Year 1 & 2 Learning Community

Karri Fry – 12F Learning Community Leader
Kerri Egan – 12E Assistant Learning Community Leader 
Sheridan Rooney – 12R
Sharon Narayan – 12N
Carmen Schepelmann – 12S
Sarah Janetzki – 12J

DATES TO REMEMBER
Braveheart In School Visit              – 22nd March
End of Term                                      – 31st March
Beginning of Term 2                        – 17th April

 

We would like to welcome you to the 1/2 Learning Community. In the 1/2 Learning Community we have 6 classes, which are located in the Blue and Purple buildings. We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead of learning and building positive relationships.

Please see attached website to know what your child is focusing on in their specialist classes. http://www.wyndhamparkps.vic.edu.au/page/212/Specialist

 


Absences


Just a reminder that if your child is absent the school needs to be notified of this absence. This can be done via our website http://www.wyndhamparkps.vic.edu.au/page/187, the parent portal, a note to the classroom teacher or a phone call (9741 4549). It is also important that children are at school by 8.55am every morning to ensure they maximise their learning time.


Reading


This term we are setting up reading routines and building reading stamina. Students have been learning and using the I PICK strategy to choose Just Right books that are appropriate to their individual reading level with the support of their classroom teacher.

We are also learning about our CAFÉ decoding strategies and comprehension strategies. You may hear your child discuss Sammy the Snake who helps them stretch out their words while reading.


Writing


This term we are learning about recounts. Students are having different language experiences and writing about them. So far we played on the playground and then written sentences about what we play on and who with. We have also been creating class books with our writing.

 

Students have been decorating their Writer’s Notebooks, which is a book where they keep all their writing ideas. This book is used to collect thoughts and ideas through drawing pictures and writing words.



Mathematics


This term we are focusing on numbers and counting. We are focusing on the skip counting patterns 2s, 5s and 10s. For students who know how to confidently skip count by these patterns past 100 we are learning about non zero starting points such as 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.

We are also learning about transformation and location. We are learning what happens to shapes when you flip, slide, turn. Students have been exploring location language such as under, over, through, above, between, left, right and will be completing tasks using this language.




Inquiry

This term our Inquiry is ‘How we look after ourselves and other’. Students will be learning how to use de escalation strategies to manage their feelings when they are angry and upset. We will also be exploring how our body feels like, sounds like and looks like when we are feeling different emotions. Students completed a tuning in by watching the movie ‘Inside Out’ during week 3.



Take Home Reading Book


Your child will have started to bring home a Take Home Reader Books. We encourage your child to read every night to practise and consolidate strategies they are learning in the classroom. The book your child brings home is one level easier than their reading level. This is to ensure they are enjoying reading with you.

 

At school students use a variety of reading strategies to help them read when they get stuck on a word. You can prompt your child to use these strategies at home when they are reading.

 

  • Look at the pictures (students use pictures to help them identify key words in the text)

 

  • Get your mouth ready (get your mouth ready for the first sound- if the word was ‘lion’ the first sound would be ‘l’)

 

  • Chunk it up (break big words up into smaller pieces- differences diff-er-en-ces)

 

 

  • Stretch out the sounds (string together the individual sounds in words)

 

  • Skip it, read on, go back (skip the word you are stuck on, read on and come back to it- you may find a word that makes sense)

 

  • Put in a word that makes sense (if you cannot read the word have a go at putting   in a word that makes sense)

 

  • Look for smaller words (sometimes big words can be tricky but we may be able to find smaller words inside, eg: footpath, looking)

 

  • Ask ‘does it make sense?’ (if the sentence does not make sense have another go)

 

  • Ask ‘does it look right?’ (look at the letters in the word, if it does not look right have another go)

 

After reading the story, ask your child some questions to see how much they have understood the text that they have read,  questions such as

-          What was your favourite part? Why?

-          What was the problem in the story? What was the solution?

-          Is this a fiction or a non fiction story?

-          How did the other characters feel when the character…?

-          How does the character feel? How do you know that?

Have you had a similar experience to the character?


SWPBS


This term during SWPBS we have been focusing setting students into great routines again. We have been learning about our classroom chill out zones, how to have a successful plan for play and how to be a safe, responsible and respectful student at Wyndham Park Primary School.
We have also been learning about what it means to be present, centred and ground and ready for our learning.

When we are angry or escalated we have different strategies that we can use to calm down and get ourselves focused for learning again.