Important Notices Parent Teacher Conferences February 24th. The
be closed. Please send in your replies by Monday February
Field Trip to the Yakult Factory is scheduled for February 17th.
Look out for the permission slip this week.
Welcome to our new Reception 2 student Christopher Tey!
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Gross motor skills are important to develop during childhood. A
lot of our gross motor skills are learnt through play. Gross motor
skills are defined as the amount of control and coordination we
have over the large muscle movements that our bodies make. These
muscular movements include activities such as running, walk-ing,
jumping and maintaining balance.
There are many ways to help improve gross motor skill
Playing Simon Says and doing movements like jumping jacks,
hopping on one leg at a time and jumping with both feet. This will
get the child moving and using their muscles.
Ask your child to shadow or mimic your actions. This will not
only be fun for the child, but it also gets them moving around
while having fun!
Imitate different animals with your child: Jump like a kangaroo,
waddle like a penguin, crawl like a mouse, creep like a tiger,
gallop like a horse. Activities like this encourage children to
move their muscles in different ways from the way they normally
move when doing activities such as running or walking.
Activities like swimming, riding a bike or tricycle, skipping or
hopscotch help to increase muscle endurance and strength.
Playing catch! The larger the ball the easier it is so start
with something big like a beach ball. Also, try rolling a ball or
Walking on curbs and low barriers (sometimes found in parks)
improves balance and coordination. However, if your child is
walking on curbs, en-sure that it is in a safe environment!
Gross motor skill development is a fundamental part of growing
up. By developing gross motor skills, children are able to increase
their strength, endurance, coordi-nation and balance. This in turn
helps children with their self-care, social skills, handwriting,
postural stability, navigating through their environment safely,
and their daily routines and activities.
- By Sirida Johnston (Occupational Therapy Student)
Notes from Therapy: GROSS MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
game with our own
rules. Today, we went
on a field trip to Little
Newton and built our
own magnetic car!
Two special visitors
The past 2 weeks have
flown by in Reception
2. Our new IPC Inquiry
theme has really taken
off and the boys seem
to be having plenty of
fun. We have made
origami spinning tops,
played a life size board
game (that was almost
as big as our class), and
created our own board
Our Year One students have been experimenting, re-searching,
moulding, shuffling and robot-dancing over the past two weeks.
During Literacy, our bright students searched for adjec-tives in
Mem Foxs thought-inspiring & beautifully illus-trated book,
Feathers and Fools. The students loved the adjective phrases great
strength, clear blue lake and magnificent peacocks. We will be
writing and ed-iting our own stories over the next few weeks.
Mass, volume and picture graphs were the topics for
came by this week.
Ms. Fides and baby
Seven came to see us!
We have also finished
our math unit on
have begun classifica-
tion and sorting. We
are all quickly advanc-
ing with our reading
and writing so Mum's
and Dad's make sure
RECEPTION TWO , MS. ASHLEY S CLASS
Maths. We solved word prob-lems involving mass and lengths. We
also interpreted different data presented in picture graphs.
A great mix of pop music was heard from our classroom in between
classes to set the at-mosphere for brain breaks. We had some lively
dance show-downs during Brain Breaks. Some of our talented students
were shuffling and the others were robot dancing. It was a
YEAR ONE , MS. KATRINAS CLASS
to let them know how
proud you are of their
Have a restful and en-
We ended the week with a field trip to Little Newton. We turned
into car engineers as we connected the wiring and assembled the
plastic materials to create a super F1 race car! We also welcomed
Inigo Or-chard to our class this week. More fun and exciting
learning experiences await in the next few weeks as we design our
own inventions, write our own stories and solve mathematical
problems and puzzles.
great way to relax our brains and muscles and prepare for the
next class. For History, we brainstormed about the different
inventions created over the years. Using air-drying clay, each
student moulded the invention they think is the most important for
mankind. Their creations in-volved mostly inventions in the fields
of communication and transportation. We will be painting our
creations next week and we will also be writing about them as part
of cross-curricular link with Liter-acy. For Technology, our
stu-dents participated in con-ducting the experiment Potato Clock,
wherein we used pota-toes and lemons to power a digital clock.
Imagine that! Po-tatoes can actually be used as an electrochemical
cell. This cell can transform chemical energy to electric energy.
Wow! Potatoes are natures tastiest batteries!
RECEPTION TWO , MS. KARINAS CLASS
RECEPTION ONE , MS. GETTY S CLASS
tween toys and inven-tions. Great job, chil-dren!
We also welcomed a new student, Christo-pher Tey, into our
classroom this week. Welcome Christopher!
they felt about their toys. We have continued with our spelling
in the mornings and we have started practicing sentence writing as
well. Stu-dents are given words to start with and they form their
own sentences using those words. In Literacy, the students are
using finger spell and are read-ing assigned words (on the green
wall) at speed and with less strain. In Maths, we are continuing
everyone in the school next week. It was a great team
In Maths, the children had a shape hunt in and out of the school
and learnt to sort different shapes based on their features. They
did a fan-tastic job at spotting shapes around the school. In
Literacy, the children enjoyed reading My Dog Ned as the dog in the
story is very funny.
It has felt like a blast from the past these past few weeks. In
relation to the IPC unit Toys, we have been learning about
different toys from the olden days. We viewed pictures of toys made
during the era of our parents and grandparents. We noticed how
basic some toys were designed during those years compared to how
ad-vanced and high-tech toys are today. The kids also brought in
pictures of some of their own favourite toys from their child-hood.
They talked about them in the class and began to classi-fy the
different toys according to how they are made, purpose and the
materials used to make them. The students also wrote in their
journals to express how
The past two weeks we have been researching our new IPC theme
TOYS. The students have been busy browsing some websites to find
out more about their favourite toys. They used search engines and
typed in the keywords to find appro-priate sites. It was a great
way to learn spelling and to learn how to turn on and off the
laptops properly. The children also brain-stormed some questions
that they will use for their survey on favourite toys. They
collected the ques-tions and will create a class questionnaire
units of measurements, this time using our body parts as units.
We learned how to measure with our hand span, foot length and pace
(walk). We measured our body and its parts using these units and
also some objects around the room. We even used the
They learnt to read with expression and intona-tion and we
incorpo-rated a bit of role play into the lesson.
This week has ended with a great learning ex-perience at Little
New-ton. The children were so excited while enjoying hands-on
experiments in the learning centre. It was a great way to build a
mental connection be-
hallways, rooms and play-ground in school.
Ending the week, we went to Little Newton Learning Cen-tre for
our field trip. We had so much fun learning how to design our own
toys using simple materials and also trying to make our own toys
out of the designs we learned and created. Toys bring out the best
in everyone, children and adults alike! It has been a fun-filled
Every child deserves the right to be taught in the way he or she