During Semester One, the Grade 1 students have focussed on settling into their new classroom routines and expectations. Students have continued to build strong relationships with their peers, as well as form new friendships. They have been encouraged to become more independent in carrying out everyday tasks, as well as develop resilience and confidence.
In Reading, students have been taught how to choose appropriate books and identify these as ‘just right’. They built on their independent reading practices introduced in Foundation, and were supported to develop their reading stamina during this time. Students also explored different print features in fiction texts. They explored how authors convey messages by playing with the way words look, where words are placed on the page and different uses of punctuation. Students also expanded their decoding skills by consolidating those previously taught, and learning new ones.
In Writing, students focused on developing their understanding of personal recounts. They learnt about the structure of a recount and were supported to include relevant details in the order they happened by using sequencing language. Students wrote about personal experiences such as their weekend and various language experiences such as popcorn making and ‘The Skittles Experiment’. Teachers have continued to encourage students to practise using basic punctuation such as capital letters and full stops correctly, as well as form letters correctly and with an appropriate size. Students have continued to expand upon the Phonics knowledge gained in Foundation by learning about various sounds that different letter combinations make.
In Mathematics, students have been exposed to various hands-on learning experiences designed to develop confidence with number sequences to and from 100. They have explored place value by reading, making and ordering 2-digit numbers. This has been supported by the ongoing use of manipulatives to model how many tens and ones make a 2-digit number. As part of Measurement and Geometry, students have explored length and telling the time to the half-hour. They have also learnt about duration using days, weeks and months. In Statistics and Probability, students have learnt how to use everyday language to identify the chance of familiar events and outcomes. They have also gathered information and learnt how to present it in a data display.
In Integrated Studies, students have developed their knowledge and understanding of historical changes of family life over time. Students then focused on how they themselves have changed over time. They ordered personal photos of significant events in their life and presented it as a timeline. In our Minibeast unit, students have explored different insects including their features and habitat. They also engaged in a fantastic incursion, providing a hands-on experience with handling different minibeasts and observing them close up using microscopes.
Year 2, Semester 1, 2022 Learning Program
In Semester One in English, students will express their preferences for books and authors and will listen to the opinions of others when discussing a story during reading activities. They will be given a range of books to read, from realistic fiction and non-fiction genres. They will use picture cues and look beyond the pictures to understand what the author is trying to convey. Students will practice retelling the story using descriptive words to explain the characters and settings. They will read texts and display their comprehension by visualising the story through drawings and completing reading response activities.
For Speaking and Listening skill development, students will be exposed to the vocabulary related to everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school, during conversations and discussions. They will listen to and perform songs. They will present to their class their minibeast information report and will be encouraged to ask or answer questions about it.
Students will be given the opportunity to develop their writing skills by studying three types of genres: recount, narrative, and information report. They will write recounts about their weekends or real-life events and will be encouraged to include elements such as adjectives, nouns, sentence starters and conclusions. They will be supported to extend their sentences with an opinion by using joining words such as “because”. Students will develop an understanding of realistic narratives and use the genre structure to write their own realistic story. Using the structure of an Information Report, students will write their own Information Report about a minibeast. Weekly grammar lessons will revisit sentence punctuation such as capital letters, full stops and question marks; and paragraphs and dialogue marks will be introduced.
In Mathematics, students will focus on place value in Number and Algebra. They will develop confidence with number sequences and investigate those increasing and decreasing by twos, threes, fives and tens from any starting point. Students will learn how to recognise, model, represent and order numbers of different values. They will practice grouping, partitioning and rearranging numbers using hundreds, tens and ones to assist them with more efficient counting. They will be able to locate their number on a number line and explain what numbers come before and after. Some students will be encouraged to go beyond 10,000.
Students will develop addition and subtraction skills then solve problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies, such as bridging to ten, moving along a number line, counting on or back to find a missing element as well as doubles and near double facts. They will explore the connection between addition and subtraction. Students will also count and order small collections of Australian coins and notes according to their value.
In Measurement and Geometry, students will explore key concepts in length and area. They will compare objects based on these properties by arranging them and using comparative language such as ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’. Students will also choose appropriate formal and informal units to measure the length and area of a range of objects. Students will develop their understanding to tell the time to the quarter-hour, using the language of ‘past’ and ‘to’. They will use a calendar to identify the date and determine the number of days in each month.
In Statistics and Probability, students will classify a list of everyday events according to how likely they were to happen, using the language of chance such as ‘likely’ or ‘unlikely’ and ‘certain’ or ‘impossible’, then explain their thinking.
Within the Integrated Curriculum topics, students will explore the concept of history by discussing how their family life has changed or remained the same over time. They will compare objects from the past and present and reflect on how technology has affected their lives. Through cooperative discussion and activities, students will commemorate an important historical event, Anzac Day. They will be given an opportunity to learn to appreciate and understand its significance to the Australian community whilst communicating their knowledge, thoughts, and feelings.
The Minibeast unit of work will provide students an engaging opportunity to develop their understanding of Biological sciences. They will explore, describe, and make models of different animals such as butterflies and beetles, then explain how their body adaptations help them to live in their habitat. They will represent the growth and life cycles of various minibeasts through labelled drawings and compare the similarities and differences between young and adult stages of life. Two stimulating opportunities, an incursion whereby students will handle live minibeasts and the arrival of a Melbourne Museum resource box, will enable animated conversations between students and produce creative responses in their writing and model making activities.