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VCOP – Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation

Isabelle has been learning all about Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation this term as part of her Literacy circulam.

They put on a fabulous end of year show complete with a song to the tune of Village People’s YMCA – VCOP.  FANTASTIC!!

Maddie, Isabelle, Ava, Saskia and Sarah

Maddie, Isabelle, Ava, Sophia, Saskia and Sarah

She had 1 line to say and also to introduce the VCOP song with Ava.  (2.38 minutes long.)

It was a fun show and a great showcase of talent across the whole class.

Isabelle, Ava, Sophia, Saskia and Sarah.

Isabelle, Ava, Sophia, Saskia and Sarah.

As both children get ready to finish the school year, they have just been informed of their classes for next year.  Isabelle will be moving into 4B with her new teacher Mrs Sinclair and Oliver is moving into Year 1 with Mrs Finan.  About a month ago all the children were asked to complete “top 5 friends list” for consideration of class placement for next year.    Both of my children are happy that they got 3 out of their 5 for classmates for 2013/14!

Last Thursday and Friday were transition days for their new teachers and classes.  Thank goodness they came home very happy to come back after the summer holidays as they liked their new teachers!  This is a good thing as their current teachers are FANTASTIC and have managed to inspire them both to be the best that they can be, work hard, love learning and have fun while doing all of that!

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Mini-Beasts

Oliver has been learning all about Mini-Beasts this term.  Anything from worms to spiders to ladybirds has been been discussed and di-sected this term!  We have had some fabulous dinner conversations about all sorts of animals, insects and flying beasts. Oliver has really enjoyed this subject!  The end of this term subject resulted in an end of year show on “mini beasts”.  Oliver had 1 line to practice to say:

He was the best at delivering his line (because Owen and I had him practicing saying it from his bedroom at the opposite end of the house – loud and clear to us in the living room!!)

His class were divided into Spiders and Ladybugs.  Oliver was a Spider and had made his own costume!  He loved this topic and every night was full of stories and examples of all the different “mini beasts” that he had learnt about!

I love my Spider mini beast costume!!

I love my Spider mini beast costume!!

I made all this myself

I made all this myself

Oliver made a spider cupcake for Owen to enjoy!

Oliver made a spider cupcake for Owen to enjoy!

All the kids also made "wiggly worms" for the adults to enjoy!

All the kids also made “wiggly worms” for the adults to enjoy!

What a fantastic end to Reception for Oliver.  He is sooooo ready to move into Year 1 now!

Sports Days and Dragons Rule!!

It is Sports Day season at BISS.  The school groups the competition days into groups and Tuesday May 7th was Isabelle’s sports day at BISS as part of the Year 3 and Year 4 grouping.  There are 4 Houses at BISS: Dragons, Monkeys, Panda’s and Tigers.  Siblings are always placed in the same house – Isabelle and Oliver are both Dragons who are represented by Red T-shirts.  There are many “House” events during the year and all the students take great pride in earning house points for their respective allegiance.  Both children also have the opportunity to earn points throughout the year for excelling in the school values and outstanding efforts.  This is a great motivator!!

The Athletic Field was set up with different stations that each team rotated through.  The parents walked around the outside of this area to cheer on their child.  They spent 5 minutes on each activity as a team to try to earn as many points as possible on each one.

The Dragons: Ava and Ethan are also Dragons!

The Dragons: Ava and Ethan are also Dragons!  Lined up ready to win as many House Points as possible.

Action shot over the hurdles.

Action shot over the hurdles.

Running and balancing the ball on the tennis racket.

Running and balancing the ball on the tennis racket.

Relay time!

Relay time!  Run, Isabelle, Run!

Long jump - she had several go's at this one and got better with each attempt.

Long jump – she had several go’s at this one and got better with each attempt.

Isabelle was very fast at this one.  Plus her teacher, Mrs Scrymgeour, was running this activity so she worked extra hard at this one!!

Isabelle was very fast at this one. Plus her teacher, Mrs Scrymgeour, was running this activity so she worked extra hard at this one!!

Potato and spoon

Potato and spoon

Shotput

Shotput

The event included many different activities: relay, balancing the ball on the tennis racket, hurdles, bean bag balance on heads, long jump, potato and spoon, balance bars, sack race, shot put, running and a water transfer race.  Isabelle said that she enjoyed the water race the most, but the rest station was her favourite part of Sports Day!!  All of the children were out playing competitively from 9:00 – 12:00 so it was a long morning of sports.  Monkeys came first for this year grouping, but the Dragons second place was only by 3 points!  (Not bad when you are in the 1000’s of points……)

"I am so happy to do Sports Day with my best friend"

Cheering each other on.  “I am so happy to do Sports Day with my best friend”

Wednesday May 8th  was Nursery and Reception Sports Day.  This event was only for 1 hour as they do 2 minutes on each activity.  It is set up in the same way with different stations on the Athletic field that the parents walk around to cheer.  Oliver had 3 team mates in his class that are Dragons: Seren, Ben and Emma.  All of whom he really likes and plays well with.  This little team displayed fantastic team spirit throughout the entire event.  They were continually cheering each other on, helping with the transitions and generally wanting to win.  They all displayed huge competitive spirit, and the parents of these children were just as competitive as we were very loudly shouting and cheering for the Dragons!!

Hurdles

Hurdles (it was a little chilly to start off)  Very unseasonable for Shanghai!

The hurdles was one of Oliver’s favourites.  We were so proud of him because he very obviously put his heart and soul into every single event and tried his very best at each one.  He wears his heart on his sleeve and you could clearly see when he was happy with his performance and when he was disappointed in himself.  We were also very proud of his team spirit as he was so supportive and encouraging of his team mates.

Run along the balance bar and then jump into the hoop passing it over your head, then run very fast back!

Run along the balance bar and then jump into the hoop passing it over your head, then run very fast back!  This was another favourite of Oliver’s

Over the head!

Over the head!

Throwing the bean bags in the hoop (point for each).  Oliver is delighted with his efforts!

Throwing the bean bags in the hoop (point for each). Oliver is delighted with his efforts!

The Dragons team here have just found out that they won the last round which was bean bags in the hoop!

The Dragons team here have just found out that they won the last round which was bean bags in the hoop!

Balancing the ball on the tennis racket.

Balancing the ball on the tennis racket.

Oliver was very creative with this one as he discovered that it would go further if he kicked it rather than push it!

Oliver was very creative with this one as he discovered that it would go further if he kicked it rather than push it!

Balancing the hoop on his head.

Balancing the hoop on his head.

Excellent result for Dragons today as the combined scores for the Dragons in Nursery and Reception meant that they had won the trophy.  Oliver, Ben, Seren and Emma were over the moon with excitement and delight!

Dragons won!

Dragons won!

Dads and Lads plus a Girlie night out

Saturday night was the Annual Dad’s and Lad’s campout at BISS.  Owen was not looking forward to this as his arm is still in a cast and he definitely does not like sleeping on the ground anymore!  However, Oliver was very excited to be camping out, in a tent, with his Dad.

They certainly looked like they were packing for a week and not just 1 night!  Tent, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, sleep mats….. plus a change of clothes and toiletries!

Matt and Ethan arrived at 2.45pm to collect them.  Then they met all the “Emerald Dads and Lads” at our Clubhouse so they could travel to the school together.  Once they arrived, they were directed to a place on the athletic field ready to pitch their tents and settle in for the night.

Chilling with Daddy

Chilling with Daddy

After an  afternoon of activities, food and fun, it was time to go to sleep.  Oliver and Ethan watched a movie on Owen’s iPad and once Ethan had fallen asleep, it was lights out for Oliver too!!  Once he was fast asleep, it was time for Owen to chill with the rest of the Dads.

Bedtime in the tent

Bedtime in the tent

While the boys were away, it was girlie time!  Emma and Ava came to collect us very soon after the boys had left.  We had appointments for pedicures together!  We were early enough to enjoy a leisurely coffee and enjoy the wine celebration going on at the Kerry Parkside.

We all had a fantastic experience at Dragonfly:

Pedicure time!

Pedicure time!

Nails, nails, nails.  Isabelle (Flower) and Ava (Rose), Emma (Red) and Sara (Pink)

Nails, nails, nails. Isabelle (Flower) and Ava (Rose), Emma (Red) and Sara (Pink)

After all the pampering it was off to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner!  Back to our house for a girlie movie and to wrap up a lovely afternoon and evening with just the girls.

A Rainforest Butterfly

Today was the last day of the Rainforest topic at BISS for Year 3 and all of the students of Year 3 went to school dressed with a Rainforest theme.

Isabelle had chosen to go as a Butterfly (a Monarch Butterfly to be precise).  Owen had managed to order some wings in the UK and he picked them up on his last medical trip over.  She wore a sparkly blue top and black leggings to complete the outfit.

Blue Sparkles and Butterfly wings........  Ava is a toucan, Maddie is a Rainforest Girl and Sarah is another Butterfly.

Blue Sparkles and Butterfly wings…….. Ava is a toucan, Maddie is a Rainforest Girl and Sarah is another Butterfly.

Isabelle told us that most of the boys dressed up as monkeys!  She also thought the best outfit was a peacock – because it had real feathers all over it.

She has really enjoyed this topic and has become very knowledgeable about the Rainforest and its role in our fragile earth.

Check out my wings!

Check out my wings!

Dinosaurs and Volcanoes

Reception were studying Dinosaurs last term.  Oliver has absolutely loved this topic and can rattle off the names of many of them.  He can identify them by shadow flashcards and has an opinion on why they died.  I say all this because I love his enthusiasm for learning!  He has built his own dinosaur out of “junk” (packaging, toilet rolls, etc that are recycled in these school projects) that had an impressively long neck and was beautifully painted.

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours with him at school where he was excited to show me all that they had completed.  He had helped to make a volcano and I was there to see him and some classmates paint it.

Painting the volcano

Painting the volcano

He also did some Dinosaur excavation – a really cool kit that allows kids to learn about fossils!

Excavating for his dinosaur

Excavating for his dinosaur

Here is the finished result!

Here is the finished result!

Gymnastics Competition

Last Sunday, Isabelle competed in her first gymnastics competition.  She has only been doing it since January so this was a big deal.  She was in the second round of 7-8 year olds and so we had to be at school by 11.00 for the start of this.  Each group had 3 rounds of competition: the floor, the beam and the vault (horse).  Isabelle’s first routine was on the beam and she did a great job.  Apparently all the girls decided what they wanted to do so they were showcasing their best skills.

Then she moved onto the Vault.  She got to have 2 attempts at this.  This was her least favorite and her confidence was much lower on this one.  Her final round was on the floor.  She has been practicing hand stands for hours every day so I was very proud when she did an excellent one in her routine!

All the medals and cups!

All the medals and cups!

It was a very professionally arranged event.  Isabelle attends Gymnastic classes every Monday after school as an ECA (Extra Curricular Activity).  The competition was against girls from all over Shanghai in her age group.  There were girls of all ages competing all day.  The cups were for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Coach giving a pep talk!

Coach giving a pep talk!

Isabelle's floor routine.

Isabelle’s floor routine.

After the victory parade around the gym.

After the victory parade around the gym.

Receiving her medal!

Receiving her medal!

All the competitors received a medal for competing.  The organisers made a big deal out of stating that gymnastics is a solo sport and it takes courage to perform.  They were impressed with all the competitors who tried their very best.  I was delighted that Isabelle wanted to take part, as it was optional, and I was thrilled that she had the confidence to get out there and “just do it”!

Showing off her medal!

Showing off her medal!