Elementary Specials

Art, Music, PE and Library

Elementary Specialists at UAS 2019-2020

Art Teacher: Alina Nistor anistor@uasdubai.ae Instagram: uas_elementaryart

Music Teacher: Betsy Austin baustin@uasdubai.ae Instagram: msaustinmusic

Library Teacher: Kate Riddle kriddle@uasdubai.ae  Instagram: uas.elementary.library

PE Teacher: Peter McManus pmcmanus@uasdubai.ae

 

Elementary Specials Blog: https://sites.uasdubai.ae/elementaryspecials/

 

For the 2019-2020 school year, the elementary students will enjoy specials class on an 8-day rotation schedule.

Elementary Art 

In art class, students will be exposed to a range of skills, techniques and art conceptual knowledge, as well as different artists and styles.  We aim to provide our developing students with a variety of experiences with art materials and media including paints, markers, oil pastels, clay and technology.

 

We are planning to hold several art events throughout the year to display the beautiful artwork created by all of our amazing artists. For this reason, the artwork will be kept in school until the “Arts Alive” exhibition, after which your child will take them home to share with you and enjoy!

 

Elementary Music 

In music class, students will be learning the elements of music through singing, playing instruments, composing, improvising, playing games, and dancing. Our curriculum is aligned with the National Core Arts Standards (Creating, Performing, and Responding). We have a strong emphasis on singing, music literacy, and play!

 

Early childhood, grade 2, and grade 4 will be showcasing their learning through informal and interactive performances in the classroom (we call these informances). Grades 1, 3, and 5 will be showcasing their learning through staged performances in the MPH. There will also be opportunities for older students to join the school musical!

 

PK-KG2 Music Share Days: Week of March 15th 

Grade 1 Performance: February 20 @ 8:10 am in MPH

Grade 2 Informances: Second Full Week after Ramadan (TBA)

Grade 3 Performance: December 2nd @ 8:10 am in MPH

Grade 4 Informances: Second Full Week after Ramadan (TBA)

Grade 5 Move-Up Celebration Performance: End of June @ 8:10 am in MPH (TBA)

Musical: Students in Grades 4 and 5 can choose to audition for the school musical (The Music 

Man) in December. Commitment is required and there are evening and weekend rehearsals.

 

Elementary Library

 

The elementary library encourages children to be enthusiastic readers, critical thinkers, and skillful researchers. Library staff promote lifelong literacy and a love of reading by offering a variety of informative and pleasure reading materials at various levels in print and digital formats. We also organize book fairs, author visits, field trips, and participate in events and competitions with the Emirates Festival of Literature.

Elementary students visit the library weekly. In Early Childhood (PreK, KG1, KG2) students can check out one book at a time, and in grades 1-5, children can check out two books. Students can also borrow an Arabic book in addition to their allotment. The elementary librarian teaches lessons in which many skills are combined: reading genres, research strategies, digital citizenship, and library information skills which are interwoven with the PYP Unit of Inquiry.

The elementary library is open daily from 7:15 am until 4:00 pm (except on Tuesdays, when we close at 2.00).  Parents and families are invited to visit the library during school hours. All UAS parents have a library account and may check out up to five books at a time. Elementary students can visit the library with their parents after school (3:10-4:00).

 

Elementary PE

 

In physical education classes, we strive to develop physically, socially, and mentally balanced individuals who understand the value of an active lifestyle and the benefits of being a lifelong active learner. Our goal is to encourage children to be physically active, educate them on ‘why’ they should be physically fit, and help them find an activity/sport in which they can participate in for a lifetime of enjoyment and health.

Students will participate in Sports Day at the end of February (Dates TBA).

 

We look forward to a GREAT year with all the elementary students at UAS! Go Scorpions!

 

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Welcome to the Elementary School Specials 2019-2020

We have an exciting year ahead of us, full of fun, discovery and exploration. Our specialists’ team is looking forward to teaching each and every one of your children this year!

Here you will find information regarding Art, Music, PE and Library.

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Library week beginning 28th April

In KG1

  • There are many types of insects and each have a role in the environment.
  • I understand that there are many different types of insects.
  • I understand that insects can change in different situations and environments.
  • I understand the importance of being different (Reflective)

In KG2

  • I can explore the BF section of the library
  • I understand that books in this section are organised in alphabetical order according to the author’s name
  • I can make a connection to how I am the same/different to the characters in the book
  • I can understand how the characters are similar
  • I can describe the characters’ feelings
  • To make predictions based on story events

Grade 3

  • I understand that books are valued in cultures around the world.
  • I can consider diverse and global perspectives in drawing conclusions.I can interpret new information based on cultural and social context.
  • Compare the characteristics of two different cultures in an everyday life activity (going to school)
  • Understand how the environment can impact on our culture

Grade 4

  • I can begin to understand what we mean by “Fair Trade”
  • I understand how travel and communication affect the ways communities interact

Grade 5

  • I can learn a model for evaluating an information source
  • I can explain what each letter in the RADCAB model stands for and how the concept relates to evaluating an information source.
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Library week beginning 21st April

In KG1

  • There are many types of insects and each have a role in the environment.
  • I understand that there are many different types of insects.
  • I understand that insects can change in different situations and environments.
  • I understand the importance of being different (Reflective)

In KG2

  • I can explore the BF section of the library
  • I understand that books in this section are organised in alphabetical order according to the author’s name

In Grade 1

  • environmental, cultural, or physical characteristics that influence a journey (change)
  • Choices and decisions involved in making a journey (causation)
  • the tools and resources used throughout a journey (form)

In Grade 2

  • I understand the different ways we can search for a book on the library catalogue
  • I understand what a call # is
  • I can search for a resource in the library and find its location

Check out for Grades 3-5

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Library week beginning 14th April

In KG1

  • There are many types of insects and each have a role in the environment.
  • I understand that there are many different types of insects.
  • I understand that insects can change in different situations and environments.
  • I understand the importance of being different (Reflective)

In KG2

  • I can make a connection to how I am the same/different to the characters in the book
  • I can understand how the characters are similar
  • I can describe the characters

In Grade 3

  • Compare the characteristics of two different cultures in an everyday life activity (going to school)
  • Understand how the environment can impact on our culture

In Grade 4

  • I can begin to understand what we mean by “Fair Trade”
  • I understand how travel and communication affect the ways communities interact

In Grade 5

  • I can define the term “digital footprint” and identify the online activities that contribute to it.
  • I can identify ways we are — and are not — in control of our digital footprint.
  • I understand what responsibilities we have for the digital footprints of myself and others..
  • I can identify ways to post online to best reflect who we are.

It is check out week for Grade 1 and 2!

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Library week beginning 17th March

Last week was a book exchange for all classes with it being a three day week! This week Grade 1 and 2 had checkout,

In KG1

  • There are many types of insects and each have a role in the environment.
  • I understand that there are many different types of insects
  • I understand that insects can change in different situations and environments
  • I understand the importance of being yourself  (Reflective)

In KG2

  • I can explore the BF section of the library
  • I understand that books in this section are organised in alphabetical order according to the author’s name
  • I can find books I am interested by looking at the signs in the BF section
  • I am beginning to understand what a” call # is

In Grade 3

  • I can begin to understand how technology impacts our world
  • I can understand the important role Ada Lovelace played in the evolution of technology
  • I understand the importance of resilience as a character trait to be successful

In Grade 4

  • I can make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by e.g. light
  • I can begin to understand how energy can be transferred in various ways
  • I can refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and drawing inferences from the text

In Grade 5

  • I can explain the concept of genre as well as a few characteristics of the Science Fiction genre.
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Library week beginning 17th February

In KG1

  • I can describe how the illustrations help me understand the text
  • I can compare texts and say why they are the same
  • I can understand what I read
  • I can answer questions about what I read

In KG2

  • I can learn a Balinese folktale and describe how I best sleep.
  • I can connect ideas to my knowledge and experience
  • I can understand what I read.
  • I can answer questions about what I read

In Grade 1

  • I can talk about similarities and differences between texts written by the same author.
  • I can  identify characteristics of main characters throughout a story
  • I can express an opinion about a book.
  • I can listen to others
  • I can  make relevant comments
  • I can read for enjoyment
  • I can answer questions about key details in a text

In Grade 2

  • I understand what ‘mindfulness’ means
  • I can be mindful in the library
  • I can feel peaceful
  • I can begin to understand how mindfulness contributes to my health and well being

It is check out week for Grades 3-5!

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Week beginning Sunday 10th February

In KG1

  • I can listen to a text for a particular reason
  • I can copy sounds
  • I can predict what a sound might be

In KG2

  • I can talk about similarities and differences between texts written by the same author.
  • I can  identify characteristics of main characters throughout a story
  • I can express an opinion about a book.
  • I can listen to others
  • I can  make relevant comments
  • I can read for enjoyment
  • I can answer questions about key details in a text

In Grade 3

  • I can recognize common types of texts
  • I can work out the moral of three Aesop fables
  • I can name characteristics of fables

In Grade 4

  • I can begin to understand how people work to protect children’s rights and provide equal opportunities
  • I can  draw inferences about characters based on a range of evidence, summarise main ideas from a text
  • I can consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
  • I can begin to understand how children’s rights can be protected

In Grade 5

  • I understand how our knowledge  of the universe has changed over time
  • I can determine two or more main ideas of a text  
  • I can read and respond to a current events article with a “Pro/Con” T-Chart and make a decision based on my work
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Art – Week of February 3rd

All students from PreK to Grade 5 are working on another collaborative project. Using their knowledge, our little artists will create a heart inspired by the artist of the unit or a new technique they’ve learned.

Cannot wait to see all their hearts together!

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Library week beginning Sunday 3rd February

In KG1

  • I can Identifying the beat
  • I can join in with words and actions for a rhyme
  • I can explore different ways of expressing emotions, including verbal, visual, body language and facial expressions
  • I can recognise common types of (action songs)
  • I can predict what a story might be about

In KG2

  • I can talk about similarities and differences between texts written by the same author.
  • I can  identify characteristics of main characters throughout a story
  • I can express an opinion about a book.
  • I can listen to others
  • I can  make relevant comments
  • I can read for enjoyment
  • I can answer questions about key details in a text

In Grade 1

  • I can talk about similarities and differences between texts written by the same author.
  • I can  identify characteristics of main characters throughout a story
  • I can express an opinion about a book.
  • I can listen to others
  • I can  make relevant comments
  • I can read for enjoyment
  • I can answer questions about key details in a text

In Grade 2

  • I can access the nonfiction section of the library
  • I can begin to understand that the books are organised according to subject
  • I understand the types of books which we can find in the  800 section
  • I can make a connections to the idea of being a ‘caring’ person through a story

It is check out week for Grades 3-5!

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