Term One 2019
Welcome to Term 1 2019!
In Reading, there will be a focus on building good reading habits and good reading behaviours. Students will investigate which genres they prefer, which authors they like and what elements of a text they enjoy. Students will learn what a ‘Just Right’ book is and why it is important to pick books that are just right for us. There will be a strong emphasis on decoding strategies, comprehension and increasing reading stamina. It is essential that reading is supported at home by listening to your child read on a daily basis. You can assist your child with their comprehension by talking about the main events and asking them to make predictions. The books sent home should be at a level that your child can read on their own with minimal support. All children will receive books to take home in their reading satchel, but they do not have to read all of their books each night, some families may choose to read 1-2 books per night or read a chapter per night. Students will be given opportunities to change their take home books weekly. Your child is required to bring the books in their reading satchel to school each day as they will also be reading these books at school.
In Writing, students will be producing recounts and retells with a focus on text structure, simple punctuation, grammar and spelling. There will be a large emphasis on handwriting this term. We will focus on correct pencil grips, starting points, letter formations and correct placement on the dotted thirds. Students will be introduced to spelling rules and patterns, and will be encouraged to use these independently in their writing. Each child will also be working on personalised spelling words as part of their homework as well as in the classroom.
This term students will consolidate their ability to count forwards and backwards to and from 100. We will also investigate number patterns beyond 100. Students will be introduced to ‘skip counting’ patterns and encouraged to make connections between other number patterns. Students will build their ability to solve numeracy problems and will be introduced to a range of problem-solving strategies. The numeracy program will involve students completing open-ended maths tasks, which encourage students to come up with multiple answers to a question.
After our assessments are completed, students will be working with different teachers once a week, to ensure we are targeting all students’ individual learning needs. This is usually in a smaller class size. Fluid groups may occur in any area of the curriculum.
SHARED INQUIRY LEARNING
In our Shared Inquiry Learning, we will be investigating ‘Me, Myself and Others’. Students will investigate the following questions:
- Who am I?
- Where is my family from?
- How is family life similar and different within our classroom and around the world?
- We are all unique and special in our own way and I can identify my own strengths and achievements.
- How do I keep myself safe and healthy in the classroom?
- How can I make sure everyone in my classroom feels like they belong?
If you have any questions or queries at any time throughout the term, please contact your child’s teacher and continue to check your emails to be updated through our wonderful eNews program.
The Year 1 Team
Danielle Buttigieg (1B) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale Evans (1E) email@example.com
Tania Brown (1BR) firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Law (1L) email@example.com
Tess Bullock (1BU) firstname.lastname@example.org