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:
Literacy - Writing
Writing sessions will focus on information, persuasive and narrative text types. Conferencing and needs-based groups occur most sessions, which enables 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.
Our homework is to read for at least 10 minutes with an adult and record this in their Reading Log. In the front cover of your child’s Reading Folder, there is 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.
We also encourage your child to logon to Mathletics and Reading Eggs every week. 30-40 minutes as a combined total would be a sufficient amount of time to spend on these programs at home.
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds groups are continuing. 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.
We are focusing on the following areas:
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 calculations 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.
Bounce Back is the name of our school wide resilience program. This term, we are exploring our emotions and different ways to deal with the unpleasant feelings that we all experience. We will also focus on Mindfulness and Gratitude as part of the Kindness Project?
Our Science is a Physics unit titled ‘Push and Pull’. Students will explore how a push or a pull force can make a toy move or change shape. Students will also investigate toys in water.
Our Integrated Studies unit is ‘The History of Toys and Design’. Students will look at the changes in toys over time. They will also work with a partner to design and produce their own toy.
The Albert Park Way (our school community’s code of conduct for establishing and maintaining positive relationships) is integrated into all curriculum areas and will continue to be a focus this term. The five dimensions of the Albert Park Way are:
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.