Today, Friday, JVLR welcomed its JKG parents for a curriculum morning. Parents got to know Seesaw a bit better, participated in a workshop about the curriculum and got a chance to get into the classroom. Thanks for being there. It's important that parents and school work as a team in educating these amazing children!
Have a great long weekend~ Kristen
Congratulations for making it through a full week and a massive thank you to all the JKG parents that came to our Curriculum Morning this morning. We had a show of about 50 parents!
One of my main priorities as a Primary Head has been to ensure the safety and happiness of each of our students. I have encouraged all the teachers to spend the first few weeks to get to really know their students, not just by name but by learning about their interests, their likes or dislikes. I have also insisted that each class has a daily circle time to ensure that our students have a voice and that they are being heard. To get the most out of daily circle time, we try to encourage the students to share and take responsibility for circle time for more information please see Jenny Mosley' s research.
This time taken to properly get to know our students can sometimes 'eat into ' the classroom programme,' but we need to see this as part of our programme, as we are all Personal, Physical, Social and Emotional teachers. We cannot, as 21st educators, as best practice teachers, expect any deep learning to take place if we do not know our students. By truly knowing them we can begin to differentiate and learn about their needs and their strengths and build a programme about who they are individually.
As well as building relationships with our students, we place a strong emphasis on having fun and hearing the laughter of children in the classrooms means that our students are happy learners. This week with our youngest students, they had their first Water Confidence lessons with Mr Rohit, Garba celebrations with their friends and Navrati costume wearing and learning how play helps us build our relationships.
Our older students have been showing their knowledge and understanding of Leadership, Migration and Beliefs and Values and educating the leadership team of their new learning with these very different concepts.
Thank you for all your support and have a great long weekend,
Head of Primary at JVLR
Thank you to all the Nursery parents for taking the time to school this morning for our first curriculum morning.
As mentioned in Kristen's post the focus was about Teaching and Learning in the PYP and what it looks like in nursery. The focus being on 'Play.'
A huge thank you to our nursery team for making this a successful morning and showing JVLR parents, our amazing students!
I will share the results of the technology and parent survey, as soon as I can collate the results.
Thank you again for your amazing support,
Head of Primary,
Today, on Friday, September 22nd, nursery parents came to JVLR for a curriculum morning. They got a taste of what life is like for their nursery children by getting into the classrooms. Children decided on stations where they would take their parents. There was clay play, drawing, quiet reading, puzzles, stacking blocks. Children excitedly showed their parents their work, the walls, the schedule and their play toys.
Parents learned from their children and from their parent workshop that play is essential to the curriculum at JVLR, and they enjoyed playing with them. For parents who didn't get a chance to attend, the slideshow is below. Also, for more information on our curriculum and program of inquiry, please see this link. We look forward to your continued support!
For those that missed the presentation, here it is:
The Hive opened with a grand, fun opening. Students are checking out books and learning to love their new library. We had guest readers, games, activities and a welcoming song. We'll continue to focus on reading this year and help parents engage their kids in reading. For now, happy reading!
This week saw the official opening of the Hive and our youngest children' s visit to the sandpit. It is important to take time for our youngest students to take 'big steps' into their early education. Most of our youngest students are comfortable with their homeroom and the play area. As they grow in confidence and become risk-takers our youngest learners are venturing into unexplored parts of the school. The introduction of new spaces, new places and new people can take time.
I would like to mention our Nursery team and what a great job they have done in making our youngest learners feel safe and comfortable and that they look forward to coming to school.
Dropping off children at school for a parent for the first time can be quite daunting, please know that you are not alone and that you have chosen a very safe environment to leave your little ones.
All our students are different and remember that as a parent you know your child more than anyone.
If your child Cries make sure that you know what they are feeling, they may be sad to leave my mom and dad.
Your response: Try not to look worried -- kids pick up on that. Remind your child how much fun school will be and that you'll be back to get them a little later. You can also reassure him that his teacher is there to help him and make him feel better.
If your child is a Silent Observer, you know they like to check what's going on before they start playing.
Your response: Give your child time to adjust to their new environment. Then help them get used to the idea of becoming involved by reading books about school together, playing school at home, and talking about the teachers and children.
If your child is Brave (But Scared) you know that they are trying hard not to cry
Your response: Don't panic if they don't respond to you as you would like. They are just trying to hold it together. When saying goodbye, don't pressure them to respond and try not to talk about how you'll miss them or how sad you'll be without them, it will make your child feel bad.
If in doubt how to help your child with their emotions, speak to your child's homeroom teacher, they will have some ideas of what you can do to support at home. The stronger the home-school links the more successful your child will be in school.
Curriculum Morning Reminders
Friday 22nd September: Nursery Curriculum Morning. Led by Kristen followed by Open class visits.
Friday 29th September: JKG Curriculum Morning. Led by Kristen followed by Open class visits.
Friday 6th October: SKG Curriculum Morning. Led by Kristen followed by Open class visits.
Friday 13th October:Grade 1-4 Curriculum Morning. Led by Kristen followed by Open class visits.
Friday 3rd November: Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences for all Grades. Conference regarding unit 1 and sharing Concept-based Rubric with parents.
Head of Primary JVLR
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
Welcome to our first blog entry from the Leadership team at JVLR!
Currently the leadership team at JVLR consists of myself, the Head of Primary, Lisa Hughes and the Primary Years Coordinator, Kristen Blum.
This blog is intended to inform and share to the parent community, on this blog you will find; upcoming events and timelines, curriculum information and celebrations of student learning.
If you would like to find out more about my educational interests and beliefs please follow my twitter feed at twitter.com/lisakatehughes.
Both myself and Kristen will keep this blog updated on a regular basis and eventually you will find links and articles to further your understanding of the plans for JVLR and the ongoing journey of implementing the Primary Years Programme.
Head of Primary
Oberoi International School JVLR Campus
'Anything is possible if you have enough nerve.' J.K.Rowling