Term 3 Overview

Reading

This term students will continue extending their knowledge of reading and spelling Magic Words. Magic Words are the most common (high frequency) words found in English. Our goal is to support students to identify these high frequency words which will support their ongoing reading development. Students who have completed the Reading Magic Word Program, will commence the Spelling program. Our goal is to support students to spell these accurately in their writing. For both the Reading and Spelling program, words will be presented to students in a random order. Your child will be sent home a copy of the Magic Words they are working towards.

  • We encourage all students to be reading at home and swapping over their take home text daily in their blue home reader bags.
  • All students require headphones for Reading Eggs as this enables our reading lessons to be focused, with no noise distractions.
  • Students are welcome to utilise the Reading Eggs program at home.

Magic Word Spelling Program

This term students will continue extending their knowledge of reading and spelling Magic Words. Magic Words are the most common (high frequency) words found in English. Our goal is to support students to identify these high frequency words which will support their ongoing reading development. Students who have completed the Reading Magic Word Program, will commence the Spelling program. Our goal is to support students to spell these accurately in their writing. For both the Reading and Spelling program, words will be presented to students in a random order. Your child will be sent home a copy of the Magic Words they are working towards.

To support this, you may like to look for Magic Words during reading of their take home books or practise with some games.

Writing

In Writing this term there will be a focus on generating and developing our ideas through the use of our class writer’s notebook. We will also be using our knowledge of letter sounds to spell predictable and frequently used words. We are continuing to learn through the Writer’s Workshop and students will be applying their knowledge independently and within teacher conference groups. This term we will be incorporating more editing and rereading in our writing process to make our writing more interesting for our readers. Students are encouraged to bring in ‘seeds’ and ideas from home for future writing pieces.

Word Study – Handwriting

Students will participate in word study lessons each week. These lessons cover handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation. In Year One, we focus on the correct formation, position and sizing of letters. Students will explore a wide variety of concepts including punctuation, nouns, vowel sounds, word tense, spelling patterns and phonics. We have had a big focus on learning about digraphs (2 letters that make one sound eg – ch, sh, th, wh) and letter blends (sl, tr), which we will continue this term. Other areas we will be looking at are prefixes, suffixes and word families, such as play, played, playing.

Mathematics

This term students will begin exploring time, fractions and division concepts. Students will be able to identify the concept of a whole of an object and collection and understand that halves are two equal parts of the whole. Students will engage in authentic tasks, exploring a variety of strategies to find multiple ways to solve and represent division problems. Strategies will include using number sentences, concrete materials and mental strategies such as: skip counting, repeating patterns, grouping & repeated subtraction. We will be exploring time on analogue and digital clocks and learning to tell the time to the half hour. Due to remote and flexible learning in Term Two, the Money unit planned for term two will now be covered onsite this term. Students will recognise, describe and order Australian currency according to its value. We will continue to practise our counting routines, such as counting by 2s with zero and non-zero starting points.

Other Learning Areas (OLA)

In OLA we will be focusing on Earth Sciences and Geography over term 3. We will begin by exploring the seasons and how they can affect everyday life, we will look at this from both a human and animal perspective (delving into migration, cold blooded animals and hibernation). We will also take a look at the indigenous connection to land and learn about the Wurundjeri seasonal calendar.

For our Geographical component we will complete a small report on Japan (hosts of the 2021 olympics). This will expose the students to research skills, identifying interesting facts from a text. Finally, we will teach the children about natural resources, human impacts on them and how we can take action to conserve them both as members of the NMPS community and as global citizens.

Gardening

This term we will have a weekly Gardening session with Tess. We will learn about taking care of our garden and take part in activities such as tidying, watering, planting and harvesting. Please pack warm clothing as we will be working outside for these sessions. Please see the current gardening timetable below:

Wednesday: 1C – Cat, 1F – Natalie.

Thursday: 1A – Aaron,  1B – Kristen, 1D- Kate,  1E – Megan. 

Digital Technology

School iPads are allocated to the Prep to Two classrooms with an iPad per 2 student ratio. Currently Year One students use the iPads for weekly Reading Eggs as part of their Reading lessons, Seesaw to share their work and some Math apps to practise their number fluency. To extend their knowledge and application of digital technologies, in Term Three one session per week will be focussed on exploring a range of iPad Basics, including safety, taking photos, annotating images and voice recording. We will be using apps such as Sketches, Book Creator and Camera.

Wellbeing

Students will continue to engage in one Respectful Relationship lesson per week, focussing on skills and strategies to support our emotional and social wellbeing. We continue to use the Bucket Filler language in our classrooms. To support our emotional learning, and after a successful term two, we will be continuing to share the many great things happening in Year One in term three with ‘Super Day in Year One!’ (a small note sent home to families, that celebrates a positive behaviour, choice or learning task from a student’s day).

Parent Helpers

Parent Helpers will recommence in Term 3. This term there will be a focus on reading and spelling the first 100 most frequently used words. For those parents who were helping previously, the rosters will remain the same. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you can no longer assist. If you have not assisted in the classroom but are interested, please email your child’s classroom teacher to have your name added to the roster.

Due to updated Departmental Guidelines it is now a requirement that all Visitors, Parents and Caregivers who enter any buildings on the school site (including the corridor areas and the office) must now sign in via BOTH the QR code and the Compass Kiosk located at the office. This is to ensure we have accurate records of all visitors onsite and to enable the effective tracing in the case of any COVID-19.

Special Dates for Term 3

  • Week 1- Monday 12th July: Curriculum Day (no school)
  • Week 4- Friday 6th August: Principal’s Day
  • Week 7- Book Week (Book Day 27th Parade TBC)
  • Week 8- 2nd September: Year One Camp Experience/Dinner (more info to come)
  • Week 10– 15th and 16th September: 3 Way conferences

Book Week

The much anticipated Book Week is coming Week 7 of term 3. The theme this year is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’. The NMPS whole school dress up, celebratory day is to be held on Friday 27th August, and we will advise of parade details at a later date. The Year One teaching team is very excited and planning of our costumes is underway!

https://www.cbca.org.au/cbca-book-week

Staff

Aaron, Kristen, Cat, Sarah, Kate, Megan and Natalie. Sarah C will continue teaching 1D on Wednesdays and 1C on Thursdays. If you are yet to meet Sarah, please feel welcome to introduce yourself.

How to contact us

A reminder that you can contact us via Compass or email to make an appointment if you would like to discuss your child.