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Year 1 Week Ahead Information

13 January 2017

An overview of the week ahead in Year 1

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Information and Reminders

Welcome back! We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break spending time with family and friends. A warm welcome to our new students and families, we hope you are settling well into your new surroundings.

The children have returned with great enthusiasm and have been eager to learn, which has been pleasing to see. They particularly enjoyed the entry point to our new IPC topic 'Freeze it.' Queen Elsa's visit was a huge success and there were some excellent ideas shared about how to support Elsa with her freezing problems.

Mrs Finan will be attending a Nord Anglia Leadership course Monday to Wednesday next week. In her absence Mrs Mulholland will teach 1A. Mrs Finan will return to school on Tuesday evening for Academic Review Evening, but at the later start time of 6pm.

CCAs begin on Monday 16th January. Everyone should now have registered for their chosen CCAs. Should you have any queries, please contact Mr Noel Wallace (

Don’t forget our Primary Academic Review Evenings taking place on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th January from 5pm to 8pm. Information on how to make an appointment was sent out earlier this week. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you did not receive this.

January and February are usually the coldest months of the year in Shanghai. Please make sure your child comes to school every day wearing their winter uniform, and with appropriate layers to equip them for the playground.


Upcoming dates

Monday 16th January – CCAs begin

Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th January – Primary Academic Review Evenings, 5pm to 8pm

Sunday 22nd January - Chinese New Year Temple Fair

Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th January – Chinese New Year Celebration Week

Thursday 26th January – Chinese New Year Dress-Up Day

Friday 27th January – School closed for Chinese New Year holiday

Monday 6th February – First day of school

Wednesday 15th February – Early Years and Primary Coffee Morning, 9am to 10.30am

Week beginning 20th March - Shakespeare week


Stars of the week

Year 1A - Gala Montiel Martin & Roleen Al Zahrani

Year 1B - Alice Pang

Year 1C - Antoni Tsatsaros



This week, the children will continue to investigate the processes involved in freezing and melting materials. On Monday, a full day will be dedicated to exploring how we freeze things. The children will record their observations and discuss ways to improve and edit their work. Punctuating sentences is a key focus this week. Opportunities will be given to self-assess work to ensure capital letters and full stops have been used to demarcate sentences.



In Mathematics, we will continue to learn about measurement. The children will use non-standard and standard forms to explore the measurement of capacity. Emphasis will be placed upon making estimations and being able to compare and order masses. To conclude the week, the children will compare, describe and solve practical problems related to mass/weight.

Key vocabulary: heavy, light, heavier than, lighter than, compare, estimate, more than and less than.



The children will need to use their 'enquiry' skills as we continue to work on the frozen theme. The week will begin with the children discussing if it is possible to turn ice into food? They will be given a selection of fruits and the task of removing juice from the fruits to make ice lollies. We will write instructions about how to make our own ice lollies and will be given the opportunity to invent a healthy ice lolly. A discussion will take place about the different vitamins needed to remain healthy.