• Diversity of families
• Responsibilities and relationships within families
• How family influences our identity
The key concepts that the students will develop throughout this unit are perspective, responsibility, and reflection. Furthermore, the related concepts are relationship, identity, role, and family.
Besides academic skills, EY 1 students will also develop certain learner profiles and attitudes, which are principled, caring, open-minded, appreciation, respect, and empathy. In order to become principled, students will be taught how to respect other people’s opinions or ideas by listening to the teachers and friends during discussions. They will not only learn to be reflective in how their families influence their identity, but also to show appreciation towards different types of families by visiting some different families. Students will learn that family is not always Daddy, mommy, brothers and sisters. There might be another type of family which is different, such as they are living together with grandmother, grandfather, uncle or aunt.
To support the concept of relationship in this unit, the students will learn to sort and classify objects based on attributes (colors, shapes and size) and category. While to develop their understanding in perspective concept, they will directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common and describe the difference, e.g.: directly compare the height of two children and describe one child as taller or shorter.
Furthermore, they will also learn to use the term longer, shorter, taller, heavier, lighter, hotter, colder, more, less, etc.
In English, the students will listen and repeat single words related to family so that they will be able to communicate their needs and ideas more through words, so it’s not only through gestures, action and body language. Moreover, to improve their reading, listening and speaking skills, they will be exposed more on story books that will develop their understanding. The learning will be fun since sounds and pattern of the language of instruction will be taught by playing with words and clapping games, through chants, poems and songs.
Furthermore, after some learning experiences, they will be able to differentiate between illustrations and written texts. By the time they learn all of the things mentioned above they will be able to follow the classroom directions and routines.
For the first unit, related to the concept of family, EY1 students will learn to communicate and respond to instruction accordingly by using eye contact and proper body language. They will also learn how to do the presentation by using good language and loud voice. They will also learn to sing simple song by pronouncing the lyrics correctly. For the reading and writing they will learn to visualize to get the meaning of the words read and write letter with good penmanship.
This beginning of the semester, students are going to explore and gain many information about family, parts of body, like and dislike, and uniqueness as well. Through this unit, it will also be integrated with Music lesson. The activities will be about how to create rhythm and /or music through movement, explore the dynamic flow of body movements to see how students can follow the beat of one song or music instrument such as fast, slow, big, small, strong, smooth, sharp, tension and relaxation.
Moreover, students are expected to be able to respond to the music by moving their body to express the mood, and at last we encourage students to be creative to use voice to imitate sounds when we learn new songs in the classroom.
One of the related concepts in this unit is family; therefore EY 1 students will learn to use variety of tools and materials to draw their family picture and to decorate it. Besides that, they will learn to make reflection after creating an artwork.
In this unit, the students are going to develop their gross motor skills. They are also going to learn a variety of movements to form a basic movement vocabulary e.g. tiptoe, jump, crawl, skip, gallop, etc. we are going to explore different ways of moving with small equipment. Then, they are going to learn about jumping and landing appropriate.
They will also explore coordination, manipulation, and balance. Furthermore, the students will also learn to handle small equipment using various body parts.