Al Yasmina School Primary Newsletter 27 September 2012 Issue 03Dear Parents,Dates for your DiarySunday 30 September - Closing date for Primary Class Representative nominationsSunday 7 October - Primary DiscoSunday 14 October - Open House 8 – 9.30amTuesday 16 October - Parent Teacher ConsultationsWednesday 17 October - Parent Teacher ConsultationsThursday 18 October - FS1 Theme daySunday 21 Oct – 25 Oct - Half TermFrom The Music DepartmentIt’s been a brilliant start to the new academic year! There was a turn-out of over120 pupils for the Junior Choir last week, and a similar number attendedIntermediate Choir this week. The singing was fabulous, with the children full ofenergy and enthusiasm. Tuesday saw our first rehearsal with our 180-strong cast ofThe Wiz. The atmosphere was electric!Instrumental lessons have also resumed, and two of our talented brass players Armaan Syed and AnaSophia Bustamente played in our primary assembly this morning. We were so proud of them!Well done to this week’s Musicians of the Week: Nina Schippel (Key Stage1) and Dylan Tayler (KeyStage 2). Nina (Year 2) composed a beautiful melody on the glockenspiel for our ‘Camel Music’, andDylan (Year 6) was super-successful when working on his keyboard skills in class.For any information about primary music activities, please contact email@example.com Nina on the glock Dylan at the keyboard Musicians of the week Dylan and Nina
Armaan and Sophia in assembly this morningFrom the School NursesIf your child is unwell, vomits, has diarrhea (watery, liquid stool), or has a fever, please keep them athome. This will give them a chance to recover and also help to prevent the spread of any infectionamongst other pupils. They may return to school once they are 24 hours free of any illness symptomsand free of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication).If your child is sent home fromschool, this generally means that they should stay at home the following day to fully recover, beforebeing sent back to school.If your child had pupil medications kept in the school clinic lastyear and you have not yet handed in medications to theschool nurses for this current school year, please contact theschool nurses to update them on your child’s condition and toinform them if your child no longer requires medications to bekept in school.The school nurses can be contacted via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 02-501 4722 or 02-5014723.Friend of Al Yasmina (FOY)Annual General MeetingCongratulations to Janine Loftus who was voted onto the FOY Committee as Chairperson for asecond year. Also congratulations go to Justine Hughes & Mahra Fares who were voted in as jointVice-Chairperson, and Lisa Wall who was voted in as Treasurer. FOY had a very successful first yearlast year, and will no doubt continue to do so with the valuable input from this strong committee. Thepost of Secretary is still vacant. This is a key role in FOY, and needs to be filled as soon as possible. Ifyou are interested in finding out more about the responsibilities of this role, or would like to nominateyourself, please contact FOY on alyasminaFOY@gmail.com.Second Hand Uniform SalesThese are proving very successful, and the quality of the uniform on sale is very good. A sale will beheld on the last wednesday of each month, so put it in your diaries. The next sale will therefore be onWednesday, 31October.Primary & Secondary Discos :-These discos are being held on the following dates/times Years 1, 2, 3 - Sunday 7 October from 4-5pm Years 4, 5, 6 - Sunday 7 October from 5.30-7pm Years 7, 8, 9 - Monday 8 October from 5.30-7.30pmIf you are able to help in any way during these times, please contact FOY onalyasminaFOY@gmail.com.
Festive FairThis event will be held on Saturday, 8 December. This was a great success last year, and with yourhelp could prove to be equally successful this year. FOY need volunteers to help with theorganisation and also on the day itself. If you would like to help, please come along to the firstplanning meeting which is being held this Monday, 1October at 6.30pm in the Conference Room.Class RepresentativesThe closing date for Nominations to be a Primary Class Parent Representative, is Sunday30 September 2012. Please return your nomination forms to your class teacher. If you haven’treceived a nomination form, please collect one at Primary Reception. You are welcome tonominate yourself.Foundation Stage 1 (FS1)We have had another busy week this week in FS1. Everyone is settling in well and we’re getting intoroutine. We have had lots of fun in our specialist lessons and we are getting used to moving aroundthe school to our different classrooms/ learning areas. We also got to take our mascots home thisweek. The Stars of the Week were so excited, they had great fun and took lots of photos to showtheir class when they came back on Sunday morning.We had lots of fun in the shared area this week too. We are learning about each different area andenjoyed all coming together, to play and learn, using many different materials, toys, construction kitsand games.Next weekAs we are learning all about our families next week; could we please ask that parents e-mail us somephotos of your family? Thank you. Please email them to your child’s class teacher, all parents shouldnow be aware of their email address. As well as talking about our families, we will be doing somenumber matching, shape pictures and learning new songs. Help at home by looking out for shapes ineveryday life and by practicing counting.Could we ask that if you have some empty cereal boxes at home (large or small) that you bring themin next week as we are going to make some 3D houses for our classrooms? Thank you.Key Date:Theme Day 18th October, don’t forget dress up day!
Last week the Stars of The Week were: Quinten Groen from Yellow Class, Maryan Khan from Blue Class, Oscar Backhouse from Green Class, Rania Dudhia from Gold Class, Charlie Young from White Class and Kayla Follows from Red ClassFoundation Stage 2 (FS2)It’s been a great week this week for FS2 - we have had so much fun talkingabout our family! We made our own family trees and labeled who thepeople are, we have designed our own family crest and we have madedelicious plates of food for our family to enjoy.In Maths, we have been doing LOTS of counting. We have counted ourtoys, counted fixed objects on the IWB and we have counted how manypeople are in our family. We have also been looking at who is the tallestand shortest person in our class – we extended this by talking about who’sthe tallest and shortest person in our family too.We would like to say a BIG well done to all the boys and girls for being so independent in themorning, and coming in to school by themselves this week. We really do appreciate the mum’s anddad’s support at dropping them off at the classroom door – let’s keep it up Thank you.Thank you also to all the parents who came to the FS2 PIM on Monday, it was great to see so manyfaces! By now, you should have received a copy of the presentation and the feedback letter. If youhave not received them, please speak to your class teacher.Next weekNext week our mini focus is ‘Our 5 senses’. We have got some GREAT activities planned including a‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ feeling walk, a sound walk around the school, tasting and sorting andmaking our own tactile tree. In Maths we will be continuing to look at numbers, searching for missingnumbers and practicing our number formation.You could help at home by: Talking about our different senses – touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell Find different items that you can touch, taste, see, hear and smell Find the missing numbers from a number line (e.g. numbers hung on a washing line) Practice writing numbers to 10 correctly
Phonics Focus:Revision of Phase 2 sounds: g, o, c, kPhase 2 tricky words: I, no, go, to theHelpful websites:http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.htmlhttp://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Blast-Off-High-Frequency-Version-211 Congratulations to last week’s ‘Stars of the Week’… Rebecca Richmond from Jade class, Faith Sherwin from Amber class, Sophie Kay from Orange class Elijah Youlten from Ruby class and Al Waleed Khoori from Purple class. Well done guys, we’re so proud of you!!!Year 1Year 1 have been very busy learners again this week! In literacy this weekwe have been reading the story ‘Alfie’s Feet.’ We have used time wordssuch as ‘first’ ‘next’ and ‘finally’ to sequence the story and we’ve tried to usethem in our own writing too! In numeracy we have continued to practice forming all our numbers in the correct direction and have learnt what each digit represents in a 2 digit number. We made towers of tens and units to help us.Next weekYear 1 will be discussing healthy foods and investigating their own lunchboxes as part of our literacylearning. Get ready to see what they bring home for you next week!Reminder- please return permission slips so that children can take part in our taste tests for Sciencenext week.Well done to our Stars of the Week Sama (Cuckoos), Sari (Robins), Omar (Larks), Tarik (Doves), Alya (Sparrows)
Year 2WARNING! Icky Doo Dah has been up to mischief at Al Yasmina School and all ofYear 2 have been helping the police to catch him. Keep any eye out for ourfantastic WARNING posters around the school.We have had lots of fun listening to the ‘Icky Doo Dah’ stories by Simon Murray tohelp us learn that characters can appear in more than one book. We did HotSeating to share our ideas about what Icky Doo Dah would do if he visited ourhomes?!?In Maths we have been doing lots of work to help us add on 10 more and 10 less. We used numberflowers to help us with this.We have been comparing the weather in the UAE to other countries around the world. We used theinformation we have learned to make our own weather forecasts.Stars of the Week:Spoonbills : Fons Vanswijgenhoven, Sandpipers: Sara George, Storks: Yehia Said,Herons: Maya El Zeftaway, Flamingos: Barry PriestlyYear 3Our trip to Café Ceramique was declared a success. Thank you to all who offered to help and aspecial thank you to the parents who did accompany us to Dubai this week. The children had agreat time and we will collect the ceramics sometime next week (after they have been fired).We have been working hard on our note taking this week and have started to find out about ourteeth.
In preparation for next week’s maths lessons we have been finding out about partitioning numbersinto hundreds, tens and units.The children have enjoyed cracking Hieroglyphic codes and will be producing some beautifulhieroglyphic work in art next week.Next Week’s learning focus will be:Literacy- Researching for more information using ICT, understanding the difference between fact andopinion, sentence construction and writing an introductory paragraph for our Egyptian reports.Numeracy – Learning to double and halve numbersScience – Planning a fair test to find out about the effects of different liquids on teeth.ICT – Editing text, finding errors and making corrections in Microsoft Word.Topic- We will be learning about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.Unwanted fiction/nonfiction booksIf any parents have any unwanted fiction/nonfiction books that they could donate to our Year 3/4shared reading area we would be most grateful.Well done to our stars of the week for week 2.Malak Nafie – Ravens, Libby O’Sullivan- Cormarants, Christy Arikieh – Terns, Sara Wall – Buntings,Sydney Venus- CurlewsYear 4It has been another busy week in Year 4. Everyone has been working incredibly hard and producingexcellent work! This week in Literacy we have been focusing on the structure of a story and whatelements need to be included in each section. We had a go at writing story openers that grab ourreader’s attention. We have some budding authors in Year 4 because their amazing openerscertainly got their teachers attention!
In Maths this week we have continued our number work. One of our focuses has been multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000. It was tricky to begin with but we persevered and are now experts! Our weekly multiplication missions are continuing and this week we have students striving to complete their mission to Mercury, Venus or Earth, in just 3 minutes!Year 4 has proved to be a very artisticyear group and this has becomeevident during our ‘fruit landscape’project. We continued on from ourwork on perspective and this weeklearnt all about the layering in alandscape. Children experimentedwith the idea of a foreground, middleground and background andproduced some impressive sketches!Next week we are looking forward to beginning some research about important people frommedical history, as well as doing our first science investigation of the year! In Literacy we will befocusing on the use of direct speech and paragraphs in our writing which will hopefully result in anamazing piece of big writing! In Maths we will be using division to help us solve our times tables,investigating number patterns and sequences and solving 2-step problems. A big well done to all the children that applied to become the Student Council Reps for Year 4. These children showed they had what it takes to be a member of School Council and gave a short speech to their class. It was a close race but in the end we congratulated Mishkat Usama, Marcus Kelly, Christian Willsher, Anna Rayner, Noemie Queromain, Moodi Rashed, Molly Barber, Archie Backhouse, Erinn Ashdown and Devon Den Hertog.Congratulations to the Stars of the WeekCharlotte Richardson-White (Warblers), Rhianna McPherson(Wheatears), Hannah Tlemsani (Pipits), Anna Rayner(Wagtails), and Becky Gillroy (Sandgrouse).
Year 5We have had a very exciting week in Year 5 this week. The children have been learning aboutvarious different artefacts such as the Zoetrope, Marey’s photographic gun and thePhenakistoscope; these were used to create film and animations in the early years. The childrenfound out information on who invented them and what they actually do.Children have also had the opportunity to create their own mini flip book which they have reallyenjoyed; they will be using these to create animations in ICT next week.In our Science lesson we have been finding out about how light travels and have been looking athow shadows are formed. In Literacy children have been watching short animation clips andidentifying the directors’ perspective.Next week we have a busy and exciting week ahead. In Maths we will be working on multiples ofnumbers and number sequences. In Literacy we will be creating storyboards which include aflashback memory and looking at ways to direct individual scenes. In Topic we will be taking part inour own ‘Antiques Roadshow’ showcasing the items we have already researched. In Science we willbe taking a closer look at the eye and its key features. This will link in with Art work on drawing anddesigning our own eye which will incorporate shading. In ICT we will be using the Pivot software tomake a short animation of stick men.These are the stars of week 2. Well done to Holly O’Sullivan (Parakeets), Marta Angelone Lopez (Nightjars), Edmund Chung (Sunbirds), Thomas Jelliman (Swallows) & Alice Wright (Mynahs).Year 6Year 6 have been reading and analysing a variety of Traditional Tales this week in literacy. They havebeen able to define what elements combine in order to create a traditional tale. We have lookedclosely at traditional tales from the Caribbean and have focussed on a particular tricky charactercalled Anansi. The children have written a tale of how things came to be, some children focussed onTurtle, and how he came to have fins after many unfortunate accidents whichresulted in the poor turtle’s legs being flattened!In numeracy the children have continued to develop their understanding ofcounting, partitioning and calculating, also looking at multiplying and dividingby base 10.
Next week we shall be looking at the genre, ‘mystery’. We shall be breaking down the elements thatare needed to write a story, and analysing these each day. By the end of the week the children shallhave written their own mystery story.In numeracy we shall be focussing on data handling and analysing and interpreting graphs. Thechildren will be using their data (collected as part of their homework last week) from their owncountry, and representing this is a variety of ways. They will then be able to compare to othercountries and make comparisons to what is shown.Student council representatives were chosen this week, well done to all of those of put themselvesforward for the position. Please don’t feel disheartened if you weren’t successful this time round -Year 6 teachers will always be looking for responsible children to carry out jobs and I know we have125 very responsible children to choose from! Classes have now purchased all the items for the credit shop! The children are working really well, and demonstrating how they play their PART in school. Keep collecting the credits as more credits = bigger rewards!Presenting the Year 6 Stars of the Week.Sierra Hedges (Kestrels), Caitlyn Gill (Falcons), NithilaKalawila Karunatileke (Ospreys), Jimmy Alley (Owls) andSaif Al Suwaidi (Eagles)Well done to all of you!Al Yasmina SchoolTel: 02 5014888email: email@example.com