Years 1/2

1/2 Bushland – Term 1 Overview 2017

Welcome to The 1/2 Bushland.  The Bushland consists of

Important dates

  • 3rd March       Evatt School Swimming Carnival
  • 13th March      Canberra Day Holiday
  • 20th – 24th Mar    Aqua Safe (Year 2 students only)
  • 21st Mar         Harmony Day
  • 31st Mar         CEIS Disco
  • 7th April           Last Day of Term 1, 2017
  • 25th April         ANZAC Day Holiday
  • 26th April         First Day of Term 2, 2017

Junior school assemblies are held every odd week on Friday’s at 2.15pm. This term it’s weeks 3,5,7,9.  If your child is receiving an award you should receive a phone call during the week.

English

Daily 5

This year Evatt School is continuing with the Daily 5 English program.  In previous years the children became familiar with the terms:

  • Read to Self
  • Read to Others
  • Listen to Reading
  • Word Work
  • Work on Writing

We will be re-familiarising the students with these terms, and brainstorming expectations of what the classroom will look like, sound like and feel like during these times.

Reading

Throughout the year we will be implementing the CAFÉ aspect of the Daily 5 program which focuses on improving student reading comprehension, accuracy and fluency as well as expanding student vocabulary.  Each student will conference with their teacher to set goals for their reading and discuss strategies to assist them to achieve their goals.

Word Work

Through explicit teaching the children will continue to broaden their range of spelling strategies.  Children will be grouped with other children who are working towards similar spelling goals.

Work on Writing

This term we will focus on the social purpose ‘writing to recount’ and ‘writing to inform’. The children will be recounting their holidays as well as the school swimming carnival.  Later in the term they will be learning about their class animal and write an information report on this animal.  Throughout this time the children will be working on their sentence structure, punctuation, spelling and text features.

Handwriting

Handwriting skills are explicitly taught using the NSW foundation style with multiple lessons per week focusing on posture, pencil grip and correct letter formation.

Speaking and Listening

This is an essential part of literacy learning and helps develop important speaking and listening skills. Students will be expected to make informal presentations throughout the term.  One of these topics will be speaking about a holiday or visit to somewhere in Australia to relate to our integrated unit about landforms and the environment.

Mathematics

The children will be divided into year level mathematics groups on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  If you have any questions relating to your child’s mathematics progress please speak with your child’s teacher about which mathematics group they are in.

Year 1 Number

In number the children will be reading, recognising, modelling, writing and ordering numbers to at least 100 and locating them on a number line.  They will also be practising their number sequences to and from 100 by 1’s and using place value to count collections of numbers.

Year 1 Other Mathematical Strands

In the other areas of the Year 1 Mathematics curriculum we will be learning the months, weeks, days and seasons.  They will also develop their skills around giving and following directions to familiar locations and identifying practical activities and everyday events that involve chance.

Year 2 Number

In number the children will be recognising, modelling, representing and ordering numbers to, and beyond 1000.  They will be using place value to group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000 and describing number patterns and working out missing numbers.  The children will be exploring the connection between addition and subtraction and solving simple problems and number sentences.

Year 2 Other Mathematical Strands

In the other areas of the Year 2 Mathematics curriculum the children will be naming and ordering the months and the seasons and learning how to use and read a calendar. They will be learning to tell the time and explore the concepts of halves, quarters and eighths. They will be exploring following directions, position and the various types of graphs. Finally they will be learning about the construction and recognition of 2D shapes including flips, slides, turns and symmetry.

Integrated Unit

The major unit underpinning much of our work this semester is called ‘Are We There Yet?’ This integrated unit will allow students to develop their understanding of the key elements of a sentence by investigating the geographical world around them, with a particular focus on using visual images. The unit will also give the children opportunities to increase their geographical awareness by observing and studying a range of information and narrative texts.

Students will use digital technologies such as Google Earth and Google Maps to assist with building their understanding of the environments surrounding them. They will become familiar with many features of their local environment and also begin to notice similarities and differences between their local environment and the environments of places further afield. This will be achieved as the students work through critical and creative thinking activities that will see them compare and contrast a series of environments. Students will engage with a range of informative, narrative, multimodal and digital texts that will assist them with gaining a better understanding of local and distant places.

This unit of work will cover learning content from a variety of curriculum areas including English, History, Geography, Mathematics and Art. It is hoped that students will find the unit extremely engaging and informative.

LOTE

This term in Japanese students will develop vocabulary and skills to discuss the weather in Japanese. Students will also be introduced to season words and ways to write them. They will further develop their language skills in everyday spoken Japanese and will become more familiar with pronunciation and rhythm of the language.

Science

Evatt’s Science/Sustainability program is presented in a 45-minute teacher release blocks weekly. All students will have the opportunity to engage in both a science and environmental sustainability program delivered within and outside the classroom setting. Students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of science concepts, processes and practices used to develop scientific knowledge. Students will have the chance to demonstrate their understandings when engaging in local, national and global issues.

Students this semester will be studying Biological Science working on an inquiry unit ‘Schoolyard Safari’. Through this unit the students will have the opportunity to investigate and observe the features and behaviours of small animals. Through these findings the students will gain a better understanding of the adaptions they have made to survive in their habitats. Investigations will help students learn how animals move, feed and protect themselves.

Year 1/2 students will also be actively involved in our sustainability program covering recycling, gardening and maintaining our existing school environment.

Library

  • The Library day for students is:-
  • The Friendly Frogs - Monday
  • The Perfect Potoroos - Monday
  • The Quirky Quokkas - Tuesday

Students can borrow 2 books to take home for up to a fortnight. All students have a library bag and must have it to borrow new books.

Homework

Each night the children are expected to read for at least 15 minutes.  This may be in the form of reading to another, listening to someone read them a book or reading to themselves (or their teddy).  Children are encouraged to change their home reading books as necessary, but at least once a week.  We have already sent home number cards and a list of activities/games you can use them for.  Additionally, Children will be assessed on their Magic 100/200 Words and may be bringing home words they need to practise as well as some word recognition games you may like to play with your child.

Health and Physical Education

During Physical Education lessons this term we will be continuing to develop our fundamental motor skills with emphasis on the skills of running, kicking and catching.

Additionally, Mrs Martin will be taking all the year 1/2 classes for a 45 minute lesson of Physical Education each week.  During these classes the children will be developing their spatial awareness which will enable them to make decisions about their position in relation to others and enable them to move safely within an area.  We will also be continuing to develop the locomotor skills of running, jumping, leaping and dodging, which are essential in team sports. Throughout all skill development there will be a focus on cooperative and competitive games and encouraging others and be a fair sport.

Lost Property

Please ensure that all items your child brings to school are labelled clearlyso that when items are lost they can be returned quickly.  If your child has lost anything they are welcome to look through the lost property tubs and racks located throughout the school.

Eating at School

This year Evatt School will continue to have teachers supervising children eating and monitoring their food.  At the beginning of B1 and B2 all children are given 10 minutes to eat their food in their classroom.  In addition to this children are welcome to bring in a piece of fruit to eat during morning classroom routines. It is important that the food your child eats at school helps fuel their body for learning.  Please provide wholesome food to help your child grow and learn. Some popular food ideas include fruit, vegetable sticks, cheese and biscuits, sandwiches and yoghurt.  Please make sure that all food containers are clearly labelled.

As an allergy-friendly school we ask you not to send any products with peanuts, sesame seeds (or either of these oils) in the ingredients list! Within the school we have children who are severely allergic to nuts.  Your cooperation with our allergy-friendly policy is much appreciated.

Children are reminded that hats are required to be worn during B1, B2 and physical education lessons and are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school every day and to use it regularly.

Term 1 is an exciting term where we get to know the children and the children get to know each other and their teacher.  Please remember, if you have any concerns come and see us, and if necessary we can make an appointment to discuss these matters further.

The Bushland Teachers

  • Barbara Todd
  • Brianna Thomas
  • Kavita Davies and Michelle Van Puyvelde