The Year 1 students have got off to a great start with the first Unit of Inquiry of the year, Who We Are. This is a wonderful unit to start the school year with as the focus is on relationships. The central idea of this unit is: Our relationships with others contribute to our well-being. The unit provides us with the opportunity to guide and support the students as they work on developing relationships with their new classmates and teachers. We will also spend time inquiring into the important relationships the students have outside of school.
Please see below some of the learning and teaching that has happened so far in Year 1.
Social skills: Accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict
The students have been put in teams with classmates to work collaboratively on group projects. For example, students were given a large piece of paper and asked to work in a small group to create a painting together. The task required them to share their own ideas and listen to the ideas of others, being respectful of suggestions that were different to their own. They had to cooperate with each other when deciding what to paint, when doing the painting and when sharing the materials. Afterwards they reflected on this task and thought about what went well and how any conflicts that arose were solved.
Language: Students will write their names with upper and lowercase letters
It is important at this stage in Year 1 that each student learns how to write their name clearly and neatly using an uppercase letter at the beginning and with all other letters written in lowercase. Each lowercase letter starts at the top. We have been practicing this daily in class, for example by asking students to write their name on each piece of work they produce and through more formal handwriting sessions.
Language: Using their own experience as a stimulus when drawing and “writing”
During writing time the students are working on an ‘All About Me Book’. They have included lots of information about themselves, their family members, favourite things and activities they enjoy. Next week we will publish these books and share them with classmates.
Mathematics: Data Handling – Understand that sets can be organised by different attributes
The students have been sorting and organizing a variety of Math manipulatives. For example, they worked in groups to sort 2 dimensional shapes. First they needed to decide how they wanted to sort them, for example by color, shape, number of sides, etc. Then they worked as a team to organize all of the shapes according to these attributes. They shared their work with their classmates, explaining how they had chosen to categorize the shapes.
Mathematics: Data Handling – Understand information about themselves and their surroundings can be obtained in different ways
The class has been working together to collect data about themselves and others. They have then created graphs to show the information they found. For example, they have created a birthday graph and a graph showing the eye colour of everybody in the class.
Please enjoy the photos from this week in Y1.1.