Week 6 in Y1.2

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 variety of art and craft activities all devoted to the theme of peace. The students used paint to decorate plates with the peace sign, they coloured and cut out peace doves and stuck them onto a sky blue background and they made peace flags. 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. Some of the students used pastels to do observational ‘pumpkin’ pictures, which was a great opportunity to develop the skill of looking really closely at something. We have continued working hard on reading, especially independent reading, where the students practice reading a selection of books that are at their ‘just right’ level.

We had fun with our Year 5 Buddies on Wednesday afternoon. We invited them to our classroom to support us with building models using the various construction equipment we have, including lego, wooden blocks, the marble run and play dough. The Year 1 children really enjoy this special time with their older friends.

Please enjoy these photos from the week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Gillian





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Who We Are Update 2

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

We have spent some time discussing different feelings and emotions. The students brainstormed all of the feelings that they could think of, such as excited, angry, happy and scared. We then read a book called ‘F is for Feelings’ which provided us with many more different emotions to discuss, such as jealous and proud. The students worked together to create a graph showing how they feel about coming to school.

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 according to specific criteria. For example, it had to have a blue roof and two yellow windows. 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 houses 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 modelling how to write short true stories using blank three page books. For example, in Y1.2 I have written a story about the day we had the Lockdown Drill and a story about going to the jogathon. 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 Y1.2.


Week 4 in Y1.2

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 1.2! On Wednesday we had our first Buddy Session with Mr. Perico’s Year 5 class. The students spent some time finding out about each other by sharing their interests and the things they enjoy doing. We then played outside in the sand together. As the children get to know each other better and begin to form friendships we will match each Y1.2 student up with a Year 5 buddy.

We have started work learning 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 painting giant letters and 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. The students listened to and discussed a book called ‘Friendliness.’ They spent time brainstorming all the ways to be a good friend to others. Some of their ideas included:

  • Always say “yes” when somebody asks if they can play with you
  • Always say “yes” when somebody asks if they can sit with you at lunchtime
  • Share
  • Be nice to people
  • Look after people when they are sad

The students role played different friendship scenarios and spoke about what would be a friendly way to behave in each one.

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 click on this link to access the Google Folder where I store all the photos that I take of student learning in Y1.2. This will allow you to save and keep any photos of your child that you like. Click Here!

Kind regards,

Ms. Gillian



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 Y1.2.

Week 2 in Y1.2

Dear Parents,

This week the students in Y1.2 worked together to decide on the ‘Essential Agreements’ for our classroom. They thought about what they want the classroom to look like, sound like and feel like. The children said that they want it to look tidy and organized and so they agreed to clean up after themselves. They want it to sound peaceful and not too loud and so they agreed to use calm indoor voices and not to shout. They want the classroom to feel happy, peaceful, interesting and exciting and we spoke about how being kind and respectful to our classmates and always trying our best is important. We made a display to show our ideas.

We launched into our first Unit of Inquiry of the year by thinking about different relationships. We looked at a photograph of a family as one example of the relationships people have. The students shared what they could see, what they were thinking and what they were wondering about the photograph. To support us further with our Unit work, please send in a photo of your family or you can email me a a photo and I will print it out. We will need the photos by Thursday 31st August. Thank you in advance for your support with this. 

During our writing sessions this week the students have been working on an ‘All About Me’ book. They started by drawing and labelling some of their family members. We have also continued to work on writing our names really neatly, remembering a capital letter at the beginning.

In Math this week we have been thinking a lot about numbers. The students have been playing counting games involving the numbers 0 to 10. They have also started work on their own counting books. We spent time practicing writing the numerals 0 and 1 and showing these quantities with cubes and pictures. We also continued our work on data handling to make a graph showing the different eye colours of the people in the class. We found that most of the students in Y1.2 have brown eyes.

The children had a great time making play dough with Ms. Junior. It’s great for young children’s fine motor skills to work with play dough, clay and plasticine regularly.

I am really looking forward to getting to know you better and to learning more about your child at the Parent Teacher Connection Meetings next Friday. Thank you to those of you who have already signed up for an appointment.

I hope you enjoy the slideshow showing photos from this week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Gillian

Week 1 in Y1.2

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a great start to the new school year here in Y1.2. The students came back to school enthusiastic and excited for the year ahead.

Lots of our time this week has been focused on getting to know more about each other. The students painted family portraits showing all the people (and pets) that live in their home. They also drew a picture of the thing they like to do most. Some of their ideas included going to the beach, scootering and baking cakes. We had lots of fun making collages of our faces too.

In Math time we started to explore the different Math equipment that we will be using this year. This included linking chains, geo-boards and 2 dimensional shapes. We also did some data handling when we made a giant birthday graph showing when each person in Y1.2 has their birthday.

This week we have enjoyed reading lots of books with the students. Not next week, but the week after, the Year 1 team will start sending reading books home with the children. The students also made their own books all about the things they did over the long vacation.

Please enjoy this slideshow of our first week at school (you may find you need to play it on a computer rather than a smartphone). I will also shortly be sharing a link with you so that you can access my Google Drive photo folder copy any photos you would like that I take throughout the school year.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Kind regards,

Ms. Gillian

Welcome to Y1.2

Dear Parents,

My name is Gillian Dear and I will be the Y1.2 teacher this year. I’m really looking forward to meeting and getting to know both you and your children. I’m excited about the year ahead and look forward to working together to build a happy, supportive and stimulating classroom community. Hopefully those of you who are new to Angola and LIS are settling in well. Please let me know if I can support your transition in any way.

We are lucky to have an outstanding classroom assistant, Junior Muchamiri, working with us in Y1.2 this year. Junior has been working in Year 1 at LIS for six years and so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

Throughout this year the Y1.2 students and I will regularly update our class blog with photos, movies and examples of our learning. Please take some time to sign up for this blog so that you will be notified when there are updates.

If you need to contact me by email, my address is gdear@lisluanda.com. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kind regards,