The Year 1 students are thoroughly enjoying learning more about stories. We have been exploring the different elements of stories, such as the characters and the settings, using much loved texts such as ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and ‘The Paper Bag Princess’. We have also been talking about how many stories contain a problem and a solution and that the author is often trying to give the reader a message. For example, after reading ‘The Rainbow Fish’ the students felt the author was trying to tell the reader that it’s important to share.
The students have explored the concept of perspective by listening to and discussing different versions of the same stories. For example, as well as the traditional version of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ we have read two other versions of it. In one called ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,’ the wolf tries to convince the reader that he didn’t mean to hurt the pigs and that he accidentally blew their houses down when he sneezed. In another called ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig,’ it is the pig who is the bad guy and the wolves who are innocent.
One of our lines of inquiry is about creating and expressing our own stories. Using play as a stimulus, the students have been working in small groups to create their own stories. By dressing up as different characters, using puppets and engaging in small world play the children have had the opportunity to be creative and use their imagination to make up different stories and act them out. Next week we will begin to ‘capture’ some of these stories by giving the students the opportunity to turn them into books during our writing sessions.
You will soon be receiving information from our LIS IT team about how to subscribe to and use your child’s own Seesaw blog. We are excited about the new way that Year 1 will be able to share learning with you. I will continue taking lots of photos of the Y1.2 students engaged in learning each week after we move to Seesaw. If you would like to see and copy any of these photos then please click on this link.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!