Time sure flies when you are having fun – it’s hard to believe that we have already reached the first school holiday of the year!
Over the past few weeks in Year 1 we have been working hard to complete our learning connected to the ‘Who We Are’ unit of inquiry. Much of our recent work has been aimed at helping the students to strengthen their understanding of the following:
● Identifying themselves in relation to others (family, peers, school class, etc.)
● Identifying their feelings and emotions and explain possible causes
The students have written books which explain how they make the people they have relationships with feel at different times. For example, “When I pack away my things, my mom feels happy.” They have also made concept maps showing how others can make them feel in different situations. For instance, “I feel sad when my sister doesn’t play with me.”
We have completed our summative assessment for this UOI. The students have been exploring different social situations with two puppets called Moe and Zippy. For the final assessment each student was presented with the problem that Moe and Zippy are arguing about who will get to dress up in a space suit and helmet. They were asked how the problem could be solved. The students came up with many ideas such as, taking turns with the costume or sharing the costume so that one character wears the helmet and the other the clothes.
After the October break we will begin our new UOI, Sharing the Planet. Please click here for an overview of this unit.
During the first few weeks after the break, the Year 1 teachers will carry out a thorough reading assessment with each student in their class. These assessments will help us to know what each child has learned already and how best to support them with the next stage on their journey towards becoming fluent readers. These assessments will be the teacher’s main focus during reading lessons. The teaching assistants will support the students during independent reading sessions. Consequently, we will not have a chance to write comments in your child’s reading log during this time.
Wishing you all a wonderful well-deserved October break! Safe travels to those of you leaving Luanda.