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
- 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:
- 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)
- Number Operation (0-9): addition and subtraction
- Relevance in real life
- Mathematical representation of the problems and solving it
- 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:
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
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
- Bingo game
- Sand paper
- 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
- 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.
o How to grow a Dinosaur
o My mother’s sari
o Dinosaurs love underpants
o Students continue to read the books from the class library during the ‘Reading 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
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
- 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
- Creating different clay models
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.
Kruti and Bhavika