Year 1P

Year 1P

Monday, 21 May 2018

Year One goes bug crazy!

We have had a very bug-tastic this term  in Year One! We have been learning about mini beasts in Science and over the past few weeks we have been on an Insect Safari! We worked in teams of 3 and in each team we had a Communications Officer (the person who communicates with the teacher), a Safari Sargent (the person who directs the team) and a Bug patrol and digger (the person who gets their hands dirty and looks in the bushes and dirt for bugs!). We had to carefully look for insects around our school and look at the environments in which they live. Each team had an iPad which they used to take pictures of the insects this then allowed us to come back to class and share our findings. Here are some pictures of our Safari!

We were also very lucky to have a close up look at some slimy friends in our worm farm. We first talked about what we knew about worms and drew a picture of what we thought a worm looked like. We then go to be super Scientists and have a close up look of the worms using magnifying glasses and gloves. We found out that that have an interesting part of their body called the saddle (or the clitellum) and that they have tiny hairs on their body to help them move through the soil. We loved learning about worms!

If you have any snails in your garden, please bring them in for our Science lesson this Friday! We would love to have a close look at them :)

Keep an eye out for all those bugs!

Miss Prowse

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Casuals for Catholics Free Dress day...and snails!

Good afternoon parents,

A reminder that this Friday the 18th of May is our Casuals for Catholics day where the children may wear free dress for a gold coin donation. This donation will be going towards helping families within the Bunbury diocese. Hopefully some of the children will be sporting their football colours for a big win this weekend...GO the Dockers...and I suppose... the Eagles too for their top of the table clash.


Next Friday the 25th of May the children will be investigating snails within our Science unit. We would love any donations of snails for our investigations so if you could have a hunt around in your garden for some slimy friends, I would be very appreciative. We need them by next Friday, but you are welcome to bring in any you find before then :)

Have a lovely afternoon and enjoy this sunshine before it disappears!

Miss Prowse

Monday, 14 May 2018

Sound Review, Sight words and Think Mental

Good evening parents,

Below are the sounds that your children have been learning for the past 8 weeks in their spelling rotations. On Monday we will be having our term spelling review to test their knowledge of sounds. Below is a table with all the sounds that you children have been learning. They will be able to tell you what group they are in, but please email me if you need clarification.

A way you can help them is to call out a word with that particular sound for them to write down on a scrap piece of paper eg. if you child is in the blue group you can use the 'tr' sound, ask your child to write down the word trip and so on.

If you need any more information, please email me to let me know.

Sight words

I must say, I am throughly impressed with your gorgeous children and their eagerness to learn! I have been hearing some great feedback about the children learning all of their sight words and moving onto the next set. Mrs Hughes is so good at those little tricks for remembering the sight words that even I say WOW! One example I heard today was... try to remember they as the with a 'y'. So clever!

The next stage of the sight word rings is not only for your children to be able to read them, but to be able to write and spell them and further into the semester, apply them into their writing. I have no doubt your children will be eager to do this as I love hearing them come up to me and tell me they know all their sight words!

Think Mental Math books

Thank you to all of those who handed in their Think Mental Math books on Friday. It was so great to hear that the children found great joy in completing their math homework! Unit 2 will be due 25th of May, but if your child completes the unit early, please bring it in when they have finished. We love the instant feedback that you are giving your children by marking their work as they complete it too!

Thank you for your ongoing support! 

Miss Prowse 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Week 1 and 2 Merit Award winners!

Congratulations to our week 1 merit award winners Stellan and Jamison and our week 2 merit award winners Lily-Eve and Hugh! You are all year one super stars!

Miss Prowse

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Week 2 information

Dear Parents,

A big thank you for a fantastic first week back at school. It was so lovely to get back into routine and see what your little one had all been up to over the holidays. Some information about this week...

Think Mental Maths

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful response to our Think Mental Math books this term! We had some children so eager that they completed the whole of unit 1 over the weekend. As we are only completing one unit per fortnight (5 of the 'days') please do not let them go onto unit 2,3,4 etc. until I give the books back. This will allow me to monitor how their Math understanding is developing and see if there is anything in class that needs to be reviewed.
Unit 1: Due this Friday 11th May (week 2), Books can be placed in the clear box at the front of the room.
Unit 2: Due Friday week 4.
Unit 3: Due Friday week 6.
Unit 4: Due Friday week 8.
Unit 5: Due Friday week 9 (challenge to complete the unit in just one week).

Mother's Day breakfast

All Mothers and Grandmother's have been invited to the school hall for breakfast this Friday the 11th of May at 7:30am. We would love to see as many Mum's and Grandma's there as possible to join in this special morning to celebrate all the wonderful things our Mum's do! 

Parent Roster

Parent roster starts next week and we would love to see as many Mum's and Dad's in on roster as we can! We love parent helpers and love showing you what we are learning about. The parent roster can be found outside the classroom under the perspex notice board.

Keep an eye on the blog for pictures and information about some of learning this term! 

Have a lovely night

Miss Prowse 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Welcome back to Term 2!

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term 2.  I hope you have had a very restful and relaxing holiday and enjoyed some of this stunning weather! After an 11 week term, I'm sure the children will be ready to get back into it!

Welcome back to Xavier Hayhow who will be joining Year 1P this term. We are lucky to have you Xavier!

This term we have a focus on Mini beasts in Science, Aboriginal Culture  and places of significance in our local environment in our HASS and Art units. We will also be looking at ANZAC day and how the importance of this day is recognised in our history.

We sent home a news roster last term but please see the picture below if it has gone missing!

Below is some important information about homework and some of the programs and events that we will be running in class.

Think Mentals Mental maths book

The children are very excited to be starting their Think Mentals Math book this week which was purchased at the beginning of the year.

Mental maths such as addition and subtraction, counting on, sequencing of numbers and number recognition are some of the concepts that we have covered in class. These will be reinforced in our Think Mentals book that will help your child gain confidence and apply mathematical concepts in a fun and supportive way.

In supporting our Math program in class, we would like for your child to complete one unit over a fortnightly period (5 columns of Maths question). When completing questions with your child, we would ask that you support them by reading questions if necessary and marking the questions to give your child instant feedback on how they went and writing their score at the bottom of the page.

An example of one unit

We encourage you to use a combination of visual and manipulative tools such as number lines, hundreds charts or counters to help your child complete these tasks.

Please do not spend more than 10 minutes at a time completing these activities and make it a part of your child's reading and sight word routine.

At the end of the fortnight, the books will be collected by myself and checked to make sure your child understands the concepts covered. We ask that your child does not complete more than one unit a fortnight as to ensure we can review these concepts in class if necessary.

Unit One will be due at the end of week 2 (Friday 11th May) as we have completed Day One of Unit One in class. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me.


On the final day of Term 1, we worked on an inquiry task where we explored and created our own mandala designs. Did you know that the symbol of the mandala represents the universe?

We created mandalas using doilies, colouring materials and loose objects that we placed on mats and trays. Many thanks to all of you for organising the children with engaging materials for them to manipulate - we had some interesting items including shells, fresh flowers, bottle tops, twigs, leaves, coloured stones, beads and gumnuts. The children had lots of fun playing with their designs and there was a great sense of calm in the classroom while they shared materials and thought carefully about their arrangements.

Here are some examples of what we created:

UR STRONG Friendology 101 JR

This is the wonderful friendship and social emotional program that we will be starting this term to support the children in helping them make better friends and strengthen and foster healthy relationships. Within the program the children may be starting to use the language of UR Strong: Friendology including: 'Friendship fire', 'Talk it out', 'Quick comebacks' and the 'Friend-o-cycle'. We will be providing some information to parents on the blog as we complete the lessons of the program.

Parent Roster

The Year 1P parent roster is outside our classroom on the bulletin board. Parent roster will start in week 3 and will run from 8.45-11.00am. I ask that you only put one name in each of the spaces and you only put your name down once as there were some parents who missed out last term.

If you have any questions please email me.

Thank you for your ongoing support

Miss Prowse

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Week 11 and holiday information

Good evening parents,

Firstly I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for coming along to the parent meetings. It has been a huge privilege to teach your children so far this year and I have loved getting to know them and how they learn! If you have any queries or follow up questions about your child, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Holiday Packs
As mentioned in some of the parent meetings, I have made up some holiday packs which include:
- A reading strategies bookmark
- Dotted thirds paper
- Writing prompt story starters
- Sky, grass and ground letter placement chart
- Time activities (telling time to the half hour)
- Editing desk strip
- 120 number chart

I have also included a news roster for next term :)

Home Readers and using the Reading Eggs Library
I will be collecting up the home readers tomorrow, so could you please make sure your child comes to school with their reading file tomorrow, that would be greatly appreciated.

I have also put up a video and video about how to access the Library so your children can continue to read or choose books that interest them through the term. Their Reading Eggs login is attached to their Reading file on the inside flap.

Reading Eggs Library guide

Please refer to the below picture of where the library is located on the home screen.

When choosing a book for your child in the library, please change it from the lexile number to reading age (see circled area with drop down button).

Commonwealth Games day 
Just a reminder that the children will be participating in the Commonwealth games sports activities in their Sports lesson tomorrow. This isn't whole school event, just something fun they will be doing in their sports lesson. Children are welcome to wear t-shirts, coloured ribbons, medals or anything else which supports their chosen country.

Thank you again for a wonderful term. I have really enjoyed the term, but also looking forward to holidays!

Miss Prowse