FS 1/2 – Y1 Week 8 Update

A little housekeeping before we begin:

Homework

Homework has gone home this week. There is some Phonics, Maths, and IPC which reflects the learning we’re doing in class.

Homework will go home every Friday and is due back Wednesday of the following week.

For FS2 I will be sending homework but it is not mandatory.

For Y1 homework is mandatory but it is not meant to cause stress. I have a very flexible homework policy and please let me know if there’s any issues with the homework and I will adjust accordingly.

In this week’s Phonics Homework it talks about “Skill Focus Words”. This week’s Phonics Skill Focus is Short Vowel A (cat, rat, sat). I hope this helps.

Also a reader went home. This is yours to keep. A new one will be going home every Thursday or Friday and you can keep those and read with your child. As our term progresses I will also try to send home levelled readers that are at your child’s reading level. Those will need to be returned. There isn’t one in this week’s homework pack.

Bookbags and Library

Just a gentle reminder that we have Library class every Thursday. Bookbags are to be brought that day and library books that were borrowed the week previous are to be returned.

And now, the update.

As seen in our homework, we have begun a new phonics program. For the next few weeks we will be focusing on short vowels in CVC words. This week was Short Vowel A.

In Literacy we have begun learning about instructions. The students scoured the school and Hanmaeum centre looking for examples of instructions that were posted. We made a photo collage of these instructions on our tablets. We also began learning about what makes a good instruction.

In Maths we’ve begun looking at shapes. We did some exploration of 2D and 3D shapes. This begins our Geometry unit which will continue for some weeks.

In IPC we finished up our Super Humans unit by looking at the sense of taste. We tried an experiment using trying to only use our sense of taste (not sight or smell) to determine the flavour of something. We also looked at the Food Pyramid and began talking about healthy food. We made menus for our own healthy restaurants. We finished off the week with a lively discussion about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how in some parts of the world people do not have clean water or enough food. The students were very curious and asked a lot of questions.

In PE we played some low-contact games. Isabella taught us how to spin like a dancer. We tried an activity we learned in our Monday assembly where we all had to stand on a mat and try to flip it over without falling off. The children had a great time.

That’s all for this week. Have a restful weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!