Grade 1 Newsletter

5th-9th October 2015

Dates for the Diary

School Holidays - October 12th to October 24th


Deepavali Dress Up Day - Friday 13th November

Christmas Fair - Saturday 21st November


  • Grade 1J Wo Nativity Play - Thursday 3rd December- 2.00pm - Music Room

  • Grade 1 HSy Nativity Play - Friday 4th December 8.15am - Music Room

  • Grade 1 AMo Nativity Play - Friday 4th December 2.00pm - Music Room

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    The Grade 1 Nativity Plays

    Please note the dates for the Grade 1 Nativity Plays. This is always such a wonderful way to close the year, and we look forward to seeing as many parents there as possible.



    • Grade 1 JWo Nativity Play - Thursday 3rd December 2.00pm - Music Room

    • Grade 1 HSy Nativity Play - Friday 4th December 8.15am - Music Room

    • Grade 1 AMo Nativity Play - Friday 4th December 2.00pm - Music Room

    Highlights of the Week

    The highlight of this week was undoubtedly the exit point to the unit of work 'The Magic Toymaker'. The children received a visit from the Magic Toymaker himself - and were delighted by the hilarious magic show that he performed.


    It was wonderful to see the children dressed in purple today in support of Mr. D as he raises money for a charity that is very close to his heart. Our thoughts have been with him.


    Wishing everyone a great, and hopefully haze free holiday.


    The Grade 1 Team

    Language Arts

    Reading

    We have continued learning about the Cafe Comprehension strategy of being able to recognise and explain cause and effect relationships within stories. (E.g. He knocked the candle, the candle fell over and started a fire.)

    This week, in connection with Writer's Workshop, we have continued to read, discuss and perform poetry. We know that poems can be read or performed! When we perform poems, we focus on our expression; using our voices to make the poems sound interesting - using the punctuation and spacing to make them sound the way that the author intended them to sound.


    Writing

    This week in our Writer's Workshop poetry unit we have been working on making sure our poems have 'hearts' or 'stars' in them. (Themes/main ideas.) We have also been learning about how to include sense impressions in our poems to make them more interesting. ('The wind whispered through the trees'). This week the students had the opportunity to write and perform a poem with a partner as well as working on their individual poetry.


    Spelling, Phonics and Grammar

    This week we have been focusing on ch (bench) and ful (wishful). We have continued learning about the different sentence types (exclamation, statement, question, command) and have been working on including them in our writing.


    Handwriting

    The handwriting for this week has been focused on the of join.

    Mathematics

    This week, we started our chapter on Division and saw how it's almost the opposite of Multiplication.


    In Multiplication, we always know the No. of Groups and No. of Items in Each Group, but always have to find the Total No. of Items.


    Multiplication

    • Total No. of Items (Unknown)
    • No. of Groups (Known)
    • No. of Items in Each Group (Known)


    However, in Division, we are always given the Total No. of Items but depending on the type of division (sharing equally or finding the number of groups), we may or may not know the other two. In other words:


    Sharing Equally (Division)

    • Total No. of Items (Known)
    • No. of Groups (Known)
    • No. of Items in Each Group (Unknown)


    Finding the Number of Groups (Division)

    • Total No. of Items (Known)
    • No. of Groups (Unknown)
    • No. of Items in Each Group (Known)


    In Grade 1, we are not introduced to the division symbol, but instead, we learn about division pictorially by learning to distribute items into equal groups.

    IPC - The Magic Toymaker

    As well as enjoying the phenomenal magic show performed by the legendary 'Tricky Patrick' the children also had the opportunity to watch A LEGO Brickumentary. This documenatry was about the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys.


    This was a source of a great deal of information, and enabled the children to answer two of our Think Tanks questions.


    We have also completed an end of unit student reflection which encouraged the children to focus on any new learning that has taken place, the best moments and any 'wonderings' that they may still have.


    We look forward to launching our new unit of work 'Let's Celebrate' after the half term break.

    Virtue of the Week: Unity!

    'It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies.'

    Thomas Paine


    This week the children have been working on showing the virtue of unity. We show our unity when we stick together, work as a team and show our cooperation. Please use the language of the virtues at home and acknowledge your child when you see them showing their unity!


    Looking Ahead

    We will working on the virtue of confidence after the break!