Year 1 : Term 1 (2024)
J8 - J9 - J10
Welcome to Term 1 2024. We are looking forward to a successful, productive and exciting year.
In Phonics and Spelling, the Year 1’s will revise the sounds they learned in Prep and be introduced to consonant digraphs (eg. sh, ch, ng, ph, wh) and hard/soft g and c sounds. Students will be exposed to these letter sounds through phonics activities and reading passages. The Year 1’s will continue to practise identifying rhyming words and the parts of words (such a c-at, b-at, s-at). This provides the students with multiple opportunities to learn these letter sounds in depth and in context.
In Reading the Year 1’s will continue to develop their comprehension skills such as; making predictions, connections and inferences about a text as well as summarising a text. They will begin to identify parts of a simple sentence, such as what's happening, and who or what is involved. Students will also be exposed to a series of Narrative Texts that will support their vocabulary development.
In Writing this term, the Year 1’s will continue to develop their independent writing skills by engaging in lessons that explore sentence structure through their personal recounts. They will use their knowledge of writing complete sentences to experiment with different text structures. They will begin to form short stories and recounts and they use their knowledge of complete sentences within these.
In the first term of Year 1, students delve into the world of numbers, focusing on place value up to 100. Through various engaging activities such as reading, creating, writing, and ordering numbers, as well as hands-on experiences with concrete materials, students gain a solid understanding of number values. They will reinforce their ability to count both forwards and backwards from 0 to 100, while also being introduced to or continuing their practice of skip counting by 10s, 5s, and 2s.
We highly encourage parents to actively support their children in grasping the significance of numbers by incorporating them into everyday situations. Comparing quantities, visualising value and worth, and understanding concepts like bigger/smaller and greater than/less than are essential skills that can be reinforced through these daily interactions. Additionally, beyond whole number concepts, students are encouraged to practise quick addition and subtraction facts and apply mathematical skills in real-life scenarios. Examples include using small amounts of money during shopping, calculating change (when ready), and weighing items while cooking.
Problem-solving skills take centre stage as well, with students exploring various strategies, including the use of C.U.B.E.S., to tackle mathematical challenges. This holistic approach ensures a well-rounded mathematical foundation for our Year 1 students.
This term our topic is focusing on Rights, Responsibilities and Respectful Relationships. We are looking at the school values and how we can best encompass these in our school lives. We are building strong connections between the students, teachers and community. The Children will be exploring emotions, emotional triggers, acts of friendship and kindness and will include our whole school focus on Harmony Day Tuesday 21st March, 2024.
Junior Take Home Learning
Home Activities in the Junior school include:
Junior General Expectations
From the Year 1 Team:
Elle Gray (J8)
Nicole Pearson (J9)
Scott Gardner (J10)
Year 2 : Term 1 (2024)
J11 - J12 - J13
Welcome to Term 1 2024. We are thrilled with how well the Year 2 students have settled in and are looking forward to another fantastic year.
In Phonics, the Year 2s will revise the sounds they have covered so far throughout their schooling and will revise consonant digraphs. Students will be exposed to these letter sounds through spelling, phonics activities and their reading passages. Through the students' phonics activities, the Juniors will continue to practise counting syllables. Understanding syllables will help the students with their spelling as they can learn to chunk the spelling of different words using different spelling choices. Our Spelling program runs alongside our phonics program and each week, students will be given a range of spelling words that mirror our letter/sound phonics focus of the week.
In Reading in Term 1, the Year 2s will focus on reading habits and exploring a range of picture story books and some of our favourite authors. We will use our decodable books within the classroom to develop fluency and then move on to practising reading with fluency during Paired Reading and Speed Reading. Students will begin to look at some non fiction texts that will accompany our Swimming program. They will also begin to explore and understand nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and how these are used to make up different sentences.
In Writing this term, the Year 2s will continue to develop their writing skills by engaging in lessons that explore narrative texts. They will use their knowledge of writing complete sentences to experiment with different text structures. They will continue to form recounts and use their knowledge of complete sentences within these. Students will begin to uplevel their sentence writing by adding different interesting nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, making their recounts more interesting.
In Term 1, Year 2 students will dive into the exciting world of place value, in particular, reading, making, writing and ordering numbers to 1000, including expanded form. Students will show an understanding of numbers by organising/partitioning them into thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. Students will consolidate their ability to count both forwards and backwards from 0-100, and will be introduced/continue to practise skip counting to 100 by 10s, 5s, 2s and 3s, starting from any number. They will also be looking at different number patterns and developing skills in understanding how to fill in missing numbers.
We encourage parents to support their children to understand the value of numbers by identifying them in everyday situations and comparing quantities. In the past, the Year 2 students have found skip counting by 3s the most challenging. If parents could please model skip counting by 3s in their everyday lives this will help to consolidate this learning.
This will help students to visualise value and worth and concepts of bigger/smaller and greater than/less than. Students will also explore problem solving using the C.U.B.E.S strategy and learn to apply these problem solving skills to more complicated worded problems.
The Year 2 Team:
Patrick Galante (J11)
Bree Bacon (J12)
Mikkea Denniston- Spaull (J13)
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