Term 1 Overview
This year we have 6 Year 1 classes:
- Aaron 1A,
- Kristen 1B,
- Cat 1C,
- Kate and Sarah (Wednesday) 1D,
- Megan 1E, and
All students have settled beautifully into their school routines and have had a great start to term 1. Seesaw will be up and running in Year 1 shortly so you can share in your child’s journey at school.
Communicating with your teachers
Please feel free to ask us any questions throughout the year. You can contact us via Compass or email to make an appointment if you would like to discuss your child’s learning. We prefer that you do not use Seesaw for parent-teacher communication, as messages can be easily missed.
In Reading, students will be developing independent reading habits. They will explore how to select a ‘Just Right’ text and to understand that it is okay to abandon a book if it is too easy or too hard. Students will participate in targeted reading activities each day, including Reading Eggs, independent tasks, and one guided reading/teacher group activity per week. For this program to work effectively, headphones are required.
Before the end of week 3, please send a labeled pair of headphones to school with your child.
Students are welcome to utilise the Reading Eggs program at home. Payment for the Reading Eggs subscription this year has been charged through the student Book List. Log in cards will be sent home once payment has been made. If you need to make the payment, please speak to the office staff.
We ask that you also send your child’s blue take home reader bag to school, as this is the best way for notes to be sent to and from home, and protects daily take home texts. We encourage all students to be reading at home and swapping over their take home text daily.
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.
In writing, we are focusing on establishing our Writer’s Workshop, including our writing routines and expectations within our classrooms. In Term 1, students will explore the structure and sequence of various 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 small items such as a shell, photograph, brochure, or postcard.
Students will participate in word study lessons each week. These lessons cover handwriting, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. In Year 1, 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.
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.
This year students will focus on understanding how to learn effectively in Mathematics. Students will engage in warm-up games to build their math vocabulary and to explore maths resources. Students will engage in open-ended tasks, exploring a variety of strategies to find multiple ways to solve mathematical problems. This term we will also explore ‘duration of time’, including days of the week, months, seasons and how long an event goes for. Students will build on their knowledge of Number, 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 (OLA)
In OLA, 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. Students will discuss physical and social changes that occur as children grow older and participate in safety routines, including our school lockdown practice.
Our Year 1 classes 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. This book 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 ‘how did you fill someone’s bucket today?’
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 additional OLA lessons.
On Wednesdays, 1D will have Sarah Connors teaching the class, this is to allow Kate time for professional development, observation, and coaching with other staff.