Welcome to Year 1
Welcome to the new school year!
The Dharugs have already been busy at school, playing with old friends, making new friends and settling into their new room.
Our classroom rules are based upon respect for God and others. This means we listen carefully, don’t interrupt when it is someone else’s turn to speak and use good manners at all times.
Please check your email on Monday afternoons. I will send home an email with news of the week, with any notes that have been sent home and with a brief summary of what we will be covering in class that week. Late Thursday I will notify you via text message if your child is to receive a merit certificate. Merit certificates will be presented at Friday morning line-up.
If at any time you have concerns or comments please speak with me; appointments can be made through the office, or you can usually catch me for a few minutes before or after school.
Class Timetable and subjects
Attached is a copy of the proposed weekly timetable. Core learning times for English and Maths are before lunch. If you need to make an appointment for your child at the doctor, dentist etc., afternoons are preferable as this will mean minimal disruption to learning.
Our topic in HASS this term is “Past and Present Family Life.”
In Science our topic is ‘Schoolyard Safari,’ which will look at insects and bugs and will be taught by Miss Orr.
In Literacy we will focus on correct spelling and use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We will also learn to sequence events in our writing using the ‘Talk 4 Writing’ program.
In Maths we will concentrate on place value, basic operations and problem solving when working with numbers to 100.
Mrs Brown will teach Japanese to Year 1.
House and various sports clinics will take place on Thursday and your child will be required to wear their complete sports uniform.
Library is on Wednesday beginning this week. Please ensure your child has a waterproof library bag (a sturdy plastic bag is fine) or you may purchase an Emmaus library bag from the front office. Please help your child keep track of their library books as lost and damaged books need to be replaced or paid for.
Year 1 students will receive homework on Monday (beginning in Week 2) and it is to be returned each Friday. (Please let me know if you prefer to take the homework over the weekend, so I can ensure your child’s homework is marked on Friday so you can take it home again on Friday afternoon). Homework is an opportunity for you to observe your child’s learning and share school experiences. No doubt there will be occasions when children are unable to complete homework for some reason; when this happens please send a note in the homework folder. The most important part of homework is the book sent home for reading. If your child is struggling with his/her reader, please let me know, as it is very important that reading aloud is a tension-free experience. Positive experiences during reading lead to enthusiastic readers.
Phonics Hero and IXL
In the next week or two we will send home login details for your child to access ‘Phonics Hero’ and IXL Maths at home. It would be helpful if your child is able to access Phonics Hero and IXL, at least once a week, as part of their homework. IXL Maths is a wonderful web based maths program that we will be accessing in class and is available for you to use at home. The relevant sections will be listed in each week’s homework so that your child is able to revise the skills we are doing in class. You are able to use any level of the program, which enables you to work on various levels of the same topic to consolidate or extend your child in each area as needed.
Please check your child’s homework whenever possible to help them correct reversals of both numbers and letters.
There is a teacher on duty from 8:30am. The first bell will ring at 8:52 to signal for students to make their way to the line-up area. The second bell rings at 8:55 ready for announcements. It is important for your child to be on time to minimise disruptions and for them to gain the most out of the activities prepared for them.
All stationery is provided for students so please don’t send pencil cases or special stationery with your child.
We encourage healthy eating at school (such as fruit and sandwiches) rather than junk food. Eating at recess and lunch is supervised for Year 1 children and we ensure they eat enough before going out to play. We have a few children in the Primary school with severe food allergies to nuts, seeds, egg and dairy products. Two important school rules are that we do not share food, and we wash hands after touching nuts, eggs and dairy products. Please note that your child may eat these foods at school if they follow the rules. Could you also discuss this with your child? The importance of this issue is strengthened when a child hears the same messages at home and at school. Your cooperation is much appreciated. If your child has any special dietary requirements I would appreciate you letting me know as soon as possible.
This year we have introduced a “fruit break” in the morning session. Students will need to bring in cut pieces of fruit or vegetables in a separate small container or bag to eat during this time.
PIP (Parent Involvement Program)
Parents are always welcome to help. Please let me know if you are available to help out in the classroom on Monday afternoons for Art or on Thursday mornings for language groups. I will also have art to mount and books to cover if you would prefer PIP jobs to do at home.
If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, cupcakes or treats in patty papers are easier for us to handle. Children with specific dietary requirements benefit from a stock of suitable treats at school to allow them to participate in the celebration – so they do not miss out. If you are having a party and would like to invite some of the children please encourage your child to hand out invitations at the end of the day to avoid hurting the feelings of those not invited. We are happy to assist or supervise.
Please ensure all of your child’s belongings are clearly labelled and that your child is practising tying their shoelaces. It is helpful to have a change of undies, shorts and socks in a labelled bag, in their school bag, in case of accidents.
Children are encouraged to have a bottle of WATER in the classroom to drink throughout the day (no juice or cordial is permitted in the classroom). Each child is asked to bring a family-sized box of tissues and a pack of non-allergenic baby wipes (for cleaning desks and hands).
Network Technology Agreement
A ‘Primary Student Network Technology Agreement’ was sent home with your child. It has been drafted with an aim to encourage and support students to be responsible and kind in their technology use. Please read this carefully and discuss this with your child. Students will not be allowed to use technology at school without receipt of a parent and student signature.
All notes will be sent home with your child and a soft copy of the note will be emailed home in case the notes are lost in transit.
Class liaison person
Our class is looking for a class liaison person. Their task is to coordinate a social event approximately once per term. The aim is for the class and their families to meet together to relax, chat and have fun. Please contact me if this sounds like you.
If your child is going to be absent from school please email me and email@example.com
All parents are encouraged to attend our Term 1 parent meeting. This will be a good opportunity to listen to our Principal, Mr. Hofsink speak on the strategic plan for school as well as being a great chance to meet other parents and teachers. It will be held on 8th March at 7pm in the gymnasium.
Our focus in news is on speaking clearly and with purpose. Each news presentation will be marked. Please help your child prepare for news by having them practise at home. They have one minute to present their news. The attached table outlines the news topics for each week.
News Topics Term 1 (These topics come from our HASS and Science topics for this term)
||Share with the class what you did in your holidays
||Draw a picture of your family tree, including you & any brothers & sisters, your parents & your grandparents.
||What is your favourite insect or spider? Tell us 2 interesting facts.
||Draw an insect or spider and label 6 parts of it.
||Create a timeline of your life and share it with the class.
||What is your favourite season and what things do you enjoy doing in that season.
||What is your favourite toy/or form of entertainment? What was your grandparents’ favourite toy/or form of entertainment when they were your age?
||Easter – Share what your family does at Easter time
Dates to remember
Week 3 – Thursday 16th February – School photos
Week 4 – Thursday 23rd February – Swimming Carnival
Week 6 – Wednesday 8th March – Parent Meeting
Week 7 – Monday – Canberra Day
Week 9 – Wednesday 29th March – Cross Country Carnival
Week 10 – Thursday 6th April – Crazy Hair Day
Finally, please encourage your child to be responsible for remembering such items as correct sports uniform for Thursdays and their sun safe hats daily.
Please feel welcome to visit our classroom at any time. I am looking forward to a great year with the Dharugs.
Year 1 Teacher