Our Junior School Teachers
1/2C: Jane Cardamone | 1M: Alexandra Macias
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 continuing to practise independent reading for a sustained amount of time, focusing on reading strategies and responding to texts. An important focus being answering literal and inferential questions in complete sentences. The Reading genres covered during Term Four will include Narratives, Non-Fiction Texts, Persuasive and Procedural Texts and Poetry.
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 encourage children to read for at least 15-20 minutes. Listening to children read, as well as reading to them, is recommended. Asking questions about the text, retelling what they have read and having open discussions will also assist in developing reading skills, comprehension and vocabulary development.
Students will be involved in a classroom based Inquiry spelling program. This will require students to use theme words and most commonly used words within their writing. Inquiry spelling is about teaching spelling strategies rather than learning by rote.
The focus this term is to revise and extend students in the Mathematical concepts covered throughout the year i.e. Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. Fractions, Money, Time, Chance, Capacity and Mapping will covered throughout this term.
The students are encouraged to continue counting forwards and backwards from different starting points and to practise their speedy number facts.
It is also important for students to see Mathematical concepts in everyday life, so please share this with your child where possible. (E.g. How many millilitres of milk in the recipe? What time are we leaving for our holiday and what time will it be when we get there? Etc.)
Challenge Based Learning
This term the Grade 1 and 2s Inquiry topic is ‘Power.’ The students will be learning about the power of music, dance and songs in different traditions.
Students will investigate the following questions:
The challenge for the students will be to put together a performance for the talent show (2 minutes maximum) at the 1/2 sleepover..