Our PYP Units of Inquiry Our School The Environment Imagination Families Growing Things Using Our Senses
What does inquiry look like?Inquiry, interpreted in the broadestsense, is the process initiated by thestudents or the teacher that movesthe students from their current levelof understanding to a new anddeeper level of understanding.
This can mean: • exploring, wondering and questioning • experimenting and playing with possibilities • making connections between previous learning and current learning • making predictions and experimenting to see what happens • collecting data and reporting findings • clarifying existing ideas • making and testing theories • taking and defending a position • solving problems in a variety of ways
Inquiry in Y1Inquiry involves the synthesis, analysis andmanipulation of knowledge through play forearly childhood students. In particular, the teachers of the youngerstudents need to be mindful of the role of thelearning environment when presentingprovocations to the students, for them towonder at, and be curious about, and tostimulate purposeful play.
Forest School! This year, students in Year 1 will regularly visit an „outdoor classroom‟ area in the local forests, to extend our inquiry studies in literacy, maths, physical education, and PYP units. Our units about the natural environment, imagination, growing things, and our senses all benefit from increased interaction with the natural world outdoors.
Forest School Overview In general, we will walk to the woods and hold lessons at a „home base‟ for a period of an hour and a half, every other week, allowing for fewer visits during swimming and ice skating. We will have three adults per class for each visit, including one parent volunteer per visit. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Barring high winds in winter, we will go to the forest on scheduled days, rain or shine.
Maths By the end of Year 1, students should be able to… Count by rote and count objects to 100 Recognise and write numbers to 100 Use 2- and 3- dimensional shapes to create pictures and constructions Recognize and extend 3-part patterns Understand and construct simple addition and subtraction stories Understand place value with 10‟s and 1‟s Estimate amounts strategically Tell time to the hour Measure using standard and non-standard units Complete pencil and paper addition and subtraction problems up to sums of 10 Skip-count by 10‟s to 100, by 5‟s to 50, and by 2‟s to 20
LiteracyYearlong literacy development includes… Self-selected independent reading and shared reading with a buddy Shared reading with whole-class Big Books, songs and poetry Reading and listening to audio books Guided reading with multiple copies of texts in small groups Reading with year 5 buddies Writing workshop with genres including personal narrative, poetry, instructional non-fiction and news Practicing writing conventions such as capitalization, full stops, question marks and exclamation points Handwriting Written and manipulative-based phonics instruction in CVC words, long vowels, blends, and rhyming Developing meaning-based reading strategies and comprehension skills Listening to, understanding, and responding to read-aloud children‟s literature
YEAR 1 EQUIPMENT LIST 1 soft school backpack – not hard shell or wheelie bag 1 art portfolio (72 x 52 cm), labelled with name To be kept in School: 2 erasers 1 pack of coloured pencils 1 pack of fine – tip markers 3 glue sticks 1 bottle of white glue, labelled with name 1 apron for painting, labelled with name 1 pair of indoor shoes 1 pair of gym shoes 1 pair each of trousers, underpants, socks, labelled with name 1 box of tissuesFor sports: 1 School t-shirt and School shorts which can be purchased at the School Spirit ShopFor swimming: 1 swimming costume: Boys: Tight fitting shorts or “S” NO baggy shorts! Girls: One piece NO Bikinis. 1 towelCLOTHING SHOULD BE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAMEAlso, students should bring their own healthy snacks to class each day!!!