Welcome back to Term Three. We have had a great start to the term. Beginning with exciting tales of summer holiday adventures and diving straight back into our literacy, numeracy and integrated studies units. We have some new families joining our year one cohort and would like to extend a warm welcome to them. The children have been buddied up and showing some AISHK school spirit in taking care and leading our newest members throughout the school.
As we settle into the term, the year one team would like to gently remind families to take note the following grade procedures and expectations:
- Morning drop off – all children to be dropped on level 1 before 7:55am. Only when the bell rings, can they come upstairs to their classes. All children should be in their class by 8:15am. If your child is running late, please sign them in at the primary office on level 3.
- School Diary – please sign the diary each day and empty outdated materials. Teachers and parents can use the diaries to communicate messages as these are checked daily. You can record home reading texts here.
- Independence – please encourage your child to pack their own school bag at home. At the end of the school day, they are expected to pack their diaries and lunch boxes themselves, and more practice at home with this will be beneficial.
- Volunteering at school – we love to have parents in. The children enjoy seeing their mums, dads and grandparents come in for literacy or school excursions. However, to be fair to all, we try and have a rotating approach to allow more people to have a turn. Please see individual teachers for opportunities to volunteer in your child’s class.
This term our focus is a combination of “Author’s Purpose” and “What’s inside a book?”
We will be asking the children why author’s write (to entertain, to inform and to persuade) as well as, what features are inside a book (glossary, index, characters, plot, illustrations, photographs, etc.
When reading with your child, you can ask “Is this book imaginative or informative?” followed by, “How can you tell?”
Phonics: Long A sounds.
-made by the following spelling patterns:
a ay a_e ai
friend four could were their your
This term we are excited to introduce the children to coding. We have begun with unplugged coding, which involves following a sequence of instructions. Children are learning to follow basic commands and orientate their knowledge of left and right (particularly when facing the opposite direction). Soon we will introduce the children to Blue Bots and they will have the opportunity to program these robots.
In Mathematics we have been looking at numbers and skip counting. We have introduced a problem-solving task in teams to encourage working mathematically and expand on their team work skills of collaboration and communication.
The problems offer the children a way to solve mathematical questions that may exist in real life and help them see how we apply various operations to solve any number of problems. They discuss how the problem can be answered in multiple ways and gain an appreciation of this. Where the process is as important as the solution.
Here is the first problem we tackled in class. We challenge parents to have a go. You must show your working out and explain how you got your answer.
This term our focus is on Changes, Children have been learning about their senses and how we can use our senses to describe changes around us. They will engage in a variety of experiments this term that focus on the effects of temperature changes (adding heat or cooling).
We are very excited to be able to share Seesaw with you! It is a great platform to be able to share your child’s learning journey. The students love uploading their work and creations and are so happy that you are now able to see what they have in their folders.
Year One classes and Music will be using Seesaw for the remainder of this year. If you have not had a chance to connect to Seesaw yet, or if you have misplaced the sheet given out at the Student Led Conference, please see the link provided by your class teacher via email.
Library Reading Challenge
It is the time of year once again to begin our Reading Challenge. The aim of this reading challenge is to reward students for reading and to encourage them to read books which are appropriate to their age, as well as broaden the types of books they read.
- Children read daily and record minutes they read on the treasure map
- Record the title of the book and state if it is a book from home, a library book or a home reader
- Parents tally up minutes read and initial the total each week
- At the end of the competition, parents sign the form and submit it to the class teacher
- Staff record minutes read each week
- Students receive a small prize from the library after different time goals have been met
- Once completed, sheets will be collated, and the library staff will issue a certificate
This challenge was an enormous success last year, please encourage your child to participate and help them to record their minutes and books daily. We thank you in advance for your support.
(From Nicole Atkins)
Many thanks to all the parents supporting the fundraising efforts for wattle mufti-day. The children enjoyed dressing up and their sausage-sizzle. Perfect weather for those icy-poles too!
1S at Pizza Express.
The children in 1B were lucky enough to be the first class to head to Pizza Express. They learned about the chemical changes food goes through when heat is applied, while also getting to enjoy a pizza lunch they made for themselves. Many thanks to the parents who came along to support the children in their learning. The other classes are excited for their turn. Please see the dates below.
Dates to remember
- Week 5. 22 August. Early Childhood Music Recital (10:30 – 11:40 auditorium)
- Week 5. 24 August. Early Childhood Assembly
- Week 6. Book Week. Friday 31 August. Character Dress-up Parade.
Pizza Express Excursion by class
- 1 B – Wednesday 15 August, Pizza Express, Citygate, Tung Chung
- 1T – Tuesday 28 August, Pizza Express, One Taikoo Shing, Taikoo Shing
- 1 M – Tuesday 28 August, Pizza Express, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang
Year 1 Teachers,
Miss Beange, Mrs McCarthy, Miss Smith and Mrs Toufeili