Sharing the Planet – Week 16

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for attending the Celebration of Learning this week. The students were incredibly excited to share their learning with you and clearly enjoyed the event. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did.

We are coming to the end of our Sharing the Planet unit and so have been busy this week finishing off various tasks. 

Next week I will be sending home the other teaching books that the children have been working on in recent weeks. When you find some spare time over the vacation, please encourage your child to share these books with you.

This week in Math we have been reviewing the 2D shapes and 3D solids we have been learning about. We have also continued our work on the numbers 11 to 20. The students practised using mathematical vocabulary such as more than/less than and greater than/smaller than to compare teen numbers.

Next Wednesday (13th December) at 2:15 the Year 1 students will be performing at the Primary School assembly. The plan is for them to get the assembly off to a great start by marching in while playing the instruments they made in Music class. You are very welcome to attend this event.

Please enjoy the photos from this week!

Kind regards,

Ms. Georgina 

 

 

Personal choices that can help care for the environment

Dear Parents,

We are continuing to work hard in Year 1 on our Sharing the Planet unit. The line of inquiry that has been driving a great deal of our learning over the past few weeks is: Personal choices that can help care for the environment. The students have been working on their own teaching books about the actions we can take to look after the planet. They are really looking forward to sharing these books with you during our celebration of learning next Thursday 7th December from 8:30 – 9:00.

Another area we have been focusing on is: Responsibility – investigating ways that familiar materials can be reused. The students have been thoroughly enjoying being creative by using recycled materials to make new resources, toys and other things from empty boxes, cardboard tubes, egg cartons and other materials that might otherwise be thrown away.

When writing their own teaching books about caring for the planet, the students have been encouraged to come up with ideas on how to protect our environment.

We have been focusing on the numbers 11 to 20. The students are increasingly aware of the fact that a number such as 13 is made up of one group of ten and three more. We also continued focusing on Shape and Space during our Math sessions through constructing 3D structures with at least three of the 3D shapes they have learned.

One of the scientific skills that we are helping the students to develop is the ability to look really closely and thoughtfully when observing the natural world.

Enjoy this week photos!

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing the Planet – Week 5

Dear Parents,

When our students inquire into the units of inquiry, they do so through a conceptual lens. What does this mean in practice?  What are students learning through these conceptual lenses?

Well, through our first line of inquiry ‘Appreciating Earth’s natural and human- made resources, students are inquiring into what is a natural resource and what is a human-made resource. They are being encouraged to appreciate the nature within our school campus by going on many nature walks. On different walks they have taken pictures of what they have seen, used lists to record natural resources observed and they have been sorting natural and human-made resources.

Another concept that is framing the learning during this unit is responsibility, specifically what is our responsibility towards our environment? Our students are developing their understanding of this concept through gaining a better understanding of what waste means and what is being wasted. Some of the students’ comments were that food, money and water are being wasted and that recycling and reusing are a way to reduce our waste. Next week, we are planning to visit our school compost area.

Ways to help/support your child at home

This unit provides a wonderful opportunity for engaging in open discussions with your child. One of the most important ways that you can assist your child at home is to connect with nature as much as you can and to draw their attention to the environment around them.

This week our school have hosted a parent coffee morning about how we develop our student’s mathematical skills. A skill that we are aiming to develop throughout the year is our students’ number sense.

 How?

One way is by subitising, a term devised by the theorist Piaget referring to the ability to instantly recognize the number of objects in a small group without needing to count them, such as being able to recognize the number of dots when using dice without having to count each one individually.

Why is subitising important? A predominant focus of our early math curriculum is the development of an understanding of number. Subitising is an essential part of developing number sense in helping children relate to numbers and to actual items or groups of items. This is known as number conservation. It is not uncommon that young children learn to count by rote but do not really understand the meaning behind what they are doing.  By looking at groups of objects, children can start to develop an understanding of how a number is made up: for example, six dots could be two sets of three dots, or a set of four dots and two dots. This understanding of part-part-whole relationships helps children to separate and combine numbers and accelerates understanding of addition and subtraction.

Playing dice games at home is excellent in supporting mathematical understanding with your child – and great way to spend family time together.

Please enjoy some of this week photos.

Kind regards,

Ms Georgina

 

 

 

 

 

Please Come to Our Celebration of Learning

Dear parents,

You are invited to the Year 1 sharing of learning session on Thursday 7th December from 8:30 – 9:00am.

As you know, our students are busy inquiring into how our actions can make a difference to the environment we share. They will be applying their learning to write a teaching book about how to care for the environment. We would like the students to share this book with you during the celebration of learning. 

We look forward to seeing you in our classrooms then.

Kind regards,

The Year 1 Team

UOI update

Dear Parents,

There has been some great learning going on in Year 1 already connected to our new Unit of Inquiry ‘Sharing the Planet’. Please see below for examples of some of the learning engagements that have been taking place over the past three weeks.

Personal choices that can help care for the environment

Students have been tuning in to how we share the planet and talking about ways to care for the environment. We have approached this area through the lens of ‘resources’. Students have identified some of the resources they use at school during the day. These include: paper, pencils, tables, etc. They worked as a class to make a concept map showing their understanding of the term ‘resources’, listing the resources that they use and thinking about how best to care for them. Some students spoke about the importance of not wasting paper which was a great connection to our Unit learning.

Identifying natural and human-made resources

In order to gain a better understanding of how we share the planet it is important that students understand the difference between natural and human-made resources. As a provocation, students went on a nature walk to observe, notice and identify nature in our school. After the students were asked to sort different photos of nature and human made resources which provoked great discussions.

Observation is an important skill that we will work on in this Unit so the students will continue to spent some time in the school garden areas noticing natural and human-made things and making observational drawings (or sketches) of them.

Show an awareness of sound–symbol relationships and begin to recognize the way that some familiar sounds can be recorded

During writing time we have been focusing on saying words slowly, identifying the sounds we can hear and writing them down. We call this stretching out words. Students are encouraged to use an alphabet chart to help identify the sounds. For example, when writing the word ‘hat’ the children say the word very slowly, count the sounds that they hear and identify the ‘h’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ on the alphabet chart. This is a great strategy for early writers to use and many have been applying it successfully when labelling pictures and/or writing sentences.

Understand that 2D and 3D shapes have characteristics that can be described and compared

The Year 1 students have approached their work on shapes and space with great enthusiasm. It’s a very motivating and engaging mathematical area for young learners. They have been looking closely at shapes, noticing their properties and then building them. We’ve been on shape hunts around the school campus in order to see real life examples of the 2D shapes and 3D solids they have been studying in class. For example traffic cones (cones), balls (spheres) and air conditioning units (rectangular prisms).

Please enjoy some photos of our recent learning.

Wishing you a great weekend,

Ms. Georgina

Week 10 in Year 1.1

Dear Parents,

It’s been a short but busy week. We have continued tuning in to our new ‘Sharing The Planet’ unit of inquiry. The students have thought about the meaning of the word ‘environment,’ particularly the environments they know well such as their home environment and the school environment.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of dressing up today and it was great to see so many of them enthusiastically participating in this event.

Wishing you all a lovely long weekend!

Ms. Georgina

Please enjoy some photos from this week.

Sharing the Planet – Week 1

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me at your child’s conference. It was great to get the opportunity to share your child’s learning with you and to set new goals for future learning.

This week in class we began work on our new unit of inquiry. The central idea for this unit is: Our actions can make a difference to the environment we share. We began by discussing what this central idea means. ‘Action’ was a new word for many of the students and so we need to explore this word further. It would be great if you could talk with your child at home about what  Action is and looks like.

Next week, we will go on a ‘Trash Hunt’ around the school in order to assess how well the LIS community care for their own environment.

In Math we started work on the ‘Shape and Space’ strand of our Math programme. We focused on 3D solids, particularly cubes, cuboids (also called rectangular prisms), spheres, pyramids and cones. The students went on a shape hunt to find real life examples of these 3D solids in the school environment. For instance, they noticed that the air conditioner units are cuboids and that the balls in the gym are spheres.

During writing time we are now working on writing ‘Teaching Books.’ The students think about something they know a lot about and then write a book to teach others about it too. We have also been focusing on the letter s.

We met with our buddies this week and in connection with our current unit they helped us think about ways we can hurt or help planet Earth.

Athletics Day was a great success and a lot of fun despite the rain. Thank you to those of you who were able to come along and support the children. A big thank you also goes to the PE Department for planning such a well organized event.

Please enjoy these photos from the week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Georgina