Year One

TERM 1 NEWSLETTER 2019

 

Our Team:

Lauren Jackson (1/17)

Sue Anderson (1/18)

Brenda Petkovic (1/28)

Sharna Dean-Wright (1/29)

 

Our Specialists:

Physical Education – Sue Burt and Franca Peluso

Visual Arts –  Kellie Rose and Sally Wilson

Music – Di Pendlebury and Erica Eichner

Indonesian – Alena Schneider

Performing Arts -  Semester 2

 

Our Focus:

Being in Year One will be a very exciting and busy time for your child. We aim to provide a stimulating and engaging learning program for your child that is challenging and supportive. We will endeavour to consolidate and extend your child’s understandings in the areas of English, Mathematics, STEAM and Physical and Personal development. Each teacher has high expectations and will expect your child to do their best at all times.

We encourage and expect your son/daughter to:

- produce work that is interesting in content, correct and well presented

- use good manners at all times

- show care and concern for others inside and outside the classroom

- display a desire to learn, share and cooperate with others

- show respect for their peers, teachers and other children’s belongings (no trading or borrowing of food and personal items/equipment please).

 

Below is an overview of our structures and programs that aim to help inform you of what we teach and how we teach. If you’d like to find out more about any of these programs, please pop in for a chat.

 

Specialist Timetable:

 

Specialist

1/17

1/18

1/28

1/29

Art

9:00

Tuesday

9:00

Tuesday

10:00

Tuesday

10:00

Tuesday

PE

10:00 Tuesday

10:00

Tuesday

9:00

Tuesday

9:00

Tuesday

Music

 

10:00

Thursday

2:30

Thursday

9:30

Thursday

9:00

Thursday

LOTE

10:30

Thursday

3:00

Thursday

9:00

Thursday

9:30

Thursday

Performing Arts

Semester 2

Semester 2

Semester 2

Semester 2

 

Key Dates:

  • Parent Teacher interviews Monday 11th February
  • Labour Day Monday 11th March
  • Twilight Sports Wednesday 13th March
  • End of term 1: Friday 5th April. Early finish 2:30

 

Parents Helpers:

There are many ways you can help your child’s classroom teacher including preparing resources and classroom reading. Parent Helpers are very much appreciated. Each class will create a roster of helpers to listen to the children read on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Teachers will organize a roster based on your availability. A parent session will be run to provide further details regarding our Literacy programs.


Communication:

Class DOJO will be used to share classroom information and provide a platform for positive communication between the school and home.  If you have not already signed up please see your child’s teacher to organise an invitation. We encourage you to continue to form strong partnerships through communication and if ever you have any questions, please make a time to see us so that we can maximise the learning opportunities for your child. Messages will be read and responded to between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm weekdays.

 

English

Reading:                                                                                         

LPPS has a highly successful reading program following the CAFE structure, which focuses on Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. The take home reading program provides time for students to enjoy and practise reading. Children will bring easy to read books home each day.  Research shows that the greatest growth occurs when students read easy books as it allows them to practise and develop effective reading strategies. We engage with harder texts at school to explicitly teach effective reading strategies. Please read with your child every day and return the satchel to school daily (even if you have not had the chance to hear your child read).

 

Writing:

Our writing genres this term will be recounts and?? We will focus on the fundamental aspects of writing including punctuation i.e. when to use full stops and capital letters and how to make our writing interesting through the inclusion of WOW words and sizzling starts. Additionally we focus on neat handwriting with correctly formed letters.

 

Mathematics:

 

In Term 1 we will be revising and focusing on:

  • counting patterns i.e. counting by 1s (forwards and backwards and from various starting points), 10s, 5s and 2s to 100
  • reading, writing and ordering numbers to 100
  • partitioning numbers such as 28 is 2 tens and 8 ones or 20 and 8
  • asking simple questions to create graphs
  • identifying outcomes of familiar events involving chance such as ‘will happen’, ‘won’t happen’ or ‘might happen’.

 

In Year 1 we help children develop their mathematical knowledge, language and understanding through encouraging mathematical talk and using a range of materials such as counters, math games, unifix cubes, number charts and base-ten materials.

 

Integrated:

The Year One integrated topics for Term 1 are Science and Geography.  The curriculum focus is on awareness of self and the local world. Our Physical Science unit will explore the phenomena of light and sound by encouraging students to observe, question, investigate and seek answers through using the senses to gather different types of information.  Our Geography unit centers on local community and what makes a place special for example: their room, a holiday location or a play area. Students are then encouraged to explain why that place is special to them. 

 

Digital Technologies:

We have an exciting ICT program with mini iPads available in each classroom and regular access to laptops in the ICT Lab. Interactive ICT resources are incorporated daily throughout the curriculum. Reading Eggs is an important component of our Literacy program and children are encouraged to access this at home too. Tasks are tailored to each child’s learning needs. 

 

Wellbeing:

Each class will engage in a range activities designed to develop Respectful Relationships. Our school is involved in an exciting local school network initiative – THRIVE. Our focus for term 1 is Emotional Literacy.

 

THRIVE

Try Your Best

Be Healthy

Relate Well

Get Involved

Live Your Values

Enjoy Positive Emotions


Homework:

Reading every day with your child for just five minutes a day has a profound impact on their ability to read. We encourage you to read with your child each night.