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.
  • This term we will be reading an assortment of fairytales.

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

  • Jolly Grammar: 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.



Topics include:

  • 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.


Topics include: 

  • Measuring length.
  • Comparing the mass and capacity of objects.
  • 2 Dimensional shapes.
  • Time - days, months and revision of o’clock.


Topics include:
  • Collection and comparing of data.
  • Representing data.

    Integrated Studies


    The major unit of work for this term will be on 'Light and Sound'. Learning about sources of light and sound.


    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 'Light and Sound.'



    • 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.



    • The focus for students in Grade 1 is singing. They learn short songs and rhymes with a special emphasis on correct pitch and beat. When singing, the students are encouraged to sing both with the class and solo. Games, songs, percussion instruments and movements are used to help the students recall the songs and rhymes. They will learn traditional and modern dances and encouraged to move creatively, using their imagination.

    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.



    • Grade 1 students will attend an excursion to ACMI which will link our exploration of fairytales and ‘Light and sound’ concepts.
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