Y1 Update

Welcome to Term Two in Year 1. We have started the term with a bang! The children are energised and eager to learn. It has been a delight to see them all slot back to where they finished before the holidays. We have already experienced many exciting events this term, including a trip to Frankston, a beautiful Mother’s Day Morning Tea, an excursion to Melbourne. This week 20 May, we will be hosting our first assembly. We are all very excited and deep into organising and rehearsing – we have systems in place to help us prepare!!

Unit of Inquiry

We are currently continuing our unit of inquiry in the transdisciplinary theme of ‘How We Organise Ourselves. The central idea for the unit is:

‘Communities develop systems and services to function effectively.’

Our lines of inquiry are:

  • Systems & services in our community
  • How systems & services help communities function
  • How we can develop services & systems to meet the needs of our community.

The children were confused and concerned the first day when they discovered the classroom presented as a crime scene with chaos everywhere. With questions such as: Who did this? What do we know? What do you think happened? And How can we fix it? The children created a system to clean and tidy our space, ready for learning. To develop thinking around systems and services in our community, the children are currently role-playing the job of a Town Planner, exploring what communities need to function effectively. Recently we went to Frankston and Melbourne to explore first hand the systems and services that operate within a community and a busy CBD. We discovered all kinds of systems, including transport, entertainment, education, essential and emergency services, and procedures. In small groups, the children planned and created a map of a city highlighting many services and systems. We will conclude the unit by creating a 3D community filled with systems and services that will help it function and meet the needs of its members.


Throughout Term Two, we will:

  • strengthen our phonic understanding through our Read Write Inc. sessions, reading decodable books, and writing 
  • develop our sense of the characteristics, systems, and purpose of recount writing, narrative writing, and procedural text
  • continue to improve our handwriting through practice, demonstrating developing formation, spacing, pencil grip, and placement
  • develop the reading skills of fluency and expression during reading, Write Inc., quiet reading, and through the take-home reading program
  • have opportunities to express ourselves orally and improve listening skills.
  • modelling and representing addition and subtraction
  • strategies for solving addition and subtraction
  • using estimation when adding and subtracting.


Our inquiry in maths sessions this term will explore the central idea, ‘Quantities can be changed by adding and subtracting. The lines of investigation will explore;

We will:

  • represent and solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies, including counting on, partitioning, and rearranging parts 
  • develop confidence with number sequences to and from 100 by ones from any starting point. Skip count by twos, fives, and tens starting from zero.

I look forward to a jam-packed term filled with great learning and lots of unique experiences.

Y1 Classroom Teacher