‘What’s in the Bin’ Unit starting after Break


Dear Parents,

We are launching a new Unit of Inquiry this week called “What’s in the Bin?” For the next 5-6 weeks we will be looking around school, checking for rubbish and forming plans on how we can help towards “reducing, reusing and recycling”.

By the end of this Unit, your child should have some understanding of…

  • what we throw away
  • the disposal of waste
  • waste and its effect on the environment
  • conserving the resources that we have (e.g. water, electricity, paper)
  • how they can take more care of their immediate environment both at home and at school

On the first week of November, our Grade One classes will be going on a field trip to Wonder Welders. This trip is in conjunction with our new unit of inquiry ‘What’s in the Bin?’ The purpose is to explore how people can reuse and recycle waste materials. We are hoping this trip will help motivate and encourage students to take an active role in learning about the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

We are asking students to please bring in 5000tsh with their permission slips to help cover the cost of materials we will use on the trip.

For insurance purposes we are unable to take students who have not returned their permission slips. Therefore, please complete and return the permission form by Friday, October 29th 2010.

Thank you!

Grade One Team


Grade 1 Assembly


The Grade 1 Assembly was the first grade to present an assembly this year and it was quite a success with great music, audience participation and was a thorough reflection on the various things we are doing in Grade 1 at this point in the year.

Miss Sally’s class opened the assembly with each student reading a line of a poem expressing the various activities we do. Miss Ellen’s class then presented examples of these activities including a book talk from their author study, an audience-participation round of the math game ‘Top It’ and sharing learning from parent presentations of different celebrations from our Unit of Inquiry.

All Grade 1 classes finished off the assembly with a dance to the World Cup song ‘Wavin’ Flag’. Please take a moment to watch our performance.

Let’s Celebrate!


Rhymes and Patterns


In Grade 1 we read the big book called “Sam and the Baby Bug” as we are learning about words that rhyme. We had fun making up our own rhymes!

We learnt about Divali during Unit of Inquiry and coloured in some beautiful Rangoli patterns.

Making Sense of our World


Grade 1 will be exploring the human body and the five senses for our final unit of inquiry of the year. We will be incorporating various science experiments into the exploration of what our 5 senses do and how they help us to understand the world around us. We will also be looking at various ways that people with disabilities function in our world. We are planning to go on a field trip to Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) as well. This should be a very interesting unit to end our year.

Mr. Erwin Telemans, from CCBRT, recently came to talk with Grade 2 students about different ability people and how his organization, CCBRT is helping people with disabilities in Tanzania.

Unit of Inquiry – Ducking For Cover


We are beginning our new unit of inquiry ‘Ducking For Cover’.

The central idea is:
Geographical location, availability of materials and cultural traditions all influence the style and construction of different homes and shelters around the world.

We will be focusing on:
What types of houses/shelters are found in different parts of the world?
What has affected the way in which these shelters have been made?
Have traditions and cultures been respected and maintained by younger
generations with regard to these shelters?

During this unit children will be looking at their own homes, homes they may have previously lived in, homes around Tanzania and then homes around the world.

In conjunction with this unit children will be focusing on how to
write reports. Parents are more than welcome to send in any information on various houses and/or pictures they may have from houses where they live/lived or of relatives abroad.