Year Levels - Year 1

Welcome

Welcome back to term 4, we hope you enjoyed the holidays.
It is great to see more students following classroom routines and procedures independently. To help your child concentrate and learn in class please ensure your child brings a bottle of water and eats a variety of healthy foods each day.
Please send a note with your child to explain any out of uniform items they need to wear.
We all need to be sun smart this term. Please ensure your child has a navy bucket/legionnaire hat at school to wear. Also make sure your child uses sunscreen as necessary.

Important Dates / Upcoming Events

Monday 29 October: Students need to wear full summer uniform from now on
Tuesday 30 October: Breakfast at School
Tuesday 6 November: Melbourne Cup Public Holiday NO SCHOOL
Wednesday 7 November: CSPS Art Show
Thursday 8 November: CSPS Show Day, 3.15 – 5.00pm
Thursday 29 November: Italian Day
Tuesday 18 December: Reports go home
Thursday 20 December: Class parties
Friday 21 December: Kris Kringle and last day of school for 2018. School finishes at 12:30

Homework

Homework complements classroom learning and encourages good study habits. It helps students to be responsible for their own learning. It is a school expectation that all students complete homework. Year 1 homework is daily home reading and a homework sheet each week. Every day your child will take a home reader to read to an adult or older sibling at home. Listening to your child is a positive time to spend together. Home readers need to be signed and returned to school daily.
The homework sheet is sent home each Friday and needs to be returned by the next Wednesday. Please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible if you need any help to get the work completed.

Uniform

Term 4 is ‘No Hat, No Play’. Students without hats will play in the shade areas in the lunch breaks. Please make sure your child has a hat for sun protection. Starting on Monday 29 October all students need to be wearing their full summer uniform. Your child needs to wear supportive BLACK school shoes every day. Please remember to clearly label your child’s jumpers and other belongings.  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

Pick up and drop off is at the external door for all Year 1 classes.
If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please organise a time to meet or wait until Soft Start at 8:45am.
Lessons begin at 9am, so please ensure your child is in the classroom as soon as possible after 8:45am.
If your child is late, you need to sign him/her in at the office before bringing him/her into the classroom.

Library

Students need a library bag to protect the books borrowed from the school library. A plastic bag with your child’s name on is fine to use. Regular borrowing helps students develop literacy skills and establishes the 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.

Specialist Timetable

1D: Monday - Library / Wednesday - P.E. & Art / Thursday - Science

1F: Wednesday - Library & P.E. / Friday - Science

1M: Monday - P.E. / Wednesday - Computer & Science / Thursday - Library

1R: Monday - Art / Tuesday - Science / Wednesday - Library

1S: Tuesday - Library / Wednesday - P.E. & Science / Thursday - Art

English

Reading and Viewing:
This term the main theme for reading and viewing is Aboriginal stories. Each class will have two main stories a week. The students will be developing comprehension strategies to find the main idea of the text, read information in pictures, make predictions, and recall facts and details in texts. The students are working on making connections from texts to other texts, themselves and the world. Students will continue to increase the number of high frequency words they can read. Computer programs such as Studyladder, iPads apps and THRASS games are used in rotational activities to help improve reading skills.

Writing:
We are focusing on narrative, recount and procedural writing, using the correct structures. Students are assisted to recognise when to use different types of punctuation, including full stops, question marks, quotation marks, commas and exclamation marks. We are continuing formal handwriting lessons that focus on correct letter formation on the dotted thirds and correct pencil grip. Students will continue to improve their knowledge of THRASS and use it more regularly. Spelling lessons will increase their vocabulary and develop correct pronunciation of more words. All students received a THRASS mat to use at home last year. If your child needs a new one they can be purchased at the Office.

Speaking and Listening:
Students continue to participate in Show and Tell to develop their confidence in speaking in front of the class. They will engage in conversations and discussions using active listening skills, showing interest, and contributing ideas. An Oral Language lesson each week will focus on that week’s Aboriginal stories or new vocabulary from the THRASS words.

Mathematics

Number and Algebra:
Students will:
Learn to count by 2s, 5s and 10s to 100.
Learn the counting on strategy to help them solve addition problems. (5 + 1, 6 + 1)
Learn the counting backward strategy to help them solve subtraction problems.
Learn to divide numbers using arrays. (Share 9 lollies with 3 friends)
Learn to divide objects and number using fractions such as halves

Measurement and Geometry:
Students will:
Learn how describe the mass of an object using informal units such hefting.
Learn how compare the mass of an objects using informal units.
Learn how to tell the time to o’clock and half-hour on analogue and digital clocks.

Statistics and Probability:
Students will:
Learn how to ask questions.
Learn how to create a graph using the data.
Learn how to interpret the data on their graph.

Integrated Curriculum

The Integrated Curriculum topic this term is Creative Designers. We will be looking at forces in movement such as push, pull and friction. Students will investigate a variety of materials how to join them safely. When is glue more effective than staples? How do you use scissors safely? The students will then each be designing and making a new or improved product. People use creative, imaginative and inventive thinking to help them design and produce products, processes and systems to help them meet a need or want. What materials have properties suitable for different types of construction? How do different tools assist us to complete a task? What steps are involved in designing and producing a model?
There will be lots of information you can share with your children about what how different things like telephones, cars, toys… have changed and improved over the years.
The students will be needing boxes and cylinders to complete their projects. We are limiting the size of boxes to a maximum of a cereal or shoe box size. Please send any cardboard boxes or other items you think the students will find useful for their designs along to school.
Thanking you in anticipation of some very creative products being made.