Message from the School Director
What a fun Book Week we’ve had. Research shows that regular storytelling and reading activities build vocabulary, language and literacy skills, whilst improving concentration, memory, and an increased curiosity and understanding of the world.
Dear parents and children,
Welcome to Term 3, our final term of this academic year.
April began with our annual Easter party and then school closed for the holiday break.
Upon returning to school, we began Book Week on World Book Day. Communication, language, and literature are highly valued at Mills, and we encourage a love of exploring books in all of our students. Reading builds imagination, improves logic, reasoning, and critical thinking skills, and increases the range and depth of children’s vocabulary, sentence structure, and communication.
Our focus during Book Week this year was the Milly, Molly series by author Gill Pittar. Milly, Molly storybooks relate the adventures of two children from different ethnic backgrounds. The stories promote positive values and help children appreciate diversity, respect others, and build self-esteem. These important principles are addressed in our everyday teaching and learning at Mills.
The week was full of exciting events including surprise visits from Gus the dog, an excursion to Road Safety Town (reinforcing the Milly, Molly Ride a Bike story), mystery readers in class, a book hospital activity to encourage the children to mend and care for damaged books at school, and the creation of a giant storybook artwork!
We completed the event with a pyjama party and the K3 students did a wonderful job reading to the younger children during the storytelling session.
Our co-curricular students have also received accolades during April, with first prize awards obtained in the LCM Speech Festival and impressive results achieved in recent Cambridge examinations also.
If you would like to know more about the co-curricular programme and summer camps at Mills, I am always happy to explain the various courses and provide personal advice for your child. Please feel free to stop by for a chat at any time.
This month in Playgroup the children enjoyed learning about the topic Alphabet and Number Magic. We sang Five Little Ducks and the ABC Song during circle time. We had fun counting teddy bears, fish and flowers, and practised identifying numbers 1, 2 and 3.
Learning the difference between letters and numbers was made fun when playing with the letter and number blocks and magnets.
The children enjoyed painting and using buttons and glitter to make alphabet and number art.
In addition, we’ve been moving to the music and waving our streamers in the Star Room.
Driving the cars and climbing through the tunnel during free play in the Wonder Room are great activities to develop the children’s gross motor skills.
Great job counting, singing, and making fabulous art this month everyone!
Mr Roy and Ms Dipika
April was a hopping good month for our Pre-Nursery students as we learnt about spring and Easter, finishing off the term with our Easter party and assembly! Students brought in fabulous bonnet creations, which had been crafted together with their families at home.
During our Easter party, we all excitedly took part in an egg and spoon race, working on our hand-eye coordination, played pass the parcel by taking turns and sharing with our friends, and even tried our hand at bowling bunny pins! But the most fun was had during our parents’ assembly later that day as we invited mummies, daddies, aunties and grandparents to join us for an Easter egg hunt and mini art jamming session at school.
We were cheered on as we searched high and low in the Wonder Room for lots of Easter eggs to collect in our very own personalised baskets.
To kick off Term 3, we’ve jumped right into Book Week and introduced the students to Gill Pittar’s Milly, Molly stories, which tell the adventures of two children from different ethnic backgrounds and encourage an understanding of the importance of accepting diversity.
We’re learning about the joys of reading, one of our very favourite activities in class, and how to share and care for our books too.
Our pajama party was the highlight of the week as we all dressed up in our comfiest pajamas and snuggled up to read some of our favourite bedtime stories together.
Ms Claire, Ms Felicity, Ms Jasmine and Ms Wanna
Easter bonnets were worn with pride and the children did a wonderful job presenting them on the day. Thank you, parents, for helping to create such fun bonnets.
We began Term 3 with Book Week and reading Gill Pittar’s stories. We focused on the story Milly, Molly and the Bike Ride, and the children enjoyed joined in with repeated refrains when listening to it. We would like to give a special thanks to Hayley, Hay Lok’s sister, for being Mystery Reader during Book Week. The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to her storytelling and answered enthusiastically when asked questions.
To further reinforce the theme of Milly, Molly and the Bike Ride, K1 enjoyed an excursion to Road Safety Town.
The children also loved coming to school dressed in their pajamas and listened attentively whilst K3 read a story during the special bedtime story session and pajama party on the final day of Book Week.
We have now started our new topic Transportation. The students have already enjoyed playing with their favourite cars and trains, making different vehicle noises with friends, and creating their own paper boats. Water play has been a popular activity, and the students loved the process of predicting and then observing to see if their paper boats would sink or float during their science experiments.
Ms Urwashi and Ms Rebecca
The Magic of Science was an interesting and engaging area of study for the K2 class. They were introduced to new vocabulary, processes, experimentation and exploration of their senses, which induced much excitement and amazement for all involved. All students completed their assessments, and demonstrated that they have absorbed and understood the new information and are able to apply it in appropriate ways.
We completed Term 2 with a fun week of activities based on the theme of spring and Easter. The students learnt about baby animals and changes in our natural environment during spring time. During art class they used table painting to create mono prints on egg templates and experimented with cutting folded paper.
They also had a fun and educational morning of games during our Easter party and parents’ assembly.
When the students returned for Term 3, we celebrated World Book Day at the start of our annual Book Week celebrations. They learnt how to care for and mend broken books.
The students were transfixed by a number of stories from the Milly, Molly series by author Gill Pittar. The tales focus on helping children appreciate diversity and cope with some of the many challenges life has in store for them.
April was a relatively short month as we all enjoyed what we hope was a relaxing vacation. The K3 class continued investigating the world of Amazing Anatomy and created a challenging skeleton craft from straws. This really put to test their fine motor skills and they all produced excellent skeletons.
K3 were then put to the test during a written assessment based on the work covered during the previous five weeks. Their hard work has paid off as they showed excellent knowledge of the basic functions of the human body.
We then celebrated Easter in style by wearing beautiful homemade bonnets to school. After the fashion show, it was time to play some games, something that the K3 class knows how to do all too well. Pass the parcel, bunny bowling, easter egg races and word scrabbles were all part of the fun. It was a fantastic week of festive celebrations!
Although the K3 students play hard, they also work hard and this is evident in their math. They have successfully learnt a majority of their times tables and have been slowly introduced to the concept of fractions.
We look forward to the third and final term together. Let’s make it an unforgettable one!
Pre-Nursery children learnt about the characteristics of Spring through music, role play and other activities. They learnt that it is the season of bees, butterflies, and frogs. They enjoyed our Easter party a lot and had a well-deserved holiday too. Under the guidance of K3 students during Book Week, they learnt to mend books and listen attentively to stories. We hope they can develop the habit of reading and a love of exploring books from an early age.
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina) and Huang Laoshi (Ms Tracy)
During April, K1 reviewed the characteristics of the four seasons, celebrated Easter, and participated in reading activities. The children commented, “The weather is hot in summer” while cutting out sun shapes. They got immersed in the Easter atmosphere and enjoyed counting Easter eggs during their egg hunt. They also got joy from reading themselves and listening to their classmates read. Their language ability, social skills, and mathematical cognition are further enhanced.
Chen Laoshi (Ms May)
After The Magic of Science topic, we started the Spring/Easter theme. Through storytelling and painting activities, K2 learnt about spring weather and scenes. They explored the origin of Easter and how it’s celebrated. They’ve learnt the words Easter, Easter egg, Easter chicken, and Easter rabbit. They had great fun during our lively festive party at school. After the holidays, K2 enjoyed an eventful Book Week. They’ve developed good reading habits and interests. Well done, everyone!
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina)
During April, K3 developed an understanding of the climatic characteristics and scenes of spring by learning ancient poems and lyrics. They know that spring is a good time for living things to recover and for farmers to start farming. The children enjoyed making Easter rabbits from paper strips. K3 Chinese weekly dictations are also being carried out as usual, and it is evident that the children had developed good after-school study habits with the help of parents. After the Easter holiday, we celebrated Book Week. K3 were very patient and carefully guided the Pre-Nursery children on how to repair damaged books in school. Great work, K3!
Huang Laoshi (Ms Tracy)