Friday, August 13, 2010

Nicholas's School Update #12

The children had an exciting week after the National Day weekend.

They start off the week with the first half of the two-part topic on water transport vehicles. They were introduced to new vocabulary such as boat, canoe, paddle, sailboat, rowboat and cruise ship as well.

The information shared was:
  • A boat is a watercraft of modest size designed to float or plane, to provide passage across water.
  • A sailboat or sailing boat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails.
  • A canoe is designed to be powered by hand-held paddles, usually with two people paddling, one on each side.
  • A rowboat can be any boat designed to be powered by oars.
  • A paddle is a tool used as a form of propulsion in a boat.
  • A cruise ship or cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages; it's like a mobile hotel.
For the hands-on part, they had some science activities involving water as well. They conducted a float and sink experiment using a variety of items that the children chose; observed reflections in water; and observed melting ice and tested a few ways to expedite the melting process.

To wrap up the week, they went on the Singapore Duck Tours! The amphibious vehicle brought them on 2 types of tours, during the "land" tour, they drove past the Padang (where the recent National Day celebration was held), the High Court, a war memorial and the business district as well. On the river tour, the kids had the opportunity to see the Kallang river, the National Stadium and various types of residential buildings. It was a treat to have seen the Singapore flyer, Esplanade theatre and also the athletes practicing their canoeing skills within a designated area of the river. Overall, they had a splashing good time!

Nicholas colouring his name printed in different font.

Playing with jigsaw puzzles...

The duckie ride.

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