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September 26th — October 6th , 2011

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Happy Children’s Day!!! Philosophy for Children; Year 1 Term 1. “Philosophy begins in wonder”- Aristotle and who wonders more about the world than kids. Our chosen picture book: Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”. Topics covered: Friendship/ Ethics/ Environmental Ethics. Field Trip to Pasir Ris Kid’s Kampong, Thrusday October 13th. Please submit payment ($18) and reply slip by Tuesday, October 11th. Center for Effective Living Camp, October 17-19th. Please contact reception to register. Friday, October 14th is a Teacher Inset day the Academy will be closed. Term 1 Break: October 17—21st. Last session for Term 1 Taekwondo CCA will be Monday October 10th.

NOTES FROM INTEGRATED THERAPY: MOTOR SKILLS! Greetings from the therapy department! This month the occupational therapists would like to give you some ways to improve your child’s fine and gross motor skills that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. Fine motor skills require using the small muscles of the hands and fingers and assist with activities such as handwriting and completing clothing fasteners. Gross motor skills use the larger muscles in the body and assist with activities such as jumping, running, and throwing. Fine Motor Activities:  Encourage your child to complete his or her own clothing fasteners independently. Depending on the difficulty of the fastener, you may need to provide some assistance.  Give your child a pair of tongs or blunt tweezers to use to eat a snack such as small crackers, grapes, or cereal.  Ask your child to manually sharpen the pencils you have at home.  When you arrive at home, encourage your child to unlock the door using the key. Or if you have a keyless entry, ask your child to unlock a cupboard or drawer.  If you use twist ties or clips to keep food fresh, ask your child to put on or remove these items. You can also encourage your child to open small containers or zip lock bags. Gross Motor Activities:  While waiting in line, see how long your child can balance on one foot.  Ask your child to help carry in grocery items that are appropriate for his or her size and strength.  While walking to school, encourage your child to skip, hop, or gallop part of the way.  While cooking or baking, ask your child to help stir thickened mixtures such as dough.  When you are finished with a piece of paper, ask your child to crumple it and try to throw it into the bin. 10 Winstedt Road, Block C #01-16, S ingapore 227977 Tel: +65 6836 1128 Fax: +65 6235 6797 www.learndifferent.com .sg

“ While walking to school, encourage your child to skip, hop, or gallop part of the way.”


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YEAR ONE,

MS. KATRINA’S CLASS

We have made some great discoveries about ourselves and our friends over the past few weeks. During our ‘Knowledge Harvest’, we learnt about some similarities and differences that we have. We belong in the same learning community, same class and despite coming from different family backgrounds, religions and homes, we are

able to work together in a cooperative manner. Social competence is another area that the students have started learning about in the Society subject of the IPC unit ‘Living Together’. We now understand that we should be sensitive to other people’s feelings by observing the tone of their voice and facial expressions. We learnt about some strategies that would keep ourselves calm when we’re angry, upset, worried or excited like taking deep breaths and thinking of happy thoughts. We have also discovered some interesting facts about Singapore and the origin of the Merlion during our History class.

RECEPTION TWO, The boys in Ms. Ashley's reception 2 class have been hard at work with our "My World" IPC unit. The children have learned a lot about themselves and their classmates. They have also been working on their personal research projects where they share information about themselves, their families, and their favorite things. We have also learned about the famous artist Picasso and his work with portraits. As an activity we painted portraits using our classmates (and teachers) as our subjects and then made more portraits

Names of famous people, that were new to our students, were “uncovered” during our research.

These names include Sir Stamford Raffles and Lee Kuan Yew. These people were truly helpful in transforming Singapore to a successful country. We were amazed at how much Singapore has changed over the years; from a swampy island filled with trees, to a bustling country filled with life and prosperity. Our history research is coupled with an interview with Laoshi. Ni-

Cole, Marissa and Shane conducted an interview with her and are in the midst of preparing their leaflet called, “All About Singapore”. Genna, Luca, Tvish and Sean will be conducting their interview with Mr. Lawrence next week.

Happy Children’s Day to everybody! Have a restful long weekend!

MS. ASHLEY’S CLASS

from features we cut out of magazines. The boys also drew self-portraits using pictures of themselves for reference. We have quite a few aspiring artists in our class!

We have started learning about the importance of

physical education and taking care of our bodies with exercise and a balanced diet. The children had fun measuring their physical skills with outdoor running, jumping and balancing activities. We are going to see if they can improve their personal bests later in the school year. They also listed their favorite foods and categorized them in the 5 food groups to see how they can balance out or make more nutritious food choices. In Maths, the boys have been tested on their knowledge of addition and we are very

proud of their mastery of the topic. We have now moved on to Subtraction and are impressed by how quickly they are picking up this difficult topic. In Literacy, we have moved on to the "ar" and "air" sounds and have practiced listening comprehension skills.

Happy Children’s Day!


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RECEPTION TWO, For the past two weeks, the children have been exploring what they like about themselves and what they are good at doing. They also came up with what they enjoy doing with their family and friends. Don’t be surprised if Angry Birds outnumbered other toys that they enjoy playing with. Emphasizing the positive aspects of our view of ourselves, we tried to find out what we are very good at and what we still need help with. We conducted some experiments both indoor and outdoor to know how fast we hop, jump, and run from one spot to another and how good we catch a ball with two hands or with one hand. We logged results and compared them with one another. We’ve learnt that it is impossible to be good at every thing. Only a few people are

are very good at many things (they mentioned “mum and dad” as ones of the few people who are good at many things). We need people to be different. Coming from different families, we also learnt that we inherit different characteristics as well.

Other than characteristics, the children also learnt that different families have different preference for food too. Relating this fact with science, we learnt how to categorize foods. They children watched a short clip on the Food Pyramid and completed

RECEPTION ONE, As we ventured deeper into the theme "My World", the children began to discover more about their families and themselves as well. Each of them compared the number of members in their family with the families of their classmates. They learnt more about their history when they shared about their family's traditions, religious belief, country of origin and some other family backgrounds. We also used the globe to try to find the countries in which our grandparents came from; we even drew a map. In Art, we viewed ourselves through our own eyes when we traced

MS. KARINA’S CLASS completed their own food pyramids by cutting pictures of healthy food from the magazines. In Literacy, the older chil-

their own addition stories and solved vertical addition/ subtraction problems independently.

dren learnt about common and proper nouns. They spied with their little eyes nouns around the school and classified them into common and proper nouns. The “Rainbow of Nouns” that they made is proof that nouns are everywhere in our lives. The younger children learnt the words with grapheme /-ou/ and created their poems using /-ou/ word cards. They did an OUtstanding job! In Maths, both groups were reviewing the use of numbers in our lives through addition, subtraction and number bonds. They came up with

This week has ended in a very unforgettable way as we celebrated Children’s Day. We played games, sang songs and watched movie.

Happy Children’s Day!

MS. GETTY’S CLASS

our pictures on the projector screen and painted our selfportraits. The students also learnt about different famous painters and sculptors and viewed their artworks. In P.E., the children performed activities and movements with control and coordination such as hopping on one foot, skipping rope, throwing and catching a ball etc. Although we sometimes stumbled and fell down, we all had a blast and pushed ourselves forward. In Literacy, the children have been working very hard in improving their spelling. Every morning after unpacking their bags we always have a warm

a warm-up by doing spelling before anything else, how cool is that?! The first group has been mastering their graphemes, blending and segmenting words on the green wall as well. While the other group is making all efforts in improving their reading and forming their own sentences. In Maths, we are done with number bonds and are now moving on to Addition. We are learning how to add up two single digit numbers by drawing concrete examples of each number and counting them all up to find the sum. A little "sweet tooth" experience also helped us in Addition when we

practiced solving addition problems using "Skittles" as our examples. The children did a wonderful job so we turned it into a celebration of colours and fruity taste in our mouths.

Rainbow claps for everyone for a job well done!!! Happy Children’s Day!


Every child deserves the right to be taught in the way he or she learns best!


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