Bell Park North Primary School
Welcome to the 2021 school year
Welcome to the 1/2 Area in 2021. It has been wonderful meeting our families, friends and importantly the children in the 1-2 Area. We look forward to welcoming new and prospective families over the year.
We have three classes this year. Each class has about 20 students. We have access to open, comfortable learning spaces and air conditioned classrooms. The three classes have settled very quickly into their new classroom routines.
The 1/2 teachers for 2021 are Mr Tim Cleeland, Mr Jonathon Skipworth and Mrs Maree Walker. We are delighted to be working with our classes and look forward to the learning that will take place throughout the year.
Years 1 and 2 are an important time for children as they build on their first year of school, and prepare for what seems to be the very big ‘next step’ into Year 3. Children at this stage of schooling are still finding out about themselves as learners and developing the skills, attitudes and understandings that prepare them for formal learning in the years ahead.
They are strengthening their literacy and numeracy skills, as well as developing their capacity to develop friendships, problem solve, persist with new and unfamiliar experiences and “Bounce Back” when they encounter a setback.
Parents continue to be their child’s first and most influential educator and, for us, very important partners with us at school.
SPECIALIST TEACHERS FOR 2021
Weekly specialist sessions are provided in
- Japanese Language – Mrs. Mandekic.
- E and The Arts sessions – Mr.Gibson.
- Mrs Stojanovic is a familiar teacher to our children and she continues to support children with their literacy learning and development.
- Intervention, through the Statewide tutoring program will be provided to some children in Literacy and Numeracy.
Learning through Investigations / Inquiry Units
Students will work on investigating themes and interests through the Developmental Curriculum Program (Learning through Investigations) which takes place in the classrooms, the large open space in the middle area of our building and in the computer area.
Home/school partnerships support these investigations.
Life Education Van
Harold and his friends visit our school every second year and this visit usually takes place early in Term 1 (anticipated 2022 visit). The Life Education Van experience supports the personal safety of children through promoting positive decision making about the things we say and do.
This is a fun filled, engaging experience for children to create solutions to real-life problems.
This is a wonderful opportunity for all children to develop and strengthen their swimming skills. The timing for this program will be confirmed later in the year.
PMP- Perceptual Motor Program/ Year 1-2 Sport
This is a weekly part of the Developmental Learning Curriculum. Understanding how our bodies and brains work together is at the center of PMP. It is also a fun way to develop perseverance and co-operative team/social skills.
Children love to extend their skills and stamina through physical activity. The 1-2 Sports Program encourages an supports the development of skills, stamina, co-operation and teamwork.
We have a number of guest speakers coming into the school over the year. These support learning and key curriculum areas. Planned excursions are conducted throughout the year. Parents are given several weeks’ notice to plan for these and to return the permission slip.
Assessment takes many forms at this stage of schooling. Most importantly, it is ongoing, meaningful and timely. Daily classroom tasks provide an opportunity for the teacher to gather information (data) about student learning needs. Conversations with students, and the written work they produce, form the basis for teachers to differentiate for students within the classroom on a daily basis.
The Mathematics Online Interview and the English Online Interview – February to March 2021
Mathematics and English Online Interviews will be administered during regular class time. Year 1/2 teachers will be released from their classrooms to support this intensive testing. On these days a CRT (casual relief teacher) will be in our classrooms.
- Water is available in children’s water bottle throughout the day.
- Fruit or vegetable snacks are eaten twice a day at school from 10:00 am and then again at 12.20pm. The children look forward to this ‘brain buzz.’
- We aim for ‘rubbish free’ lunch boxes. Children are encouraged to eat all wrapped food inside and leave any wrappings in the classroom before going outside. It really helps if food is in small reusable containers.
- The whole school fitness walk is conducted most days (weather permitting).
- Hats must be worn at school between September 1 and May 1 and when the UV reaches 3 throughout the year.
- Diaries should be brought to school each day and checked by parents for school printed notes or hand written notes from the teacher. We do our best to check diaries daily as well.
- Please name all school clothing items especially hats and jumpers. Only authorized school uniform items (purchased through the uniform shop) may be worn.
Take Home Reading
Home reading packs that include a “Just Right” book are sent home in a secure zipper pouch.
Please make time to read with your child. It is very valuable to share a book together as well as having children read their ‘take-home’ book to you.
Reading for relaxation and enjoyment can form part of a bedtime routine. Talk about the book before, during and after reading. Identify the characters, discuss any problems faced by the characters and how the problem was solved. Make predictions (during the reading of the book) about what might happen next. At the end of the reading, retell a funny or sad part in the story.
Pictures support children to understand what they are reading. Encourage children to look at the pictures and point out new or unfamiliar things in the picture. It is likely they will come across this ‘thing’ as a word as they are reading the book and talking about the picture will help them work out and understand the new word.
On- Line Learning and Digital Technologies
Children will access Mathletics, Sunshine on Line, Reading Eggs and more at school. These can also be accessed at home.
Develop safe habits now and have children use technology in a family space NOT IN THEIR BEDROOM. If you develop these expectations at a young age it will be much easier to maintain as they get older.
Playing board games and card games as a family promotes co-operative skills, language skills, problem solving and quite often math skills as well.
We will send home some suggested games and activities throughout the year. We hope that you will enjoy these!
Thank you for supporting your child to be increasingly independent
Now that children are in Years 1/2, it is very important that they become more responsible for their belongings and understanding the routines that are a part of every school day.
Making a time to meet with teachers.
Teachers have meetings on Monday and Tuesday afternoon after school and from time to time at other times throughout the week.
If you need to have a chat about something that needs our time and full attention, please make an appointment so that we can give you the time needed.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time throughout the year, please contact us to make a suitable time for us to assist you.
We will keep you informed of upcoming events through the student diaries and please read the school newsletter which is sent home with the youngest child in the family on a Monday.
Arrangements for the whole school assembly may change to COVID-safe expectations for schools. Check COMPASS and/or the newsletter for the most current advice for parent attendance at assemblies.
If you require additional information please contact the school office and the administration staff will be able to guide you to the appropriate person to answer your questions.