The KJS Curriculum in Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 at Kowloon Junior School we would like to to give you some important information regarding our Year 1 programme so that you may involve yourselves as fully as possible in your child's first year of school. We believe it is an important start to a long journey in education and hope that you will join us in creating a happy, reassuring and confident beginning upon which we can build.

One general aim for the children in P1 is to begin to develop within them independence by creating a sense of responsibility, some basic organisational skills and the confidence to use their initiative. We hope to achieve this through giving opportunities for creative expression and play, both individually and co-operatively.

Children are expected to read or share a book at home each evening. Parents are encouraged to be involved as much as possible by ensuring this is a pleasant experience and by signing the child's reading diary. Please do write comments if appropriate. The books need to be returned to school each day.

We will give a personal diary to each child in which they can record their home reading. We will also include some important 'key' words for each of our new topics which we would like you to explain and discuss with your child.

If you need to contact your child's class teacher, please use the school diary to pass on information or to request an appointment. The teacher will then be able to reply as quickly as possible. We actively encourage you to communicate with school so please fell free to do so.

On occasions throughout the year, the children will be taken out of school to visit places of interest connected to their work. Full details of all such visits will be sent to parents well in advance. Parental assistance on the day is often requested, so please come along if you can. 

OUR CURRICULUM

LANGUAGE

English

During the year, Y1 children will be introduced to a variety of different writing formats for different purposes. The aim is for children to develop confidence as they gain the necessary writing and basic spelling skills which encourage independent writing.

In reading, the children will be encouraged to handle and develop a care and love of books. They will be bringing books home to share with you. Some of these books they will be able to read; others will be free choice and specifically for sharing with you, so will need greater parental input. We ask that you be supportive of your child's efforts and give as much positive encouragement as possible.

It is the policy of KJS that the language of the classroom is English. Our aim is that children become comfortable speaking English in the classroom and respect all contributions to class discussions by listening appropriately to other children and adults around them. We do seek parental support in reinforcing the value of good listening skills at all times.

Mandarin

Pupils will learn simple communicative language relating to greetings, talking about themselves, numbers, festivals, body, pets and animals, colour, family, and other activities. Emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking skills. The children are encouraged to work independently as well as co-operatively as a group. They are also made aware of Chinese culture and customs through story telling, art work and other related activities. 

MATHEMATICS

In Maths, we believe it is vitally important for the children to understand the concepts thoroughly. In order to do this, Maths will be taught using play and a variety of practical activities. This leads on to reinforcing and recording these concepts using workbooks and activity sheets at a later date. It is through seeing, holding and manipulating apparatus that the solid foundations of mathematical understanding are laid.

We shall be covering aspects of number such as sets, sorting, matching, ordering and introducing ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, etc.). In measuring, we will focus on time, length, weight and capacity. We will also be looking at shapes, both 2D and 3D, trying to name them and discussing their properties. In data handling, the children will gather information and use it to draw simple graphs about their class or groups around them.

We will also encourage the children to apply their new knowledge and language to a variety of simple problem solving situations.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL and PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PSPE)

P.E.

The P.E. programme encourages children to be active and to enjoy physical activity. The children are engaged in activities that are fun, yet challenging. They have scope to create their own activities as well as being expected to apply themselves to teacher directed work. The activities cover all aspects of sport and health using balls, racquets, gymnastics, team games and other apparatus. Children are expected to work safely and cooperatively with others, showing care for the equipment they use. The children begin to cope with success and failure within sporting activities.

P.S.E.

THE ARTS

Music

The music programme encourages children to begin to make music. The children learn to sing from memory, many of the songs involving actions. Simple instrumental accompaniments are used in singing activities. The children play music games in which they learn to perform and co-ordinate movements to musical stimuli. The children are also trained to listen to short extracts of music.

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

ICT

The children experience a variety of software designed to develop familiarity and confidence in loading programs and in the use of the keyboard and the computer mouse. Graphics and text programs provide an opportunity to explore some of the creative potential of I.C.T. Children produce and print out work using a variety of software packages. An important part of the I.C.T. sessions is to develop self-confidence and to encourage a positive approach to problem solving activities. In support of the weekly lessons that each class receive will be the regular use of the laptops as part of our laptop program. This will enable students’ access to ICT to support their learning in regards to the whole school curriculum.

Feedback and information evenings for parents

We hope this information has given you a brief introduction to your child's year in Year 1. As part of your introduction to Kowloon Junior School you will be invited to meet your child’s class teacher early in term 1, followed by two evenings of Parent Teacher interviews during the Year. At the end of term 3 you will receive a comprehensive report of your child’s progress during the year. The aim of the initial evening meeting is to get to know your child's teacher but also a time for them to set out their goals for the year ahead and to inform you of the systems and routines that will be used within the classroom to ensure its smooth running.

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