One/Two Unit Newsletter Term 1 2018
Please help your child to choose a new reader everyday and if possible read it with them in the classroom. The children should then practice the reader again at home. Discuss some questions about the text with your child Eg. who, what, when, where, why. Please also help your child practice reading and writing the word lists that are inside your child’s reader bag.
We will soon begin our reading focus groups, which run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am until 10:55am. This involves all of the grade one/two classes breaking up into small groups, depending on the skill that we’d like individual children to learn and practice to improve their reading.
We are always looking for parents to help with listening to children read in the mornings from 8:30am. If you are able to help with reading, or anything else in the classroom, please come in and speak to your child’s teacher.
We will continue to build on the students’ confidence and knowledge of how to recount events. They will further build on their skills and abilities for this writing structure. We will be looking at the purpose, structure and organisation of their ideas. In addition we will be focusing on writing for the purpose to instruct. This can include recipes, instructions and directions. We will continue to develop the children’s skills in spelling by teaching strategies such as finger spelling, representing every sound in a word and simple spelling rules. In handwriting we will focus on using the correct letter formation of both capital and lower case letters. Students will practise writing their letters on dotted thirds to develop their ability to form and place letters in the appropriate position.
The children will practise counting forwards and
backwards by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will also
focus on place value, addition, subtraction, time, shapes, patterns and the concept of more and less. We will be using concrete materials like counters and pegs to help the children develop an understanding of these concepts. Our time focus is looking at days, months, weeks and seasons as well as locating dates on a calendar. We will be looking at two and three-dimensional shapes and their features.
At home, please continue to involve your child in telling the time, counting and sorting money, cooking and counting groups of objects.
What do I know about Jesus?
This unit will give students the opportunity to explore and appreciate the life of Jesus. They will come to understand that Jesus was born into a loving family, was raised by kind and caring parents, was taught to pray and to care for those who needed help.
In this unit students focus on the prayerful aspect of Lent, and the importance of prayer in Jesus’ life. It enables the students to look, know and find God within themselves. Through the example of Jesus’ words and actions we are encouraged to grow and change.
‘May the Force Be With You’
This term we are learning about forces. We are learning that toys move when we apply a force like push or pull. We are also focusing on the design model: planning, designing, making and evaluating our own toy designs. We will be encouraging students to use trial and error to determine what will and won’t be successful.
We will explore the properties, behaviours, uses and the effects of interacting with familiar materials and objects. Students are welcome to start bringing in any toys to share with the class for the duration of this unit, however they must be clearly named.