How We Express Ourselves Update

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!

Ms. Gillian

Week 19 in Y1.2

Dear Parents,

There is a lot of exciting new learning going on in Year 1! Our How We Express Ourselves unit is providing the students with many wonderful opportunities to be creative.

We have been working on poetry during our writing sessions. The students have explored writing various poems including colour poems, mood poems, sound poems and shape poems. The children noticed that poems sometimes rhyme, but not always. They also noticed that poems can contain patterned language that is repeated throughout the poem. We’ve enjoyed reading lots of poetry during shared reading time.

As well as expressing ourselves through poetry, we have been exploring how people can express themselves through stories. The class have been learning about how interesting characters are an important element in good stories. We read ‘The Paper Bag Princess’ by Robert Munsch and discussed the personality traits and physical appearances of the three characters in the story. The students enjoyed using clay to make models of their own characters, such as super heroes and animals, that they will later be able to use when creating and acting out their own stories. The children have been given lots of time to engage in dressing up, role play and small world play as often wonderful ideas for stories are generated through play. For example, they made a ‘Dinosaur Kingdom’ complete with a volcano, river and lake using dinosaur figures and nature blocks.

During Math sessions we have been focusing on the concept of addition. We have thought about the purpose of the addition sign and the equals sign and practised writing our own addition equations. The students have been creating and drawing their own addition story problems and writing the addition equations to match them. For example, for the equation 5+5=10 a student created and illustrated this story problem, ‘One shark has five teeth and another shark has five teeth. How many shark teeth are there altogether?’

Please enjoy some photos from this week.

Kind regards,

Ms. Gillian

 

 

 

How We Express Ourselves

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful break. The students have come back to school refreshed and ready to learn.

This week we started work on our new unit of inquiry “How We Express Ourselves.” Please click on this link for an overview of the learning that will take place during this unit.

Looking forward to a fantastic term ahead!

Ms. Gillian

Please enjoy some photos from this week.