Year 1 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 4

With our first Mufti Day for 2021, the second choral class, the third Peer Support lesson, a wellbeing session with Ms Joanna Chan, as well as Science kicking off, it has been another big week in Year 1!

English

In English, we have been continuing to expand our knowledge of the structure of narrative text. Students have been honing their planning, editing and writing skills by using a graphic organiser to plan a narrative based on a classic fairytale. They have been learning how to write sentences from this plan to create a narrative text and have then used a simple editing code to improve their writing. The students cannot wait to share their hard work with you! In reading rotations, we have been continuing on with phonics and camera words, handwriting, using saying and action verbs and adjectives to create WOW sentences. Our focused reading strategy has been making text-to-self and text-to-text connections. An easy activity to consolidate this strategy is to choose an event which has happened in a nightly reader and ask have you ever felt like this character, or does this story remind you of another book.

Mathematics

In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour. Through a range of hands-on experiences we have been learning to read the time on analogue and digital clocks as well as recognising the time in written words. Throughout our exploration, we have been learning to understand the purpose of the minute and hour hand. We have also been identifying the very important points in word problems about the duration of time to help us to solve them. Simple activities to support your child at home are to have them regularly tell the time (to the hour and half past) and ask the time in a half hour or hour. Encourage the use of analogue clocks and point these out when possible. Look at schedules in everyday life such as cinema or opening times. If your child does wear a wristwatch, encourage them to use it. 

Science

This week we have started to explore science in our everyday lives. The children discussed what scientists do and the types of tools they might use. It was interesting to see the children’s ideas when posed the question: “What does a scientist look like?” We had men, women, lab coats, glasses, mad scientists, safety goggles and shovels. It would be great if you could talk to your child about how they use science everyday at home when using devices, travelling to school or helping out when cooking in the kitchen. 

Wellbeing Program

This week, Year 1 have kicked off their latest wellbeing initiative with our Primary Counsellor, Ms Joanna Chan. The theme is ‘Getting Along’ and this week students had the opportunity to collaboratively complete fun activities and explore: ‘What does getting along well mean?’, ‘What are positive actions to do as a friend?’ and ‘What are actions that are not positive to do?’ We encourage you to ask your child about these sessions which will be each even week. 

Peer Support: An Update from Year 6

Our Primary Peer Support Leaders continue to demonstrate impressive leadership in their important mentoring roles. In Session Three on Wednesday of this week, the focus turned to the ‘strive’ component of our school motto ‘Connect, Strive, Flourish’. Each group explored what it means to genuinely strive for success with many of the activities and discussions centering on the notion of learning from one’s mistakes. Indeed, many of our students’ ultimate successes are borne out of an ever-evolving understanding that, in life, things do not always go as we may plan or hope. What is important is a resolve to improve and a determination to realise our goals. The Year 1 students really are enjoying getting to know students from the older grades and have settled in very well to the new routine. Again, we encourage you to ask your child what they did in Peer Support each Wednesday evening. 

Parent Helpers

A big thank you to parents who have expressed an interest in being a Parent Helper. The form will close at the end of Week 5. For those who have volunteered their time, your classroom teacher will soon be in contact with you with further information. 

Important Dates

  • Week 5: Friday 20 August – Student Free Day 
  • Week 6: All week – Book Week Celebrations 
  • Week 7: Friday 3 September – Student-led Conferences 
  • Week 10: Friday 24 September – Last day of Term (Mufti Day)

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