Message from SK
Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a pleasant holiday break. It has been such a joy to have our SKs back in the classroom this week. The students have been buzzing with excitement as they reconnect with peers, get back into routines, reflect on the first term, and set goals for the new year.
Throughout December the SK students concluded their investigations of the connection between learning and play. After discussing the rich social learning that occurs during play with a focus on problem-solving, we began to investigate the academic learning that can take place during play. The boys’ interest in Beyblades led us through many fascinating collaborations, experiments, and explorations. We discovered some of the mathematical and scientific learning opportunities that could come from play with Beyblades. The students explored the concepts of balance and friction, designing their own Beyblades out of various materials and trialing them on different surfaces. The Year 3 students in 3V joined us to learn how to make their own Beyblades and to share with us their knowledge of forces in relation to spinning toys.
This week, we launched our ‘How the World Works’ unit. The central idea of the unit is, “being an inquirer helps me to understand my world” and the lines of inquiry are:
- The characteristics of an inquirer
- The process of inquiry
- How our senses help us to understand the world
- How researching and experimentation help us to understand the world
To begin this unit, we have been discussing the power of asking questions, with the challenge of coming up with questions to which we don’t have the answers. As a class, we came up with a list of questions regarding some rabbit tracks the boys found in the playground. These questions will guide us through research and experimentation as we seek answers to our curiosities, such as, “Could a rabbit jump over the playground fence?” With this exploration of rabbit tracks as a model, the students will then branch off to explore their own individually developed questions about something of personal interest. We can’t wait to see where their curiosities take us!
In our language program, we will continue to work on decoding strategies, reading fluency, and reading comprehension in our small-group settings. We will shift our writing focus from personal narratives to informational writing, as the students write about the facts they are discovering through our unit of inquiry.
In our math program, we will be launching an exploration of 2D and 3D shapes. We will use the processes of inquiry and experimentation to explore 3D shapes as we learn to classify, sort and describe these shapes. We are looking forward to watching their continued growth as inquirers and mathematicians over the course of this unit.
As we embark on the second half of the year, we would like to thank you all for an incredible first term. Your support and involvement in your child’s learning has been instrumental to our shared successes. We are looking forward to another excellent term full of learning and development!