Primary 1 News

                             
Welcome to our Primary 1 blog!
We will update this page weekly to keep you up to date with all our new learning experiences and news. 

  • School Times:
    • Classroom Opens at 8:15am. Come in and share a learning experience with your child. Look at our learning wall to discover new learning from your child this week.
    • Lunch Pick Up is at 12:00pm.
    • Afternoon Session (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) Begins at 1pm. Come in and share a learning experience with your child. Look at our learning wall to discover new learning from your child this week.
    • IMPORTANT: for HSSE regulations, please do not enter the classroom without a teacher present.
FOR TERM 1
  • Swimming MONDAY 1pm (Please make sure the children have the appropriate swimming gear: towels, swimming costume, cap, goggles)
  • PE WEDNESDAY 9:30am (Please make sure the children have appropriate gear: Indoor trainers, T-shirt, shorts)
  • Library THURSDAY (Children must have a Blue Book Bag to borrow books to take home)
Any questions or comments please email me at primary1@sakhalinschool.net

Miss Erin

Week Beginning 25th September

posted 21 Sep 2017, 22:40 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 21 Sep 2017, 22:40 ]

What a great week of learning in P1!

Next week our learning foci are:
Maths:       
  • Patterning. Recognising, creating and naming patterns.
Phonics:     
  • Alliteration. Identifying words that have the same starting sound.
Literacy:
  • Recognising the difference between a letter, word, sentence. 
  • Counting the number of words in a Book Title.
  • The parts of a book.
IEYC: The Enormous Turnip.

Our learning experiences this week will help to answer the Big Questions...

                why is it stuck? and how can we get it out?

The children will roleplay the story, create zig zag create books, explore vegetables with different senses, rewrite the story using their own ideas and observe the stamping prints of different vegetables.

It promises to be a fun filled week!                    

On Tuesday morning we were visited by a magical storyteller who shared a story about a brave knight and a dragon! The children then helped the storyteller make up their own story titled "The Magic Wand."

   

In the afternoon we enjoyed celebrating our Big Picture, where we experienced a little "Taste Test" of each of the learning blocks. 

For The Enormous Turnip we dug for vegetables in the sand box, and then named them. We dug out tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, pickles and carrots!

 

For The Three Billy Goats Gruff we tripped and trapped over the bridge to get to the green grass.

  

To introduce The Tortoise and the Hare we made shiny, sparkling gold medals!

  

And finally we decorated biscuits and then ate them? Can you guess the story? The Gingerbread Man!

  






Week Beginning 18th September, 2017

posted 14 Sep 2017, 22:39 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 14 Sep 2017, 22:43 ]

Please find attached to this post the Information Handout for P1 for the Year. On this handout there is a lot of important information regarding the practices at school and in P1. It also details Home Learning Expectations.


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Once Upon a Time there was a very excited P1 class. They were filled with joy because they were starting their new IEYC unit the very next week. They didn't know much about the unit except that they were going to be exploring many stories and that the Unit was indeed called 
ONCE UPON A TIME...

This week we commence our new unit of IEYC learning. We will start with our Entry Point on Tuesday when a mystery storyteller will come into the classroom with a basket full of exciting objects and tell the children a story!
We will begin to build our Role Play area that will capture the curiosity of the children, encouraging performance, drama, music, storytelling and puppets. 

On Tuesday afternoon we will share our learning with Nursery as we sample a taster of some of the learning we will be exploring throughout the learning. We will dig for vegetables (The Enormous Turnip), build bridges to stomp across (The Three Billy Goats Gruff), decorate biscuits (The Gingerbread Man) and make gold medals (The Tortoise and the Hare). 
Later in the week we will have our Capturing Curiosity session, where the children will use their COMMUNICATION skills to share their own ideas, interests and suggestions.

The Big Question leading our learning this week is "What is your favourite story?" 
To help us answer this and prepare us for our making thinking visible, we ask all children to bring in their favourite story book to share with the class. Please do so by Tuesday of this week. I wonder if anyone has the same favourite book?

My favourite story is Possum Magic by Australian author Mem Fox.
It's a story about 2 possums and their adventures!

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Looking forward to next week in Maths and Literacy

Maths: Our learning focuses around Shape and Position and Direction.
Phonics: Our learning focuses on recognising and creating rhymes.

How can you help?

Maths - talk about the different 2D shapes you can see in the environment. Are the lines straight, curved? How many corners can you see? Are the shapes all the same size?
Phonics - read nursery rhymes and rhyming stories with your child this week, with the emphasis on the rhyming words. Can you come up with other words that rhyme? This can be down in your mother tongue language too!

Come into the classroom and look below to heck out some of our learning from this week!

In Class: Our Amazing Self Portraits!!!

How Tall are You? We measured how tall we were compared to others in the group!


   
We used COOPERATION to help measure how many of our own hand prints tall we were!



Week Beginning 12th September 2017

posted 7 Sep 2017, 22:29 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 22:30 ]

This week the children enjoyed their first full week in P1. It was a fantastic week of learning and we are all now utterly exhausted!


There were so many new experiences to be had! We started with Swimming on Monday. The children used their Resilience in the pool and kept going even if they were scared or tired! If you are a Zima or Strawberry Hills Resident, we encourage you to come to school with your swim suit on after lunch, in order to reduce changing times. Olympia residents will change at the pool.

They enjoyed the new experience of attending Russian Language lessons with Miss Ok-Sun on Tuesday and Friday mornings and already added to their impressive Russian Vocabulary. They thoroughly enjoyed The PE session on Wednesday morning, swinging on the ropes, jumping two feet together through hoops, throwing sacks into hoops and balancing on the balance beams. The children used great Communication skills to listen carefully to the instructions.

On Thursday morning the children enjoyed our library session and it was wonderful to see that EVERYONE remember the blue book bags! Well Done!



Looking forward to next week...

The children will continue the mini - all about me unit. We will start to share our learning with nursery in the afternoons (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), participating in lots of learning tasks that will help us explore the week's BIG QUESTION... Are we all the same?
We will focus on the Personal Quality Morality and explore this through the story "The Selfish Crocodile". We will use Cooperative Learning Structure Hand Up, Stand Up, Pair Up to share our thoughts about whether the crocodile made a Good Choice  or a Sad Choice.

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You can listen to the story by clicking the link below.








IMPORTANT INFORMATION:    I am away on Monday-Wednesday attending a First Aid Course. Miss Tricia will be covering the class. I will be back on Thursday morning.
I hope to see you all at the Parent Information Evening on Wednesday Evening.

Week Beginning 4th September

posted 3 Sep 2017, 23:00 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 3 Sep 2017, 23:01 ]

This week in P1 we will continue getting to know each other and ourselves through lots of play and discussions. We will practice writing our names, finding numbers that are significant to us, discussing what we want to be when we grown up and painting portraits of ourselves. We will participate in some team building and partner games to help us learn about each other and our friends.

Our Literacy Goals for this week are:

- to be able to write my name using a model
- to be able to create my name using a range of materials
- to be able to listen to stories attentively
- to be able to make connections to stories
- to be able to ask and answer questions about events in stories

Our Phonics Goals for this week are:

- identify different sounds
- describing sounds using the words, soft/loud, high/low, long/short

Our Maths Goals for this week are:

- to be able to count up to 10 objects in an irregular arrangement
- to be able to recognise numerals 1-10
- to be able to talk about numbers of personal significance (age, people in family)
- to be able to select the correct numeral to represent objects up to 10
- to be able to count out a set of up to 6 objects from a larger group


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 How you can help at home...

This week we will share the story Bear and Chook: When I'm a Big Bear, by Lisa Shanahan and Emma Quay.


This book is all about what Bear want to be when he grows up, and the story follows his trials and tribulations as he explores every possibility.

Discuss what your child would like to be when he/she grows up?
    Encourage your child to draw and write and act out their ideas.

Count how many things bear wanted to be.
    Can you think of any more things Bear could be?
    How many ideas do you have now?

Retell the story together.


First Days in P1

posted 31 Aug 2017, 20:45 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 31 Aug 2017, 21:41 ]

The children have had a wonderful start to P1. We have been learning a lot about each other, discussing our favourite colours, our favourite foods and what we did over our holidays. We have been getting to know our new classroom, playing in the different centres and having lots of fun!

  
 


We have also been enjoying team building games. The first game required us to use CO-OPERATION to make Shoe Towers. We started with just four shoes, and then used 6, 8 and finally 10 shoes!

    
  

Our Second Game not only required CO-OPERATION, but also RESILIENCE as we had to try get our bodies through the hoop without using our hands!

    
    

Important Information for next week.
Swimming Starts on MONDAY. Please ensure your child has the appropriate gear.


week beginning June 26th

posted 26 Jun 2017, 15:05 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 26 Jun 2017, 18:45 ]

 The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts (May 15th - May 24th)
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers (May 25th - June 2nd)
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move (June 5th - June 16th)
Block 4 - preparing for the ball (June 19th - June 28th)
Reflection Week - (June 29th - July 7th)
These time scales are only approximate and could change depending on the ideas from the children throughout each learning block. 

This week the children will start Learning Block 4; Activity 1 - Dancing to The Ugly Bug Ball', Activity 2 - Making Costumes, Activity 3 - Preparing the Party and Activity 5 - Creating Menus.  All of the literacy and Math is linked with our unit however, there are also some stand alone learning activities to ensure full P1 curriculum coverage that cannot be linked to minibeasts. 


There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Cooperation and Morality. In P1 Morality means doing the right thing even if an adult is not watching you. Cooperation in P1 means working together and not leaving any friends out, listening to ideas and supporting friends to join in even if they are shy or nervous. 

     
Home Learning;
Practice your running, jumping, balancing and hopping in preparation for the Sport's Day. 


Important Dates:
June 26th - Happy Splash swim session 
 
June 28th - Zoo trip 

June 29th - P1 Sport's Day 08:30 - 09:45 

June 30th - Leaving Assembly for Kaya, Johanna and Mrs. Grayston 

July 5th - P1 Brilliant Bug Ball Party from 11am to 12pm - All parents are invited and a letter will be sent home. 

Photographs of our Learning: 

Happy Splash on Monday 

Brave Sliders!!! 
    

   

    

Fun floaters!!! 
    

    


Team Ant!! 
Building towers using cooperation like an ant colony! 
    

    


   






Brilliant Bug Ball Assembly

posted 15 Jun 2017, 18:56 by Primary 1 Teacher

A huge congratulations to all our little minibeasts for their performance today. They were all super stars!!

      
       

    

          

    

    
  
    

    





 

week beginning June 12th

posted 8 Jun 2017, 22:35 by Primary 1 Teacher

The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts (May 15th - May 24th)
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers (May 25th - June 2nd)
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move (June 5th - June 16th)
Block 4 - preparing for the ball (June 19th - June 28th)
Reflection Week - (June 29th - July 7th)
These time scales are only approximate and could change depending on the ideas from the children throughout each learning block. 

This week the children will continue with Learning Block 3; Activity 3 - Team Ant!  and Activity 4 - Pond life. All of the literacy and Math is linked with our unit however, there are also some stand alone learning activities to ensure full P1 curriculum coverage that cannot be linked to minibeasts. 


There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Communication will be the focus. In P1 this means listening to others, trying to look at the person who is speaking or who you are speaking to and trying to make your voice slow and louder when speaking to an audience. 

     
Home Learning;
Practice, Practice, Practice and Practice again your lines for the Assembly!!!


Important Dates:
 
June 12th and 13th - School is closed

June 16th - P1 Class Assembly at 08:40 

June 20th - P1- P3 swimming gala 

June 29th - P1 Sport's Day 08:30 - 09:45 



Photos of our learning

Making chocolate spider webs, celery cream cheese butterflies and apple and raisin ladybirds!!  
   
  
    

   

  





week beginning June 5th

posted 1 Jun 2017, 20:29 by Primary 1 Teacher

The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts (May 15th - May 24th)
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers (May 25th - June 2nd)
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move (June 5th - June 16th)
Block 4 - preparing for the ball (June 19th - June 28th)
Reflection Week - (June 29th - July 7th)
These time scales are only approximate and could change depending on the ideas from the children throughout each learning block. 

This week the children will finish Learning Block 2; Activity 5 - Bigger or Smaller and begin Learning Block 3; Activity 1 - spinning spiders and Activity 2 - Busy bees. All of the literacy and Math is linked with our unit however, there are also some stand alone learning activities to ensure full P1 curriculum coverage that cannot be linked to minibeasts. 

Information Books that will help this weeks learning;
  


Our Big Question is How do bees make honey? This was a question one of the children asked a few weeks ago and I have been saving it for when we were learning about bees. The children will ask older children and teachers this question as a starting point. They will then spend time researching in groups using information books and documentary clips on the computer.  Hopefully, this as well as many focused learning activities will lead to the children being able to answer How do bees make honey?   

Our Visible Thinking Tool this week will be 'See - Think - Wonder'. This is a tool that the children are familiar with. Describing and asking questions encourages more reflective thinking and in-depth discussions.   

There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Cooperation in P1 is learning alongside everyone, listening to everyone's ideas, letting everyone have a part to play in the learning and decision making. Enquiry in P1 is asking questions and using books to find out information.  


Our learning activities this week include;
* Reading the 'Bad Tempered Ladybird'
* Retelling the Bad Tempered Ladybird using the times and animals he met
* Building a bee hive
* Designing a bee for the bee hive
* Making honey sandwiches and chocolate and bread stick spider webs
* Spider arts and crafts
* Making a spider web
* Writing minibeast sentences 
* Minibeast puzzles 
* Adding to the classroom role-play area 
* Learning Minibeast songs and poems
* Skip counting in 10's and 2's
* Number recognition within 30     


Home Learning;
There are many minibeasts in Sakhalin. Try to keep a record of how many minibeasts you see over the weekend. Draw or write down which ones you saw. 

Important Dates:

June 7th - P1 trip to Sakhalin Zoo. I am still waiting on HSSE clearance for this trip and will send information out as soon as I hear from the HSE department.  

June 12th and 13th - School is closed

June 16th - P1 Class Assembly at 08:40 

June 20th - P1- P3 swimming gala 

June 29th - P1 Sport's Day 08:30 - 09:45 


Photos from our learning this week;

Collaborative ladybird to be used for our minibeasts questions;
   

Our minibeast hotels;
   

    
 
    

Researching for our P1 Information Book; 

Symmetrical Patterns using the peg boards; 
   

     
 
Symmetrical butterflies; 
   









International Children's Day Photos

posted 29 May 2017, 15:10 by Primary 1 Teacher

       P1 class photo in International Dress 
           

Walking the catwalk to show their International Dress 
     

   

    
   

   

    


Planting seeds
      
 


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