Exploring Place Value in Year One
We have been busy working in groups during Maths rotations! Our focus has been place value…and we have been putting our number knowledge to the test!
Our ‘hands on’ activities have allowed us to…
- Practice our number writing…some of us have challenged ourselves and have learnt numbers beyond 100!
- Use hundreds, tens and ones blocks to represent numbers.
- Use the language of smaller than, bigger than, greater than and less than to describe numbers.
- Skip count in 10’s and 5’s…we are now learning to skip count in 2’s!
You might like to practice these at home.
We have enjoyed sharing ideas, working with our friends, cooperating and learning from each other!
Helpful Hints for Week 6
- Parent Teacher Interviews commence Monday of Week 6. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please be on time as each interview is scheduled for 10-12 minutes. We look forward to seeing everyone over the next two weeks.
- The Year Ones will be attending the Year Three’s Assembly on Friday 12th March – please arrive on time as the Assembly will start at 8:45am.
Parents of Year Three children are invited to attend the assembly and if there are any spare seats after they are seated, parents of other year levels may also attend.
See you tonight ! 🙂
Every week we have a book focus where we learn new vocabulary words and discuss the meaning of each word.
Teaching vocabulary skills is important to help children express themselves clearly and meaningfully in written and spoken formats.
We were so impressed that our story matched the current celebration of Chinese New Year! We enjoyed listening to our class mates talk about how they celebrated Chinese New Year with their families.
We wrote sentences using the new vocabulary words we have learnt from the story and then created our very own ferocious dragons.
Here are some of our sentences using the vocabulary words ferocious, groan and sprinkle.
I made a ferocious face to scare my dad.
I had fairy floss and my sister groaned because she had none.
I sprinkled hundreds and thousands on a chocolate cupcake at home and it was delicious!
The lion was very ferocious. It has ferocious teeth and it has a loud roar.
The fox is very ferocious and it is white and red. It lives in the bush.
The volcano is very ferocious. There is hot, red lava in it. It is dark and steamy black.
We followed many instructions to make our ferocious dragons…they turned out great!
Helpful Hints for Week 5
- Look out for your child’s reading book, spelling list and sight word book. These will be sent home on Tuesday.
- Please return the Parent Teacher Meeting Questionnaire before Thursday 4th March. We are looking forward to meeting you during this time.
We celebrated Shrove Tuesday in Year One.
We have learnt that Shrove Tuesday marks the day before Lent. The custom of making pancakes arose through the need to use up food items, which were forbidden during Lent.
Lent is a special time where we reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. During this time we try hard to show love and kindness to our families and friends just as Jesus did.
We had fun reading a recipe, measuring the ingredients and of course eating the delicious mini pancakes!
Year One Helpful Hints for Week 4
- Please ensure your child is wearing the correct socks…white socks that are visible ie. no ankle socks.
- Hair accessories are to be school colours including watches (black or navy).
- Please book a time for your Two Way Interview…check the school website for more details.
We are looking forward to more learning next week!
Helpful Hints of the Week!
- Please encourage your child to complete their morning jobs independently, for example bringing in their own note folder, water bottles and Crunch n Sip containers.
- A keyring or name tag on your child’s school bag will help them identify their bag much easier.
- A separate container for Crunch and Sip would be wonderful!
- We are looking forward to seeing families making use of the drive through in the morning and afternoon.
- If your child arrives before 8:30am without parental supervision they are to wait in the undercover area outside the Library until the morning bell goes. A teacher is on duty in this area from 8:20am.
- Children are not permitted to run around or use equipment before school, thank you!
Welcome to the first day of 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!
As WA is still in Phase 4 of the COVID pandemic, parents continue to be required to practise physical distancing (keep at least 1.5 metres or two arms lengths from each other). We have put into place a few changes for our first day to assistant with the number of parents in our classrooms. Please read the following information carefully.
We kindly ask that after you have unpacked your child’s belongings, you implement a ‘kiss and go’ approach to allow other parents into the classroom to do the same. We know day one can be a little emotional…your child is in safe hands!
Breakdown of the day:
- Our classroom door will open at 8:30am.
- We will commence our day at approximately 8:45am.
- Our day concludes at 3pm. The children will walk down to the front of the school for collection through ‘drive through’. Children can also be collected outside our classroom – 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 their hat!
- Water bottles are to be placed on our water trolley located inside our classroom.
- Please write your child’s name on their blue note folder. This is to be placed outside the classroom in the box labelled ‘Note Folders’.
- Place glue sticks, crayons, scissors, coloured pencils, writing pencils and black fine liner pens in the labelled boxes. The children will share these items – no need to label everything! Both classes will have a table outside with boxes clearly labelled for each item.
- Headphones: please ensure your child’s name is written on the actual headphones rather than the box…as the box will end up in the recycling bin 🙂
- Place your child’s scrapbooks, writing books and black display folders in their trays. The trays are located just inside the classroom by the door. Please ensure your child’s name is printed on these – no covers are necessary.
- If your child has a Medical Alert Plan (Asthma, anaphylaxis, Allergies etc) please ensure the front office has an updated copy of this and any necessary medication as soon as possible.
Our Parent Information Evening is being held on Tuesday 2nd February – We would love to see a representative from each family attend. It is here that you will hear some of our important messages for Year One. Our Parent Information Booklet will be available shortly on the St Emilie’s website.
The breakdown of the evening is as follows:
5:45pm-6:15 School Hall ( Year One Session)
6:20 pm – Lights out!
Music – Mr Dabbs
Japanese – Mrs Aroozoo
Sport – Mr Davis
(Children to wear coloured House Sport Shirt)
Health – Mr Davis
Science – Mrs Cogger
Yr 1 & 2 Sport (Children to wear yellow St Emilie’s Sport Shirt)
Library (Requires library bag)
We look forward to seeing you on Monday!
Year One Teachers
Miss Tanya de Gooijer and Mrs Simone McKenzie
Year One Educational Assistants
Mrs Jo Roberto and Mrs Amy Andrews
What a week we have had!
You wouldn’t have guessed it was our last week of Year One…we have been so busy!!
We have listened to many stories about the birth of Jesus and have created a lovely piece of artwork celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Our shiny star art took a lot of patience and soft hands so we didn’t rip the aluminium foil we were drawing on! We love our finished drawings of baby Jesus glowing in the light of the star.
We have shared our favourite family Christmas traditions…from waking up early on Christmas morning to getting our photo taken with Santa to writing cards for our friends and wrapping presents for people in our family.
One tradition we all do is leave cookies and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer…we thought it was would be nice to create a special plate for this tradition…so we did!! We designed our plates and have worked hard to follow our design very carefully…we have even attached a cookie cutter so we can make fresh cookies for Santa!
We enjoyed a special afternoon tea to celebrate a great year together! We used our tomatoes from the garden to make pasta sauce as well as using our beetroot in a chocolate cake…yum!! We realised that cooking is a great maths activity…we have been learning about capacity so we were able to make connections to measurement!
Our cooking was a huge success…empty plates are a good sign!! The best part of spaghetti is slurping it through our lips…and having it all over our face!
Thanks Chef Roberto…we couldn’t have done it without you!!
We have been working so hard…we deserve a holiday!!
We had an exciting visitor from the Fremantle Literature centre come to visit our school. The incursion was to nurture young people’s interest in reading and writing.
This term we have been learning about narratives, we have been listening to narratives being read and also learning the different parts of a narrative. We will be writing our very own narrative this term!
The incursion focused on the story Who’s Afraid of the Quite Nice Wolf?
We first looked at the cover of the story and then looked at each page to see what the story will be about. We discussed how the wolf looked in the story and looked at other stories that had wolf characters. We discussed the main character of the story and the setting.
The author of the story drew the wolf for the students, and they added capes and masks to create their own superhero wolves.
We had such fun!