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Working Together and Working Hard!

Working Together and Working Hard!

As we revisit the Rehoboth Norms of ‘Working Together’ and ‘Working Hard’, we are reminded of the importance of using respectful language and active listening skills when collaborating on group projects. We are also reminded that our words and actions should reflect honour and glory to God in all that we do!

The Year 1 students at Wilson have been enjoying their learning and exploration through a range of fun and engaging hands-on experiences this term!

We have been focusing on the literacy development of narrative writing and structure through our ‘Talk for Writing’ program. This program has sparked curiosity and excitement in the students as they engage with our chosen model text for the term – ‘Meerkat Mail’.

The students familiarised themselves with the text by creating actions as a whole class and reciting it repetitively, before learning to innovate and invent their own written story of a similar structure.

As the story consists of a meerkat who went on a journey, meerkats have therefore become a major topic of discussion in our classroom! We have spent time developing questions we want to know about this animal, researching and reading different information books to gain more understanding of this adorable animal.

The Year 6 students have also worked together with the Year 1s during their Buddies Session to research some cool facts. A favourite fact we have discovered is that meerkats have black patches around their eyes, like sunglasses, to lessen the bright light that comes into their eyes! We also love that meerkats always stay close together and help each other, whether playing or eating – something that we can learn and apply at school!

In line with our integrated curriculum in Year 1, we have connected our model text to our Biological Sciences program, focusing on living things. We have been learning about and comparing different animal species, with a particular emphasis on animal habitats and their survival needs. The students had the opportunity to work collaboratively in small groups to construct animal habitats using various materials and loose parts. This activity not only fostered communication and problem-solving skills but also enhanced their confidence in public speaking, as they orally presented their creations to the class.

Additionally, the students have been exploring and inquiring about the world around them through our Geography learning experiences. Together, we examined the concept of a ‘bird’s eye view’ and studied different types of maps and their features. Drawing connections back to our model text, ‘Meerkat Mail’, where Sunny the meerkat embarks on a journey across the African Savannah in search of a new home, we pinpointed Africa on the world map. We ventured into the Antarctic world, exploring its climate, which shows a big contrast to Africa!

Another highlight was a group project of creating a visual map of Sunny the meerkat’s journey with various art and craft materials. This extended the students’ creativity and imagination, resulting in some amazing creations and 3D elements on their maps!

As we revisit the Rehoboth Norms of ‘Working Together’ and ‘Working Hard’, we are reminded of the importance of using respectful language and active listening skills when collaborating on group projects. We are also reminded that our words and actions should reflect honour and glory to God in all that we do!

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).

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