This week in G1
We celebrated our first House Day today!
We got to see each other in our house colours today and had our first full grade ZOOM. We competed in a house KAHOOT together with these results.
We did a scavenger hunt for our house colours above.
House events take place on the last Friday of each month.
Next week in G1
Term 1 Week 4
As class teachers we are continuing to reflect on how our program is delivered. We have been discussing it extensively over the last two weeks ourselves, and how we can make our program fit with the needs of all families. We have just finalised a review of our daily schedules which we will launch next week.
The day will begin with a 15-20min whole Class Zoom at the start of the school day at 7.50am. We will introduce an additional small group zoom session for your child as well. Each student will then have a daily class zoom, a guided reading group once a week and two small group zooms. During the additional zoom session we will look at a variety of areas including literacy, maths, inquiry, social development and passions. These groups have been mailed to you in the weekly mail today.
The afternoon help desk has also changed and rebranded to PASSIONS. Each week there will be a focus and students will be encouraged to post on the morning message, sharing their passion and then in the afternoon zoom share with their peers (to encourage social interactions and oral communication skills). Next week’s passion will be drawing and painting.
Each Monday at 1.45pm the Help Desk is for parents who may have questions regarding the inquiry, maths or language program, questions on technology or even comments on how your child is. Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.
We are continually looking at how we can improve our program and welcome suggestions and recommendations.
If you feel your child is taking too long to complete a task please let us know. What we do in the classroom does not always work in remote learning – we need to adjust these tasks. Feedback is our most powerful tool as a community to continually develop a program that meets the needs of our students. Monday at 1.45pm the Help Desk is for parents who may have questions or comments on how your child and the program is working.
In Literacy we will introduce handwriting practice twice a week on Monday and Wednesday. Students are to practice writing letter shapes (one page) and then upload a photograph in Seesaw. In Reading we will focus on reading punctuation – this means stopping at full stops, pausing at commas and reading loudly with exclamation marks. In Writing our focus will be holding a sentence – remembering what we want to write.
It is a pleasure to see our students tackling maths activities with energy and enthusiasm. Next week we will be asking them to generate questions about numbers so that we can follow the students’ inquiries as well as covering the G1 skills. We will continue to work on place value – tens and ones with a combination of online activities and use of maths resources. If your child can complete tasks using manipulatives or pencil and paper away from devices then we would encourage you to support this and upload the results to Seesaw. One activity is linked to the IXL site. Your child will need to be logged in to IXL and the link will take them straight to the activity. We hope that you have all managed to access accounts but are happy to help if you contact us with questions. We will be counting from specific numbers, holding them in our mind and counting in reverse back to the number to secure our number knowledge to 100. There will also be some simple addition problems introduced where we would like to see the strategies our students have devised or learned for working an answer out. Mistakes are all part of the process and indicate where your child is acquiring new skills so we hope that G1 can complete the activities as independently as possible.
It has been very exciting to see the students connecting to communities and the whole range of events that make communities adapt or change. We also had many interesting and investigative questions posed by the students. This mindset is very positive. This coming week we will continue to build on these understandings as we explore in more detail specific events and the actions that we take when an event makes us adapt or change. We will always try to keep this with a more positive perspective as this is the tone that we are receiving back from our students. There have been so many encouraging comments.
Key vocabulary words: event, community, celebration, effect, changes, impact, organise, organisation, sort, classify, identify
Planning and timetables for next week
You should have received these by email. Please let us know if you hvae not thus far.
2021_2022 Grade 1 Timetable W4
G1 Weekly Plan T1 W4 August 30 2021 – Google Docs
Resources needed and resource online packs
Handwriting Book 1
Daily Data T1 2020-21 Aug-Sept
G1 W4 T1 Week 4 Resources
Dates to remember
September 3rd 8:00 – 9:30AM Back to school coffee meeting for PS
September 8th 8:30 – 9:45AM HOS Coffee Meeting
Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.
Grade 1 Team