3D Shape Exploration

1D has been exploring 3D shapes: learning to name and describe them using the correct language, as well as see how they fit together and what can be built with them.

The Learning Intentions for next week are:

English – Information Report assessment

Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify, addition and subtraction

UoI – Provocation for the new unit- Sharing the Planet.
Central Idea-Human interactions with the environment have an impact on the survival of plants and animals.

PSEL – Appreciation

Reminder about Book Week: Character dress up day on Thursday the 4th May.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Light & Sound Explorations and Sports Day.

Fun explorations in uoi this week: exploring ways of making sounds (shaking, striking etc), learning from videos about shadows and then making our own shadow puppets with our hands, researching about Light and Sound using our uoi books.

ES Sports Day was FUN! Thanks to all who came a long to cheer on the children:

The Learning Intentions for next week are:

English – Information Report writing

Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify, continued number objectives

UoI – inquiry into what can be done with light and sound

PSEL – Curiosity.

Reminder: Student Led Conferences are on Wednesday the 19th April. No “usual” classes or ASAs.

Maths: sharing and problem solving

Earlier this week, 1D and 1C spent some time teaching each other some maths games.

Today, 1D worked on a 3 Act maths challenge. How many skittles had been placed in a light bulb?
They first made some estimates. Next, they decided they needed to know how many of each colour of skittle had been used. With this information they were then given the task of finding the answer. They could use any strategy they wished to help themselves.
Here are students talking about the process they used initially:

Once they had an answer, they needed to double check and try solving the problem again using a different method. Most students got a different answer on their second attempt and then tried a third way. Here are some of the strategies they used:

Here is a summary of 1D’s thinking:

The answer was 91, but the process was so much more!

The Learning Intentions for 10-14 April are:
English – Information Report writing
Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify, continued number objectives
UoI – inquiry into what can be done with light and sound
PSEL – Curiosity.
Reminder: No school next week as it is Spring Break
ES Sports Day may be rescheduled for sometime in the first week back…….

A Creative, Expressive Week.

1D started the week by using their “work on writing” time to create ‘thank you’ cards for some of the support staff at UNIS (guards, cleaners, canteen workers) as a way of connecting with the International Day of Happiness.
They have also been working on reading, rereading and retelling a text called, “The Pink Dress”. The children were challenged to see how many different kinds of words and word parts they could find within the text using their FUNdations knowledge. They found short vowel sounds, diagraphs, blends, words with ‘bonus’ letters and closed-syllable words.

The highlight of the week, however, has been the Grade 1 Music and Art Show. The children loved performing and sharing their work. We hope you enjoyed the morning too. Here are a few photos.

The Learning Intentions for next week:
Maths – 3D shapes, name and classify, continued number objectives
English – Information Reports
UoI -Inquiry into where do light and sound come from
PSEL – Integrity, cooperation and empathy

Here’s a great website about talking with your child about maths. Take a look.

This week the children are excited to share with you their Green Screen efforts. Each child first chose their own background, after being taught how to use Creative Commons (respecting copyright) by Ms. Michelle. They then helped me and each other with the videoing. Each movie below has a few children in it, each presenting their famous/significant person. I’m sure you will agree, they have worked hard and learned a lot. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Our new Light and Sound unit got off to a noisy start with the children being given the chance to simply explore lots of different light and sound materials…………..

The children recorded what they noticed and learned as they went around the activities. Here are some photos of their explorations:

Some of the maths games, that the children are familiar with, you may like to play at home. All that is needed is a pack of cards. Salute and Double Compare:

The Learning Intentions for next week:
Maths – practice of addition and subtraction within 20
Note: By the end of the year children should be able to: skip count by 10’s, 5’s and 2’s to 100 and have instant recall of combinations to 10 e.g. 7 and 3, 8 and 2, etc.
English – Information reports, making connections between text and ourselves
UoI – Inquiry into where light and sound come from
PSEL – empathy, cooperation and integrity

A Busy Week!

We have been SO busy this week! Our field trip was great fun. A huge thank you to the Coffee Club on Hoan Kiem lake for inviting us to eat our snack in a comfortable place and to Madelline’s mum Sarah for coming to help.

Before we went, Ms. Lam shared a biography with us of a famous Vietnamese Water Puppeteer. Here are a few snippets of what we saw at the Water Puppet theatre.

We worked hard this week preparing for our Waxwork Museum: completing our research, writing a script, practising it, learning to Green Screen and then Green Screening! We will share our Green Screen videos next week. We then took a little break on the playground this morning:

Thank you to everyone who came to our Waxwork Museum this afternoon. We had a GREAT time!

English-Begin exploring report writing.

Math- Skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Directional language, Addition and Subtraction within 20

UoI-Provocation for new unit, How the World Works

PSEL-Look at Integrity, Cooperation, and Empathy

 

 

 

1D often does something called Gonoodle (Gonoodle.com). It has great brain and body activities. You can sign up for the basic version for free. We used it this morning to wake up our brains and get out our wiggles!

Our Learning Intentions for next week are:

English – Descriptive writing about our waxwork museum characters

Maths  – Skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Directional language, addition and subtraction within 20

PSEL – Inquirer and Risk-Taker linked to Waxwork Museum

UoI – Biographies and research skills

Reminders:

Field Trip on Wednesday 8th to Water Puppet performance.

Parents invited to Waxwork Museum on Friday 10th from 14:40.

In uoi this week, we have been working in small groups and finding out a little about Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Alexander Graham Bell, Amelia Earhart, Elizabeth 1 and Martin Luther King Jr., amongst others. You can access biographies for some of these people through brainpopjr using Username: unishanoi    Password: unis1234
Two more proud skip counters from maths time:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Learning Intentions for next week are:
English – Descriptive writing and adding conjunctions
Maths – Skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Directional language
PSEL – Inquirer – asking questions about the past
UoI – Biographies and research skills

Please note: there is no school for students on Monday, 27th February.

100th Day & Buddies

On Wednesday Grade 1 celebrated their 100th Day of School. Everyone got a chance to do 3 different activities with the teachers. Take a look at the photos to see some of the things that happened.

On Thursday we had fun with our Grade 5 Buddies. They had found or designed games for us to practice skip counting. Ask us about the game we played with our buddy.

Later, some Grade 7 & 8 students came in to measure us. They are working on a design project where they have been asked to develop designs for a stool that could possibly be used in the G1/2 maker space next year.
The G7/8 students needed to take measurements from as many students as possible to get an idea of the range of body sizes they have to design for. There were also a number of other research tasks that the students decided they need to carry out, such as measuring the heights of existing furniture and testing to see how much weight the Grade 1’s can comfortably carry.

One of our maths activities is showing skip counting in 2s using lego. You could try this at home!


Our Learning Intentions for next week are:
English – Descriptive writing and adding conjunctions.
Maths – Skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Directional language.
PSEL – Inquirer – asking questions about the past.
UoI – Biographies and research skills.

Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete the Survey about Communicating Student Progress. Please follow the link to add your voice if you have not already done so. More information is available on the G1 Team Blog.

Wax Work Museum

Our new unit, on Where We Are in Place and Time, got off to a fun start this week with the teachers taking on the role of a famous or “significant” person and “telling” their life story for the children. The children had to press a button to bring the wax work to life. The people were: Sir Edmund Hilary, Frida Kahlo, Alexander de Rhodes, Jane Austen and Marie Curie. Please talk to your child and see what they remember about each of these people. We are hoping, that by the end of the unit, the children will be able to take on roles like this themselves.

Connected to this and as inquirers, 1D have gone home today with a question to ask their parents about their (the child’s) life to date. You can support this unit by simply talking to your child about significant events in their lives and those of your family.
In maths, we inquired into the capacity of 3 cups for the 3 Bears – a “sorry” gift from Goldilocks. We estimated how much each cup might hold and then measured the capacity using styrofoam pieces. We double, triple and quadruple checked our answers by counting the contents in 2s, 5s and 10s.
In English, we have worked our way through the Writing Process of brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising and editing a recount of a part of our Tet holiday. At various stages, the children conferenced with an adult before finally moving into publishing and illustrating their piece.

Our Learning Intentions for next week are:
English – Descriptive writing
Maths  – Skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 40, continue to develop understanding of capacity
PSEL – Inquirer
UoI – Introduce the central idea for our new unit of inquiry, “The contributions of significant people affect the way we live”. Understand the meaning of “significant”.
Notable Days next week:
Tuesday 14 Feb. – Parent Teacher Conferences, no school for ES students.
Wednesday 15 Feb. – Snack Sale, G1 are contributors. See also the G1 Team Blog.
Wednesday 15 Feb. – 100th Day of School, children encouraged to wear or bring 100 of something e.g. a necklace of 100 pasta pieces, decorate an old t-shirt – this website shows some ideas. See also the G1 Team Blog.