Just a reminder on behalf of Ms. Betsy…

Dear Y1 Parents,

In music class we are beginning to inquire into how we can create instruments

using recycled materials.

We need your help!

Please bring to school any materials that can be used to create an instrument.

Please clean anything before you send it to school.

We will create the instruments together in Music class, but if your child

feels inspired to experiment at home, by all means, don’t stop them.

Examples of good materials to send to school are:

Plastic Bottles

Bottle Caps

Paper or Plastic Tubes

Boxes

Metal Cans

Plastic Bags

Cardboard

Buttons

Nails

Beads

Etc.

Please encourage your children to tap, shake and scrape their way through

your recyclables to find some suitable things to bring for Music class.

Thank you for your help!

Best Regards,

Betsy Stalter

PYP Music Teacher

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.

Message from Ms. Betsy

Dear Y1 Parents,

In music class we are beginning to inquire into how we can create instruments

using recycled materials.

We need your help!

Please bring to school any materials that can be used to create an instrument.

Please clean anything before you send it to school.

We will create the instruments together in Music class, but if your child

feels inspired to experiment at home, by all means, don’t stop them.

Examples of good materials to send to school are:

Plastic Bottles

Bottle Caps

Paper or Plastic Tubes

Boxes

Metal Cans

Plastic Bags

Cardboard

Buttons

Nails

Beads

Etc.

Please encourage your children to tap, shake and scrape their way through

your recyclables to find some suitable things to bring for Music class.

Thank you for your help!

Best Regards,

Betsy Stalter

PYP Music Teacher

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

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.