Thank you for all your support with Dot Day earlier this week. It was great to see so many ‘dotty’ outfits!
Unit of Inquiry
This week we have finished up our first unit of Inquiry: Language is a system of communication. Students have shown what they know about what it means to be a responsible communicator and created their own systems of communication based on symbols, gestures, sounds or letters. Keep your eyes open for a video on Seesaw that shows how we communicate in our classroom.
Next week we will launch a new Unit of Inquiry on Who We Are. This unit will focus on balance in our lives to promote health and wellbeing. Looking at the very healthy lunches in G1A, we are already off to a very strong start! 🙂
In Math this week we are building our knowledge of the tens frame and of numbers that go together to make ten. We are extending this into teen numbers and using number bonds to decompose teen numbers into tens and ones. We are also practicing our forwards and backwards counting, and using our subitising skills to identify numbers represented by dots.
Dot Day was the perfect opportunity to practice this!
Thank you for helping us to get our home reading programme up and running this week. We have book bags to send home on Monday next week with the students’ leveled Home Readers for the week. These should then be returned to school on Friday so that they can be disinfected in time for redistribution on Monday.
We have loved getting back into the UNIS library with Monica every week. This week we enjoyed experiencing picture story books with very few words in them to understand how the pictures and a small amount of vocabulary can help us understand a story. We are trying to use this skill in our own writing and to add words to the many different books we have already created in Grade 1A during writers’ workshop. See just a few of the different titles below:
In reading, we continue to work on stamina to get ‘stronger for longer’ and we are beginning to explore the different reading strategies that help us decode a text:
Making Predictions, Asking Questions, Using what you know, Making Connections, Visualising and Summarising (the beginning, the middle and the end).
These are skills that you can also talk about at home to support your child’s reading.
- Swimming will begin in Grade 1 next week. Students will need a named swimming bag, a towel, goggles, swimming costume, and a caps if your child has long hair. Please make sure all these items are named.
- Monday September 21st – UN International Day of Peace. Students are encouraged to wear White or Blue
- Thursday September 24th – Tết Trung Thu – Moon Festival. Please have your child wear his/her Ao Dai to class on Thursday for the Moon Festival. We are all looking forward to our special day honoring our host country. Also, please bring PE clothes for your child to change into because we will continue to have PE on Thursday.
- Thursday October 1st – Learning Conferences. No School.
- October 12 – 19th – October Break