Inquiry Topic Focus for Term 4 – ‘Where in the world’ 

Big concepts and questions:
What is a country?
What is a capital city or city?
Where in the world can we find different countries?
What are some of the things we can find in different countries?
Are other countries different to Australia?
What celebrations do different countries celebrate and why?

Students will examine the map of the world and familiarise themselves with different countries and locate them on a map. We will discuss the difference between a country and a city. Students will learn how to say hello from around the world and also about different cultures. We will compare and contrast Australia to other countries and celebrate how Australia has adopted some other cultures food, dance and celebrations.

What you can do at home:

  • Look at the world map and discuss the location of different countries.
  • Ask your child what they are learning about in Inquiry and let them explain what they have learnt so far.

CAFÉ

This term will be spent continuing establishing routines for CAFÉ in the classroom. The children will be practising Read to Self and Read to Someone and building their reading stamina.

Teachers will explicitly teach the CAFÉ strategies in each area of reading. Students will work towards building their Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding their vocabularies, with a particular focus on strengthening their Comprehension abilities. This is taught through whole class instruction and the students can work together to perfect these skills in reading. We will have a particular focus on developing the students Comprehension skills to build deeper understanding of what students are reading.

Students receive their individual strategies and will practise these skills each morning. The teachers will conference with each student one-on-one and also in strategy groups to give the students the best chance to practise their own reading strategy and develop deeper understanding of texts.

What you can do at home:

  • Read with your child each night
  • Ask lots of questions beginning with ‘Why’ or ‘How’ to give students a deeper knowledge of what they have read.

Writing
The Grade 1-2 team are trialing the Big Write and VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation) Program where students are able to build and structure quality sentences. Big Write and VCOP is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, students will learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.

Grade 1-2 students will receive goals from one of the VCOP sections to strengthen their writing. Students will be able to see their successes and also build on their goals.

 What you can do at home:

  • Ask your child what their writing strategy is and encourage them to practise this to improve their writing skills.
  • Ask your child to write the shopping lists or their order for dinner
  • Encourage them to write through play or on the computer

Spelling

The children in Grade 1 and 2 will be participating in the SMART Spelling program to build their spelling skills. Students will receive a spelling sound and differentiated leveled words that contain that particular sound each Monday. Students are able to choose their spelling words and work on learning how to spell them in various hands on activities throughout the week. Monday will be the explicit teaching of this sound and Friday the students will be tested. There may be new words added to ensure students are able to use that sound. Grade 1 and 2 have now stream the SMART spelling program to suits all students’ levels and needs.

What you can do at home:

  • Ask your child what sound they are learning for the week and discuss some words you may know that contain that sound.
  • Ask them to verbally spell for you one word from their spelling list each day.

Mathematics
Maths Streaming will continue this term, where the children will work across the Grade 1 and 2 grades in the area of Number. Students will be placed in strategy based groups, based on Pre-Test results in order for them to practise skills that need strengthening.
Term 4 Number Focus: Division (Week 1-3), Fractions and Money
Term 4 Measurement and Geometry Focus:  2D and 3D Shapes, Telling the time on an analogue clock and Graphing information onto a graph.
The children will also be explicitly taught strategies in how to problem solve different mathematical questions.

What you can do at home:
Weeks 1-4 -Division

  • Ask your child to share objects fairly between groups.
  • Ask them to share object with some remaining.
  • Encourage their understanding of the link between skip counting and sharing.

Weeks 5-7 – Addition and Subtraction

  • Encourage your child to count forwards and backwards to and from 100, this helps with fluency when counting on in addition or counting back in subtraction.
  • Practise their ‘friends of ten’ and ‘doubles facts’. (7+3, 6+4 or 4+4, 8+8) This should be automatic recall.
  • Encourage your child to add or subtract in everyday situations. For example when shopping.

Weeks 8-9 – Money

  • Encourage your child to play with money and add amounts together.
  • Skip count by tens to add the cent coins together.
  • Play games like Monopoly that require money handling.
  • Let your child buy their own things at the shops, encourage them to find the appropriate money to pay and work out change if appropriate.

Weeks 10-11 – Fractions

  • Cut up food and discuss the fraction it is cut into. E.g ½, ¼, 1/8
  • Discuss how much they have eaten, 2/4, 3/8…
  • Discuss fractions of a group, this can be linked to sharing from earlier in the term. First pop them into groups and discuss the fraction.

Social Skills

Social skills are taught and discussed on a regular basis. We pride at our focus in this area and the need for students to have strong and positive social skills. The following social skills areas taught this term will be:

  • Relationship/ Friendship building skills – How can I be a good friend?
  • ResilienceWhat is it and how do we show it?
  • Respect/ MannersReading body language and visual cues.
  • CollaborationHow do we work together? How do I be a good member of a team?

What you can do at home:
Encourage your child’s resilience when they are unsure and support them to keep going and give it a try to build a positive mindset. Children who accomplish something they were nervous about are so proud. This build positive self-esteem.
Discuss the body language people use to give us a clue on how we need to act. E.g if someone is talking to another person, we need to wait before we speak; or if a person is upset we let them have a moment to calm down before we continue to talk with them.

Growth Mindset

Our focus this term is to grow our students positive self-thinking. We want our students to believe their abilities and skills can be developed through dedication and hard work. This builds students resilience and persistence when challenged. We encourage our students to accept things may be a challenge, however we can use positive self-talk and motivation to build success.

The students will learn how to build their own positive self-thinking and how to support others in a safe learning environment.

What you can do at home:
Discuss with your child about having a positive learning mindset, including the effort they put into tasks at home and at school. This will encourage them to work hard and be dedicated to enable them to gain positive self-talk and success in their learning. Children feel very proud when they achieve something that is challenging.

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