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The K1 program help students make sense of the world around them.

At Riverside the curriculum is designed/developed keeping in mind the age, developmental milestones and overall well-being of the child.

The ‘BIG IDEA’  for  K1 is that:

 “The students of K1 make sense of the world around them.”

This is done by building an understanding of how every form has a specific function.

Language: Using language to interact/communicate with the world.

Listening and Speaking: Developing the skills of comprehension and responding to information through:

  • Retell story in sequence
  • Answer questions about the story/events
  • Question, compare and predict story events
  • Relate book experience to life
  • Imaginative dialogue (dictate ideas and stories created by self)
  • Describing words for
    • Objects
    • Feelings
    • People


  • Print Concepts
    • Treat books with care
    • Hold books right side up and know that books are read from front to back, top to bottom
    • Understand concept of title, author and illustrator
    • Know that spoken words can be written and read, and written words can be spoken aloud
    • Know that print is read from left to right
    • Use pictures as clues to text
  • Phonemic awareness – decoding Phonic sounds and application of the same in familiar and unfamiliar text
  • Sight words – Text that do not have phonetic sound but need to be decoded as a whole word
  • Informative text
    • Understand that books are also to find information.


  • Pattern writing
  • Letter formation

Logical mathematical: Developing number sense

  • Pre-math skills:
    • Patterning
    • Sorting: through the concepts of colours, shapes and sizes
    • Sequencing (events, parts of the story, pictures, routines, etc.)
    • Matching – what goes together.
  • Number sense: (1 to 9)
    • Quantification
    • Symbolization
    • Comparison
    • Ordering
    • Sequencing
  • Number Operation (0-9): addition and subtraction
    • Relevance in real life
    • Mathematical representation of the problems and solving it
  • Measurement:
    • Time:
      • Recognition of the parts of the day -morning, afternoon, evening and night
      • Day and months
    • Awareness of concepts like:
      • Heavy and light
      • Far and near
      • More and less
      • Long and short

Building General Awareness: will be done through generating and nurturing curiosity (provocation) and through the following units of inquiry:

  • Adaptation
  • Money

The understanding goals and details will be sent through the emails of regular postings/MLV. Students will continue with the Interest Centers, Sports, Thinking Routines, Art and Craft etc as part of their program.


24th August, 2013

Dear Parents

Highlights for the students and parents:

  • The fist graduating batch of Riverside enjoyed their ‘Graduation Ceremony’ hosted by the current Grade 12 students.
  • Dental and Speech check-up for all students across the school.
  • Nature walk: Students enjoyed playing on the heap of sand and during this they also built awareness about wet sand and dry sand.
  • Conglom by Amrita ma’am: Students enjoyed the music conglom conducted by Amrita ma’am where they built an awareness about the musical instrument- ‘guitar’ and how it adds tunes to different songs.
  • Parent Intervention: A Hearty thanks to Pooja(Anika’s mother) to come for an Art and Craft intervention for the class decoration.

Highlights for the teachers:

  • Teacher attended ‘First Aid Workshop’ by Dr. Vinod Jain and Dr. Deepika Jain to build awareness on how to administer first aid to the children.
  • Teachers attended an ‘Acting’ workshop conducted by an expert Bryan Brophy. He is also here as an artist in residence for the Key Stage 3 students.

Language Concepts: Using language to interact/communicate with the world

  • Introduction To Phonics: Students are building awareness that knowing the sounds and recognizing letters helps them to decode sounds/letters and make sense of the world around us.

o        Introduction to ‘p’ and ‘r’ sound and recap of ‘m’, ‘t’ and ‘s’ sounds

- Phonic story

- Illustrations

- Word-Splash

- Bingo game

- Sand paper

- Worksheet

- Match the sound card with picture card

  • Introduction to Picture Talk:
    • Picture talk is when the students are presented with a picture or photograph and the students share what they
      • Observe
      • Understand
      • Make connections with similar space/experience

o       The students of K1 were shown the photograph of a space in the classroom. The discussion led them to observe and build vocabulary.

o   It was very interesting to see how students made connections and made visible their understanding/ vocabulary – “the fan is attached to the ceiling”, “the space looks very colorful”, “we can see Kruti ma’am’s hand peeping from the side”, etc.

o       After this observation the students illustrated all the things they observed and labeled thus making visible to all their understandin.

  • Cinema Time: Through the year students are going to be seeing different short films and videos. The purpose is to use cinema as a medium to develop language skills to express their thoughts and feelings, build the skills of observation and use illustration as a way to show comprehension.

o        This time, through the Pixar’s award winning documentary ‘For the birds’ students build the understanding about different ‘expressions’ that demonstrate different feelings like happy, sad, scared, angry, surprised, etc.

  • Story Time:

o   How to grow a Dinosaur

o   My mother’s sari

o   Dinosaurs love underpants

  • Library time:

o     Students continue to read the books from the class library during the ‘Reading Time’.

  • Conglom time

    o   Conglom by Key Stage 3 students: Key Stage 3 studentscame for a game ‘Dog and the Bone’ which was enjoyed by the students. They continue to build their relationship with K1 students and thus making them feel safe with their senior buddies.

     o   Awareness of how seed grows to a plant or tree through a video ‘Sid the Seed’.

     o   Show and Tell: To develop their speaking skills, students share about a given picture or object based on its colour, shape, size, use, etc.

     o   Story time by teachers and students to again build the language skills of speaking and listening.

Note: The videos we have shown are available on YouTube in case you wish to see them with your child. Search for the title mentioned and enjoy them

Logical mathematical: Develops number sense

  • Introduction to patterns: Students were introduced to the concept of patterns. By using different kinds of materials and making connections with real life examples, students became aware that patterns are all around us; be it music, things in nature, traffic signals etc.
  • Recap of quantification and symbols of numbers from 1 to 5 through

o   Hands- on

o   Games

o   Workbook

o   Illustration

o   Worksheets

Scientific thinking: Provocations leads to reasoning

  • Students continued to build awareness about properties of water using their senses.
  • Through different experiments, they got the understanding that
    • Water doesn’t have any smell or taste of its own
    • When we add some other ingredient like rose syrup, lemon, etc in water, the water takes its smell and taste and changes accordingly.
  • Students continue to recap of concrete vocabulary with hands on experience as well as sharing with peers

Skills emphasized during this provocation

  • Observation 
  • Sequencing
  • Illustrations
  • Discussions and reasoning
  • Building vocabulary

Interpersonal and Intra personal skills: Develops the healthy identity of self and an appreciation of others

Students continue to build the inter personal and intra personal relationship through-

  • Group work
  • Class Decorations
  • Learning centers
  • Student Led Interest Center
  • School Assembly
  • Key Stage Assembly

Craftsmanship: Understands that quality brings a sense of self worth

  • Honing the skill of observation and identification.
  • Gross and fine motor skills through
    • Sports
    • Illustrating
    • Creating different clay models

Bridge Activity

To help students build the skills of observation and vocabulary building we request you

o      To take a photograph of a familiar space in your house

o   Show the photograph on the computer/laptop or as printoutto your child (please do not use cell phone as the image is too small for a K1 child to observe details)

o      Ask the child to share their observations (do prompt them to observe details but do not give too many words else the purpose of building vocabulary will not be served)

o       Write down the words/sentences shared by your child on a paper and send it on Monday

o     Email us the picture the child observed by Sunday evening latest

In case of any query or doubt, please contact the teacher by 7pm.

With Regards,

Kruti and Bhavika

Quotable Quotes

"When educating the minds of our youth, we should not forget to educate their hearts."


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