November 20, 2021
Dear Elementary Families,
Numeracy Learning in elementary
Dear Elementary Families,
In the Elementary School, our mission is to inspire mathematics success for all students through a growth mindset and innovative teaching. The term "Growth Mindset" comes from the groundbreaking work of Carol Dweck. She identified that everyone holds ideas about their own potential. Some people believe that their intelligence is more or less fixed and in math - that you can do math or you can't. About 40% of students have these damaging "fixed mindset" ideas. Another 40 % have a "growth mindset" - they believe that they can learn anything and that their intelligence can grow. The other 20% waver between the two mindsets.
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Things got bright as messy as our KG1 students dived into Numeracy by exploring primary colors
Students of KG2FP have been Researchers, Communicators and Inquirers researching about different life cycles of living things of their choice. Children drew their life cycles and labeled it. They were able to talk about the life cycle using the right vocabulary. They also conducted an experiment where they planted beans in soil, rocks and sand. The children made predictions and observations on how the beans would grow in different mediums. They also had the opportunity to plant their own beans step by step in the outdoors. They were really excited to see their bean plants grow.
In numeracy, the students went on a shape hunt and enjoyed finding shapes around the school. They have been building different structures using different shapes and talking about differences and similarities of shapes. The class has also been using the outdoor space for writing and explorations. They celebrated their friend’s birthday (celebration of life) in an authentic way, (The child carries the earth (globe) and walks around the sun once for each year of his life). They were so excited to wear sporty clothes and do some exercises in class to remain fit.
There were a lot of things going on in KG2 SV the past few weeks.
In Literacy students applied their segmenting skills to read and write CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words, learned new sight words, wrote a small moment story or a personal narrative recalling loosely linked events , demonstrated their understanding of the writing process (organization, transition, details, punctuation and editing), and read books while trying to decode bigger words by touching every word we read, and sounding out letters.
During Numeracy the focus was on 2D shapes (Naming it in different orientations and sizes, and sorting and classifying it into different categories). They practiced making numbers smaller by taking one away (one less in numbers 0-10, and higher if they were ready).
Within Inquiry they tracked the growth of seeds and were excited to take them home to plant in soil (discovering how living things change as they grow). The students looked into life cycles. They also conducted their independent research based on their favorite living thing, which will continue next week. We celebrated the Dubai 30 x 30 challenge by dressing up and doing some exercises.
Craig CantlieExecutive Principal of Elementary (K - Grade 5)firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathalie SalemehElementary Principal, Grades 4 and email@example.com
Noha BisharaAssistant Elementary Principal, Grades 2 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Tooshna GandhiAssistant Elementary Principal, KG1, KG2 and Grade email@example.com