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Posted 11/28/2018 12:35PM

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.

Many thanks,
Miss Sommerschield

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Posted 11/15/2018 03:29PM

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!


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 11/07/2018 03:41PM

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:

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 10/31/2018 02:21PM

This week in PY1...

PY1 had great fun finding out about crystals and diamonds from a witchy Ms. Carol. We also enjoyed visiting Mr. Mostafa in the High School Science laboratory where we learned about the three states of matter. Ms A brought us some treats to celebrate Halloween. Thank you all!

Please join us at the Assembly on Friday at 14:00. PY1 will be singing two songs about materials.

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Posted 10/25/2018 05:48PM

This Week in PY1..

The children have been working with different materials during morning play- creating art from cardboard, wool, wood and our forest finds.

In Mathematics the children wrote and solved addition and subtraction number stories. They played Rock, Scissors, Paper with a friend and recorded their results using a tally chart. We also had a fun game of bingo to practice recognition of number symbols 1-20. In Language we continued to review letter sounds and symbols; read every day; and write in our journals. We watched episodes of the CBeebies series, "Come Ouside" about materials- paper, wood, clay and wool.

Upcoming Adventures in PY1...

29th October- PY1 will viisit the HS Science Lab. where Mr. Mostafa (Salma's dad) will teach us about the three states of matter

31st October- Ms Carol will visit the classroom to answer our questions about rocks, crystals and diamonds

1st November- Parent Council Fantasy Night

2nd November Assembly- PY1 will sing a song

14th November- Trip to Kongsberg Silver Mine and Norwegian Mining Museum


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Posted 10/23/2018 10:29AM

Fantasy Night, November 1st

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Posted 10/19/2018 03:06PM

Thank you

Thank you for attending the Goal Setting Conferences this week. It was lovely to meet with you all. I will send home a copy of your child's goal and any supporting materials next week.

This week in PY1...

During morning play the children have been exploring different materials. I asked the children what they have learned.

*Magnets like metal, but not all metals (only iron) * Scissors and paperclips can be turned into magnets *Magnets have two poles; sometimes they stick together and sometimes they push apart * Materials can be natural or made in a factory (manufactured) *Making pictures from paper cuttings is called collage *There are different kinds of paper, some are bendy some are strong. Cardboard is strong. *Wood, leaves, flowers are natural materials.

On Thursday morning we visited the forest with our PY6 buddies to collect natural materials for an Autumn art project.

On Friday the children used a thinking routine- THINK, PUZZLE, EXPLORE to generate questions to drive their inquiry into materials. The class have many interesting questions and wonderings and have good suggestions for expert visitors; field trips and activities to support their learning. It looks like I will be busy organising some fun trips and visitors!

In Language we continued our review of letter symbols and sounds, working with the letters s, a, t, n, i, p, h, r, m, d, e, c, k, o, g, u, l, f and b. We practised reading and writing Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) words and some high frequency words.

In Math the children completed our counting unit. They learned how to organise and represent data using a tally chart and had opportunities to tell and solve simple counting stories involving addition and subtraction. Next week we will begin a unit about addition strategies.

Spirit Day

Next Thursday the Student Council will host a spirit day. We will decorate a pumpkin for a PYP class competition and the children can wear their house colours to earn extra points for their team.

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Posted 10/11/2018 03:00PM

This week in PY1...

It has been a very productive, busy week!

The children created a rather fabulous classroom agreement. We started with a discussion of the following questions:

What kind of classroom do you want PY1 to be? What helps you to learn? How can we make PY1 a great place for learning?

Here is what the children came up with:

We wrapped up our Who we are unit of inquiry with a discussion about one of the IBO Learner Profile attributes- CARING.

PY1 started a new unit of inquiry, How the World Works.

Central idea: Materials have different properties that influence how they are used and what they are used for.

Lines of inquiry:

  • behaviour and uses of materials
  • changing properties of materials
  • manipulation of materials for specific purposes

This is an engaging, hands-on unit with plenty of opportunities for the children to observe, question, create and experiment.

The children started the unit by closely examining an object, using all of their senses. They recorded words to describe their object and we added them to our materials word wall. They also worked in groups to sort objects according to the materials they are made from.

Can you help us gather resources for the unit? We need junk materials- old ribbons, buttons, plastic, wire, nuts and bolts, beads, paper flowers, pizza boxes, bubble wrap, corks, toilet rolls and old decorations. If you have any old items to share with us please send them into the PY1 classroom. We will put them to good use. Thank you!

I look forward to meeting with you all on Wednesday at the parent conferences. Please note: Your child should attend the meeting with you.

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Posted 10/09/2018 03:54PM

Student Council

Congratulations to Jakob, Jasper and Inara who were elected as the PY1 Student Council representatives. Way to go young leaders!

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Posted 09/28/2018 07:37PM

Fun in the Forest

Thank you to Jon, Tony, Lisa (and mum) for joining us for our day in the forest. We really appreciate your help! You were brilliant supervisors, fire lighting experts and very good company. Thank you!

Here are a few photographs of the children in action. (I included some photos from the classroom if I missed your child in the forest.)

Enjoy Autumn break!

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Posted 09/26/2018 05:04PM

Parent Conferences October 17th. Classes cancelled.

All classes (PY1-DP2) will be cancelled on Wednesday October 17th due to Parent Conferences that are scheduled for all three sections of the school – Primary, Middle and High School. In addition, SFO and after-school clubs are cancelled as well.

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Posted 09/20/2018 03:00PM

This Week in PY1

Friendship continued to be the focus of inquiry time. Students described a disagreement they have had with a friend; explained what it was about and whether they were able to resolve it peacefully.

We discussed the importance of not only apologising through our words, but also through our actions. We gathered our ideas together to create a "You break it...You Fix it..." classroom chart. The children had wonderful suggestions about how to "do" sorry rather than just to "say" sorry. Here are a few of their ideas:

PY1 children exploried shapes and colours in Math. We investigated the combinations of ways we could make a tower with four different coloured blocks. The children also practiced counting up and back on a number line by playing "Bunny Hop" and comparing numbers to 20 to play "Top It".

We continued our review of letter symbols and sounds focussing on the letters s, a, t, n, i, p, e, h and r. The children practised reading and writing CVC words using the letters we have learned.

Coming up in PY1

Wednesday 26th September- Visit the PY2 classroom to share what we have learned about friendship.

Friday 28th September - Forest Day with PY2. More details of this event will be sent by email shortly.

1st- 5th October- School closed for Høstferie

Friday 12th October- Trufilotten culture show at Framnes School

Wednesday 17th October- Parent conferences

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Posted 09/14/2018 12:54PM

P.E in PY1

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Posted 09/13/2018 07:05PM

This Week in PY1...

PY1 explored some important questions about friendship this week:

What is friendship? What does it look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like?

How can you change to be a better friend?

How do you try to be a good friend to others?

In Mathematics the children learned how to use a number line to play Monster Crunch. Students also worked together using string to create 2-D shapes.

In Language we reviewed the letters s,a,t,n,i,p,c, and k. We practised reading words made from these letters- as, sat, pan, pin, in, cat, sit, it, can, at. Reading workshop got off to a good start. PY1 children will receive new reading books every Tuesday and Thursday.

PY1 enjoy starting the day with PLAY!

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Posted 09/07/2018 05:03PM

This week in PY1...

PY1 children selected books for their reading boxes and learned procedures for quiet reading. The class are working on building up their reading muscles, by extending the number of minutes they read quietly every day. It's lovely to observe the chidren's enthusiasm and excitement for exploring books!

We reviewed the letter sounds for s,a,t,p and i and practised correct letter formation. The children wrote in their journals and shared their stories.

We played counting games in math and enjoyed our morning and afternoon play sessions.

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the curriculum evening this Thursday. I hoped you enjoyed learning a little more about our school and the PY1 classroom.

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Posted 08/31/2018 04:49PM

This Week in PY1

We started our Who We Are unit of inquiry by drawing pictures of the people in our lives. We sorted the drawings into categories and discussed what we noticed.

Jasper- "I think it looks like a neighbourhood."

Tomine- "There are lots of people."

Josephine- "I see my family."

Lewis- "There are lots of different people."

Dinis- "We know almost a million people!"

In Math we watched videos about how our brains grow and change and how mistakes are powerful. The children did activities with dot cards which allowed them to experience the different ways we see and visualize numbers.

In Language we practiced writing in our journals- thinking about what we wanted to write, drawing it, then writing words. We reviewed the letters s and a- brainstorming words beginning with s and a for a classroom chart; adding to our alphabet books; and practicing correct letter formation. We learned about the three ways we can read a book. 1.reading the pictures 2.reading the words 3.retelling the story.

The children also had a jolly time during morning and afternoon play- exploring the classroom materials, trying out the play equipment in the "big" playground; strengthening old friendships and forging new ones.

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Posted 08/26/2018 10:24PM

This week in PY1...

Our first unit of inquiry is: Who We Are.

Central idea: Relationships are affected by the actions we take and the choices we make.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Different types of relationships
  • Factors that contribute to maintaining healthy relationships
  • The consequences of our choices

During this unit the children will develop their understanding of different relationships. We will look into what connects us to the people in our lives. We will inquire into building and maintaining positive relationships with others. We will also apply and reflect upon strategies that can help to solve problems with peers.

Ideas being discussed at school, which you may like to discuss at home:

Who are the people in your life? What is the relationship you have with these people? What do you like to do with your friends/family? What does friendship look like? Feel like? Sound like? How can you be a good friend? What kinds of things make you feel happy? Sad? Angry? What makes you feel calm? How do you try to be a good friend to others?

Getting Started With Math...

Ms. Leys: Tell me about Math.

Jasper: "It's like this... Ten plus ten equals twenty. It's pluses and equals."

Lewis: "It's about numbers."

Jakob: "Math is special."

Emil F : "One multiplied by five is five."

Aronas: "Math makes you smart."

Josephine: "Twelve. Counting to twelve."

Celine: "Zero is Math."

Sverre: "Matematikk."

Last week PY1 went on a number hunt around the classroom and found numbers everywhere- on the clock, globe, calendar, bottles, books and birthday chart. We noticed that the dots on a dice show numbers too.

This week we will start our first number unit about counting. During this unit we will learn strategies for counting groups of objects, investigate the number line, compare numbers, organize data in a tally chart and create and solve simple number stories.

Also this week I will assess each child's language skills. The information gathered will inform future teaching/learning experiences, ensuring that each child's needs are met.

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Posted 08/21/2018 04:47PM

Skagerak Day Volunteers

Skagerak Day is September 2nd and the Parent Council Event Committee is looking for volunteers to provide baked goods, and to assist in the cafeteria and grilling station. Please click on the link below for more information.

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Posted 08/20/2018 07:22PM

First Day in PY1

We got off to a great start in PY1!

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Welcome to PY1

Tracey Leys

Contact teacher

Jeanett Clausen

Norwegian teacher

Sarah Sommerschield

Music teacher

Lucia Duin

PE teacher

Bente Syvertsen

Visual Art teacher

Eileen Abrahamsen
Classroom assistant

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