In reading we will continue to work in targeted groups with the teacher and independently. We will study a variety of big books, levelled books and multimodal texts that are shared at a whole class & individual level. There will be a strong focus on answering literal (information directly stated in the text) and inferential (information not directly stated in the text) comprehension questions both orally and in written form. Investigating vocabulary and showing our understanding of words in context will strengthen our understanding of what we have read.
Please continue to read with, read to and listen to your child read aloud every night as this habit is critical to support the development of good readers.
The first half of the term we will be focussing on procedural texts. A procedural text gives you a set of instructions on how to do something. There are a few different types of procedural texts and students will learn why they are important to know and how they use them often in their daily life. We learn about the structure of writing a title/goal, materials/ingredients and the steps in order to complete the procedure. Students will use time connectives (first, next, then) and action verbs (mix, stir, cut, add).
The second half of the term we will be exploring persuasive writing. Students will learn that persuasive texts present an opinion about a particular topic e.g. Dogs make the best pets. Spring is the best weather to play outside. Students will be asked to write their opinion and thoughts and reasons to support their point of view.
Our focus will continue to be on using correct sentence structure, punctuation and powerful words to make our writing more interesting. Handwriting and presentation of writing will also continue to be practised in all areas of our work.
Our spelling program will continue with rime based words to take home to practise for our weekly spelling test. Students will be encouraged to use a variety of strategies to LEARN their words. e.g. analogy – if I know ‘car’ I can use this to help spell star, started, partly. We will also be focusing on understanding that adding suffixes or prefixes to a base word changes its meaning and some basic spelling rules. Students will continue to increase their spelling of ‘high frequency words’ through class work. Thank you for your support in assisting your child with their ‘home learning’ in spelling. They have been mostly enthusiastic and we have had some positive results.
During Term 3 in maths we will be focusing on subtraction. We will be investigating the relationship between addition and subtraction and how different strategies and tools can help solve problems without using fingers.
This understanding is the foundation for solving problems that are more difficult and provides a connection to basic facts. Students will be exposed to the “unknown” in different positions within their basic facts, for example, 4 + ? = 12 and ? – 5 = 8.
We will also be learning what an ordinal number is and how they are used. We will learn to read a clock and to tell the time to the hour and half hour. Towards the end of term we will look at the concept of fractions being part of a whole, using the language of whole, half, quarter and equal.
This term our inquiry unit focuses on the question “How are plants important to Earth?” Students will learn about the importance of our environment and the relationship between all living things. We will start by exploring how plants grow and what they need to survive. Then we will investigate a plant life cycle and the different uses of plants. Growing our own ‘granny grassheads’ will surely to be a highlight.
SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)
In SEL we will learn to recognise, report and refuse bullying behaviour. We will focus on being ‘Upstanders’ who are assertive, kind and inclusive.
We will continue to look at the importance of friendship and the skills needed to form and maintain them. In these lessons students will be role-modelling possible options when dealing with problems or conflicts successfully in the yard. Team building skills across the grade 1 cohort will be a focus.
Late last term we received our new ‘blue bots’! We are very excited about working with our ‘bots’ to write basic coding algorithms, understand directional language and further develop our problem solving skills. Students will continue to use iPads across the curriculum to support & enrich their learning and to research and present work.