Year 1 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 2

We are thrilled to say that Year 1 students have settled back into routine incredibly well! Term 3 is always an exciting term. A busy term indeed with the upcoming events of Peer Support, Choral, Book Week, Student-Led Conferences and another Science unit later in the term! It really is exciting to already see the huge growth in student learning from writing, reading, problem solving and the confidence that they are building. 

We will certainly be keeping you up to date with all of the events for this term. We would also like to welcome Ms Sam Mott, who has taken over Ms Indica Herbert’s role as LEC teacher for Year 1. 

English

To commence our English program, we are exploring imaginative texts with a focus on narratives. Through some much loved fairy tales, we have been identifying the structure of a quality narrative with the: orientation (who, what, where and when), the problem/conflict and of course the resolution when the problem is fixed. Classrooms are certainly abuzz in English lessons with students retelling, roleplay and  innovating on text. We can’t wait to share some of their stories with you! Reading rotations are certainly back in the swing and we have been continuing on with phonics and camera words, handwriting, writing compound sentences as well as statements, questions and commands. Our focused reading comprehension strategy has been making inferences, a trickier one indeed. An ideal, easy activity to practise making inferences with your child is to use illustrations to ask what they think is happening and why. When reading, ask your child how that character would be feeling. 

Maths

In Maths, students have been exploring fractions. They learned through a paper folding activity that fractions are equal parts of a whole with a particular focus on halves.  We have started our Maths rotations where students continue working on maths activities in groups or pairs. One of our rotations activities was practising halving collections of a whole. Mathematical thinking and problem solving are part of our conversations during lessons. Some of the new vocabulary students used in Maths are halves, collections, split, equal and unequal.

At home, you can encourage your child to split or sort items into equal halves or groups. Ask them to explain how they knew this so that they verbalise their thinking. 

Parent Helpers

This semester, we are looking forward to inviting parent helpers back into class. Teachers will make contact with parents as opportunities arise to help with activities such as reading and small group work. Should you be interested in helping in class, please fill out the linked form below to indicate your availability. We ask that all parent helpers are fully vaccinated, with fourteen days elapsed since their second vaccination, before coming into class. For parents who have previously sent through vaccination records, this information has not been retained and will need to be resubmitted. So that parents can help in the classroom on an ongoing basis, we will retain your vaccination records for the rest of the year.

Should we receive a large number of responses, we will do our best to involve as many parent volunteers as we can.

We appreciate your understanding as AISHK continues to strive towards maintaining a safe school environment. We are sure that students will be very excited to have parents in class. You can register your interest here.

Peer Support Takes Off: A Message from Year 6

There was great excitement (and a touch of nervousness for our Year 6 students) on Wednesday as we commenced our Primary Peer Support sessions. After completing their initial training for the program late last term, the Year 6 Peer Support Leaders (PSL) worked so incredibly hard in preparing for their first meeting with their group. 

Each of the vertical groupings is made up of students from Prep to Year 5 and is led by the Year 6 PSL, meaning students work in groups of seven or eight in different classrooms across the school. The AISHK school motto ‘Connect, Strive, Flourish’ will underpin the six-week program and form the basis of the discussions and activities each week. The purpose of the initial session was for the students in each group to get to know each other and make some initial connections. The PSL organised games and activities around the students’ names, interests and common connections. To end the session, there was a specific focus on the ‘connect’ component of the school motto with students asking what the term means to them personally and how they connect with each other and the school. We encourage you to talk to your children about Peer Support every week, as it will help to reinforce the concepts learned in each session.

Connecting at AISHK Word Cloud

Choral

For the first time ever, Early Childhood will attend a fortnightly whole year level Choral session each Wednesday morning of an even week. Excitement was in the air as the students went off for their first session. You might even start to hear some of the songs at home! 

ECA’s (Extra Curricular Activities after school)

Normality really is starting to return which is wonderful and the school is now able to offer ECA’s. If your child does have an ECA, please ensure that they have a snack in their bag that they understand is to eat whilst they are waiting for their ECA. Your child will be escorted to their ECA room and be able to eat their snack there under adult supervision. If your child is catching a later bus home, they will be escorted down to the bus. 

Library News from Ms Atkins

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the 188 students who have completed their Premier’s Reading Challenge so far; a great achievement!

Due to the Sydney Lockdown, the closing date for the PRC has been extended to Friday September 3, 2021 (Week 7). We’d love to see a record number of students complete the Challenge this year. Login and password details along with instructions were emailed out in March from the Library email. If you are unable to locate the details, please contact your child’s class teacher or the Library Team library@aishk.edu.hk for assistance.

Book Week (Week 6)

This year the theme is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’.  On Friday 27 August, students (Reception-Year 12) and staff are invited to dress up in the theme or as their favourite book character. We will send further details about our planned celebrations closer to the date.

Book Week Photo Submissions (Reception-Year 6)

What worlds did you visit in your books this summer? Old Worlds, New Worlds or Other Worlds? It is time to collect some photos of students reading for our annual Book Week display/slideshow. Keeping the Book Week theme in mind ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’, please take a photo of your child reading at home or somewhere in Hong Kong.

Please share your photos via this Google Form by Friday 13 August (Week 4): Book Week Submission

As always, please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher if you have any questions. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Year 1 Team

Lynda Lemmon (Head of Year 1), Jamie Dy, Sarah Galvin, Jack Wolfreys

Primary Office: primaryoffice@aishk.edu.hk