Welcome to Year 1! The early years of primary school are critical for developing the skills and experiences students require throughout their school career and we are very excited to be a part of your child’s learning journey during 2021.
This year, year 1 will be taught by Miss Layton on Mondays – Wednesday mornings and Mrs Upeski Wednesday mid-morning – Fridays. Year 1 will be working closely with students in the Kindergarten as well as Year 1/2 classes, to ensure cohesiveness across grade levels. This will also allow students to maintain and build upon their existing social groups.
Mrs Ellsmore will be working closely with students in year 1 in her new role as Instructional Leader this year, targeting Literacy and Numeracy. Mrs Denton will also be working with students from year 1 in her role as Interventionist and your child may be involved in small group work with both Mrs Ellsmore and Mrs Denton from time to time.
English is taught each morning and comprises of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, handwriting and oral language. In year 1, we follow the L3 model, which stands for Language, Literacy and Learning. L3 involves groups of three or more students with similar needs, working with the teacher in intensive, explicit reading and writing lessons. When not with the teacher, children independently complete a variety of both formal and informal literacy tasks, with a focus on quality play opportunities that facilitate oral language development.
As students become more adept readers and writers, writing lessons move to whole class settings with opportunities to provide additional support to small groups of students. We supplement the L3 model with explicit and systematic phonics instruction, which takes place at the beginning of each day. Year 1 teachers work closely with the Kindergarten and Year 1/2 teachers to plan phonics instructions and students move between classes at this time, based on their needs.
After the first few weeks of school, students will begin to bring home books to read at home each night. As we use these books for our classroom reading, it is very important that home readers travel to and from school each day in the bag provided.
The books sent home are books that your child has read in class. It’s best to get into an afternoon or evening routine which involves your child reading their home reader. If your child is tired in the afternoon, often reading in the morning before school is a good alternative.
To get the most out of this experience, check out this video on how to read home readers with your child.
Students in Year 1 participate in mathematics lessons each day, morning middle session. Students are exposed to a variety of hands -on activities to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts and many concepts will be taught and reinforced through games.
At home, you can help your child by playing board games involving dice or counting, playing card games and talking about numbers in everyday contexts, for example, finding numerals at the supermarket, reading the numbers on letterboxes, following directions to something hidden in a room etc.
Other curriculum areas
In Year 1, students will participate in a variety of experiences in other curriculum areas including science, history and geography, PDHPE and sport and creative arts. Children love the hands-on, inquiry nature of many of these subjects and the content of what is what, often stems from the students’ interests and questions.
In Year 1, our core values reflect those of the school which are care, respect and safety. Positive behaviour is encouraged through a range of strategies including “Class Dojo” points, which lead to whole class and individual rewards.
General class info
Crunch&Sip – Students are encouraged to bring fruit or vegetables and water to enjoy during the morning session.
Library – Students will have an opportunity to borrow books from our school library each week. They will need a library bag or plastic bag to take books home in. Our library day is Tuesday from 11:30-12:15pm.
Talk time- Your child will be assigned a day each week, where they’ll have the chance to speak in front of the class. You might know this as news or show and tell. For the first term, students will be able to speak about certain topics we have assigned them. They may like to bring something from home such as a favourite game or book, some family photos or something they’ve collected from nature. This is optional and they are more than welcome to tell the class something they did on the weekend etc. Unfortunately, teachers cannot take responsibility for items brought from home. It’s a good idea to chat with your child the evening before their talk time and help them to come up with something they’d like to speak about.
Connecting with our Classroom
As a parent, you can use ClassDojo to connect to classroom activities and track your child’s behaviour. It also provides a platform to receive reminders or get in touch with teachers, which is great for parents who can’t make it into the classroom as regularly. We welcome parental involvement and feedback.