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Occupations and Sports.

In the Bear class this month we are studying two main topics, occupations and sports.

The students have been building on the knowledge that they gained within their first year in the Rabbit class, and using this to increase their speaking skills. We looked at a variety of occupations including: teacher, doctor, nurse, police officer, hairdresser, farmer, cook, flight attendant, fire fighter, pilot, student, florist, cashier, and even astronaut!! The children could choose what kind of job they would like to do, and then try to explain about what tasks would be involved in doing so.

We then constructed small five-line paragraphs for the children to memorize. Each student selected an occupation and then invented an imaginary person to introduce to the class. They could pick a name, an occupation, and then describe what that person wears/uses and what they do. A few examples might include:

This is Thomas. He is a fire fighter. He puts out fires and saves people. He rides in a fire engine. Fire fighters are very cool!!

This is Jenny. She is a flight attendant. She guides people and serves food. She flies in a plane. Flight attendants are so stylish!!

This is Robert. He is a cook. He makes delicious food. He wears a big white hat. Cooks are very cheerful!!

This is Yoko. She is a police officer. She catches bad people. She wears a dark blue uniform. Police officers are really helpful!!

We also have been reviewing the different types of statements to talk about a singular male, singular female, or a group of people. For these cases we use ‘he’, ‘she’, and ‘they’, respectively.

He is a farmer. (One male farmer).

She is a cashier. (One female cashier).

They are astronauts. (A pair/group of astronauts).

For the second topic this month, we focused on sports. We have covered such sports/activities as: soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, dodgeball, judo, athletics, gymnastics, swimming, golf, karate, etc. As they are rather young for team sports, we also explained that they could talk about actions such as: swimming, hopping, skipping, running, and dancing. Students used the above sports to answer questions about what sports they are (good/bad/not very good) at:

What sports are you good at? I’m good at tennis.

What sports are you bad at? I’m bad at basketball.

What sports are you not very good at? I’m not very good at gymnastics.

The students have so far done a good job at remembering the sentences for the short occupations speeches, and they can confidently answer about the sports that they are good at, and what sports they are bad at. It has been very impressive to see how they have memorized their words, especially considering how busy we have been practicing for the sports day this month.

What sports are you good at…..?????


– Mark –