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Curriculum Newsletter

Primary Years Programme
Curriculum Information
Grade 1: Sixth Unit
IST Mission Statement
Challenging, inspiring and supporting all our students to fulfil their potential and improve the world.

Student Learning Outcomes
All students, regardless of their starting point, will think critically, achieve academically and develop the wisdom to make good choices. They will show curiosity and creativity in addressing authentic problems, local and global.

They will pursue their varied passions with enthusiasm, developing resilience, perseverance and confidence. Understanding the diversity of people and cultures, they will act kindly, fairly and responsibly.

Unit of Inquiry
Central Idea: We can reduce our impact on the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.

Lines of Inquiry:
The materials we use and the ways we use them
How the materials we use impact the environment
The ways we can reduce our impact on the environment

In what ways can I expect my child to show their understanding?
Your child will be able to give example of different types of materials and the ways they are used.
Your child will be able to explain how certain materials impact the environment.
Your child can choose to use fewer materials that have a devastating impact on the world’s environment.

How can I help my child?
Talk about different activities you do in your home to help the environment (recycle materials, take a shopping bag with you to the supermarket rather than use plastic bags) and discuss why.
Identify materials as you are shopping, playing, at home, in the car or on a holiday.
Talk to family and friends about when they started making choices to help the environment and initiatives that they know about in Dar es Salaam.
Talk to your child about the choices they may make and the consequences that can be good and not good for the environment.
Discuss what is in your child’s snack and lunch box. What could be changed to make our choices more friendly to the environment (use a container rather than a plastic bag, use a drink bottle rather than buying water bottles that get thrown away)?

(If your child is a second language learner, they will benefit greatly, by discussing these concepts with you in their home language. What is an environment? What is a material? How can we reduce, reuse and recycle? The choices we make have an impact on others, the environment and ourselves. They will then transfer that knowledge to their second language taught at school).

Math – Over the next 6 weeks we will be looking closely at the following concepts in math.

Introducing the concept of half and quarter in relation to a whole
Identifying halves and quarters in their environment

Shape and Space
Naming 2D shapes (e.g. hexagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid)
Naming 3D shapes (e.g. triangular prism, cylinder, pyramid, sphere)
Understanding and using vocabulary to describe 2D and 3D shapes (e.g. corners, sides, faces, edges)
Sorting 2D and 3D shapes according to their properties

Reading and writing time to the hour and half hour in analogue and digital
Introducing reading time to the quarter hour in an analogue and digital

If you would like to try some of these activities to support your child at home, please try the following links:
Calamity Quest

Kind Regards,
The Grade 1 Team



Dear Parents,

Through a process of consultation and discussion, the Kiswahili team has reorganized the structure of Kiswahili levels in grades 1 and 2  in order to best meet the needs of the students. After the holidays, starting the week of April 4, students in grades 1 and 2 may be with a different Kiswahili teacher and/or class. We have tried to make the minimal number of changes possible during the process. If you have any questions, please contact the Team Leader for Modern Languages, Shona Sarkar at

Thank you,

Shona Sarkar

Student Led Conferences

SLC Letter for Grade 1

On Thursday, March 17th you will have the opportunity to participate in a conference led by your child.

Student Led Conferences at IST provide students with a powerful and authentic opportunity for sharing, celebrating and reflecting on their work. It is an opportunity for students to share their learning experiences across the curriculum and across subject areas.

Each conference will include the following:

  • Active elements where children demonstrate their learning or understanding. This element will include demonstrations and interactions with mathematics, literacy and unit tasks.
  • reflection time where students share their strengths and goals with their parents. Please note that your child will lead this station.

Student Led Conferences do not include a time for you to discuss your child’s progress with the teacher, so it is different to Parent Teacher Conferences. If you wish to meet with your child’s teacher for this purpose, you should arrange an appointment to do this at another time.

Part of the conference will be held in individual classrooms and will involve about four student families visiting different stations simultaneously. The classroom conference will therefore be 40 minutes.

Your child will also lead you to visit Art, Music, PE, Foreign Language/EAL, Library and the ICT room. You can visit specialist areas before or after the classroom part of the student led conference.

Please note this will not be a normal school day. Your child will only be at school during their allotted time and the time taken to visit the specialist areas. They do not need to wear school uniform.

It is not an appropriate time for siblings to attend. Supervision of siblings will be available for EC, Kindergarten, Gr1 and 2 in the EC-KG playground. Gr 3, 4 and 5 (sports activities-no skateboards) in the Covered court.

You will receive a specific time when your child will lead their conference by Friday 4th March.

With kind regards,

The Grade One Team