Year 1-3 Learning Continuity

19 May Year 1-3 Session 3: Family Relationships and Changes in the Environment

Student Learning Continuity Program
Student Learning Continuity Program
19 May Year 1-3 Session 3: Family Relationships and Changes in the Environment

This is the third session for Years 1-3 of the Student Learning Continuity Program, made possible by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.

Topic: Family, Relationships and Changes in the Environment

Presenters: Noelyn Otari, June Ruma, Abigail Marita, Didry Gwali & Pauline Fakaia

Recap From Last Week – Hand Washing (Health)

Why is it important to wash our/your hands?

Washing our hands is important so that we get rid of whatever dirt. In this way, our hands are clean to avoid us eating dirt or germs.

Advice: We want you to always wash your hands so that the health practice builds and becomes a habit within you.

When do you wash your hands?

You need to wash your hands

–          Before you eat

–          After going to the toilet

–          After doing inside and outside work

–          After touching animals

What do you need to do when you wash your hands?

–          First, wet your hands with water

–          Next, rub your hands with soap

–          Then, rinse your hands with clean water

–          Finally, dry your hands with a clean, dry towel.

Introduction to today’s topic: Family, Relationships and Changes in the Environment

Today we are going to meet a family.

First, each of the family members here today will tell us their names and also tell us who each of them is in the family. We will start with this big man.

Father:         My name is David Huki.  I am the father.

Mother:       My name is Mary TASI. I am the mother.

Son:              My name is Ken Huki. I am the son.

Daughter:   My name is Anna Huki. I am the daughter.

We can ask and answer questions about the family. For example, “Who is David Huki?” The answer is “He is the father in the family.”

Now, the same family will tell us about their relationship to each other:

Father: My name is David Huki. Anna Tasi is my wife. Ken Huki is my son, and Anna Huki is my daughter.

Mother: My name is Anna Tasi. David Huki is my husband, Ken Huki is my son and Anna Huki is my daughter.

Son: My name is Ken Huki. David Huki is my father, Mary Tasi is my mother and Anna Huki is my sister.

Daughter: My name is Anna Huki. David Huki is my father. Mary Tasi is my mother. Ken Huki is my brother.

LEARNERS’ ACTIVITY: Draw and name the members of your family. 

Parent tip: You are kindly asked to support or guide your child with the drawing and naming of the members of your family, as well as spelling their names. 


Changes in Our Neighbourhoods:

Neighbourhood is the place around the area where we live. It includes our neighbours, or the people that live around us, and their houses. Changes in our neighbourhood can be very important – changes can be caused by ideas, people and events and these changes can affect everyone.

We will now interview some people about their neighbourhoods. The questions that we ask each person are below. Listen to the conversation in the podcast to find out how Didry, June, Abigail and Noelyn answer these questions. The questions are:

  • Where do you live?
  • Why do you decide to live there?
  • How many people are in your family?
  • Who else is living with your family in the house?
  • What makes a house a home?
  • Are there people living close to your house? Who are they?
  • Who are your best friends in your village or settlement?
  • What do you usually do to help your father at home?

In these conversations, we have heard that changes in our surroundings affects or influences every one of us. For example; when you want to build a family house, you need to think about the place and why you choose to build your house there. We build houses in many different places such as; along the coast – sea side, in the valleys, and along river banks, or on hillsides.

Here are some reasons why those places were chosen:

  • along the coast- fishing, swimming in the sea,
  • in valleys- good for gardening, farming
  • along river banks-close to water source
  • on hillsides-nice view of landscape, sea

There has been a lot of changes in the nature such as weather which might cause a family to move to another suitable place. For example; cyclones, flooding, tsunami

Now people have learnt to live where they are because of the usefulness of the surrounding/environment to them.


LEARNER’S ACTIVITY: Look around where you live and make a list of things in your surroundings that are useful to you.

Parent’s Tip: Please support and guide your child with listing things in his or her surrounding that are useful to him or her in his or her neighbourhood. For example:

  • canteen
  • easy access to water
  • close to school


  • Family members and their names – continue your drawings of the members of your family and practice saying their names
  • Changes in the neighbourhood – are influenced by population, ideas and events:
    • The bigger the number of people living together, the bigger the space that is needed to build their house.
    • The bigger the number of people living together, the more ideas that they have for what to build, eg. store house, school building, etc.
    • They also need a bigger space for gardening and farming.
  • Ways in which people depend on their environment/surrounding:
    • People have many places to choose from to build their houses according to their own interests, and later, due to nature and environmental factors including rising sea levels.

Song: Rain, Rain, Go Away

Rain, rain, go away

Come again another day

Little children want to play ha-ha-ha

So rain, rain go away.

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