Welcome to Term 3! We are looking forward to another busy and fun-filled term.
In Religion, this term, we will be covering the units; Friends Together, We Belong and Wonderful World.
Friends Together: The experiences we have of friends, including loving friends and making new friends, may lead us to wonder at God who wants people to be friends with one another.
We Belong: People may wonder at the God who created people wanting to belong to families and groups.
Wonderful World: As people explore creation, and discover such aspects as light and colour, they are led to wonder at the gift of creation.
This term, the children will continue to develop their Speaking and Listening skills. There is equal value in both Speaking and Listening and children will be assessed on both areas. The children will continue to strengthen their reading behaviours by developing their fluency, phrasing, word attack skills and self-monitoring. We will expose the children to a range of comprehension strategies; predicting, finding the main idea and making connections. The children will be exposed to narrative and persuasive writing with a continued focus on a well-structed sentence.
This term, we will be covering the following concepts; Data and Data Representation, Chance, Location and Transformation and Addition. The children will continue to develop their number fluency to count forward and backward from any starting point and locate numbers on a number line. The children will partition numbers using Place Value Charts and concrete materials, such as pop sticks, counters and Ten Frames. They will continue to connect number names to quantities and numerals. The children will continue to develop their problem-solving skills by using concrete materials to model authentic, real-world problems. They will leap into the world of coding and learn how to enter directional commands into the Bee-Bots (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ZuenJlFyE). The children will be provided with opportunities to describe how they solved simple addition stories, and to build upon their known strategies using Doubling, Double plus 1, Building to Ten, Counting on from the larger number and Partitioning.
This semester, the children will investigate the concepts of Continuity and Change by exploring how their family life has changed or remained the same, and how the present is different to the past. The children will learn to gather different types of information and data through books, people and photographs. They will communicate their personal narrative to others and represent their changing understandings in multiple ways; through drawings, written text and digital technology. They will be provided with opportunities to create Family Trees, Time Lines and Thinking Tools, such as Y-Charts and Venn-Diagrams.
In Health, this term, we will be continuing to incorporate the mandated curriculum from the Keeping Safe program. We will also be focusing on strategies to use when help is needed. The children will be stepping into reading a range of safety signs, in particular, being safe with medicine. We will be exploring physical activities that can take place in natural and built settings in the local community. We are learning to encourage our friends by giving them praise, compliments and using positive language. Friendship Friday is a day where the children have been allocated a friend from Lolly Lotto – ‘a random pop-stick selection’. They are given the opportunity to play with their new friend during recess, lunch and class time. It will create a fantastic element to our program as it allows the children to expand their social skills.
In Digital Technology, this semester, children will be learning about common digital systems and explore ways to organise and manipulate text, images and audio to create meaning and present the information using simple digital systems. Digital platforms that we will be exploring are Seesaw, PicCollage and Microsoft Word. Children will have opportunities to be creative using code. Coding is a fundamental skill whereby children use problem solving skills to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Coding platforms that we will be exploring are the Beebot, Scratch Junior and Tynker.
Dadember activity TBC on Friday 31st August at 1.30pm.
Please refer to the Spelling and Reading outlines in the children’s Homework Book as these will continue to be the focus for homework.
Thank you for your continued support.
Year One Team