Our Junior School Teachers
1C: Jane Cardamone | 1PA: Denise Anderson & Marina Plesa
1H: Tania Haimon | 2D: Kate Dyer | 2M: Martha Mackenzie
Welcome to Grades 1 and 2
By now your child should be well accustomed to school and daily routines. They know to come in before school, put down their own bags and iPads or Laptop away and say goodbye to their parents. They are developing independence and taking responsibility for their own
Students are engaged in Literacy and Numeracy activities, as well as developing inquiring minds though Challenge Based Learning (CBL). They also participate in the specialist program offered at Oak Park, including: Japanese, Art and P.E. Library is taken by the classroom teacher on a weekly basis. Students also have the opportunity to attend R.E classes on Friday afternoon.
The use of technology in the classroom enhances students' inquiry, helps them to learn independently and assists them in learning research skills. Whether students use an iPad or Netbook, it is their responsibility to bring it to school on a daily basis, fully charged.
Incursions and excursions are organised throughout the year to enhance students' learning. Towards the end of the year, a sleepover and fun night will take place.
Grade 1 students will go home after supper, while grade 2 students sleep at school.
Throughout the year, students will be involved in fund raising events, as well as participating in the big school production in term 3.
Grade 1-2 Term 4 Newsletter
Welcome Back to Term 4!!
Behalf of Oak Primary School we hope everyone had a safe break! We have lots of exciting things happening in this term.
We will be practising independent reading for a sustained amount of time, focusing on thinking about our reading and responding to texts. Students will retell the story and answer literal and inferential questions. They will become familiar with the structure of non-fiction texts: i.e. content page, headings, sub-headings, glossary, labels, diagrams etc. We will continue our work on narratives: identifying the setting, characters and story development. Our study about the novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ will include making predictions, text to self-connections and making inferences about character traits.
Children take home books to practise their fluency, expression and comprehension, as well as to foster their love of reading. Reading logs are to be signed by parents each night, and we now encourage children to read for at least 15-20 minutes. Practising their ‘M100W (200 and 300) words and identifying them immediately is important for the development of their reading fluency. Listening to children read, as well as reading to them, is recommended. Asking questions about the text, having your child retell what they have read in their own words and having open discussions will also assist in developing reading skills.
Students will be involved in a classroom based Inquiry spelling program. This will require students to use theme words and most common used words within their writing.
Inquiry spelling is about teaching spelling strategies rather than learning by rote. When students make connections with words that they already know they are able to spell new words.
We will be focusing on fractions, money, recognising and continuing patterns and counting patterns. Time will be spent on revising and consolidating areas of the curriculum covered throughout the year e.g. place value, addition, subtraction, groups of and sharing. Students will use concrete materials to represent and solve written mathematical problems. Number fluency and skip counting will continue to be developed.
The non-number areas covered this term will be:
Our Inquiry concept this term is ‘Change’. As part of this unit, students will be investigating how life has changed since their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods. What is it like to be 6 or 7 now? What was it like when your grandparent was 6 or 7? How has school life changed? Students will also become familiar with their ‘Family Tree’ and their family’s background.