Year 1 is the continuation of an exciting Foundation year. We provide a creative,supportive and productive environment that nurtures and promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each student.
Year 1 students develop learning independence throughout the year and become more capable in literacy and numeracy.The children are engaged in differentiated learning experiences, focused on their ability. These activities cover all areas of the curriculum.
Students complete a range of activities to strengthen their literacy skills. Reading groups and Guided Reading sessions focus on decoding strategies, sequencing text, comprehension and text response activities. Students learn about the structure and language features of text types including narratives, recounts, procedures, information reports, poetry and letters. In their own writing, students apply simple punctuation and grammar. Spelling activities focus on identifying and recording sound and letter patterns. When presenting 'Share and Chat' items, students use appropriate vocabulary. They perform Fairy Tale plays using clear and expressive language. Students requiring additional support in reading may have the opportunity to participate in our Reading Recovery program.
The Reading Recovery program is available for selected Year 1 students, who require specific literacy skill intervention strategies.
In numeracy, students further their skills in place value, counting forwards and backwards, skip counting, and using 100s charts and number lines. They focus on simple fractions and counting coins. Students add, subtract, group and share amounts. They explore different times of the day (including analogue and digital time), months, seasons and daily schedules. They learn about lines and the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Probability concepts are introduced using ‘chance’ language. Students collect and display data on graphs and learn to interpret them. Through the use of simple maps and giving directions, they extend their understanding of location. Students investigate the areas of measurement such as area, perimeter, capacity and mass through engaging, ‘hands on’ activities.
We offer many exciting incursions and excursions that link to our main area of investigation for the term. Science learning investigates Sky and landscape resources (Earth and Space) and the needs of Living things - needs, growth and change ( Biological) . Technology learning investigates Forces used to create movement. Year 1 students explore celebrations including birthdays, significant cultural holidays and events. They use terminology such as ‘present’, ‘past’ and ‘future’. Students look at the differences and similarities between their lives and the childhoods of their parents and grandparents. They investigate family traditions, leisure time and technology using photographs, stories and discussions. Students explore the local environment to identify natural, managed and constructed features and how they have changed over time. They consider physical activities that can be undertaken in these environments. Students continue to develop social, emotional and positive relationship skills.
Our school student well being program is based on the Resilience, Rights & Respectful relationships program. We teach mindfulness strategies.
The Year 1 coding program teaches lego We Do, a program that teaches technology through constructing models and bringing them to life. WeDo can be used as a teaching tool across all areas of the curriculum.
Our 'Swim and Survive' program at the Monash Aquatic centre is well attended, as learning to swim confidently is an essential survival skill.
Other activities will be placed on the Year 1 blog, as they occur.
Parents are most welcome to help in our classrooms, in the library, on excursions and camps and on our parent group committee and School Council committees.
All parents who assist in any way must have a Working With Children Check. This card must be presented at the office when parents sign in