4 Mar 2019

Year 1 Update – Week 24

Friday 15th March – Year 5 Market Day  (Children can bring a maximum of $100 to buy products that have been made by the Year students.)
Friday 22nd March – 1L Assembly
Friday 29th March – B.H.S Food Fair
Friday 29th March – 1W Assembly
For Class Assemblies, parents are invited to watch their own children and should wait at the main entrance from 8:45 am. Assemblies usually finish around 9:30 am.
Student Led Conferences  Thank you to everyone who took the time to come to your children’s first Student Led Conference. We hope you enjoyed this opportunity to spend some quality, focussed time connecting with your child about their learning. It was great to see the children sharing their thoughts and skills with you. They did a great job of getting you to engage in the sample activities, we know they were all excited to take on the role of your teacher.
Self-reflections Leading up to Friday the main focus has been helping the children really see themselves as learners. We have discussed and emphasised their part in school and helped them think open and honestly about how they are doing. Their reflection sheets will be kept safe in their portfolios to be reviewed again in Term 3.
Clay This week has seen the start of a series of exciting lessons with our Specialist Teacher / Artist,  Miss Cassie. She will be working with the children to build skills when working with clay to produce a picture frame which is reflective of their personal histories so far. 

Where We Are in Place and Time

Central Idea:  Exploring evidence helps our understanding of people’s histories.

We have now received the majority of completed question sheets. The children will be sharing the findings with others and thinking of artistic ways to share their learning. If you have not yet completed them please do so and send to school as soon as possible so that your child can be involved in all the class discussions.

We hope you enjoyed the prompts to talk about your own childhood experiences with the children. We know they love finding out all about you.

UOI Home Learning All of our units are based around real-life practical experiences and this current unit of inquiry will focus on the children finding out about their own and other people’s histories. We will be asking the children to carry out more home learning in the next few weeks and they will require your help with these tasks to prepare them for their learning in class.



This week the children have looked at how we use days of the week. They have thought about the order of the days and why we have them. Some have tried to record their own weekly timetables. It is important that your child is involved in understanding and preparing for their week ahead. Please continue to talk with them and help them remember which days they have PE, Library and after school clubs etc. Where possible let them make some decisions and have ownership of either organising the things they will need or even helping to plan what and when they will do different things throughout the week.

Mathletics: – There are now some more activities open.  Please enjoy supporting your child with these tasks.  If your child is not yet logging onto Mathletics independently please support them to do so.

Please help the children to complete the Mathletics tasks that have been assigned to your child. The children can also enjoy Maths Live and play other children live across the world.


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Our focus on asking, writing and answering questions continues. We are thinking carefully about asking questions which we don’t already know the answer to and selecting the correct question words to make our questions clear to others. We will also be thinking about the difference between questions and statements. 

When reading with the children this week you could try pausing and modelling your own thought processes and questioning. They can then try this for themselves and together you can see if your questions are answered as you continue to read.

Unit  4 Phonics:

The phonemes for this unit are: ll, ss, ff, zz
The camera words for this unit are: you, play, this, come, my and have
Please support your children in learning to read and write the camera words from unit 1, 2, 3 and 4.  When you are playing the suggested phonic games please use the letter sounds rather than say the name the letters of the alphabet.  If you need guidance about how to pronounce the letter sounds this link should help you  http://www.getreadingright.com.au/phoneme-pronunciation/

1P Hosu Lam

1L Giselle Lam

1W   Sophie Lac

Fun Game Ideas for Rainy Day Play

Wet Weather Day? Head Outside Anyway!

kids playing in the rain


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For most families, a rainy day means being cooped up inside, engaging in quiet activities such as watching movies, playing video games, making puzzles, maybe even reading a book or two. But just because it is wet outside doesn’t mean you have to spend your day indoors. Some of the most fun you can have is playing in the rain.

Study after study has shown that kids do not get enough physical activity. A preschooler (a child of age 3 to 5) needs at least an hour a day of physical activity. On a sunny day, it’s easy enough to head outside for some active fun, but what if the weather isn’t so great?

Fun Rainy Day Games and Outdoor Activities

While you can certainly find plenty to do inside, if it’s just raining, consider putting on your rain boots and raincoat and heading outside anyway. With these fun games and activities for playing in the rain, your preschooler is sure to have a blast (and so will you).

  1. Catch raindrops on your tongue, hands, and feet.
  2. Blow bubbles. Who can make the biggest one?
  3. A rainy day is perfect for looking for worms as they move up to the surface of the earth. How many can you find? Will your preschooler dare touch one? Will you?
  4. Follow the rain when it falls on the ground. Where does it flow to? Down the street? To a drain?
  5. Take a look at the earth—the dirt, the sand, the grass. How does the rain change these things?
  6. Don’t just jump in the puddles—skip, hop, run, gallop, or walk through them. Who can make the biggest splash?
  7. Embrace the wetness and turn on your sprinklers or set up your kiddie pools to play in.
  8. Measure the rainfall by putting out a cup and see how much you can catch. Let everyone guess how much they think will be in the cup by the time the rain stops.
  9. Frogs, ducks, fish, and other animals are always outside in the rain. Pretend to be one of these wet-weather friends.
  10. Try playing some of your preschooler’s favorite sports. How does the rain change how the ball moves?
  1. Go for a walk in your neighborhood and ask your preschooler to tell you about how the rain makes things look different. Also, what is the same?
  2. If there are puddles, toss rocks into them. Who can make the biggest ripple? What size rock makes the loudest sound?
  3. Listen to the rhythm that the rain makes and have a dance contest. Give a prize to the person who comes up with the silliest rain dance.
  4. If you don’t mind tearing up your yard a little, let your preschooler slide in the wet grass.
  5. Instead of jumping in the puddles, try jumping over them.
  6. Live near a hill? Find a moving stream of water and race sticks.
  7. Take some inspiration from Gene Kelly and sing in the rain. Pick songs that mention rain, from “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “Umbrella.”
  8. Look for animal tracks in the mud. Try to guess which animal made the tracks.
  9. If it’s warm enough, go outside in your bathing suits and bring some bathtub crayons with you. Who can draw the silliest things on themselves?
  10. Got a waterproof camera? Take some candids.
  1. If it is raining really hard, wash your hair. (This one is sure to make your preschooler laugh hard.)
  2. Bring out some washable paints and paper and let the rain make a masterpiece.
  3. Set up a wet-weather obstacle course. (Be careful, it will be slippery.)
  4. Make mud pies or sand castles, depending on your soil type.
  5. When the storm has passed, be sure to look for a rainbow.


Accessed on 6/3/2019