Father’s Day and Sport

Father’s Day and Sport

THEME

Father’s Day & Sport

COLOUR

Gold

SHAPE

Star

NUMBER

18

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LETTER

Dd – Daddy

IB Principle:  Creative Thinkers – this week we spoke about we can extend our knowledge by pushing the boundaries and asking those difficult questions. 

Writing and Phonics: This week we focused on our “am” family. We wrote these words out using the cat method and the Squad are improving with their abilities to correctly place their letters on the lines and using finger spacing. Well done! 

Mathematics: We coloured in the amount of objects that corresponded with the number. We also recapped counting to 20 and counting backwards. This was our last week of assessments and are pleased with their progress. 

Creative Art: This week we focused on creating wonderful art pieces for Father’s Day. The children decorated their own ties using recycled bits from our Art Studio and they moulded salt dough to create a key holder. We hope you love it just as much as we do.  

FunFit Sports: Coach Trevor completed gross motor assessments with the Squad this week. 

Cooking: Teacher Hayley made cupcakes with the Squad that were decorated with a golf theme. Using oreo’s for sand, icing sugar for the grass and pretzels for the golf pole. Delicious! 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

Love, Teacher Carla & Teacher Hayley 

 

Have a wonderful day on Sunday our Eco Dads!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants 

Our Squad!

Land, Air and Sea Transport

Land, Air and Sea Transport

THEME

Land, Air & Sea Transport

COLOUR

Blue/Navy

SHAPE

Diamond

NUMBER

17

j

LETTER

Jj – Jet

IB Principle: Balanced – This week we focused on the importance of balance by using a seesaw as an example. We explained four parts: thinking, feeling, doing, and being. Balance means making sure all four parts get equal attention, like keeping a seesaw level. 

  • Thinking: learning new things and using your brain 
  • Feeling: taking care of your emotions and being kind 
  • Doing: playing, creating, and taking action 
  • Being: relaxing, reflecting, and being yourself 

We explained to the Squad that if we balance all four parts, we feel happy, healthy, and strong! Just like a stable seesaw. 

Writing and Phonics: This week we focused on letters sounds a-z as well as sight words. The Squad did a worksheet on syllables where they had to clap the syllables of each object on the picture e.g. “Mex-i-can” to determine how many syllables are in each word and then cut out and pasted them where they belong. They grasped this new concept well and were seen trying to clap out the syllables of their friends’ names too. Hehe super cute – Keep it up Squad! 

Mathematics: This week we focused on counting to 20 and back, as well as practiced drawing 2D shapes and their properties. The Squad did a worksheet on “addition with 10 frames” to complete the sums by depicting what is missing, such as 6 + (_) = 10, they counted the open blocks and added the number 4 in the given space.  

Cooking: For our cooking class this week the Squad used their creativity and fine motor skills to the max by making their own ships (Transport theme). They started with a base made from half an apple, then added syrup and Rice Krispies to create the ship’s structure. Next, they added a triangular cheese flag on a toothpick and a jelly baby “human” to complete the design. This made a delicious and healthy snack, great work little chefs! 

Creative Art: The Squad built their own “transport” using recycled materials such as old video cassettes and hair curlers. They were intrigued with the materials they used and were impressed with their wonderful creations. (boats, rockets, cars, bikes) – Each one uniquely spectacular!  

 Have a wonderful weekend! 

 

We wanna know folks ... what is your DREAM car?

    

 Dates to Diarise:

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants 

Our Squad!

The Farm: Farm Animals

The Farm: Farm Animals

THEME

The Farm: Farm Animals

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Octagon

NUMBER

16

j

LETTER

Ff – Farm

IB Principle:  Knowledgeable – this week we spoke about what it means to be knowledgeable. We discussed that it is about exploring concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In other words it is about learning about how the world works.  

Writing and Phonics: We have been continuing to roll out with our Time2Read programme which focuses on using “sound buttons” whereby the children place dots under eat letter and then they “push” this button to make the sound. This assists them with sounding out CVC words. Keep a look out for their buttons under their letters at home when they are practicing. 

Mathematics: We have been assessing Mathematics this week and practicing drawing our 2D shapes. We were pleased with how many shapes the Squad can draw and some even without visual aid! Keep it up guys!  

Creative Art: We created recycled horses this week, using toilet rolls, wool, googly eyes, straws and corks. They turned out to be unique and adorable – we are keeping these for our Art Expo and cannot wait for you to see them.  

FunFit Sports: Coach Trevor completed gross motor assessments with the Squad this week. 

Cooking: Teacher Hayley explained the importance of knowing which animal provides us with the different foods that we can eat. Such as a pig can give us bacon and ribs. A cow can give us beef. We then created our own snack that the Squad dished out independently. 

We also had some fun and made our very own cheese. Well done Squad! 

 Wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a HAPPY weekend folks!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants 

Our Squad!

The Farm: Fruit & Vegetables

The Farm: Fruit & Vegetables

THEME

The Farm: Fruit & Vegetables

COLOUR

Blue

SHAPE

Circle & Sphere

NUMBER

15

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LETTER

Vv – Vegetables

IB Principle: Communicators – We explained to the Squad the importance of communicating and expressing how they feel by using their words and that they must try their best to listen actively to others. We also explained that they need to make sure they are using the correct tone of voice and think about what they want to say to others before saying it as their words can sometimes hurt others.  

Writing and Phonics: This week the Squad wrote their next 9 sight words using the cat method. We are so pleased with how well they are progressing with their handwriting and how they are using the correct pencil grip and pencil control. We also practiced our Time2Read programme where the children have been decoding words using the sound buttons. 

Mathematics: This week we focused on the concept “before and after up to 10 and ordering numbers up to 10. The Squad did a worksheet where they had to put the numbers in the correct order by seeing which numbers come before and after. 

Creative Art: For art this week the children made their own “pumpkin men” they added “clothing” and drew their faces on the pumpkins as well as added arms and legs. They enjoyed this art activity and were impressed with their creations.  

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace Out Folks!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day & Slipper Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants 

Spreading Hap-pea-ness!

Wild Animals and Birds of Prey

Wild Animals and Birds of Prey

THEME

Wild Animals & Birds of Prey

COLOUR

Black

SHAPE

Square & Cube

NUMBER

1 -14

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LETTER

Zz – Zebra

IB Principle: Risk – Takers – This week the Squad learnt all about taking risks and what sets apart the risks from being smart or not. Sometimes in life we feel that we are making the wrong choices, but it is out of fear, and they turn out to be great opportunities. Life is about taking risking and putting ourselves out there.  

Writing and Phonics: This week the Squad wrote their sight words using the car method. We are so pleased with how well they are progressing with their handwriting – we see an improvement since the holidays. We also went over our beginning sounds of words and introduced our Time2Read programme where the children will be decoding words using sound buttons. 

Mathematics: This week we focused on the concept : time. The children looked at an analog clock and learnt all about counting in 5s and that the long hand is the minutes and the short hand is the hours. They also had a worksheet to complete.  

Creative Art: For art this week the children had a group project where they had to complete the body of different wild animals. We will be keeping these for Art Expo.  

FunFit Sports: Coach Trevor had the Squad hop and carrying a ball and place it on a cone.  They loved this game so much!  

Music: We are in full swing of practicing for our annual concert – the children are singing their hearts out. Keep it up.  

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

We wanna know folks ... what is your favourite WILD animal?

    

 Dates to Diarise:

24 May: Eye Screening 

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad and Assistants 

Stay Wild And Free Our Squad!

Mothers and Babies, Mother’s Day

Mothers and Babies, Mother’s Day

THEME

Mother’s & Babies, Mother’s Day

COLOUR

Pink

SHAPE

Heart

NUMBER

Recap & 13

j

LETTER

Mm – Mommy

Welcome back parents, we hope the Squad is well rested after the holidays. This week we focused on recapping, lots of free play and settling in!  

Writing and Phonics: This week we did a recap on sight words and played a fun game where the Squad had to go searching for their hidden sight words around the class and then try and read them out once found.  

Mathematics: For mathematics this week, we did a recap on counting to 30 and back and practiced counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10s. 

Cooking: For our cooking class this week, the Squad made doughnuts for Mother’s Day, they rolled their own dough and then formed a doughnut shape, they watched the doughnuts fry and turn golden brown. Once the doughnuts cooled down, they poured chocolate on top and added sprinkles. They have been so excited to bring these home to their moms! 😀 

Creative Art: The Squad wrote down a menu that they are going to treat and pamper their mothers with on Mother’s Day. They then made a beautiful bouquet of flowers art piece where they coloured in, cut out the flowers and pasted them down followed by tracing their own hand and cutting it out to represent them holding the bouquet of flowers. Hehe, they absolutely enjoyed this! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

We hope you have a very special Sunday our very special Eco Moms!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

29 May: Voting Day

31 May: Tractor Ride Day

7 June: Haircut Day

14 June: Bike-A-Thon

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Youth Day Holiday

19 June: Hearing Tests

28 June: Book Character Dress Up Day & Mid Term Break Up Day

8 July: Back To School

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants 

Our Squad!

Occupations And People Who Help Us

Occupations And People Who Help Us

THEME

Occupations & People Who Help Us

COLOUR

Blue

SHAPE

Circle & Semi-Circle

NUMBER

Recap & 12

j

LETTER

Xx – X-ray

IB Principle: Communicators – This week the Squad practiced effective communication skills. Letting the speaker, speak and the listener, listen. We identified these as the sender and the receiver. They had fun sitting in pairs acting out different role plays. 

Writing and Phonics: We have been finalising our correct letter formation, it is very important for the Squad to write the letters in the correct way so that when we start writing words next term, they are better equipped. We encourage all children to continue to work on this during the holidays because practice makes perfect. 

Mathematics: This week the Squad went over basic addition concepts using different ways such as counting on, using abacus, using their fingers, and aurally subtracting and adding. This is in preparation for next term when we start to assess them for their mid-term reports. We encourage all children to practice number recognition 1-20 over the holidays so that they are better able to spot the number and correctly add or subtract. 

Creative Art: For art this week we completed a “what will I be when I grow up?” worksheet which will be kept for the Book of Me. We also made chef hats so that the Squad has a hat for cooking classes. We also had a free ‘messy’ play where they were allowed to use different equipment and art forms in order to express themselves. 

FunFit Sports: Coach Trevor had set out a ten-pin bowling course using Eco Bricks so that the Squad could knock down the pins using tennis balls. They had so much fun with this. 

Music: Teacher Katy went over the correct tone to use when expressing different emotions. Which translated into practicing our poem for the concert. 

We wish you a lovely April holiday/break, we will see you once we return 7 May. 

 

Have a safe and happy holiday!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

27 April: Public Holiday (Freedom Day)

1 May: Public Holiday (Workers Day)

3 May: Holiday Club Ends

6 May: Staff Set Up Day (Staff Only)

7 May: Term 2 Starts

9 May: Haircut Day

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

31 May: Tractor Ride day

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants

Dream Big Squad!

Science and Experiments

Science and Experiments

THEME

Science & Experiments

COLOUR

Yellow

SHAPE

Rectangle & Tear Drop

NUMBER

Recap & 11

j

LETTER

Ee – Explosion

Moral conscious theme: IB Principle – Reflective: We explained to the Squad how important it is to give thought and consideration to their learning and choices and that they must act with honesty. They must not be afraid of failing and making mistakes as this will help them grow and improve. We reminded them that it is okay to ask for help and that they will not face challenges alone.   

Writing and Phonics: This week the Squad worked hard on remembering and reading their new sight word for the week “it” and “the”. We also played a fun game where the Squad had to go hunt for their sight words around the classroom. We are very impressed by how the Squad have remembered their sight words, please keep practicing sight words at home too. We also practiced letter formations in our workbooks using the “cat method”. – Great work Squad! 

Mathematics: This week the Squad practiced counting backwards from 30-0 and number names 1-10. We completed additional sums using concrete objects using our whiteboards. We then practiced number formation 1-10 in our workbooks. 

Cooking: For our cooking class this week, the Squad did an interesting experiment where we made our own Crunchy Rock Candy, using ice-cream sticks, boiling water, food colouring and sugar. The Squad were fascinated by how the crystals were formed, once the water temperature decreased more molecules joined the sugar crystals.  

Creative Art: The Squad did an activity based on different states of matter, gas- oxygen, liquid- water and solid- ice. They understood this concept well and added different materials to differentiate the distances between the particles, such as the solid keeps the particles together tightly enough so that the particles do not move past eachother. 

Afrikaans: The Squad completed a worksheet where they had to fill in the correct letter to complete the word next to the picture, such as “oomys”, they added in an “r” to form the word “roomys” (ice-cream). We recapped on body parts, colours and animals in afrikaans. Be sure to ask your child the different colours in Afrikaans, we are super proud of how they remember these. Way to go Squad! 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

 

Positive Vibes!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

27 April: Public Holiday (Freedom Day)

1 May: Public Holiday (Workers Day)

3 May: Holiday Club Ends

6 May: Staff Set Up Day (Staff Only)

7 May: Term 2 Starts

9 May: Haircut Day

24 May: Eye Screening (Details to follow)

31 May: Tractor Ride day

 

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants

We’ve had a blast!

Autumn, Birds, Migration, Easter

Autumn, Birds, Migration, Easter

THEME

Autumn, Birds, Migration & Easter

COLOUR

White

SHAPE

Cross, Oval & Octagon

NUMBER

10 & Recap

j

LETTER

Oo – Oval

IB Principle: Risk – Takers – This week the Squad learnt all about taking risks and what sets apart the risks from being smart or not. Sometimes in life we feel that we are making the wrong choices, but it is out of fear, and they turn out to be great opportunities. Life is about taking risking and putting ourselves out there.  

Writing and Phonics: We have officially completed writing our individual letters of the alphabet in our writing books using the cat method – we will be spending the next two weeks before the holidays, practicing our letter formation. We have seen that the children are rounding the letters in the opposite direction, and we would like to see them perfecting these motions so that when we start writing sentences in Term 2 – they feel more confident. We encourage more practice on the home front because practice makes perfect. Keep it up Squad! 

Mathematics: This week the Squad worked on placing numbers before and after to 10 – they were asked to cut and paste from a worksheet and then colour the number mittens in. Along with this – we went over our counting forwards and backwards. We are slowly grasping counting in 5s and 10s but are happy to report that they know their skip counting very well!  

Creative Art: For art this week we completed some lovely Easter pieces which will be taken home. They made a pop-up bunny from a cup and straws (created independently but with some guidance). They also made an Easter card which they wrote themselves and also stuck some pasta into patterns and painted it. Remember – some bunny loves you! 

FunFit Sports: Coach Trevor had set out an obstacle course which involved running, tunnel crawling, monkey bars and spider web climbing. Well, done Squad! 

Music: Teacher Katy has been practicing our concert songs with the children and working through pronunciation of each work and annunciating each word. 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

Are your alarm clocks set for the Easter Bunny on Sunday morning folks?

    

 Dates to Diarise:

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants

Our Happy Squad!

My Home

My Home

THEME

My House

COLOUR

Green

SHAPE

Square

NUMBER

8

j

LETTER

Hh – House

Writing and Phonics: The Squad have been practicing listening to the beginning sounds of different words. They had a worksheet to complete which required them to choose the correct sound to match the picture. We also completed handwriting which was the letters (S, T and U). We are pleased with how far the Squad have come with this but also encourage extra practice at home. 

Mathematics: Measurement is a difficult topic to understand but the Squad blew us away with how quickly they grasped this. We began by explaining that everything can be measured, and we can use different pieces of equipment to measure such a ruler, tape measure etc. They then had a worksheet to complete which focused on measuring the item on the page using cubic squares. Well done! 

Creative Art: In sticking with the theme, the Squad were asked to complete their house and what it looks like inside. We are keeping this one for Art Expo and cannot wait for you to see it.  

FunFit Sports: Coach Trevor taught the Squad the rules of cricket and they played a few rounds. Well, done Squad! 

Music: Teacher Katy has been practicing our concert songs with the children and working through the tempo of each song. 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Next week is all about PETS ...

    

 Dates to Diarise:

21 March: Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)

22 March: School Holiday

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants

Our Happy Squad!

My Family

My Family

THEME

My Family

COLOUR

Purple

SHAPE

Triangle

NUMBER

7

j

LETTER

Gg – Granny

IB Principle: Caring – We explained how important it is to have respect, compassion and empathy towards the feelings and needs of others.  

Writing and Phonics: This week the Squad received two new sight words, ‘dog” and “cat”. We are impressed with how they are remembering their sight words, their little faces light up each time they realise they can “read”, hehe to cute! – Please keep practicing sight words at home too. They Traced the letters “p”,” q”, and “r” in their workbooks, followed by writing their name using the “cat method”. –  Great work Squad! 

Mathematics:  For maths this week the Squad practiced counting from 30 and back as well as completed addition sums up to 10 using the “counting on method”.  

Cooking: We are currently working on our cooking activity over the next two weeks, the Squad are excited to complete it and bring it home.  

Creative Art: The Squad made their own picture frames made out of a wooden house ucing ice cream sticks and covered them in glitter,  they then drew their family inside, they came out super cute!  

Have a wonderful weekend! 

 

One sleep to go until Sports Day!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

9 March: Sports Day

14 March: Pet Demo

15 March: Haircut Day

21 March: Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)

22 March: School Holiday

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants

Our Smart Squad Family!

Safety

Safety

THEME

Safety

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Hexagon

NUMBER

6

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LETTER

Ss – Safety

Theme:  Health & Safety 

Colour:  Red 

Letter: Ss 

Shape: Hexagon 

Number: 6 (six) 

IB Principle: This week we spoke about being a good communicator. How using the steps are so important such as not speaking too fast or too slow, too loud, or too soft. We explained this by having the Squad pair up and practice different scenarios. We also discussed how eye-contact is crucial, listening and thinking before we blurt out our answers.  

Writing and Phonics: The Squad used their ‘’look’’ glasses this week to spot their sight words in a worksheet. They also wrote these sight words down. Our new sight words for the week are ‘’mom’’ and ‘’dad’’. Please continue to practice these at home. We have also been focusing on letter sounding which in turn affects how we pronounce our words. Using incidental learning is a fun way to interact with your child – sticking letters around the house and having them spot them. 

Mathematics: Maths this week was focused around counting backwards, we have noticed how the Squad tend to forget the numbers 16 and 18. The children also completed their very first set of addition sums using objects and working out to 10. They can be very proud of themselves because they all did so well. 

Creative Art: In sticking with the theme, the Squad were asked to complete a stranger danger worksheet where we spoke about what makes a stranger? What should we say when we are faced with a stranger and what should we do? We also drew some unsafe areas as well as safe areas – ending off by forming a stranger using foil and sticking him/her onto our sheet.  

FunFit Sports: Coach Trevor practiced with the Sqaud for our annual Sports Day. We are getting very excited for this, and we cannot wait to show you what the Squad can do! 

Music: We have been practicing our concert songs and working through the tempo of each song. 

Cooking: This week we created our very fire using icing sugar, Marie biscuits and pretzels. Delicious! 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

 

Stop, drop and roll into the weekend!

    

 Dates to Diarise:

9 March: Sports Day

14 March: Pet Demo

15 March: Haircut Day

21 March: Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)

22 March: School Holiday

29 March – 1 April: Easter Weekend

11 April: Break Up Day

12 April: Holiday Club Starts

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Carla, Teacher Hayley and the Smart Squad Assistants

Safe and Secure!