Who We Are Summative Assesssment

Dear Parents,

it’s hard to believe that we have already reached the first school holiday of the year!

We have completed our summative assessment for this UOI. The students have been exploring different social situations with two puppets called Moe and Zippy. For the final assessment each student was presented with the problem that Moe and Zippy are arguing about who will get to dress up in a space suit and helmet. They were asked how the problem could be solved. The students came up with many ideas such as, taking turns with the costume or sharing the costume so that one character wears the helmet and the other the clothes.

After the October break we will begin our new UOI, Sharing the Planet. Please click here for an overview of this unit.

During the first few weeks after the break, the Year 1 teachers will carry out a thorough reading assessment with each student in their class. These assessments will help us to know what each child has learned already and how best to support them with the next stage on their journey towards becoming fluent readers. These assessments will be the teacher’s main focus during reading lessons. The teaching assistants will support the students during independent reading sessions. Consequently, we will not have a chance to write comments in your child’s reading log during this time.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable October break.

Kind regards,

Ms. Georgina

 

 

Week 8 in Year 1.1

Dear Parents,

The students in Y1.1 had a fantastic time at the Olympics Day on Tuesday. It was wonderful to see them working together with the older students to complete the games and challenges. These included:

  • Moving around a course with their legs tied to other student’s legs
  • Getting the entire team across the field without stepping on the grass when using only three mats to help

These activities provided the students with a great opportunity to apply what they have learned in class about how to collaborate well with others and work as a team.

In writing this week we have focused on adding labels to the sketches we draw when making books. The students are learning that this makes it easier for others to understand and enjoy our books. For example, they have been writing their own names or ‘me’ above pictures of themselves.

Our writing program is differentiated so that all students are supported and feel successful at whatever stage of writing they are at. For example, some students are taking a guess at how to write words using random letters they know, some are writing only the first letter of words (such as ‘h’ for house),  some are writing all the sounds they can hear (such as ‘str’ for sister), and a few are aiming for full sentences and accurate spelling. We also spent time this week reviewing all of the letters/sounds that we have studied so far this school year.

During reading lessons we have focused on one spoken word for each written word. It really helps if the children point at each word as they say it as this makes their reading more thoughtful and accurate.

In Math we have been exploring the order of numbers within the number system by ordering numbers and some students were ready to explore different ways numbers can be made. We have also  been practicing how to write the numeral 8. It’s a tricky one and you might like to practice this a little more with your child at home.

Our UOI sessions have focused on how the people we have relationships with can make us feel different things depending on the situation.

During our Buddy session we engaged in different activities, but our favourite one is to play in the big playground.

Please enjoy some photos from this week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Georgina

Hats and Water Bottles

Dear Parents,

Please make sure that your child brings a hat and a water bottle to school every day. Our P.E. lessons are now taking place outside on the field and it is of great importance that all children wear hats for sun protection and bring water bottles to stay hydrated.

Thank you for your cooperation,

The Year 1 and P.E. Teams

List of Songs from Ms. Betsy

Dear Y1 Parents,

Posted here are the songs we have been singing in music class. Some are in the form of an audio file and some are in the form of a youtube video.
Please have fun at home singing these songs and any more you may know with our year 1 singers!
Also, I will be updating this post periodically as we add songs throughout the year.
Happy Singing!

Kind Regards,
Ms. Betsy
PYP Music Teacher

Make New Friends- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMAxP-95yn4

The Sharing Song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu2C4xylXwY

Shalom Chaverim- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRZaop5ZoJA (we sing only the English Version)

I Will Be Your Friend- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3dBeHCQFZ8

The Wheels on the Bus- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki_R_4FcFK0

Shake my Sillies Out- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb_2CQmfqoA

Kye Kye Kule-See attached

Hey Yo- See Attached

What a Wonderful World- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddLd0QRf7Vg

Week 7 – Relationships and Taking Action

Dear parents,

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been thinking more about the different relationships we have and how these relationships can make us feel. The students thought about all the people that they have relationships with. Their ideas included parents, siblings, friends, teachers, nannies, grandparents and drivers. They then thought about how important each of these relationships is to them and how close they are to the different people. The students used a graphic organizer with concentric circles to record their ideas. They drew themselves in the center and then drew the people they are closest to next to them, and worked outwards to include the people they have less important relationships with.

We will now begin to focus more on how relationships can make us feel different emotions. For example, when our Mother hugs us we feel safe, when our Mother tells us we did a good job we feel proud and when our Mother reads to us we feel happy. We will also explore how our actions can impact how others feel. For example, when we play nicely with our friends they feel happy, when we don’t share with our friends they feel angry and when we look after our hurt friends they feel cared for.

 Student Initiated Action

One of the essential elements in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is Action: how do we want the students to act as a result of their learning?

An explicit expectation of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is that successful inquiry will lead to responsible action, initiated by the student as a result of the learning process… Action as a result of learning may not be witnessed by the teacher and often happens beyond the classroom.’ (Making the PYP happen, 2009)

As we head towards the end of our ‘Who We Are’ unit, we are beginning to see the students take some meaningful action as a result of their new learning.

As PYP educators we understand that Action can happen anywhere, anytime; this may be in the classroom or at home. For that reason, we would like to request all parents to be active participants in our quest, to notice action revealed by your child at home. This may be in the form of questions/comments that your child makes about an inquiry they have been pursuing at school; it may be a drawing; or wanting/taking action triggered by school inquiries.

If you identify any action that your child has revealed, please write us an email, pop in to share it or ask your child to come and share it with the class. However, remember that it is very important to understand that the action must be student initiated.

Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Please enjoy some photos from this week at school.

 

Week 6

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a short but very busy week in Year 1, culminating in a wonderful Peace Day today. We began Peace Day in the homeroom by engaging in a craft activity devoted to the concept of peace. We thought about what peace means to each of us and what makes us feel peaceful. All of Year 1 had a special singing class with Ms. Betsy where we sang songs about peace and danced. In the afternoon we marched in the Peace Parade around the school and we attended the Peace Assembly.

In Math this week we have continued working on recognising and writing numerals and one to one correspondence when counting out objects. The students are working hard to form the numerals correctly when they write them, making sure that they start each number at the top.

In Language this week we have continued thinking about the letters and the sounds they make. We focused in particular on the letter P. The children practiced writing this letter correctly and they brainstormed items starting with this letter, or even ending with this letter. 

We had fun with our Year 5 Buddies on Wednesday afternoon. We invited them to our classroom and we reflected together about How can we have peace at school. The Year 1 children really enjoy this special time with their older friends.

Please enjoy these photos from the week.

Kind regards,

Ms.Georgina

 

 

Who We Are – Week 5

One of the Key Concepts that we are focusing on during our current Unit of Inquiry is ‘Connection.’ In class we have started encouraging the students to think about the people they are connected to. We have introduced the word ‘relationship’ to the children and started talking about what this word means. You could support your child with this at home by talking with them about the various relationships they have, such as with family members, friends, teachers, etc. In the coming weeks the children will record all of the people they are connected to and talk about the different relationships they have.

Please see below for examples of some of the learning and teaching that has taken place over the past two weeks in Year 1.

Identify their feelings and emotions and explain possible causes

The students brainstormed all of the feelings that they could think of, such as excited, angry, happy and sad. Later in the week, we read a book called ‘F is for Feelings’ which provided us with many more different emotions to discuss, such as afraid and brave.

Social skills: Accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict

The students have continued developing their social skills through different collaborative tasks. For example, they were asked to work in small groups to build a Lego house. The students had to cooperate with each other when deciding what the house would look like and also when building it. Some conflicts arose during this process when there were disagreements about how the house should look. The children had to try to resolve these conflicts through talking, listening respectfully and coming to an agreement about what to do.

Language: Teachers model shared writing

During writing sessions, the Year 1 teachers have been modeling how to write short true stories using blank three page books. The teachers have modelled the process of thinking what to write about, planning the story by touching the pages and telling what they will write, sketching the pictures and then adding the words. The students have then been writing their own three page books following the same process. Some of their stories are from real life and others are imaginative.

Please enjoy the photos of this week in Y1.1.

 

 

 

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,

Ms.Georgina

Unit of Inquiry Information: Who We Are

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.

Week 2 in Year 1.1

Dear Parents,

For the past two weeks we have spent time getting to know each other, establishing essential agreements (class rules), drawing about the things we like the most and writing on an ALL ABOUT ME poster some information about ourselves. This week it was very visible that the students are feeling more confident about the routines in Year 1.

The main learning engagements that the children have been involved were: drawing their family portraits showing all the people in their family; drawing their self-portrait and making a collage of their main features; finding their home country in our class map.

In Math time we are working on number recognition and one to one correspondence, by matching the number of objects to the numeral they correspond with. We did some data handling when we made a graph showing the different eye colours in class. Also, in small groups we spent time practicing writing the numerals 0 and 1 and exploring what these quantities really mean in practice.

In Language time we started to explore name writing with upper and lowercase letters and each child has started to add a writing piece to their journal, which at this stage can mean a drawing with the first letter of a word or just the drawing or the drawing with one word.

During exploration and discovery time, some students are making books and they have been encouraged to talk about the stories they have created.

This week we have enjoyed reading lots of books with the students and finding out how well they comprehend what they have heard or read.

By this coming Monday, the Year 1 team will start sending reading books home with the children, please read the letter sent in your child’s home folder today.

Please sign in for our parent teacher connection meeting. I am looking forward to getting to know you and  finding out valuable information about your child, so I can better support his/her learning.

Note: Please send a family photo in your child’s home folder as soon as possible or a digital photo to my email.

Reminders:

  • Please make sure that your child comes to school with a hat and a water bottle.
  • As mentioned in our procedures and expectations in Year 1 letter, please ensure your child’s snack is a healthy one! For example: a sandwich, yogurt, fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers. Soda, chocolate, gum and candy are not allowed at school.

I hope you enjoy the photos!

Kind regards,

Ms. Georgina