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Grade 1

Welcome to Term 1 in Grade 1.

The teachers in Grade 1 are Masa Music, Rachael Brazzale, Breannan Drew, Shelley Marthick and Hayley Kus.

Literacy – Reading

The Grade 1 teachers will work alongside each student to ensure that they have an individual reading goal based on the C.A.F.E Literacy program (C.A.F.E being an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy,Fluency, Expand Vocabulary), focused at their point of need. Teachers will monitor each student’s progress in regards to their reading goals, through participation in guided reading sessions.

This term, our focus in reading sessions will include:

  • building stamina
  • checking for understanding
  • making predictions
  • using beginning and ending sounds
  • blending sounds, stretching and re-reading
  • choosing a Just Right Reader

Literacy - Writing

Writing sessions will focus on narrative and recount text types. Conferencing and needs-based groups occur most sessions, thus enabling teachers to identify students’ areas of improvement. This will ensure that each child is catered for on an individual basis.

Big Write and Writer’s Workshop sessions provide the structure for our writing focus. Students will participate in fortnightly Big Talk on Wednesday, followed by a Big Write on Thursday, and concluding with editing on Friday. Students are encouraged to use the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the week to produce a piece of writing. In addition, Writer’s Workshop sessions will encourage students to write about topics that they are passionate about.

Homework

Our homework for Term 1 will be to read for at least 10 minutes with an adult and record this in their Reading Journal. In the front cover of your child’s Reading Folder Journal there will be a page to assist with this task. Please ensure this reading task is completed each night from Monday to Friday. This will assist our class work as it will ensure that your child builds confidence in their reading and writing skills. It will also help to connect the learning at school with their home environment.

                                                              

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds groups will begin early in the term. In Letters and Sounds, students learn a range of common graphemes (letters) and phonemes (the sounds the letters make). Students will be encouraged to utilise their knowledge of the graphemes and phonemes to improve their reading and writing skills.

Mathematics

Mathematics will focus on the following areas:

  • measurement and geometry (graphing and data analysis)
  • number and algebra (skip counting and place value)

Students will consolidate their mathematical knowledge by relating what they learn to real life problems and to other areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to use a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems.

The Grade 1 teachers will work alongside each child to encourage them to develop skills and concepts through explicit teaching in both whole class and small focus groups. Mental calculation and the teaching of efficient strategies is a priority. Students are encouraged to develop skills in estimation, with the use of concrete materials used to support their mathematical explorations.

Science

This term’s Science focus is Earth and Space Sciences – The Weather. Students will learn about different types of weather, why there are changes caused by seasons, as well as understanding changes in temperature.

Integrated Studies

Our Integrated Studies unit is ‘Healthy Me, Healthy Body’. Students will learn about why it’s important to look after their bodies, particularly focusing on eating a healthy and balanced diet, and ensuring that they get enough exercise.

Students will be unpacking the Albert Park Way (our school community’s code of conduct for establishing and maintaining positive relationships). The five dimensions of the Albert Park Way are:

  • Be Kind and Fair
  • Act Safely
  • Respect Everyone’s Rights
  • One Voice at a Time
  • Keep Trying

We will also study our school’s Learner Dispositions

  • to persist
  • to reflect
  • to collaborate
  • to create
  • to self-regulate

Parent Communications

Student diaries are an invaluable tool for collaborating between the school and the home. Parents are encouraged to use their child’s diary to communicate important information to their child’s teacher.

Information, regular updates, and resources will be posted through the app Konnective and on the school website at www.albertparkps.vic.edu.au. All forms and notices are available in PDF form on the school website.

Parents will receive updates on their child’s learning and areas for improvement in all areas of the curriculum via the Seesaw app.