Year 1 Staff

Year 1

Term 2 2019

Year 1 Teaching Team 

All Year 1 classes are located in the old building.

1A (Room 4)

Sarah Mountain


1B (Room 7)

Allison Berry & Gabi Panozzo


1C (Room 6)

Matt Schouteten

1D (Room 8)

Svetlana Blagojevic & Yolanda Andrews


1E (Room 6 & 7 rear)

Tess Vu




In Reading this term students will develop their reading comprehension skills by focusing on visualising (making a picture in your mind as you read), inferring (filling in what is not written on the page) and questioning (asking questions while reading to gain a better understanding of the text). Reading lessons will also include explicit instruction around decoding and work solving strategies to assist in building fluency when reading.

We are excited to introduce the Writing Workshop model this term to support students in developing their skills as writers. This will allow students to support each other in developing specific writing skills and gain a deeper understanding of adapting their writing to suit different purposes. At times during the year, students may be asked to bring in a stimulus for writing. We will communicate this via Compass.


In Mathematics, we will build on students’ number knowledge developed during Term 1 and will introduce mental strategies to support solving addition and subtraction problems. These strategies are selected to assist students in being able to mental calculate solutions to simple addition and subtraction problems. Students will also develop their understanding of length, mass and location.


Our Other Learning Areas (OLA) will focus on personal and family history and the way the local area has changed over time. This term students will be exploring significant events in their personal and family history. They will be building their knowledge of past and present as well as creating chronological narratives. Students will learn about significant people, buildings and natural parts of their environment in our local community and what they reveal about the past. Cultural diversity in our school and community will be identified and discussed throughout our History unit. 

Digital Technologies  

Students will continue to enhance their learning through the use of digital technologies and will learn to safely operate and care for the technology resources. 

Learning at home

Home Reading: We encourage students to read at home each day. This year, students are responsible for changing their own home readers. They will be given time each day to swap their take home readers. A reading log sheet has been given to each student to keep in their book bags. It is an expectation that students read every night and complete the reading log. Please note that the take home book has been purposefully selected to be at a level, which students are able to read independently. This will assist students in developing their fluency and comprehension at home. Students will be reading more challenging texts with their classroom teacher at school. To further support students in developing their comprehension you can ask your child some questions about the text after reading and spend time discussing ideas, events and characters in the text.

Reading Eggs: Families can download the Reading Eggs App or access the website from home iPad/computers. Students will be provided with a personal login to access the lessons, texts and literacy games from home. It is not an expectation that students use Reading Eggs at home, just an option for those families who wish.  

Writing: Students are encouraged to actively apply their writing skills at home, such as shopping lists cards, letters, drawing and colouring. They are also encouraged to develop ideas for possible writing seeds and could discuss these with their families. We encourage students to participate in activities which support their fine motor development, such as using playdoh, threading or pegging activities.

Mathematics: We encourage students to seek real life opportunities for Mathematics at home, including cooking, skip counting, use of money, telling the time and identifying days of the week and months of the year.