This afternoon we challenged Mrs Hayward's class to a game of California Kickball.California Kickball is very similar to baseball except the pitcher rolls a large soft ball to you and you kick it instead of using a bat. It took some getting used to the rules but when we got the hang of it, it was great fun!
Yesterday was the ISS Sports Day. Students participated in a variety of field events including the shot put, vortex or javelin throw, target throw, soccer kick, 100 meter run, 200 meter and 4 x 100 G1-G3 race.
As a way of thanking families for all of their support this year, we decided to hold a Poetry Cafe.
We learned about acrostic poems, alliteration, diamante poems, free verse and free verse with rhymes. We wrote our own poems and made anthologies. Then we selected a few of our favourites to share at the cafe.
Over the course of the semester we have been recycling our food peels and making ecoenzymes. The ecoenzymes are now ready to be used as a cleaner, which is healthy for you and the environment. We hope you will enjoy using it and it will inspire you to make your own ecoenzymes at home.
Yesterday we made food for the cafe. We made cheese sandwiches and coconut date balls. We also made a program of events and a sign to put on the door.
Then today was the morning of the Poetry Cafe. We were very excited to share our poems with you and show you all the progress we have made in Grade 1.
We have been learning about number patterns in Math. Here is a great website if you want to try it at home!
This week we went on a field trip to Images of Singapore. We learned about how Singapore has changed over time, from a small fishing village to what it is today.
After the trip we reflected on what we had learned.
Gabriella: At the beginning, it was just a small village.
Julie: And people used to like to dance the manjang.
Charlie: And they had a lot of time to relax and do things.
Esther: And they were afraid of spirits.
Amy: There were tigers back then.
Reyansh: And they were Malay.
Charlie: And that was like 1819. They signed a treaty and Singapore was founded.
Esther: And we went to Chinatown.
Yoon Ho: And I had to do work.
Charlie: And everyone was supposed to work, but for like really low wages.
Esther: And lots of people started to come to Singapore from China, Malaysia and Indonesia to do work.
Gabriella: And then we were supposed to watch a movie. Remember?
Tesshin: It was a really old film.
Gabriella: And then the woman got a call on her phone. It was a really old phone. They said bombs were being dropped and we had to go to another room to safety.
Reyansh: But it wasn't real.
Eiji: It's because a long time ago there was a war and that really did happen. But fortunately now there is peace.
Charlie: That was in like 1941. And then it ended in 1945.
Eiji: After that there was peace. And Singapore became better and better to what it is today.
Esther: I want to know more about what happened to the tigers. Can we inquire into it more?
Eiji: Remember we learned that tigers were killed when they were making the old train station?
Reyansh: And also tigers were killed because they kept going near people.
Esther: But why were the killed?
Eiji: Because otherwise the tigers would have killed them.
Esther: But that's not fair. People and animals should be treated the same.
Charlie: But if the tigers didn't have land and couldn't find food, eventually they would die anyways.
Archan: There's just not enough space in Singapore for tigers and people. They should live in forests and in Singapore there aren't really any big forests anymore.
Esther: I still don't think it's right.
Gabriella: Maybe if they didn't kill the tigers, the tigers would have killed the people. Then there would be fewer and fewer people.
Reyansh: True. New people wouldn't come.
Gabriella: Eventually there would be no more people.
Archan: Just tigers and animals, forests.
Esther: But that would be okay.
Julie: Yes. It would be different. But okay too.
To find out more about how life had changed in our parents' and grandparents' lifetimes we wrote questionnaires and interviewed them. We have presenting our findings to the class and have noticed many similarities between life in our grandparents' generation and parents' generations, and some differences based on the countries we are from.
Yoon Ho: This is my Show & Tell abut how school changed in Korea. This is an old Korean system.
A long time ago, around a few hundred years, village people stayed together and lived together in the same space.
All the village people stayed together, worked together, studied together, washed laundry, etc.
Especially all village kids came to "Seo Dang" to study and learn together. Also all students had to wear hanboks. Last time people studied Chinese words. What is the "Seo Dang"?
I want to introduce you to the history. What do you want to do on Seo Dang?
Young kids learned manners in school. They learned to respect the teacher, parents and old people.
"Hung Jang" is called teacher. He is very strict to students. The teacher is same with parents. His word is powerful. Students must follow his words. Sometimes he scolded the students, but actually he loved the students, like always.
Hopefully as we are learning the last school system, Seo Dang, we need to learn to respect teachers and old people.
And this is what they ate. They get trays and the lunch servers put soup on it and chicken. And they wear hats. And they wear special clothes. At lunch time the teachers give them special aprons. And they eat with chopsticks.
Joshua: Your Show & Tell was very good, but I didn't hear all of the words.
Yoon Ho: Okay. I'll tell you a little more. The strict teacher says, "Pay attention!" "Silence!" It's just an example. He loves the students though.
Every child must wear a hat for special days.
They wore certain colours, like white and the hats were black.
And they had small desks and they studied.
Julie: You did a really nice job.
Reyansh: My Show & Tell is about video games and how video games have changed in time.
The history of video games goes as far back as the early 1950's when scientists began designing simple games. Video gaming did not get popularity until the 1970's and 80's with video arcade games and gaming consoles using joysticks, buttons and other controllers were introduced to the general public.
Since the 1980's, video gaming has become a popular form of entertainment and part of modern culture in most parts of the world.
Yoon Ho: What is that?
Reyansh: It is a joystick.
And this is a console. You put a tape in it and then you play it.
Origins of electronic computer games. The first game to be created solely for entertainment was Tennis for II.
Joshua: What is that thing?
Reyansh: That is the controller.
Space War was the first widely available computer game.
Esther: How did you control it?
Reyansh: With the keyboard.
Early arcade video games (1972-1978).
Pong was the first arcade game to ever receive universal acclaim. And you put the coins in.
Golden age of arcade video games (1978-1982).
Space Invaders was a popular game during the golden age. The game introduced many elements which would become the standard in video games.
The third generation of video games. The home video gaming consoles such as the Sega, Saturn, PlayStation and Nintendo became famous.
Sony, PlayStation, and Sega Saturn Transition to 3D and CD's and Mobile Phone Gaming.
The fifth generation is most noted for the rise of fully 3D games. Mobile phones began becoming video gaming platforms when Nokia installed Snake that could be played in very short moments such as waiting for a bus.
A lot of games were developed during this time period. Some games failed to impress while a lot are still very successful.
An original Nintendo 3DS, a PlayStation Vita, A Wii U, a PlayStation, an Xbox One S, A Nintendo Switch.
Kien: I loved your Show & Tell.
Eiji: You gave lots of information.
Ryan: You spoke a little too fast. Can you speak more slowly next time so I can understand?