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Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 1:23:28 PM

Winter Performance Bake Sale

Primary students are holding a bake sale outside the Lars Ask auditorium 13 December at 6 pm. Please support us raising money to help pay for mailing our kits for kids in Cambodia.

You can pay by cash or VIPPS - thank you!

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Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:56:00 AM

Last day of school notices

Wednesday 19 December is a half school day and all students will be dismissed at 12 noon. There will be no SFO in the afternoon that day. Parents and students should collect all cloakroom items (boots, hats, coats etc.) so that that the school can be cleaned. All items in Lost and Found will be donated to charity on 20 December if not claimed.

Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you on 7 January!

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Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 2:28:57 PM

MY2 students collecting supplies for school in Zambia

MY2 students and sisters, Charlotte and Madeleine Andersen, have started a service initiative for helping a school in Zambia. They are collecting school supplies to bring with them when they visit the school during the December holiday. For more information about their project and suggestions for donations, please click on the link below.


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Posted Friday, Nov 30, 2018 4:37:00 PM

Seesaw Information Meeting

On Wednesday, December 5th, the Primary School will host an information session for Seesaw. The meeting will start at 18:00 in the Lars Ask auditorium. Come to find out what Seesaw is, how it works, and how to get connected to your child's class via the Seesaw Family app. Bring your phone or other devices that you may use, and any questions you have. Click on the link below for a Power Point preview of the app.


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Posted Friday, Nov 30, 2018 12:11:00 PM

Seesaw - 5 December, 6 pm

On Wednesday December 5, the Primary School will host an information session for Seesaw. We will start in Lars Ask at 6:00pm. Come to find out what Seesaw is, how it works, and how to get connected to your student's class via the Seesaw Family app. Bring your phone or other devices that you may use, and any questions you have. We will try to answer them all.


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Posted Thursday, Nov 29, 2018 4:08:00 PM

PY6 update

This week in PY6, we finished up our unit of inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves, with written reflections of the Trade Fair, a group discussion and work in math with excel spreadsheets.

We have started tuning in to our new unit, How the World Works.

Our central idea is: Chemical reactions create permanent and temporary changes in matter.
Lines of inquiry:
* The nature of chemical reactions and changes
* The manipulation of chemical changes for specific purposes
* The impact of human instigated chemical changes on society and the environment

We watched an "elephant toothpaste" demonstration video, recorded our wonderings, explored the periodic table, and began unpacking the central idea.

Our assembly date has been postponed. The next Primary Assembly will be Friday, December 14th with Suzanne and Mae leading the assembly and PY3 as the featured class.

Our PYP Exhibition parent information meeting will be Tuesday, February 26th at 4:00pm.

This will be my last blog post on this space as we are now using Seesaw to share and communicate with families. Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning and I'll also use Seesaw to send you updates. If you have not yet signed up, please see my email and letter sent this week for instructions on how to sign up.

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 12:39:20 PM

We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY5 will be representing the colour indigo. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any indigo clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).

Students have also been allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed. They should all know what they are and have all been given their own copy of the script and song lyrics.

We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.

Sa.sommerschield@skagerak.org

Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 12:38:02 PM

We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY4 will be representing the colour blue. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any blue clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).

Students have also been allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed. They should all know what they are and have all been given their own copy of the script and song lyrics.

We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.

Sa.sommerschield@skagerak.org

Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 12:36:59 PM

We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY3 will be representing the colour green. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any green clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).

Students have also been allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed. They should all know what they are and have all been given their own copy of the script and song lyrics.

We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.

Sa.sommerschield@skagerak.org


Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 12:36:08 PM

We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY2 will be representing the colour yellow. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any yellow clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).

Students have also been allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed. They should all know what they are and have been busy practicing the songs and lines.

We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.

Sa.sommerschield@skagerak.org

Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 12:35:08 PM

We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY1 will be representing the colour orange. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any orange clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).

Students have also been allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed. They should all know what they are and have been busy practicing the songs and lines.

We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.

Sa.sommerschield@skagerak.org

Many thanks,
Miss Sommerschield

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Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 1:52:00 PM

Last week

We started our Unit of Inquiry lesson about Celebration, by asking the children if they knew anything about Thanksgiving. One child said 'When you give something to someone, they get happy' and another said that 'he had heard about Thanksgiving before, but he could not remember what it was'.

Then I read story The First Thanksgiving about how the pilgrims traveled by boat across the ocean, searching for a new homeland and how the native Americans helped them to survive their first winter. The pilgrims were so thankful that they prepared a big feast for them.

Afterwards, each child took turns holding Mr Cheese, and they had to tell him what they were thankful for. The children answers were written on a paper feather, which we hung up on our wall next to our paper turkey.

For Thanksgiving, we made pumpkin casserole and muffins and bought grilled chicken from Meny. Thank you, Martha "Cecilia's mum" for helping us on that day. The children ate and seemed to have a wonderful time. On the same day, we celebrated Raphael's 5th years birthday with popcorn.

Friday, we were outside for two hours, first playing on the small pitch and then we went for a walk. Back inside, K4 and K5 played together with an obstacle course.

This week

Unit

We are going to reflect on what we have been working with during our Celebration unit.

Language

We will introduce the letter R r . We will learn to sing the song See my puppy rip the rag and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lowercase R r.

Math

We will continue working with shape and space.

Seesaw

I will be finishing up our class blog on the school website this week. Communication will now be done through the Seesaw app. A letter will be sent out on how to download the app. You will be able to access the blog and your child's portfolio through the Seesaw app. I am new to Seesaw, so please be patient as I learn how to navigate and sort through any problems with this new platform.


Wishing you a wonderful week.

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Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

In the classroom

Last week for math we reviewed place value with base 10 blocks. We represented 2 digits and 3 digit numbers with base 10 blocks. For language we have been working on editing our stories. This week we will be working on the final copy of our narrative writing. We will be finishing up with our story unit this week.

Guest Storyteller

Thank you to Mr Winander for coming into our classroom last week and being our guest storyteller. The students listened to a story read aloud in Swedish. Afterwards the students shared what they understood about the story. The students were able to pick up many parts of the story and were pleasantly surprised that they were able to understand some Swedish.

Sharing

This week's sharing students are André, Max W, Max A and K.L.

Seesaw

I will be finishing up our class blog on the school website this week. Communication will now be done through the Seesaw app. A letter will be sent out on how to download the app. You will be able to access the blog and your child's portfolio through the Seesaw app. I am new to Seesaw, so please be patient as I learn how to navigate and sort through any problems with this new platform.

Reminders

Please make sure your child has indoor shoes and appropriate winter clothing for school. Some students are still without indoor shoes. Thank you.

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Posted Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Rainbow Winter Performance

We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY6 will be representing the colour violet. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any violet clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).

Students have been, or will be, allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed.

We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.

Sa.sommerschield@skagerak.org

Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield


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Posted Monday, Nov 19, 2018 11:31:00 PM

Unit of Inquiry

Transdiciplinary Theme

  • How The World Works

Central Idea

  • Humans use their understanding of physical laws to tools and machines.

Lines of Inquiry

  • The relationship between force and motion
  • Forces used in simple machines
  • Energy transfer in simple machines

Concepts

  • Function
  • Change
  • Causation

Everyone has been busy working on their summative assessment projects.I have seen a lot of creative machine ideas in the classroom.Needless to say, the classroom is a bit of a mess with a clutter of toilet paper rolls, boxes, tubes, card board, etc.Your child might be looking for some interesting items at home to use on their project and they are welcome to bring these things into school to create his/her invention.

Friday afternoon, November 23rd, between 14:00 and 15:00, you are welcome to pop into our Invention Convention, where the students will exhibit their creations and tell you all about them.


Field Trip

On Tuesday, November 27th we will be traveling to Porsgrunn to DuVerden Science Center where we will attend a workshop and enjoy their exhibition based on our simple machines unit. We will take the train at 9:15 and return by train at 2:45. I am hoping that all students can be dropped off at the train station and collected from there after school.If not, I will be happy to help find transportation to and from the train station for those who cannot do it.Please let me know if it is a problem for you by sending me an e-mail.

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Posted Monday, Nov 19, 2018 3:40:00 PM

Last week

The children continued with role play of Diwali using the stage and masks. We also learned about shapes: K5 children counted the sides, looked at equal short and long sides, and had to find rectangular and square shapes in the classroom. K4 children made a mobile of shapes: circle, square and triangle. They also went for a shape hunt around kindergarten. On Friday, the children first tasted different types of eggs - eating a lot! - before we went to the park nearby.

Next week

Unit

For our unit of celebration, we will learn about American Thanksgiving, how and why it is celebrated. We will have fun activities connected to the tradition and on Thursday, make a feast which the children will help us prepare.

Language

We will introduce the letter H h . We will learn to sing the song I like to hop and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case H h.

Math

We will continue working with shape and space. For K5 there is homework from Mathletics.

Have a great week.

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Posted Monday, Nov 19, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The students complete the first stage of their castle drawing for art with Ms Syvertsen.

In the class

For language we will continue to work on our story writing through revising and editing our work. The students have been learning about adjectives and this week will do some character trait work in class. Please remember that students will only be issued new readers once the old one has been returned. In Math we have been continuing to work on our addition and subtraction strategies in class.

Guest Storyteller

This week Max's dad Niklas will come in to be our guest story teller. He will read a story from Sweden to the students.

Sharing

Eva H, Jakub, Mia and Isabela

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Posted Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 9:49:23 PM

Unit of Inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves

Central idea: Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

An inquiry into:

*The role of supply and demand
*The distribution of goods and services
*Our responsibility as consumers

Students have been working hard all week to complete their Trade Fair business plans, calculate costs and potential profits, and create advertisements. We saw an emphasis on mathematics towards the end of the week as the groups finished their business plans and worked on setting prices for their products based on the cost per item. Some groups have shopped together for materials and began creating their product.

During the week, we took time to focus on social skills as there is quite a lot of group work and negotiating involved while planning for the Trade Fair. The students had a chance to consider a list of social skills and rank them according to importance for the Trade Fair activiities. We shared out their lists and compiled what they found to be the top five most important social skills for this unit:

  • Be respectful to others
  • Learn cooperatively in a group: being courteous, sharing, taking turns
  • Help others to succeed
  • Make fair and equitable decisions
  • Practice empathy and care for others


We discussed strategies for working in groups and solving conflicts during the different activities in preparation for the Trade Fair. Overall, the experience has been positive with a lot of excitement and enthusiam building as we prepare for the Trade Fair on Wednesday morning 9:30-10:45am in the PY6 classroom.

We also enjoyed a fantastic concert on Tuesday as part of the cultural backpack program.

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Posted Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 3:29:01 PM

This week in PY1...

We had a great tour of the Norwegian Mining Museum and Silver Mine in Kongsberg. All of our wonderings and puzzles about metal (where it comes from, how it is made and how it is used) were answered.

It was quite an adventure taking the train deep down into the mine, wearing our hard hats and listening to our tour guide Eric's stories about mining in years gone by.

Thank you to Katheryn, Hazel, Grace and Ms. Carol for accompanying us and helping out. We appreciate it!

Seesaw

This will be my last blog post on the school website. From next week communication will be done via the Seesaw app. Please read the email or letter I sent home last week, download the app and take a look at your child's online journal. We will be adding new work to the folders every week, sending out family messages and posting regular blog updates. I am new to Seesaw, so this will be a learning process for me, as well as for you and your child. Please bear with me as I work through any blips.

Scholastic Book Orders

Friday November 16th is the deadline for Scholastic Book orders.

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 10:26:55 AM

Mobile Phones

A friendly reminder that the Skagerak Primary School has a policy with student mobile phones:

If a student is bringing a mobile phone to school in grades PY1-6, it is for emergency or after school communication purposes, and it is to be kept in the students school bag for the duration of the day.

Mobile phones should not be used or heard during school time without teacher approval during approved times.

Inappropriate student use of phones, including cameras on the phones, will result in short-term confiscation until the end of the day.

Unfortunately, we have had some recent incidents with misuse of mobile phones during the school day and would appreciate parental support with this. As always, please contact the school at any time should you have any questions or concerns.

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Posted Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 12:00:00 PM

In the class

For language we have been exploring nouns in class. Please continue to work on your child's individually assigned sight words that were sent home. This week the students will bring home a sight word and fluency phrase booklet to practice with. Please have your child read booklet one with you and return to the school the following Monday. We have also been reviewing and editing our stories for writing. For reading we been comparing and contrasting fairytales through a Venn diagram.

Please make sure to return old readers for new ones. For math the students have been revisiting number stories and exploring the turn -around rule for addition and subtraction. We have also been using dominos to help us explore this rule.

PY2 Storyteller

Thank you Martha (Andreas' mum) for coming in and being our PY2 storyteller! We have Ms Helgesen coming in next to read to the class.

Book order

Scholastic book catalogues have been sent home, please return order form and money to the class. Thank you.

Sharing

Xavier, Oscar, Andres and Sofie

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Posted Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 11:00:17 AM

Last week

Since it was Diwali, each group was asked if they had heard the word 'celebration'. They all came up with good answers such as: we eat cake, we can celebrate birthdays, I celebrate Ramadan, I celebrate Christmas, we get gifts, we are happy, on 17 of May Norway has birthday and it is my brother's birthday.

Then I told the children that Saurav is from India and celebrates Diwali. We talked about what kind of holiday we celebrate at home, how people celebrate Diwali and why. Both K4 and K5 heard the story about Rama and Sita. They all were fascinated - each child chose a character and made a mask. We also watched a film of the story and the children staged a role play using the masks. Each child coloured a Rangoli pattern and saw how people in India decorate their home with Rangoli patterns.

Our letter of the week was C c and K k. K4 painted the letters on the paper and K5 wrote the letters in their language book.

This week

Unit

We will continue to inquire celebrations, looking into Diwali traditions, reading books, listening to music and talk about what we do at home when we celebrate a holiday.

Language

This week we will introduce the letter E e. We will learn to sing the song Eggs in the Pan and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case E e. On Friday during our snack time, we will eat fried eggs, cooked eggs and scrambled eggs. Then we will make a chart with tally marks, telling about our likes and dislikes.

Math

We will start to work with shape and space. For K5 there is homework from Mathletics.


Wishing you a great week.

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Posted Monday, Nov 12, 2018 9:30:00 AM

PY4 Update: Week 46

This week the school will be transitioning to a new communications platform to facilitate better and simpler connection with families. This new system is called Seesaw, and will be used to share ongoing classroom updates. It will replace our current blog. It will also replace the binder version of your child´s portfolio, providing real-time digital access to their projects. We will be sharing information (via email and hard copy) about how to access this new system. Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance. We hope you Seesaw makes communication more streamlined.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

Sharing the Planet

People´s choices can help sustain the Earth´s resources.

  • What are finite and infinite resources.
  • How are the Earth´s resources used.
  • What are the consequences of our choices on the Earth´s resources.

We focused on our second line of inquiry: How are Earth's resources used. With the assistance of Ms Burke, DP teacher and a masters graduate in environmental, students learnt how natural resources are used to make manmade items. Over the next couple of weeks, students will be working on an individual project to track the materials used to make their favourite and most important everyday item.

MATHS

Our maths lessons continue to focus on strategies to help students with addition and subtraction, and pattern and function.

LANGUAGE

We continued to focus on the elements of paragraph writing and identifying the main idea when reading. We will continue to focus on various strategies to advance our writing and reading. Congrats to those students who submitted the Lorax assignment last week. We hope you had some interesting family discussions about deforestation and the need to protect our natural resources.This list of books that encourage young activists may prove to be good inspiration as you continue family discussions about saving the Earth,

HOMEWORK

  • November book report, due 30-Nov
  • Read 20 minutes each day
  • Complete Mathletics exercises
  • Complete Spellcity exercises

DIWALI

A big thank you to Sam for sharing a little information about his Diwali celebration and sharing some delicious food with us.


NOTICES

  • Please continue to collect bottle and jam lids for our recycling art project, which we will be working on shortly.

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Posted Friday, Nov 9, 2018 12:06:00 AM

Unit of Inquiry and Mathematics

This week in PY6, students have continued their inquiry into economic systems. We had a fantastic talk by Ms. Helgesen exploring the responsibilities of companies: economic, legal, ethical, and discretionary. Students participated in an activity, Laying It On The Line, which prompted some debate about whether or not business people are ethical people. Students also had the opportunity to find out about and compile lists of companies that are socially responsible vs. socially irresponsible.


They have started brainstorming product and service ideas for a PY6 Trade Fair. Ideas in progress are posted on the padlet below.


Made with Padlet

We have seen a lot of enthusiasm from the students while planning their products and services for the Trade Fair. Some have started working on logos and menus using graphic design programs. Each student has a Trade Fair Business Plan to help guide them through the process.

Today we incorporated the mathematics of the planning and focused on costs, sales and profits. Using a cupcake example, students are practicing how to calculate cost per unit, determine an appropriate selling price, and estimate profits. They are using fractions, decimals and long division in their calculations. The next step is to use these skills in the planning of their own products. Some students may ask to accompany you to the grocery store this weekend for price checking or get together with their group.


Language

We have started Literature Circles! Each group has chosen a book to read together. They also choose job tasks to complete during the week and meet on Thursdays for Book Talk to share their work, ideas and questions.

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Posted Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 5:12:00 PM

Thanks for a great week, PY3!


We learned about Indian culture and the celebration Diwali. We also enjoyed some delicious treats courtesy of Kanishk and Dhyaan and their parents. Thanks!

Basketball has become a very popular sport in PY3 and it is great team sport for building classroom community. Today we enjoyed a lesson from former PE teacher and coach, Mr. Jeff, the MYP science teacher. Thanks for teaching us the proper technique, Mr. Jeff!

We ended the week talking about gratitude and the harvest/thanks-giving celebrations in North America. We made an autumn craft and a tasted to some tradition treats- pumpkin pie and punch. Ms. Leslie (Cameron's mom) and Peter (Ignacy's dad) came in to help. Thank you for that!

We have so much to be thankful for! Today and every day!

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 3:41:28 PM

This Week in PY1...

PY1 learned how materials can be changed. We made oobleck (a magical material which changes from liquid to solid when pressure is applied) by mixing water and cornstarch. We set up an experiment to grow sugar crystals; made felt balls from green soap and wool roving; and created sculptures by bending and shaping metal wire.

We are all delighted to have completed our review of alphabet sounds and symbols this week. In Math we continued to work on addition. The children were introduced to the "counting on" strategy.

Scholastic Book Order

On Tuesday I sent home forms for ordering books from Scholastic. This is a great opportunity to purchase English language books for a reasonable price. More details about ordering can be found in the letter sent out by Ms B, our school librarian.

Show and Tell

Starting next week, PY1 children can bring items to share during our Friday morning meeting. Your child may bring toys, books or treasures to show and share with their classmates. They may also choose not to bring anything. On other days of the week we will continue to operate a strict "no toys" policy.

Important Dates

Friday, 9th November- School closed, Teacher planning day.

Tuesday, 13th November- PY1-PY6 will attend a concert in the High School. You can find more information here: http://vestfold.ksys.no/produksjon/1148188

Wednesday 14th November- Field trip to Konsberg Silvermine. We will depart at 8:55 so please arrive at school in good time.

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Posted Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 12:17:37 PM

Last week

During our snack time some of the children started to talk about the moon, wondering what was inside it and where moonlight comes from. Since we had so many questions, I thought it was a good idea to invite our guest speaker Mr Shyam Venkatraman to show the children his 3D program. Everyone was so excited and fascinated to see what the earth, moon and sun looks like. They also saw how the moon orbits around the earth and reflects the light from the sun.

Since our letter of the week was N n, we made healthy nut bar snack with honey and seeds. Some of the children liked it and some had the courage to taste it.

This week

Unit

For our unit of celebration, we will learn about Diwali, how people celebrate and why they celebrate it. We will do fun activities and recognise the tradition.

Language

Now that we have been through the first letters set of the Jolly phonics (S, a, t, p, i, n) we will use this week to read words like: sat , ant , pat, tip, pin, nip , at, sin, pit, pan, tap, nap, it

This week we will introduce two letters, since they have the same sound. We call C for curly C and K for kicking K.

We will learn to sing the song We are Clicking Castanets and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case C c and K k.

Math

We will continue working with numbers, for K5 there is homework from Mathletics.

Please note on Friday 9 November, Kindergarten will be closed due to Development Day for teachers.


Have a great week.

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Posted Monday, Nov 5, 2018 9:49:42 PM

Unit of Inquiry

Transdiciplinary Theme

How The World Works

Central Idea

Humans use their understanding of physical laws to tools and machines.

Lines of Inquiry

The relationship between force and motion

Forces used in simple machines

Energy transfer in simple machines

Concepts

  • Function
  • Change
  • Causation

Last week students worked in groups to create pulleys and test the height they could go and the weight they could carry.Everyone seemed to enjoy this task and worked well together in their creative machine making.

This week students will compete in a marble run challenge.Each student is involved in working with a group that can create a marble run using the design cycle.Today they were in the planning stage with their group, illustrating and testing materials.

At the end of this week students will be given a planning booklet to help them with their final summative assessment project for this unit. They will have two weeks to complete the project.Please encourage your child to go through his/her planning booklet and plan and record data for their final unit project.

Special Visitor

A special thank you to Thor Sunde, Johan's grandfather, for coming into class and giving an excellent presentation to the students about the historical whaling conflict in Sandefjord. The class remained mesmerized throughout his presentation, as he showed fantastic photos and told many interesting stories about the historical events that occurred where we are all living today.

Next week (November 12-16)

My husband's surgery has been scheduled and I will be spending the week in Oslo to help him through this difficult time.There will be a substitute with the class for the week with plans that I will be leaving.

Field Trip

We will be traveling to Porsgrunn to DuVerden Science Center where we will attend a workshop and enjoy their exhibition based on our simple machines unit.A permission slip and further information will be coming soon.

Spelling and Homework

Students are receiving homework on Monday and new spelling words on Tuesday.I have been reminding them that they need their spelling folders at school on Tuesday but some are having difficulty managing both Monday and Tuesday for folders.I have found that it works best to have a spelling lesson on Tuesday afternoon so I will continue to encourage them to bring in the spelling notebooks every Tuesday.

Items for machine building

Thank you for all of the items that have come in for machine building in our unit.We are still in need of various items.Particularly helpful are toilet paper rolls and kitchen paper rolls.Pringles cans and other tube-like items are very useful.Please feel free to send these items in at any time.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Congratulations to PY5 for taking second place in the Primary School pumpkin carving contest!

In Service Day

This Friday, November 9th, is a teacher in service day.There will be no school for all students.


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Posted Monday, Nov 5, 2018 1:00:00 PM

In the class

For language we are working on narrative writing. We have been looking at the different elements that makes up a story. Some of the students were very enthusiastic about reading their stories at last week's assembly. The students have been exploring the writing process in class. We will continue to revise and edit our work this week. For math we will continue to review near- doubles strategy and the turn around rule for addition this week.

For our unit, we will be having Andreas' mum come into our classroom as our guest storyteller this week! She will be reading a story from Columbia. We look forward to listening to her read to us. If you would like to come in and read a story to the students, please contact me by email to find a suitable day and time. We would love to have to come in and be our PY2 storyteller!

The students have been bringing in their favourite story to share with the class. We have set up a book table for all the PY2s to display their favourite books. Please help your child to find a favourite book to share. We would like to keep the books in class for part of our unit.

Sharing this week

Jacqueline, Walter, Eva M and Christian

Clothing

Please make sure that your child has a set of indoor shoes and the appropriate clothing for this cold weather. Some students were without rain clothes last week. Thank you.

Reminders

P.D. day for teachers on Friday. There will be no classes.

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Posted Monday, Nov 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

PY4 Update: Week 44

To help students achieve their personal goals they set for themselves prior to the student-led conferences, we have developed a display, highlighting each student´s goal. As students progress and get closer to achieving their goal, they will move up on the display. We hope this display will motivate students. Many students have made great progress already. Great work! Please talk to your child about their goals and review their progress with them. Such a discussion will offer additional inspiration, helping them to take ownership of their learning.


UNIT OF INQUIRY

Sharing the Planet

People´s choices can help sustain the Earth´s resources.

  • What are finite and infinite resources.
  • How are the Earth´s resources used.
  • What are the consequences of our choices on the Earth´s resources.

Last week we had a guest speaker visit and share their knowledge and expertise about global warming. Using what we learnt in previous lessons about cause and effect, students made the connection between human behaviour and severe weather. Exposed to extreme heat this summer here in Norway and across Europe during travels, students experienced the effects of global warming first-hand. Continuing our discussions about cause and effect, we discussed how the use of mimicry can solve problems related to the environment. We looked at the Dung Beetle Project, which emulates the dung beetle to clean up beaches. The class was fascinated by this concept! Be sure to ask them about it.


This week we will be focusing on our second line of inquiry: How are Earth's resources used. Ms Burke (DP Teacher) will be visiting PY4 throughout the week to share her expertise in this area. Students will be examining different everyday items and tracing them back to their original source.


MATHS

Our maths lessons continue to focus on strategies to help students with addition and subtraction, and pattern and function. Please ask your child about these strategies and help them apply them in everyday life, such as shopping for groceries. Several students transitioned to the next level in basic facts. Congratulations! Again, please remind your student that they should only be competing with themselves, and not comparing their level with their peers. Instead, students should focus on trying to improve their weekly score.

LANGUAGE

We continued to focus on the elements of paragraph writing. We will maintain our efforts in this area and apply those components during our writing this week. In reading, we continued to develop our inferencing skills and began to develop main idea strategies. We will continue to focus on such strategies as they help develop reading capabilities. Kudos to those students who completed their book report. Another one was assigned today, due at the end of November. Book reports help develop both reading and writing capabilities. To further foster language skills at home, you may want to consider Postcrossing, a project that allows you to send and receive postcards back from random people from around the world. A fun way to fill your postbox with something other than bills, while progressing learning!

HOMEWORK

  • Read the book (or watch the movie) The Lorax and answer these questions, due 05-Nov
  • November book report, due 30-Nov
  • Read 20 minutes each day
  • Complete Mathletics exercises
  • Complete Spellcity exercises

NOTICES

  • Professional development for staff on 09-Nov, no classes for students
  • Continue to collect bottle and jam caps for our recycling art project
  • Epic! online reading app class code: Adw9290

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    • WedDec19 High school prom
    • WedDec19 Last day of school in December

      School ends at 12 o'clock. No SFO

    • ThuDec20 December holiday

      school closed 20 December to 4 January


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