YEARS 1 AND 2 PARENT NEWSLETTER TERM 3, 2019
Welcome to Term 3! It is hard to believe that we are already this far into 2019 and your children are already half way through Year 1 or 2! Students in both levels have shown wonderful progress throughout the year and we are looking forward to continuing on their learning journey this semester.
In Year 1 and 2, the integrated units have been planned incorporating the inquiry approach to learning. Children are encouraged to ask questions, explore ideas and develop understandings about the world in which they live.
Our new topic for the term: ‘Where in the World is Australia? Mapping Our Place in the World’ has a geography focus with a little bit of Australian social history. We will be exploring Maps of Australia and the world, we will also discover Australia’s connection with the rest of the world: both geographically (through regions and oceans) and look at the tourist attractions of each state and territory. We have planned an excursion into the city of Melbourne to look at landmarks which draw people to visit including Federation Square, the Yarra River and the MCG.
The Year 1 students will have an oral presentation project linked with our ‘Where in the World is Australia?’ unit which they will present later in the term.
During Term 3, we will be investigating the various ways toys move (push and pull) through our Design and Technology Inquiry Unit, ‘Can I Make a Toy that Moves?’. We will participate in an incursion where the children will have the opportunity to make a small moving wooden toy, using a variety of hand tools. The students will also design and build a toy at home to share in a Year 2 Toy Expo Celebration.
Students will be investigating Information Reports and look at the features of non-fiction text. Students will also be doing regular Big Writes this term - look out for the ‘Talk’ homework that will come home fortnightly. This ‘Talk’ homework supports your child’s writing by generating ideas, WOW words and giving them the opportunity to talk about their writing, also building oral language, before the formal writing task.
In grammar sessions, we will be focusing on developing students’ understanding of:
- adjectives – the WOW words that help make our writing more interesting
- simple sentences using boundary punctuation
Students will continue to focus on developing their phonogram knowledge and application when spelling familiar and unfamiliar words. Year One will be concentrating on mastering the 100 most used words, in particular the words that have irregular spelling patterns. Students will be taking a closer look at a variety of spelling rules that are helpful when reading or spelling unfamiliar words.
Year 1 students will continue to participate in reading groups where they will practice and develop important reading skills through a variety of activities. Students will also be involved in Independent Reading time where they have the opportunity to practise specific comprehension skills taught. We will focus on monitoring understanding, sequencing and prediction.
Students will be investigating procedural texts and writing their own procedures. Students will also be doing Big Writes this term and will have more opportunities to develop their creative writing skills. Through the VCOP program students with focus on their personal Writing Goals (eg. I can use WOW words / I can use full stops and capital letters).
In grammar sessions, we will be focussing on developing students’ understanding of:
- simple sentences
- connectives to join sentences
- editing simple sentences
- adverbs of manner
Students will continue to focus on developing their phonogram knowledge and application when spelling familiar and unfamiliar words. Both levels will be concentrating on mastering the 100 – 200 most used words, in particular the words that have irregular spelling patterns. Students will be taking a closer look at a variety of spelling rules that are helpful when reading or spelling unfamiliar words.
Year 2 will be running a targeted spelling program across the level. This is a wonderful opportunity to support and extend students’ knowledge.
Year 2 students will continue to participate in reading groups where they will practise and develop important reading skills through a variety of activities.
Students will be supported to develop their independent reading skills by investigating:
- Behaviours that support good reading (Metacognitive Toolkit).
- How to choose a ‘just right book’.
- A balanced reading diet and having a purpose for reading.
Year One & Two
Children will be engaged in a variety of topics this term that will allow them to deepen their understanding of number, shape and measurement. We will continue to use various equipment in the classroom (multi-sensory approach) to assist students to develop a powerful understanding of number ideas and number relationships.
We will be covering the following topics:
- Problem Solving
C.A.R.E. – Year 1 & 2
The Year 1 and 2 students will continue their work with the Resilience Rights and Respectful Relationship program. Lessons are taught weekly and divided up into categories such as Emotional Literacy, Personal Strengths and Problem Solving. Lessons are connected to the Victorian Curriculum and align with our School Values beautifully. We believe these lessons, together with our daily Welcome Circles will be beneficial to both staff and students in developing positive mental health strategies.
Performing Arts – Grades 1&2
The Grade 1/2’s will continue with their Performing Arts learning this term. The Grade 1’s will be creating Australian animal plays and performing them to the grade. They will consider some basic elements of drama. In Dance they will explore a variety of movements and learn some popular dances. They will also participate in a range of drama activities. The Grade 2’s will be learning new rhythmic patterns and playing these on a range of percussion instruments. They will also be introduced to tuned percussion such as the xylophone, glockenspiel and marimba. They will create short vocal performances and perform as part of a whole class group. In dance, they will create their own moves for a song and will work as part of a small group to perform it for the grade. I’m looking forward to teaching the Grade 1/2’s again this term!
This term the Year 1 and 2 students are working on the fundamental skills of kicking and bouncing. These will then be applied in our soccer, football and basketball units in a variety of game sense activities.
Library and ICT (Information, Communication and Technology)
Your child will have the opportunity to borrow from the school library weekly. Books must be returned or re-borrowed fortnightly. Please remember your child may only borrow if they have a library bag.
Year One ICT
During Term 3 Year 1’s will focus on coding and exploring the App Scratch Jnr. Students will explore how we can program sprites(characters) to move/react in a variety of ways, with the intent for students to design a simple game for their peers towards the end of term.
Year Two ICT
During Term 3, ICT will be integrated into various areas of the curriculum. Year 2 students will explore cyber safety and various applications to publish their work (e.g. Pages / Clips)
The Year 1 students will have their session on Thursdays at 1.50pm and the Year 2 session will be on a Wednesday afternoon. This session provides the students with an opportunity to participate in physical activity and practice important motor skills.
Platoons sessions will have a strong focus on good sportsmanship.
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
In Year One and Two take home readers will continue this term.
Your child may also have word code inside their reader cover. Your child should be practising these codes (e.g. spotting in words / saying and writing them).
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.
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. This will begin Thursday in week 2 and be due at school by Friday the following week. One oral presentation project to be completed at home, will be assigned each semester.
The Year 2 students will have a homework project linked with our ‘Can I Make a Toy that Moves?’ unit which they will present at the Year 2 Toy Expo
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 educational outcomes if attendance is below that. If your child is absent, please use Compass to let the school know on the day or the day after.
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 our daily meditation and explicit whole class learning time.
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 take your child to Out of School Hours Care. We want all children to be safe!
Please note that we have several students in the 1/2 area that have severe allergies to nuts. For this reason we ask that children 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.
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 on the Monday or Wednesday morning. There is a great range of healthy options for school lunches.
Term 3 IMPORTANT DATES
Wednesday Sept 11 - Footy Day – Special Lunch
Friday Sept 20 - End Term 3
FROM US TO YOU
It is best for us to work together to 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, Nikki Jones, Michelle Mercer, Natasha Soundy, Kate Hocking, Claire Amsellem and Hayley .