Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Sunday, 7 February 2016


Dear Parents

Welcome back after the short but well deserved holiday. I need to communicate three important matters to you all.

Firstly, could all parents have their children screened for head lice before coming to school tomorrow please, there has been another outbreak. The sooner children are treated, the sooner they can come back to school. 

Secondly, kindly remember to take time to read your child's school report and discuss their progress with them. The envelopes were placed in the homework bags prior to the holiday.

Thirdly, as you know the timetable for primary school has changed. The biggest difference for KGD is the P.E. days. These have shifted to Wednesday in both week A and B and also a Thursday in week B. Swimming starts for the boys this week. Some parents may have been told that there will not be swimming this week, however, this information is incorrect and is meant for next week. So, to be clear this week swimming for the boys, P.E. for the girls and next week there will be no swimming or P.E. on both Wednesday and Thursday due to the Primary and ECE sports days. A catch up day will be arranged soon and I will inform parents on which day this will be.

Today we officially reached the midway mark in our calendar. We have been at school for 90 days!!! Half of the academic year is done. I wish all the students and parents well in the second half of the journey. May it be as enjoyable, rewarding and even more successful than the first.

Kind Regards
Ms. Jody

Thursday, 4 February 2016

WEEK 17 and 18, 17 - 29 January 2016

Dear Parents

Happy holidays everyone! I hope that you are all having a restful time. The children have had a very busy two weeks prior to breaking up for the February holiday. They have been so engrossed in the UoI “How the World Works”, focusing on materials. We set up a ‘woodwork’ area just outside our door leading onto the garden as a follow up of our visit to the DT room in senior school. Many children have become experts at banging nails into wood. Not only was this good at developing hand eye coordination, but one could see the thought processes in action as each child tried to solve the problem of keeping the nail upright and hitting the nail into the wood. It was lovely to see how some children collaborated with others to ensure success. These moments allow for rich social interactions and deepen children’s relationships.

After exploring ways of playing with the long cardboard rolls, some of the tubes started to unravel. At first we all thought of the tubes as broken and ready for the bin, but it provided an opportunity to get creative. The children liked the spiral effect that had evolved. We decided to incorporate our Math strands, by asking the children to decorate the ‘tubes’ by creating a pattern. Painting the tubes turned out to be more challenging than anticipated, due to the shape curling up all the time. The children found a variety of different strategies to solve their problems whilst applying paint on the tube. Once they were done they could enhance the patterns with sparkly bits and bobs. We are still trying to find a good way to display these efforts. This project took just over two weeks to complete.

In addition to this the children explored different ways of combining different materials together to make new materials where the process could not be reversed. One was baking the delicious oatmeal and coconut biscuits.

Recipe – to make for one child
2 heaped black spoons of oats (25 ml)
1 heaped black spoon of flour  (12.5 ml)
1 heaped black spoon of sugar (12.5 ml)
1 heaped black spoon of coconut (12.5 ml)
2 flat black spoons of butter (18.75 ml)
1 very small scoop of honey (1.25 ml)
1 pinch of bicarbonate of soda

Mix everything together very well. Pack tightly into molds and bake at 180C for about 15 minutes.

They also had fun with glue and discovered that by adding food coloring they could change the color without changing the property of the glue. They made glue shapes and designs by squeezing and drizzling it on to pieces of Perspex that we got from the DT room. They discovered that these designs could be pulled off like a second skin once dry and they stuck these to the window in the classroom. Some children noticed that one side was smooth and shiny, while the other side was dull and a bit bumpy. One or two very observant children also noticed that it was the smooth side that adhered to the window more easily! 

This past week the children have been learning how to make paper. For about two weeks they have been tearing, cutting and shredding used paper into small pieces, which was good for fine motor development. We noticed a lot of mathematic language comparing size, coming through in the children’s conversations about what they considered too big or too long for the purpose.  Once enough small pieces had been collected the shreds were soaked in water for about three days. The children were encouraged to play with the pulp breaking it up still further. Again this provided an ideal opportunity for language development. On Wednesday morning we added some green food coloring and added some dried petals we’d been collecting to enhance the look of the homemade paper.

Turning the paper into pulp by pulling, squishing and squeezing the small pieces of paper as it soaks in the water.

First the children had to dip the frame into the water to catch the pulp on the wire mesh.
Then they had to shake as much water out of the pulp.

The next step was to release the mesh frame by pulling the velcro strips open.
The next step was to remove the frame and the mesh with the paper pulp resting on top.
Afterwards the mesh and pulp were turned upside down onto felt sheets that are super absorbent and they had to use a sponge to absorb (soak up) as much water as possible, leaving the mesh on top so as not to disturb the pulp. Then they had to squeeze the excess water back into the pulp basin.
The final step was to remove the wire mesh, leave the pulp and the felt sheet and put it on the drying rack and wait for a day or two for the sheets to dry!

We also tried bending and twisting wire. This proved to be very challenging. Some children persevered and managed to manipulate the material while others opted to work with pipe cleaners that were far easier and not to mention softer on the hands to work with!
Creating pictures with 'wikki' sticks.
The children discovered the flexible and sticky property of wool covered in wax and got very creative.

Ms. Lesley and I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday February 7th and to hear the children’s holiday news.

Kind Regards
Ms. Jody

 P.S. I came across a good site for practicing and reinforcing letter names, letter sounds and letter formation. 

At first glance it looks very simple, as if the alphabet is just being read to the child. However, if one clicks on an individual letter, a new window pops open and the learner is shown how to form the letter correctly, if one wishes to see the movement again, just click on the pencil icon at the bottom of the page. Encourage your child to trace over the letter using their pointing finger so that the action becomes automatic. Click on the ear to hear the sound that the letter makes, do this several times and encourage your child to repeat the sound too. Click on the speaker to hear the letter name. Say the word in the picture. Try the next letter. Happy learning. 

Click on the link below.

Letter names, sounds and formation

Thursday, 14 January 2016

WEEK 16, 9 - 14 January 2016

Dear KGD Parents

What a lovely and busy week we've had in KGD! As part of the Unit of Inquiry (UoI), How the World Works we have been inquiring into different materials and their properties. On Sunday afternoon we went up to the senior school to visit the D&T room. We were greeted by Mr. Anthony Mar, who welcomed us into the woodwork room. A table full of 'treasure' lay before us. The children had a time to explore the different tools and different materials. Many questions were asked and the children ended up the session by sorting the materials into different categories. Next week we plan to sort by properties, such as hard and smooth, rigid and bendy, transparent and opaque,etc. The children can't wait to get their hands on the wood to try and hammer in a few nails themselves. 

In the room with Mr. Mar we have our eyes on the speaker and we're listening in anticipation of the new information.
Why are there headphones in the D&T room? 
Feeling the sharp, rough edges of the saw.
Exploring the materials.
Trying to figure out how the drill works.
Wondering about objects.
Sorting into categories.
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During the week the children played and experimented with sawdust and created patterns using cardboard scraps, wooden sticks and sawdust.

Using their senses to explore sawdust. The patterning designs will be on display outside our classroom. Feel free to visit and have a look at what the children have made.
Today we made some slime in class. We were mixing dry and wet materials to see how they react with one another. We used two bowls. In one we mixed a teaspoon of borax and a cup of water. (the children had to stir until the 'powder' disappeared in the water.
In another bowl we mixed half a cup of white project glue, half a cup of water and 6 drops of food colouring. When the solution was thoroughly mixed the water and borax solution was added to the glue solution. The children started off by stirring the two solutions together and then had to work the mixture with their hands to get it all to blend together. Many children pulled the strangest faces when they submerged their hands into the gooey mixture, but they soon got used to the idea. It was loud and very busy, but what was most impressive was that everyone joined in and some children started to teach other children what to do; showing their understanding of the process. We, Ms Leslie and I are so proud of these wonderful children we get to share each day with.

Thank you to all the parents for their wonderful support today for their kind donations towards the Educate a child project. 
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with your family.
Kind Regards
Ms Jody

حصص السباحة لصفوف التمهيدي تبدأ بعد إجازة شهر فبراير

أولياء الأمور الأعزاء ،

كجزء من برنامج التربية البدنية في أكاديمية قطر، فإننا نود إعلامكم أن  ابنكم / ابنتكم  سوف يبدأ حصص السباحة ابتداءاً بعد العطلة القادمة.
ستستمر الحصص من تاريخ 7 فبراير إلى 17 مارس بالنسبة للاولاد ومن تاريخ 20 مارس إلى 5 مايو بالنسبة للبنات. ستستمر حصص الرياضة للبنات قبل الفترة المذكورة وحصص الرياضة للاولاد بعد الفترة المذكورة.
السباحة هي جزء مهم من منهج أكاديمية قطر ومشاركة الطلاب إلزامية، في حال وجود مانع طبي، يجب إحضار ورقة من الطبيب لكي يُعفى الطالب من المشاركة.
سوف تشمل حصص السباحة على مجموعة واسعة من الأنشطة  مثل تطوير مهارات السلامة المائية والتي تشمل  الألعاب الترفيهية وتعزيز مهارات السباحة. 
نحن في أكاديمية قطر محظوظون جداً بوجود مسابح مائية مزودة  بأرقى المعاير والمواصفات والتي تشمل :
1.    مسبح داخلي دافئ, حرارة المياه تصل إلى 32 درجة (تقريبا درجة حرارة حوض الاستحمام) والهواء 26 درجة.
2.    بركة التدريب بعمق 0,5 متر تقريبا إلى متر كحد أقصى بحيث يتمكن جميع الأطفال من لمس أرضية المسبح.
3.    معلمين ومنقذين مؤهلين.
4.    غرف تغيير ملابس كبيرة وحمامات.
يتوجب على طفلكم إحضار مايلي إلى حصة السباحة :
-        ملابس السباحة  (متوفرة  في أي متجر للملابس الرياضية) .
-        حذاء بلاستيكي.
-        منشفة.
-        قبعة السباحة.
-        حقيبة (لوضع المنشفة وملابس السباحة).

ملاحظة: يجب إرتداء القبعة للبنات ذوات الشعر الطويل.

  شكرا لكم،
المعلمة بيكي والمعلمة فال
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