YEARS 1 AND 2     PARENT NEWSLETTER     TERM 1   in   2018

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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. We would also like to welcome Miss Haley Ball, Ms Shelley Gunn and Mr Matthew Georges to the 1/2 team.

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.

Curriculum

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 1 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 baord 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”.

English

Year One

Writing

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 about our weekends and beginning our creative BIG WRITES.

Spelling

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.

Reading

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

Writing

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

The 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.

Spelling

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.

Reading

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.

Maths

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 as getting to know you

●      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)

-       Subitising (Knowing how many are there without counting)

-       Part/ Part/ Whole number relationships

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

Resilience & C.A.R.E

In our Resilience Program 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.

We encourage parents to talk about our values to 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.

Meditation

Our day starts with Meditation (whole school program) which is a wonderful way to calm busy minds and prepare for the school day. Please note that Meditation will be running 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 meditation. 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 computer.

Performing Arts – Grades 1&2

Welcome back to a brand-new year! 2018 will see a change in that our program will now become 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 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 sing and dance in preparation for an assembly item later in the term. I hope we have a fab start to the year

Art

This term in Art will be busy and 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 develop an understanding of the Art elements: line, shape, colour and texture. Art room activities will include: creating painted paper using acrylic and watercolours; portrait drawing; painting fish and drawing birds. The picture story book 'Where The Wild Things Are' will be the stimulus for some monster portraits.  Towards the end of term, the students will begin creating their cards for Mother’s Day and prepare for our next unit of work - modelling.  All students are required to bring an art smock to the Art room.

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 gymnastics. Students will be expected to improve the way they work together and learn new skills and games while having lots of fun!

Year One STEAM:

This semester, Year 1 students will participate in a multidisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program. This expanded Science program is highly practical involving lots of hands on experiences, including experiments, design projects and problem solving investigations to discover the science in everyday life. Year 1 students will continue to develop knowledge in the four strands of Science Understandings. The Chemistry unit investigates the observable properties of materials. Light and sound production and their sources will be explored in the Physical Sciences unit. The Earth and Space Sciences unit’s focus is on observable changes that occur in the sky and landscape; and how daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life. Living things’ external features, their habitats and basic needs are covered in the Biology unit. Students will incorporate this learning in practical investigations. The program will draw on students’ real life experiences and link to the classroom integrated unit of work. Individual and team design challenges will involve the posing of questions, decision making and a formulating a sequence of steps be created to solve simple problems.

Year Two STEAM:

This semester, Year 2 students will participate in a multidisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program. This expanded Science program is highly practical involving lots of hands on experiences, including experiments, design projects and problem solving investigations to discover the science in everyday life. Year 2 students will continue to develop knowledge in the four strands of Science Understandings. The Chemistry unit investigates how everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways for different purposes. Movement will be explored in the Physical Sciences unit. The Earth and Space Sciences unit’s focus is on how Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways. Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves is the focus in the Biology unit. Students will incorporate this learning and manipulate scientific equipment using safe procedures in practical investigations. The program will draw on real life experiences and link to the classroom integrated unit of work. Individual and team design solutions will incorporate question generation, decision making and a formulating a sequence of steps be created to solve simple problems.

Platoons

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

In Year One and Two take home readers will begin week 4 Mon 19th.

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. This will begin Thursday in week 4 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.
Website- www.classroomcuisine.com.au

Term 1 IMPORTANT DATES

3 - Thursday 15th February - Parent/ Student/ Teacher Conferences

4 Monday 19th February - Year One Incursion - Team Building Brick Works

6 - Tuesday 6th March - Curriculum Day Pupil Free Day

6 Wednesday 7th March - School Photos

7 Monday 12th March - Labor Day - Public Holiday

9 Wednesday 28th March & Thursday 29th March - Year 2 History Box Incursion

 

CONTACT US

1A Room 5 -  gunn.shelley.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

1B  Room 6 -  ball.hayley.h@edumail.vic.gov.au

1C Room 7 – lucas.michelle.s@edumail.vic.gov.au             whiting.lyndell.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

1D Room 8 – georges.matthew.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

2A Room 9 – hocking.kate.c@edumail.vic.gov.au

2B Room 10 – amsellem.claire.c@edumail.vic.gov.au        

2C Room 11 - mercer.michelle.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

groves.alicia.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

2D Room 12 - soundy.natasha.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

groves.alicia.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

FROM US TO YOU

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, Lyndell Whiting, Michelle Mercer, Natasha Soundy, Kate Hocking, Claire Amsellem and Alicia Moore.