Welcome back everyone! It is fantastic to see the Year One’s all ready to go! We are very excited to share with you all of the interesting and wonderful things we will be learning about this term.
We thank you for all your support as we continue on your child’s learning journey.
Term Two will offer the students a chance to learn more about the environment around them through our Guided Inquiry– ‘Sustainability- Tip Toe through our World’.
In this unit the students will learn how they are personally responsible for helping to keep our world a place that is safe and beautiful for them to grow up in.
In Religion we will begin by exploring the unit ‘Loving Others’. This unit introduces the students to the many ways they use their bodies. We will wonder at what our bodies can do, and wonder about God, who created the human body. The next unit ‘We Make Choices’ explores the choices we make as people and also explores ways in which Jesus made choices. Our last unit ‘Friends Together’, focuses on the experiences people have of friends, including loving friends and making new friends. This leads the students to wonder about God and encourages us to think about showing love and kindness to our friends.
We will be reading some well known Fairytales as a part of our Literacy program. These stories will help us to explore plot, setting and characters. We will continue introducing new sight words and spelling sounds each week, working in our literacy centers, writing on smaller lines while trying hard to remember spaces between words and forming our letters the correct way!
Our Mathematics program introduces the children to new concepts as well as continuously revisiting previous learning through games and group activities. The children will investigate 2D and 3D shapes, chance and data and skip counting in 10’s and 5’s as well as revisiting addition, tens and ones (place value) and numbers to 100. Busy little Mathematicians!!
Our reading roster for this term is up and running as of week 2. If you can spare a few minutes one morning to listen to the children read please sign up! Thanks to those parents who have done this already!
Our library day continues to be on Thursday for both Year One classes. If your child does not return their book each week they will sadly be unable to borrow a book. Your child also requires a library bag in order to borrow and please make sure each book brought home is lovingly cared for – no spillages, broken spines, torn or scribbled over pages please!
We are looking forward to another great term! It’s shaping up to be a really great one!
Together with our Year One buddies, we listened to the story of “The Rainbow Fish” written by Marcus Pfister. This story is a great story for children of all ages as it explores selfishness and teaches children about the importance of sharing.
After listening to the story we each decorated our own “Rainbow Fish” leaving one scale to be the shiny scale. We made it shiny by using glitter. On the back of our fish we shared one way that we try to be a good friend by showing kindness.
“The most beautiful fish in the ocean is asked to share one of his shining scales with a little blue fish, and to which he refuses. All the other fish in the sea leave him alone, and he wondered why. He goes to the wise octopus for advice, and she tells him to give away his scales. Rainbow Fish reluctantly does so, except for one. In the end, he is less beautiful then he was before, but he has new friends and is now the happiest fish in the sea.”
Possible questions you could ask your child:
- Have you ever owned an item that you didn’t want to share?
- If you were made to share it, did it make you happy or sad
- Would you rather keep something really special all to yourself or share it with friends?
- Is being unique more important than being liked?
- Was Rainbow Fish’s decision to share worth it?
- Rainbow Fish was happy with his scales, and he was happy with his new friends. Do you think there different kinds of happiness?
- Were they true friends, if one of the main reasons the others liked Rainbow Fish was just because he gave them something pretty?
- Rainbow Fish refused to give the blue fish the scale politely, would this have changed the other fish’s opinion of him?
- Do you try to share with your friends?
- What makes it difficult to share sometimes?
Please click on the links below to see the photo pages!
One of the Australian Curriculum Numeracy standards in Year 1 is to develop confidence with numbers to 100. In Year 1 Gold we have been having a lot of fun practicing our number sequencing inside and outside of the classroom. We have used chalk, whiteboards, iPads and even colourful teddies to represent our counting skills. It also helps us remember the formation of our numbers too. We love learning about maths in Year 1!
Here is a 1-100 chart that might be helpful at home!
Our Purposeful Practice homework grid for weeks 4 and 5 is ready to go!
Please click on the link below to see the allocated tasks for next two weeks. A hard copy will be sent home also.
Homework grids are due back to the class teacher on Friday 6 March.
This week sees the children bring home a reading book and sight words to practice each night as a part of their purposeful practice. The children are a little excited and can’t wait to get their hands on their first book!
Further instructions on how to fill in your children’s reading log can be found on the following link.
Have fun reading together!
Our Guided Inquiry topic this term sees us investigate the concept of ‘Identity’ through our unit titled ‘Growing Older and Wiser’. Through planned learning experiences the children will investigate how we grow, change and learn over time and how we can help ourselves be the best we can be!
To help facilitate some of our understandings we are asking parents to provide photos of different stages of their child’s life to create an Individual Identity Timeline.
Please click on the below link for further information.
We would love to have all photos in by the end of Week 3 – Friday 13th February!