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Year 1 Week Ahead Information

16 December 2016

An overview of the first week back after the holidays

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Finally, we have reached the Christmas holidays and I must congratulate all of the Year 1 children for their successful term of learning! The transition from Reception to Year 1 can be challenging for our youngest pupils but the children of NAIS Pudong have shown that they are not only capable academically but also personally and socially successful. Thank you for all of your support at home over this term; whether it is getting them out of bed in the morning, to helping them finish their homework, your commitment has been greatly appreciated by all of the Year 1 teachers and TAs.

To our children who are leaving this term to return to their home countries we want to wish you and your families the very best of luck. We hope that you will wear your NAIS Tiger t-shirt with pride as you embark on new and exciting adventures and that you look back fondly at your time with us in Shanghai. You will all be dearly missed. It is also time to say goodbye to Mrs Schopp who has done a wonderful job as the class teacher for Year 1A. We will all miss your warm smile and friendly manner and wish you the happiness and success in your new voyage!

Next term, we kick off our learning with a brand new topic called ‘Freeze It’. We will start the learning with a visit from QUEEN ELSA who will set us the challenging task of helping her control and learn more her powers over freezing and melting. Following this, the children will learn about why some things can be frozen and melted and why some cannot. They will learn new scientific vocabulary, such as solid, liquid and gas and they will conduct their own science investigations and record their results to share with their peers. We will also learn how to control our own body temperatures, what the appropriate clothing might be for different seasons and weathers and how to become more independent when we make these choices ourselves.

Lastly, thank you very much for your generous food donations for the Christmas party; the children absolutely loved eating all the tasty snacks which you kindly shared with us!

Wishing you a relaxing, happy holiday,

Mr Shackleton, Mrs Schopp and Ms Rushton


Upcoming dates

Monday 9th January – First day of spring term

Monday 16th January - CCA’s start

Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th January - Academic Review Evening

Sunday 22nd January - Chinese New Year Temple Fair

Monday 23rd-Thursday 26th January - Chinese New Year Celebrations Week

Thursday 26th January - Chinese New Year Dress-up day

Thursday 26th January - Break up for Chinese New Year

Monday 6th February - Return to school

Wednesday 15th February- EY and Primary workshop and coffee morning.

Friday 24th February - STEAM Day

Wednesday 15th March - EY and Primary workshop and coffee morning.

Week beginning 20th March - Shakespeare Week


Stars of the Week

Year 1A –  Nicole

Year 1B –  ​Charlie

Year 1C –  Kevin



We will begin our English work by writing about our Christmas holiday. The children will need to consider the 5 w’s of recount writing, why, where, when, what and how when they create their recount and we will teach them how to use time-related phrases appropriately. After Elsa’s visit to our class, we will begin our learning new ‘Freeze It’ topic and the children will begin to write and record their own scientific investigations.



In mathematics, we will be learning about measurement. We measure lots of different things such as, length, height, weight, mass, time and it is important that the children understand where there are similarities between each method and differences. The children will begin by using non-standard forms of measurements, such as cubes, hands or feet and they will then be introduced to the formal methods of measurement and will be taught to use rulers, meter sticks and scales.



It will be a very exciting week for Year 1 as Elsa from ‘Frozen’ is coming to visit! She will bring a big challenge for all of us; how to melt the snow and ice which is covering her kingdom of Arendelle. The children will need to learn why, when, how and what can freeze and melt in order to solve this problem and help Elsa and her people. We will start by trying to free Elsa’s crown from a block of ice and we will think about the best ways to melt frozen objects. We will also learn new scientific vocabulary, such as solid, liquid and gas and the children will use these when they discuss their scientific investigations.