Grade 1/2 Team

Welcome to the 1/2 Area in 2020. 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 less than 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 2020 are Mrs Hayley Wharton, Miss Keely West and Mrs Maree Walker. We are supported by Educational Support Staff who become familiar to the children and important members of our classrooms. 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 2020

Weekly specialist sessions are provided in

• Multi-modal Literacy (including Digital Technologies)- Mr. Skipworth in the Library.
• Japanese Language – Mrs. Mandekic.
• P.E and Art sessions – Mr.Gibson.
• Mrs Stojanovic is a familiar teacher to our children and she continues to support children with their literacy learning and development.

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.

For example in Term One we ask families to support their children to select artefacts (items) that are important to the child and family and to place them into a special bag. These items prompt and support children to present an extended oral presentation to their class members about their family and the things that make their family special and unique to them. This supports ENGLISH: Speaking and Listening Curriculum.

Life Education Van

Harold and his friends visit our school every second year and this visit takes place early in Term 1 this year. The Life Education Van experience supports the personal safety of children through promoting positive decision making about the things we say and do.

Robotics Program

This is a fun filled, engaging experience for children to create solutions to real-life problems.

Swimming Program

All children are encouraged to participate in the school swimming program. This is a wonderful opportunity for all children to develop and strengthen their swimming skills. This year it is conducted in Term 1.

PMP- Perceptual Motor Program

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.

Incursions/Excursions

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. Costs for the excursions/incursions are covered through the one-off Excursion payment made at the start of the year. This is for your convenience as it limits the movement of money between home and school.

Assessment

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 2020

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.

Routines

• 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). Please join us on the school walking track (around the oval) if you can.

• Hats must be worn each day at school until 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.

School Newsletters

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.

School Assembly

You are welcome to attend our end of week assembly, in the gym at 2:40 pm each Friday afternoon.

Additional Information
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.