Grade 1 January Newsletter

20th - 24th April 2015

Highlights of the Week

Week two of the Summer Term has been a wonderful week!

We enjoyed our exciting entry point treasure hunt for our new unit of work 'Our World' and we also had our first SJIIES Grade 1 Swim Gala! What amazing morning. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! A huge thanks to Rache and the P.E. team for all the hard work that went into organising it.

Wishing everyone a peaceful weekend.

Language Arts


In reading we have been focusing on the comprehension CAFE strategy of Backing Up and Rereading. This strategy involves backing up and rereading what we have read if it doesn't make sense. We have been singing the song to help us:

Our Back Up and Reread Song (Tune: B-I-N-G-O)

I read a bit and now I 've found I really just don’t get it.

Now what should I do?

Now what should I do?

Now what I should I do?

I’ll back up and reread it!


We have started our new unit: All About Books (Non-Fiction)! We have been learning about the layout of pages in All About Books, and practiced adding appropriate captions.

Next week we will be talking about picking good topics for non-fiction writing, and making sure we know a lot about the topics we choose. Please chat with your child about their writing, and help them to think of some ideas for their All About Books. Do they know a lot about a particular sport? A place? Have they found a bug recently? If they would like to, they can bring in information or photos to use during Writer's Workshop.

This week we have also been learning the different between different types of words: adjectives, nouns and verbs, and practiced including them in our writing.

Spelling and Phonics

This week our spelling has focused on the days of the week.


We have been working on the 'ig' and 'id' join this week.


We have ended our chapter on Shapes and Patterns by learning to create shape patterns, changing one or two or the three different attributes - shape, size, colour or orientation. We also learnt that we can first identify the set that repeats itself, to find out the next shape in the pattern.

Grade 1 January has started the next chapter on Ordinal Numbers. Unlike the numbers that we have learnt so far, that tell quantity, ordinal numbers tell position. By using ordinal numbers and position words (e.g. next to, after, before), we are better able to describe the position of an object or person. We discussed places and situations in real life where ordinal numbers are used - in a competition, in an elevator or even in a recipe! It is important to first find out the starting point, before we are able to tell the position of objects in a line/queue.

IPC - Our World

This week saw the children exploring the school environment. The entry point was a fun filled mission to find different places around the school, the only clues given were 'zoomed in' photographs that captured just a small part of the location. The teams did a great job and there was much excitement when they worked out the location depicted in the photograph.

We have also talked about the 'big picture' which is to realise that we are just a small part of a much wider, diverse world that is teeming with life.

Virtue of the Week: Courtesy!

"Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with."
John Wanamaker

This week the children have been practicing showing the virtue of courtesy. In particular, we have been focusing on using courteous language, and waiting for our turn. We know that we make our school and home a kinder place when we show courtesy. Please use the language of the virtues at home and acknowledge your child when you see them showing their courtesy!

Early Years (January) Chinese Readers Workshop - 22nd April

The Early Years Chinese Readers Workshop was held this Wednesday to launch the Chinse Readers Programme. A big thank you for the parents who attended the session. It is gratifying to know that you are together with us on this learning journey. For parents who were not able to be present, this is the information that was shared:

What are the objectives of the programme?

- To help children develop the habit of reading Chinese books

- To provide an opportunity for children to reinforce learning at home

- To provide an opportunity for parents to learn together with their children

How is the programme implemented?

- Readers are unit-based

- 1 or 2 readers assigned per unit

- Reader is sent home on a Friday, to be returned the following Friday

- Chinese Readers card sent home together with reader to parents for acknowledgement

- Chinese Newsletter/Grade Newsletter to have information about the title to be read

How can I suport my child?

-ask your child what he/she has been learning in school during Chinese
-look at the pictures in the book and talk about the pictures or ask questions about the pictures, for example, if there is a picture of tennis, ask your child how to say “tennis” in Chinese. To get an idea of the content of the reader, read the translation which is usually found on the back page of the cover or at the back of the reader.
-encourage your child to read to you. Your child would have read the book in class together with the Chinese teacher. If your child has problems reading, please refer to the audio files for the reader:

your child can always ask the Teaching Partner or the Chinese teacher for help in school if the reader is too challenging for them

Make this a positive experience for our children. We want them to have a sense of success. Be generous with your praises for their efforts!

What are the children reading this week?

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Grade 1J Open Lessons

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Dates for the Diary

G1J Open Lessons Art, Music, PE - please see above

G1J Optional Specialist Conferences; Art Music PE and Chinese Wednesday 13th May (online sign up email will arrive soon)

Table Sale - Saturday 25th April 2015

SJIIES Lap-a-thon 2015 - Saturday 9th May 2015

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