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Year 1 Update

What a busy but extremely productive start we have had to 2020. The saying, ‘Time flies when you’re having fun!’ certainly applies to the Year 1 classroom. The children have all settled in well and it is now onwards and upwards as we head into the second half of the term. One of my highlights this term was the Year 1 assembly. I was so impressed by the children’s confidence and how they took everything in their stride.

Thank you to everyone who came to the information night and parent-teacher interviews, I enjoyed being able to meet you all, and I am looking forward to a great 2020!

Inquiry

This term we have been exploring the transdisciplinary theme of ‘How we organise ourselves’ with a specific focus on the central idea of, ‘Why and how systems help communities’. We have explored a variety of systems to discover what makes an effective system. The children have been investigating how systems function, what connections there need to be and who is responsible for making the systems run smoothly. We have applied our theories and understandings to create systems that will help us develop a classroom culture that benefits everyone.

Key concepts

• Function
• Connection
• Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into –

  • Systems in our classroom/school and broader community
  • Why we need systems
  • How systems help communities function
  • The responsibilities people have within systems.
  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Counting forwards and backwards from 0 and non-zero starting points
  • Exploring how numbers can be created eg. 15 = 10+5, 20-5, 3x5, 30-15 etc.
  • Place value of 2 digit and 3 digit numbers
  • Problem solving using addition and subtraction
  • Time – days of the week, months, time vocab and, time lines. Time also relates nicely to our unit of inquiry.

Literacy

Throughout the Term the children have focussed on –

Read, Write Inc.

The lessons are currently developing the children’s understanding of speedy sounds and how to segment and blend sounds, learning green words (high frequency words), learning red words (non-decodable sight words), reading appropriately levelled decodable readers, handwriting and completing writing tasks. Their learnt knowledge is then transferred to their reading, writing and spelling. The program is designed to scaffold the children to succeed in reading and writing with confidence.

Writing

Our current writing focus has been on developing the children’s recount writing. The children are being encouraged to include the who, why, when, what and where in their writing. We are also developing our use of correct use of capital letters and full stops. 

Reading

We have been enjoying sharing Allison Lester stories within the classroom. The children are able to connect with the characters and recognise their own adventures within the stories. The children are also being encouraged to read to self and others at a variety of times throughout the day. 

Numeracy

In Numeracy, the children are developing their skills in –

  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Counting forwards and backwards from 0 and non-zero starting points
  • Exploring how numbers can be created eg. 15 = 10+5, 20-5, 3x5, 30-15 etc.
  • Place value of 2 digit and 3 digit numbers
  • Problem solving using addition and subtraction
  • Time: days of the week, months, time vocabulary and, time lines. Time also relates nicely to our unit of inquiry.

Reminders

  • If you are not already connected to your child’s Seesaw account or are having difficulty signing up, please let me know. The children will post updates of what they are up to in class.
  • Please make sure everything that your child brings to school is named so that we can help return lost items to them.
  • Reading folders should be returned to school each Monday and Thursday so that your child can choose new ‘Take Home Readers’.
  • RWInc readers will arrive home every 3 or 5 days.

LIANE CLEMENTS
Year 1 Classroom Teacher