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



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