Term 4 2020 Overview
Welcome back Year 1s. We were so proud of how the children approached the challenging remote learning period and look forward to a wonderful term of onsite learning together. As we welcome students back to the classroom Wellbeing is our priority. Our focus is on creating a safe and engaging environment for all students, re-developing classroom routines and expectations, peer relationships, and effective group work reflective of our values. We appreciate the effort and time families put into supporting students’ home learning. We will continue to share and celebrate onsite learning and updates with families via Seesaw.
We understand it is challenging to converse with your classroom teacher in these COVID times especially with the end of day pick up social distancing rules. However, please feel free to ask us any questions via email, or request a phone call appointment if you would like to discuss your child’s learning. The best way to get in touch with your child’s classroom teacher is via email or Compass.
Reading this term, we are focusing on reestablishing the Guided Reading routine with students. This requires students to work within reading groups to build on their comprehension, fluency, and decoding skills in independent reading tasks, as well as teacher groups, targeting the specific learning goals of the students with a leveled text. This term we will be exploring how to identify our prior knowledge of a topic before reading, and then combine this with new information and understandings we have learned from the text, this is called Synthesising. Students will also be engaging in fluency activities, developing their skills of reading with appropriate phrasing and developing expression, we will perform these in a variety of Reader’s theatres such as The Three Little Pigs. We will also be revising a range of strategies that can be used to decode unknown words, including segmenting sounds and chunking. The comprehension strategies will be revisited to build on students reading abilities.
In writing this term we are working towards establishing the Writer’s Workshop. Students will work in small groups and engage in a weekly conference with their teacher. In these conferences, students will be given feedback about their writing and allow teachers to track and set student goals.
Areas of writing we will be focusing on this term include:
Handwriting- Making sure writing letters are formed correctly and easily read. Rereading- Reading and making changes that improve the meaning of our writing. Expressing ideas- Capturing personal opinions and ideas through words and pictures.
In Term 4, our Word Study sessions will focus on building students’ knowledge of:
- consonant blends such as bl, cl, dr
- digraphs (two letters that make one sound) such as th, ph, qu, ch
- nouns, adjectives, and verbs
Students will have the opportunity to practise these skills through games and various activities and will be encouraged to transfer what they have learned to use in other curriculum areas such as writing
This term in Numeracy we have a focus on priority learnings in Number and Measurement and Geometry. We will start off learning about measurement, exploring the length, mass, and capacity of shapes and objects through uniform informal measurement. Students will be comparing objects, determining which is heavier or lighter, which holds more or less, and which is longer and shorter. We then move onto our Number unit, focussing on place value, using a range of concrete materials to model, read, record, and order numbers up to 100. As well as ordering sets with the language of first, second, third, up to twentieth.
Throughout the term, we will also be consolidating the mental strategies covered in term three remote learning, that are used to solve addition and subtraction problems. These are presented as worded problems, number sentences and picture prompts. Strategies include counting on from the larger number, understanding that numbers are made up of parts, trusting the count, and using number facts, doubles, and near doubles. Building onto our mathematical knowledge, we will engage in Problem Solving, applying strategies to solve and explain our reasoning in multiple ways.
We will finish off the term with Data, revising how to choose simple questions and gather responses, determine which questions are effective for gathering responses then represent and record data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value.
In Other Learning Areas we will be focusing on science in our everyday lives. Beginning by exploring everyday objects and materials including wood, plastic, metal, water and rock, and their properties. We will use the design process to test materials.
and their suitability in certain areas, creating ideas and solutions, and evaluating their effectiveness. We will have lots of fun experimenting with how materials can be physically changed or added to other materials for specific purposes.
Term Four Year One Classes will participate in a weekly gardening session with Tess, the NMPS Gardener. These sessions will support students to build their skills in gardening. Students work in small groups to complete tasks that contribute to the school garden, these activities are dependent on the season but might include planting, harvesting, preparing mulch, potting seedlings, preparing garden beds. We strongly recommend that children have a coat for their session. Please ask your teacher what day your child’s class attends. If the weather is deemed too wet, gardening classes will occur within the classroom for that session.
During Respectful Relationships in Term four, we will continue to develop our understanding of how to build and maintain positive relationships with others, as well as recognising our strengths and emotions. Through interactive activities and whole-class discussions Year 1 students will participate in guided role-play situations and their own lived experiences to develop coping strategies that they can begin to apply to real-life situations. We are encouraging students to understand the importance of how to be a good friend and family member, as well as a healthy and independent individual. To support this at home you might like to use the language of bucket fillers and bucket dippers and ask your child 'how did you fill someone's bucket today?’
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you to make a positive term of learning.