Welcome back to Term 2. As part of our Integrated unit all about Fairy Tales, we will be looking at different kinds of toys and also toys from the past. We will be designing and making our own puppets and using them to help us retell and act out our stories. On Wednesday 29th May we will be visited by ‘The Drama Toolbox’ who will be running a ‘Fairy Tale Fiasco’ drama workshop with each class. Please return the incursion forms by Friday 24th May.

 

 

English

We are looking forward to a busy, yet fun-filled term in Year 1. This term our theme is ‘Fairy Tales’. We will be learning about lots of different traditional tales within our English lessons. We will be reading fairy tales, acting them out, taking part in ‘Reader’s Theatre’ and even having a go at writing our own versions.

A few stories we will be learning about include:

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Goldilocks

The Gingerbread Man

It would be great if you could visit the library with your child to find some different fairy tales. A few stories can also be accessed here:

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/goldilocks-and-the-three-bears

Please remember your child can also access their own library of books at:

https://www.oxfordowl.com.au/ (Please see your class teacher if your child has forgotten their login details.)

 

We will also be introducing students to reading comprehension strategies, ‘Summarising’ and ‘Questioning’. These will help students to have a better understanding of what they are reading. We continue to encourage parents or older siblings to listen to your child read their book every night. If you could also continue to listen to your child practise reading and spelling the words in their reading folder. If you have access to a computer or i-Pad, the Oxford Owl website is a great resource where your child can listen to an abundance of stories online, as well as answer comprehension questions. If you have access to a local library, we highly encourage the borrowing of books, in order to expose your child to a variety of different books and writing styles. Thank you and happy reading!

 

Maths

This term in Mathematics, we will be covering lots of different topics this term, including number, addition, time, shape, money and data.

Some key skills we will be revising and teaching this term include:

  • Counting forwards to 100 and backwards from 100
  • Being able to say one more and one less of a number from any starting point to 100
  • Knowing our buddies to 10
  • Learning how to add two numbers together
  • Beginning to solve worded addition problems
  • Telling the time (O’ Clock and half past the hour)

Students are encouraged to practise these skills at home. You can help your child at home by involving them in mathematical activities and talking to them about maths and its everyday uses. Be positive! Praise your child’s success. Encourage them to have a go at measuring, counting, estimating and solving problems. Try not to be too quick to tell them the answers.

 

 Mathletics - can be accessed at home and is an excellent resource to revise what has been taught in the classroom

 



Term 1 News 

What a fantastic start we have had in Year 1! The children have arrived back at school fresh from the holidays and excited to start their new learning. We welcome two new staff members to the Year 1 area. Miss Gage is joining us from Harrisfield Primary School, where she has spent several years working with Year 1 students. Many of you will know Mrs Howarth who joins us from the Year 2 area, we welcome them both to our team.

 

The Year 1 teachers this year are: Mrs Fernando, Miss Gage, Mrs Howarth, Miss Lumsden, Miss Ong and Mrs Parsons.

 

Homework

In Year 1 we promote ‘reading for pleasure’, we would love our students to enjoy reading themselves and to enjoy listening to lots of different stories. As part of the Year 1 homework routine please encourage your child to read every night and record this in their ‘Home Reading Journal’. Ten minutes of reading every day can make a real difference to your child’s learning. Please see the attached guide for information on how to support your child with their home reading:




Inside your child’s reading folder are sight words – please help your child practise reading and spelling these words. Please do not spend more than 30 minutes on homework each day as the children will be quite tired after their day at school. It is also important that your child has a good night’s sleep so they are refreshed and ready for learning. We recommend at least nine hours sleep for children in Year 1.

Oxford Owl – can also be accessed from home and contains many stories your child can either read or listen to.

 

Your child’s username and password for these websites can be found in their ‘Reading Folder’.

 

Themed Unit

Throughout Term One students will be focusing on the theme “All About Me”. We are aiming on settling into new routines in the classroom and getting to know our new friends. We will be talking to the children about topics such as who is in their family and what they like to do as a family on the weekends. We will also be revising the Four C’s (Care, Courtesy, Common Sense and Cooperation) to ensure the children are aware of the expectations of behaviour at our school.

 

Seesaw App

The Year One classes will be using the Seesaw App this year. Seesaw is a great way for you to connect with your child's learning at school. When connected to your child's journal, you will be able to see some of the work that they are doing in class.

 

You will receive instructions from your child's teacher on how to connect to Seesaw – these will again be in your child’s reading folder.



Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns. Please try to make an appointment with your child’s teacher where possible.

We are looking forward to working with all our amazing students and families this year.