Hello, here is just a quick summary to finish the year.
Literacy and UOI
To finish off our year we had a lovely week. We were busy finishing our Persuasive Writing piece about why Grade 1 is the best year. This involved writing an introduction, giving 3 reasons why Grade 1 is the best before writing a concluding paragraph. The children needed to give facts and opinions to back up their reasons.
We worked really hard to complete these and then invited KGA to convince them they had something to look forward too. It was great to see the Grade 1 students taking the expert role and sharing with our younger students.
End of year concert
I hope you enjoyed our concert on Wednesday. I was really proud of the children, they did an amazing job. There were some photos taken from out the front.
We finished our year with some revision on subtraction and following directions. Students did well to design their own routes and give directions through an area of their design.
We have had some very interesting discussions in the recent weeks about Digital Safety.
I am happy to share that the students had lots of ideas about how to keep safe when using technology. They had good ideas about not sharing information and we watched some short clips and read some books about what this really means. We created a class chart and had a good brainstorming session.
It is a topic that students need ongoing reminders, but it is always nice to know they are aware of some of the ideas to keep safe already.
We have had a lovely time welcoming some Year 10s into our classroom on the last two Fridays.
On the first visit we used them to help us create some historical timelines about the development of the telephone on an app called Timelines. It was great to have their expertise to guide us.
On the second visit we read some books together and then chose a game to play in small groups. There was a lot of laughter in the classroom as students got ‘bombed’ in Ludo, created a word in Scrabble or were searching for an item in a new game called Pictureka!
It was great to make some connections with the older students and have them come and chat to us. We all enjoyed it in 1HN.
We are overdue for an update, but there were some changes to the Blog website and I had a little trouble logging in. Please accept my apology for the delay.
In the last week in 1HN we have been focusing on some new skills.
During our maths sessions we have been demonstrating our knowledge with data and graph skills. We created a few different sets of data and tried use a tally chart to record these. We went out to the car park on a sunny day to make a set of data and it is always fun to take the learning outside. As the students described, making a tally chart ‘makes the counting easy as you can count by 5’. Then we had to construct some picture graphs and bar graphs from our data.
We have also looked at what is symmetry and symmetrical lines. Please ask your child to help you to find 5 objects in your home that are symmetrical and could have a line of symmetry that can run through it.
We also got busy creating a book about Homophones. These are words that are spelt differently and have different meanings but sound the same. For example; two, to, too. Our new class book looks fantastic and a great help to try to remember these tricky words.
During our writing sessions we have looked at the structure of Persuasive writing. We are using a structure of ‘A TITLE’, ‘OPENING STATEMENT’, ‘3 REASONS’ and a ‘FINAL POSITION’. Look out for your child to start trying to convince you of a lot of things using their opinion with some facts to back them up!!
We have begun our Inquiry into how technology has changed communication tools over time. To do this we had to have a few discussions about communication and what it means. Students did some sorting of communication methods and we tested the speed of a wechat message, an email and a hand-written note delivery. We also had some student photographers for this work so check out some of the photos below. Thank you also to families and parents who were able to chat to their child about when the message we sent was delivered and also about the history of postcards. Students came back in very excited to talk about ‘what my mum or dad said’.
Another highlight was to help Ms. Connie in the garden. The students had a chance to revitalise our class garden and also went out into the garden to explore the new greenhouse and ‘plant hospital’ out there. Lots of big smiles doing this task!
Please now have a look at the few photos of this recent learning.
What a wonderful day for 1HN! It was just great to see the students sharing their knowledge with family and other visitors to their stands. The students were able to speak about their animal and it’s features and habitats. By displaying their knowledge and discussing what they can do to help, it is all a form of TAKING ACTION. The last part of our Inquiry Cycle. It has been a wonderful process and the students have certainly been active learners.
Here is some of the immediate reflection that students offered when we were back in class. You will see a theme of how much they loved having their family involved, so thank you again to everyone that was able to come along and support them.
‘I loved it when my Dad came and he gave me a star.’ – Nakia
‘I was scared at the start if I had to talk to many strangers, but I loved it when my Mum visited me and gave me a star.’ – Lilah
‘I wanted my family to come and they did, so I was happy.’ – Joanna
‘I liked it when my Mum came and she said my work is beautiful.’ – Kiara
‘I liked it when my Mum and Dad came and when they gave me a star and then my baby brother gave me a star too. I liked sharing my animal and being next to Sunny.’ – Sarah
‘I loved it when my Mum came and she gave me some water as I was so tired of talking so much about my frog. I liked it when other people came up and gave me a star too.’ – Marina
‘I liked it when my Mum came and gave me a star and my Mum wrote to me in Korean. She kissed me and I was happy.’ – Holly
‘I liked it when my Mum and Dad came and I liked it when I was next to Sarah. I liked it when people gave me stars and at the end I had 5 stars.’ – Sunny
‘I liked it when my Dad came and gave me a comment.’ – Paul
Here a few photos of the action and I have some lovely family shots which will be in the portfolio.
We set a challenge for our students this week to become experts in one animal classification group. They headed off to an expert classroom to learn all about a certain group of the animal kingdom, such as; fish, mammals, reptiles, birds etc. They then had to come back and share their knowledge with other students from 1HN. Everyone did a great job of presenting and sharing their information and I think you will agree the end Information Posters look terrific. Well done 1HN
Here is the movie we made for our Assembly back at the end of January. I finally learned how to shrink and share clips to a size to fit on the blog…. sorry it has taken a while! Really putting into the action the idea of ‘Life Long Learners’. If you were not able to make the Assembly, we shared this on the day about our year so far in 1HN. (We have since had a new class member join us, so apologies that he is not featured.)
Now, I just have to put on the actual performance of our Three Little Pig play from 2 Perspectives.
We hope everyone had a wonderful New Year Break. The students of 1HN came back excited and full of stories to tell me.
We wanted to share some photos of the wonderful visits in the 1HN classroom before the break from some of our parents. They came in to read a story to the students in their first language or in English. The students really enjoyed the experience and it was been lovely to see the students engaging with the Parent readers we have had visit us. Thank you to the parents who have had the time to come in too.
Our unit is still going for another 2 -3 weeks and if you have any time to come by and read for us, you are very welcome. Please just email Miss Hayley to arrange a convenient time.
Also, we understand not every parent or family member has the time, so there is no pressure. Just if you would like too.
We continued with our ‘Tuning In’ for the How We Express Ourselves Unit and watched and listened to several different versions of Little Red Riding Hood. Students were asked to then reflect on which version of the story they enjoyed the most.
After this we had lots of props, instruments, puppets and costumes available for the students to try out. When they were exploring these we asked them to think about how they could express emotions and portray different characters. As you can see from the photos, we all had a lot of fun.