Year Levels - Year 1

Year 1 Newsletter – Term 1 2019
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,
We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable break over the summer. Welcome back to a new and exciting school year. This year will be filled with many new learning experiences and discoveries. The Year One teachers this year are Mrs Julie Markopoulos in 1M, Ms Andrea Filgate in 1F, Miss Emily Dickinson in 1D, Miss Anita Skliros in 1S, Miss Eliza Reid in 1R and Miss Sarah Farrugia in 1SF. We know that building a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education, helping your child reach their full potential. To achieve maximum success in school our students need support from both home and school. We look forward to working closely with you throughout 2019 to help your child flourish.
 
Important Dates / Upcoming Events
 
· Three Way Conferences (Student free day): Thursday 28 February
· Swimming is 6 sessions at Splash:             Tuesday 5 March, Friday 8 March,
                                                                Tuesday 12 March, Thursday14 March,
                                                                Monday 18 March, Thursday 21 March
· Brainstorm Production:                              Thursday 7 March
· Labour Day Public Holiday (no school):       Monday 11 March
· School photos:                                         Tuesday 19 March
· Last day of term                                      Friday 5April (early dismissal at 2:30pm)
 
Homework
Homework is an important part of your child’s learning. Homework complements classroom learning and encourages good study habits. It provides an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning. At Craigieburn South Primary School it is a school expectation that all students complete homework. For students in Year One homework consists of daily home reading and a weekly homework sheet. Each night your child will bring home a home reader to read to an adult, helping them with their learning. It is really important that your child sees this as a positive time to spend with you. Home readers need to be signed by parents and returned to school each day. Your child will also bring the homework sheet home each Thursday. Please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible if you need any help for your child to get the work completed. Homework must returned to school by the following Tuesday.
 
Library
All children from grades Prep to Year 3 need a library bag. Regular borrowing from the library helps children to develop literacy skills and establishes the important skills of reading for information and pleasure. Please encourage your child to borrow regularly from the school library by discussing and sharing the books they bring home.
 
Art/Craft
If your child has Art this semester, please send along a smock as soon as possible. Art has started with painting this term. We appreciate how much school uniforms cost. If your child wears a smock the uniform will stay cleaner. You don’t have to buy one; an old adult size t-shirt makes a great smock.
 
Pick up and drop off
Please remember that pick up and drop off is at your child’s external classroom door. Please be mindful not to enter the school buildings prior to 8:45am as per the school rule. If you need to talk to your child’s teacher, please organise a time to meet or wait until 8:45am. If your child is late it is important you sign them in at the office prior to bringing them into the classroom.
 
Brain Break
Students are encouraged to bring along a healthy snack to having during a brain break. This could include fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese or squeeze yogurts
 
 

Uniform
Please make sure your child has a hat for sun protection. Term 1 is ‘No Hat, No Play’. Students not wearing a school hat will be restricted in where they can play as they will be required to play under covered areas. From Monday 5 February all students need to wear their full summer uniform. Students need to wear supportive BLACK school shoes every day, not slip on black canvas shoes. Please remember to clearly label your child’s jumpers and other belongings.
 
Specialist Timetable
 
1D
1F
1M
1SF
1R
1S
Art
Wednesday
Wednesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Computer
Monday
Thursday
Wednesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Wednesday
PE
Tuesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Friday
Friday
Tuesday
Italian
Tuesday
Tuesday
 
Thursday
Thursday
Tuesday
Science
Tuesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Library
Wednesday
Wednesday
Monday
Monday
Thursday
Monday
 
English
Reading and Viewing
We will be focusing on improving oral language and further developing reading routines. Students will participate in reading groups, focussing on gaining more reading strategies and deeper comprehension. They will learn high frequency words, making predictions, retelling and sequencing of events and making connections throughout the term. We will also focus on word building through the use of iPads, games and Bingo.
 
Writing
Students will be focusing on expanding their THRASS knowledge with dedicated spelling lessons, followed up with games and activities. We are focusing on recount writing using the correct structure and The Seven Steps of Writing. Dedicated handwriting lessons will be focusing on correct letter formation, placing letters correctly on the dotted thirds lines and using the correct pencil grip. Students will learn how to write simple sentences, using capital letters and full stops accurately.
 
Speaking and Listening
Students will learn how to improve their speaking skills, such as using appropriate voice projection, pace and volume. They will participate in class discussions and Show and Tell each week. At the start of term, we are focussing on discussions about classroom rules and expectations. Oral language activities expand student’s vocabulary and is an integral part of every lesson. It is very important that students develop the skills and confidence to ask good questions and answer in full sentences.
 
Mathematics
Number and Algebra
Students will:
Learn to count by 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as other patterns including shape and colour.
Learn numbers 0-100 and what comes before and after them and recognise patterns on a hundreds chart.
Learn how to partition numbers into tens and ones.
Learn their teen and -ty numbers and how to pronounce these.
Identify and recognise numbers up to 100 and show these on a number line.
 
Measurement and Geometry
Students will:
Learn about the length of time, such as hours, days, weeks and months.
Learn about two dimensional shapes such as squares, triangles and circles and their features such as corners and sides.
Become familiar with location words to follow and give directions.
 
Statistics and Probability
Students will:
Learn how to read, create and interpret graphs. They will develop questions to ask their peers to create a graph. From this they will then have to interpret the graph, e.g., four friends like bananas and three friends like strawberries. Children will create a range of graphs including picture and column graphs.
 
 
Integrated Curriculum
Our Integrated unit this term is ‘Growing and learning together’. Students will describe changes that occur, as they grow older. They will look at how emotional responses impact on others’ feelings and how we can interact with others in a positive way. Students will look at how we can make healthy decisions and describe how to help keep themselves and others healthy, safe and physically active at home and school, as well as how physical and mental health affects our body. Students will evaluate who they can go to for a variety of situations, such as the police, a parent or a teacher.