Inquiry Topic Focus – Identity
The students will explore their own identities throughout the term. Each Grade 1/2 class has a Mascot to take home. The students will share things they liked to do with their mascot to the class enabling everyone to get to know each other more.
The students will explore their identity whilst posing the following questions:
- How have I changed and how will I change?
- What emotions will I feel?
- What foods are healthy for my body?
- How am I the same and different to others?
The students by the end of the term will present their findings in the form of an oral presentation to their peers, sharing a deeper knowledge of themselves and others.
This term will be spent continuing established routines for CAFÉ in the classroom. The students build their reading stamina by demonstrating good reading behaviours. The 1/2 Team are dedicated to lengthen the time students read without stopping. The children will be practising Read to Self and Read to Someone to build 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. This is taught through whole class instruction and the students can work together to perfect these skills in reading.
Students later on in the term will receive their individual strategies and will practise these skills each morning. The teachers will conference with each student one-on-one to give the students the best chance to practise their own reading strategy and develop deeper understanding of texts.
The students have been showing their Mathematic skills in the classroom. Flexible groupings will begin in week 4 this term, where the children will work across Grade 1 and Grade 2 in the area of Number. Students will be placed in ability and strategy based groups, based on Pre-Test results.
Term 1 Number Focus: Place Value, Fractions and Decimals, Financial Maths
Term 1 Measurement and Geometry Focus: Length and Weight, Shape
Term 1 Statistics and Probability: Gathering Data and Interpreting Data and chance and data.
The children in Grades 1/2 will be participating in the SMART Spelling program to build their spelling skills. Students will receive a spelling sound and differentiated levelled words that contain that particular sound. 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.
Social skills are taught and discussed every Monday school wide. We have a 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: Looking at getting to know others, what skills are needed to get along with others, how to be a good friend.
- Core Values: It is ok to be different
Growth Mindset/ Ready to learn
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.
Our Ready to Learn spaces in each classroom is designed to help students know their emotions and understand how deal with them in a positive way. The students are given time to calm their minds and choose a quiet activity to help sooth any worries they may be feeling. This enables the students to self-regulate their emotions and come back to the class ready to learn.