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Dear parents,

 yesterday the children had a lesson with Ms Donella Mercieca about Nutrition and Rest. They watched videos as well as played a BINGO game (see photos below).

Ms Claudine

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Dear parents,

as a continuation of the lessons about handwashing and a healthy lunchbox, yesterday we discussed different healthy habits that we should practice like exercise, handwashing, eat fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of water etc as well as about others we should avoid such as eating junk food and sweets and spending a lot of time watching tv or playing computer games.

As shown in the photos and videos below, the children had the opportunity to revise addition and subtraction sums, move the beebot onto the numbered mat according to the answers and finally tell him (the beebot) whether the picture next to each number shows a healthy or unhealthy habit. In another activity they also sorted out the pictures of the different habits as good or bad practices using tuxpaint.

Ms Claudine

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Dear parents,

as you well know, busy kids need a healthy school lunch to boost their energy and help them concentrate and learn, especially in the afternoon. One of this week’s lessons was about the importance of a healthy lunchbox where we talked about foods that keep them healthy as well as others that are less healthy. They also had the opportunity to create a virtual lunchbox using tuxpaint. They were given the chance to decide for themselves which healthy food to put in their lunchbox and healthy drinks to go with the food of course :). While some were working on the computer others did the same activity in groups by colouring and then cutting pictures of food and pasting them on a lunchbox printable. Then they swapped activity.

You can see videos and photos of them creating their lunchboxbelow.

A good website which in my opinion, can provide you with some good healthy lunchbox ideas and recipes is:

http://www.freshforkids.com.au/lunch_box/lunch_box.html

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Dear parents,

today, our school kitchen was filled with 48 little cooks where together with their year 1 teachers and LSA we cooked Banana Muffins. As you can see from the photos, the little ones were really excited and eager to put their hands on the cookery utensils and ingredients. It was a really enjoyable and learning experience. The healthy recipe can also be found in the slideshow below for those of you who wish to try it with their kids again at home. Enjoy! 🙂

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Dear parents,
during yesterday’s Design & Technology lesson with Ms Olivari Saliba, the kids continued to develop what they had started a fortnight ago. The children were again given plastic shapes but this time, they used fine motor skills and co-ordination to trace around the plastic shapes and to form pictures of various objects like robots, flying saucers, houses, trees, trucks etc.  Tracing around shapes might seem a simple enough task for us adults and is taken for granted but for young children it’s quite challenging.
This activity also helped them to think ‘outside the box’ and to find ways in which to pictorially represent things with complex shapes using only the few simple geometric shapes which they are provided with.  For example, children used a hexagon to show a face or a truck’s wheels and triangles to represent a robot’s legs and Christmas trees.
Ms Claudine

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The children were seated in a circle and provided with some glittery pencils. They were told to pass these pencils full of glitters round, having them hold the pencils in both hands before passing them on. The children soon realised that they got glitter on their hands. I pointed out that the glitter came from the shared pencils and explained that germs travel in the same way by riding on shared objects, hands and clothes. We finally sang the song Wash Them Well (which can be accessed when clicking on the link below) and together went to wash our hands to get rid of the glitter germs (while singing the song and handwashing at the same time to encourage them to take the right amount of time for proper handwashing 15-20 seconds)  🙂

Wash them well

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This presentation / story was created by me with the help of my students and IT teacher Mr Grima.

First, the topic was introduced when pictures, were shown to the kids to emphasise the importance of hand washing example after touching a pet, playing at the park, making crafts and touching our nose or mouth (especially when sick).

It was drawn to their attention that the sequence of pictures lacked sound and text and needs to form a proper story like when reading books online. The children discussed with me what sentences to write under each picture . Some typed the sentences under each picture on the software Microsoft Office Powerpoint. Next, the pictures with the text were imported onto the program Microsoft Photostory.

Afterwards it was time for “recording point”! Some children were invited to add voice to the sentences by recording their own voice whilst reading them.

This way of working was really fun for the kids as they were creating their own story in a very informal way while making use of IT tools. The recordings allowed the children to then listen to their own voice thus making them more aware of the importance of good pronunciation. This activity also provided a good opportunity to practice writing and speaking skills. Children worked in pairs or together as a group.

Finally I added some background music and motions to the pictures.

The children are very proud to have created this presentation and is now accessible to their parents, relatives and friends. 🙂 Below you can watch the video of the presentation as well as other videos and photos of the writing process.

Photos of another activity called “Glitter Germs” to help children learn how germs are shared and transmitted will be posted soon.

 

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