Myths, Legends and Fables

Grade 1 Curriculum letter 20th May 2016

St. Joseph's Institution International Elementary School

Dates for your Diary

Friday May 27th - Snow White Trip (Entry Point)

Tuesday June 14th - Optional Parent Teacher Conferences.

Friday June 17th - School finishes at 12:20pm

June 18th - 1st August - Summer Holiday

Tuesday August 2nd - School resumes

Message from Mrs. Lina Chua - Head of Math

It was an eventful Thursday morning for our Grade 1 parents. After their children’s Celebration of Learning, over 50 parents attended the Maths Workshop on “Addition and Subtraction”, led by Mrs. Juliana Wong, our Early Years Maths Co-ordinator. We were very pleased with this response and support. Just as our Grade 1 students will be learning addition and subtraction with regrouping in class, parents were also given linking cubes, a whiteboard and marker to work out the column addition and subtraction sums. Through the guided hands-on activities and the NLVM interactive website, parents gained a better understanding on how regrouping concepts will be taught through the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract learning approach. It was great to see parents leaving the workshop feeling confident and enthusiastic about supporting their children’s learning at home.

To access a copy of the presentation from the workshop, please visit the VLE Group 'School Presentations'

Overview Statement

Over the next 7 weeks we will be following a new IPC unit of work called 'Myths, Legends and Fables'.

During this unit we will be focusing on Art, PE, Geography, History, Chinese, Music and International.

Our Personal Goals will be RESILIENCE.

In International, we’ll be learning to :

  • respect one another’s individuality and independence

Big Question

What are the various ways in which a story can be told?

Entry Point

We will begin our learning journey with a theatre trip to see how the story of Snow White in portrayed in the theatre.

Learning Goals

Our KEY LEARNING GOALS (skills) during this unit are:

  • to be able to use secondary sources to obtain simple geographical information
  • to be able to find out about aspects of the past from a range of sources of information

Learning Targets

Our KEY LEARNING TARGETS (Knowledge) during this unit are:

  • to know about a range of events connected to myths, legends and fables from the past

  • to know stories about family members and also mythological creatures

  • to know about a range of events connected to myths, legends and fables from the past

  • to know that the world extends beyond their own locality and that the places they study exist within a broader geographical context

Language Arts

In reading we will be learning how to:

  • Identify the main topic from the text.
  • Use stated and implied information and ideas in texts to make predictions showing an understanding of ideas, events and characters.
  • Distinguish a few basic features of well-known stories.
  • Recognise and begin to describe the main elements that shape a few simple text forms. e.g. fictional story (e.g., characters, setting, events, problem/solution).
  • Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

We will be practicing the following reading strategies:

  • Back up and reread.
  • Summarize texts; include sequence of main events.
  • Recognize literacy elements (genre, plot, character, setting, problem/resolution, theme).
  • Voracious reading.

In writing, we will be starting a new Writer’s Workshop unit – Fantasy Narrative (writing fictional myths). In this unit we will be learning to:

  • Write stories that have a beginning, a series of things happening, and an ending.
  • Plan sentences by saying them before writing.
  • Vary word choice to create interesting description and dialogue.
  • Reread to check that our writing makes sense.

In spelling we will be covering:

  • Spelling the months of the year
  • oi sound
  • oy sound
  • ou and ow sounds
  • Plurals

In handwriting we will be continuing to learn and practise the basic handwriting joins.

In grammar and punctuation we will be covering:

  • Sentence types (statement, questions, exclamation, command)
  • Using hypens and ellipses in our writing
  • Adverbs (adding –ly)
  • Revisiting sentence punctuation.



  • Able to compare two objects using the terms tall/taller, long/longer and short/shorter

  • Able to compare more than two lengths using the terms tallest, longest, shortest

  • Able to compare objects using a start line

Numbers to 40:

  • Able to recognise, read and write numbers from 21 to 40 in numerals and words

  • Able to count within 40 by making tens first

  • Able to compare two sets of items by finding the difference in the number of items

  • Able to compare and order numbers to 40

  • Able to find the missing numbers in a number pattern

Addition within 40:

  • Able to add a 2 digit number and a 1 or 2-digit number without regrouping

  • Able to add a 2-digit number and a 1 or 2-digit number with regrouping

  • Able to add three 1-digit numbers

  • Able to solve word problems using addition


In Chinese, we will be working on:

Unit 5 My pets

  • State different name of pets
  • Learn some measure words/collective nouns
  • Learn the pets’ food

Unit 6 Animals
  • Learn different animals
  • Learn simple description of animals
  • Related craft work and songs


Razza Sazza – Play your part

This unit will explore the links between literacy and numeracy in music; adding letter names (A to G) to simple rhythms to create melodic shape. The children will develop basic part-playing skills on tuned percussion.


Design Your World

After successfully using various Google tools to experience and record their travels around our globe, the students will now have the chance to design, create and experience their own virtual worlds, in 3D!


In Grade 1, children will be continuing their Striking and Fielding Games Unit.

Children will:

  • learn the rules of a number of strike and field games
  • understand and be able to score in a range of games
  • apply knowledge of tactics to score runs
  • understand and show appropriate fielding techniques

Children will also be working on a Net Games Unit, focusing on mini-tennis:

In net games children will:

  • learn the principal rules of a number of net game activities
  • be able to grip the racket and control the ball using forehand and backhand grips
  • develop their footwork skills to enable them to move onto the correct position
  • copy and repeat the basic action for groundstrokes
  • apply basic tactics in competitive situations


In Art we will be linking to the classroom unit titled Myths, Legends and Fables. We will explore Aboriginal Art including the dot-painting style. Children will become knowledgeable about The Dreamtime, the Aboriginal understanding of the world, of it's creation, and it's great stories. To help with this project, we will develop skills in using a variety of materials including watercolour and pastels in order to create mixed-media artworks.


In Geography, we’ll be:

  • looking at objects from a birds eye and side view prior to looking at maps to notice geographical and mapping features.


In History, we’ll be:

  • finding out about what life was like in the past by looking at variety of sources of information eg books, art work, the internet etc.

Our Home School Partnership

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.

Many thanks,

Grade One Team