5 Oct 2018

Yr1 Curriculum Update – 05/10/18

Working together to achieve success for every child


Greetings! – It’s our 4th edition!

We write a regular newsletter keeping you up-to-date and informed about your child’s learning. This will provide you with a good understanding of happenings in Year 1 and how you can support these learning experiences.


Let’s Inquire – Who We Are

We have continued to focus on the skills of cooperation such as, turn taking, planning for play and developing the communication skills necessary for working together. Students have been using recycled material to cooperatively make something creative in the makedo area. They have been making a plan, talking about it and executing it. This was inspired by the book Clancy and Millie and the very fine house, by Libby Gleeson. They have shown creativity and cooperative skills in order to communicate their ideas to a larger group.

‘Success for Every Child – AAROW

Achievement: What are we achieving? The skills of cooperation and communication have been practiced in each classroom and in the shared area while working with other Year 1 classes.

Agency: What agentic opportunities have we had? The students have created their own plan and were able to run with their imagination with students from either their class or other Year 1 classrooms.

Respect: How are we developing a respectful community? While working in the shared area, students are aware that other classrooms use the same space, and need to respect the area for themselves and everyone else that uses the area.

Opportunity: What opportunities have we had? We have had the opportunity to engage in a variety or learning provocations with our Year 6 buddies. They have been very helpful in supporting our students around campus and in the classroom. This is an activity that Year 1 look forward to each week.

Well being: How are we developing a positive sense of well being? Students have had several opportunities to explore meditation, body check-in, brain breaks, brain teasers, yoga, mindfulness and breathing exercises. We have found these helpful when transitioning between activities.

We have started our reading lessons in the classroom. Please keep your eyes open for an email from your child’s teacher with ideas on how to support your child while reading. These will help you to engage in meaningful conversations while reading at home. All of these ideas will work in parallel to the reading lessons in class.



Chinese Year 1:

In the “Who We Are” unit, the Year 1 children continues to inquire into working successfully with each other and how their choices can affect others. Connections to learning are made using Chinese songs, rhymes, games and stories.

Here’s a glimpse of some of our classrooms:



Here you can see some of our learning over the last week!


Friday 12th October

School finishes at 2.45pm for mid term break.

Monday 22nd October

Children return to school.

Thursday 25th October, Thursday 1st November

3-way conferences (We will send out timetables soon)


Please send in any junk e.g. boxes, cups for our make do area. We also need rugs and cushions to accentuate our areas, all donations are greatly appreciated!


Please remember if you have questions or concerns, contact your child’s teacher. We welcome feedback and look forward to working with you to achieve success for every child.

Kindest regards, The Year 1 Team