May 22, 2020

Thank you for a wonderful welcome to the 1C community. Your children are inclusive and kind and it feels like we have been together for much longer than just 10 days. I am impressed with who they are as individuals and as learners.

In Literacy we have been using the work of Oliver Jeffers to inspire our work as readers and writers. Through this author study we have looked closely at the structure of narrative stories. We mapped stories we have read and used our own ideas to map new narratives as a class and as individuals. The students really understand that a good story has interesting characters, a setting, a problem and a solution. Ask your child about their narrative. Some used our idea jars full of characters, settings and problems to help inspire their work.

We also used Oliver Jeffers to springboard our word work as we look at long vowels. We focussed on long <I> and long <o> this week as we looked for these in our reading, played games and investigated words. Students will be familiar with trigraphs and digraphs including igh, y, ow, oa, making the long vowel sound.

As readers we used the skill of prediction and helped take apart words to decode tricky words. This decoding invited finding the base or bases of words, suffixes and any vowel patterns we knew. The students have become quite the word detectives and use deep thinking skills as they read.

We will continue to study the work of Oliver Jeffers next week as we make inferences, find parts of words and finish drafting a narrative piece.

In Math we have continued our work using tens as a collection. We have taken apart numbers to determine how many tens and how many loose parts. We have then used our addition skills to determine how many to the next ten. This counting carried over from distance learning work that involved inventory and collections. Students are now beginning to represent this on a number line. Using an open number line allows students to make problems more visual and to think carefully about how they have solved a problem. Consolidation of number facts within ten has really helped students extend this to higher numbers. We will continue to use number lines next week. The students have also responded well to number talks where they show their thinking a number of ways and build it challenges where we look at numbers and spatial awareness.

In UOI we were able to celebrate our learning by engaging with our significant people presentations. The students used TAG feedback scaffold to comment on the hard work of their classmates. We also used this time to capitalize on wellness week and complete daily wellness challenges and to support our complete wellbeing – physically, socially and emotionally. As we move into our final weeks at school we will wrap up units we began earlier in the year that have supported the children all year long. The inquiry will entail examining how we express ourselves through our narrative stories, as individuals and the words we attach to the expression of ourselves. We look forward to where these projects will lead the children.

Some reminders:
Daily Home Reading
Please continue to encourage your child to read at home. We know it is slightly different with no books coming home from school but it is still an important part of daily routines. Use our digital platforms if you do not have access to just right books at home. Students will be shared their final High-Frequency words for the year and they can also look for these words in their nightly reading. Many may be eager to showcase long vowel sounds or parts of words too.

Swimming Starts Next Week

Swimming resumes next week (Week B: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
Swimming Costumes – Girls must wear a one-piece costume during swim lessons and boys can either wear trunks or shorts. Note that baggy shorts can inhibit the swimmer’s progress. UNIS costumes are available from ‘The Shop’, which is situated outside the gymnasium. Please label your child’s swimming costume.

Swimming Caps – These are essential for pupils with long hair for both hygiene and clearance purposes. Silicone caps provide a good fit with latex caps often being extremely tight. Cloth caps can also be a good alternative for the younger swimmers.

Goggles – Goggles can be an extremely important part of a swimmer’s experience. Good fitting goggles can promote confidence and exploration whereas ill-fitting goggles, which let water in, can have a negative effect on certain swimmers. Moulded nose bridges rather than adjustable nose pieces are recommended. To test, push the goggles on the face without the strap and if they stay put then they fit well. Masks are not allowed during lessons as they affect the natural breathing process. Finally, goggles should be changed regularly as the rubber seal wears out causing leakage.

Enjoy these images from the last two weeks as we investigate setting, take part in virtual assemblies, explore math materials and engage with books.


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