Grade 1J

The Stories People Tell

The Stories People Tell

Dear Parents


After the summer break 1J will continue to follow a unit of work entitled 'The Stories People Tell'.


Key Learning Goals


  • Be able to express views on the attractive and unattractive features of an environment
  • Be able to communicate their geographical knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways
  • Be able to find out about aspects of the past from a range of sources of information

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


In ICT we will continue the unit ‘Working with Images’.


Children will become knowledgeable about:



  • The functions of a digital camera
  • What makes a good photograph



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


  • Using a digital camera
  • Framing a photograph
  • Taking a variety of good photographs



In Art, we will be linking to the classroom unit titled 'The Stories People tell'. Students will become knowledgeable about Aboriginal Dream-time culture, storytelling and dot painting. To help us with this project, we will develop skills in drawing, painting and designing.

In Music, we will begin a unit called ‘Name that Note’. Pupils will be developing their skills in pitch recognition through exploring simple melodic pieces on tuned percussion.

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

• How we can make a map of our own imaginary land

International Focus, we will be:

• Reading Myths and Legends from around the world

The Personal Goal that we will be focusing on is Communication. We will be thinking about how to best communicate when we are working together in smaller and larger groups.

In Language Arts:


  • We will be consolidating our comprehension skills using CAFÉ reading strategies. We will be checking for understanding, using back up and re-read and asking questions when we read. We will be continuing to 'respond to stories', making connections, and working on making sure we understand what we are reading
  • Our genre focus is Fantasy Narrative, with a particular focus on Myths, Legends and Fables
  • We will be immersing ourselves in Myths, Legends and Fables, identifying features and writing our own
  • Spelling both high frequency words, topic words and weekly phonics blends


In Mathematics we will be learning about:

  • Numbers to 40
  • Addition Within 40


All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups.

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 research to do, please help them, but without actually doing the work.


During the long summer break you may like to ask your child to find out about the stories that are connected to locations in their host and/or home country.


Ask the children to find their location on a map or globe. Use books and the internet to discover the reasons why these locations are important. Get the children to share their findings. Talk about what they think is true (fact) and what they think has been made up (fiction) in the stories that they have enjoying.


Some locations linked to myths include:

• The Giant’s Causeway (Ireland)

• Loch Ness (Scotland)

• Govardhan Hill (India)

• Himalayas (India)


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.


Have a wonderful summer!


Grade 1 Team

Flat Stanley

Children are encouraged to write all about 'Flat Stanley' and what he does during the holidays with them. Please send any photos (all three classes) of Flat Stanley and your child to Mrs. Morias. (alison.morias@sji-international.com)


We are looking forward to hearing all about Flat Stanley's adventures after the summer break!