Reading & Comprehension

  • Guided Reading occurs 4 x 45 minutes per week from Tuesday to Friday. Students are regularly assessed and placed in levelled groups to ensure their reading instruction is differentiated.
  • Students participate in a variety of reading activities on a daily basis such as whole class reading, independent reading and silent reading.
  • Students read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, poems, songs and rhymes.
  • The whole class reading of class texts related to the Integrated Studies unit of work.
  • There is a strong focus on comprehension. Discussing, predicting and retelling the text.
  • The grade 1 serial novel we are reading in class in Term 1 is ‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl.

Writing & Handwriting

  • Students are exposed to and learn to write using a mixture of genres. Eg. narrative, personal journals, recounts, letters, reports, descriptions and instructions.
  • Continued revision of formation, direction, slope and presentation of correct handwriting of all letters in lower and upper case forms.
  • Students learn to write on lines appropriate to Grade 1.

Speaking & Listening

  • Students are continually involved in situations where they need to listen to and speak with others. They include remembering and repeating instructions, conveying verbal messages, making announcements, explaining ideas, listening to other students or the teacher and speaking before a familiar audience.

Grammar & Punctuation

  • Exploration and revision of nouns, verbs, capital letters, full stops, commas and question marks, the correct use of talking marks and work on sentence structure plus the correct use of tense.

Spelling & Word Attack

  • Jolly Phonics: revising sounds, blends.
  • Spelling the 100/200 most used words with Look Say Cover Write Check strategy.
  • Skill building: rhyming, syllables and stretching out words for more accurate spelling, Spelling and patterns/blends.



  • Number Patterns: counting forwards and backwards by 1s, 2s, 10s
  • Automatic Response with the number bonds to 10.
  • Place Value with tens and ones up to 99.
  • Addition and Subtraction.


  • Measuring length.
  • Comparing the mass and capacity of objects.
  • Two Dimensional shapes.
  • Collection and comparing of data.





      Integrated Studies



      • The major unit of work for this term will be on 'Minibeasts'.
      • Learning about insects, their physical features, behaviour and habitats.


      Social Development: The 'Bounce Back!' program will also be focussed on during the year.

      Students will be engaged in the 'Bounce Back!' well being and resilience program where they will learn to deal with social and emotional issues in their lives.

      Some of the topics covered will include core values such as: honesty, fairness, responsibility, cooperation and techniques for positive thinking.



      • Students will spend some time revise language learned last year. The focus is to learn language students can use in their daily life at school. New work learned will be sent home so parents are aware of the content taught in class. Children can practise these sentences at home with the family.
      • Students will continue extending their knowledge of Italian through games, songs, chants, role play and reading books.
      • The language focus is on introducing themselves and asking and answering how they feel. A lot of class time will be spent on practising to speak Italian with each other.
      • We will finish the term with a study of the story book ‘La Sorpressa.’



      • The homework for Grade 1 Students includes home reading each night, revision of the 100/200 Magic Most Used words, and the completion of a variety of set tasks in English, Mathematics and Integrated Studies on a fortnightly basis. Students practise skills and consolidate understandings they have learnt in their class.
      • There will be one major PROJECT set later during this term relating to 'Minibeasts.'



      • This term in art students will learn the essential skills needed to become a fantastic drawing artist. Some of the materials that will be used include, pencils - coloured and grey lead, coloured markers, pastels - oil and dry. It will certainly be a busy term especially with our artist study. Stay tuned and don't forget to check our out Art Blog from time to time.



      • Students in Grade 1 are learning about the relationship between beat and rhythm. They are singing songs, playing instruments and moving to various types of music to develop their understanding and control over beat and rhythm. They will be introduced to simple forms of music notation and encouraged to create their own music compositions using these basic elements.

      Physical Education


      • Grade 1 will be practising and progressing on the basic fundamental motor skills to ensure they have the foundations they need to progress to leaping, dodging, the over arm throw, dribbling and striking balls. This will be done through a range of minor and major games played throughout the term.



      • Towards the end of the term Grade 1 students will attend an incursion run by Reptile Encounters. Students will meet a large range of Australia’s native creatures including insects, arachnids, crustaceans and myriapods, and learn about what makes them special!
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