We have been busy learning, having fun and making new friends in Grade 1 ESL over the last few days, as we welcomed Han Ah and Cheol Gyu to our group. They both come from Korea and we are very happy to have them at IST.
In Writing, we continued to focus on narratives and on creative writing. Our students have proven to be creative, courageous and very reflective while writing their first narratives in English, going through the whole writing process, from talking and planning, to drafting, editing and publishing. On Friday, we met with the whole Grade 1 and we shared our narrative in a read-aloud session. All teachers were really proud of the Grade 1 writers!
In Reading, we continued our journey through various books, such as “My Snowman”, “My New Room”, “Frogs in the Pond”, “Puddles” etc. Ha Nah and Cheol Gyu are working on different books, at an easier level, such as “Toys”, “Clothes”, “I Am Playing”, which help them become familiar with new vocabulary while developing their reading skills as well.
We also continue our study of phonics and blends, and we practise them through various activities and games. We are looking forward to sharing more with you during the Student Led Conferences on Thursday.
Please find below a couple of pictures taken during these past few days in Grade 1 ESL.
During our lessons in Grade 1 ESL, we continued to work on developing our students’ reading and writing skills through guided sessions targeting specific skills and strategies, as well as their phonemic awareness, listening and speaking ability, through games, songs and various activities.
We published our recounts, after we went through the whole writing process, from talking and planning, to drafting, editing and publishing. Also, we explored the narrative, a new genre, during the Guided Writing lessons. Our students had to move from writing about themselves to writing about imaginary characters in imaginary settings, which was an interesting challenge. They proved to be very creative and engaged wholeheartedly in being the authors of their imaginary stories. We will continue to practice writing narratives using simple graphic organisers during this upcoming week as well.
Please find below a couple of pictures taken during our last ESL lessons.
We have been busy learning and working, while having fun in Grade 1 ESL. Over the past few weeks we have increased our focus on writing, while we explored other genres besides the recount. We also worked on specifically developing our vocabulary and word choice, in order to give new strength to our writing.
For 2 weeks we focused on procedure writing. We aimed to teach students how to sequence an activity, and to give instructions following a logical pattern. We made popcorn and then we wrote about it, step by step, in a shared writing session. The following week, we made and enjoyed sandwiches, and we explained the procedure in a more independent approach. We also focused on using adjectives, in order to increase the quality of our writing.
We continued our Guided Reading sessions, with increasingly challenging books. Students are constantly engaged in post-reading comprehension activities, which involve writing, drawing, colouring, matching etc.
A consistent focus during our classes is also the study of blends, such as: cl, gl, br, dr, pl etc, which are of high importance for our students, at this stage in their learning of the English language.
I am very pleased to see the enthusiasm that the children bring to class every day. It sets a strong basis for learning and growth!
Please find below a few pictures taken during our classes recently.