The Rainbow project

Brian Vassallo | Y1

The Rainbow Project

I trust that everyone is in good health and keeping safe! The children of Year 1 wanted to pass on the very important message that to keep our loved ones, our community and ourselves safe we need to STAY AT HOME. The video attached shows the lovely and colourful posters the children made as their contribution to this aim. They are all beautiful in a special and unique way and the children really deserve our praise!!  Well done Year 1, you make us proud!  J

      Whole School Action Plan in Mathematics

      Brian Vassallo | Y1

      At Mariam Albatool we believe in making maths real by teaching it in the context of our children’s everyday lives. This is exactly what I observed today in Year 1 Ms Juanita’s class who together with Ms Sharone developed a hands-on activitiy which helped children to increase proficiency in number work. During the activity the children were encouraged to look for and identify number patterns which make up the number 5. It was a joy observing these young learners extending, correcting and creating number patterns. Well done to Ms Junaita, Ms Sharone and their your young learners.

      Guide-Dog Event

      Brian Vassallo | أخبار, Y1

      Today we had two special guests at school. We had the pleasure of having Mr Natalino Cristiano and his dog, Glen, for a visit. Mr Cristiano is blind and Glen is his guide-dog. Mr Cristiano gave an interesting and informative talk to the children about his experiences and about the importance and the work of his guide-dog. He spoke about the special training guide-dogs must do in order to be the ‘eyes’ of their owners. He also explained how we, the general public, need to react if we come across a guide-dog and its owner walking in the street. The rule is to NEVER touch the dog because the guide-dog is on duty doing its work!! Touching the dog might distract it from doing its job properly and the owner might get hurt. For this reason the children were not allowed to touch the guide-dog. The children were very interested with what they learnt and Mr Cristiano expertly answered many of their questions. To conclude the session Mr Cristiano and Glen demonstrated how they cross the street and how to get up and down the pavement. We were all impressed by the performance!! Special thanks also go to Mrs Cristiano who drove Mr Cristiano and Glen to school.

      This event was planned to link to Science since we are currently exploring the Five Senses (Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch). It also links to Maths as we have talked about Directions (left, right, forward). And finally, it links to PSD (Personal and Social Development) during which we learn to respect everyone, even people who are ‘different’.  Today’s event was definitely an enriching experience for all of us!!

      Curious and Courageous Activity

      Brian Vassallo | أحداث, أخبار, Y1, Y2, Y3D

      As part of the Culture Pass Scheme, a story animator from “Curious and Courageous- Lingnin Stories” produced a performance for years 1, 2 and 3 at our school. These activity sessions encourage reading and promote language and creative thinking.

      The story was about the stone statue which in the story wakes up during the night. This statue dates back from the Neolithic period in Malta and it was found in the Hal Saflieni hypogeum. It symbolises the eternal sleep. It is now found in the National Archeology museum in Valletta. With the culture card given to your child last year they can visit it for free. This visit might come in handy for future history lessons your child might be having. Below is a link about this statue. You should ask them about this story…..

      https://artsandculture.google.com/…/the-sle…/bgKS7KPNk-UDKw…

      The school administration would like to thank all those involved in the activity.

      Outing at the farm

      Brian Vassallo | Y1

      Last week we had our long-awaited outing at The Farm. It was a wonderful and enriching experience for the children through which they learned a lot! Farmer Mark gave us plenty of information about the sheep and lambs on his farm. We saw Farmer Mark feeding and milking the sheep. He explained that every time he milks the sheep he checks that they are in good health and so their milk is good to use. Farmer Mark showed us how cheeselets (ġbejniet) are made out of the fresh milk and the children had the opportunity to taste the cheeselets too. Farmer Mark also showed us the lambs and the children could see them at close range and pet them too!  We had a picnic on the farm and the children also had time to run and play in the fresh open air. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and this was definitely an outing that they will remember 🙂

      World Children’s Day

      Brian Vassallo | Y1

      Wednesday, November 20 was World Children’s Day and during this week we celebrated the children of the world with various activities. We had a video learning session during which we learnt that children have ‘Rights’. All children have Rights to food, to a family and a home, to be protected and safe, to an education and to play. To honour the Right to Play on Wednesday we had outdoor play activities during which the children had time to engage in a tradition Maltese game (Iż-żunżana ddur, iddur), tug-of-war, and several other sports games. We also discussed the Right to Food and Water after which the children drew their own idea of what is good food. Their drawings, which included attempts of writing words, are now displayed in the corridor. The children had an experience of making their own ‘Ħobż biż-żejt’ a traditional healthy snack with bread, olive oil, tomato paste and olives. This gave them the opportunity to learn how to use a knife safely! During the week we also discussed that we are blessed to have food and clean water to keep us healthy. The children became aware that not all children are so fortunate. They came up with the idea of sharing food with other less fortunate children so we are collecting food items to give away. This is a perfect opportunity for the children to learn to be generous and to share what they have with others. #wcd2019

      The Octopus Project

      Brian Vassallo | أخبار, Y1

      The Octopus Project

       This week the children of Yr 1 learnt about the letter sound ‘o’. Our theme this month is about Animals and the animal we discussed this week was the octopus. We watched videos and learnt that an octopus has 3 hearts and it also has blue blood!! Octopuses come in different sizes and can change colours to hide away and not get eaten. The children learnt several new words that begin with the letter sound ‘o’. In Crafts we worked on our Octopus Project made out of coloured paper and paper plates. When doing this project the children learnt to listen carefully and to follow instructions. This is very important because the children will learn to pay attention and so they know what to do. This makes them responsible for their learning and independent too. Using the paint brushes, the scissors and glitter glues helps the children to have stronger muscles in their fingers. Strong muscles helps them when they write. The children were very much engaged in the activity as you can see from the photos that are attached. They were very focused on their work and all of them finished their task really well. They are very proud of their work which we displayed in class 🙂   Kindly share photos with your children ….they truly deserve to be praised!!!

      Transition from Kg2 to Year 1

      Brian Vassallo | أحداث, KG2R, Y1

      As an educator, I am very aware of the importance of a smooth transition and its benefits. I know that the smoother the transition, the less time children need to settle nicely in their new setting. Efficient transitions increase time for learning.

      Today, thanks to Ms. Juanita for accepting my request to visit her in class, we started the process of transitioning from KG to primary. 

      The KG2 students and I prepared a hand outline on a coloured paper and every child wrote his/her name. Children were informed that they are to meet their next scholastic year teachers and they were very excited.

      We went upstairs to Ms. Juanita’s class. We found Ms. Juanita, Ms. Souad and the outgoing Year 1 students waiting for us.  The teachers welcomed each and every student with a smile, asked their names, praised and displayed their work and gave time to the children to introduce themselves and their likings. 

      The KG2 students listened to the current Year 1 students explain all they need to know about Year 1. The students mentioned the activities they loved doing most – like painting, role play, science and much more.  They were proudly displaying the things they enjoyed most, such as the toys they have in class. This was time were students from both classes actively participated and learnt from each other.

      I would personally like to thank Ms. Juanita, Ms. Suoad and our school SMT member Ms. Debbie Atanasio for this visit and the genuine interest shown during the process. Thank you all.