Lots of Stage 1 students are drama queens, who love dressing up and performing for their class and others in the school. 1/2 Goulder read and completed comprehension questions about Room on the Broom during Modelled Guided Reading lessons this week. On Friday, students showed great cooperation and teamwork as they worked in groups to present their own interpretations of the story. Watch our fabulous performances below!
In term 4, Stage 1 students will be using sequencing cards as part of their writing unit. First, we work in groups to try to sequence the pictures in a logical order, then tell the story to each other using the pictures. We brainstorm different words we might need, and create a class word bank to help with our spelling. We share our story ideas with the class, and work together with our teacher to write a story together, talking about different features we need to use in our writing. Finally, we work very hard over a few lessons to write our own story. We try to use correct punctuation, complex sentences, adjectives and speech to make our stories interesting. Check back - we will post some of our favourites on our webpage soon!
Correct letter formation and neat handwriting are very important skills that students in Stage 1 need to develop. Every week, we have handwriting lessons. Here are some students who have done a great job of improving their handwriting this year!
Stage 1 students do not just have to learn how to read words - we have to learn to read diagrams, tables and pictures too! Our Dinosaur topic has given us lots of opportunities to practise these skills. What can you learn about the dinosaur from the information given in this image?
On the back of these cards are 10 questions. Students can work in pairs facing each other, with one asking questions and the other 'reading' the pictures. We are not only developing our visual literacy skills, but learning a LOT about dinosaurs too!
Students work on spelling activities every day in Stage 1. They work in groups on a variety of activities to improve their current spelling strategies. This term we are looking at long vowel sounds, including magic e. On days when spelling groups must work independently, they complete a range of interesting activities, such as buddy spelling, to maintain motivation and concentration.
Stage 1 students engage in guided reading lessons every day. They learn reading strategies, comprehension skills, and how to engage with texts on deeper levels. If you would like to assist with guided reading groups, please see your child's class teacher.