Grade 1 - September 29 / 2017


This week, we tried out Raz kids in class with lots of success. Eventually we will ask the students to record themselves while they are reading, and this is something that can be done at home too! We are then able to listen their recordings and watch for where, we as teachers, can help with developing their reading fluency.  

In math, we have begun to investigate numbers and number sense. We looked at the various ways numbers can be represented and started talking about the base ten system.

During our inquiry times this week, we experimented with how to film others and take recordings that are clearly audible and focus on the the images we want to capture. This year we will be doing a lot of video reflections, so understanding how to reflect, and to record ourselves and others while doing so, is an important first step.

In French, the students reviewed the alphabet in French as well as the new play, La poule Maboule.

In Art, the Grade 1s discussed the role of an artist. Students were given the freedom to create an art piece from their own imagination. They chose which materials to use and filled their board with a realistic or abstract art piece.  

Looking ahead:

New Circles: This year the Junior School continues their support of New Circles Community Services. New Circles is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. We provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, and Taylor-Massey (including Crescent Town), many of whom are newcomers to Canada. Each year New Circles collects gently used Halloween costumes for children. They already have appointments for 400 families and now have a waitlist because they are in need of more costumes. Here is their website for more information about the organization and this programme. The Junior School will be collecting gently used costumes from Monday, October 2 to Friday, October 13th. Bins will be in the Gathering Place for items. 

Co-Curricular Programme Dates:
December 18th - 21st       Last week of Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme
November 24th                 Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme Guide online
December 7th - 10th         Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme online registration
January 9th - March 9th    Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme


Headphones: If you have any plastic large size baggies, we could use a few extras to store headphones so cords do not get tangled.