Term 4 Overview
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends.
Below is an overview of a very exciting term four.
Literacy: In Writing, the 1/2 team will be exploring the text structure and features of narrative writing. Students’ will be immersed and exposed to creative writing strategies that authors’ use. They will create imaginative reconstructions of familiar stories, as well as telling known stories from a different point of view. Students’ will also be scaffolded to build their story telling craft by experimenting with character development, different settings, problems and solutions.
During Reading lessons, students will continue to build their comprehension skills to assist them in understanding texts. Students will participate in whole class and small group activities that focus on reading strategies such as identifying the problem and solution, summarising and inferring to better understand a narrative.
They will work on developing their independence when working on their reading goals and will continue to collect and record evidence to show their thinking.
Our focuses for Speaking and Listening this term includes power listening, giving instructions, following instructions and responding to questions after listening to important information.
This term in Spelling, students will explore letter patterns and phonemic awareness, constant and vowel patterns, prefixes, suffixes, homophones and silent letters. We will also continue building upon in-class word walls to further increase vocabulary and improve spelling.
Our major Maths focus for term four is Chance and Data. Students’ will describe familiar events as ‘will happen’, ‘won’t happen’ or ‘might happen’. They will conduct chance experiments and record the outcomes. They will also collect, interpret and represent data using pictographs. During the term we will also conduct hands-on practical activities for Mass and Capacity. We will also take the opportunity to revise core mathematical concepts that were studied earlier in the year to refresh and improve students overall mathematical understanding.
Social and Emotional Framework:This term we will be focusing on giving, service and justice. Students’ will explore the type of acts often considered right and those often considered wrong and the reasons why they are considered so. They will also explore the effects that personal feelings can have and how people behave in situations where ethical issues are involved. Furthermore the 1/2 cohort will pick an ethical issue to work on and focus on how students can help, do something nice for others, thank someone, volunteer, do something positive for their greater community.
Our Integrated topic this term is ‘Purposeful Materials’ with the key understanding of students’ describing the properties, behaviours, uses and the effects of interacting with familiar materials and objects.
Our key guiding questions are:
Term four is also a very busy term with lots of activities planned. The outline below outlines upcoming events specific to grade 1/2 and our whole school community.
School Production (Whole School)
Thursday 25th October
$10 per ticket
Grade 1/2 Sleepover
Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November
Approx. $42 per student
Swimming Program (Whole School)
Monday 4th December – Friday 15th December
Approx. $50 per student
End of Term 4 (Whole School)
Friday 21st December at 1:30pm
If you have any questions, please feel free to come in and speak to your child’s teacher.
He 1/2 Team
Nick Antoniou, Valda Grimston, Tracy Walker, Maria James, Cara Booth and Tess Severin.
Term 3 Overview
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends. Below is an overview for term three.
In literacy the 1/2 team will be exploring the text structure and language features persuasive texts and procedural writing. Students’ will learn that a persuasive text is any text where the main purpose is to convince, or persuade, the reader that the opinion, or claim of the writer is correct. Students’ will also learn and develop authors’ craft strategies such as using cause and effect and persuasive language in their writing.
When investigating procedures, students’ will be exposed to experiences that facilitate detailed writing of the procedure. Students’ will also explore the use of verbs and adverbs to enhance their writing.
These genres will feature in the reading, writing and oral language experiences throughout the term.
During reading lessons, students’ will continue to build their comprehension skills to assist them in understanding. Students’ will also work on developing their independence when working on their reading goals and will continue to collect and record evidence to demonstrate their thinking.
Our focuses for speaking and listening this term are expressing ideas, active listening, giving and following instructions and further developing their social language.
This term in spelling, students will explore the use of tenses, investigate how to use paper and online dictionaries and thesauruses and study alphabetical order.
Explicit handwriting lessons will be taught throughout the term during writing lessons. Students will be given time to practise correct letter formation using the correct starting points for each letter. This is to help ensure students are able to produce neat and legible work.
Our major Maths focuses for term three are Making & Sharing and Fractions. Students will be given the opportunity to build on their current skills through a scaffolded approach to learning. Students will also be encouraged to use concrete material such as counters to help embed their understanding. They will also be extended though open ended tasks where students have to apply their knowledge to solve problems.
Money, Length and Area will also be investigated through hands-on practical experiences this term.
Social and Emotional Literacy
This term during our Social and Emotional Literacy program we will be focusing on:
Integrated Studies ‘Healthy Bodies’Here students’ investigate people’s choices and actions that influence nutrition, exercise, hygiene & leisure choices and how these choices impact on our general wellbeing.
Key guiding questions:
During week 6 of term, we will be having an incursion where students will explore the various systems of the human body.
It is an exciting term ahead. If you have any questions, please feel free to come in and speak to your child’s teacher.
RegardsNick Antoniou, Valda Grimston, Tracy Walker
Term 2 Overview
Please find an overview of what the Grade One’s and Two’s will be studying this term.
In literacy this term the 1/2's will be exploring the text structure and language features of Poetry and Information Reports. During our Poetry lessons, students will be exposed to a range of different poetry and will begin to explore how the introductions of punctuation and word choice enhances their writing. Students will also learn the purpose of Information texts and consider improving how their word choice and vocabulary makes their Information Reports more interesting.
Reading is a major focus at FNPS and students will continue to build upon their comprehension skills to improve their reading. Students will be exposed to whole class and small group lessons to improve comprehension skills such as visualising, questioning, sequencing and summarising. They will work on developing their independence when working on their reading goals and will continue to collect and record evidence to demonstrate their thinking.
This term in Spelling, students will investigate long vowel sounds (a, e, i, o, u) each week. Spelling words will be incorporated into weekly homework tasks. Spelling activities will enable students to develop and extend their vocabulary and use this new vocab in real life contexts.
Handwriting practice will be ongoing throughout the term. There will be a focus on the correct start and end points for each letter. This is to help ensure students are able to produce neat and legible work.
We will begin Term 2 consolidating our addition skills and knowledge, then move our focus to Subtraction. Students will be given the opportunity to build on their current skills through a scaffolded approach to learning. Students will also be encouraged to use concrete materials such as Unifix to help embed their understanding and will also be extended by investigating different strategies to solve problems.
We will also investigate Shape and Time during Term 2.
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
During Term Two, students will be developing their social and emotional wellbeing through, discussions and experiences relating to ‘Character Strengths’, ‘Emotional Literacy’ and ‘Self- Regulation’.
The Character Strengths that the 1/2 students will be focusing on this year are: Teamwork & Fairness. Honesty & Kindness. Bravery & Perseverance.
Emotional literacy is an essential skill that children need to develop in order to manage their feelings. Learning an emotional vocabulary helps children to express how they are feeling, correctly identify and label their feelings and this has been shown to have a very real impact on the brain.
Lessons and discussions will also centre on developing the skills needed to be able to self- regulate their emotions, especially during difficult situations.
Children who understand their own and other's feelings and learn to manage their emotions have been shown do better in their lives in several ways. These skills are important for getting along with others, staying alert and engaged in activities and for solving problems peacefully.
Integrated Studies - Lifecycles
This term students will investigate scientific concepts such as life-cycles, composting, nutrient cycles, herbivores, carnivores and food chains. Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about lifecycles with a visit to the Melbourne Zoo in Week 3.
We look forward to a busy term of learning ahead and discussing your child’s achievements at the end of term. However, if you have and questions please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher should you have any questions.
Nick Antoniou, Valda Grimston, Tracy Walker, Maria James, Cara Booth and Tess Severin.
1/2 Term 1 Overview 2018
Welcome to 2018. The 1/2 team would like to welcome the students and families of Footscray North Primary School to the new school year. The kids look like they have come back from the holidays refreshed and ready for stimulating year of learning ahead.
Introduction of the team
Like last 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 – Tess Severin
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 letter-sound relationships and monitoring and self-correcting when reading.
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 Autobiographies. 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 writing to inform or entertain.
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 and Addition. 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.
Classroom routines are also being implemented where students’ build their knowledge of collecting data, exploring probability and learning about time. This will help build their knowledge of these subject areas and front load them before we explore these topics later in the year.
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 develop students understanding of the qualities that make a ‘caring person’ as well as promoting a growth mindset where students’ realise that it’s ‘Ok to make mistakes’.
Integrated Studies ‘Multicultural Communities’.
Students will about what it means to be a part of a Multicultural Community.
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 Tess Severin