Year 1 - 2019
Students have been developing their reading ability through participation in the reading model. This model breaks down learning efficiently into parts including: peer interactions during class share, brainstorming and reflection times, and the gradual release model of ‘I do (teacher models concept), ‘we do’ (whole class practise of concept), ‘you do’ (student works independently on differentiated task). In particular, students have been learning and will continue to learn how to effectively utilise reading strategies such as stretching words, making pictorial inferences, building reading stamina and using phonetic awareness of letter sounds to articulate words. During this process, students will make meaningful connections to books in order to deepen their comprehension. Later on in the year, they will be focussing on forming further connections between text to text and text to world.
Students have been learning to write both retells and narratives, focusing on characters, setting and story structure. Alongside these tasks, students have been learning about correct application of punctuation and grammar in their writing. Students have already taken great steps in effectively applying capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and re-reading of work in order to make corrections. Students will continue to build on these skills as the year progresses.
Students also continue to focus on planning in their writer’s notebooks through drawing and labelling of ideas. This has been important in building student capacity in thinking deeply about their writing and utilising imagery to prompt detailed writing pieces.
As the year progresses, students will learn to explore informative texts and develop their own, finding information from both physical and technological texts. In particular, students will continue to explore indigenous Australian culture such as stories from ‘The Dreamtime’ as well as our country’s geography and varied native animal species.
In numeracy, students have and will continue to focus on counting, ordering, and sequencing numbers by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities. They have learned about the concept of place value and why it is important, focusing on the representation of numbers in tens and ones/units. Students have really enjoyed using tactile resources such as MAB, icy pole stick bundles and unifix during this process. Length in measurement as well as identification and categorization of 2D shapes has also been a focus.
Further into the year, students will be consolidating their understanding of chance and data as well as time. They will continue to build on their understanding of the mathematical operations addition and subtraction and will progress to learn important, practical concepts in multiplication and division.
This year, students will participate in a variety of physical activities and use of apparatus designed to foster development in gross motor skills, fitness, resilience and teamwork. Students will work in different rotations in each levelled sport session, ranging from ball activities, basic obstacle courses, balancing and whole body movement exercises.
In term 3, students will deviate from circuit activities to practice dance in preparation for the school concert. This will entail learning different dance steps and choreographed routines.
Thus far, students in the grade 1 cohort have had the opportunities to learn about the history and culture of the Australian indigenous people. Over the semester, students will have the opportunity to engage in aboriginal dance and languages, design technology in the creation of indigenous homes and learn through a holistic process about their beliefs and social customs.
In semester 2, students will learn about sustainability: the importance of fulfilling responsibilities as productive and eco-friendly members of society through recycling and understanding how energy and natural resources are used and what is required to reduce our carbon footprint.
* Swimming and Water Safety Lessons at PARC Swim Centre in Frankston
Term 1 2019: Indigenous Australians VR Experience Inc, Author Visit - Patrick Guest Inc
Term 2 2019: Dreamer In Space and Puppet Workshop Inc
Term 3 3019: Revolting Rhymes
Term 4 2019: Cranbourne Gardens