Crazy Tracey: March was an awesome month. Waveboarding has been picking up week by week. Basketball was pretty full this month. Class 2a enjoyed learning English with different games and exercises.
December is always an Origami Club favorite! This year we got to participate in the school Christmas Basar, with a crazy new Japanese Santa pattern, and our old friend, the squash fold Christmas tree! Over the holiday month, we added beautiful ornaments to our festive potpourri, decorated with glittering jewels and tons and tons of holiday stickers! See you all next year!
This has been a pretty cool month. Class 2a are really cool kids that enjoy learning English with games and having fun. Class 5eua love playing basketball and my handmade Bangnopoly game. Basketball is getting better and better. Wave boarding will have more kids after the holidays! BANG!! BANG!!!!! Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!
Great fun and times have been had by all especially cooking! 4euA and 4euB loved the pancakes and Holiday cookies, as did many Teachers! 5euC did a lot of work in Science class and we worked on Earth issues including Volcanos. Electricity topic lesson in 4euB was astounding as was the computer class.
Our brand new year 2 girls football team had their first tournament in December. A first tournament is always a bit of a disorienting experience, and given that we have only been training these girls for a few months, it was clear that we could not expect too much. This was especially evident in our first game, which we lost 2:1 due to giving away a late and avoidable hand-ball penalty. However, the girls showed excellent team spirit, they never showed any signs of giving up, and they steadily improved from game to game. In the end, we got a good 4th place, tied with third on points and only just behind them on goal difference. Furthermore, one of our girls, Johanna, got the special honour of being awarded the best player of the tournament. Congratulations!
This was the first time ever that the Dickens School has sent a year 2 girls team to a tournament, and we are confident that by getting the girls involved with football earlier, we will be able to better boost their confidence and that they will be more competitive in the years to come. This is also a continuation of our trend of setting new firsts, following our first ever win of a tournament last year and our first home tournament at our school earlier this year, and a testament to the growing strength of the girls football program.
February was pretty cool! The kids from 2a really love learning English with Flashcards and games. They also like the intro game, that everyone has to play before we start the lesson.Class 5a plays cards, basketball or board games with me every week. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the kids come for wakeboarding and basketball. It is picking up!! BANG!! BANG!!!
January was a pretty good month. Class 2a loves learning English with games and music. Mr. Campbell’s class are a nice group of students that like learning and writing stories. They had some time in a studio to read stories. Basketball and wave boarding is becoming more and more popular. The kids love it.
The Origami Club started 2018 in style with Star Wars! The school padawans enthusiastically folded squadrons of X Wings, U Wings, Tie Fighters and Millenium Falcons- then of course some Imperial Star Destroyers and Death Stars so they had somebody’s butt to kick. For our non Jedi friends there were lovely big lotuses and valentines! Due to popular demand Star Wars and Valentines will continue after the winter break.
Our year 3 girls, unfortunately, had their football tournament canceled this January, due to a water leakage in the sports hall where it was supposed to take place. The girls were understandably devastated, considering all the hard work they had been putting into their training in preparation for it. But we will be trying to organize a replacement tournament for them.
The work with the 6th grade is going very well on the Newspaper articles. 4euB is also partaking and working at home and on their free time to create articles of our work. We worked on our Bike school class trip and our Medieval Feast. Our plans next month are the cooking adventures and our Holiday celebration.
4euA and 4euB have been making very good progress in the typing class and working with Razz kids (a reading and quiz program). But of course, as always cooking is the king! Pancakes went over so well we decided to continue and made many variations that the teachers also enjoyed!
4euB said goodbye to our Medieval topic lesson and finished off with their own personal Crests.
In Art we had a beautiful water friendly collage which was hung outside of our classroom.
In 5euC we have been doing a lot of Science. Including the Solar System, Volcanoes and the creation of Earth. Hats off to Mr. Cole!
The month of November was pretty sweet. It started with class 5eub helping with their English classwork. I went with Frau. McClean and 6eua to a studio to record poems written by them. Class 2a continues to learn vocabulary with pictures and games. Basketball is finally picking up.
The previous donkey (black no name ) now has a name after the children’s grand name draw… it called LEMON
Lemon has been in Arizona after traveling in a suit case to Chicago and later to the desert (being stuffed with pillows from the hotel ) most of our conversations have revolved around art practice in general names , and ideas bout travel , home and backgrounds.
The school high lite of cooking is on again! Pancakes were the theme and may be carried over into November as they are the bomb! Of course everyone on free time pops past the kitchen for what ever is left-usually nothing. 4euA is going crazy with the computer time they really enjoy it. 4euB is doing well in Medieval topic lessons and have improved in their reading out loud skills. We also went the bike course for an almost 5 hour program training. They are also enjoying the computer work during the lunch club.
“October is the Origami Club was and explosion of spooky fun. From our new home in the lobby of house one, huge numbers of giggling folders were able to create bats and pumpkins and ghosts and skulls and scary eyeballs-not to mention giving Handi, our popular dismembered arm mascot, lots of Halloween High Fives! Kudos to the first year students, who overcame thier nervousness and made such good friends with Handi. He looks forward to high fiving everyone next year!”
Mike: September/October report.
The beginning of the school year has also marked a new beginning for our girls football program. Our year 3 team played their first ever tournament, and our year 5 team had their first real go at playing in a tournament at the highest age level of primary school football.
Let’s start with the year 3s: As this was their first tournament ever, and has we had only been training with them for a few weeks prior to the tournament, it was clear that the purpose of this tournament was for them to get to learn the ropes, to see what it is like to play in a tournament, and to have some fun. Furthermore, we were playing in the year 3/4 bracket, and since we did not have any year 4s, this meant that our teams were the youngest there. Nonetheless, driven on by the fans who came to support us in what was also our first ever home tournament at the Charles Dickens School, our girls beat all expectations, with one of the teams even reaching 3rd place.
Our year 5 girls were facing a similar challenge. As most of the year 6s would be going to a football camp over the autumn holiday, we decided to use this tournament to give our year 5 girls a shot at their first real tournament in the year 5/6 bracket. Of course this again meant that we were fielding two of the youngest teams at the tournament. Nonetheless, our girls fought hard and did well. In the end, given a couple of draws where we should have won, we were unlucky to only reach 5th place out of 12. Nonetheless, their performance is giving us a lot to look forward to in future tournaments.
On a final note, let me remind anyone who reads this, that all girls are welcome to join the native speakers football club. If you know any girls who are interested in playing football, just tell them to come along during the lunch break on Tuesdays and to bring some sports shoes. In particular, we are looking for girls from year 4.
Many of the children were intrigued and bemused by the arrival of a “Travelling Donkey ” in their midst. The travelling donkey is a textile sculpture (one of 14) that travels the world principally from homes and schools. Children have been roaming the playground
talking about the project with myself ( The donkey has acted as a go-between allowing allowing us to bridge themes such as migration , home and art practices outside the galleries and museums.
Afternoons have been engaged working alongside my gregarious and ebulliant collegue Christine. Sessions have involved origami halloween preparations and general conversation with the children in an atmosphere of revelry and handicraft.
During the course of the month , I have begun a project to find a name for the donkey . Children have been invited to write down and discuss their suggestions on slips of paper , which have been gradually accumulating in the donkeys cloth bag belly. A pupil will select a name during a “Grand Draw ” to be heldduring the Lunch club at the beginning of term. For pupils and Parents who wish to become hosts to the donkey , I will make it available to take home for children to their homes for a night or so ( On condition It comes back to school at the designated time) I will make available a roster / timetable for anyone wishing to get involved.
1EuA Good start to the year with a great new class. We have been getting to know one another in lessons and in free time and making that important step of the kids being comfortable in talking to me in English with out any problems. I have been reading with the children and in story time setting a level that they understand.
3euA. In lessons I have been helping with the butterfly project including bringing in hundreds of catterpillers to the butterfly garden that invaded my vegetable patch at home ! In the little free time that we have had together so far I have been drawing and teaching a few magic tricks which some kids are fascinated to work out.
We have now settled into a routine on Mondays and Wednesdays playing short games in the lunchtimes. We have a few tournaments starting in the near future and we are currently picking school teams … from 2nd to 6th classes… So if you are interested in playing for the school team Come along !!!
The school year has started smoothly. In 4euA we have been doing different activities and computer in free time. In 4euB we started our medieval projects and research projects in Topic. I have also been reading with the children and correcting grammar. We have also started our bike course.Computer is very popular with all the students through out the school so sometimes we are more than packed! All in all a great start.
We are off to a great start in the origami club this year! We have moved downstairs in house one to the picnic tables in front of house one, so we could test the mountains of paper planes we folded. When the weather gets cooler we will move into the lobby. We are there Wednesday and Thursdays from 14.20-15:45 and Fridays at lunchtime, from 11.30-12.30, and then upstairs in house 2 from 14.00- 15.45 There is no sign up and all ages are welcome.
This month in year 5 science we have continued work on our animal posters. The children have selected an animal to research and this poster task falls under our adaptation topic. There are some really interesting choices and designs starting to show!
In year six science we are still working on our electricity topic and have been studying motors and magnets. Last lesson we took a simple motor apart to see how it works and then carried out an experiment with it. It was a lot of fun learning and the kids really enjoyed our practical lesson!
Well we weren’t in school for quite a bit of April, BUT the dedicated folders of the Origami club still managed to crank out oodles of giant Easter baskets and Japanese “hina ” bunnies, whilst many of our littlest folders managed the very tricky traditional Japanese lily. Impressive stuff! And not to be left behind, our pokemon trainers made some very elaborate pokeballs and caught lots of new pokemon! Team Rocket doesn’t stand a chance!
Sad to lose 1 EuA class in the new timetable ! But we shall see each other in the playground and at football !!
1 Eu B : This month in English we have been concentrating on reading practice and getting the slower readers up to pace so that as a class we can go forward together ! In Freetime we have been outside playing games and enjoying spring.
2 EU A/ B Freetime : We have been continuing to decorate the classroom with our spring paper flowers and playing games.
As we approach the end of a very successful school year, the girls football teams have been preparing for their final tournaments. The highlight of the month of April was the big Integration durch Sport summer tournament. Both our year 4 and our year 5 groups sent a team to the tournament this year. In a tournament that is actually intended for years 5 and 6, both of our teams were relatively young compared to their competition. And for our year 4 team, in particular, it was clear from the start that this was primarily going to be a learning experience. Nonetheless, they showed great spirit and finished in 9th place out of 12. Our year 5 team showed that they were able to compete with the best and were perhaps somewhat unlucky to only finish in 6th place. Perhaps next year, they will be in a position to challenge for the top spot. Although both our teams were still lacking in size and strength, it was particularly heartening for us coaches to see that their passing play and their team work were second to none.
March was a pretty good month! The students that came to basketball had the proper attire and basketball was played without so many accidents! The others classes were great as usual! No stress and happy students!! BANG!! BANG!!!
Football -Alls going well with both groups . Looking forward to the outside season with rasenplätzen tournaments.
1 Eu A : In the English lessons we have been concentrating on reading and as such for part of the lesson I have been taking groups out for reading practice. Twice this month I have been lucky to be in the class on a Child’s birthday and we have celebrated together… cake !
1Eu B : In Topic we have been in the computer room getting the kids used to working with computers.
With 2 eu A and B