Lake Heights Public School

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Year 1

Welcome to K/1/2! The early years of primary school are critical for developing the skills and experiences students require throughout their school career and we are very excited to be a part of your child’s learning journey during 2022. 

This year, K/1/2 will be taught by Miss Layton on Mondays – Wednesday mornings and Mrs Batist Wednesday mid-morning – Fridays.  K/1/2 will be working closely with students in the Kindergarten as well as Year 1/2 classes, to ensure cohesiveness across grade levels. This will also allow students to maintain and build upon their existing social groups.

Mrs Ellsmore will be working closely with students in her role as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction this year, targeting Literacy and Numeracy. Mrs Denton will also be working with students from year 1 in her role as Interventionist and your child may be involved in small group work with both Mrs Ellsmore and Mrs Denton from time to time.

English

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English is taught each morning and comprises of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, handwriting and oral language. A daily overview of English in the K/1/2 class includes phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, reading and writing. Much of this is done in a small group setting with differentiation occurring for individual needs.

 

Home reading

Home reading
After the first few weeks of school, students will begin to bring home books to read at home each night. As we use these books for our classroom reading, it is very important that home readers travel to and from school each day in the bag provided.
 
The books sent home are books that your child has read in class. It’s best to get into an afternoon or evening routine which involves your child reading their home reader. If your child is tired in the afternoon, often reading in the morning before school is a good alternative.
 
To get the most out of this experience, check out this  video on how to read home readers with your child

Maths

Maths

Students in K/1/2 participate in mathematics lessons each day, morning middle session. Students are exposed to a variety of hands -on activities to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts and many concepts will be taught and reinforced through games. 

At home, you can help your child by playing board games involving dice or counting, playing card games and talking about numbers in everyday contexts, for example, finding numerals at the supermarket, reading the numbers on letterboxes, following directions to something hidden in a room etc.

Other curriculum areas

Other curriculum areas

Students will participate in a variety of experiences in other curriculum areas including science, history and geography, PDHPE and sport and creative arts. Children love the hands-on, inquiry nature of many of these subjects and the content of what is what, often stems from the students’ interests and questions.

School Values

School Values

In Year 1, our core values reflect those of the school which are care, respect and safety. Positive behaviour is encouraged through a range of strategies including “Class Dojo” points, which lead to whole class and individual rewards.

General class info

General class info
Crunch&Sip – Students are encouraged to bring fruit or vegetables and water to enjoy during the morning session.
 
Library – Students will have an opportunity to borrow books from our school library each week. They will need a library bag or plastic bag to take books home in. Our library day is Tuesday from 11:30-12:15pm.
 
Talk time- Your child will be assigned a day each week, where they’ll have the chance to speak in front of the class. You might know this as news or show and tell. For the first term, students will be able to speak about certain topics we have assigned them. They may like to bring something from home such as a favourite game or book, some family photos or something they’ve collected from nature. This is optional and they are more than welcome to tell the class something they did on the weekend etc. Unfortunately, teachers cannot take responsibility for items brought from home. It’s a good idea to chat with your child the evening before their talk time and help them to come up with something they’d like to speak about.

Connecting with our Classroom

Connecting with our Classroom

As a parent, you can use ClassDojo to connect to classroom activities and track your child’s behaviour. It also provides a platform to receive reminders or get in touch with teachers, which is great for parents who can’t make it into the classroom as regularly. We welcome parental involvement and feedback.

What to bring- Whilst we provide most things that your child needs, we do ask that your child please bring a paint shirt to leave at school if you are able. We will encourage students to wear paint shirts when using whiteboard markers, painting, and general art/ craft activities. Hopefully that will help save you on some washing