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Welcome to

Year 1 2018-19

Transition Booklet

Our Core Values zz zz zz zz zz zz

We respect the needs and rights of each member of our community. We show care, kindness and compassion to others. We are supportive of each other. We embrace diversity and celebrate individuality. We are responsible and honest in our actions. We value personal identity and a global mindset.

Our Mission We provide an outstanding holistic international education to students in an inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We seek to inspire and empower students to succeed in fulfilling their individual potential as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Our Aims zz zz zz

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To promote a culture of excellence in teaching and learning. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects the international nature of the DBIS student community. To encourage internationalism, providing students with the skills, dispositions, and knowledge to participate in an increasingly inter-connected world. To ensure a supportive, happy and secure environment for learning. To develop leadership skills and a sense of service to others through a range of extra-curricular opportunities locally and internationally. To encourage the physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual. To use innovative pedagogy and technology to enrich learning. To work in partnership with parents, alumni and the local and wider community in the ongoing development of the school. To foster a learning community where every student, teacher, staff member, parent and DBIS alumni has an ongoing passion for learning. - The DBIS Community.

Stepping Up To Year 1 Dear Parents, Welcome to Year 1! Year 1 is a crucial year as it is the year when children learn many basic concepts that will benefit them for the rest of their time at school and beyond. At DBIS, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) practitioners work closely with the Year 1 teachers to ensure that children’s learning experiences are valuable and prepare them for their move to Year 1. The Year 1 team builds on the successful principles and approach encapsulated in the EYFS in order that children’s learning and development can continue smoothly. In Year 1, our students will follow our bespoke DBIS Primary curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum of England, enhanced by our unique international context. The children will experience quality learning opportunities throughout the year where they will work independently as well as in groups with others. Reading, Writing and Mathematics are key subjects that the children will learn. Through an enquiry learning approach, the children will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in Science, Geography, History, Art and Technology during our Discovery Units. Additionally, the children will receive specialist lessons for Mandarin, Learning Technology, Music and PE. The children will also continue to build on their skills and experiences outside the classroom as we adopt the Forest Schools approach the students are familiar with from Early Years.

The key aims of the Year 1 department are as follows: zz

We will provide individualized, quality learning experiences for students that will help them become the best that they can be.


We will provide safe, enriching and valuable indoor and outdoor environments for our students to promote their learning.


We will provide a technology rich environment to help prepare our students for their future.

We will encourage our students to respect those around them including other students, staff, parents and helpers. We look forward to meeting your child this year and supporting them as they start their exciting learning journey through the Primary School.

Kind regards Mrs Cook, Mrs Ko, Mrs Broderick and Mrs Clothier The Year One Teaching Team

Year 1 Teachers Angharad Cook

Year Group Leader and Year 1 Teacher, Y1AC

Charlie Ko

Year 1 Teacher, Y1CK

Jane Broderick

Year 1 Teacher, Y1JB

Gina Clothier

Year 1 Teacher, Y1GC

Jean Capito   Year 1 Educational Assistant, Y1AC

Ingrid Van Der Zanden   Year 1 Educational Assistant, Y1CK

Poonam Malhotra   Year 1 Educational Assistant, Y1JB

Linda Taylor   Year 1 Educational Assistant, Y1GC

Learning in Year 1 MATHEMATICS IN YEAR 1 By the end of Y1, children should be fluent with whole numbers and counting and have a developing knowledge of addition and subtraction using concrete objects and pictorial representations. They should be starting to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity and volume, and recognise simple fractions. Children will be beginning to tell the time and should read and spell mathematical vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge.

Number, Place Value & Properties of Number Place value and a general understanding of the properties of number are central to mathematical learning. Starting to recognise that the digit ‘5’ in the number 54 has a different value from the number 5 or the ‘5’ in 504 is an important step in mathematical understanding. zz

Count, both forwards and backwards, from any number, including past 100


Read and write numbers up to 100 in numerals


Find ‘one more’ or ‘one less’ than a number

Calculations zz

Use the +, – and = symbols to write and understand simple number calculations


Add and subtract one and two-digit numbers, up to 20

Fractions zz

Understand ¼ and ½ to explain parts of an object or number of objects, shapes or quantities

Measurements zz

Use language such as ‘heavier’, ‘shorter’ and ‘empty’ to compare things they have measured


Use language of time, such as ‘yesterday’, ‘before’, days of the week and months of the year


Tell the time to the o’clock and half-hour, including drawing analogue clock faces

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Recognise and name some common 2D shapes, such as squares, rectangles and triangles

ENGLISH IN YEAR 1 During Year 1, much of the focus in English is on developing confident readers, using the Read Write Inc. (RWI) phonics approach. It is essential our children start to develop a love of reading and are given the opportunity to explore different texts both independently as they learn to read, and with the support of others reading to them. Children will be given the opportunity to talk a lot about their reading and writing as they start to develop their emerging handwriting skills and learn the formation, name and order of the letters of the alphabet. Phonics is the relationship between printed letters and the sounds they make. Children will first learn the most common letter sounds, and then look at more difficult patterns such as recognising that ‘ow’ sounds different in ‘cow’ than in ‘low’, or that both ‘ai’ and ‘ay’ make the same sound in different words.

Speaking and Listening The Spoken Language objectives are set out for the whole of the primary school, and teachers will cover many of them every year as children’s spoken language skills develop. In Year 1, some focuses will be to: zz

Listen and respond to adults and other children, taking my turn


Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge


Learn new vocabulary related to topics or daily life

Reading Skills zz

Learn the 40+ main speech sounds in English and the letters that represent them


Blend sounds together to decode familiar and unfamiliar words


Apply phonic knowledge and skills to decode familiar and unfamiliar words and guess the meaning of new words


Read aloud when reading books that contain familiar letter sound patterns


Re-read books to build fluency and confidence


Learn about popular fairy tales and folk stories, and retell the stories


Recognise and join in with repeated phrases in familiar stories


Make predictions about what might happen next in a book


Recall specific information in fiction and non-fiction texts


Identify the main characters and events in stories

Writing Skills zz

Hold a pen or pencil comfortably and correctly


Write lower-case letters starting and ending in the right place and facing the right way


Write capital letters, and the digits 0 to 9, with regular size, shape and orientation


Write own first name with appropriate capital and lowercase letters


Name the letters of the alphabet in order


Write simple, regular words containing the main sounds they’ve learned in reading


Spell CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant words e.g. bag, mat) correctly


Use logical phonic strategies (RWI Sounds) when spelling unknown words


Plan out sentences aloud before writing them and start to produce own ideas for writing


Start to control word order to make logical statements


Always leave finger spaces between words


Write simple sentences, and those using joining words (conjunctions) such as ‘and’


Use full stops and capital letters correctly for names, places, days of the week and personal pronoun


Begin to use question marks and exclamation marks to punctuate sentences


Use appropriate vocabulary


Can say what their writing says and means


Combine some sentences to make simple texts such as lists, stories and recounts


Start to write in paragraphs that can be read without help


Understand and know how to use words like letter, capital letter, word, singular, plural, sentence, punctuation, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark when talking about writing

Discovery Learning In Year 1 The knowledge, understanding and skills in geography, science, history, art and design technology, will be learned through our unique Discovery Units. These units will usually last for a full or half term, and provide an enquiry based approach to learning which promotes the importance of learning how to learn. The children will be encouraged to develop a growth mindset as they aquire new knowledge and understandings. Our Discovery Units help to prepare children for the future by ensuring that students develop their critical thinking, international understanding, leadership skills, technology and computing skills and environmental awareness through a fun but rigorous curriculum. This year our Discovery Units will be: zz

Learning to Learn


Our World


The Show


Let’s Build Structures


Happy Humans: How are you feeling?

Learning for Life Learning for Life is the title of our personal, social and health education programme (PSHE). This programme combines learning about virtues with the personal goals that include enquiry, respect, communication, thoughtfulness, adaptability, morality, cooperation and resilience. Learning for Life is a planned programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, students develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of their global society.

Homework We place huge importance on play, and therefore want to encourage our children to learn wherever they can through play. We also want all our students to develop a passion for reading, so in Year 1, homework will most regularly be based around reading. We encourage parents to read regularly to children in English, or their home language if different, in order to support this. Homework will also focus on the learning of high frequency words and often include learning games parents and children can play together.

Specialist Teaching Year 1 students have Mandarin four times a week and Physical Education twice each week. They also have one Learning Technology lesson and one Music lesson each week. In addition, Learning Technology specialist teachers work with class teachers to develop opportunities in the children's classrooms.

Snack & lunch time In the Primary School, morning break time is known as snack time. Morning break starts at 10.05am and lasts for 20 minutes. Helpful Hints zz

Pack a snack separately from lunch and make sure your child knows which is which.


Drinks should be in a spillproof, child friendly container. No cans please.


Snacks should not be too large as time is limited and students want to play.

Lunch time starts at 12.10pm and lasts for one hour. Students have a supervised 15 minute lunch break at 12:10pm in the classroom before they go out to play. There is an option for students to purchase a hot or cold lunch from the Boardwalk Cafeteria. Parents can choose from a daily menu through a pre-payment system.

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Hot lunches or lunches which are delivered must be brought on time by 12:00 pm.


If delivering lunches to school, please take them to the cafeteria, not to the children’s classrooms. Please note: the use of mobile phones is not permitted around the school grounds.


An ice pack or insulated lunch box can help keep lunches cool.


We encourage all students to be environmentally friendly and bring a lunch with as little packaging as possible.

School Hours Your child should be at school by 8:15am to organise their school bags into their lockers, have a few minutes to greet their friends or play and be ready to walk confidently into the class when the bell rings at 8:25am. Remember, we are trying to encourage independence so please allow your child to pack and carry their own bags. In Year 1, students participate in learning activities as soon as the school day begins so it is therefore imperative that they are punctual. If children arrive at school after 8:35am, please ensure that they come to the Primary Office to collect a late slip to give to their teacher to show they have been registered. Please remember that punctuality encourages a positive attitude and really helps our students.

Uniform Details about the correct school uniform requirements are set out on the school website. Please remember to label everything including shoes, socks and water bottles and show your child where the label is. Shoulder length or longer hair should be tied up. Uniform items can be purchased from the school uniform shop which is open during term times on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:15am-11:00am.

School Sunhat and Water A sun hat is compulsory in the playground. No hat - No play. Drinking water is essential, so students should bring a reusable plastic water bottle from home which they can fill from the chilled water fountains in the playground. Please note metal water bottles are not to be brought to school.

Physical Education Uniform Correct uniform must be worn for physical education sessions. Students should come to school wearing their PE kit on the days that they have PE lessons.

Necessary Equipment The School provides students with pencils, crayons, books and stationery. Parents are asked to provide: zz

A named school bag


A reading book folder (Plastic Zipped Wallet)


A library book folder (Plastic Zipped Wallet)

Students should be encouraged to be responsible for their own belongings and to pack their own school bag. They must bring their reading folders to school every day as well as their student diary. School bags should be collected at home time by the students (not by parents or helpers). Please ensure all personal items are clearly labelled.

Communication All communications from school to home are sent via the Parent Portal. Notices are sent via the bulletin function of the Parent Portal. Once registered, parents should keep their username and password available to check the bulletins via the Parent Portal website. Alternatively, parents can download and use the Parent Portal app. A weekly email is sent out containing an overview of all of the bulletins that are currently live. However, please check the Parent Portal each week for detailed information concerning activities and events that affect your child. If you wish to communicate with the teacher, please do so by writing in the student diary. Alternatively, you may put a letter in the reading folder or hand it to a staff member in your child’s class. If emails have to be sent they must come via the school office as teachers cannot be expected to respond to emails during teaching time. Please address emails to Please note - the Year 1 Transition Booklet should be read together with the Parent Handbook which can be found on the school website.

Parent Teacher Conferences We have an open door policy at DBIS. Therefore, parents are encouraged to make appointments with the teachers to discuss any concerns as they arise. In addition to the ongoing contact with class teachers that we encourage, we have a number of formalised times for parents and teachers to discuss progress and set targets. There are three formal reporting points throughout the year in November, March and June. Reports will be released to parents through the Parent Portal. Parent Teacher Conferences occur three times a year. In addition two open mornings and a Celebration of Learning, which in Year

1 is The Show, are held for the students to share their progress with parents. These opportunities enable students to develop their communication skills by articulating their learning journey throughout the year.

Wet Playtimes Light rain: students go outside but stay under cover. Extreme conditions: students are required to stay inside with staff supervision.

Toys Toys must not be brought to school - unless requested specifically for a topic by the class teacher. The teacher will then keep the toy safe in the classroom. Please note that fidget toys are toys and therefore not to be brought into school.

Library Promoting a love of reading is a mindset we are dedicated to promoting at DBIS and our library plays an essential role in this. Students will visit the library weekly with their teacher to take out books and develop their library skills. The library is open from 8.15am until 3.45pm daily. Students can visit the library with parents before or after school.

Assemblies A Primary School celebration assembly is held once a week for all primary students and their teachers on Friday afternoons. Students will also take part in monthly Learning for Life assemblies.

Clubs and Activities A range of extra curricular clubs (ECAs) are available to all children at DBIS. You can sign up for the ECAs via the Parent Portal on the school website. From time to time extra curricular clubs and activities need to be cancelled. The most common cause of this is inclement weather. In the event of a cancellation a bulletin will be posted on the Parent Portal and the home page.

Adverse Weather Warnings As you will be aware, Hong Kong is subject to extreme weather conditions from time to time. The Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Government stipulate that when certain rain warnings and typhoon signals are in place we are to follow their directives. zz

Typhoon Signal Number 1: DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.


Typhoon Signal Number 3 or above: DBIS Kindergarten will be closed. DBIS Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.


Typhoon Signal Number 8 or Above: DBIS Primary and Secondary Schools will be closed.


Amber Rainstorm Warning: DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.


Red or Black Rainstorm Warning: If a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning is issued before the start of the day, DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will be closed for children. In the event of a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning being issued during the day, the school will continue until the end of normal hours and children will be retained until conditions are safe for them to return home.

End of School Day Students will be dismissed by their teachers at the classroom door. The school day ends for Primary students at 3.10pm. All students in Year 1 to 3 are to be collected by an adult.

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