Monthly Archives: September 2017

Community Engagement with Year 9 Students

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In this blog post you will find new information under;

  • Flourishing Learners,
  • English,
  • How We Organise Ourselves (under Unit Of Inquiry)


A quick blog tip; please click on the photos to see a much clearer image throughout all the blog posts.


Community Engagement with Year 9 students

All our Year 1 classes have been very fortunate to have many Year 9 students join us from 8am three mornings a week as part of their Community Engagement.

In the IB Middle Years Programme students explore the nature of various communities, their needs and how to take principled action to serve a need in the community.

The students have been leading various small group activities to support current Year 1 learning.


Community of Learners

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This week we have begun our new Unit of Inquiry with the Central Idea ‘Communities thrive through the shared roles and responsibilities of its members’. We are aiming for the children to develop an understanding of the following big ideas surrounding a community of learners;

  • A community is a group of people working together towards the same goal
  • We have roles and responsibilities (to self, others and our learning environment) as part of a learning community.
  • Learners carry out routines to help them function as a member of a community.
  • Learners know how they participate effectively as part of the learning community.

As you are aware we started our week with the provocation of the teachers not in the classrooms, being replaced by the Leadership Team in order to determine what understanding children had of their roles and responsibilities in the classroom. Each class teacher set up several ipads around the room to record the action that was taken. We were then able to view this with the class several times to observe what choices were made and who took on the various roles and responsibilities in the room when the teachers were not there.

As a follow up, children drew and wrote about what they did when the teachers were absent. This has been a great start to discussions about roles and responsibilities in our learning communities.

Please click on the below photos for an enlarged view of the work.


Sight Word ACTION!

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We have been thrilled with the amount of action taken at home by families and children in learning their sight words in a wide variety of ways! Thank you for sharing them with your teachers! The photos below might inspire some more action or trying a new way of learning the next sight words that will be sent home. Please click on the photos to see what amazing ideas have come from home!


Yes I Can!

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The Power of Yet

Encouraging our children to have a growth mindset is one of the most important aspects of school. One of the most powerful words we can use in our conversations with children is the word ‘Yet’. It’s not that they can’t do something…it’s that they can’t do it yet!  Instead of focusing on what went wrong, we focus on the next steps they can take to improve their skills, knowledge or understandings.

“Mistakes don’t mean that I can’t do it, I just can’t do it YET.”

The Power of Yet song

The I Can’t Monster

As your children have begun their journey into primary school, an important aspect of their education is developing a Growth Mindset. It can be quite daunting for children to be faced with so many new challenges and experiences. One of the ways we are facing challenges in Year 1 is by introducing the ‘I Can’t’ Monster.

The I can’t monster comes to you

when something is tricky or hard to do.

So what can you do when he visits today?

Say “I can do it!” and chase him away.

Children have been able to identify times when their I Can’t Monster comes and they have to chase him away, such as swimming lessons, riding a bike, doing a hard puzzle or trying to do writing are just some of the times mentioned by children. When faced with challenges we encourage children to hear when they say “I can’t” or “It’s too hard” and instead to say “Yes I can”, “I will try my best”. We see a noticeable shift in the way children approach tasks and challenging experiences when they recognise their I Can’t Monster is around and needs to be chased away.


Please click on the photos to see when our I Can’t monsters come!



Reading Workshop for Parents

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Thank you to all the Year 1 parents who joined us for the New Parents Reading Workshop last Tuesday. Please see a copy of the slides below.

Reading Workshop Session 1 Slides

The next workshop on ‘Building a Reading Team – Creating a Home-School Partnership’ will take place after the mid-term break. Also, later in the term we will be holding a session for domestic workers on supporting children with reading. Dates will be confirmed soon.

Supporting Reading and Writing at home

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Making Early Reading and Writing Fun at Home…

Reading: To support learning high frequency words we recommend creating your own word cards from the word lists in the small yellow books that have come home recently.

  • Write the words onto cards ready for your child to practice.
  • Use the cards for hopscotch,
  • passwords( to be able to go through doors, put on shoes, open the fridge),
  • 10 pin bowling (use water bottles with the cards stuck on),
  • memory match/ concentration.

Your child can;

  • paint the words,
  • write the words like a rainbow (write over the top of each word again and again in different colours),
  • make the words with playdough,
  • use magnetic letters to make the word,
  • use thick popsticks to make sight words dominoes (two words on a stick – one at each end).

We would love to see what ideas you come up with so please share with your child’s teacher (photo or send it in!) of what creative ways you are using to learn sight words at home.

Writing: Children are enthusiastic writers when they are enjoying and having fun. Children love to have their own special notebooks, diaries, mini whiteboard to write messages to family members, lists (shopping, things to do, places to go, people), cards, post it notes are also a great tool to encourage writers.

Passwords are great fun!


“What did you do at school today?”

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“What did you do at school today?”

At the end of each school day, you may have lots of questions for your child about their day, but we know it can sometimes be challenging to get an answer! Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re talking to your child about school.

  • Try to ask open-ended questions to keep a conversation going. If you ask your child questions that can be answered with one word (yes, no, a name), then you’ll probably get a one-word response.
  • Often children are not specific, so you have to ask for specific information when you want it.
  • Avoiding emotion-packed words (happy, sad, mean) can help the conversation go on longer.
  • Asking positive questions gives your child a chance to express concerns. Negative questions tend to stop a conversation.

Questions that may be helpful to ask your child:

  • Where do you play the most at break? At lunch?
  • Who did you sit with to eat lunch today?
  • Tell me something good that happened today.
  • If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
  • How did you help somebody today?
  • How did somebody help you today?
  • Tell me one thing that you learned today.
  • When were you the happiest today?
  • What games did you play at recess?
  • What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  • Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  • What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  • Who made you smile today?

Emotions in Year 1

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The first unit of inquiry has explored the big idea ‘Emotions and actions can influence our interactions with others’. In class we have explored the six core emotions: happy, sad, worried, angry, calm and sorry. We have developed a range of language to describe each emotion and identified what may be the cause of feeling this way. We have inquired into what our responsibility is when we see someone feeling any one of these emotions.

The 6 core emotions we have been inquiring into.

Welcome to the Year 1 Blog

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Welcome to the Year 1 Blog. During the course of the year we will be using this space to share information about the exciting learning taking place in Year 1. You will find new posts under all the tabs along the top of the blog.

We will send you an email when new information has been uploaded. We hope that this blog will be a useful tool for keeping you informed about life in Year 1 and also support regular conversations with your child about what they are doing in school.

Shared Play

Your child may have come home excited about ‘Shared Play’ in Year 1. This is often the highlight of the week for many children. Shared Play occurs two afternoons a week (Monday and Thursday), and involves all Year 1 classes opening their doors and other learning areas of the school such as our shared common area and outdoor spaces for an active and engaging afternoon! All learning engagements in Shared Play are purposefully planned to ensure all aspects of play are incorporated. This includes social cooperative play, manipulative and construction, dramatic play and role playing, and creative play. Engagements are planned to strengthen current classroom learning. Children have the opportunity to interact with new and old friends from other Year 1 classes and are developing the skills they need to expand their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive abilities.


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As part of our unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves where we inquire into how stories are created and shared to entertain, we will be attending the Kidsfest show of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ on February 8th 2018. Kidsfest theatre shows are a wonderful experience for children so if you are planning to attend as a family there are many other choices.