Year 1 Staff

Year 1

Term 1 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




The main focus for Term 1 will be establishing excellent learning routines and expectations.

In Reading, we will focus on developing independent reading skills and building reading stamina. Students will learn about selecting ‘Just Right’ books that improve their reading and developing their knowledge of reading strategies. The writing focus will be around developing a positive learning environment for writing, setting up our Writer’s Notebooks to record ‘seeds’ for writing and understanding the Writer’s Workshop and our roles during writing time. In Mathematics, we will focus on developing knowledge of numbers and increasing understanding of time, including timetables and calendars.



Our Other Learning Areas (OLA) will assist students in developing positive work habits, contributing to a calm and safe learning environment and understanding more about emotions and feelings. Students will have lessons that focus on explicit teaching of cooperative learning skills and will be given time to practice these skills in a safe and orderly environment.

Students will also 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. We also encourage students to participate in activities which support their fine motor development, such as use of 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. 

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