We are continuing to work hard in Year 1 on our Sharing the Planet unit. The line of inquiry that has been driving a great deal of our learning over the past few weeks is: Personal choices that can help care for the environment. We have been reading books such as, ‘10 Things I Can Do To Help My World‘, ‘The Earth Book‘ and ‘Don’t Throw That Away‘ in order to help generate ideas about the things we can do on a regular basis to care for the environment. For example, the students found out that by turing the water off when they brush their teeth they can save a lot of water and by reusing things they can reduce the amount of trash they produce. The students have also been working on their own teaching books about the actions we can take to look after the planet. They are really looking forward to sharing these books with you during our celebration of learning next Thursday, 7th December from 8:30 – 9:00.
Another area we have been focusing on is: Responsibility/sustainability – investigating ways that familiar materials can be reused. The students have been thoroughly enjoying being creative by making models, toys, pencil holders and other things from empty boxes, cardboard tubes and other materials that might otherwise be thrown away.
One of the areas we are focusing on during our reading and writing sessions is that there are established ways of setting out print and organizing books. In particular we have explored the role of titles within books. When writing their own teaching books about caring for the planet, the students have been encouraged to come up with appropriate titles that will give the reader a good idea of what their book is about. This was challenging for the children and some of their initial ideas for titles focused only on one of the themes covered in their book, such as ‘The Trash Book’ rather than giving an overview of the whole text. However, with guidance they were better able to come up with more general titles such as ‘How to Care for our Planet’ or ‘Helping the Earth’. When reading with your child at home, please look at the titles of the books you share and talk about them together.
As well as helping the students to secure their understanding of the number system, we have also continued focusing on Shape and Space during our Math sessions. One of our goals is to develop the student’s ability to sort, describe and compare 3D shapes. Using pictures of real-life examples of 3D shapes, such as cereal boxes shaped like rectangular prisms and marbles shaped like spheres, the students have been sorting the shapes into groups. We also added pictures of objects we found around the school grounds on our shape hunt.
Please enjoy some photos from this week in Y1.3.