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Grade 1

What’s happening Term 2 -2022

Grade 1 important dates:

Wednesday 25th May – Curriculum Day (No school)

Friday 27th May – Excursion Rippon Lea Estate 1J and 1T

Friday 3rd June- Excursion Rippon Lea Estate 1F and 1K

Monday June 13thQueen’s Birthday (No school)

Friday June 24thLast day of term 2



In reading we will continue to work in targeted reading groups with the teacher and build our stamina for completing independent work. We are studying a variety of big books that are shared at a whole class level with a focus on literal (information directly stated in the text) and inferential comprehension (information not directly stated in the text). We will continue to consolidate our reading strategies e.g. how to work out unknown words, does what I am reading make sense?  We will investigate vocabulary and show our understanding in written form. We are working towards correctly answering text-based questions in full sentences and adding detail.


Narrative writing will be our focus for the term. We will use picture story books as a model of how narratives are structured into an Introduction, problem and solution. Then students will plan and write their own narratives. Our focus will be on using correct sentence structure, punctuation and powerful words to make our stories more interesting. We will put an emphasis on our handwriting. Students will be working on using correct pencil grip, learning how each letter is constructed including where to start and the direction to follow. The presentation of our writing will be practised in all learning areas.

Spelling and Word Work

Our formal spelling and word work program will begin with our initial focus on short and long vowel sounds (a,e,i,o,u) and the various letter patterns that can make these sounds. Students will continue to increase the spelling of ‘high frequency words’ through class work and homework. Students will explore a variety of approaches to spell accurately and understand ‘how words work’. This includes using a known word to help spell a new word, understanding common letter patterns found in words and different parts of words e.g. the letter ‘s’ on the end of the word ‘books’ indicates plural. Thank you for your support in assisting your child with their ‘home learning’ in spelling so far. They have been very enthusiastic and we have had some positive results.


This term we will begin with our focus on place value and move into addition. We will focus on students learning addition strategies up to 10 automatically. These are the following:

  • Count on 1, 2, 3, 0                                       Adding 10
  • Doubles                                                        Near Doubles
  • Known facts to 10 e.g. 8 + 2                    Adding 7,8,9 by bridging through 10

We will be sending some “quick practise” sheets home so students can become automatic with the addition facts. Students will also be exploring problem solving, money and data.


This term our inquiry big question is “What is the Difference between Then and Now?” Students will learn about how life has changed, and compare their experiences to the past. We will start with an investigation of what ‘Then and Now’ means before exploring topics such as school, technology, toys, cartoons and food. An excursion has been organised to Rippon Lea Estate where students will be provided with an insight of life in the past. Our final project will be an opportunity for students to interview a family member about their experiences growing up.

SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

In SEL, we will be focusing on personal strengths, confidence, persistence and organisation. We will be developing our positive coping and problem-solving strategies. We will look at resilience and a positive growth mindset which will include getting along, respecting others and understanding emotional literacy e.g. how to bounce back after a disappointment.

Digital Technologies

This term our digital technologies lessons will have a dual focus: Cyber Safety and simple graphical programming. Through ‘Hector’s World’ our Cyber Safety lessons will cover the following topics: Your personal safety online, Computer Safety & Cyberbullying. We will be using the app ‘Scratch Jnr’ to explore some simple coding. In this app students can program their character to move around different obstacles and scenes.


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