We are the GRPS Year1&2 Team
Courtney MacLeod, Penny Nicholls, Alex MacDonald, Ashlea Manshanden, Alison Dresser, Julia Broughan, Hugh Kendall, Jacquie Green, Joe Kim
In Years 1&2 Literacy and Numeracy development form a strong focus for our students as these are the foundations on which further learning is built. These are reinforced and strengthened through learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Our focus in Year 1 & 2 will be on getting our students to:
- independently read books and discuss what they have read or viewed with other students, teachers or family members
- focus on comprehension strategies – making connections, predicting, visualising, questioning, inferring and summarising
- sound out or recognise words
- use punctuation, such as capital letters and full stops, and experiment with other forms such as speech marks, question marks etc.
- write about their experiences, tell a story or talk about topics they have covered in the class
- spell a number of common words correctly and write in sentences
- listen and give talks to the class about a topic they are interested in
- develop readable handwriting
An exciting part of our writing curriculum is ‘Star of the Week’. Students complete a double page about themselves and then present it to the class. Each student in the class then writes a letter to the ‘Star of the Week’ commenting positively on their page. These letters go home where you can enjoy them!
Our focus in Year 1 & 2 is getting our students to:
- describe number sequences, locate numbers on a number line and develop and understand place value
- extend their knowledge of the four operations +, -, x, ÷
- represent simple fractions
- learn about Australian money
- solve worded problems
- describe and draw shapes and objects, and use units to measure
- learn to tell the time from an analogue clock, and use a calendar to determine the date
- describe the outcome of a chance event
- collect and investigate data collected from simple problems
In Years 1 and 2, students learn about people, places and how things work, they make sense of their world, and develop history and geography knowledge and skills.
Themes we will cover this year include:
- Who’s Who in my Neighbourhood? – what and who is in our community
- Mad About Science – examining science in our daily lives
- Farm to Table – looking at where our food comes from
- Time Warp – examining the past, comparing it to the present & imagining the future
Students will learn about:
- applying safe practices to protect themselves and others as they interact online for learning and communicating
- programs such as Microsoft Word and their features e.g. changing font, inserting pictures
- how to use technology to display and sort data, such as making tables and creating graphs in Microsoft Excel, or taking photos with an iPad and using the app PicCollage to produce a poster
- how to search for information using concise terms
For more information, please follow the links below: Screen Time TipseSafetyHOMEWORK
In Year 1&2, we encourage our students to enjoy reading and listening to lots of different stories. As part of the Year 1&2 homework routine, please encourage your child to read every night and record this in their Home Reading Journal. Ten minutes of reading every day can make a real difference to your child’s learning. Please click the below linkS for information on how to support your child with their home reading.How to Teach a Child to Read - A Parent's Guide
Our focus this year is building sight words. These are the words that appear most frequently in reading and writing. They may not be able to be pictured, and as such, they simply must be memorised and understood. Please help your child practise reading and spelling these words.
Essential Assessment – this is an excellent resource to revise what has been taught in the classroom. Students can access this from home to practise tasks targeted at specific areas in maths. Sunset Maths is also part of Essential Assessment and provides fast fact practice. Students use their individual log on which you can find stuck on the inside cover of their Home Reading Journal.