Dear Parents,

We are excited to launch the Scholastic book club this week. You will have received the brochure so all you need to do is log on and order! Reading with your child each day is essential for all pupils.

In Year 3 and 5 pupils have completed the CAT4 (Cognitive Abilities Test) this week. The results of these will be analysed and shared with teachers to inform their classroom teaching and ensure that your child's needs are being met. As part of our assessment cycle all new children to the school from Year 3-6 also complete the PTE (English) and PTM (Maths) tests. These enable us to see what their starting points are and effectively tailor the lessons to each child. Across the school all baseline assessments have been completed.

Now that we have settled in to the new term we will be starting the Friends of Sant Agusti meetings. Information will be sent out next week to let you know the day and time. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Parking reminder - please can I ask that when you are dropping off your children in the morning or picking them up you ensure that cars are not left in the middle of the road. This can be extremely frustrating for the other drivers.

If you are looking for something fun to do next weekend, we are delighted to share the details of an exciting opportunity. Please join the BIC Family next Saturday 12th October at 5.00pm for the CaixaBank Palma Kids Race. We encourage all our young runners to participate and promote sports values such as integration, solidarity and team spirit. Parents, families and friends are welcome to join us for the event to spectate. The course will be through Avenida Antonio Maura and es Born. It will be completely closed to traffic and controlled by the organization and Local Police.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend,

All the best,

Lowri Millar

Principal

BIC, Sant Agustí

Nursery Starfish Class

Another wonderful week has passed in our Nursery class. These little people are truly amazing and it is fantastic to see them playing together and adapting to school life so well. Miss Helen and I have even skipped one morning circle time because the children were playing together so incredibly well that we did not want to disturb them. Speaking of circle time, did you know that all 16 of our Starfish are now able to come, sit down and start the morning off singing our morning songs, looking at the day of the week and the weather of the day, Isn't that terrific?! We are hard at work learning our first phonetic sounds and oh! can you guess what these youngsters see coming past every morning in the garden? Have a great weekend everyone!

Reception Seahorse Class

We have been finding out about our school this week. The children have been learning the names of different adults at school and thinking of friendly ways to greet them. We went on a tour of the school and visited Ms. Millar in her office to ask her some interesting questions.

I have shared some photos of one of our class projects this week. The children were challenged to build our school out of cardboard boxes...these budding architects did a pretty good job! The boxes then transformed themselves, with the aid of a little imagination, into boats, cars, trains and fun places to hide!

Year 1 Seals Class

This week we have been focusing on Birds. We have imagined what it would be like to fly, made our own wings and creating a new species of bird. We also have been drawing using Bee-bots. We discovered that drawing shapes was the easiest and the most fun to watch!

Year 2 Turtles Class

Turtles Class have been comparing numbers using inequality signs this week, we made numbers in a lot of different ways! On Thursday, the children had their first visit from the quiet critters, these creatures come out when children are working really hard. They like to sit on desks and watch the children work. Turtles loved the critters visiting, we are wonder when they will be back again!

Year 3 Dolphins Class

This week in Science Forces have taken control! The Dolphins are enjoying this topic and have learnt about forces in the context of pushing and pulling. They carried out an investigation to compare how things move on different surfaces by testing the speed of a toy car over different surfaces. They were excited to know that we will soon be looking at magnets.

Year 4 Jellyfish Class

This week in PSHE, Jellyfish have been reflecting on and celebrating qualities they love the most about themselves. We put on our musical hats and created our very own music video to celebrate being unique and aspiring to reach our dreams. It was a blast! In science, we've continued our work exploring living things and their habitats, working hard to classify different animals and displaying data using a variety of diagrams.

Year 5 Whales Class

This week in Whales we’ve been learning about solids, liquids and gases in Science. We did an experiment outside with Mrs Cooper. It was very fun because she put Mentos in Coca Cola...it EXPLODED!! Of course, we asked WHY and HOW this happened! We found out that when the solid went into the liquid it created carbon dioxide gas. This gas pushed the liquid up and out with a big force. We really enjoyed it and want to try it again at home!

By Xisco Jimenez, Year 5

Year 6 Sharks Class

What a gas this week has been! We have been investigating irreversible changes and how we can make new materials. We made Casein plastic by mixing vinegar and milk. This was used in the early 1900s for buttons and beads. By mixing Bicarbonate Soda and Vinegar we made Carbon Dioxide to inflate our balloons. In Maths we have been excited to work on algebra problems and use the order of operations to work out word problems. Sharks continue to earn leadership points and be recognised for their help around the school. This class is full of wonderful role-models!

Spanish with Ms Campos

This week, in Year 1 and Year 2 we have been learning about our families and houses. They very much enjoyed drawing dads, mums, brothers, sisters and pets! What an amazing week for our Spanish students.

Español con Ms Maria

Esta semana los niños y niñas de Starfish nos estamos conociendo mejor a nosotros mismos. Para ello, hemos hecho estas preciosas flores que nos describen con diferentes adjetivos. Hemos elegido las palabras que más nos gustan y al final han salido cinco pétalos con rasgos de nuestra personalidad. Seguro que a nuestros papis y mamis les encanta lo maravillosos que somos.

CaixaBank Palma Kids Run

Looking for something fun to do next weekend? Join the BIC family next Saturday 12th October for the CaixaBank Palma Kids Race

This is a race just for kids! The races on Saturday are for free and for kids aged between 0 and 12.

A race for children (free participation) to promote sport in general and values such as social integration, solidarity and team spirit.

Race day: Saturday 12th October 2019.

Time: 17:00

Place: Avenida Antonio Maura

Race number pick up: Friday from 11:00 to 19:00h and Saturday from 11:00 to 16:00h.

We would like to motivate our young runners and sports fans to participate in this fantastic race!

If you would like to register your child for this race please contact Ms Izabela: izabela.zborzynska@balearesint.net

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CaixaBank Palma Kids Run

Scholastic Book Club is now Open!

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/baleares-int-school to browse the latest books and order online. Please make sure you put the school address as the delivery address for your order.

Your child/children will receive today in their book bag/folder a catalogue with all the latest titles for children from 0-14 years!!!

For every €1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by Sunday October 20th, 2019 and the books can be collected from my office before Friday 25th October - just in time for the half term holidays!

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