Welcome to Grade 1/2!

Welcome to Grade 1/2!

Welcome to Grade 1/2 with  Simon, Sarah, Tammy, Lucie and Ellen.


Welcome to the Grade 1/2 page, where you can find information about the learning going on in Area 3. At Richmond Primary School, our focus is on authentic and engaging tasks that challenge and extend each student. We use open-ended tasks and provide students with tools to improve their own learning.

Literacy is an important part of our program and we will continue to conduct differentiated learning groups with independent structured activities, whilst giving students’ choice about their reading or writing content through workshops and creative tasks. We incorporate phonics, spelling strategies and guided reading into our Literacy program. Reading lessons for this term will cover the following reading strategies; reading fluency, finding the main ideas, sequencing, summarising and predicting. There will be a particular focus on comparing and contrasting in Term 3. In Writing, we will continue to focus on Narrative writing, and deepen their understanding of ‘voice’ and create engaging writing ‘seeds’ (ideas) in our Writers’ Notebooks. We will then look at information texts, with plenty of opportunities for authentic and meaningful writing experiences in our unit of Inquiry. For more information about what differentiation looks like in the classroom, please click on the link below:

In Numeracy, we learn new concepts by using games and concrete materials to build up our ‘number knowledge’. Differentiated tasks that are targeted to your child’s learning needs are an important aspect of our Maths lessons. We teach students’ different strategies to solve problems and encourage and foster them to discuss their mathematical thinking. This term our learning focus will be on ‘Sharing’; more specifically looking at division through the guise of hands on and authentic sharing activities. This will then lead onto fractions.  We will also be looking at shape and data collection.

There will be a focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) in Area 3 and students will participate in regular Science lessons in which they will explore the natural world using scientific thinking. Our science learnign for the term will be based in Physics, centred around ‘A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape’.  Technology is incorporated into our program across the curriculum through the use of iPads & laptops and programs such as Seesaw, Sunshine Online, Sound Waves online and Mathletics.

In our Unit of Inquiry this term, the school will again be using an Inquiry-based approach to learning. The whole school will be focusing on the overarching ‘big concept’ of Diversity. Based on the wonderings students in Grade 1/2 came up with at the end of Term 2, Area 3 will be focusing more specifically on these three understandings’

  1. There are similarities and differences in cultures in our school
  2. People commemorate different things
  3. People have places that are special to them

Students will be immersed in their learning with various experiences, including incursions, workshops, craft activities, visits in and around the local area and to places of cultural significance.

They will have many opportunities to increase their knowledge in this area and then use this to create their own project at the end of term, answering the compelling question with a final ‘big action’. Stay tuned for more details!

*If any Grade 1/2 parents or grandparents have a different cultural background or experience and would be happy to speak to the students, please contact your child’s classroom teacher*

Term 1: Places and spaces  (Community)

Term 2: Tip-toe through our world (Sustainability)

Term 3: Celebrating Differences (Diversity)

Term 4: TBC

Investigation Time will continue to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from  2:00– 3:15 pm. During each session, there will be a specific focus linked to our Inquiry big concept (see above) At the end of Wednesday’s session, students are given an opportunity to participate in authentic writing opportunities. There will be a focus child or children for each session; your child’s classroom teacher will send you through a roster for this. Focus children will be expected to reflect back on the learning focus of their allocated session, thinking about ‘Diversity’.

This term, students will be setting personal learning goals around either ‘Taking responsibility’ or ‘Being creative’. There will be an emphasis on the various skills meant to foster these assets.

In Grade 1/2, we have a holistic approach to learning, focusing on teaching skills to collaborate and communicate effectively with their peers. We encourage and model open and respectful communication through regular ‘Circle Time’  sessions, where students are encouraged to share issues and positive ‘wins’ in a safe space. We also use the ‘Bounce Back’ program into our regular learning, to promote resilience and persistence. For more information on both these programs, please click on the links below:



Seesaw- Teachers will continue to share student learning through Seesaw. Regular updates about what we have been learning in class, celebrations of student work and investigation time will all be communicated through this platform. If you are not yet on Seesaw, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Signmee – The main communication from the school regarding excursions, incursions and special events is through SignMee. If you are not on SignMee, please contact the office to register.

Contacting Teachers – We have an open door policy in 1/2, however if you wish to discuss your child’s behaviour or learning in greater depth, we would appreciate you making an appointment with us via phone or email.

Timetables – Below are the weekly timetables for each teacher which outline when each area of the curriculum is covered across the week. This is subject to change.

1/2 F with Sarah

1/2 L with Lucie

1/2 S with Simon

1/2 T with Tammy

1/2 E with Ellen

Home Learning

Some things to do at home with your child each week could include:

Home Learning

Some things to do at home with your child each week could include:

*Please note that this is a guide only. 5-15mins of any of the above most nights is perfect.

What’s happening for the rest of the year:

Term 3


First day back Monday 15th

Game Boy 18  incursion Monday the 29th

Tony Bones Literacy incursion Monday the 29th

Student led conferences Week 3


Hop on/hop off bus tour excursion Monday the 5th

Curriculum Day Friday 16th

NZ playhouse theatre incursion 18th

SRC dress up day-theme TBA Friday 23rd

Pizza afternoon Friday 23rd

House Sports Day TBC Friday 30th


Last day of Term Friday the 20th


Grade 2 sleepover

The R.P.S sleepover tradition will be continuing in 2019!  Grade 1s will attend up until dinner time and then will have to be picked up by a parent or guardian, while the Grade 2s will sleep the night.

More information about this will be provided closer to the date. (Date TBC)


QR7A0725 QR7A0619 QR7A0610