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.
Grade 1/2 Term 2 Newsletter
Welcome Back to Term 2!!
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 in Grades 1 and 2 will be developing their knowledge of fiction and non-fiction texts. They will categorise books and look at different types of texts such as recipes, instructions, recounts and narratives. Students will be developing the comprehension strategy of inferring. As they read they will be looking at the clues and using their prior knowledge to understand the setting and the characters’ emotions. Some students learning will be extended by discussing the characters’ traits and inferring the message in the story. Students will also continue to develop their reading fluency by being encouraged to use a range of strategies to read unknown words.
Students will continue to 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:
Literacy - Writing
During Writing sessions, students will continue to use their writer’s notebooks that they decorated in Term 1. They will continue to gather seeds (get ideas) and develop these ideas. Children will continue to develop their knowledge of planning, writing and punctuating simple and compound sentences. It is really important that writing conventions are revised and practised.
Oak Park Primary School teaches the spelling of unknown words using a classroom-based inquiry spelling program. Inquiry spelling is about teaching spelling strategies that can be applied throughout their learning. This term we are particularly focusing on the concept that one sound can be represented by different spelling patterns (such as k and ck or a, ai, ay, a_e).
Students will have the opportunity to use their new writing convention skills and their spelling patterns to write narratives and recounts.
During Mathematics sessions, we will be focusing on extending the students knowledge of place value. They will continue to develop their knowledge that 1 ten is the same as 10 ones, 10 tens is the same as 1 hundred and 10 hundreds is the same as 1000. Students will learn about 2D shapes to assist their understanding of 3D shapes later in the year. In each of the areas studied, students will be encouraged to share their mathematical thinking and use the mathematical vocabulary.
Please continue to 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 or count by 10s starting at 34).