Week 4 in Year 1.1

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much to those of you who came to the Back To School Night presentation on Thursday evening. We really appreciated your time and hope that you found the session informative. For those of you who were not able to attend, please click on this link to see the slideshow the Year 1 team presented.

We’ve had a busy week in Year 1.1! On Wednesday we had our first Buddy Session with Ms. Selina’s Year 5 class. The students spent some time talking with their buddies about what PEACE means to them. We have started inquiring into the letter sounds and names in Year 1. So far we have focused on the ‘m’ and ‘t’ sounds. We have brainstormed items that begin with these letters, hunted for these letters during shared reading sessions and enjoyed craft activities connected to them. For example, some students made tree collages in the shape of a ‘T.’ We have also spent time learning to write these letters correctly by practicing them in our handwriting books. Next week we will begin work on the letter ‘a.’ We are working hard to reinforce how important a correct pencil grip is and would appreciate your support with this at home.

Our Math work this week has focused on one to one correspondence with numbers. Students have been counting carefully to match up the correct number of objects with given numerals. They have also been playing a game called ‘Grab and Count’ where they grab a handful of math manipulatives, count them and then record what they grabbed. We have continued work on recognizing and writing numerals correctly.

We have continued thinking about different kinds of relationships we have. This week we have focused on friendship. They spent time brainstorming how friendship looks like, feels like and sounds like. Some of their ideas included:

  • Looks like being nice, caring and sharing
  • Feels nice, feels like a kiss,
  • Sounds like a loud sound and someone saying sorry after pushing a friend

Mr. Dylan came to read the class a story today about a tiger who lost his smile. He spoke with the students about how they should always help anyone around the school if they seem sad or worried.

Please enjoy the photos of the student’s learning in Y1.1.

Kind regards,


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