Welcome to 6.1!
Room 6.1, in DO-10 in Block D of the primary department, is looking all set for a new year. Here are some of our learners in action, and some snapshots of the classroom. Please come in and say hi - it would be a nice opportunity to see where our learning is taking place this year.
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Below are some photos of our students in action.
Last week Room 6.1 celebrated our football team's victory, by dressing in Qatar colours for the day. Rand and Farah took the opportunity for a photo with Salma's 'sheep frame' designed for International Week. Aisha provided us with a cake, and Shaikha provided juice - thanks for being so thoughtful, girls.
The students also prepared oral presentations this week, based on science articles. They were challenged to read and make sense of their article. Then they paraphrased it into their own words, and took notes about what they read. After all this, they then presented the work, either in front of the class or in their groups! The standard was very high, for a challenging project. Well done, Room 6.1.
Congratulations to our ESLR recepients, seen in the bottom left-hand corner:
- Seif, Omar, Alaa, Kareem, Rand, Maryam and Noor recieved Academic Achievers Awards for their excellent results in our time learning for maths.
- Al Jouri and Shaikha recieved Independent Learner awards for working so well during independent rotations. Both girls always work quietly and finish what is expected of them, without needing reminders to stay ontask.
- Zaid, Kareem, Roaa and Noor all recieved Global Citizen Awards for volunteering to be duty monitors in the playground. We really appreciate them doing this.
Congratulations to all award winners.
Please remember that Cafe Menu entries are due on Sunday.
Also, there is no school next week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, due to the National Sports Day.
We had a memorable day today. We received a whole class ESLR Award, and celebrated with a 'Kiwi feast' sampling some foods from Mr Thomas's home country of New Zealand.
On the menu was:
- Kiwifruit, pineapple and banana smoothies
- Marmite and cheese bites
- Mini pavlovas
- Fish n' chips - a New Zealand Friday night classic
- Whittaker's Chocolate
A massive thank you to the students who helped prepare the feast.
Also, a huge thank you to Room 6.1 for being consistently focused, motivated and respectful day in, day out. You should all be proud of yourselves. I am very lucky to be your teacher.
We had a busy final couple of weeks at school before our break started.
Mr Thomas's parents from Australia came. They were delighted to meet the students, and they were very humbled to receive some traditional karak from Mariam!
Next week is International Week. Thursday the 24th will be a dress-up day, with a special assembly and a food celebration at the end of the day.
Most teachers are using this as an opportunity to share about their home countries. As a result, we will be profiling Mr Thomas's home country - New Zealand.
I trust that this message will give you some time to begin thinking about your traditional dress from your home country, and the food from your home country that you can bring along.
Please see Google Classroom for a home learning update, including some reading opportunities that link to our International Day.
Check out this fantastic writing and they way it has been displayed. These two high quality pieces of writing were checked against the success criteria and achieved all expectations. Congratulations to Seif and Omar for completing this. Stay tuned for more finished work as students complete this task.
We had a wonderful National Day celebration on Thursday. Some highlights were the tent and falcons, the KG Parade, our delicious shared meal, and our learning with different Year 6 teachers. Congratulations to Mariam and Mubarak, who represented our class onstage during the assembly. Mariam performed beautifully with her dancing group, and Mubarak was part of an impressive sword dancing group. Well done to both of you.
Here is a copy of the timetable for this term.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
My name is Mr Thomas. I am from Australia, but grew up in New Zealand. I taught at EMS last year, and am looking forward to my second year at the school. I enjoy finding new ways of engaging children in learning and have worked with Year 5-6 students for most of my career. I look forward to meeting you all as our year progresses.
Please see attached a copy of the slides presented at last night's Meet the Teacher Evening.
Here are some photos of the Ant-Eaters reading group, posing with the project success criteria we agreed on together. As a group, they read a non-fiction article about two landmarks in America. Now, they are producing their own non-fiction article about a significant place, landmark or building somewhere in the world. Watch this space - perhaps some of the projects will feature on this site.
Please remember to check Google Classrooms to see the students' home learning over the next week.
Also, please remember to design your t-shirts with your quote, ahead of not only our dress-up day on Thursday but our assembly the following Wednesday.
Congratulations to these ESLR Awards recipients. Their achievements have been celebrated with positive letters being emailed to parents and a mini-ceremony today. Our two ESLR Award certificates will be presented on Thursday.
In science, we are learning about forces and motion. There is a practice activity available on Google Classrooms for students to practice, ahead of upcoming testing. Here are some photos of the students doing their science experiments about friction, in teams, today.
Our students were learning about understanding other people's perspectives last week, as part of the Second Step programme. Being able to do this helps us to see things from other people's point of view. This is important when it comes to solving problems and relating well to others.
Some important reminders:
- We have begun our fractions, decimals and percentages learning in maths. The key things for us to practice at home are:
- converting from fractions to decimals, and from decimals to fractions
- ordering fractions and decimals from smallest to biggest
- equivalent fractions; for example, 1/2 is the same as 5/10
- putting fractions on a numberline
- converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, and knowing their size
Testing for this unit will take place in about two weeks (4-5 December.)
Reminders about dates for tests will be put on Google Classroom, and the children will be notified at that time. Practice material is always provided. Please check Google Classroom regularly to see how long you have to study before the tests.
ESLR Award Winners
- Congratulations to our ESLR winners from last week. Please see the attached document to see our achievers in action.
PLEASE remember that tomorrow is our school photo day. All students need to come along in full, correct school uniform. Forms will go home next week for ordering school photos.
Confirming dates for the Qatar National Day holidays:
- School is as normal until the 17th December.
- Qatar National Day will be on the 18th December, which is a day off school.
- School ends for the term on 20th December 2018.
Here are some photos of our learners in action, working through today's assessment about material changes in science. There is also a sneak peek of our latest piece of writing. It started as a small activity, but was such a success that we built on it and took it to the publishing stage. This is a snapshot of what the students were writing about: