Grade 1

The wonderful Grade 1 at SEK International School Qatar

Book Week

Grade 1 had an amazing book week. We were able to reach our Read-o-Thon goal. We enjoyed our activities especially guessing who our mystery readers were and spring camping in the library.  We also chose our favourite books to read and shared them with the class.  Finally, each one of us had the chance to dress up as our favourite character and participate in the parade.

We would like to thank all the parents who volunteered reading a story to us in their native language.

We really enjoyed book week and challenged ourselves to read as many books as we could.  

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Bounce 2019

Our trip to Bounce linked the Aesthetics movement. It was a great opportunity for the students to experience and practice a total different way of jumping and rolling. The kids learnt new moves on the trampolines and this is the base to develop new motor skills. The students felt very confident and this helped them achieve different challenges like jumping from different heights, rolling in different ways, etc. Everybody had an amazing time and hopefully felt encouraged to do more sports and keep an active lifestyle.

Thank you to Ms. Silvia and Mr. Andres for organizing such a great trip, we all had a blast!

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Elephant Sanctuary Virtual Field Trip 2019

Last Wednesday (13th of February) was a very special day for the children in Grade 1 as they took part in a Virtual Field Trip to Tennessee. They were able to live Skype call with a Microsoft Educator called Todd Montgomery. He works at the Elephant Sanctuary which is based in Tennessee. They house many female elephants who have retired from their captive life.

Todd discussed the different types of elephants and pointed out their similarities and differences. The children learned about their tusks, trunks and teeth. Todd showed a real elephant tooth which is huge!

The children learned about the elephant sanctuary and what is the meaning of ‘sanctuary’. Todd introduced all of the elephants and told the children where they all came from.

They also learned about the causes of endangerment of elephants which are hunting for their tusks and the loss of their habitat. Grade 1 students pledged to “always say no to ivory”. This is the action that our students will take during and after this unit of inquiry, ‘Save the Animals’.

Individuals were able to pose questions to Todd and he answered each and every one! We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Elephant Sanctuary and Todd himself for being so flexible with us. It was nighttime in Tennessee and early morning for us.

Please visit to find out more about the sanctuary. You can also visit the Elecams between around 4pm and 2am (Qatar time) to see the elephants in their natural habitat.

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MIA Park – Field Trip 2018

We had such a blast at the Museum of Islamic Art park. This was the provocation for our new unit of inquiry; “Public Spaces”. The students had the opportunity to explore this public space, we discussed the expected behaviours in this space.

They also drew the skyline and had a wonderful view.

All of the students thoroughly enjoyed this field trip! Please see this video for a real feel of what they experienced.

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Arts Week 2018

Arts Week has been a huge success across the PYP. We would like to thank all the parents who came to the Grade 1 Arts Morning. We hope you enjoyed our special Broccoli dance. We also would like to say a special thanks to the parents who got involved in the fitness activities. We really enjoyed teaching you how to stay healthy!

Our fruit portraits are super special and we can’t wait for you to see the finished product. Having you here was such a great experience for us!

We have also used this week to study an artist called Piet Mondrian in Grade 1A and Pablo Picasso in 1B. We made one big art display and were really engaged with our chosen artist.

Happy Arts Week!!

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Staying Healthy!


What an interesting unit we have been exploring so far?! We inquired about healthy habits and creating our own balanced diet. We also had the opportunity to invite one of our student’s mother, Ms. Rebekah to talk to us about what vegans eat and what is a plant-based diet. She also shared with us a yummy hummus recipe that tasted so good.
Thank you, Ms. Rebekah, for coming to our class and sharing this information and recipe with us.

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Field Trip to CanDo 2018

Last Monday, both Grade 1 classes went on a field trip to Can Do – this is an interactive play space, located in Gate Mall. This was exciting for the children as it was their first field trip as Grade 1’s. They also made their own lunch on the day before and were very excited when it was finished, they said “it looks like a real sandwich!” All of the students also were encouraged to eat some strawberries, carrots, tomatoes and yoghurt. They had each of the four main food groups; fruits & vegetables, protein, dairy and carbohydrates.

Each student was given an electronic wrist band. Points were earned and collected by completing an active game (for example; rowing, step movement, drumming, boxing and wall climbing). These games were designated in Green and Yellow zones. Once enough points were collected, the children could spend their points on sedentary games in the designated Red Zone (for example; 4D interactive movie, video games, arcade style games, car racing and pin ball). Upon reflection, the 4D movie was the overall favourite! We made the connection of the IB learner profile attribute ‘Balanced’ as we spoke about exercise and play. This was all linked with our current unit of inquiry “Let’s Stay Healthy!” After one hour of hard work, the students got to eat their self-made packed lunch.

In the last part of the trip, Can Do organised a variety of competitive games for all the children to participate in. All of the children tried their best to model sportsmanship.

We had a great day at Can Do and it was a great way to make connections to our unit of inquiry.