Year 1 is the continuation of an exciting Foundation year. We provide a creative,supportive and productive environment that nurtures and promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each student.
Year 1 students develop learning independence throughout the year and become more capable in literacy and numeracy.The children are engaged in differentiated learning experiences, focused on their ability. These activities cover all areas of the curriculum.
The Reading Recovery program is available for selected Year 1 students, who require specific literacy skill intervention strategies.
We offer many exciting incursions and excursions that link to our main area of investigation for the term. Science learning investigates Sky and landscape resources (Earth and Space) and the needs of Living things - needs, growth and change ( Biological) . Technology learning investigates Forces used to create movement. Year 1 students explore celebrations including birthdays, significant cultural holidays and events. They use terminology such as ‘present’, ‘past’ and ‘future’. Students look at the differences and similarities between their lives and the childhoods of their parents and grandparents. They investigate family traditions, leisure time and technology using photographs, stories and discussions. Students explore the local environment to identify natural, managed and constructed features and how they have changed over time. They consider physical activities that can be undertaken in these environments. Students continue to develop social, emotional and positive relationship skills.
Our school student well being program is based on the Resilience, Rights & Respectful relationships program. We teach mindfulness strategies.
The Year 1 coding program teaches lego We Do, a program that teaches technology through constructing models and bringing them to life. WeDo can be used as a teaching tool across all areas of the curriculum.
Our 'Swim and Survive' program at the Monash Aquatic centre is well attended, as learning to swim confidently is an essential survival skill.
Other activities will be placed on the Year 1 blog, as they occur.
SEMESTER ONE 2020
Year 1 students completed a range of activities to strengthen their literacy skills. Reading groups explored decoding strategies, sequencing text, comprehension and text response activities. Students learned about the structure and language features of text types including narratives, recounts, procedures and letters. In their own writing, they applied simple punctuation and grammar. Spelling activities focused on identifying and recording sound and letter patterns. When presenting Share and Chat items, students used appropriate vocabulary.
Year 1 students furthered their skills in areas such as place value, counting forwards and backwards, skip counting, and using 100s charts and number lines. They explored different times of the day, months, seasons and daily schedules. Students learned about lines and the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Probability concepts were introduced using ‘chance’ language. They collected and displayed data on graphs. Through the use of simple maps and giving directions, students extended their understanding of location. They investigated the areas of Measurement through engaging, ‘hands on’ activities.
Year 1 students explored celebrations including birthdays, significant cultural holidays and events. They used terminology such as ‘present’, ‘past’ and ‘future’ and added significant events to timelines and calendars. Students identified natural and built environments in the local community where physical activity could take place and recorded their exercise in an activity log. They examined the natural, managed and constructed features of the environment in Geography and looked at how places change over time. Students continued to develop social, emotional and positive relationship skills.
Year 1 students explored the diversity of animal life, observing the features and behaviour of small animals. They compared how they move, feed and protect themselves. Students examined the external features of small animals and how these features help them survive in their habitats.
Parents are most welcome to help in our classrooms, in the library, on excursions and camps and on our parent group committee and School Council committees.
All parents who assist in any way must have a Working With Children Check. This card must be presented at the office when parents sign in