LANGWARRIN PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL 2021 YEAR 1
TERM 1 NEWSLETTER
Tobi Hailey (1/13)
Sharna Dean-Wright (1/14)
Brenda Petkovic (1/15)
Sarah Keane (1/16)
Physical Education – Sue Burt and Franca Peluso
Visual Arts – Sarah Bailey and Melissa Hamilton
Music –Di Pendlebury
Indonesian – Jarad Rose
Performing Arts - Jenny Barnett
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.
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.
Each class will have a parent rep. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in this role.
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.
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.
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.
In Term 1 we will be revising and focusing on:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try Your Best
Live Your Values
Enjoy Positive Emotions
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: