Our writing focus for the second half of the term has been on procedures. After reading the story Windy Day by Jill Eggleton, we used a variety of materials to create a crown similar to the crown worn by the King in the story.
This fun and creative activity also helped us with our procedure writing. We have learnt that procedures follow a particular structure – they have a title, a goal, a list of materials and steps. We have been really focusing on using these steps, in the correct order. We have also tried to remember to use a verb at the beginning of each step.
We are on our way to becoming really clever writers – and great crown makers too!
Our finished masterpieces were definitely fit for a Queen or King! They were very colourful and well thought out!
Our procedures were pretty good too!
SAVING OUR PLANET IS THE THING TO DO!
On Friday 26th May the Year One’s celebrated their first Assembly by sharing their knowledge about ‘sustainability’.
I think sustainability means to keep our world healthy, clean and smelling nice. Maxwell
I think sustainability means to keep the world healthy and the air clean. Jermaine
I think sustainability means to plant more trees so the air can be clean and fresh. Thomas M
I think sustainability means to take care of the world and to always keep it clean so we can be happy. Mitchell
We were inspired by the children’s book ‘George Saves the World by Lunchtime’ by Jo Readman. The main character is a little boy called George who, with the help of his sister Flora and Grandpa, tries to think of all the things he can do to help save the world. We had fun acting out some of the story as well as sharing helpful tips on how we can help save the world.
Here are some of our ideas…
Don’t just chuck all your rubbish around -use the right bins. Mia
If we don’t save our water we won’t have any to drink. Oliver
If you walk places your car won’t make fumes and the air will be very good. Evan
Turn off the switches in your room when you are not in it. Trent
Take your own bag to the shops so you don’t have to get a plastic bag. Landen
Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Ivy
Always turn the tap off when you brush your teeth. Conor
Try and have a short shower and not a bath because that can waste water. Ella
We have learnt that there are four R’s that can help us in our quest to save the world!
Reduce – Use less of everything.
Re-use – Clean it up and use it again.
Repair – Fix it and use it again.
Recycle – Turn it into something useful.
The power is yours!
We would like to thank all our families for helping us learn our ‘talking parts’ and find costumes!
We couldn’t have done it without you!
Worms are very good recyclers!
We have been learning about ‘sustainability’ and the things we can do to look after our world.
On Tuesday 23rd May we had a visit from Kevin and Sam who work at The Worm Shed. Not only did we learn many interesting facts about Red Tiger Worms we also learnt why worms are the best recyclers!
Sam shared some information with us then it was time to have a look a real worms! We enjoyed hunting for the worms and the touch of them wiggling on our skin!
Sam showed us lots of information about Red Tiger Worms.
What we have learnt…
Worms have no legs but they can wriggle. Landen
They have five hearts but we have only one. Abby
Worms don’t have eyes. They feel and see by moving their body. Oliver
They breathe through their body and they can’t swim. Jermaine
They have a lump called a saddle on their back. Alexia
They eat things that aren’t growing anymore. Ava
Their saddle is closest to their head. Maxwell
Grown up worms only have a saddle. Trent
They can eat through boxes. Abby
They slurp in the food. Alexia
They don’t like the sun. Kara
Their food has to be mushy. Ava
Their poo doesn’t smell! Laura
Time to roll up our sleeves!
We hunted through wet newspaper on the look out for the worms!
Some of us were very brave and held the worms!
Looking through a microscope helped us to see the worms clearer.
We had to check the floor to make sure no worms had escaped!
Kevin showed us how to make our own mini worm farm that we have now taken home and hopefully have transferred into our gardens!
We layered wet newspaper, soil and grass to create a mini worm farm.
In go the worms…very carefully!
We had a great time learning about the importance of these little creatures!
Thanks Kevin and Sam!
Our next Purposeful Practice grid is attached below. Grids are due Friday 26th May.
A few reminders for the week…
We are having an incursion from The Worm Man in Week 5 as part of our Sustainability focus – please send in the desired plastic bottle for you child’s worm farm before the end of the week. Thanks to those who have done so already!
Our Rosary Bag will be making it’s way to your home this term – please return to school the following day. Everything you need to pray The Rosary is in the little bag.
Please check your child’s note folder carefully this week – we are sending home information for our first Assembly to be held on Friday 26th May.
We would love some volunteers to fill our reading roster – we have a few empty spaces and would be very grateful to anyone who can spare 20mins at drop off to listen to the children read.
Have a great week!
Miss de Gooijer and Miss Foong
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Welcome to Term Two!
We hope that all our families had a wonderful and restful holiday!
Please click on the link below to see what is planned for the term.
Miss de Gooijer and Miss Foong
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Literacy Centres in Year One!
We have been super busy in Year One! We are becoming more confident and comfortable in our new classroom and playground and are loving our new furniture!
Each week we focus on a big book story, a new spelling sound and a new list of sight words. We have been working in small groups to rotate through a range of activities that help us to practice literacy skills as well as cooperation, good communication and team work.
While reading our big book we discuss reading strategies such as predicting, breaking the story into beginning, middle and end as well as looking at punctuation and exploring the main characters.
Learning sight words can be a little tricky at first so we practice them every day! We are becoming faster in our recall of letter sounds which is helping us to sound out and write new words!
Check out what we have been up to!
Using play dough to make sight words!
Using something soft and squishy also helps develop our fine motor muscles in our fingers!
Playing fun games like Bingo to help us learn new sounds and test out our listening skills!
Using letter tiles to make CVC words.
Listening carefully for middle sounds – vowels can be tricky!
Using the iPad as a tool for learning.
Taking care to form letters from the correct starting point!
Creating a character portrait of Horace – our big book focus.
Please see below our Term 1 Newsletter.
Here you will find out about our learning for this term!
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Welcome to Year One!
Our Parent Information Booklet for 2017 can be accessed below.
We look forward to seeing you at our Parent Night on Wednesday 8th February.
Miss Tanya de Gooijer and Miss Kristy Foong
Mrs Jo Roberto, Mrs Grace O’Donnell and Miss Veronica Williams
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Our very first Purposeful Practice Grid went home today in your child’s note folder.
Purposeful Practice Grids continue over a two week period and are due at the end of the second week.
Grids will be collected on Friday 17th February.
Have a great week!
Miss Tanya de Gooijer and Miss Kristy Foong
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Welcome to Year One
We are looking forward to an exciting year together!
The first day can be a little overwhelming for both children and parents – we are hoping these handy tips will alleviate some of the stress!
Breakdown of the day:
- Our classroom door will open at 8:30am.
- We will commence our day at approximately 8:45am. A quick wave, hug or kiss is all that is needed when the time comes for parents to leave!
- Our day concludes at 3pm. The children will walk down to the front of the school, with their teacher, for collection through ‘drive through’. Children can also be collected outside our classroom – parents are asked to please wait underneath the big tree. We are encouraging all children to begin using the ‘drive through’ system as of week 2.
- These items are to remain in your child’s school bag: hat, library bag, spare change of underwear, lunch box and crunch and sip container. Please ensure your child’s name is printed on all items including their hat, lunch box, library bag, crunch and sip containers etc.!
- Water bottles (labelled) are to be placed on our blue water trolley located inside our classroom.
- The blue note folder (labelled) is to be placed inside our note folder box – located by our classroom door.
- Please place glue sticks, crayons, scissors, coloured pencils, writing pencils and black fine liner pens in the labelled boxes, inside the classroom. The children will share these items – so there is no need to label everything!
- Scrapbooks, writing books and black display folders are to be placed on your child’s desk – we will store these away later in the morning. Please ensure your child’s name is printed on these – covers are not necessary.
- If your child has a Medical Alert Plan (Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Allergies etc) please ensure the front office has an updated copy of this plan and any necessary medication as soon as possible.
Our Parent Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 8th February. It is here that you will hear some of our important messages for Year One and receive a Parent Information Booklet. We would love to see a representative from each family attend. Parents may attend the 5.45pm or 7.15pm Classroom Session.
All families are asked to also attend the whole-school community session in the hall from 6.30pm-7.15pm.
The breakdown of the evening is as follows:
5.45pm Classroom Session 1
6.30pm Hall Session – ALL
7.15pm Parents move to Session 2
7.30pm Classroom Session 2
8.00pm – Lights out!
Year One Specialist Teachers
Music – Mr Nick Dabbs
Sport – Mr Davis (Children to wear coloured House Sport Top)
Japanese – Mrs Tracy Aroozoo
Health – Mr Paul Davis
Science – Mrs Kerrie Cogger
Yr 1 & 2 Sport (Children to wear yellow St Emilie’s Sport Top)
Library (Requires library bag)
We are looking forward to seeing you all Wednesday!
Year One Blue Staff
Miss Tanya de Gooijer, Mrs Jo Roberto and Miss Veronica Williams
Year One Gold Staff
Miss Kristy Foong, Mrs Grace O’Donnell and Miss Veronica Williams