GRADE 1/2 Learning Update - 24/3/22Dear Parents & Carers,
Students explored and identified a range of strategies to support them to engage positively and effectively with their learning. They identified how to stay in their power and maintain positive relationships
Students have focused on naming and identifying different emotions such as happy, sad, frustrated and worried. They were encouraged to use these feelings to communicate their needs and wants in a range of situations. Students created a class focus plan that included calming down strategies they could choose from when feeling upset or angry and explored how to solve a social problem inside and outside the learning space. They practised using these strategies by participating in role plays. Students have also been working on identifying different problems at school, recognizing how serious these problems are, and what they can do when faced with these problems.
Students have also spent this time reflecting on our school values, as shown through our ‘Learning Value Monsters’, and brainstorming different ways they can become a fully developed learner. This includes examples such as academic achievement, agency and voice, creativity, leadership, and collaboration and community. Students have also worked through breaking down the BVPS Definition of Safety, discussing and roleplaying ways we can be safe physically, mentally, and emotionally, and how we help ourselves or others when confronted with an unsafe situation.
Students have been practising their decoding skills in reading, with a strong focus on alphabet and the sounds single letters and combinations make (e.g. sh). They have also been practising reading and spelling high frequency words, which are located in the books that we read each week. Students practised making predictions before, during and after reading a book together about what they think might happen in the story. They have also been practising making connections when reading a book together. The ‘Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self, Text-to-World’ strategy helps students develop the habit of making these connections as they read. Students have been given opportunities to retell and order the events that happened in stories after reading. They were given time in class to speak about what happened in the beginning, middle and end of a story, and used pictures to represent the correct order of events.
Students have participated in a range of langue experiences this semester, including playing games such as ‘Freeze Dance’, ‘Hot Potato Bomb’ and playing on the playground with their peers. These experiences allowed students to talk and write about what they did, who was there, when they did it and where the shared experiences took place. They brainstormed vocabulary associated with the experiences and used these words in their writing. Students also spent time exploring storytelling tools, including felt boards and soft toys, as the inspiration for their Narrative writing. They orally told their stories to peers, focussing on the characters, settings, problems and solutions. These oral experiences then led to students putting their ideas into writing.
Students began the year with a focus on counting and place value. They participated in varied hands-on experiences using a range of materials and tools. Oral counting was practised daily by ones, twos, fives and tens and students were supported to identify the patterns found in counting sequences using the hundreds chart. Students have also learnt about the value that each number holds within the counting system (for example 24 is two tens and 4 ones), and they demonstrated this using bundles and icy pole sticks. They have been supported to show how a number can be represented in different ways using ‘Think Boards.’ Students had the opportunity to choose a number and represent it using tens-frames, pictures, number lines and writing the numerals, to name a few.
Students were shown a range of counting behaviours and strategies to assist them when counting a collection of objects. This included touching each object when counting (one-to-one correspondence), organising objects into lines or making piles of ten to practise skip counting. They used their knowledge of place value to compare and order small sets of objects, identifying when one is bigger or smaller than the other.
Students measured the length of a range of objects to identify how long or tall an object is, and to decide whether an object is longer or shorter. They used informal units such as unifix blocks, icy pole sticks, hands and feet. They focussed on the behaviours of measuring in order to measure correctly, and they did this by using the same units to measure (e.g. all pencils, or all unifix blocks) and lining the units up straight, making sure there were no gaps between the units. Students also explored 2D and 3D shapes through identifying their names and features, and they did this by finding objects in their environment.
PEStudents in Learning Neighbourhood 1 - Grade 1/2 have been developing their fundamental movement skills by engaging in fun lessons from KIDDO. These lesson activities develop students' fundamental movement skills and locomotor movement skills such as running, throwing and catching etc. Students will complete a pre assessment which can be shared with you via Seesaw. You can view some fun activities to play at home via the link https://kiddo.edu.au/promote. I will also share some activities via Seesaw that can encourage physical activity and some of the learning we have been doing at school, also at home.
This term students have been learning about Percussion from around the world. We have been learning the names and origins of traditional instruments. In this class we are using the instruments we learn about to play popular rhythms. We are exploring a variety of ways to create and write down our own musical ideas, composing short pieces for our instruments.
During these first few weeks in Art, students have been learning about the importance of taking care of the materials, where to find everything in the art room and how to be safe in this space. Students have learned about warm and cool colours while experimenting with watercolour and acrylic paints.
During the next few weeks, students will be learning about two different artists, Lois Ehlert and Yayoi Kusama. They will be creating different artworks inspired by these artists.