A message from Year 1
We have started our second unit of inquiry called stewardship. The central idea is: human actions can impact the health of our planet. After reflecting on our trip to Norval as well as various learning centres set up in our classroom, the students recorded their questions and wonders about composting. This included: where waste goes, water pollution, and the responsibility we have towards keeping our earth healthy.
Following this, the Year 1 boys deconstructed the central idea and discussed each element in small groups. We welcomed Ms. Arlene, a gardener, to our classroom who supported us in creating our own vermicomposting bins. Each week, we will care for our worms by routine feeding and making new bedding out of newspaper. Every boy has their own ‘worm journal’ in which he will record his responsibility in keeping the worms healthy, his observations, and wonders. To support 1L’s vermicomposting, please send any old newspaper and cooked egg shells with your son for the next few weeks.
Additionally, the Year 1 boys have explored and discussed the importance of water in our daily lives. We have had interesting discussions about how clean water comes to us. The boys wonder “how to wash water”, “why some water is dirty even when it looks clean,” and “how we can reduce water waste in our daily lives”. These wonders will guide our unit of inquiry to its next steps and explorations.
Through our math explorations, we are currently focusing on the following areas:
- Comparing numbers by place value
- Telling time to the hour and half hour
- Skip counting
- Finding sums of 10
The boys are working on individual and group tasks based on these concepts. We use various math games to consolidate these fundamental skills and build student confidence.
On October 16, we welcomed the Year 1 girls from Bishop Strachan School (BSS) to our classroom. The boys and girls investigated the various strategies available to add and subtract through an open-ended question, gallery walk, and math talks. I am excited to continue this collaboration all year. Stay tuned for more information on our next visit.
Thank you for your continued support,