Working together to achieve success for every child
Greetings! – It’s our 7th edition!
We write a regular newsletter keeping you up-to-date and informed about your child’s learning. This will provide you with a good understanding of happenings in Year 1 and how you can support these learning experiences.
Let’s Inquire – How We Organise Ourselves
Toot Toot! There has been a real buzz in Year 1 this past fortnight as we have been discussing trains. In small groups we have been planning, designing and creating (with a wooden track & trains) a train system. We have discussed the parts, people and connections of a successful train system and the children in 1T have even created an MTR train in our shared area. We also watched Thomas the Tank Engine to compare different trains, then added to our design, before constructing a large train system on our classroom floor. This provided some rich conversations about mechanics and workers needed if the train track was to break.
We have read ‘Busy People’ book by Richard Scarry and identified many roles and responsibilities within a community. We have started to construct our own communities in our classes and will continue to do this over the next coming week.
‘Success for Every Child – AAROW
Achievement: What are we achieving? In literacy the students have been learning the story “The Little Red Hen.” We have been putting actions with the story as we learn to retell the story and have learnt to draw a story map. In numeracy we have been exploring measurement with some interesting tools, some we have never seen before. We also made a pictograph of all the things we saw on our community walk and taxis were the most seen object on our list.
Agency: What agentic opportunities have we had? The students have been able to construct their own community with some peers in the shared area, whether it be in the home corner or using the lego or happyland.
Respect: How are we developing a respectful community?
We were invited to watch the musical rehearsal “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” We sat for 1 hour and showed respectful listening while we watched the talented cast perform.
Opportunity: What opportunities have we had? The students have had the opportunity to choose which part of the community they would like to create for the whole class task. Some of us chose to draw individually while others in small groups. We had so many great ideas from airports to a high speed rail.
Well being: How are we developing a positive sense of well being? We have learnt that taking regular brain or movement breaks is very positive for our learning. Sometimes we stop and concentrate on our breathing, other times we do a meditation, and sometimes we just dance!
In the Chinese classrooms, the Year 1 children have begun to inquire into their home community, learning to introduce each family member. They continue to work cooperatively with each other during activities and how their choices can affect themselves and others. Connections to learning are made using Chinese songs, rhymes, games and stories.
Friday 14th December – Last day of term (half day, school closes at 12)
Monday 7th January – Term 2 begins
Please send in any junk e.g. boxes, cups for our make do area. We also need rugs and cushions to accentuate our areas, all donations are greatly appreciated!
Please remember if you have questions or concerns, contact your child’s teacher. We welcome feedback and look forward to working with you to achieve success for every child.
Kindest regards, The Year 1 Team