YEARS 1 AND 2     PARENT NEWSLETTER     TERM 1   in   2019

The Level 1 and 2 team would like to welcome all our students and families back to school. We particularly welcome those families that are new to the school community and wish you a happy and positive start to your time at Eltham North Primary School.

The students have made a great start to the school year and we are all looking forward to a year of learning and fun.

Parent Representatives and Parent Helpers

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Representative for the classroom, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as you can.  We are also currently looking for parent helpers for reading to help with take home readers.






Inquiry Units

In Term 1, students will enjoy learning about the following topics. Each of these units has been planned to incorporate aspects of the inquiry approach to learning.  Children are encouraged to ask questions, explore ideas and develop understandings about the world in which they live.

 The Inquiry Topics covered in Term 1 will be:

Year 1 – What is the greatest version of me?

The Year One students will explore areas of a healthy mind and body. Students will understand how to choose a balanced lifestyle including making healthy food choices and factors that influence food choices. We will also be looking into how we approach tasks with a growth mindset and taking on board all our school C.A.R.E values.

Year 2 – Can we see the past in the present?

In Year 2, the students will investigate more closely the links between today and yesterday through technological change and the lives of their grandparents’ generation.

The Year 2s will have a fun, hands-on incursion called “The History Box”. We will also explore our local area with a visit to the Eltham Historical Society.


Year One


This term, students will be investigating different styles of Poetry and will be provided with opportunity to compose their own poems. There will be a focus on recognising and creating rhyme at the beginning of the term to coincide with our investigation of Poetry. We will also be writing recounts and beginning our creative BIG WRITES.


Students will continue developing their code knowledge and practise applying this when spelling familiar and unfamiliar words. Students will be focusing on our high frequency words.  Please note, you can refer to the ‘Codes’ DVD’s on Compass for practising at home.


Students will participate in reading group activities and independent reading sessions where they will practise and develop important reading skills. There will be a focus on phonemic awareness, syllables, rhyme and reading strategies to assist in decoding unfamiliar words and aid comprehension.

Year Two


This term, students will be investigating different styles of Poetry and will be provided with opportunity to compose their own poems. Alliteration, Acrostic and Rhyming poems are examples of some of the poetry styles we will be looking at. We will also be writing recounts about our weekends and begin our Big Writes (VCOP).

In grammar sessions, we will be focusing on developing students understanding of:

-       Nouns (common nouns and proper nouns)

-       Adjectives

All Year One and Two students will continue using the VCOP principles, to promote writing excellence. VCOP stands for Vocabulary: we want the students to be excited about finding and using new and interesting words in both their speaking and writing; Connectives: students will investigate ways to join single sentences to create a more complex sentence; Openers: we will challenge students to use a variety of language to begin their sentences; Punctuation: students will be exposed to and practise using varied and appropriate punctuation within their writing.


Students will continue developing their code knowledge and practise applying this when spelling familiar and unfamiliar words. Students will be focusing on high frequency words, in particular the words that have irregular spelling patterns


Students will continue to participate in reading group activities where they will practise and develop important reading skills. There will be a focus on specific reading strategies to assist in decoding unfamiliar words and strategies to aid comprehension as well as phonemic awareness, syllables and rhyme.


Year One and Two

Children will be given many opportunities to experiment, and play, with number concepts and ideas using a variety of concrete material such as: Numicon, pop-sticks and counters. This multi-sensory approach not only provides the students with an understanding of number ideas and number relationships, it also engages their natural curiosity and imagination, therefore facilitating a deeper understanding of our Base 10 number system (Place Value).

Wherever possible, we try to connect maths to the real world. We want the children to appreciate how number and mathematical thinking is part of their everyday life – and not something separate.

This term in Year 1, we will be investigating

●      Data in our Start Up Program

●      Subitising

●      Place Value

●      Patterns

●      2D Shape

and 2 will be covering the following areas:

-       Calendars - your child will be aiming to know and record his/her birthday

-       Data (How to collect and represent data)

-       Part/ Part/ Whole number relationships

-       Place Value (10s, 100s, 1000s)

-       Subtraction and Addition

Welfare Program – C.A.R.E

Through our Welfare Programs we will be exploring our school values. Students will gain an understanding of the school acronym, C.A.R.E. (Cooperation, Achievement, Respect and Empathy). Classroom activities will include stories, discussions, drawings and role-plays to promote these values.

We encourage parents to talk about our values with their children at home. We will also explore a social thinking curriculum program designed for our year levels. The aim of this program is to help develop skills needed to be flexible social thinkers and social problem solvers.


Our day starts with a Morning Circle and Meditation (whole school program) which is a wonderful way to connect as a class, calm busy minds and prepare for the school day. We complete a Positive Primer activity and set a daily goal relating to our school CARE Values. Please note that this begins from 9:00 a.m. sharp, if you are running a little late, please ensure your child leaves their bag at the door and quietly joins the class. Parents are asked to be mindful of being quiet at this time to help assist with the running of this program.

Library and ICT (Information, Communication and Technology)

Your child will have the opportunity to borrow from the school library weekly in our library sessions. Books must be returned fortnightly. Students will be learning about the library and looking at varied authors within these sessions.

Please remember your child may only borrow if they have a library bag. Please communicate with your child’s classroom teacher to find out which day your child will visit the library.

In ICT sessions this term, students will be using a range of programs to develop skills. Students will also be educated about Cyber Safety and the importance of a safe learning environment while using the computers/ipads.

We are fortunate in Year 1 and 2 to have iPads for each year level (ratio 1:2). These are utilised regularly in all areas of the curriculum.  

Performing Arts – Term 1 – Grades 1&2

Welcome back to a new year! This year will again be Performing Arts based and will cover aspects of music, drama and dance at different times throughout the year. How exciting! In the first term Grade 1 students will be creating sound effects for the story ‘A Dark, Dark Tale’. They will be exploring the elements of music and the use of instruments and their voices to do this. The Grade 2 students will be working up their acting skills via the story ‘Room on the Broom’. The students will have the opportunity to act it out a number of times in the classroom and make evaluations and improvements to their dramatic skills. Both year levels will undertake regular singing and dancing activities. I hope we have a fab start to the year J

This term in Art will be heaps of fun. The Year One and Two students will be completing a multi–media unit of work with a focus on painting and drawing. The children will explore the Art elements: line, shape, colour and texture. Art room activities will include: painting suns and birds; monster portrait drawing; learning to draw fish, hearts, simple 3D houses; and making Mother’s Day cards. Children will discover how to apply the Art elements to enhance their masterpieces. All children will require an Art smock. 

Physical Education

This term in Phys Ed, the Year 1 and 2 students are working through a variety of teamwork activities before completing a unit on locomotor skills. They will then conclude the term with some throwing and catching practise. Students will be expected to improve the way they work together whilst learning new skills and games!


This semester, the Year 1 and 2 students will participate in a multidisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program. We will be exploring these curriculum areas through fun, hands on experiences.


This fun weekly session provides the students with an opportunity to participate in physical activity, practising important motor skills.  

Home Reading and Homework 

Take home readers are an important part of learning to read.  We send home readers that are meant to be easy for your child to read to develop a joy of reading. The words and pattern of the text are to be very familiar so fluency and confidence are increased. It is important that you chat to your child about their reading, asking questions and having a conversation about the text. This assists in ensuring your child is understanding the text and not just decoding the words.

Take Home Readers

Students are asked to read for at least 15 minutes four times per week and to record this in their Reading Journal (yellow book).

In Year Two, Take Home Readers will begin at the end of week 2.

In Year One the program will begin Week 3 Friday 15th February.

Your child may also have word lists inside their reader cover. Your child should be practising these words frequently, both reading and spelling.

Note: Students who participate in the Literacy Support Program will have homework tasks.

This homework is targeted specifically towards your child’s needs and is a necessity for them to consolidate what they are learning. Please ensure that your child completes this homework.

Homework Policy

Year 1s and 2s will have daily reading practise, a spelling/code grid choice, and Mathletics tasks, relevant to the topics covered in class, set each week.

For the Year 1’s, homework will come home on Friday 15th February (week 3) and be due at school by Thursday the following week. One oral presentation project to be completed at home, will be assigned each semester.

For the Year 2’s, this will begin Thursday in week 4 (Feb 21)and be due at school by Friday the following week. One oral presentation project to be completed at home, will be assigned each semester.

General Reminders

Attendance and Punctuality

Being at school each day is very important for your child’s education. The school aims for a 95% attendance rate (no more that 10 days absence PER YEAR) There is a negative impact on social and education outcomes if attendance is below that. If your child is absent please use Compass to let the school know on the Morning of their absence

Late Arrivals: All students arriving after the 8.55am bell must go to the office to be signed in and collect a late pass, before going to their class. Please be aware that being late on a regular basis will impact negatively, as your child will often miss explicit whole class learning time. Meditation begins at 9.00am, so if your child is late, please ask them to enter quietly and take their place without disturbing the class.

Leaving Early: When collecting your child early, they must be signed out at the office before collection.  If you are aware in advance that your child will be leaving early with someone other than yourself, please let your child’s teacher know.


It is important to note that children are not supervised in the schoolyard before 8:45am or after 3:45pm.  If your child is alone in the yard unsupervised either in the morning or afternoon staff will have to take your child to Out of School Hours Care. We want all children to be safe!

Teacher Meetings

The home/school partnership is critical to your child’s education. If you have any questions, clarifications or issues that need discussing about your child’s academic, social or emotional needs, please see your child’s class teacher as your first point of contact. As teachers, often have before and after school commitments please make a time to meet. Teachers are also available through email and phone if this is more convenient. All teacher emails are available through COMPASS.

Food Allergies

Please note that we have several students in the 1/2 area that have severe allergies to nuts. For this reason, we encourage that children please DO NOT bring food containing nuts, Peanut Butter or Nutella. We also ask that you be mindful of egg and dairy allergies, so please check with your child’s teacher before bringing Birthday treats for the class. If your child has an allergy you might like to bring in some alternative treats to have on hand.

Rubbish Free Lunches

Students at Eltham North Primary School are terrific at looking after the environment. Part of this responsibility is NOT bringing any unnecessary rubbish into the school. Please continue to help students make healthy food choices and use labelled plastic containers. Any rubbish brought to school will go back into lunch boxes to be taken home. It is also expected that students take home any rubbish from their lunch orders.

Lunch Orders

We will continue using Classroom Cuisine, the online Lunch Order Company. Lunch orders are still on Mondays and Wednesdays only. You need to register and then order online no later than 8:30am Wednesday morning. There is a great range of healthy options for school lunches.


Week 3 Thurs Feb 14th PST Conferences  

Week 5 Wed Feb 27th – Curriculum Day – Berry St 

Week 6 Fri March 8th – Bring a Jar – Free Dress 

Week 7 Mon March 11th - Labour Day Sat Mar 16th – School Fete 

Week 9 Fri March 29th – School Photos 

Week 10 Fri April 5th Last Day - early dismissal 2:30


We look forward to working together with you to best help your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns. We are available before and after school on certain days if you need to make an appointment.


With thanks from the 1/2 team ~ Michelle Lucas, Hayley Ball, Shelley Gunn, Matthew Georges, Michelle Mercer, Natasha Soundy, Kate Hocking, Claire Amsellem, Jo Harwood, Hayley Reynolds and Alicia Moore.