Topic outline

  • General

    Central Idea

    People learn about themselves and others through their experiences 

    Lines of Inquiry 

    We are inquiring into:

    • Different experiences in our school environment (FUNCTION)
    • Our roles and responsibilities at school (RESPONSIBILITY)
    • The ways people build and develop relationships through shared experiences (CONNECTION)

    What is this unit about?

    The Who We Are unit is a yearlong unit of inquiry in which children will be encouraged to learn about themselves and others through their experiences. The children will be building and sustaining positive relationships with their peers through unstructured and structured play opportunities. During these experiences, they will be encouraged to think about sharing, taking turns and how to communicate with their friends. Alongside this, children will be encouraged to recognise their rights and responsibilities at school and this will develop their independence and self-management skills. Throughout the year teachers will capture children’s learning through photographs, videos and observations and these will be used to support children’s reflections on how they have grown and developed since the beginning of the year. 

     

    • Topic 1

      Update 3: 2nd October 2018

      “Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of friendships in defining identities.” 

      The K1 children have been exploring the concept of friendships. Forming friendships in early childhood contributes significantly to the development of a child’s social and emotional skills. Being sensitive to another’s viewpoints, learning the rules of conversation and feeling a sense of connectedness are just some of the qualities children can develop through building and sustaining relationships. Making friends in school can have a powerful influence on a child’s school performance and can also help to encourage desired behaviours. When children build and sustain positive relationships from an early age they tend to have higher self-esteem, act more socially, and can cope with life stresses and transitions. 

      Over the past couple of weeks, K1 teachers have set up a number of learning engagements within their classrooms which have provoked children into thinking about the concept of friendship and what it means to them. Through the use of social stories, circle games and small group times our K1 children have become more aware of their peers and how to behave with one another. We have been identifying ways in which we can care for our friends and how to be respectful, tolerant and empathetic; some of the attitudes within the IB learner profile and attitudes. During social times children are being encouraged to adopt desirable play behaviours, for example, turn taking, sharing and gentle hands. Alongside this, children are also being prompted into thinking about how we communicate with our friends – making eye contact, listening to each other, responding to one another etc. These behaviours will continue to develop and grow throughout their early childhood and beyond.

      The children have engaged in a number of learning engagements which support collaboration and communication. The engagements have varied from class to class depending on the needs and interests of the children involved.

      Some classes have cooked together for a shared purpose

       

      Some classes have engaged in collaborative art pieces

      Personal Social Education

      As part of our inquiry into 'The different experiences in our school environment' the children have been exposed to a number of new resources and opportunities. The children have been encouraged to willingly approach and persevere with new situations, including our new mud kitchen. 

      Maths

      We have been continuing our inquiry into number with a focus on number recognition and 1 to 1 correspondance

      Mid Autumn Festival

      Thank you to all our children and families who were able to join us at Ma On Shan Park to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. It was lovely seeing our school community come together and share the experience with one another. We were able to sample some traditional festival foods like juicy fruit and fresh moon cakes, which were prepared by the children in school. It was also such a spectacular sight seeing everyone parade around the park with their glowing lanterns. 

      Independence

      The children are becoming more and more independent. They have been learning about classroom routines and are being prompted to independently find their nametags, unpack/pack their bags and use the toilet. We have already observed progress in the children’s self-management skills and their independence will continue to grow as they become more familiar and confident within the school community. 

      In order to support your child at home we would ask that you promote independence in tasks that can be achieved without any/limited adult support. For example;

      • Set the table

      • Put snack in lunch box

      • Get school bag ready

      • Dress themselves

      • Brush teeth

      • Access the toilet independently

      • Tidy up toys

      • When shopping your child can choose their own snacks

      • Carry own school bag

      • Encourage your child to walk at every opportunity

      Thank you 

      The K1 team would like to extend their gratitude and say a BIG thank you to parents for your ongoing support this term. The children are now well settled and familiar with their new environment. We hope the children enjoy their October break and come back ready to engage in further inquiry-based experiences. 

       

      Important diary dates to consider: 

      • 15th October: Parent Workshop - Let’s Get Them Talking

      • 24th October: Parent Workshop - Container Gardening

      • 29th October: Parent Workshop - Engaged attention and learning

      • 5th November: Eagle and Owl class Transportation Trip (a parent/ career will need to attend)

      • 6th November: Peacock and Pheasant class Transportation Trip (a parent/ career will need to attend)

      • 9th November: Terry Fox Charity Run

      • 12th November: Parent Workshop – Outdoor Learning

      • 14th November: Shared Learning Day (a parent/ career will need to attend)

      • 15th November: School Closed for CPD

      • 18th - 22nd November: Outdoor Learning Week

      • 21st November: K1 Trip to Lions Nature Education Centre (a parent/ career will need to attend)

      • 26th November: Parent Workshop - Mathematics in the Early Years

      • 6th December: K1 Christmas Performances

      • 13th December: Student Progress Reports Published 

      • 13th December: Class Parties

      • 16th December: School Closed

       

      Enjoy your October break!

       

      • Topic 2

        Update 2: 9th September 2019

        The K1 children are becoming more and more familiar with the classroom and school environment. We have been exploring some new areas in our school, including the library and kitchen. We have been learning about what we can do in these areas and our roles and expectations.  

         

        Mid Autumn Festival 

        In the lead up to Mid Autumn Festival the children have been busy reading books, preparing mooncakes and making lanterns.

        Through role play they have been introduced to many customs involved in a Mid Autumn Festival. 

        Stories to support your child learn about Mid Autumn Festival

        Lin Yi’s Lantern
        Round is a Mooncake
        Thanking the Moon
        Moon Bear
        Papa, Please get the Moon for Me

        Class Teddy

        Each class has a class teddy. The teddy will be sent home with a different child each weekend. The teddy joins the family for their normal weekend routines and information about what they have been doing is recorded through photos, pictures or writing. The teddy then returns to school the following week where the diary of it's weekend visit is shared with the class. 

        Social Stories that might support your child learn about roles and expectations

        Sharing a Shell- Julia Donaldson

        The Selfish Crocodile- Faustin Charles and Michael Terry

        Pig the Pug- Aaron Blabey

        Pig the Winner- Aaron Blabey

        Pig the Fibber- Aaron Blabey

        It’s Mine- Leo Lionni

        Thank You, Mr Panda - Steve Antony

        Please Mr Panda - Steve Antony

        I’ll wait Mr Panda- Steve Antony

        Can I play, too?- Mo Willems

        Tiddler Julia Donaldson

        Number

        The K1 classes have enjoyed exploring and engaging with number resources in the classroom and shared area. They have been sharing their knowledge of; counting by naming numbers in sequence, counting objects one at a time, recognising numbers to 10 and ordering numbers to 10. 

        Identity

        The children have been encouraged to think about themselves and what they look like. They have begun to use loose parts or pen to represent their facial features. 

        Over the coming weeks we will continue to inquire into our identity and will begin thinking more deeply about others in the classroom. In particular we will begin inquiring into 'the ways people build and develop relationships through shared experiences.'

         

        • Topic 3

          Newsletter 1: 26th August 2019

          Our new K1 children are beginning their first full week at Wu Kai Sha Kindergarten and we could not be happier with how our new cohort of students have settled in. All children have shown independence, enthusiasm and resilience when entering their new classroom environment. We look forward to developing these traits further and building new understandings with our young learners through our first unit of inquiry - Who We Are. 

          What is this unit about?

          The 'Who We Are' unit is a year-long unit of inquiry in which children will be encouraged to learn about themselves and others through their experiences. Children will be building and sustaining positive relationships with their peers through unstructured and structured play opportunities. During these experiences, they will be encouraged to think about sharing, taking turns and how to communicate with their friends. Alongside this, children will also be encouraged to recognise their rights and responsibilities at school and this will develop their independence and self-management skills. Throughout the year teachers will capture children’s learning through photographs, videos and observations and these will be used to support children’s reflections on how they have grown and developed since the beginning of the year.

          Over the past two weeks we have been:

          Busy exploring the physical area

          Exploring our classrooms

          Learning Chinese

          Exploring the garden

          Stories

          We have been reading lots of stories about settling into school including:

          'Masie goes to Nursery'

          "How do Dinosaurs stay friends?'

          "Pete the Cat'

          We have also been reading lots of familiar stories including:

          'Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see'. We have also started to make our own class versions of the story to help us learn each other's names. 

          'Shark in the Park'

          'We're Going on a Bear hunt'

          Songs

          We have been singing some songs to help us learn each other's names including:

          "Hickerty pickerty bumble bee'

          "The Eagle/ Owl/ Pheasant/ Peacock train is coming how are you'

          We have also been singing some familiar number songs including:

          '5 Little Red Fish Swimming in the Water'

          '5 little ducks'

          '1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive'

          This week we will be:

          Becomming more familiar with class routines

          Agreeing class expectations

          Practising a fire drill

          Doing some art work for display