Year 1P

Year 1P

Monday, 19 February 2018

A Full Week In Year One!

Wow, we have completed our first full week in the classroom! Lots happening in Year One with the commencement of Maths and Reading groups, as well as Art and Science when the children swap teachers on Friday mornings. Our ‘Play Projects’ are up and running on a Friday afternoon when we have a choice in our learning and an opportunity to use our creative licences. The children were having fun in some nature play with sticks and twine, imaginary play with our Kimochi Dolls and constructing from boxes as well as LEGO and Mobilo alongside the Pre-Primaries and Kindies. What a great buzz of learning happening in ECC! Some of our Play Projects are on display in the classroom for you to take a look at.

Here are some of the photos from the STEM circuits activity that was happening in Year 1P. James made a working circuit with a propellor...I can see a budding engineer!

Math Rotations
In class we have been focussing on numbers and number formation up to 100. We have been split into multi ability groups and have looked and worked with at different strategies for achieving the success criteria. We looked at how we can add numbers using manipulative materials, how we can form numbers correctly and how we can use a number line for skipping and jumping numbers. We have some very clever mathematicians in our class!

We begin today! Sight words, along with a home reader and you child’s Mathletics and Reading Eggs passwords will go home this week. We encourage the children to bring their homework folder to and from school every day and place it in the tub with the red or blue dot (depending on what coloured sticker they have on the front of their folder). Your child’s reading books will be exchanged by the EA’s on either a Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu basis.

Class Reps
Many thanks to our class rep volunteers for 2018 - Julia Thompson, Charlene Blechynden and Bec Hoar. As our P&F reps reiterated at Parent Night ‘many hands make light work’! Our reps have placed a family details sheet on the parent info board. You are invited to fill out your details to make it easier for our reps to contact you regarding any upcoming social gatherings or important information. Thanks ladies!

Observation Survey
Some standardised testing will begin this week and next week in Year One. The Observation Survey gives us valuable information about your child’s reading ability, writing vocabulary and phonics knowledge.
It is completed one on one with the teacher and during this time there will be a relief teacher in Year One.

Kiss and Drop Fridays
There was such an air of independence in our classrooms on Friday morning with both our parents and children making the most of Kiss and Drop morning! The children were as proud as punch to take ownership of their morning and come into the classroom independently. Thank you parents for supporting us with this.

Have a fantastic week!
Miss Prowse

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Week 3 Merit Award winners

Congratulations to Max and Elsie who were this weeks Merit Award winners. You are both Year One super stars!

Miss Prowse

Investigating Sound and Light in Science!

We have had a fantastic start to our Science inquiry this term and the children have been very interested in learning about how sound and light is formed and how it travels and reaches the human body.

We began our investigation of where sound comes from and where around the school we can hear different sources of sound. We brainstormed what we knew about sound and what questions we had about sound which we found we had a lot - which is always a great start to our inquiry!

We assigned some children to be photographers and some to be sketch artists of what we found, I quickly learnt that the children had a very good ear for hearing lots of things including birds, Mr. Hogan on the lawnmower, the wind, leaves rustling along the ground and some children even swore they heard a ghost in the undercover area! The children loved sharing their findings on the ipads and we found answers to a few of our questions while we were exploring the school.

In our second lesson we talked about light and sources of light, the children loved finding light and dark places around the school and saw that the sun cast shadows on the bricks. The girls were quick to point this out! We found the lightest place was on the oval and the darkest place was in the hall behind the curtains, where no light could come in. We then went inside the classroom and experimented with refracting light. We used torches and found that when we used a glass and some water, we could make rainbows! The children took great delight in investigating different types of prisms and experimenting with light that could bend.

We are looking forward to discovering how sound waves reach our ears and how light enters our eye. Keep an eye on the blog for information about our STEM project of constructing a sun chime.

Miss Prowse

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Parent Night Info

Thank you to all those parents who could make it last night. We hope that we have provided you with the information to make your child's time in Year One, one to remember!

If you weren't able to make it, please click on the link below which has our parent night slide show attached and if you require any further information, please email me. I will also send home your parent night pack with information for the coming year.

If you could please bring back the Early Childhood survey and the parent/Grandparent survey by Monday 18th of Feburary, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and have a lovely night.

Miss Prowse

Year One Parent Night Slide Show

Friday, 9 February 2018

Electric Fry pans for Shrove Tuesday

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Good afternoon parents,

As it will be Shrove Tuesday next week, we will be looking at procedures and how we can make pancakes, similar to the way people used to feast in celebration before Lent.

In order for this to happen we are after some electric fry pans to help cook our pancakes. If you have one we could borrow, could you please email us as we would love to take part in this celebration.

We would also love for you to talk to your child about something that they might like to give up (eg. chocolate, lollies, after dinner treats) or take up (eg. making their bed, unloading the dishwasher) during the season of Lent. We will be talking about our Lentern promises next week so if you could talk with the children about this, we would be very appreciative.

Have a lovely weekend! 

Miss Prowse

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Week Two information

Good evening parents, 

Swimming is almost over for another year. My deepest thanks for getting your little ones organised and ready with their swimming bags, sip and crunch and fresh clothes to change back into. I know washing bathers and towels can be a tedious task, but we love you for it! 

Please have a read of some important information over the next week:

Homework Folders
If you have not yet brought your child's homework folder in from last year, please do so and we will continue to use it throughout Year One. If you do not have a folder from last year, please let us know, so that we can use one of the clear plastic folders we have at school.

Parent Information Evening
Stay tuned for this week's Newsletter which will outline further details about our whole school Parent Information Evening next Tuesday 13th February starting at 5.00pm and concluding by 6.15pm.

Readers and Sight Words
I am in the process of testing the children on their knowledge of both reading and writing a series of sight words. We will begin sending home sight word flash card rings from week 4 onward. We will also commence home reading from week 4. The children should have two different readers go home each week on either a Mon/Wed exchange roster, or a Tue/Thu exchange. The reason we have readers over two nights is to build their fluency on the first day and then comprehension on the second day. We would ask that your child bring their reading file everyday because we may test their sight words or have people they read their home reader to at school. 

Parent Help Roster
I have placed a Parent Help Roster outside the classroom for those of you who may be able to assist at school during our Literacy blocks in the mornings. The roster will commence from week 5. If you have any special gifts or talents that may be useful in our class this year(eg. cooking, sewing, singing or dancing) please let us know! We would love to have you come in and help us, or teach us something!

The News roster, as pictured below will go home at our parent information session next Tuesday. As we begin News from week 3, please refer to this copy of the roster. News ideas are suggested ideas only and the children definitely have a choice in what they would like to share with their classmates. I will endeavour to send the News bags home the night before to allow you some time to help your child prepare.

Have a restful night 

Miss Prowse

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Our first day of swimming!

Have a look at us! First day of swimming and we had such a great time! I even had one little girl say "This is so much fun!".

We hopefully had no mix ups with shirts/shorts/thongs but please make sure all of your children's items are labelled. We will again take our sip and crunch to the pool and the children may come to school in their thongs and DO NOT need to change back into their sports shoes, they may wear their thongs until the end of the day. Yay!

I hope your littles ones aren't as tired as I am tonight!

Miss Prowse