Week of 15th – 19th

Dear EY1 Families,

Happy Monday!

First, we would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome Map and his family to the KIS Community. Map joined our EY1 class and his sister, Pam, joined an EY2 class.

Special Helpers 
Your EY1 student may have gone home last week talking about “Special Helpers.” Each day, a student’s name is randomly drawn from Class A and Class B to be our Special Helpers for a day. Names are drawn until every student has had a chance and then we start again. Being a Special Helper gives the student a chance to practice responsibility. “Jobs” include being a line leader, helping teachers demonstrate an activity, turning on and off the lights when needed, etc. So far, their favourite is being the line leader for the day, where they are setting an example to friends on how to line up and how to transition safely throughout the school. 

Fire Drill
The whole school had our first Fire Drill for this school and our EY1’s did FABULOUSLY! We shared with the children ahead of time of what to expect and this is just a practice. The important thing is to stay calm, quiet, listen and walk. They did all that!

New Check-in’s
Since parents cannot come into the classroom at the moment, we thought we would share some photos of the new check-in activities for the parents who are curious and interested. One of the activities will change weekly to reflect the skills we are working on with the children.

Reflecting on last weeks learning 

Last week we celebrated both Valentines and Chinese New Year and Ms Sian shared a special celebration that is unique to her country (New Zealand) called ‘Waitangi Day’.

Valentines cards: We spent a lot of time and effort into our special valentines cards this week. It was quite a process with many steps being taken over a few days this week:

Step 1: First we had to draw a picture and write our names on the inside of our cards. We used our words to explain our mark making, supporting our development of language, hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Step 2: Painting out hands to make our red hand prints. 

Step 3: When our handprints were dry we were able to use a qtip to paint the black seeds on the strawberries. 

Step 4: We then needed to glue our hand prints, the strawberry stems and the words ‘I Love You Berry Much’ on to the front of our cards.

The children took great pride in their work and were very excited to share them with you on Friday.

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021

We read and listened to stories about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated in China. We learned that the Chinese use 12 animals to help them keep track of the year and that this year is the Year of the Ox. The story, The Great Race helped us understand how these 12 animals were chosen. The children were then invited to make their own ox craft for Fun Friday.

Link to story: The Great Race


Lanterns: The children worked hard this week making their Chinese lanterns that were then hung in the Atrium. They practise their cutting and listening skills as they followed the instructions on how to make the lanterns. Some of the children were able to see them being hung in the afternoon and were very excited to see their work being put on display in the PYP building.

Waitangi Day – The Taniwha story and song:

The children of Aotearoa (New Zealand) have grown up listening to wonderful tales of the Taniwha. A Taniwha is a mythical creature who lived in the river near Maori towns and villages. The Taniwha protected the children and village people from danger and scared away evil spirits. The children really enjoyed listening to the Maori legend about a Taniwha and a little boy who goes on wonderful adventures together. They travel under the water and see amazing animals and treasures. It is based on the song ‘I saw a Taniwha’ which the children loved learning today. The children were encouraged to come up and help add all the sea animals to the story by drawing them on the whiteboard. 

Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for children to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures and international mindedness as they develop a positive attitude towards people from different lands, races and religions.

Links to new songs:

Chinese Dragon Dance


Taniwha song


Looking ahead:

February 25th and 26th – No school for students.

March 8th – 12th – Parent Teacher Conferences (More information to come).

Have a great week!

EY1 Team

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