October @ Mills
Message from the School Director 校長的話
What a fun and eventful month of October we have had, with our autumn-themed activities culminating in a Halloween party full of games, music, and competitions!
Dear parents and children,
The children were well rested after their mid-term break and ready for more exploration, discovery, and learning during the second half of Term 1.
We were thrilled to have so many parents support the children during their first parents’ assembly on 28 October, when they presented a wide range of English and Mandarin songs based on the theme Look What We’re Learning. Many of our young students had not performed to an audience before, and it’s not an easy thing to do at first. Tackling new challenges is, however, a wonderful opportunity for the children to discover what they’re capable of, gain new skills, and develop self-confidence. During the practice sessions in class and the presentation in assembly we witnessed them flex their creative muscles, have fun, and discover the benefits of working together as they learnt their words, sang their songs, and moved to the dance routines. These types of activities stimulate the body and the mind, and can have a positive effect on children’s emotional behaviour and development. If done often enough, they help develop social, motor, emotional, and language development. Let’s recognise both the challenges and the benefits of these activities for young children – please encourage them and don’t forget to applaud their wonderful efforts each time!
我們於10 月8 日舉行了第一次家長日，當日很多家長親臨學校參觀，大家都感到非常興奮，他們演唱了多首跟「看看我們在學什麼」主題相關的英文和國語歌曲；當中有部份學生從未試過面對觀眾表演，首次嘗試實不容易；透過迎接新挑戰讓孩子發掘自己的能力、學習新技能和建立自信。透過課堂和集會練習，我們目睹學生展示他們的肌肉、享受當中樂趣，並發現孩子們一同學習單詞、唱歌和跳舞的好處。這類唱遊活動不但可以刺激孩子的身體發展和思維，更對他們的情緒行為和發展有正面的影響；如果持續練習，有助孩子發展他們的社交、身體協調、情感和語言發展。讓我們一起見證這些活動為年幼孩子帶來的益處，每次在他們表演唱歌後請以熱烈的掌聲來鼓勵他們！
It was also nice to welcome some of our families to the Family Art Jam on 26 October and we look forward to more of you joining in the fun during future events throughout the year.
School excursions are a great way for students to gain educational experiences away from their regular daily schedules, and during October there were more opportunities provided for extended learning in a variety of situations and environments.
What fun we had on 31 October with teachers and students getting into the spirit of Halloween by dressing up in creative and inspiring costumes. Activities and games included Catch the Piranha, Pin the Eyes On Frankenstein and Assemble the Skeleton, amongst many others. All of these fun group activities developed teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills, as well as gross and fine motor development.
As the weather begins to cool in November, K1 to K3 students will have their physical education lessons outdoors, weather permitting, and this is sure to be fun and invigorating!
踏進11 月，秋意漸濃，K1 至K3 的學生於天朗氣清的日子將於戶外上體育課，屆時一定會充滿歡笑聲和朝氣！
Note that students will change from summer to winter uniforms by mid-November, so please complete your winter uniform order form and return it to administration as soon as possible.
Please feel free to contact me at any time to provide feedback or to discuss any concerns you may have.
With the cool months finally upon us, Playgroup students have been exploring the themes Autumn and Watch Me Grow!
We talked about trees changing colour when the weather becomes cooler and the children loved looking through cellophane paper and watching as their world turn yellow and red!
They especially enjoyed our sensory autumn leaf painting activity, when we used fingers to paint leaves in orange, red, and green.
As part of the theme Watch Me Grow, we’ve been learning about how important it is to do exercise. Every Playgroup class involves some physical development and movement activities to encourage students to stretch and play, and engage their gross and fine motor skills!
For our theme Watch Me Grow, we used height charts to explore the concept of growth. Our students even planted green beans themselves and look how much the plants have grown!
The children loved listening to the story Baby Owls and made their own baby owls at night.
Pretend play is great fun for young children and Playgroup students had a chance to imagine being grown-ups as they role played as doctors and chefs this month.
Our Playgroup classes are lots of hands-on-fun for mummies, daddies, aunties, and grannies and grandpas too! We love exploring and learning together.
Ms Slava and Ms Louise
This month Pre-Nursery students focused on the topic Colours and Shapes Make My World. The children loved exploring the different coloured water beads in the sensory bins and were amazed by how squishy, slippery, and bouncy the beads are once soaked in water. They carefully scooped up the beads into small containers – a fun way to develop good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
這個月預備班的學習主題為「創造我世界的顏色和形狀」。孩子們喜歡在感官箱 中探索不同顏色的珠子,見到顔色珠子浸泡在水中後變得柔軟、滑溜、富彈性 而感到驚訝。他們小心翼翼地將珠子舀到小容器裏,是一個有趣又能訓練手眼 協調和小手肌的活動。
They’ve been learning to identify colours through sorting and matching up toys according to their respective colours. Using colour matching to make creative collages provided further practise for the children.
They also enjoyed using both hands to mix paint and discovered how to create new colours during the process – a wonderfully tactile introduction to colour theory and science! Mixing different coloured paints inside ziplock bags proved very engaging too.
他們也十分喜歡用雙手混合顏料,並在這個過程中發現如何創造新的顏色 - 這是對色彩理論和科學的首個觸感接觸! 在密實膠袋中混合不同顏色的顏料也十分有趣。
They love gross motor skills exercises too, and have great fun learning to flex their bodies by bending and stretching during warm-up activities in the Wonder Room.
We also spend much-loved time in the library and the children enjoy selecting favourite storybooks for us to read together.
We’ve also created our very own non-scary ghosts and jack-o’-lanterns, and were excited to finish the month with our Halloween party at school!
Let’s continue to enjoy learning about different things while becoming independent and expressive thinkers!
Ms Eloisa and Ms Felicity
Our theme Animal Magic has concluded and the students did a fantastic job during their recent assessments. They are now able to name and sort animals into farm, jungle, and aquatic groups. They’re also doing a wonderful job completing their homework on time. Thank you, parents, for supporting your children and getting them into a healthy routine.
This past month we have been studying the theme I Am Growing Up and the children have been exploring topics such as healthy eating, the five senses, and our emotions. They have also been learning to make comparisons between how they looked as a baby and how they look now.
Thank you for sending in the adorable photos of the students – we had lots of fun guessing who each baby was and discussing how they have changed over the years. They also enjoyed making their own personalised booklet, colouring it with their favourite colour, and drawing their favourite things inside.
感謝您為孩子準備的可愛照片 - 我們一起猜每張相片裏的孩子是誰,並討論他們於過去數年間的變化。他們還很喜歡製作自己的個人小冊子,用自己喜愛的顏色填色,並在裡面畫出自己喜歡的東西。
Our K1’s have also been proudly sharing and demonstrating how independent they are by putting on their shoes by themselves, caring for their classmates, and tidying up after snack time.
They had lots of fun during our theme-based obstacle course race! This involved the students having to first make their bed then crawl through the tunnel and put on their shoes as quick as they could. The students demonstrated confidence and were excited to be able to complete the course all by themselves.
In order to develop good hand-eye coordination, the children have been practising paper tearing, modeling with play dough, and threading. One of the fine motor activities they particularly enjoyed was using clothes pins to hang toy clothes on the washing line! What a great way for them to learn practical life skills and experience how to dry clothes after washing them.
This is a wonderful theme to enhance their understanding of the world and develop their personal, social and emotional skills and we look forward to exploring it further during November.
Ms Urwashi and Ms Jasmine
Students have shown fantastic progress during October. The month began by completing our Tell Me a Story topic, and they have also completed their first topic-based assessment. They all demonstrated an ability to remember and recall the characters and the features of specific books, and also the ability to retell scenes from various stories in correct sequential order. Students where also asked to draw a picture of their favourite character from any of the stories studied.
We have now started our new theme, Mini-beasts, and learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly. Creative caterpillars were made and students wrote a letter of their name on each body segment.
Autumn and halloween were also explored this month and the children enjoyed creating spider hats!
Our phonics and numeracy programmes are progressing well. We have completed the full alphabet review and during Jolly Phonics activities students are starting to identify both beginning and ending sounds as well as read three letter words. In Numeracy, we have focused on counting to 50 using a number line, writing numbers 1 – 20, and addition of single digit numbers using manipulatives such as blocks, beads, pom poms, and toy insects.
Fortunately we have had good weather recently so using magnifying glasses to search for different types of mini-beasts in the park has been a hit with the students. Outdoor physical education classes are also popular. We’ve been exerting extra energy and developing our ball skills. Students focused on controlling a ball through a course of cones using their feet only. This has proven to be challenging for most of the children as their reactions and coordination skills are still developing. We have great fun during these lessons and it is important for the students to enjoy physical activity to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
October has been an electrical month for the K3 class as we explored our new theme Switch on the Light. The theme was broken down into smaller topics, the first of which was ‘light’. The students explored what light is, where it comes from, why it is important, and differentiated between natural and artificial light.
‘Electricity’ was the next topic and circuits were briefly introduced. With such a bright and willing group of students we should be drawing and building circuits in no time.
We also hope to explore alternative sources of energy later this year to understand how we can build a better future for all human kind.
What would school be without some fun? The K3 class always makes time for physical activity and this month we have focused on balance and coordination. Although there are still some natural wobbles present, the students have shown great improvements in class and have become more knowledgeable about how the human body works. A range of developmental games have been played, but Stuck-In-the-Mud has certainly been a favourite.
如果沒有樂趣，學校會怎樣？K3 課程總會為體育活動騰出時間。本月，我們專注學習身體的平衡與協調。儘管在各種身體測試中仍然存在一些自然的擺動，但是學生在課堂上已展現了很大的進步，並且對人體的運作有更深的了解。孩子參與了一系列的成長發展遊戲，但「給泥濘困住了」 肯定是最受歡迎的一個。
Students also continued in their quest to learn how to play the ukulele. It has been amazing to see how quickly they were able to hold a rhythm whilst switching continuously between two chords.
K3 students continue to develop and grow in a fun and nurturing environment. Show and tell is a wonderful way to gain confidence in presentation skills, learn how to ask questions in a formal setting, and enjoy sharing favourite items with their friends in class.
Although the next couple of months will be jam-packed with exciting activities, the K3 class is always ready for a challenge and we look forward to sharing more exciting news with you soon!
雖然接下來幾個月的活動非常緊湊，但 K3 學⽣隨時準備迎接挑戰，我們期待與你分享更多刺激有趣的事情！
Pre-Nursery students have been learning about different colours through storytelling and songs for their topic Colours and Shapes Make My World. They were able to match coloured cards to corresponding coloured balloons, and identify and say the colours in Mandarin. For the game Matching Candies they did a great job recognising coloured candies and putting them into matching candy jars. We look forward to exploring more colours and shapes during November.
Ms Selina (Fan Lao-shi) and Ms Tracy (Huang Lao-shi) 范老師和黃老師
K1 students have been exploring the theme I Am Growing Up and they understand that they have grown up from a baby to a three year old child. They’ve also been showing their caring side by taking care of the baby doll. Fine motor skills have been developing further with students threading ribbon through small holes and kneading paper into small balls. The students are very proud of their growth and development.
Ms Circle (Wu Lao-shi) 吳老師
K2 students have been investigating the natural world for their theme Mini-beasts and have been learning about small creatures such as butterflies, spiders, and snails. They observed models of mini-beasts and increased their interest further by exploring stories such as The Mystery of Nature, Three Butterflies, and Home Underground.
Ms Selina (Fan Lao-shi) 范老師
K3 students showed great interest in shadow play during their previous theme and we continued to explore this technique during their current theme Switch On the Light. Students understand the importance of light and can now classify different light sources. They watched a video about Thomas Alva Edison and explored the history of the invention of electric light. In order to share shadow play with more children, K3 used this technique to perform the poem Four Times at the recent parents’ assembly.
Ms Tracy (Huang Lao-shi) 黃老師