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 color poems, mood poems, sound poems and shape poems. The children noticed that poems can contain patterned language that is repeated throughout the poem. We’ve enjoyed reading some poetry during shared reading time and will continue to read more poems next week.
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 characters are an important element in good stories. We read ‘The Paper Bag Princess’ by Robert Munsch and discussed the personality traits of the three characters in the story. The students enjoyed using clay to make models of their own characters, including people 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 an underwater setting complete with caves and beaches using shells, rocks, sand, fabrics, colored paper and ocean animal figures.
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 practiced 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 2+3=5 a student created and illustrated this story problem, ‘A boy puts away 2 toy cars on the bottom shelf and 3 toy cars on the top shelf. How many toy cars are there on the shelf altogether?’
Please enjoy some photos from this week.
Ms Doris & Ms Frieda