We are very excited to welcome you to 1/2. We have a terrific space for learning and encourage you to pop in and familiarise yourself with your child’s room
There are currently 24 students in 1/2. Students are lucky enough to have Mrs Upeski for the first seven weeks before she leaves to have her baby.
In 1/2, our core values reflect those of the school which are care, respect and safety. In class, we have discussed what this looks like, both in the classroom and in the wider community. Positive behaviour is encouraged through a range of strategies including class Dojo points, which lead to whole class and individual rewards.
As a parent, you can use Class Dojo to connect to classroom activities and track your child’s behaviour. The application 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. If you visit the school website, you will find an invitation to connect with us on Dojo, with instructions and a unique code to enter. Please see your child’s teacher if you have any trouble connecting to Class Dojo.
In 1/2, we follow a program called L3, which stands for Language, Literacy and Learning. Every morning our day begins with an English block, which includes reading, writing, speaking and listening. It involves the students taking part in group activities while the teacher pulls out small groups of students to read and write with. It is a great program, which enables the teachers to cater for students’ individual learning needs.
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 twice a week. A reading sheet issued with the home reader has instructions to fill out as your child reads.
Mathematics in 1/2 takes place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 11:30pm-12:30pm. On Tuesday, Mrs Nicastri will be teaching Measurement and Geometry during the math’s session from 11:30-12:15pm on Tuesday’s.
For numeracy we follow a program called TEN, which stands for Targeting Early Numeracy. It involves students participating in a variety of number games that are altered to suit their knowledge of number. These games are repeated throughout the week to improve students’ knowledge and confidence when working with numbers.
During our numeracy sessions we use a lot of card and dice games to develop the children’s counting skills. When the session has come to an end, students will have the opportunity to communicate their reasoning using various strategies.
In first term, we will be studying the ‘Watch it grow’ unit which explores living things and their potential to reproduce and the offspring grow and develop through a series of stages. Students will be provided with a variety of living organisms in the classroom to learn about life stages.
As per changes to the curriculum, HSIE will be replaced by History and Geography in 1/2. History will be the focus for the first semester and Geography will be the focus for the second semester. Mrs Giles will be teaching both history and Geography over the year.
1/2 will have the opportunity to borrow from the school library every Tuesday afternoon. All students are encouraged to borrow books and engage in daily independent reading. They will need a library bag or plastic bag if they wish to take books home.
Sport will now be held on Wednesday afternoon from 12:30-1:15pm. Students are encouraged to wear their sport shoes this day.
The Crunch & Sip program currently operates in the school and students are encouraged to bring fruit or vegetables and water to enjoy during the morning session.
During term 1, students in year 1/2 will be given a homework grid that outlines the activities for that term.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.
The homework sheet was sent home on Monday 5 February and can be returned on Friday, however, it is optional. Students are to complete their everyday activities and once these tasks are completed, they are then able to pick one can do activity each week. When your child has completed each of their must do homework activities and they would like to share with us, they are more than welcome to come and tell the class about their process.
Just a reminder though – the most important part of your child’s homework is their home reading.
Later this term (week 7 – week starting Monday 12 March), there will be an opportunity for a scheduled chat with your child’s teachers to track your child’s progress and address any concerns. If you would like to discuss your child’s learning in more detail before then, we encourage you to speak to either teacher to arrange a time to meet early in the term.
We would greatly appreciate it if students could bring one box of tissues for the class (available at Kmart or discount variety stores for approximately $2).