Anri: Yukata is a summer kimono. I wear this at Summer Festival.
Olivia: Is that your mom?
Ben: Then who is it?
Ms Leah: Your teacher?
Ben: Where is the yukata from?
Olivia: Is that your sister?
Anri: No. My friend.
Olivia: Is your friend from Japan?
Ms Florence: I think you have one in your bag. Do you want me to help you put it on?
Amelia: That is so cute!
Cinderella: You look really nice.
Ben: I have worn a kimono before. I have one at home.
Ms Leah: Is yours a kimono or a yukata?
Ben: What's the difference?
We did some research to find out.
Amelia: The yukata is shorter.
Ben: The kimono is longer.
Olivia: The kimono is expensive.
JiaRui: The yukata is cheaper.
Charlie: The kimono you wear socks. The yukata you don't need to.
Amelia: The yukata a long time ago was only for inside.
Charlie: Now you can wear them outside. People wear them to fireworks.
Olivia: The kimono you wear for going out, for like parties.
Ben: The yukata is made of cotton.
Charlie: When do you wear it?
Olivia: For summer festival.
Charlie: What is summer festival?
Andy: My Show & Tell is in this box. It is a stamp from China. You stamp the stamp on paper, like this. Do you know what it says on it? This book belongs to Andy.
JiaRui: What is inside the box?
Andy: The stamp.
Olivia: Is it Mandarin?
Amelia: The box looks quite old.
Andy: The box is very, very old. It's from 1848, the year 1848. I wasn't even born yet. And my mommy and daddy weren't even born yet.
Amelia: How can you have it then?
Andy: My grandfather bought it.
Ray: How? Your grandfather wasn't born yet. 1848 is a long time ago.
We did the math together. We discovered it was 169 years ago!
Ray: Maybe it was your grandfather's father or grandfather's grandfather.
JiaRui: But if it is so old, how can it say 'this book belongs to Ben'? You weren't even born yet.
Andy: The box is old, but not this stamp.
Amelia: Or maybe he bought it from someone.
JiaRui: Why is it so messy inside?
Andy: Because it is old.
JiaRui: But what is all of that?
Amelia: It's the ink.
Andy: Would you like to try it? Maybe each of you can try it. You do it like this.
Ms Leah: For my Show & Tell, I brought one of my shirts. The reason I brought it is it a Vancouver Canucks shirt. The Vancouver Canucks are my favourite hockey team, and hockey is one of my favourite sports.
Olivia: Is that where you are from Ms Leah?
Ms Leah: Yes, I'm from Vancouver, which is on the west coast of Canada. Here is Canada and here is the United States. Vancouver is right here.
Hockey is a sport played on ice.
Ben: Oh, I know it! They play it in the United States too.
Cinderella: Me too. I saw it in a movie before.
Ms Leah: Yes, hockey is also popular in the United States. It's popular in countries which have cold winters. It is a sport played on ice with a stick and a puck, like this. You try to put the puck in the other team's goal.
Cinderella: And there is a referee. In a striped shirt.
Ms Leah: That's right. The referee sometimes calls penalties, which means that the player has to go sit in the penalty box for two or five minutes and the other team has an extra player on the ice. It's called a power play.
JiaRui: Like a time out.
Ms Leah: Yes, like a time out. Players get penalties for things like tripping or high sticking.
Charlie: I think I know. Can we see it?
Olivia: That's your team, right Ms Leah?
Ben: Yes, that's the same team.
Amelia: Vancouver Canucks.
JiaRui: Is that where you play?
Ms Leah: I've never played ice hockey. I've only played street hockey for fun with my family or friends. That's where the Canucks play, though. That's Vancouver. The other team is the Calgary Flames. Calgary is also in Canada.
Andy: Girls don't play hockey, right?
JiaRui: No, because it's too rough.
Ben: Or maybe they do?
Charlie: Can we find out?
Ben: Lets use Google to find out. I love Google!
Olivia: Yes, I know it. Korea they also play.
Ms Leah: Yes, it is popular in most countries with cold winters. You can also play hockey in Singapore, though.
Amelia: Today I want to talk about rugby. Rugby was invented in England at a school called Rugby School. Rugby is a sport that is played like this. I wanted to talk about rugby because it is a sport my family likes to watch.
And these are signs we hold up like this if there is a try. And when we are finished, we can fold it up like this and clap like this.
I got my rugby ball in Singapore. I like my rugby ball because it looks kind of funny, like an egg.
Ben: How did you make those? Are they out of cardboard?
Amelia: Yes. We got them at a game before it started. Some had writing on. My mom put the writing on this one.
Ray: What material is the ball made of?
Ben: Maybe rubber.
JaiRui: What team's ball is it?
Amelia: I'm not sure.
Charlie: What do you do with the ball?
Amelia: You throw the ball behind you and pass it. You try to get a try. If you get a try, then you put the ball down over the line, like this. Then you kick the ball over.
Ms Leah:Did you get the ball at Singapore Rugby Sevens?
Ben: I love rugby sevens!
Ms Leah: Do you prefer rugby sevens or fifteens?
Mrs Goh: What's the difference between rugby sevens and fifteens?
Amelia: I'm not sure.
We decided to do some research and find out. We watched some of a game of a fifteens game.
Then we watched some of a video of a rugby sevens game.
We made comparisons.
Ben: Rugby fifteens has more people on the field and sevens has less.
JiaRui: Because rugby fifteens means fifteen players and sevens is only seven.
Olivia: Sevens is faster.
Charlie: And the game is short.
Andy: Do you play rugby or just watch?
Amelia: No, I just watch.
Ray: Because girls don't play rugby.
Ms Leah: Don't they?
JiaRui: Yes, they do.
We decided to find out. We did a search on YouTube and discovered that they do.
Charlie: How about sevens? Do they play sevens too?
Andy: But how do throw it?
Amelia: You have to try and spin it. Like this.
Ben: Can I try?
JiaRui: Can I hold it?
Irfan: Can I?
Charlie: But how do you score the try?
Ben: Can we play?
JiaRui: It's too rough.
Ms Anita: It is quite a rough sport, isn't it? That's why some people play touch rugby instead. Instead of tacking the other players, you just touch them and they put down the ball.
We plan to play some touch rugby tomorrow.
This week we visited the library and borrowed books to take home.
We are looking forward to reading our library books at home this week. We will exchange them every Tuesday.
We had a great first week of school catching up with old pals and welcoming and getting to know our new friends! We learned our new classroom and school routines, and talked about the 4 be's.
We did a jigsaw activity and brainstormed what the 4 be's look like, sound like and feel like.
Then we made paper mache bees for our classroom, and painted them.
In Math we looked at numbers to 20 (and beyond) and played games to develop our number knowledge, practice counting, and add numbers to 20.
In Literacy, we were introduced to one element of the Daily 5 programme, Read to Self. We've talked about finding a good-fit book, as well as the three ways to read a book (read the words, read the pictures, and retell a story). We've been working on building our reading stamina, which on Friday went up to 13 minutes! Keep up the great work, everyone!
We took advantage of a rainy day recess and all worked cooperatively to build together with lego.
All in all, it was a great first week of school!