Who would believe a year has passed and we are in the final week of school. The children have grown and are ready and excited about moving to ‘big class’. As the school year comes to a close, school is still bustling along…..the learning never stops.

This year has seen many informative assemblies as the children shared their learning. This week, the Pre School children had a fun filled assembly sharing what they had learned about different ways they could express themselves. There was singing, poems, break dance, gumboot dancing, playing musical instruments and stories they had made up themselves. They are now exploring various artists as they learn to express themselves through art.

Eggs-citing News in Reception!!!

On Monday the Reception children came to school to find an incubator in the classroom! Ten 18 day old eggs were delivered and carefully placed inside.On Tuesday two eggs started wobbling and we noticed small cracks appearing.On Wednesday more eggs were wobbling! And by 08:00 our first chick had hatched! It spent the day resting in the incubator as it was very tired from all the pecking and cheeping!We arrived on Thursday morning to find five more chicks had hatched in the night and were chirping loudly! We also noticed another egg cracking and jiggling…then out it popped!!It has been a great eggs-perience for all of us!

From the Chicks in Reception!!

Sports Days

The much anticipated ISL Olympics and Potted Sports Days have just finished. The children loved showing off their skills and talents. Well done to all the children and our PE department. A big thank you to all the parents for coming and sharing in this day. Your support and participation is always welcomed and encouraged.

Play Based Learning

Six of our Early Years teachers attended a PYP workshop on Play Based Learning at AISL. It was a fantastic learning experience for us to extend our understanding of how vital play is in children’s’ development. As Bodrova & Leong, key researchers in this field describe it:

Children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning.

We look forward to extending the children’s play based experiences next year.On that note I would like to wish you all a wonderful, well deserved holiday. Be safe and have fun.

Karen Hedstrom
Early Years Coordinator