The teachers in grade 1 are Breannan Drew, Shelley Marthick, Masa Music, Hayley Kus and Rachael Brazzale.
The Grade 1 teachers will work alongside each student to ensure that they have an individual reading goal focused at their point of need. These goals will be based around the reading skills comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding Vocabulary. Teachers will monitor each student’s progress in regards to their reading goals, through participation in guided reading sessions and running record assessments.
Students have their own individual reading box and each week, they select two books of interest from our well-resourced classroom library to place into their box. They choose two-three books from their allocated levelled reading box. Students also have the option of bringing a book from home with a total of five books. Using these five books, students practice the teacher allocated reading strategy.
This term, our focus in reading sessions will include:
Writing sessions will focus on recount, information, exposition (letter writing) 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.
We will be continuing The Kindness Project with a focus on the importance of treating others with kindness. Students will be regularly practising acts of kindness to one another and around the school to build a ‘Kindness’ culture of belonging, self worth and well-being.
Our inquiry focus is a biological science unit. Our BIG QUESTION is: How can we make our school more sustainable and biodiverse? Students will investigate the type and quantity of bugs we have on our school site and work with a small group to design and produce their own bug hotel to encourage more bugs to the area.
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.