Welcome to Grade 1/2!
Welcome to Grade 1/2 with Sarah, Simon, 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. We are committed to providing differentiated learning at Richmond Primary, which allows every student to achieve success. For a more in-depth look at what this means, feel free to read the guide below:
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, recalling facts and details, comparing fiction and non-fiction and making text connections. There will be a particular focus on ensuring students can identify all 44 sounds in the English language, as well as blend and segment words in Term 4, in order to assist their reading fluency and spelling accuracy. For more information about our synthetic phonics program, please click on the link below:
In Writing, we will begin with a brief focus on Narrative writing and deepen their understanding of ‘voice’ and sentence fluency in our Writers’ Notebooks. We will then look at persuasive texts, from advertising to letter writing, with plenty of opportunities for authentic and meaningful writing experiences. In our unit of Inquiry we will look at planning out and critically evaluating the products we make.
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 ‘Multiplicative thinking’; more specifically looking at multiplication through the guise of hands on and authentic activities. This will then lead onto patterns and algebra. We will also be looking at area and location.
There is, as always, a focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) in Area 3. This term we have chosen to combine our Inquiry unit with science learning. Our science learning for the term will be based in Chemistry, centred around ‘Different materials can be combined, including by mixing, for a particular purpose’’. This will be taught alongside our Design and Technology focused unit of Inquiry, and involve testing and experimenting with materials, cooking and using different materials for different purposes. 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.
After two successful terms of Inquiry based learning, the school will again be using this approach in Term 4. The whole school will be focusing on the overarching big concept of ‘Innovation’. Based on the wonderings students in Grade 1/2 came up with at the end of Term 3, Area 3 will be focusing more specifically on these four understandings:
- There is a design process to solve problems and /or needs
- Designers try ideas, modify and evaluate their ideas and products
- Materials have different characteristics and properties
- Materials can be changed
Students will be immersed in their learning with various experiences, including incursions, workshops, and craft activities.
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, culminating in a final ‘big action’. Stay tuned for more details!
*If any Grade 1/2 parents or grandparents have a background in any design based field, from woodwork to marketing to cooking to fashion, and would be happy to speak to the students, please contact your child’s classroom teacher*
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 the 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 ‘Innovation’.
This term, students will be setting personal learning goals around either ‘Taking risks’, ‘Persisting’ or ‘Being resilient’. 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.
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 ½, 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.
Some things to do at home with your child each week could include:
- Reader (nightly)
- Reading or Spelling Magic Words
- Handwriting Activities: Victorian Cursive a-z, Numbers 1 to 5, numbers 6 to 10
*Please note that this is a guide only. 5-15mins of any of the above most nights is perfect.For more tips on how to assist your child with learning at home please click on the department guide below:
What’s happening for the rest of the year:
First day back Monday the 7th
Life Ed Van visits Weeks 1-2, please check Signmee for further details
Pizza afternoon Friday the 11th
Arts Gala evening Thursday the 24th
Craft Power Monster making incursion Friday the 25th
Curriculum Day Monday the 4th
Cup Day Tuesday the 5th
Grade 2 sleepover (Grade 1 dinner at school) Thursday the 14th
Craft Power Mini go karts incursion Friday the 15th
Science Night Wednesday the 20th
Swimming 26th, 27th and 28th
SRC dress up day, theme TBA Friday 29th
Swimming Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Weeks 8-10
Christmas Choir Thursday the 5th
Step up morning- Grade levels Friday the 6th
Step up morning- Meet the teacher Tuesday the 10th
1/2 Christmas Market – 12th December
End of year celebration excursion, date TBC
End of year school concert (evening) Monday the 16th
Reports go home Tuesday the 17th
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. (Thursday the 14th of November)