In Level 1 we help to build on and extend what students learned in Foundation. We provide our students the opportunity to learn and challenge themselves in all areas of the curriculum.
During Term 1, we immerse the students in a wide range of rich literature with daily shared reading sessions. We place a strong emphasis on decoding skills and reading fluency, explicitly teaching a variety of effective strategies for decoding unknown words. During shared and guided reading sessions, we build the students’ comprehension skills focusing on specific strategies to strengthen their understanding such as making predictions using textual evidence and making connections. Our daily Writer’s Workshops in Term 1 support the students to create their Writer’s Notebook which is used to generate authentic writing ideas. Explicit writing skills are taught using the Six Traits model with an emphasis placed on sentence structure, writing conventions and word choice.
In Numeracy, students continue to consolidate their understanding of number through daily mathematics lessons using the gradual release model of instruction. During Term 1, we focus on data collection, presentation and analysis. The students have opportunities to collect their own data through survey and learn effective ways to communicate their results. We also focus on place value, shape and measuring time.
In Cross Curricular we are focusing on how we are connected to our community. We are also exploring this topic from the perspective of Indigenous Australians and are having a Cultural Day later in the term where the students will be immersed in a range of cultural games and activities.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Using the program Rights, Responsibilities and Respectful Relationships, we are focusing on emotional literacy through weekly explicit teaching sessions. We have introduced the students to the growth mindset and discussed the importance of making mistakes for learning. We also incorporate teaching around our five school values.