Systems and Services in Years 1 & 2
What a whirlwind of a term we have had! It's hard to believe we are already in Week 9 of Term 1! The kids have adjusted well and truly to the routine in Years 1 and 2. Every day, the air is buzzing with excitement for a new day of learning. But the term is still going strong as we look ahead to Harmony Day next week, Grandparents Day, and Cross Campus sports morning in week 10.
We have commenced our Read Write Inc (RWI) program after testing, and the children are working in their new groups and should be bringing home their readers to show their reading at home. Remember, the RWI readers have been ones they have practiced in class, and they should be extremely fluent and expressive when they read them.
During maths sessions, they have been looking at number knowledge, with a special focus on place value. The children have been doing a lot of work recognising counting patterns and sequences and using their prior knowledge to find numbers in sequence. The class has also been discussing expanding numbers to understand their place value 387 = 300+80+7 and different ways that they can show this.
Unit of Inquiry
We have officially started our unit of inquiry in the transdisciplinary theme of 'How We Organise Ourselves'. The central idea for the unit is –
'Communities develop systems and services to function effectively'.
Our lines of inquiry are:
- Systems & services in our community
- How systems & services help communities function
- How we can develop services & systems to meet the needs of our community.
The children have been exploring the systems we use on a day-to-day basis at school. They have looked at the many systems on Discovery Day and looked at the reasons for them and how the systems help our days to run smoothly.
They identified a whole range of systems around our school as we went for a 'systems hunt' and identified the services we have (canteen) and the systems that make it run effectively (lining up, having money ready, etc.).
Year 1 has been working with David Booth, also known as Ghost Patrol, to create a mural on the bounce wall near the basketball court. This too, has involved a system. We designed, planned, and we collaborated to create the finished product.
Here's to a great last few weeks of Term 1!
LIANE and LEXI
Year 1 and 2 Teachers