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Year 1 Update

It has been wonderful to see the children engaging in our online lessons, enjoying catching up on zoom, and making steady academic progress. I am so super proud that they have adapted their learning and have just taken up the new normal with vigour and enthusiasm. I certainly enjoy seeing their smiling faces every day and engaging with them differently. It was also lovely to catch up with many parents via Zoom to discuss your child’s progress – thank you for taking time out of your busy lives.

This term, we have begun exploring our new central idea, ‘People use Earth’s resources with varying impact.’ We are inquiring into;

  • Earth’s resources (renewable/non-renewable)
  • The impact of people’s use of resources
  • How we can contribute to the conservation of Earth’s resources.

It has been wonderful to see the children thinking about Earth’s resources, how we use them, and the impact our needs and wants have on them. They have been encouraged to explore these ideas, engage in inquiries, and be creative and critical in their thinking. This week the children enjoyed chatting with Peter Aldenhoven, Executive Officer of Willum Warrain, to gain an insight into how Aboriginal people use, conserve, and preserve Earth’s resources.

We look forward to two more sessions with Peter over the coming weeks.

In Numeracy we are consolidating, developing and exploring the following concepts;

  • Addition and subtraction strategies – counting on, counting back
  • Problem-solving strategies – collecting data, tallying, drawing a picture
  • Counting – forward, backward, 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s

The children have enjoyed playing math games, which are helping to develop their understanding and fluency. Games include: First to 11 (or larger numbers), and First to 0.

In Literacy we are developing skills and our understandings in the following areas:

  • Reading – fluency, recognition of common words, using phonemic knowledge when faced with an unknown word
  • Writing – persuasive writing, letter formation, editing, using letter/sound knowledge when spelling
  • Speaking and listening – verbally sharing their understanding and listening to their peers while they share their ideas.

Recently I provided you with access details for Decodable Readers Australia. This site has a large number of readers that you can access from home. Here are the login details just in case you have lost them;

Link: https://www.decodablereadersaustralia.com.au/online-book-list/

 Username: 17162

 Password: 170720

If you would like to further support your child with their Literacy at home, I would suggest;

  • Asking your child to read the Speed Sound cards speedily each day
  • Using ‘Fred Talk’ to help your child read and spell words that they are interested in and making signs for things around your house.
  • Finding authentic opportunities for your child to write, e.g., Make a shopping list, write a letter to post to a family member, create a survey, or write instructions for somebody else to follow.
  • Reading stories to your child every day. They may be interested in chapter books that you read to them or prefer picture storybooks.

Thank you for your continued support of our program. I am so grateful for your enthusiasm and commitment as we continue our learning at home. Please send me an email if there is any way I can support you or your child over the coming weeks.


Happy birthday Oscar!

LIANE CLEMENTS
Year 1 Class Teacher