'We Are What We Eat'

Grade 1 Curriculum Letter 22nd January 2016

Dates for your Diary

Please remember to bring in any Lynley Dodd books from home.

January 29th - House Unity Mufti Day (children will be asked to come to school dressed in house colors)

February 3rd - Grade 1 Year Ahead Meeting 6pm

February 8th-12th - Chinese New Year Holiday

February 15th - ECA Block 1 begins

Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Parent Teacher Conferences 3.30 - 7pm (online booking system)

February 19th - Chinese New Year Dress Up Day
February 19th - Chinese New Year Celebration (evening event)

February 22nd - 'Beyond the Haze' contest submissions due

(optional: please contact your class teacher or school newsletter for more information)​

February 25th - Global Family Festival Parade

Wednesday 2nd March- Grade 1 Sports Day

Thursday 17th March - Easter Bonnet Parade and Grade 1 Celebration of Learning 8am

March 18th - April - Easter Holiday

Overview statement - 'We are what we eat' IPC Unit of Work

In this unit the students will explore the role food plays in human culture. We will learn about the different types of food and the importance of having a balanced diet.

Big Question

What are the different types and amounts of food that our bodies need to stay healthy?

Entry Point

Next week we will begin our new unit of work ‘We Are What We Eat’. For our Entry Point on Monday 25th January, we will be having a surprise blindfolded lunch in our classrooms!

We ask that the children bring their lunch in concealed container. When you pack their lunch, please keep the contents a secret. We encourage you to put things that the children will easily recognize by taste and smell, and also things that they REALLY like. They will be apprehensive to taste the items if they don’t recognize the smell, and we don’t want anyone to become upset. We will talk to the children about the lunch on the day and explain to them what we are doing. We hope that they will know why, and that they will gain from this experience!

If your child has school lunch, please order them something that day that you HOPE they will recognize.

Learning Goals

During this seven week unit we will be focusing on Science, Geography, Art and International.

Our KEY LEARNING GOALS (Skills) are:

To be able to, with help, to conduct simple investigations, recognizing when a test or a comparison with one variable is fair

To be able to, with help, to conduct simple investigations - thinking about what will happen

To be able to work with each other where appropriate

Learning Targets

Our KEY LEARNING TARGETS (Knowledge) are to:

- Know about the senses and in particular about taste

· Know which foods are grown in our home and host countries

- to know about food groups and healthy food choices

Language Arts

In Language Arts we will be:

  • Continuing our Lynley Dodd Author Study in Writer's Workshop and we will also be looking at information texts.

  • Working on alphabetical order, plurals, nouns, pronouns and adjectives.

  • Introducing and reviewing CAFE reading strategies - brought to you each week in the newsletter.

  • Spelling both high frequency words, topic words and weekly phonics blend - see weekly newsletter!

  • Applying word work to independent writing.

  • Blending sounds

  • Please bring in any Lynley Dodd books that you may have at home e.g. Hairy Maclary


In Mathematics we will be learning about:

• Graphing

• Shape and Pattern

• Ordinal Numbers

• Numbers to 20


In Science, we’ll be finding out:

- What conditions are needed for beans to grow

- Finding out how to conduct and compare a fair test and make sensible predictions.


In Music , we will continue a unit titled “Exploring Sounds”. Pupils will be learning about different types of sounds, and how to identify sounds as musical and non-musical. They will develop individual control of a range of sounds with the use of various percussion instruments to allow them to explore and gain a deeper understanding of the basic elements of music:

· Pitch

· Tempo

· Dynamics

· Duration

· Timbre

Throughout this unit, we will develop the technical skills of handling instruments correctly and playing them appropriately. Our main focus will be melodic patterns and pitch - through using tuned percussion we will explore the different range and timbres of these instruments.


In Art we will be linking to the classroom unit titled We Are What We Eat. We will be using technology in the form of ipad applications to create works of art in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Children will become knowledgeable about his style which incorporates food to create portraits and the art genre of Mannerism. To help us with this project, we will develop technology skills and drawing skills, including shading to create a sense of form as well as using pastel resist techniques to complete our work.


Our International target will be to work with others where appropriate and our Personal Goal will be Enquiry (to find out more and show an interest)


In Chinese, the children will be completing their current unit on the world of senses and then move onto 'We are what we eat and celebrating Chinese New Year.

The children will :

- Learn names of staples, snacks, meat, fruits and vegetables

- Learn colours in the context of fruit

- Learn to express preference for food

- Learn about the customs and festivities related to Chinese New Year


To start off this term, we’re going to be doing things a little differently. Over the next few months in Grade 1 ICT we will be exploring many new pieces of software, and even discovering some new bits of hardware, all to help us better express ourselves in this digital world.

Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • Using sound and technology to express mood and emotion

  • Telling stories using traditional 2D animation

  • How to go about making a fun, challenging & educational 3D game

  • Designing and creating their own 3D printed object

  • What a Raspberry Pi is, and what can it be used for

To help us with the units, we will develop technical skills of:

  • Learning how to compose, arrange and produce music & soundscapes using Sony’s ACID Xpress software

  • Creativity and dexterity, while using a mouse to accurately be able to produce a watchable short 2D animation using Animationish

  • Digital storytelling within a game world using Atmosphir

  • Working with industry software, while learning what goes into making a successful 3D print

  • Electronics, simple programming and basic computer know-how while working with one of the world's smallest computers


In Grade 1 students will be participating in a ‘Games Activity’ Unit. Swimming activity will also be continuing either before or after CNY.

In Games Activities children will:

· Participate in simple games, learning to work in small teams

. Use speed, agility and endurance during running and dodging games

· Develop their understanding of space and begin to use strategies to find space on the court or pitch

. Understand the different types of defending and refine their use of marking in game situations

. Develop an understanding of how to keep possession

. Be able to apply simple tactics and rules during a range of games

In swimming activities students will:

· Develop confidence in the water and learn to propel themselves using a range of techniques including rotation, paddling and sculling

· Develop their body position to show improved buoyancy and streamlining

· Become confident in using the correct breathing techniques in a range of strokes including Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke

· Refine their skills at entering the water with a focus on finger-first entries (dives)

Our home-school partnership

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

Talk with your child about the meals you eat at home and the nutritional value of different foods. If possible, let them watch or help you prepare a meal.

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, and we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm.

We really welcome any parental expertise, so do let us know if you would be interested in contributing to our learning during this new unit.

Thank you for your continued support

The Grade 1 Team

Beyond the Haze

SJII is partnering with Beyond the Haze (an initiative co-founded by SJII parent Paul Judge) to launch an exciting and educational school-wide contest

​ that supports our school sustainability program.

SJII is joining several other local schools in participating in the Beyond the Haze contest, which challenges students to look into the root causes of Singapore's annual haze problem and think of ways they can make a difference in saving the environment.

Students will be eligible to win prizes including a 3D2N trip to the Sumatran Orang-utan Conservation Program (SOCP) in Indonesia, Kindle tablets, and more. Please encourage your children as they put together their submissions and visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/beyondthehaze to learn more! Together we can promote greater environmental awareness at the school.

SJII parent Paul Judge and fellow expat Irene Wong founded community group Beyond the Haze with an intent to increase awareness about the root causes and effects of deforestation in Southeast Asia. They will be hosting an exhibition of SJII entries at the school later this term, and they will also also hold a contest-ending awards ceremony and gala event in April.

About Beyond the Haze

Beyond the Haze is a community of ordinary people who want to preserve our environment for future generations. We believe that through education we can inspire people to look beyond the haze and take positive action to save our environment by making informed decisions about what we buy, eat, and use. Facebook.com/beyondthehaze

About the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)

SOCP is one of the foremost authorities on the status and distribution of remaining orang-utans in Sumatra, Indonesia. Their work focuses on habitat protection, reintroduction of confiscated pets to the wild, education, survey work and scientific research.

Competition details

Posterise it! (Ages 5-9)

What’s going on behind the haze? Design a poster that explains why there is a haze problem and why this needs to stop. The poster may depict damage to the rainforest, the affect animals/people, or even paper and palm oil products. The poster can be in any style and can be painted, drawn, or designed with computer graphics.

CONTEST DETAILS CONTEST RULES Submit all entries to your school contest coordinator OR by email to beyondthehaze@yahoo.com

Entries will be judged on creativity & quality of content. Winning entries and finalists will be featured on the Beyond the Haze Facebook page and in a future issue of Asian Geographic magazine. Visit our page and join our community on Facebook: facebook.com/beyondthehaze

Prizes (2 age categories)

1st Prize - Kindle Fire Tablet, Beyond The Haze gift pack, 1-year subscription to Asian Geographic Junior Magazine.

Runners Up (x2) - Beyond The Haze gift pack, 1-year subscription to Asian Geographic Junior Magazine.

*Entries in by no later than February 22nd.

** Look out for posters around the school

BEYOND THE HAZE COMPETITION : https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sK5-wZ9aqobKcDdEWeWFKLiikhVVtExEpcPt1Qi1liU/edit?usp=sharing