This week in 1C…

Looking for some inspiration this weekend? Why not follow in Aviv’s footsteps and create your own chess set using Lego? We were so inspired by the action that Aviv took after learning with her Grade 5 buddy this week. Well done Aviv!

 

A Teaspoon of Change

You may have heard Ms. McGee use the term “teaspoon of change” during her speech on U.N. Day. But what is a teaspoon of change? This week we had the pleasure of meeting the man who coined this term, Mr. D’arcy Lunn who met with our Grade 1 Community to discuss small changes that we can make that, when combined, can make a lasting impact.

Mr Lunn recommended making the switch from using Google as a search engine to using Ecosia. Each time a search is made, a tree is planted!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Systems

We had a lot of fun this week learning with Ms Monica about the Dewey Decimal system in our library. We had a relay to see which team could locate books according to their call numbers.

Some reminders:

  • Please note that the winter holiday commences the last school day before the Winter Holiday is Friday December 14th.

UN Day Success!

Thank you to everyone for making today such a wonderful community event. A special thank you to Griet and Marika for organising our delicious lunch.

In the lead up to today’s celebrations we have been learning about the Sustainable Development Goals and together each of us made a pledge of a small yet significant action that we can take in our own lives. Please enjoy this video over the weekend and support your child in fulfilling their pledge.

 

This week in 1C….

This week’s reminders:

  • UN Day Reminder: Friday November 30th.

What should my child wear?

Every student is encouraged to either;

1) dress in their own national/cultural costume or,

2) adopt the national/cultural costume of a country to which they feel a special affinity through family, friends or having lived there or,

3) create a unique outfit to reflect their cultural identity through a blending of cultural attires from multiple home countries and/or places where they have grown up (eg. blending a Japanese Kimono with an Indian Sari).

Please note, fun and Fancy Dress costumes are not appropriate.

  • December 7th: WinterFest. Save the date and join the school community for a fun evening of winter-related activities.
  • December 8th & 9th: Save the date for the Grade 2/3 Production. More details to follow.

Open Classrooms 

Thank you to everyone who came to our Open Classroom sessions this week. We hope you enjoyed the experience and had a chance to celebrate this learning experience with your child. If you have any questions, comments or feedback please feel free to share with us.

This week in Grade 1C…

Reminders:

  • Open classrooms: Please join us for open classrooms on Thursday November 15th (Period 5 English 12:50-13:25) and Friday November 16th (Period 2 Math: 9:25-10:05). Please note that you are welcome to join any of your child’s specialist lessons as per the timetable below. 
  • UN Day, Friday November 30th: Please see the guidelines below regarding what to wear to the event.

    What should my child wear?

    Every student is encouraged to either;

    1) Dress in their own national/cultural costume or,

    2) Adopt the national/cultural costume of a country to which they feel a special affinity through family, friends or having lived there or,

    3) Create a unique outfit to reflect their cultural identity through a blending of cultural attires from multiple home countries and/or places where they have grown up (eg. blending a Japanese Kimono with an Indian Sari).

    Please note, fun and Fancy Dress costumes are not appropriate.

The Library System at UNIS

 

 

 

 

 

This year in Grade 1 trialling a method of running two units at the same time. We have identified two Units of Inquiry that will for the duration of a semester. Our first semester-long unit embraces the central idea noted above. Over the course of the semester we are exploring systems and routines in our UNIS community.

On Friday, we joined Ms. Monica in the library to inquire more into how the Library System at UNIS functions. We had the opportunity to check out books using the computer system and we also explore how books are organized according to genre/text type.

We understand the importance of daily routines as a way of keeping all members of our school community organized. In groups we have started to create our own visual timetables that we will refer to each day as we transition to specialist lessons. Now that we are learning to tell the time we can keep track of where we need to be and when.

Curious Kids Field Trip

As a provocation to our new unit we went on a field trip to Curious Kids. It was a wonderful learning opportunity for us to find out more about how to care for and handle animals respectfully. We saw mammals (guinea pigs, mice, rats, ferrets, sugar gliders, and hedgehogs), fish and reptiles (a snake, turtles, bearded lizards and an iguana). We learned a lot about their external features, habitats and diet. We look forward to building upon this opportunity and expanding our knowledge about how ‘understanding living things helps us to share our environment and resources’.

New Unit Overview

 

 

 

This week in Grade 1C…

This week’s reminders:

  • Thank you to those of you who have returned the permission slips for our upcoming trip to Curious Kids. If you wish for your child to attend please return the form, signed, by Monday October 29th.
  • Healthy Snack Sale on Monday October 29th. If you wish for your child to participate please send in up to 20,000VND (each snack is priced at 10,000VND).
  • Math coffee Morning with Ms. Beth: Wednesday October 31st from 8:30am-9:30am in the new ES creative space. Please join us for an informal and interactive conversation about the mathematics’ development at your child’s grade level. We will discuss the what and why’s about mathematics instruction and how learning can be supported outside of school.
  • Swimming has ended: Up next- Our new Bike Unit please see this reminder from Ms. Claire:
  • Our new bike riding unit is starting on Monday 29th October. We will be at the front gate from 7.45am – 8.30am to direct you to the storage area. We will have markers and tape so you can label your child’s bike and helmet. Please ensure they are wearing appropriate shoes (sneakers) and the UNIS PE uniform to keep them safe on the bike.
  • Due to professional development days for teacher please note that there is no school on both November 1st & 2nd.

Asking Questions using Math Vocabulary

This week we have been focussing on asking and answering questions to improve our understanding as Mathematicians. One of our year-long goals is to identify numbers before and after to 100 (and beyond). We have been using the sentence stems below to frame our math talk sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Action by Designing and Making Healthy Snacks

We started off our week with our field trip to Fivimart. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made this trip possible. After buying the items on our shopping list (and sourcing some more from other supermarkets!) we set to work on Tuesday to create our healthy snacks. You could take action over the week by creating a different recipe- please send us some photos if you do!