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Year 1 Update

Welcome back to Term 2 and, what a unique and unusual start to the term we have had. I hope you have all started to find your rhythm adjusting to the new 'school day.' I am very impressed with the fantastic way all the students have engaged in all the learning activities and have been so adaptable and resilient in transitioning to our current offsite learning. It is a real credit to their independence and ability to be flexible as we all embark on this new teaching and learning curve. A big thank you also goes out to you as parents for being there for them during this time. I am very aware that many of you have also been or will be working from home, so I truly appreciate all the support you have given to them.

There has been significant consideration given to having tasks that are hands-on and can be achieved, for the most part, independently, though some jobs may need some guidance from you. Engagement and connection will continue to be a big focus, ensuring your children feel connected to each other, the school, and me. Similar to our in-class learning, there will be times when your children have communication, not only from myself but also from Mrs Rix, and Rach. I am working in close collaboration with Cath and Heather from Year 1 at Penbank, so there may also be times that you hear from or see them too. 

Even though our school day within the new plan doesn't replicate a 'normal' school day, we will be keeping to a sense of routine with our key learning areas of literacy, maths, and inquiry as well as our specialist subjects. 

Inquiry 

This term, students will be looking at the transdisciplinary theme, 'Who We Are.' Our inquiry will revolve around the central idea that – Beliefs and values within families help us understand and make connections to people. Our lines of inquiry will be;

  • How are beliefs and values formed?
  • How do our beliefs and values guide our behaviour?
  • How do our beliefs and values connect to others?
  • We will be exploring our inquiry through the critical concepts of connection, form, and perspective.

Maths

This term, we are going to be focusing on;

Number;
  • addition – developing our instant recall of number facts
  • subtraction – making links to addition
  • counting – forward, backward, from zero and non-zero starting points, skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s & looking for patterns in our counting
  • place value – reading, writing, making, and recording 2-digit numbers (beyond where required).
Measurement;
  • length – using informal units, correct vocabulary
  • 3D shapes – different shapes and their characteristics.

Literacy

In literacy, we will be making links with our unit of inquiry with a lot of our reading and writing tasks linked to our fundamental concepts of connection, form, and perception.

Reading;
  • continuing core programs including RWInc., MiniLit, and Spelling for Life
  • reading from at-home libraries – developing fluency and recognition of high-frequency words
  • sharing stories as a family
  • exploring the characteristics of a narrative
  • inquiring into how we can connect to people through our reading.
Writing;
  • recount pieces – weekend news
  • informative articles – interviews, family history
  • narrative writing - creating story maps, story sequence, characters and setting
  • inquiring into how we can connect to people through our writing.
Speaking and listening;
  • participating in Zoom meetings
  • sharing videos on Seesaw
  • interviews.

This new adventure that we are all embarking on, we will meet some challenges, but we will face them together. 

Please take care of yourself and your family!

LIANE CLEMENTS Year 1 Classroom Teacher