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.