Welcome back to Term 3, we hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. We are looking forward to an exciting term with lots of events planned. We will be participating in the Footsteps program on Thursdays for the first few weeks of Term 3. Footsteps is a fitness program that develops coordination and confidence whilst moving to music. We also have our excursion to Healesville Sanctuary in week 2 and Book Week will also be happening towards the end of term (we encourage students to dress as their favourite book or story character during this week).

 

Themed Unit
This term our theme is ‘Australian Animals’. We will be learning about the many unique animals that can be found in Australia and we will also have the opportunity to listen to some Dreamtime stories. We are very excited about our upcoming excursion to Healesville Sanctuary where we will be able to see a range of native Australian animals. Please login into your child’s Seesaw account to keep up to date with the excursion details and photographs.

 

English
This term in Writing, students will learn the structure of two different text types. We will be learning about recounts and are looking forward to writing all about our excursion to Healesville Sanctuary. After this, we will be learning a new story called ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’ and use this to write our own defeating the baddie stories. In Reading, we are continuing to practise our reading skills through the Daily 5; we are choosing our own books to read and also enjoy hearing stories from Oxford Owl. You can login to Oxford Owl at home and access many to books to read with your child:

 

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

 

We will also be using big books to learn and practise a variety of reading comprehension strategies; such as visualising, text-to-self connections and inferring meaning using clues in the text. We will be sharing and enjoying many stories in class including books written by Julia Donaldson; The Gruffalo, Room on a Broom, A Squash and a Squeeze and also some Dreamtime stories linked to our themed unit. Please remember to encourage your child to read every night and record this in their ‘Home Reading Journal’.

 

Maths
This term in Mathematics, we will be revising and teaching a range of concepts whi will include:

  • Counting forwards to 100 and backwards from 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Learning number strategies such as knowing our buddies to 10, doubles and near doubles
  • Learning how to add two numbers together and using this in problem solving
  • Begin to learn about subtraction
  • Begin to learn about division as sharing
  • Measuring and comparing the length, capacity and mass of objects
  • Features of 3D shapes
  • Understanding location and direction (knowing the meaning and importance of words such as ‘clockwise’, ‘anticlockwise’, ‘forward’ and ‘under’)

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

 

 

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:




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.

 

Seesaw App
The Year One classes use the Seesaw App. 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.

 



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.