Our first few days in Grade 1 have been fun-filled and very enjoyable!
New Year Traditions…
We started off the new year with the traditional Dragon Dance and ringing of the Gong. Dr.Barder welcomed us all back after the summer holidays and we loved every moment of the dragon dance performance.
Welcoming new friends and reuniting with old ones…
We have welcome our new class members (Martin, Enrico and Masashi) with open hearts and have expressed our excitement for the year ahead.
There have been many opportunities to engage with old and new friends during open classroom and recess times. The elementary playground has been a big hit and we have had a lot of fun exploring all the different play opportunities that are available to us.
Cooperation, Community and Essential Agreements…
We have spent lots of time getting to know each other and are well on our way to becoming a community of independent learners. We have been familiarizing ourselves with our school environment and have adapted wonderfully to new routines. We did a tour of the elementary school to familiarize ourselves with important places and people along the way.
To coincide with our upcoming Unit of Inquiry (Communities have a set of routines and systems that help them to function) we have been exploring the idea of community. During class discussions we inquired into What is a community?, What makes a community? and What communities are we a part of? We have had a lot of fun taking part in Kahoot quizzes to strengthen our awareness and appreciation for members of our school community.
In the spirit of community we gathered today for our first lower elementary assembly. We discussed. We look forward to connecting with our Grade 5 buddies next week during assembly time.
Busy at Math
This week we have been working through a number of independent and teacher-guided math centers that focus on different objectives such as number ordering, sequencing, pattern creation, addition and graphing.
During our math talks we have been discussing different strategies that we can use to solve problems and become better mathematicians. We tested some of these strategies during our emoji sorting task. We noticed how we can make different arrangements with the same resources and worked both independently and in teams to justify our groupings and explain our thinking.
Developing Language and Literacy…
We have been enjoying daily read alouds as part of our hometime routine and look forward to recommendations from home. In order to get to know each other better we talked about our Family, Favourites, Flag and Friends. We also illustrated and described some snapshots and special memories from our summer holidays. There have been many opportunities to share our work and present it to our classmates.
We started our review of single sounds this week following the Fundations phonemic awareness programme. During this time we review letter names and sounds as well as revising letter formation.
With the help of mirrors we observed our facial features and discussed all the things that make us unique. We created wonderfully detailed self portraits that reflect the time and care we put into them. We encourage everyone to take some time to view and appreciate the beautiful self portraits we created, they will be on display in our classroom. Next week we will observe our friends and create a portrait of a friend.
Reminders for next week…
- Please join us next Tuesday, August 29th for our Grade 1 Social. We kindly invite all parents to join us in the classroom from 15:30-15:40 before joining all classes in the garden for some refreshments. We look forward to seeing you all and to welcome new friends and families to the UNIS community.
- Say cheese…individual student photos will be taken next Monday, August 28th.