Grade 1 Newsletter
SJI International Elementary, Singapore
Week 16 Christmas Term 2015: 30th November - 4th December
Dates for the Diary
Tuesday December 8th- Moving On Up Day- children will have the chance to meet their new Grade 2 Teacher
Tuesday December 8th- Christmas Pantomime Show (for students only)
Thursday 10th December - Class Party / Exit Point
Friday 11th December - Last day of term - Early Dismissal @ 12.20pm
Highlights of the Week
The highlight of the week has of course been the class nativity plays - what truly joyful and wonderful occasion. Each and every child shined brightly and enjoyed the experience tremendously.
Wishing everyone a peaceful weekend.
The Grade 1 Team
G1 JWo: Epiphany
Delphine (Emilie's Mum) shared with us how the Epiphany is celebrated in France!
G1 JWo: Making Christmas Cards
We used buttons and ribbons to make Christmas cards for our friends and families!
G1 JWo: Writing Our Christmas Cards
As part of our unit on Functional Writing, we filled our Christmas cards with messages to our loved ones!
G1 JWo: Making Christmas Cards
We have been working on the skill of retelling a story this week. We know that the reason we read is for meaning! We have been identifying the main events and discussing the themes in what we have read.
We have been reading lots of letters too - we particularly enjoy reading the letters we get from our friends!
This week we finished off our invitations to parents, inviting them to the Nativity Plays. We have also been reflecting on what we have learnt in the Functional Writing (letter writing) Unit in Writer's Workshop.
Parents, please write a letter or note in reply if you receive a letter from your child! You might like to write a surprise letter for your child and leave it somewhere they will find it, such as in their lunch box, in a shoe or under their pillow!
Spelling, Phonics and Grammar
This week we have been focusing on suffixes and learning about how they change the meaning of words. We have covered /ness/ and /er/ in spelling this week. (-ness kindness, -er as in kinder).
The handwriting for this week has been focused on revisiting some of the joins covered and using them in sentences.
We have wrapped up our last chapter on Money and have been practising with our play money in various role-playing situations in the classroom. For example, purchasing stamps for our letters, buying Christmas decoration supplies from the 'shop'.
Though we've completed our lesson objectives for the year, we're still continuing to practise all the skills and concepts we've learnt. We'll be revisiting and reinforcing some of the concepts learnt through more role-playing as well as Mathematics games.
Virtue of the Week: Generosity!
'For it is in giving that we receive.'
Francis of Assisi
This week the children have been working on showing the virtue of generosity. We show our generosity when we give of our selves, our time and possessions without expecting anything in return. We need to use wisdom together with generosity, making sure that we share and give wisely. Please use the language of the virtues at home and acknowledge your child when you see them showing their generosity!
We will working on the virtue of thankfulness next week!