Grade 1 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Week 5 Summer Term 2016: 3rd - 6th May

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 12th May- Mufti Day (Free Dress)

Friday 13th May- Founder's Day- half day for students (12.20 Dismissal)

Thursday 19th May- Grade 1 Celebration of Learning 8am

Friday May 20th- Family Picnic and Movie Night

Friday 27th May- Grade 1 Excursion to the Theatre

Tuesday 14th June- Optional PTC for Early Years

Friday 17th June- Last day of Summer Term

End of Swim Block EXCEPT for:

This week has seen the end of our swimming block culminating in the fantastic swim Galas for G1-6. Well done to everyone! Please note that all classes (with the exception of those below will now revert back to double land PE until the end of term). There will be NO further express swimming classes.

The following class is now on their swimming block, which will continue until the end of term:

G1AMc - Wed 11.20am

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Celebration of Learning and Singapore Maths Parent Workshops

Our classroom based Celebration of Learning event is coming up in a few weeks and we would like all parents to mark their calendars for a morning spent in their child’s classroom, sharing their child’s learning journey. This is your child’s moment to showcase the efforts and achievements they have made. Please remember that this event is well attended by all parents and your child will be really looking forward to sharing their learning with you!

Parents will still have the opportunity to view their child’s workbooks and journals, experience the learning of the classroom and view the learning displays both within and outside the room.

Following on from the Celebration of Learning, we will be hosting Maths workshops for parents, led by Mrs Juliana Wong our Early Years Maths Coordinator.

Celebration of Learning 8.00 – 8.30am Thursday 19th May

Singapore Maths Workshop 8.30-9.00am Thursday 19th May

Topic: Number Bonds - Addition and Subtraction (with Regrouping)

The Learning Conversation

"The question, 'How do you learn?' demands quite different answers from the question 'What have you learned?' An in-depth appreciation of this difference is essential to understanding how you might improve your capacity for learning." Laurie Thomas & Sheila Harrie-Augstein

Engage in a learning conversation with your child to encourage the learner to talk in-depth about their learning experiences and focus on the process of learning rather than just the content of their learning.

  • What did you learn from doing this task/activity/project? Why did you find this interesting?
  • Why do you think you are learning this? Where else can you use this learning?
  • What has been the most enjoyable part of learning this?
  • What was challenging? – (Remember, it’s GOOD to be challenged!) Where did you struggle?
  • What helped you to learn this?

The Celebration of Learning event is all about your child showing you what they have learned.

If you would like to speak with your child’s teacher about any specific areas please do make an appointment.

IPC Unit of Work - Our World, Our Environment

In our unit of work this week, some classes have been investigating the question ‘What is in soil?’

We began asking the children to think about what is in soil. Next, we put a soil sample in a glass jar, added water and then shook it up. Using our observation skills we recorded what we saw happening using diagrams (pictures with labels) . We then left the jar for around 24hours and then observed it again. We noticed how the different elements of soil have separated out and left different layers. The children tried to explain why the larger particles were now at the bottom of the jar. Looking at the layers more closely, we identified the floating organic matter (leaves, wood etc.) and learnt a new word to describe it - ‘humus’. Then we observed the finer top soil, followed by the heavier minerals, such as sand and rock. Another new word was ‘silt’ which described the layer of very small bits of rock, larger than clay but small than sand.

We are thoroughly enjoying the return of our Flat Stanleys and sharing his adventures together from around the world.

Please bring back your Home Country Fact File posters on MONDAY. We will be sharing these next week too.

Sungei Buloh Trip Grade 1AMo and Grade 1CNe

Language Arts


This week we have started working on the CAFÉ comprehension strategy of asking questions while we read. We can ask ourselves questions about ‘who?’ ‘what?’ ‘where?’ ‘why?’ ‘when?’ and ‘how?’. This helps us to make sure we have understood what we have read.

We have also been learning about making basic inferences such as working out who is speaking when it is not stated.


This week we wrote about our amazing trips to Sungei Buloh at the end of last week. The children were focusing on the skill of choosing interesting things to write about. This week in our Writers’ Workshop unit on All About Books we have been learning about page numbers and continuing to think about how we should organise our information. We know that we need to group related information together on one page and that we can include details about each subtopic (under each subheading/on each page).

Spelling, Phonics and Grammar

This week we have continued looking at proper nouns. We know that proper nouns are names for specific things like street names, names of people, books and so on, and that they need to have capital letters. Our spelling focus has been on the two different /oo/ sounds made by double o. (oo as in hook and oo as in spoon)


This week we have continued to practise joining t to h.


This week, we have wrapped up the chapter on Numbers to 20 where we learnt about how each digit in a number represents a different value - number notation. We learnt about place value and regrouping. We also applied the same concepts of comparing and ordering and making number patterns, that we learnt in Numbers to 10, but this time, on bigger numbers. We found that when comparing 2-digit numbers, we should start by comparing the digits in the Tens place.

We used these resources in our classrooms this week:

Next week, we will begin to learn about Addition and Subtraction within 20 where our learning goals will be:

  • Add one- and two-digit numbers by counting on
  • Add two 1-digit numbers by making 10
  • Subtract by counting back
  • Subtract from 10
  • Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction

Virtues Corner

This week, Grade Ones learnt about Confidence. This is what Confidence looks like in Grade One.

I am showing Confidence when:

*I am willing to try new things.

*I discover my talents.

*I think positively.

I am confident. I love to try new things and I give the best I have to give. I welcome new possibilities.

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