Week 14 in Year 1.3

Dear Parents,

As you know, one of the projects that the Year 1 students are currently working on in connection with our current unit is to make musical instruments using recycled materials. It has been wonderful to see how motivated the children are by this project. They are busy tapping, scratching and shaking the things they find to see if they make an interesting sound. This is a great example of the children taking action based on their learning at school. Thank you so much to those of you who were able to support the students in making their musical instruments during Ms Betsy’s music class this week. Your help was greatly appreciated. We have been working in a similar way in class to turn ‘trash’ to ‘treasure’ by making models out of recycled materials.

One of the scientific skills that we are helping the students to develop is the ability to look really closely and thoughtfully when observing the natural world. This week we practiced this by going outside to take ‘nature photographs’ on iPads. The children each had their own iPad to work with and ‘zoomed in’ to see what flowers, leaves, tree trunks and other natural resources around the school look like up close.

While we were outside taking photographs, some children noticed lots of empty wrappers and other rubbish laying around. We had a discussion about how to care for the Earth and our school environment and the students decided to pick up the litter and take it to the nearest bin. They also asked that we go on a trash hunt the next day to find and collect more trash around the school in order to help our planet.

In Math we have been focusing on vocabulary associated with position, location and direction. The students have been learning to give and follow directions such as above, below, next to or forwards and backwards. One way that we approached this was to place shapes in a specific place on a piece of paper according to instructions given by someone else. We also played a game called ‘robot and scientist’. The scientist’s job was to guide the robot around the playground by giving clear instructions such as ‘forward one step, left one step, right one step, etc.’ It was a great way for the children to practice their collaboration skills as well as to develop their mathematical vocabulary.

We have also been focusing on the numbers 11 to 20. The students are increasingly aware of the fact that a number such as 12 is made up of one group of ten and two more.

In writing we have continued working on writing teaching books. This week we thought about the purpose of a book’s title and how it often gives us a good idea of what the book will be about. The students have been creating and writing titles for some of their own teaching books, such as ‘Safari Animals’ or ‘All About Nesting’.

Please enjoy these photos from this week.

Kind regards,

Ms Doris

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