Year 1/2

1/2 Term 1 Overview



The 1/2 team would like to welcome to our students and families of Footscray North Primary School to the New Year. It has been an exciting start and it is evident that the kids have come back from their holidays refreshed and ready for a thrilling year of learning ahead.


Introduction of the team

This year the 1/2 team will consist of six classes. The classroom teachers are as follows:


1/2A – Nick Antoniou (Team Leader)

1/2B – Valda Grimston

1/2C – Tracy Walker

1/2D – Maria James

1/2E – Cara Booth

1/2F – Marcell Shoan


During the first two weeks of term, the students will be engaging in our school wide start up program. This is where students and teachers work together to set up and practise effective classroom processes as well as unpacking our school values and how they are demonstrated in the classroom and in the yard.



This term the 1/2’s will be revising and practising independent reading routines and expectations. We will also be focusing on strategies such as making predictions and visualising when reading to assist students in demonstrating their understanding of the texts they read. All students will be given a reading goal in which they will need to practice during independent reading at school and a home. These goals are set with the student and teacher during a reading conference. Students are then encouraged to collect evidence to demonstrate they are working towards achieving their learning goal.


Our writing focus this term is Recount writing and Poetry. Students will be exposed to high quality examples of these text types and will explore the text structure and language features necessary to build students understanding of the genre.


In poetry we will be learning about different poetic devices such as rhyme and repetition. These devices will be explored through range of structured and free verse poems during reading and writing lessons.


For spelling we will continue to build upon students understanding of frequently used words through the Oxford word list. We will explore letter sound relationships, vowel and consonant blends with a focus on spelling investigations such as word families to develop students’ understandings.




Our Maths focus for this term is Place Value, Addition and Time. Place Value is where students will explore the ‘value’ of each digit of a number. Addition lessons will focus on addition strategies to assist students when solving problems. Concrete materials such as Unifix, paddle pops sticks and counters will be used and open-ended questions will support students in developing their understandings of key concepts. Our lessons on time will be during our start up program and will allow students to explore days of the weeks, months of the year, seasons, school times and important dates.


Bounce Back 

This term we will be focusing on continuing to explore our school values, Respect, Responsibility, Inclusion and Excellence. We will also deliver wellbeing lessons that discuss that it is ok to be different, nobody’s perfect and self-respect. Modelling social and emotional strategies is a fundamental part of our curriculum.



Students begin to identify the importance of being an active contributor to a group. They identify the range of groups to which they and their family

members belong. They explore the rights, roles and responsibilities of various family and community members.


Key Questions:

  • What is a community?
  • Who is in our community?
  • What services are available in our community?
  • How are we safe in our community?
  • What values, rights, roles and responsibilities do we have as members of these various groups




Please feel free to come in and speak to your child’s teacher should you have any questions.





Nick Antoniou, Valda Grimston, Tracy Walker, Maria James, Cara Booth and Marcell Shoan.