The teachers in Grade 1 are Masa Music, Leah Morgan, 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 twice weekly guided reading sessions.
This term, our foci in reading sessions will include:
Literacy - Writing
Writing sessions will focus on recount and narrative 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 with 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.
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 will focus 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 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.
This term’s Science focus is Earth and Space Sciences – Weather In My World. Students’ beliefs and understandings of the air, sun, and wind will be expanded as they participate in hands-on activities. Through scientific investigations, they will increase their knowledge of how the characteristics of weather affect their daily lives.
Our Integrate Studies unit is ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Me’. Students will learn about the importance of staying healthy, safe and active. They will learn about the changes that occur as they grow older, and how emotional responses can impact others’ feelings. Students will identify areas where they can be active and how the body reacts to different physical activities.
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 their 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.
Dates for your diary
Please take note of the following important dates for Term 1:
Tuesday 6th February - Open Classrooms 4.30pm Welcome Picnic 5.30
Monday 5 March to Friday 9 March - swimming program at MSAC
Monday 12 March - Labour Day holiday - no school.
Tuesday 13 March - Curriculum Day - no school.
Tuesday 237 March - SCHOOL PHOTOS
Wednesday 28 March - Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 29 March - end term 1 - school finishes at 2.30pm.