October. The winning entries will be announced on Friday 21 October in our Book Week assemblies.

Friday 21st October: Grandparent dress-up day; Parade; “Readathon”; Poetry Reading Competition Final; Competition winners announced

To end our Book Week, we kindly ask that all children come to school dressed as an Opa or Oma  (Grandpa/Grandma). During the morning, the children will parade their costumes to the rest of the school. During the day, the children will be read a story by each class teacher, as part of a ‘Readathon’.

Parents and grandparents are invited to an assembly in the afternoon (2 pm for Reception, Nursery and Year 1 and 2.15pm for Years 2 – 6).  The assemblies will showcase the activities completed in class. The Poetry Reading Competition Final will take place during the assembly and the photo competition winners will be announced.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Primary team.

Kind regards,

Mr Matthew Scragg
Leader of Literacy

Verbal Irony and Sarcasm

During our Power of Reading book, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, Oliver and our mermaid Iris met some interesting Seaweed in the Sarcastic Sea. The were saying things that could be nice but their use of tone and attitude revealed them to be Verbal Irony and also Sarcasm. Cheeky Seaweed!

The children then role-played the scenes and added their own Verbal Irony examples. We has some real winners! But we also had to discuss that Sarcasm can be hurtful sometimes and thus it should be used with caution.

Have a great day! (That was not verbal irony, I really mean it, have a great day!)

We’ve got homework, hooray!

Hello parents and students,

We have our first mini-homework project coming home today.

Children are to complete their own Food Journal for the week. Children can fill in beginning with today, Friday September 30th. Children fill in the boxes when they eat and what they eat. Please fill in each item including the drink during the meal. By starting Friday it can be returned filled in by next Friday, October 7th, 2016. We will then look for patterns in our eating habits as well as look at different dishes from around the world.

Please guide your child but please let them fill it in and make it their responsibility.

Happy eating!

Place Value!

In Math we have be exploring place value and the importance of identifying the value of numbers in 4-digit numbers. Our class thought is was too was but when one of the digits was zero, some confusion surfaced.

Here’s a video to help us remember:

Perfect Place Value Year 4!