Year One and Two

Grade 1

In Semester 2, the Grade 1s will be exploring a range of text types, including non-fiction, explanation and poetry. They will learn about the features and purpose of these text types, and then create their own examples. We will be using the Fountas and Pinnell reading model to guide our teaching and learning of these genres. In phonics, students will recognise common long vowels and consonant digraphs, and consonant blends. They will understand how to use visual memory to write high-frequency words, and that some high-frequency words have regular and irregular spelling components. In reading, they will use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read. They will read texts with familiar features and structures using developing phrasing, fluency, phonic, semantic, contextual, and grammatical knowledge. Students will practice using prediction, monitoring meaning and rereading when reading unknown words. They will also explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), doing words (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs). In poetry, we will explore different types of poems and rhyme and rhythm. There will be opportunities for students to build their speaking and listening skills by presenting orally to small groups and to the whole class. Everyone will be encouraged to be curious, ask questions and contribute to group discussions.

In mathematics we will be learning about repeated addition and division, using hands-on materials to model understandings. We will also be learning how to tell the time, to recognise Australian coins and how to make total amounts using different coin combinations. Fractions, chance, data, location and transformation will also be explored.

Students will be encouraged to challenge their mathematical thinking through a range of hands-on activities, open-ended learning tasks and direct instruction.

In Integrated studies, we will begin the semester by learning about Indonesia. Students will explore Indonesia’s unique geography, culture and cuisine through using Google Earth, information texts and parent helpers who will assist students to make Indonesian food and discuss important cultural celebrations. Students will then begin the Merri Creek project which will focus on understanding how people are connected to the places they live, how to care for our environment, explore animals that we can see and not see that live in these spaces and develop an understanding of the importance of the traditional owners (Wurundjeri-willam) of the land in which they live and learn. The students will end the semester by focusing on their health and wellbeing. We will investigate how our bodies work and what we can do to make them healthy. We will also show how we can care for each other and be a good friend. This learning will be supported by a visit by Healthy Harold and by our annual Grade 1 dinner.

Grade 2

Throughout Semester Two, the Year 2 students will explore in the Literacy curriculum a range of text genres including poetry, explanation, procedure, persuasive, and narratives during both reading and writing lessons. They will learn to retell the events from the beginning, middle and end and write narratives for an audience in an entertaining way, using character and setting detail. They will explore and write different types of poems whilst explanation texts will be linked to their Integrated Curriculum topics. For persuasive reading and writing, they will use specific language to persuade a reader and explore words that talk about feelings, and words that command an action.

Opportunities for speaking and listening skill development will be provided to students when they recite poems, present orally to small groups and the whole class, and provide feedback to their peers. Every student will be encouraged to be curious, ask questions and contribute to group discussions.

In Numeracy, students will develop their understanding about multiplication, division, fractions, and number patterns. They will extend their knowledge of units of measurement for mass, volume, capacity. Data representation, 2D and 3D shapes, location, transformation, and mapping will be also explored.

Students will be encouraged to challenge their mathematical thinking through a range of ‘hands on’ activities, open-ended learning tasks and direct instruction.

The Integrated Curriculum topics will focus on Geography: Places and our connections to

them via:

· Merri Creek Project: What is the Merri Creek Ecosystem?

· Merri Creek excursion

· Soil incursion

· Weather and seasons and the ways in which different cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, describe them

· Natural, managed, and constructed features of places, their location and how they change

· Activities in the local place and reasons for their location, and the influence of purpose, distance, and accessibility on the frequency with which people visit places

Students will make a diorama of their interests, wonderings, or discoveries about the Merri Creek. Concurrently they will prepare a poster of their thinking in a paper or digital format and present it to their Year 2 peers to celebrate their learning about the Merri Creek over Term 3.

Another Integrated Curriculum topic will focus on Health: Being healthy, safe, and active.

We also will celebrate the spirit of the 2020/21 Summer Olympics.- Faster, Higher, Stronger, Together.

Our Asian Studies will concentrate on Indonesia and will be linked when appropriate to other curriculum areas.

If Remote Learning is required, students will have the opportunity to navigate the Google Classroom platform and continue their Literacy, Numeracy and Integrated curriculum learning at home.