This year, Year 1/2 students start the school year with lots of familiar faces and some new faces. They will become more involved in new school and class routines. Students will continue to develop their social skills throughout the year, as they interact with other children in the classroom and playground. Year 1/2 are taught by Mrs Banfield on Mondays-Thursdays and Mr Hurd on Fridays. Mr Hurd will be working closely with Year 1/2 in his role of Instructional Leader and Mrs Denton will be working with students from Year 1/2 in her role as Interventionist.
Lake Heights Public School promotes healthy eating habits and therefore each morning in class, children are encouraged to bring in a small piece of fruit or vegetable and a drink of water to enjoy as we begin the day.
Reading is an essential part of your child’s education. Children have a reading bag and are required to bring their home reading bags to school with them each day. They change their books approximately two to three times per week, however if it’s a longer book they may only change it once per week. If you are wanting to read a wider variety of books, we recommend that you borrow from the school library or engage your child in reading other texts such as recipes, lists, comics and magazines etc.
The following link has some great information about the importance of home reading and some suggestions for parents:
The following link has some great information on the impact home reading has on your child’s education: The importance of reading at home
Year 1/2 uses Class Dojo as a behaviour monitoring system and as a form of communication with parents. In our class when our students reach 20 points they receive a small prize. Each bubble is reset to start again at 0 each Monday morning.
For more information on Class Dojo, or to connect, click here.
English is taught each morning and comprises of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, handwriting and oral language. In Year 1/2, we follow a program called L3, which stands for Language, Literacy and Learning. It involves the students taking part in group rotations while the teacher works with small groups of students to read and write with.
Students in Year 1/2 participate in Mathematics lessons each day, usually straight after Break 1. This year, we will be placing particular focus on mental computation strategies and the quick recall of maths facts – doubles, near doubles, friends of ten and the use of a variety of strategies. You can help your child by playing dice games, using flashcards or encouraging them to use Mathletics or any of the free apps available.
Creative Arts is made up of 4 elements: dance, music, drama and visual arts. This term, Year 1/2 will be working on a music unit which will be incorporating singing, percussion and dance. We will also be working on artworks that relate to the quality texts we have been reading in class.
Students participate in interactive science lessons each week with Mrs Nicastri, covering each of the science strands. The activities are hands-on and are a favourite for many students as they work collaboratively. Students enjoy working through the five phases where they engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate. Our current topic is looking at how heating or cooling a food can change its properties and whether the change can be reversed or not.
History will be taught during Terms 1 and 2 and Geography will be taught during Terms 3 and 4. Mrs Giles will be teaching Information Skills with Mrs Banfield each week.
Mrs Giles will be taking Year 1 to the library where they will have the opportunity to borrow a book for the week. Students will require their own library bag to take the book home safely in and are required to return it the following Monday.
Students have an allocated day that they are able to share news with the class. Sometimes they will have free choice of topics and may bring in a toy or talk about an exciting event from the weekend etc. However, most times they are allocated a topic to talk about. We encourage you to help your child prepare some things that they could say about the chosen topic.
The most important part of your child’s homework is their home reading.
As your child is engaged in learning for a lengthy time during school hours, we do not expect them to go home and do extensive homework. We understand that there are many beneficial activities that you can do with your child that are not covered by homework sheets and you may choose to do these instead. Some examples include:
*Going for a walk and identifying numbers on letter boxes.
*Reading a recipe together and having your child measure the ingredients.
*Playing card games together.
*Writing in a diary about their day.
*Writing a handwritten letter to a family member and posting it.
*Counting how many star jumps they can do in 1 minute.
If your child has completed alternative homework activities that they would like to share with us, we are more than happy for them to come in and tell us about them.
During Terms 1 and 3, there will be an opportunity for a scheduled chat with your child’s teachers to track your child’s progress and address any concerns. Keep an eye on the newsletter for when online bookings are available. If you would like to discuss your child’s learning in more detail before then, I encourage you to arrange a time to meet early in the term.
Assessment is ongoing and conducted regularly throughout the year. Reports are sent home in Term 2 and Term 4. There are allocated times throughout the year, for each parent to meet with the teachers to discuss the progress of their child. We also encourage parents to come and speak to us throughout the year if they have queries about their child’s progress.
If you would like to assist in the classroom during reading groups, please let us know either via class dojo or by coming in to see us before or after school and we can arrange a time. The department does require that all parent helpers have their Working With Children Check and provide a copy of this to our office.
You are always welcome at school to discuss your child’s progress or concerns, no matter how small. If you have a particular concern you would like to discuss, it would be helpful to make an appointment to discuss it fully. Just send a message to us on classdojo and we will respond as soon as we can to arrange a time to meet.