June 5, 2020

Another wonderful week in 1C. We have been able to celebrate how far we have come as learners whilst working on some bigger projects to finish the year.

This week we have been reviewing measurement in its different forms. We also reviewed how to make accurate measurements using a variety of non-standard measurements. As we approached the end of the week we focussed on reviewing the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes by engaging in shape hunts around the classroom. All of the data we have been collecting about shapes and measurement we have been linking back to our work on number lines.


The work of Oliver Jeffers has inspired us to be authors who express ourselves in various ways. We thought about ourselves as writers and how we might want to share our stories. We explored Toontastic, Book Creator, puppet-theatre and book binding as just some of the ways that we can share our stories with others. These iterations of our first narratives are coming along nicely and we look forward to sharing them next week. We also looked at making inferences, and long vowel sounds. Handwriting also featured as we practiced writing some high-frequency words from our Magic 100 words.

Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves

We continue to inquire into many ways that we express ourselves both as a group and individually. This week, we thought about the ways that we choose to express ourselves best and used illustrations, clipart, photos and words to show these elements. We will add words next week to fully express all that we are.

Moving Up Morning

Moving Up Morning looked a little bit different this year but it was still a lot of fun. We visited Grade 2C and had the opportunity to find out some of the fun things we can look forward to in Grade 2 next year. We look forward to finding out who our new classmates and teachers will be at the beginning of the next school year. See this note from Grade 2 to 1C.

This week’s reminders:

  • Summer library reading: If your child has returned all outstanding loans they are welcome to check out their summer reading choices on Monday. Please ensure your child brings in their book bag if they wish to take home summer reading.
  • Final day of school: Wednesday June 11th. Early dismissal will take place at 12:00pm. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if there are any changes to your child’s usual pick up routine. 

May 29, 2020

Another hot and exciting week in 1C. We are really growing as a community of learners and cannot believe there is only one full week of school left. Time flies!

This week in Literacy we continued to express ourselves as authors by constructing narratives. We are reviewing and making edits as we work towards being ready to share stories through a medium of our choice. 

As word inquirers we have continued to review long-vowel patterns within words. We are focussing on long <u> and the different ways this sound can be represented. We are also approaching the end of our Magic 100 words for Grade 1.

As readers we continue to review strategies that help us to tackle some of the tricky words we encounter when reading. Stop and think! is one strategy that encourages us to take the time to consider the question ‘Does it make sense?’ and to consider word choice. This is one strategy that helps us to become more skilled readers. 

Math this week has been an opportunity to show what we know about place value, counting forwards and backwards, and practicing our understanding of the numberline to solve addition and subtraction questions. We are revisiting standard and non-standard measurement, and time to consolidate our skills at telling time to the hour and half hour. Learning through play, students have begun to explore elements of Shape and Symmetry using Lego and Magnatiles as their inspiration.

In UOI we brainstormed all the ways we can express ourselves and are working on a project where we showcase some of our many languages and ways we can show who we are. We look forward to sharing our finished products with you.

Grand Walk

On Thursday afternoon we gathered as a whole school community throughout the campus to wish our Grade 12 Graduates the very best on their future endeavours. 

Arts Week Highlights

To celebrate Arts Week in the Elementary School the Arts Team put together a fantastic variety of Art and Music-related activities for us to enjoy during each Morning Meeting. On Monday, we began the process of creating an Abstract Art Drawing by exploring geometric and organic shapes, straight lines and curved lines. On Tuesday, we joined Ms Liz, Ms Noor and Ms Chu Chu for some fun singing activities. On Wednesday, we returned to our Abstract Art Drawings and added color. Thursday’s celebration involved the whole ES in an Arts-themed assembly. We finished up the week on Friday with an array of choice activities. Thank you to the Arts team for these wonderful learning experiences and for challenging us to consider the many ways that we can express ourselves.


We were so excited to return to the swimming pool during our PE lessons this week. It made for a welcome break from the hot weather and another chance to build our skills and confidence as swimmers before the summer holidays. Well done to everyone for remembering to bring in their own goggles and swimming gear each day. Remember next week is Week A. We will have swimming on Tuesday and Friday.

Farewell UNIS

Friends across the entire school who are leaving us this year are invited to tell us about their favourite place in the school and why it is so special to them. If you are not joining us in Grade 2 next year we would love to hear from you.  Share your favourite place here on Flipgrid.


  • Moving Up Morning, Friday June 5th: Moving Up Morning will look a little differently this year.  Instead of meeting our new class group and teacher we will have the opportunity to visit our partner class in Grade 2 (Grade 1C will visit Grade 2C) to learn about some of the great things that await us next year. 
  • Monday June 8th: Reports made available on Veracross
  • Week of June 8-10: Bring in book bags to carry extra items such as journals and art work home. Please return all outstanding library books
  • Wednesday June 10th: Final Day of First Grade, early dismissal for students at 12:00

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.