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Year 1

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Term 1 2020

Teaching team

This year we have 6 year 1 classes: Gemma 1A, Tess 1B, Aaron 1C, Megan 1D, Jacqui (Mon-Wed) and Natalie (Thu-Fri) 1E and Kristen 1F.

Sonia is also a member of the Year 1 2020 team, her role is Auslan Interpreter and she will be working in 1F to support communication between all students and Kristen.

This term Jacqui is on leave and will return to us in term 2.

Please feel free to ask us any questions, and you can email us to make an appointment if you would like to discuss your child’s learning.



Seesaw will be up and running in Year 1 shortly so you can share in your child’s journey. However, Seesaw is not the best way to get in touch with your class teacher, so please email them or contact them via Compass.



In Reading this term students will be developing independent reading habits. They will explore how to select a ‘Just Right’ text for them and that it is ok to abandon a book if it is too easy or too hard. Students will participate in rotational reading activities each day, one Reading eggs, three independent tasks, and one guided reading/teacher group activity per week. For this program to work effectively, headphones are required. For those students with headphones in prep, these were passed onto your child’s year 1 teacher ready for use. Families who are new to NMPS or yet to send in headphones please do so before the end of week 4. Students are welcome to utilise the Reading Eggs program at home, log in cards will be sent home shortly.


When reading students will continue to build on their comprehension skills, exploring how to make in-depth predictions and connections to a text. They will build on their decoding strategies to help them read unfamiliar words as well as recognise the features of non-fiction and fiction texts. We encourage all students to be reading at home and swapping over their take home text daily.



In Writing, we have been working hard to establish our Writer’s workshop, including our writing routines and expectations within our classrooms. In term 1 students will explore the structure and sequence of writing genres  including Narrative, Informative, Persuasive, Procedural, Transactional and Recount. We encourage  students to bring in anything that sparks creativity and  discussion, as a ‘seed’ idea. All classes are collecting and storing ‘seeds’ for writing inspiration this year. Please feel free to bring items such as a shell, photograph, brochure, postcard.


Word study

Students will participate in word study lessons each week, these lessons cover handwriting, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. In Year 1 we focus heavily on the correct formation, position, and sizing of letters. During spelling, grammar, and punctuation, students will explore a wide variety of concepts including punctuation, nouns, vowel sounds, word tense, spelling patterns, and phonics. A Magic Word spelling program will commence in term two.


Speaking and Listening

During Term, 1 students will engage in weekly speaking and listening lessons, where they will discuss, share and listen to others within a small group. Each week the focus will be on a different area, such as volume, facial expression, active listening, pace, body language. Weekly topics have been sent out via Compass. You can assist by helping your child prepare and research at home. Please ask your classroom teacher if you have any questions.



Year 1 have been working hard on understanding how we learn effectively in numeracy.  Students have been playing lots of fun math warm-up games, building on our math vocabulary and exploring resources. Students will engage in open-ended activities, exploring a variety of strategies to find multiple ways to solve mathematical problems. This term we will also explore Duration, including days of the week, months, seasons and how long an event goes for. Later on, students will build on their knowledge of numbers, modelling, reading, writing, recording and ordering numbers to 50. Students will further consolidate their counting skills, exploring number patterns forwards and backward by 1s and 10s.


Other Learning Areas

In Other Learning Areas we are focusing on Personal, Social and Community Health.   We will discuss how to be inclusive and ways to promote a safe, healthy and active school environment.

Later in the term is Whole School Safety Week, during this time we discuss physical and social changes that occur as children grow older and participate in our school lockdown practice.

Our year 1 class have all adopted the ‘Bucket Filling’ philosophy to help support a positive learning environment. We read ‘Have you filled a bucket today? written by Carol McCloud. Carol explains this as “Be a bucket filler. You can fill a bucket by sharing kindness, love, or even simply a smile with those around you. Be a helper, be a good friend, and you'll fill your own bucket as well as the buckets of everyone you meet.” If students are showing behaviours or choices that do not meet our agreed classroom norms, the child will be said to be ‘dipping in someone’s bucket.’ To support your child at home, you might like to ask ‘how full is their bucket?’ or ‘did you fill someone’s bucket today?’


Respectful Relationships 

The Respectful Relationships program helps to support our emotional and social wellbeing as well by exploring the effects that personal feelings can have on how people behave in situations. Students will engage in one Respectful Relationship lesson per week and two other OLA lessons. To support your child at home, you might like to ask ‘how full is their bucket?’ or ‘did you fill someone’s bucket today?’