Grades one and two



Term One Overview


Welcome families to 1/2. After a busy and successful start to the year, we are excited to share with you our program outlines for the duration of the term.




S.E.L. (Social and Emotional Learning):


At the beginning of term one, all classes have revisited the school values of Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Care, Doing Your Best and Friendship. This term our integrated and S.E.L. curriculum will focus on Managing Conflict; surrounding physical, personal and social learning for students and their peers.






Reading and Viewing: The students will begin by immersing themselves with reading by creating a reader’s community. They will then learn how to participate in the Daily 5 literacy program; complete guided reading, read to self, listening to reading, read to someone, comprehension and word work. Guided reading sessions are structured to the individual learning of each child, where they complete teacher directed activities alongside peers at their level. The main focus for guided reading sessions this term, will revolve around reading strategies, ensuring children have a wide repertoire of skills for decoding and making sense of various fiction and non-fiction texts. Our take home reading will begin at the beginning of week 4, and with your support, this will supplement the classroom literacy program with many choices to explore reading in a fun and education way.




Writing: The 1/2 students began the term by engaging in the Writer’s Workshop; encompassing genre writing and open cycle writing to support the craft of emerging writers. For the remainder of the term, students will focus on exploring fictional imaginative writing by participating in shared composing and editing of short stories, snapshots and small moments from their personal lives. Later in the term, the students will explore a range of texts surrounding the purpose of persuasion.






In term one, students will work towards understanding the place value system. They will identify how numbers up to three-digits are made. Students will recognise hundreds, tens and ones and be able to model these numbers using base-ten blocks. We will build fluency and understanding when counting one and two-digit numbers, practising mental strategies for automatic recall and recognition of patterns. Non-number subjects will include location, time, chance and 2D shapes, where students will be given the opportunity to make connections between these concepts and the world around them.






The students will learn about staying safe and taking responsible risks, healthy food choices, expressing their emotions clearly and dealing with conflict. They will consider how they have changed in their life and reflect on the things that they will be able to do in the future. The students will create a timeline to help record milestones of their lives since they were born until now.






Lauren McIlvain, Cornelia Scott, Livia Stahlavsky, Kelsey Batchelder, Stephen Tsonas, Natasha Welsby and Lisa Dalcam