Week 17 in Y1.2

Dear Parents,

We’d like to say a massive thank you for the lovely Year 1 party that you arranged for the children this week. We really appreciated your help preparing the food and drinks, setting up the party and spending time celebrating the end of term with us. The students really enjoyed it.

On Wednesday the Year 1 students did a great job at the Arts Assembly. They paraded in while playing their musical instruments and then performed for the audience. Some of the children were quite nervous about going on stage, but they all overcame their fears and felt very proud of themselves after the assembly. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend this event and support the children.

Ms. Junior and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy holiday. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone rested and refreshed again in January!

Best wishes,

Ms. Gillian

Week 14 in Y1.2

Dear Parents,

As you know, one of the projects that the Year 1 students are currently working on in connection with our current unit is to make musical instruments using recycled materials. It has been wonderful to see how motivated the children are by this project. They are busy tapping, scratching and shaking the things they find to see if they make an interesting sound. Many students have made their own instruments at home and have brought them in to share. This is a great example of the children taking action based on their learning at school. Thank you so much to those of you who were able to support the students in making their musical instruments during Ms. Betsy’s Music class this week. Your help was greatly appreciated. We have been working in a similar way in class to turn ‘trash’ to ‘treasure’ by making models out of the recycled materials you have kindly sent in from home.

One of the scientific skills that we are helping the students to develop is the ability to look really closely and thoughtfully when observing the natural world. This week we practiced this by going outside to take ‘nature photographs’ on iPads. The children each had their own iPad to work with. Next week we will use the iPads again to take ‘zoomed in’ nature photos.

Ms. Rose came to class to talk with us about the process of turning food waste into compost. The students had become interested in this when they visited the teacher’s vegetable garden. Ms. Rose spoke to us about how to make compost and then took us to look at the compost bins in school so that the children could see the process first hand. Many of the students were able to make the connection between composting and minimising waste.

In Math we have been focusing on the vocabulary associated with position, location and direction. The students have been learning to give and follow directions such as forwards, backwards, left and right. One way that we approached this was to play a game where the students worked with a partner to take turns being a robot and a scientist. The scientist’s job was to guide the robot around the playground by giving clear instructions such a ‘Forward one step, left one step, right on step, etc.’ It was a great way for the children to practice their collaboration skills as well as to develop their mathematical vocabulary. Another way we have used directional language was when guiding a counter around various mazes and when designing our own mazes. We have also been focusing on the numbers 11 to 20. The students are increasingly aware of the fact that a number such as 12 is made up of one group of ten and two more.

In writing we have continued working on writing teaching books. This week we thought about the purpose of a book’s title and how it often gives us a good idea of what the book will be about. This is especially true of non-fiction books. The students have been creating and writing titles for some of their own teaching books, such as, ‘How to Care for Cats,’ ‘Jellyfish’ and ‘ABC Alphabet Book.’ This week the students had lots of fun thinking about the sounds they have been studying when we went on a sound hunt around the school. Each student had five letters to focus on and they had to find real life examples of items beginning with their sounds in the school environment. For example, they found ants, an apple core and Mr. Antonio starting with the letter a.

Please enjoy these photos from this week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Gillian

 

 

FOLSCO Fundraiser

Dear Parents,

 While we are fortunate enough to end the year with our loved ones, indulging in nice food, and exchanging gifts, there are children who never get a chance to experience any of this. Children who are parentless, homeless, and vulnerable living on the streets of Luanda.

 FOLSCO- Friends of Luanda’s Street Children, is a charity community with the aim to help vulnerable homeless children and orphans in Luanda. Their mission is to raise awareness about street children, connect shelters to companies for funds and financially support the existing shelters through collection of donations and fundraising events. If you would like to find more information about FOLSCO here is the website, http://folsco.org/ .

 Last year, LIS students from Yr1 and Yr2 helped FOLSCO to prepare 200 parcels to give out to the homeless street children during their End of the Year Party. We would like to repeat this charitable event this year but expand the fundraiser to include year 3-6 as well. Hopefully we will be able to reach out further and include Shelters and Orphanages who have opened their doors to these children.

 We are kindly asking parents and families to donate toothpastes, toothbrushes, soap bars, crayons (pack of 10), and drawing pads and bring them to school from Nov 27- Dec 8. If you are able to also bring plastic or paper ‘gift bags’ that would be very appreciated. Your child’s homeroom teacher will collect the items in the classroom.

 The Year 3 students will be helping to make parcels with the above donated items during the week Dec 11-15. They will use their own initiatives to decorate the parcels and perhaps make cards as well.

 We appreciate your contributions and so will these well deserving children.

 Kind Regards,

 Primary Team

 

 Este ano, não se esqueça das crianças mais necessitadas de Luanda

 

Caros Pais,

 Enquanto muitos têm a sorte de passar o fim do ano com aqueles de quem mais gostam, desfrutando de boa comida e trocando presentes, há crianças que nem sequer sabem o que isso significa. Crianças que crescem sem pais, sem casa, e vivem vulneráveis pelas ruas de Luanda.

 A comunidade FOLSCO (Amigos das Crianças de Rua de Luanda) tem como missão ajudar as crianças e órfãos que vivem desamparados nas ruas de Luanda. O objectivo da FOLSCO é sensibilizar o público para as condições destas crianças, colocar os abrigos e lares em contacto com empresas que possam contribuir e apoiar com fundos as instituições que já proporcionam alguma ajuda, promovendo recolhas de donativos e eventos de angariação de fundos. Para saber mais acerca da missão e objectivos da FOLSCO, por favor visite o site http://folsco.org/.

 O ano passado, os alunos da LIS dos Anos 1 e 2 ajudaram a FOLSCO a preparar 200 embrulhos para distribuir às crianças de rua durante a Festa de Fim de Ano. Este ano, gostaríamos de repetir esta iniciativa solidária, e ir ainda mais longe, incluindo também os alunos dos Anos 3 a 6. Esperamos assim conseguir chegar a mais Abrigos e Orfanatos que dependem da nossa ajuda para acolher estas crianças que tanto precisam.

 Por isso estamos a pedir aos pais e às famílias para fazer um donativo de escovas e pastas de dentes, sabonetes, lápis de cor (caixas de 10) e cadernos de desenho, e entregar estes artigos na escola a partir do dia 27 de Novembro até 8 de Dezembro. Se puderem também incluir um saco de papel ou plástico que sirva de embrulho, ficamos muito agradecidos. Os professores de homeroom ficarão encarregues de recolher todos os artigos doados nas suas respectivas salas.

 Durante a semana de 11 a 15 de Dezembro, os alunos da Primária Y3 terão oportunidade de ajudar a fazer os embrulhos com os artigos angariados, decorar os sacos como melhor entenderem e talvez incluir também um cartão com uma mensagem.

 Agradecemos desde já a vossa colaboração e apoio, e sabemos que as crianças também ficarão gratas.

 Com os melhores cumprimentos,

 A Equipa da Primária

Week 11 in Y1.2

Dear Parents,

It’s been a short but busy week. We have continued tuning in to our new ‘Sharing The Planet’ unit of inquiry. The students have thought more about the meaning of the word ‘environment,’ particularly the environments they know well such as their home environment and the school environment.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of dressing up today and it was great to see so many of them enthusiastically participating in this event.

Wishing you all a lovely long weekend!

Ms. Gillian

Please enjoy some photos from this week.

FAMILY READING NIGHT | NOITE DE LEITURA EM FAMÍLIA

RECIPE FOR READING

 

SERVES 60

Up to 60 ………. LIS parents and their children
(Years 1 to 6 only)

6……….reading areas with expert readers

A dash……….of FUN – come dressed in your PJs, pillows and favorite stuffed animals welcome

 

Combine the above in the LIS Primary Library on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 6:30pm. Enjoy great books and company for one hour.

Entry fee (to be donated to the children of Casa das Crianças): a pack of NEW colored pencils, markers or writing paper per family.

Spaces are limited! To attend Family Reading Night, please complete sign-up HERE.

QUESTIONS? Contact prilibrary@lisluanda.com or pop into the Primary Library

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RECEITA PARA LEITURA

 

SERVE 60

Até 60……….Pais e alunos da LIS
(apenas dos Anos 1 a 6)

6……….áreas de leitura diferentes, com leitores experientes

Uma pitada de……….DIVERSÃO – vistam o pijama, tragam uma almofada e o vosso peluche favorito

 

Misturem todos os ingredientes na Biblioteca da Primária da LIS na Quarta-feira, 4 de Outubro de 2017, às 18:30. Deixem(-se) repousar durante uma hora, na companhia de bons livros.

Valor da entrada (a ser doado às crianças da Casa das Crianças): uma caixa nova de lápis de cor, marcadores ou papel de escrita por família.

Os lugares são limitados! Para participar na Noite de Leitura em Família, preencha por favor esta ficha de inscrição.

Dúvidas? Contacte-nos pelo email prilibrary@lisluanda.com, ou apareça na Biblioteca da Primária

Welcome to Y1.2

Dear Parents,

My name is Gillian Dear and I will be the Y1.2 teacher this year. I’m really looking forward to meeting and getting to know both you and your children. I’m excited about the year ahead and look forward to working together to build a happy, supportive and stimulating classroom community. Hopefully those of you who are new to Angola and LIS are settling in well. Please let me know if I can support your transition in any way.

We are lucky to have an outstanding classroom assistant, Junior Muchamiri, working with us in Y1.2 this year. Junior has been working in Year 1 at LIS for six years and so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

Throughout this year the Y1.2 students and I will regularly update our class blog with photos, movies and examples of our learning. Please take some time to sign up for this blog so that you will be notified when there are updates.

If you need to contact me by email, my address is gdear@lisluanda.com. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Gillian