Inquiry Topic Focus – Creativity

Students will explore the properties of different materials and consider which materials are used when building robots. They will build new objects and write instructions for others to follow. Students will practise thinking creatively and imaginatively.

The students will explore the Creativity topic whilst posing the following questions:

  1. How can I write clear instructions?
  2. What are the properties of different materials?
  3. How can I design and build new objects?

This term’s Corridor Display Competition will be judged during Week 4. The students are all very excited to show off their work to the rest of the school.

Taskworks Excursion

During Term 4, on Friday November 2nd, students will attend an excursion to Taskworks. More information will be sent home in a note closer to the date.

Taskworks is unique in that students are immersed in activities that challenge their body and mind. When visiting Taskworks the children will be divided into small groups and rotated throughout the facility for the duration of their stay. They will experience all the activities and given that each activity requires a combination of different skills, each child is sure to find an activity they thoroughly enjoy.

The 6 activities promote the development of the following skills:

  • motor skills (coordination)
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
  • communication
  • leadership
  • initiative
  • creativity
  • competition

CAFÉ Reading

This term will be spent developing students deeper understanding of their reading strategies. We will continue to build established routines for CAFÉ in the classroom. The students build their reading stamina by demonstrating good reading behaviours. The 1/2 Team are striving to develop the students’ fluency, continuing to dedicate Friday to Fluency each week. They will work on these strategies whilst reading Reader’s Theatre texts.

Each class will plan CAFÉ Reading separately for their class based on each student’s needs. We will teach students the strategies at their point of need.

Speaking and Listening – Talk Time

Term 4 will see students continuing Talk Time sessions to help improve their speaking and listening skills. These skills will be assessed in their semester 2 reports, covering the subheadings:

Preparedness: The student is completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed. They stay on topic throughout the entire talk.

Speaks Clearly: The student speaks clearly and distinctly. They can be heard by everyone.

Body Language: The student keeps eye contact with class all of the time. They stand straight and still.

Listening: The student is a respectful audience member and listens to other people’s Talk Time.

Spelling

The children in Grade 1 and 2 will continue to participate 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. The students will be explicitly taught their sound and tested a week later to see how they use this sound within sentences. There may be new words added to ensure students are able to use that sound. These sounds may include, graphs (a,s,d), digraphs (th, ea, ow), trigraphs (igh, dge) and split digraphs (a_e, o_e).

Students will also be taught about prefixes (unhappy) and suffixes (carefully) to build words. They will learn specific spelling rules such as:

  • Dropping the ‘e’ and adding the vowel suffix.
  • When the second last letter makes the sound ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’, ‘u’, double the last letter and add the vowel suffix.

Writing

Our whole school approach to Writing is through the SCRIPTS Program where we focus on 7 different learning sections in writing:

S: StructureStrategies to help students organise their writing.

C: ConventionsStrategies to help students use correct grammar.

R: RevisionStrategies to help students improve their writing.

I: IdeasStrategies to help students be creative.

P: PunctuationStrategies to help students punctuate sentences.

T: Text TypesStrategies to help students write different genres.

S: SpellingStrategies to help students spell words correctly.

The 1/2 Students will focus on all of these sections throughout the year. As teachers we will focus on how these sections will specifically link to certain text types. The 2 Text Types we will be focussing on will be:

  1. Procedures
  2. Persuasive Texts

Mathematics

The students have been showing their Mathematic skills in the classroom. Where possible, flexible groupings 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 ability and strategy based groups, based on Pre-Test results. They will work on skills rather than levels. We are dedicated to building Mental Maths skills and fluency to enable students to work more efficiently in Maths.

Term 4 Number Focus: Patterns and Algebra, Number and Place Value, Money and Financial Mathematics and Fractions and Decimals.

Term 4 Measurement and Geometry Focus:  Location and Transformation and Units of Measurement (Time).

Term 4 Statistics and Probability: Chance

Social Skills

Social skills are taught and discussed every Monday school wide. 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:

Social Values – It’s important to be kind
Social Values  – It’s important to Cooperate
Social Values  – Being friendly and including others
Social Values  – Showing Respect
Courage – Helping yourself to feel brave
Courage – The courage to be yourself
Looking on the Bright Side

Growth Mindset/ Ready To Learn

Our focus this term is building children’s responsibly. The 1/2 teachers are working with the students to build their responsibly each morning by asking them to reflect on their feelings each morning, change their reader and unpack their bags ready for the day. Building this responsibility gives students practice to be organised and self-sufficient. We would like to ask parents to hand over more responsibility to the students so that they are unpacking their own bags and setting themselves up for the day ahead.

Each morning the students have been participating in the Ready to Learn time during 9:00 – 9:15. It is a time where they can have fun and settle into the classroom. There are different themes each day including; Moving Monday, Talking Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Figure it out Friday (sometimes Funky Friday).

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.