Our Grade One blog

October 9, 2018
by alicianking

Welcome Back to Term 4

We hope everyone enjoyed the school holidays and had lots of rest!

This term the whole school Big Idea is ‘Sustainability’. Year 1 will be focusing on food going from ‘paddock to plate’. We will be going on an excursion on Tuesday the 30th of October to Edendale Farm to learn about where veggies come from, composting and worm farms, recycling and food miles.

In Maths we are continuing to work on counting patters such as counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. We are beginning to learn about about time. It would be great if you worked with your child on telling the time and reciting the months of the year. Even periods of time eg. “how long does it take to play football?”

We hope you enjoy the term and keep up the good work reading every night with your child.

The Year 1 team

August 23, 2018
by alicianking

Year 1 Incursion and Book Week

The Year 1 students had a great time at the Science Discovery Dome this week. Here are some of their thoughts:

“I learnt that if the Earth doesn’t move that it would take a year to go to night time. I want to learn about how many stars there are.”

“I learnt that the weather on the South Pole is the same as the closest country near the sun. I want to learn why was the moon is out at lunch time.”

I learnt why other countries have summer when Australia does not. I want to learn why the sun is bigger than Earth.”

Book Day!

Tomorrow is Book Day. We will be having a Year 1 parade at 9.15am on the basketball courts outside our rooms. We would love to see you there!


August 14, 2018
by alicianking

Games Galore!

This week the Year 1 students brought a favourite game from home to share with their class. When presenting, the students are working on speaking clearly, facing the audience and answering questions. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about everyone’s games and the different rules.

In Wellbeing we are focusing on problem solving. We worked collaboratively with our group to play some of the games. We were practicing taking turns, helping others and being playing fairly.

August 6, 2018
by alicianking

Popcorn Writing

This term the Year 1s have been learning about Procedural Writing. Procedural Texts tell us how to do or make something. We’ve learnt that you need a title, materials or ingredients and steps (that are in the right order).

The Year 1s gave their teachers instructions to make popcorn and then wrote their own Procedural Text. It was a lot of fun!

July 27, 2018
by alicianking

Parent Teacher Interviews

Just a reminder that Parent Teacher Interviews are on next week for 1G, 1R and 1K (1P will have their interviews when Mrs Purcell is back from her trip).

If you have not booked an appointment please see your child’s teacher and we can arrange a time for you.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday (31/7) or Wednesday (1/8).

The Year 1 team

July 20, 2018
by alicianking

Welcome back to Term 3!

We hope everyone has had a fun and relaxing holiday. The Year 1s have settled back into the school routine and have been impressing us with how excited they are to learn! Our Learning to Learn focus has been on the School Values and kindness.


Thank you for supporting your child with their homework that is due on Tuesday the 24th. Students have a week to complete their homework, ready to share with the class on Tuesday. As part of their homework students need to tick how many nights they have read to a parent and their parent has read to them. Research undertaken on reading clearly states the high impact on a child’s reading development that an adult has when reading to them daily and listening to a child read daily. If you would like further information on this please let us know.



Year 1 classes are looking for anyone with some spare time to make playdoh for us to use in Maths next week. Can you please send it to school in a throw away container or zip lock bag.


Camp Quality Puppet Show

This week the Year 1s enjoyed watching the puppet show presented by Camp Quality for all students across the school. They taught us about cancer and how to support a parent, sibling, friend or loved one with cancer.

Thank you to Mrs Mellow for taking 1P while Mrs Purcell is jet setting around the world!

Have a great weekend!

The Year 1 team.

June 18, 2018
by 5s2014

Life Ed Information

This week, as part of the Personal and Social curriculum the Year 1 students will have a Life Education session.

The content is focusing on Safety and is a flow on from what we will be learning in the classroom. The program will investigate safety in a range of situations and environments, people and places to go to for help, and how friends can care for and support each other. Aligned with the Victorian Curriculum, this module helps children understand that a healthy lifestyle is an important step towards making positive healthy choices now and into the future.

What can you do at home?

We also encourage you to extend your child’s learning, by working with them to explore the activities and to start the conversations listed on these three posters. Please click on the links below to see the posters.




If you would like more information about the session, please visit the website. There are videos with parents about how to speak to your children about how to stay safe in the kitchen, car, when riding a bike and personal safety.


June 15, 2018
by 5s2014

Inquiry Time!

Last week the Year 1 students completed their work on animals and habitats. Each student completed a detailed information report, triarama and caption. On Friday afternoon, last week, the students visited each others’ rooms to look at the wonderful work they had all done.

Next Wednesday 20th June, parents are invited into the classroom at 9:00am to have a look at the wonderful work. The children would love you to come and have a look at their efforts.


On Wednesday this week the Year 1 students, along with some special helpers (mums and dads) and their teachers ventured into Blacks Walk to investigate what was natural, man made and maintained. We were lucky enough to see kookaburras, Tawny Frog Mouths, ducks, magpies and an enormous metal pole! A big thank you to the parents who came along and shared some great local knowledge.


Have a great weekend

The Year 1 Team

May 25, 2018
by 5s2014

Everything is adding up!

This week in Year 1 the students have begun learning about addition. We have started with revising the Friends of Ten. In class the children have been using an online game called Hit the Button. If your child would like to practise at home, please use the link below.



This is how the screen looks. Click on the green ‘Number Bonds’ button and then choose the first option ‘Make 10’ to practise the Friends of Ten.


Happy adding!

The Year 1 Team


May 18, 2018
by 5s2014

Science Everywhere!

Over the past two weeks the Year 1 students have been involved in a number of great science activities. In class, as part of our inquiry topic about living and non living things, the students have planted bean seeds. We are watching, predicting and recording how they sprout and grow.

We have been very lucky to have some science students (scientists) visit the Year 1 classrooms to conduct some exciting experiments. There was floating and sinking, air, animal and other investigations happening in all four classrooms.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget about OPEN NIGHT on Monday 21st May! We look forward to seeing all the Year 1 families from 7-8pm. The night starts in the hall and then students can take their parents to the classroom.

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