Term 2 Curriculum Overview
We are excited to be starting the Writer’s Workshop, units of learning exploring Cultural Diversity and History and will celebrate ‘Super Day’ in Year One! Just a reminder that 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. We will continue to share student learning via Seesaw. Kate, Kristen, Sarah, Aaron, Megan, Cat and Natalie
Last term we established our reading routines and independent reading stamina with 'just right' texts. We are experts at working within our reading routines, which include a guided reading group, Reading Eggs and independent reading tasks. This term in Reading, students will be developing their understanding of how different text types are organised. We will explore this through fiction and non-fiction texts, looking at features such as headings, page numbers, captions, diagrams, table of contents, glossaries, settings, problems and solutions. A reminder that all students require headphones for Reading Eggs as this enables our reading lessons to be focused, with no noise distractions.
Students will continue to build on their comprehension skills, exploring how to make pictures in their mind when reading (visualising) and how to use the clues within a text to think about the feelings and motives of characters (inferring).
● Students are welcome to utilise the Reading Eggs program at home.
● We encourage all students to be reading at home and swapping over their take home text daily in their blue take home bags.
Magic Word Reading Program
This term students will focus on extending their knowledge of reading 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. 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.
In Writing this term there will be a focus on building sentence fluency, developing our ideas, and making good word choices to enhance our writing. We are continuing to work on our Writer’s Workshop and students will be applying their knowledge independently and within teacher conference groups. In Prep-2 we use a whole class Writer’s Notebook where we share ‘seeds’ (ideas) and develop these as a class before the students begin writing independently. Writing is thinking, so we take the time to share our ideas with our classmates, utilising our amazing oral language. For the workshops, we ask that students bring in anything that sparks creativity and discussion, as a ‘seed’ idea such as small items such as a shell, photograph, brochure, feather, or postcard. We will be collecting and storing these ‘seeds’ for writing inspiration and help to build thinking skills. Please note that students should not send in items that are special or valuable, but please take a photo and send it to your child’s teacher via Seesaw or email. There is an optional digital notebook available for students to add to on Seesaw under the activities tab.
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.
This term students will begin exploring location, addition, subtraction and money concepts. Students will engage in open-ended tasks, exploring a variety of strategies to find multiple ways to solve mathematical problems. Students will give and follow directions to familiar locations using the language of location to describe movement. Students will represent and solve addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies including counting on, making tens, partitioning and rearranging parts. Students will also recognise, describe and order Australian currency according to its value. We will continue to practise our counting routines, such as counting by 5s with zero and non-zero starting points.
Other Learning Areas (OLA)
In OLA we have two units of learning in Term Two. First, we are focusing on identifying and discussing cultural diversity within our school community. We will be exploring a variety of cultures, their traditions and customs and the importance of respecting others’ beliefs. In Week 3, we welcome presenters to NMPS with a Cultural Infusion incursion. Students will participate in workshops such as Indigenous Infusions, a Bollywood Infusion and a Chinese Lion Dance. There will be lots of opportunities for students to share their own traditions and customs from their cultures, so please support this process in discussions and checking weekly newsletters for updates. If your family has a traditional custom that you would like to share with the class, we encourage you to get in contact with your child’s teacher. Upon completion of the first unit, we move into our history learning. This includes looking at the local community to identify changes from the past to the present. We will be going on a local walk, so please ensure you have checked off your child’s local walking permission slip on Compass. We will look at buildings such as the Bulla Cream building, the old theatre on Errol Street and the Clocktower, comparing the street to what it might have looked like 100 years ago to now. We are also focusing on the history of NMPS. Students will be able to show their own history in the form of a personal timeline. We will require some family support with information for this lesson. Further information will be sent out later in the term.
A focus of our learning will also center on sustainability. Over this unit students will learn about the impacts we have on our environment and strategies to reduce our negative impacts at school and at home. Our goal is to provide our students with the knowledge to make informed decisions with regards to our environment and promote sustainable practices for the future to support the NMPS sustainability vision.
Super Day In Year One
There are so many great things happening in Year One, we want to share these with you. In Term Two we are commencing ‘Super Day in Year One!’ This is a small note sent home to families, that celebrates a positive behaviour, choice or learning task from a student’s day.
Special Dates in Term Two
● Week 1 Friday 23rd April - ANZAC Day assembly
● Week 3 Thursday 6th May - Cultural Infusion Incursion (OLA)
● Week 3 Mother’s Day (Sunday)
● Week 4 Eid
● Week 6 National Reconciliation Week
● Week 9 Monday Queen’s birthday public holiday
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.
1D will continue to have Sarah Connors teaching the class on Wednesdays, to allow Kate time for professional development, observation and coaching with other staff.
Kate, Kristen, Sarah, Aaron, Megan, Cat and Natalie