In IPC we have learning about the great importance of our world’s Rainforests. In our last session we compiled a list of products derived from our Rainforests, and boy it was extensive!
We looked together at some examples of different products, such as food items, cosmetics, wood and medicines. We discussed the contribution of the rainforest to the products that we use in our everyday lives. Yet we also explored the issue of deforestation as a result of the production of peanut butter (See below).
The children were shocked and wondered why people would do this to our valuable rainforests? We then proceeded to create our our posters to bring the issue of Palm Oil and deforestation to life.
Starting this week children are required to wear the school P.E. outfit for each gym session. We are completing P.E. on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s each week. They can come to school in it already, that is fine. I would like to encourage parents to make bringing in P.E. clothes the responsibility of your child. Even better would be for the P.E clothes to come to school on Monday fresh and clean and be brought home on Friday.
Tomorrow will be the (hopefully) last day of this unusual mid-September heat wave. For this we will celebrate by having a small water festival (not fight, hehe). Since it is a P.E. day we ask the children to bring in their sport clothes and expect them to get a wet. This will hopefully cool us off enough and send off the heat wave in a fun manner!
The paperclip as we know it was first used in Great Britain by the Gem Manufacturing Company in 1870. That’s a very long time for something to stay in service doing much the same thing it always did – hold papers together efficiently and cost-effectively.
Of course, like most remnants from the 19th century, the humble paperclip has been invented and reinvented again and again, but the original ‘gem’ version is still the best. Most notably because you can do so much more with a gem paperclip than simply clip papers. The paperclip has turned out to be one of the most useful and inventive objects ever invented.
Our class challenge today is for our class to work in small groups to discover how many different uses they can find for the humble paperclip. They will then justify and present their findings to the class.
The lovely weather continues in the Netherlands. We will be seeing weather in at or above 30°C for most of the week. Thus would be a first for the Netherlands! It will obviously affect or daily schedule as we try to keep the children relatively cool and comfortable.
Please make sure your children bring their water bottles. Refreshing fruit choices are always welcome!
Please from Monday September 12th, 2016 can you send in their green homework/ book bags. They should go home and come back each day. At the moment it should contain one levelled reading book, their reading diary and a library book. Please do not use it for P.E. clothes or snacks, thank you.
In addition, children’s work will periodically be sent home in this same bag. Thus, take a look to see what your child is reading and what they have been doing.
I just wanted to take this time to bring you up to date on a few happenings and routines here in the Year 4 class.
We have begun rolling out the homework packages to support your child’s development. First, we have levelled the books for each child. Some books you may have already seen, that’s fine. Work with your child to improve their comprehension. They will change their books when necessary. Please read with your child they are not too old yet 🙂 They will also bring a library book home once a week that is their choice and interests them, it will also be changed regularly each week on Friday.
Our Maths program is supported by Mathletics where children can reinforce and challenge their learning. Their login code and password is located in their reading diary. In addition there is Reading Eggspress and Spellodrome, their login details are also located in their reading diary. This program will aid their word comprehension and summarisation strategies. Finally, we will be sending home special projects periodically for children to complete to extend their learning.
Gym times are still to be determined as schedules are being finalised with Mencia for gym allocations. On gym days children need to bring their school sport clothes and shoes.
Finally, always check our Weblog to keep in touch and click the link on the weblog to reach our Instagram page!
It has been my pleasure teaching all the children in Year 1. I would also like to thank you for all your support throughout the years. Without you this great class, school and community would not be possible.