Year 1 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 6

 

It is certainly hard to imagine that we are more than halfway through the term, but indeed we are! Today certainly was a colourful and fun way to end the week with the fantastic Book Week celebrations! Year 1 students looked incredible in their costumes and proudly walked around the field with their Year 4 Buddies in our Book Week parade this morning. The Book Week Assembly had the students enthralled. It was indeed a wonderful way to celebrate children’s literature and Year 1 loved it! 

Hats and Water Bottles

It has indeed continued to be warm outside and students are required to have their hats on during playtime. Your child is encouraged to keep their hat in their locker so that they always have access to it. We appreciate your support in ensuring that your child has their hat at school each day. 

English

In English we have been putting into practice our knowledge of Narrative texts by innovating on the well known fairytale, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and the more contemporary text ‘The Lamington Man’ by Kel Richards. We shared each story then students planned, wrote and edited their very own ‘food character’ story which had an evident beginning, middle and end. In reading, we continue to work on the retelling or summarising comprehension strategy and we have been exploring how to correctly use pronouns in our writing. 

Mathematics

The last two weeks in Maths, Year 1 explored the concept of measurement with informal units. We focused on the idea that objects have measurable attributes that can be compared. We worked on estimating the measurement of an object before finding the actual measurement.  Students have used different informal uniform units such as paper clips, Unifix cubes and pop sticks. Year 1 also identified objects that are longer or shorter than a metre stick. For this lesson, they explored areas of the school to discover what objects are about a metre, less than a metre and more than a metre. By the end of this unit, students have been able to choose appropriate informal units to measure certain objects and can explain why they have done so. All will be revealed on Seesaw soon!

Science

This week in Science we have started our Chemical Sciences unit which is all about different materials and their properties. The students have explored the different materials used in our everyday lives such as wood, glass and plastic. Our week will end with a science experiment which allows us to use the inquiry skills of predicting and making observations when testing whether a material is waterproof or not. 

Wellbeing Program

This week in Wellbeing with Ms Chan, Year 1 students have been discussing the importance of making new friends. In some fun activities, students interviewed each other to learn even more about their peers. We encourage you to ask your child about what they have been learning in Wellbeing. 

Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences will be here before we know it and by now you would have received the information from the Primary Office to book your appointment time on Friday 3 September. Year 1 students have certainly been busy preparing to give you a tour around their classroom as well as share some of their learning with you. This is a very special opportunity for your child to celebrate their achievements so far as well as create a learning goal with your support. Your child’s teacher will also join for a short amount of time to speak with you and your child about their successes and goals for this year. It is an incredibly positive experience for your child so if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please contact your child’s teacher for another appointment. 

In order to provide the most valuable experience for your child, there will be a limited number of families in the room at one time. We kindly ask that you adhere to your appointment time so that we are able to keep numbers at a minimum. There certainly will be a lot to see around the school and your child will be delighted to take you to the Art room, Music room as well as the Gym to see where they spend so much of their time. 

A child minding venue will be set up in the 5th Floor Library during school hours for school age siblings during the conference of another child in your family. A sign in and out process will be used for this service. Please note, you do not need to pre-register for this service.

Peer Support: An update from Year 6

In Session Five on Wednesday of this week, the focus turned to the ‘flourish’ component of our school motto Connect,  Strive, Flourish. Each group explored the notions of resilience, creativity and personal growth. The leaders guided their group through activities and discussions designed to examine the ways in which we can achieve our goals and grow into the best possible version of ourselves. This includes our need to think about the whole body and mind: being healthy, sleeping well, exercise, being kind and showing gratitude. The groups discussed the ways in which we can be creative that go beyond more widely-accepted definitions, i.e. those centred on literary, artistic or musical expertise. A broader definition of creativity also includes such things as the innovative use of data, practical solutions to everyday problems and creating change in the world in positive ways.  We encourage you to ask your child what they did in Peer Support this week. Next week will be the final session of our Peer Support Program.

Important Dates

  • 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