Food chains

Food chains

Today we began looking at food chains. We discussed some very difficult terms – herbivore (animals which eat only grass, vegetables fruits or leaves), carnivore (animals which eat only meat) and omnivore (animals which eat both meat and veg).

Rabbits, snails, cows, and sheep are all herbivores.

Tigers, lions, cats and peregrine falcons are all carnivores.

Humans and pigs are both omnivores.

We also discussed the terms producer and consumer. A producer is the first thing in the food chain, consumers come second, third or fourth as they consume (eat) the producer.

Please share the following images with your children.

Weekly round up – 11th March – 15th March 2019

Weekly round up – 11th March – 15th March 2019

Wow!! What an exceptionally busy week we had in 1MH last week!

UOI / Literacy

We began our new unit – Sharing The Planet. We began with a tuning in provocation ‘what can we find around the school that is currently alive, was alive and was never alive’. We had some hearty debate as to what could go in each of these categories! After this we headed outside in two groups, with our cameras, to take real life examples. Once back in the class we shared our pictures and identified whether they were currently alive, were once alive or were never alive.

These are our examples of things which are currently alive – as well as the images on our board.

These are our examples of things which are were once alive – as well as the images on our board.

These are our examples of things which were never alive – as well as the images on our board.

On Wednesday we joined with the rest of Grade 1 to share in some expert animal classification lessons. We were split between 6 teachers and asked to find out about 1 or 2 types of animals. The different classifications which we were looking at were – mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles, fish, arachnids, mollusks and crustaceans. We spent nearly 1 hour learning about the animals – what they looked like, what they ate, where they lived etc. before coming back and sharing our information  with the rest of the class! We were the teachers and Ms. Melanie wrote up what we said on the board.

On Thursday we worked in pairs using the laptops. We went on a wonderful site called to do our own research on insects. This is some of the information we found.

Finally on Friday we collated all the information we had found by sticking images of our classification onto a coloured piece of card and cutting out pictures which showed what attributes our animal had – e.g. mammals give birth to live young, are warm blooded and feed their own young, while mollusks have no bones, are cold blooded and live in water or on the land. We also wrote our own findings. These will be displayed outside the classroom, so if you are passing, please stop and read!


This week we have been learning all about multiplication. At this stage we learn about this being repeated addition or ‘lots of’ / ‘groups of’ etc. For example, if 1 chair has 4 legs then 7 chairs would have 7 lots of 4 or 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 = 28 or 7 x 4 = 28. We have also been looking at doubles by drawing butterflies and putting the same number of spots on each wing and adding them together, e.g. 3 + 3 = 6 or 2 lots of 3 = 6, 2 x 3 = 6.

Please reinforce this concept at home.

As I said ….. it was an extremely busy week!!!!!


Weekly round up: 4th – 8th March

Weekly round up: 4th – 8th March

Dear Parents,

We have had a very busy week in 1MH! This began with visiting the book fair on Monday to look at and select which books we would like. Some of us then enjoyed bringing in money to buy the books later in the week!

At the beginning of the week we worked very hard to complete our presentation pieces of popular stories. Some of us dramatized a story, some used puppets to retell the story and some illustrated the story in picture book format. On Wednesday we had a wonderful time of performing and sharing these stories with the rest of Grade 1. We later reflected what went well, what was challenging and also how we could improve on this next time.

Here are some photos of us wearing props, holding our puppets and showing our books. I will try to post photos of us ‘in action’ next week.

Also this week we have been busy completing and editing our own stories. These could be completely made up from our imagination or a version of a popular fairy tale, such as the Three Little Kittens and The Big Bad Dog – this was a story we wrote together as an example. After we had edited our books by adding more detail, focusing on our spelling and improving the problem or solution, we published our books on Book Creator.

These will be posted on the TVs at the end of the corridor. Please enjoy our videos below.

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Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

March 29th is the Grade 1 to 5 sports day, we will begin preparing students for this during PE class over the next 3 weeks – some classes have already started.

The focus of this day is Healthy Competition.

Using the PSPE framework of Identity, Active Living, and Interactions we can explain the day like this –

§  Students will identify within their house group whilst competing in Active athletic events of entailing Running, jumping, and throwing, all the while Interacting and participating within the whole sports day.

One thing we would like to establish with all students is that whilst we can’t all be Usain Bolt we can all improve our speed by focusing on our technique. Attached to this blog post are some very broad tips for running faster – we will be exploring these more in class during the next few weeks.


Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

African Masks & Clay Skills

African Masks & Clay Skills

Grade 1 students have started experimenting with their last clay skill by learning how to create clay slabs using rolling pins and other clay tools.

To gather inspiration for a slab project, the students learned about African masks and discussed the similarities and differences found in different mask designs.

Grade 1 artists designed their own African inspired mask in their sketchbook. They used these drawings to work from when creating with clay.

This week they will complete their masks and begin glazing their other cultural inspired clay projects in order to add color and pattern.

Weekly round up – February 18th – 22nd 2019

Weekly round up – February 18th – 22nd 2019

Dear All,

A very Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a wonderful break either here or in warmer climates!

We have had a great start to Semester 2, everyone has returned to school eager to learn.

New Student

On Monday we welcomed another new student into 1MH. His name is William and he is from Taiwan. We hope you will be very happy in our class William.


We have had a lot of fun this week in using an app called ‘Book Creator’ to tell a story.

I began by explaining how to use book creator and the various different functions such as speech and thought bubbles, how to add photos and how to resize. Next I took a photo of the class, when we looked at the photo one of the children had their eyes closed ….. this became the title of the book! With some helpful comments from the class I made up the story of ‘Royce goes to sleep’.

Later the children split into three groups to retell the story of the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ by themselves.

On Friday we shared their published stories and looked at how they could be improved next time. The main thing we discovered was that the audio picked up a lot of background noise so we reflected that next time we need to be in a quiet place to record.

Please enjoy watching these amazing stories below.

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This week we have been looking at what all stories need. We have found out that all stories have a beginning, a middle and an end.

The beginning introduces the characters and the setting, the middle is the main part of the story and must contain at least one problem which can then be resolved in the ending.

On Friday we began to plan our own stories which we will be writing next week. These stories will then be published on Book Creator! Stay tuned!!!


This week we have continued learning about ‘time’. We have been focusing on the analogue clock. We began by identifying how many seconds are in one minute, how many minutes in one hour and how many hours in one day and night.

Next we closed our eyes and had to stand up when we thought one minute had passed – this was harder than we imagined! Some people stood up at only 40 seconds, others didn’t stand up for 80 seconds or 1 minute and 20 seconds! Two people stood up just after 60 seconds which was amazing. Challenge yourself at home, can you stand up at exactly 1 minute without using a clock or timer?!

After this we did some one minute challenges – how many times could we write our name, put cubes in a pot or do star jumps in one minute. Lili managed to write her name more times that Sofia-Elena …. but her name is also much shorter!!

Finally we began looking at o’clock and half past as a way of telling the time which led onto me posing a problem for the children to solve:

My bedroom was mess. My Mum said I had to tidy it up.  I couldn’t go on the I-pad until it was tidy. It took me 1 hour to tidy it. What time did I start? What time did I finish?

The children then had to use 2 clock faces to show the time they started cleaning their room on the first clock, and on the second clock, the time they finished cleaning. Some children used o’clock and some used both o’clock and half past.






Last week of Semester 1

Last week of Semester 1

Semester 1 ended on a high in 1MH with our Chinese New Year concert. I hope you all enjoyed watching the children perform as much as we enjoyed performing for you.


This week we began exploring expressing characters using ICT. We used an app called KidEdu to create posters of either a good or a bad character. We needed to search for the character then resize accordingly. After this we typed in several words to describe the characters’ traits such as mean, scary, friendly or helpful etc. Finally we selected a background pattern or colour to compliment our poster. Take a look at our work below.

PE / Music / Homeroom combined activity

On Wednesday we had a wonderful afternoon when the whole of Grade 1 joined with the PE and music teachers to explore how we can express ourselves through music, movement and dance. We began with a warm up song called ‘Penguins’ before moving onto a dance and freeze activity designed to help us listen to instructions and respond quickly. Finally we focused on a rap of Little Red Riding Hood where we put actions to dramatise the song. This was a lot of fun and we all enjoyed the afternoon – although we were very tired afterwards!

I have included lots of photos and some short videos – some of the photos are a bit blurred as the children were moving around!!

Goodbye Sarah and Andy

We had a sad end to the week when we had to say goodbye to our friends Sarah and Andy. Sarah left us on Thursday as she and her family are moving to another part of China. Andy left on Friday and will be moving back to America with his family. We wish them both much happiness in their new homes. Take care both of you, we will miss you xx

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig. Happy Chinese New Year!

Role-playing in 1MH

Role-playing in 1MH

We had been enjoying our unit “How We Express Ourselves”listening to wonderful stories, and exploring the different ways of sharing them as well. During this week, we went to explore drama a bit more. The 1MH class had the challenge to role-play  a traditional story using their voices, body language and gestures  to the class and using their creativity and imagination

Please talk to your child about this activity, and how he/she felt during the performance. 

Enjoy the video below!

Ms. Melanie’s B-Day!

Ms. Melanie’s B-Day!

This week our dearest teacher, celebrated her birthday with us. We sang and enjoyed delicious cupcakes. It was a very special day for her and also for us!

H       A      P       P       Y          B    I     R     T     H     D     A     Y  !  !  !
 Ms.   Melanie   


“Since you tolerate our antics all year round, today we will do everything you say without a single frown. Happy birthday teacher”

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