Week 6 in Year 1.3

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a short but very busy week in Year 1, culminating in a wonderful Peace Day today. We began Peace Day in the homeroom by engaging in a variety of art and craft activities all devoted to the concept of peace. The students used watercolors to paint plates with the peace sign, they decorated doves doing fingerprints and stuck them onto a sky blue background and they made peace flags. We thought about what peace means to each of us and what makes us feel peaceful. All of Year 1 had a special singing class with Ms. Betsy where we sang songs about peace and danced. In the afternoon we marched in the Peace Parade around the school and we attended the Peace Assembly.

In Math this week we have continued working on recognizing and writing numerals and one to one correspondence when counting out objects. The students are working hard to form the numerals correctly when they write them, making sure that they start each number at the top.

In Language this week we have continued thinking about the letters and the sounds they make. We focused in particular on the letter P. The children practiced writing this letter correctly and they brainstormed items starting with this letter.

We had lots of fun with our Year 4 Buddies on Wednesday afternoon. They came to our classroom and we really enjoyed drawing, creating, building blocks and making puzzles with them.

Please enjoy these photos from the week.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Doris





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Who We Are Unit Update 2

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 started to discuss different feelings and emotions. The students have been prompted to think about how our actions can make others feel. We read a book called ‘F is for Feelings’ a while ago which allowed us to explore many different emotions. We will look at the book again in the coming weeks.

Social skills: Accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict

The students have continued developing their social skills through different collaborative tasks. For example, they built another Lego house according to specific criteria in small groups. The students had to cooperate with each other when deciding what the house would look like and also when building it. Afterwards, they reflected on how successfully they had worked together compared to last week. Some conflicts arose during this process when there were disagreements about how the house 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 modeling how to write short true stories using blank three page books. For example, in Y1.3 I have written a story about the day we had the Fire Drill and a story about my move to Angola. 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.

We also met our Buddy Class again this week. Inspired by Todd Parr’s “The Peace Book” Year 1.3 and Year 4.1 shared what their ideas of peace were.  Then together they wrote it down, with the Year 4s helping the Year 1s to scribe their thoughts. For Peace Day next week, the artwork from last week and the peace day thoughts from this week are being combined to make a display.

Please enjoy the photos of this week in Y1.3.

Have a great long weekend!

Kind regards,


Week 4 in Year 1.3

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 1.3!

On Wednesday we had our first Buddy Session with Ms. Arishana’s Year 4 (Y4.1) class. The students started working on a collaborative Peace Day project. 

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’. 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 thinking about how we can collaborate when working in groups. We practiced team work through different collaborative activities. For example, the students built a lego house in groups and had to follow specific instructions. We also did a spider web activity as a whole class and realized that we need everybody in order to hold it together – when someone let go of the string the spider web collapsed. 

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.

Click here to see some photos from this week!

Have a great weekend!
Kind regards,

Ms Doris

Unit of Inquiry Update, Week 3

The Year 1 students have got off to a great start with the first Unit of Inquiry of the year, Who We Are. This is a wonderful unit to start the school year with as the focus is on relationships. The central idea of this unit is: Our relationships with others contribute to our well-being. The unit provides us with the opportunity to guide and support the students as they work on developing relationships with their new classmates and teachers. We will also spend time inquiring into the important relationships the students have outside of school.

Please see below some of the learning and teaching that has happened so far in Year 1.

Social skills: Accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict

The students have been put in teams with classmates to work collaboratively on group projects. For example, students were given a large piece of paper and asked to work in a small group to create a painting together. The task required them to cooperate with each other when doing the painting and when sharing the materials.

Language: Students will write their names with upper and lowercase letters

It is important at this stage in Year 1 that each student learns how to write their name clearly and neatly using an uppercase letter at the beginning and with all other letters written in lowercase. Each lowercase letter starts at the top. We have been practicing this daily in class, for example by asking students to write their name on each piece of work they produce and through more formal handwriting sessions.

Language : Using their own experience as a stimulus when drawing and “writing”

During writing time the students are working on an ‘All About Me Book’. They have included lots of information about themselves, their family members, favourite things and activities they enjoy. Next week we will publish these books and share them with classmates.

Mathematics: Data Handling – Understand that sets can be organised by different attributes

The students have been sorting and organizing a variety of Math manipulatives. For example, they worked in groups to sort 2 dimensional shapes. First they needed to decide how they wanted to sort them, for example by color or shape. Then they worked as a team to organize all of the shapes according to these attributes. They shared their work with their classmates, explaining how they had chosen to categorize the shapes.

Mathematics: Data Handling – Understand information about themselves and their surroundings can be obtained in different ways

The class has been working together to collect data about themselves and others. They have then created graphs to show the information they found. For example, they have created a birthday graph and a graph showing the eye color of everybody in the class.

Click here for photos from Week 3 in Y1.3!


Week 2 in Y1.3

Dear Parents,

This week the students in Y1.3 started working on the ‘Essential Agreements’ for our classroom. They thought about what they want the classroom to look like, sound like and feel like. The children said that they want it to look tidy and clean, sound quiet and calm and they want to feel happy when they’re there. We started to display our ideas on posters.

We launched into our first Unit of Inquiry and started thinking about different relationships. We looked at a photograph of a family as one example of the relationships people have. To support us further with our Unit work, please send in a photo of your family or you can email me a a photo and I will print it out. We will need the photos by Thursday 31st August. Thank you in advance for your support with this. 

In Math this week we continued to explore different Math equipment including linking cubes and straws. The students have also started to work on their own counting books. We spent time practicing writing the numerals 0 and 1 and showing these quantities with cubes and pictures. We also did some data handling when we made a giant birthday graph showing when each person in Y1.3 has their birthday.

You can see a selection of our photos from this week here

I am really looking forward to getting to know you better and to learning more about your child at the Parent Teacher Connection Meetings next Friday. Thank you to those of you who have already signed up for an appointment.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards,

Ms. Doris

Week 1 in Year 1.3

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a great start to the new school year here in Y1.3. The students came back to school enthusiastic and excited for the year ahead. Please read this document to familiarize yourself on how we proceed in Year 1 and what we expect from you and your child.

We spent a lot of time this week getting to know each other and talking about being friendly. The students painted family portraits, drew a picture of the thing they like to do most and had lots of fun making collages of their faces.

In Math time we started to explore the different Math equipment that we will be using this year. This included objects for counting and sorting, geo-boards and 2 dimensional shapes.

This week we have enjoyed reading a variety of books with the students. Not next week, but the week after, the Year 1 team will start sending reading books home with the children.

Please click here to enjoy looking at some photos of our first week at school

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Kind regards,

Ms. Doris

Welcome to Year 1.3!

Dear Parents,

My name is Doris Taverna and I will be the Y1.3 teacher this year. I’m really looking forward to meeting and getting to know both you and your children. I’m excited about the year ahead and look forward to working together to build a happy, supportive and stimulating classroom community. Hopefully those of you who are new to Angola and LIS are settling in well. Please let me know if I can support your transition in any way.

Ester Joaquim will be working with us in Y1.3 during the first semester of this school year.

Throughout this year I will regularly update our class blog with photos, movies and examples of our learning. Please take some time to sign up for this blog so that you will be notified when there are updates.

If you need to contact me by email, my address is dtaverna@lisluanda.com. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kind regards,


Ms Doris & Ms Ester