There has already been some great learning going on in Year 1 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 the many resources they use at school during the day. These include: paper, pencils, glue sticks, 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 materials which was a great connection to our Unit learning.
During our Buddy session this week, the class worked with their Year 5 Buddies to discuss and record many of the ways that humans can both help and hurt the environment. The older children had many great ideas to share on this topic, which they then shared with their younger friends.
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 looked at a seed pod and were asked if they thought it came from nature or was human-made. We went on to gather student examples for both categories. We had some great discussions about whether paper is natural or human-made. We ended up deciding that even though paper comes from trees and so is made from a natural material, humans had to make it into something we use to write and draw on.
Observation is an important skill that we will work on in this Unit so the students have spent some time in the school garden areas noticing natural and human-made things and making careful observational drawings 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 been approaching their work on shape 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, using resources such as play-dough and paper. 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). Someone even noticed that the floor of the classroom is a giant square (if we take away the cupboard and bathroom).
Please enjoy some photos of our recent learning.
Wishing you a great weekend,