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Year 1

 
 
Term 3 - 2016
 
Numeracy: Students will continue to explore number throughout the term because they need automaticity when sequencing numbers to 100 from any starting point. They also need to be able to order numbers to at least 100 and locate them on a number line by the end of the year. Students will continue revising simple addition problems and be introduced to subtraction using a range of strategies. Addition strategies taught in term 2 will be consolidated and revisiting doubles, rainbow facts and counting on strategies will benefit your child’s progression. Subtraction strategies will be introduced this term. 
Students will be exposed to money. By the end of year 1 students need to recognise, describe and order Australian coins according to their value. In year 1 they are also expected to give and follow directions to familiar locations. This will be incorporated with our first short term English cycle, “Rosie’s Walk”.
Students will also look at using units of measurement by measuring and comparing lengths and capacities using informal units.
Please continue supporting your child with telling the time.
Literacy: We will begin the term by exposing students to the genre of recount. Our focus book is “Rosie’s Walk” by Pat Hutchinson. This text will assist the teaching and learning of informative texts and recounts. Students will engage in different activities that will assist them with comprehension and understanding, vocabulary, oral language, reading and writing. The students will plan and design their own walk which they must recount. 
Our next focus for the term will be persuasive writing. We will use the text “I Wanna Iguana” by Karen Kaufman to help unpack this genre. Students will understand the way persuasive texts are organised and be expected to give a persuasive oral for their formal assessment later in the term.
Please continue to work with your child in automaticity and recognition of High Frequency words (Magic Words). Remember the BEST way for a child to learn high frequency words is in context, i.e. reading the words in a book or sentence. Children should be using these high frequency words in their writing.  
Spelling will continue as normal. The list will be sent home on a Monday and students will be tested on Friday. Spelling lists will come from our focus texts in literacy. Extension words are optional for those children who have finished their Magic Words. Please remember to acknowledge your child’s spelling test each week by signing their spelling test book.
 Science:  Students will be engaging in learning about our constantly changing world through observations of changes in the sky and our school landscape.  As part of this we will be looking at movements in the sun and moon as well as seasons and our daily weather with a realisation that all of these follow cyclical patterns. We will be going on an excursion to the Brisbane Planetarium in Week 7.  Volunteers to help on the day will be requested closer to the date.
Religion: Students will engage in biblical texts from the new testament and to answer our focus question “How is Jesus Remembered today?” We will then look at the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and invite Father Paul to talk with the children about the importance and relevance of these celebrations.
HASS: Students will explore past and present family life and gain an understanding of how things have changed over time as well as describing the sequence of time. Throughout the term students will create a “History Box” where they will answer questions about the objects / events that represents a special time in their life. This “History Box” will show a passing of time which they will sequence. Students will deliver weekly talks on each object showing the passing of time. These objects will be placed inside their “History Box” and then at the end of the term they will be required to sequence the 5 objects and share their story for assessment. A detailed letter will be sent home in the coming weeks.
You Can Do It: Having just completed the Units on Getting Along and Problem-solving this term we will be moving onto Resilience. These classes are an integral part of our school’s social learning and can be very insightful in helping us assist the students to gain a wide range of strategies as they understand how to become more confident in interacting with others. 
We look forward to meeting with you in the next two weeks to discuss your child’s semester one report card and progression. Please remember if you have any concerns during the term to come and see the classroom teacher for clarification on how your child is progressing. We are more than happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns.
 
Visible Learning: Visible Learning is a BCE initiative across all Catholic schools in Brisbane. This is when the students know what they are learning and can verbalise their learning journey i.e. with clear learning intentions and success criteria. The students know how to improve and what’s next in the learning journey. We have introduced the students to “Fixed and Growth Mindset” with explicit language taught and modelled for the students to understand and grasp. Setting goals for our learners will occur at our Parent Teacher interviews later this term.
 
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