Time has been flying in Year 1 and it is hard to believe that we are already at the end of Week 6 and about to continue our term with full school days on campus! It would be an understatement to say that the Year 1 teachers are excited about this and we truly cannot wait to have our classes back full time.
2D shapes has been our area of focus and we have been investigating a range of new and familiar shapes and their features. Students have been describing how many edges and corners they have, even what is different about them and where we might see them in everyday life. Our end of unit task produced some very colourful and creative monster artworks made from 2D shapes. They will certainly brighten up the classrooms! You can continue this exploration at home by playing simple games of ‘What shape am I?’ and describing a mystery shape or simply finding 2D shapes in the surrounding environment in a simple game of eye spy.
Our next unit is all about Chance. We are learning to identify familiar events and use ‘chance’ language such as ‘might happen’, ‘will happen’ and ‘won’t happen’. Many giggles have been had but it certainly was not disagreed that an elephant in a pink tutu and riding a bicycle into the classroom was indeed impossible! Useful activities to do at home with your child are to encourage conversations that consist of language such as; ‘impossible’, ‘possible’ and ‘certain’.
Each day we continue number exploration with larger numbers. Activities include skip counting, counting backwards and forwards, place value as well as addition and subtraction problems.
This week the students will finish off their unit ‘Small Moments in My Life’ by innovating on a text we have been studying titled, Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This book is an oldie but a goodie! The students will write creatively to describe what events could happen on the way to school or at breakfast time to make the most terrible day. Parents can look forward to seeing their child’s writing on Seesaw soon. We have been focusing on a reading strategy which looks at the students’ inferential understanding. This can be tricky for some children as they have to make connections between the author’s message to their own prior knowledge. This is a great one to practise during your child’s nightly reading.
Year 1 continues to eagerly await the transformation of our mealworms from the larvae to the pupae stage. Students have been practising their scientific drawing skills and exploring the similarities and differences between different living things. We are excited to announce that next week Year 1will have an incursion as the Reptile Man from the Jurassic Garage will be visiting. The students will be able to look at and touch a range of animals such as a tortoise and a frog. It certainly will be an exciting way to learn more about the external features of each animal that help it to survive.
Today it was the Year 1 students turn to take part in Jump Jam on the field. To have this event back, although in a socially distanced fashion, is absolutely wonderful and you can clearly see this on the faces of the students. The SRC are running Jump Jam and are beginning a new project of student-friendly activities that include; word finds, comics, dance videos and quizzes. Each week, there will be two new activities in Dhanara. We have mentioned this to the students and it is not compulsory, but certainly a fun activity for them to be involved in.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Year 1 Team
Lynda Lemmon (Head of Year 1), Jamie Dy, Sarah Galvin, Jack Wolfreys
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