Welcome to 5-3
I am so happy to welcome you all to a new year and hope that you all had a fabulous summer. I cannot wait to really get into the swing of things and get to know all of the students and of course parents. A little bit about myself. I am from Ireland and this is my third year in EMS, it's my 9th in Doha overall. I love Doha and really enjoy teaching here experiencing the different cultures and personalities. My aims for the year is to encourage the students to think creatively and provide a learning environment that allows them to grow as students and as people - having alot of fun on the way. I 'm sure there will be lots of adventures and I look forward to meeting you all during the year. Here's to an exciting Term 1!!!!
We're working on Fantasy in the new Big Idea. A massive part of this unit is using description. I will be putting up resources on Google Classroom to help students practice and start to use the vocabulary.
But you can help them too. Ask students to describe things around them. Describe a place without telling you the name and you have to guess where it is. Describe characters from their favourite game, book they're reading or real life heroes. The point is they begin to get used to not just telling exactly what it is but describing things using senses: Show - Don't Tell
Check out Google Classroom or the English Tab of Google sites for resources.
Field Trip coming:
We will be going to Darb Al Saai on December 17th!
Permission forms will be sent home in the coming week.
What's happening in school?
Trouble and solution in stories
Continue writing about setting and characters
Water cycle experiments
Word problems (understanding and comprehension)
Nets of 3D shapes
Introduction to plot in the first quadrant
Work on International Day Project
Everyone enjoying some fruit while investigating the various seed types. Thank you to all the parents who sent in fruit. I know some students left their fruit at home but the thought and effort was appreciated.
The students really enjoyed eating the fruit and it was good to see everyone loving the healthy food. Everyone had good discussions about the difference in the size and color of seeds while having fun doing it.
School T-Shirt Day
This Thursday the school is holding a T-Shirt Day for the students to celebrate their goals. If it's possible, could everyone get a blank old/new t shirt that can be used to for designing. If you do not have one, use a large piece of paper and stick it onto an old t-shirt with safety pins. I can provide you with paper.
The theme for our class is: Hopes and Dreams - What heights do you want to reach.....?
On the back of the t-shirt must be a famous quote connected to the theme and that means something to you.
This year, we are aiming to go paperless with the home practice that we set. Tasks will be posted on Google Classroom. The purpose of this website is to make home practice more engaging and enjoyable for your child. It also provides them with the opportunity to develop their 21st Century skills.
Furthermore, all students now have access to two exciting educational resources: RAZ Kids Plus and Mangahigh. You can click on the name of the underlined websites for quick links. Students will be provided with login details for both sites and can use them at their leisure. Teachers are also able to assign tasks via these websites, the details of which will be posted on Classroom.
Students should be using these every night to practice the skills they have been learning in school! Please encourage your child to do this regularly.
In addition, Google Classroom can be downloaded on a phone, tablet, or other electronic device through the app store, allowing students to access this website on multiple devices.
What is Razplus
Razplus is like reading a book but it will be online. It offers a wide range of e-books which I will set up for your child to read depending on their reading level.
It allows them to listen to an audio to help with pronunciation and they can record themselves and send it to me so I can check their speaking. It's a fun way of encouraging reading, with comprehension questions I can set, to check their understanding of what they have read.
Parents asked how they can make sure their child is reading. It is the same way you would check if it were a hardback book. I will also check they are reading and give them questions to check their learning.Your child can still read a hardback book, that is not a problem but Raz Kids will be the main tool for readers homework.
Here is a link showing all the benefits of Raz-Kids, please have a look.