Our Junior School Teachers
1/2M: Amy McDonald | 2PA: Denise Anderson & Marina Plesa | 2F: Kirsty Finter
1B: Sophie Bowler | 1O: Caitlin Obliubek
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 Inquiry. 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.
Welcome Back to Term 1!!
Behalf of Oak Primary School we hope everyone had a safe break! We have lots of exciting things happening in this term.
Literacy - Reading:
Students will begin by building on the reading routines developed in 2020. Students will revise, and be encouraged to use a range of strategies to read unknown words. They will develop strategies to read independently and learn to choose books that are ‘just right’ for them. Students will also become familiar with working in small groups with their new teacher. Children will be engaged in tasks which target each students needs as well as focus on particular comprehension strategies. This term, students will focus on questioning (before, during and after reading) and making connections (text to text, text self and text to world connections).
Students take books home to practise their fluency, expression and comprehension; as well as to foster their love of reading. Reading logs are to be signed by parents, and we now encourage children to read for at least 10 minutes five nights a week.
To assist your child in developing their reading skills:
Home reading books will be changed once a week on a specific day. Your child’s teacher will notify you of the day they will be changed.
Literacy - Writing
During Writing sessions, students will be focusing on using their writer’s notebooks. They will learn to gather seeds (get ideas) and develop these ideas. Some children will be focusing on learning to use the dotted thirds writing lines and others will be refining their ability to form the letters of the alphabet correctly. Children will also develop their knowledge of planning, writing and punctuating simple and compound sentences.
During Mathematics sessions, we will be focusing on representing numbers to 1000 using concrete materials, drawings, numerals and symbols. Students will recognise and continue patterns and represent data in different ways (e.g. tally marks, pictographs and bar graphs). In each of the areas studied, students will be encouraged to share their mathematical thinking and use the mathematical vocabulary.
Please encourage your child to practise skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards. Once they are good at beginning at 2, 5, and 10, try beginning at any starting point (e.g. count by 2s starting at 7/ count by 10s starting at 34).
As part of our Inquiry program, students will be exploring the concept of ‘Identity’. The big idea of the unit is that our history makes us who we are- so get ready for lots of questions!!! We are also currently trying to arrange an incursion to support learning about identity and will communicate this as soon as we have some more information.