Year One


 

LANGWARRIN PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL 2021 YEAR 1

TERM 1 NEWSLETTER

Our Team:

Tobi Hailey (1/13)

Sharna Dean-Wright (1/14)

Brenda Petkovic (1/15)

Sarah Keane (1/16)

 

Our Specialists:

Physical Education – Sue Burt and Franca Peluso

Visual Arts –  Sarah Bailey and Melissa Hamilton

Music –Di Pendlebury

Indonesian – Jarad Rose

Performing Arts -  Jenny Barnett

 

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 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 THRIVE. 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:

- Try their best at all times by showing a desire to learn, having a growth mindset, striving to achieve personal learning goals and producing work that meets success criteria

- Be healthy by practising mindfulness, cleansing hands regularly, eating healthily and participating in regular physical activities

- Relate well with peers by working cooperatively and treating one another with respect, care and concern, both in and out of the classroom (no trading or borrowing of food and personal items/equipment please).

- Be involved in all class and school activities with enthusiasm

- Live their values by being honest, trustworthy, kind and reliable

- Enjoy positive emotions by mixing with peers, achieving learning goals, having fun, laughing and playing safely.

 

Each child will have a school THRIVE diary. This is to be used to record nightly reading and to complete mindfulness activities. This has a range of useful resources for both parents and students including a parent information section with things such as uniform list, term dates, how to order lunch online and so on. Take time to explore this.

 

Specialist Timetable:

 

Specialist

1/13

1/14

1/15

1/16

Art

Thursday

Thursday

Thursday

Thursday

PE

Thursday

Thursday

Thursday

Thursday

Music

Monday

Monday

Monday 

Monday

LOTE

Tuesday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Performing Arts

Monday

Monday

Monday 

Monday

Library

       

 

Key Dates:

  • Meet the teacher - February 8th-12th (book online for a phone call or Webex meeting to tell your teacher about your child)
  • Swimming - Second half term 1 Tuesday 16th, Thursday 18th, Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 25th and Tuesday 30th Feb
  • School Photos- Friday 5th March
  • Labour Day - Monday 8th March
  • End of Term 1-Thursday 1st April (Friday 2nd April is Good Friday)
  • Term 2 commences- Monday 19th April




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 request 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. 

If there is anything urgent during the day please call the front office as when we are with our students or on yard duty we do not always get the opportunity to check.

 

Class Rep:

Each class will have a parent rep.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in this role. 

 

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). 

Each child will be allocated a PM code to access online books. These books have been set to match the reading ability of your child. This program also allows your child to record themselves reading, which is fun for our students and valuable for teachers.

Writing:

Our writing genres this term will be recounts and descriptive writing. We will focus on the fundamental aspects of writing including the structure of texts and sentences, grammar, punctuation, spelling and editing.  Neat handwriting on lined paper is promoted in all grades. 

Spelling:

Our school is using SMART spelling as a format for presenting spelling. We will present a new spelling sound/rule each week. Our students will bring home a short list of words matching the rule (along with some common words) to practise each week. Teachers will use the SMART spelling format ie. Say the word, Say the word in a meaningful sentence, Analyse the word for syllables, sounds and letters, Remember the tricky part and lastly the students teach it. We will provide time each day to practice these spelling words. You may help at home by supporting your child to practise at home as well. We will provide a list of ideas for the best ways to do this. 

 

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 and analysing the data

 

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. You can help your child by counting regularly, accessing links to websites recommended by your child’s teacher and supporting your child to achieve their personal learning goals.

 

Integrated:

The Year One integrated topics for Term 1 are Science and Geography.  To begin the year we have a strong emphasis on THRIVE (Wellbeing), forming relationships and developing classroom routines. 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 our 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.  

 

ICT:

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. 

Wellbeing:

Each class will engage in a range of 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 to help them reach their potential.  

Our Year 1 goals  for all students are to:

  • recognise and record the first 60 Spalding Sounds by term 4. A copy of these will be provided in your child’s take home reading satchel. These will be tested each term and known sounds will be highlighted. Regular revision of these sounds at home will be beneficial for your child. 
  •  recognise high frequency words. 
  • use spelling strategies when writing
  • achieve personal math goals (Counting, Place Value and Addition and Subtraction)