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NTSIS PYP Preschool Newsletter Week 9


NTSIS PYP Preschool Newsletter (14th October– 18th October 2019)

Transdisciplinary Theme: Who we are

A big thank you to parents for taking the time to attend the Parent-Teacher Conference on Friday. We hope that you have a better understanding of your child’s progresses. Let us work together to support your child’s learning. We are rounding up unit 1.

What a busy week…


Central idea:

Getting to know about myself

Line of inquiry 1: Our body functions

Line of inquiry 2: Our abilities

Line of inquiry 3: Likes and dislikes

Children reinforce their learning through identifying the names of “Body parts”, when reading from flash cards. They refined their fine motor skills through paintings of faces, and practiced their gross motor skills such as throwing, rolling and catching when playing balls. They also discussed about what they do in different situations, such as when they are sad, or happy, or scared.

This week, students will continue to share their feeling about their favourite toys, food and objects. They will learn to express what they want. It is going to be a week of fun, playing with their favourite toys.

What a busy week…

Kindergarten 1:

Central idea:

Senses help us experience the world

Line of inquiry 1: The senses

Line of inquiry 2:Functions of senses

Line of inquiry 3:Experiencing with senses

We explored four kinds of fragrance tea; namely rose tea, peach tea, jasmine tea and green tea. First, the children learnt about the name of the flowers and its buds, except green tea, which were used to make the fragrance tea.  They then took turn to smell the tea, before we played the ‘blindfold smelling’ game.  Later, we charted tally graphs to see which were K1’s favourite tea and least like tea smell; and watched a video on ‘Tea – How it’s made’.

To reinforce the big idea that we use our nose to smell with, and so are most animals; we identified a number of animals which use their nose to breathe and smell.  Then, we zoom in to take a closer look at the animals’ nose before we played the ‘Guess Whose Nose’ matching game.

For Language, we revised and practised vowels and phonics (n, r, m, h, a, f, p, t, v, c), wordlists ‘an’ and ‘at’, sight words and vocabulary.  For Maths, we practised counting aloud (1 to 30), counting and worksheets within 10/20.

What a busy week…

Kindergarten 2:

Central idea:

Everyone is different

Line of inquiry 1:Physical characteristics

Line of inquiry 2: Personal characteristics

Line of inquiry 3:Learning through experiences

We explored how people experience or see the same thing in different ways. Using photographs, our own drawings, and vocalized memories, we reflected on our personal experience going on the field trip to Zilang Lake and the Botanical Garden last Saturday. The weather was beautiful and everyone wanted to experience planting garlic and onions for themselves. So, we went out in the preschool garden to see if our garlic bulbs would grow the same, or differently. We drew faces on the paper planting pots and asked ourselves, does it matter what kind of face is on it, a happy or a sad face? Hmmm… let’s find out!

We read most of the classic fable, “The Ugly Duckling” this week and discussed how people, like all animals, are different and beautiful. We discussed the emotional turmoil the duckling went through and made a vow to never call each other ugly, because it is so hurtful.

We also practiced counting by 10’s to 100, using cubes and rods of 10 to help qualify the difference between tens and ones, practicing place value. We reviewed counting by feet with a “How far is it Mr. Lion?” feet counting tag game. Students negotiated where the “safe zone” would be. It was a real discussion!

How far is it Mr. Lion? Counting feet tag.

Drawing different faces on our planting pots.

What do plants need to grow? Do we need it to?

This week, we feature specialist subject: Physical Ed.


Students engaged in a variety of activities that develop locomotor and transfer weight skills. They continued to develop independence and personal responsibility as they shared the playing area and the equipment available.


This week, we reviewed the name of body parts and the locomotor skills as students engaged in a variety of transfer weight activities. Students continued to develop risk-taking, confidence, and cooperation in a fun and challenging obstacle course.


This week, students developed agility skills, coordination, and balance as they participated in a variety of tag games. We also emphasized the importance of following safety procedures and game rules while participating in physical activities.


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