Our Junior School Teachers
1C: Jane Cardamone | 1M: Alexandra Macias
1/2G: Lacey-Rae Garner | 2D: Kate Dyer | 2E: Hayley Evans
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.
Reading and Writing: The focus this term will be on ‘Persuasive’ and ‘Procedural’ texts. Students will become familiar with the structure of these texts, language features and the purpose that they serve. They will identify facts and opinions in texts and make inferences.
Home Readers: Children will 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 encourage children to read for at least 15 minutes.
Listening to children read, as well as modelling reading to them with expression and fluency, is recommended. Having your child retell then main events, asking questions about the text, and discussing the content will also assist in developing your child’s comprehension of the text.
The Inquiry Spelling Program will require students to become familiar with different sound patterns and how they are represented. Inquiry spelling is about teaching spelling strategies rather than learning by rote. Some of the Spelling Foci will include; ‘squ’, ‘sw’, ‘sc’, ‘sk’,’scr’, ‘sm’, ‘sn’, ‘sp’, ‘st’ and ‘nk’ words.
Compound words, command verbs and theme words will also be covered this term.
In Mathematics we will be focusing on; Fractions, Place Value, Money and worded mathematical problems using the four processes (i.e. Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division).
The non-number areas that will be covered include: Time, Calendar, Capacity and Mass (Grade 1 and 2), Volume (Grade 2).
Our aim is to develop numerate students who can explain their thinking, use concrete materials to solve mathematical problems and explain the strategies that they have used.
It is also important for them to view mathematics in everyday life and see how mathematics is used at home; e.g. measuring ingredients when cooking, time needed to cook something, cost of ingredients etc.
CBL Inquiry: ‘Change’
Our Big Idea for Term 4 is ‘Change.’ As part of this unit, students will be focusing on: What changes does food go through before it gets to our plate?
Areas of discussion and research will include: How does food change into a different product? Where does food come from? What is healthy eating? How can we make healthy alternatives?
Our Challenge- to make bread, butter and ice-cream for the 1-2 Fun Night and Sleepover.