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Head of Primary Message Week 10

With our continued focus on Mastery Learning in Maths, we are delighted to be participating in Barvember. It is great to see students from Year 1 to Year 6 completing daily Maths challenges with increasing confidence. I hope that parents are also enjoying the opportunity to tackle bar modelling word problems with their own children. Congratulations to the very select number of students who have attempted the additional daily challenges. These really are very tricky indeed.

This week, we have continued to celebrate Free Write Friday at ISB with a showcase of some of the items posted to Seesaw over the last few weeks. Writing takes many different forms and it is incredible to see the progress being made in all areas. Seesaw provides a fantastic platform for sharing and collaborating, more excellent writing is showcased on the Great Work Blogs. Any item posted to the Great Work Blogs will be converted into a House Point. Congratulations to Penyu Green House who have maintained a lead for the last ten weeks.

We have launched the latest Primary Gifted and Talented programme this week: Rez & Tang. Providing opportunities for students of all abilities is part of what ensures Everyone Excels. Once the programme progresses, further opportunities will be available to a wider cohort of students, and we are delighted to be working closely with Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia on this project.

ISB continues to support the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in the measures being taken to extend the vaccination programme to students 12 years and above. During our allocated time slot (to be confirmed by the MOH and MOE), there will be a reduction in live lessons on Zoom. This is to ensure that all families have every opportunity to attend the vaccination session if they choose to do so. All items and lessons will continue in Seesaw on this day, but the only Zoom sessions will be the morning registration and the afternoon session. During this day (to be confirmed), Year Groups will also offer ‘drop-in’ sessions for any student requiring support. As soon as we have confirmation of the date and time, we will write to parents and amend schedules accordingly just for that day.

Students in Early Years (Pre Kindy, Kindy and Reception) have been very active in Seesaw this week and their learning journey continues at an impressive rate. Students have enjoyed Pen Disco, segmenting and blending in Phonics, exploring the composition of numbers using bean bags, singing, painting, subitising in Maths, reading and enjoying stories, making parachutes, participating in Yoga, Inventuring with Greg Bottrill, making and manipulating Playdough, problem solving, making pompoms, experimenting with sound, making rhythms with their bodies and baking muffins.

Well done to everyone for the continued hard work and dedication to learning. Thank you also to parents and guardians for continuing to allow us to guide your children. It is always a pleasure and we are particularly enjoying the collaboration with parents.

Mr Michael Everett | Head of Primary

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