Our Grade One blog

July 24, 2017
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Welcome to Term 3

It was lovely to see the students settle back into the school routine this week and to hear about their holidays. It sounds like many students had sleep ins, went to the movies or had a special time away.
Teachers from 1H, 1J, 1M, 1P and 1R are looking forward to parent-teacher interviews during week 2. If you have not made a time, please see your child’s teacher.
This week in Learning to Learn, we have been setting goals, practising positive affirmations, revisiting our school values and discussing ways to be inclusive in the classroom and school yard. We have also revisited how to be a Bucket Filler and how a Bucket Filling classroom likes, sounds and feels.
We know that sometimes things that are unexpected can happen in the morning and this can result in your child being late for school. If you are late please remember to go via the office to fill in a late form. The morning is a very important learning time. Teachers spend time explaining the day and introducing the Literacy block learning intentions. Being late on a regular basis can affect your child’s learning.
Thanks for your cooperation!
Have a great week,
The Year 1 Team

May 26, 2017
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Education Week

Thank you to all the parents and students who came to celebrate Laburnum Primary School on Tuesday. The students were very excited to showcase the work they have been working on this year. The Year 1 students are very proud of their efforts and we are too. We are starting to look at minibeasts and the difference between living and non-living things. In writing from this week we will be looking at procedural texts.
Just a reminder, if you would like to sit down with your teacher in regards to your child’s learning please make an appointment, either before or after school.

Have a happy weekend,

The Year 1 Team

May 20, 2017
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Open Night Next Week!!

Term 2 is in full swing and we are busy learning how to write narratives, solve addition problems and care for the environment. Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through this term?! Time flies when you’re having fun!

A few friendly reminders for parents..

As the weather is changing the mornings are becoming very cold, please ensure your children are dressed wearing layers. We have the heaters on in our classrooms and the sun manages to peek through during the day, which means for those children not wearing layers they can become very hot and disgruntled. Additionally, please make sure all children’s clothes are clearly labelled with their full name and grade. We are finding that a lot of jackets and jumpers are disappearing and they are more likely to be returned if they are labelled correctly. It’s also time for colds and sniffles, so please ensure your children are getting plenty of rest to combat any bugs going around.

The following information regarding daily sleep requirements is from the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep.

  • Babies under 1: 14-18 hours throughout the day and night
  • Toddlers: 12-14 hours per 24 hour period
  • Primary school: 10-12 hours per day
  • High school: 8-10 hours per day
  • Adults: 7-9 hours per day

Please make sure your child begins each day with a drink bottle full of water. During class it is less disruptive to their learning if they can quickly get a drink from their bottle.

Also, next week is Education Week and all the classrooms will be opening their doors to students and their families between 7pm and 8pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to visit your child/ren’s classrooms and see some of the work we have been doing.

We hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend!

The Year One Team

May 12, 2017
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Gardens and Giraffes

Last week Year 1 boarded buses and headed off to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The children had an amazing experience. They visited the different gardens, made potpourri and planted a daffodil bulb. This excursion is part of our current Geography unit.


This week students attended a session in the Life Ed van. Harold the Giraffe helped children learn about healthy foods and exercise. It was great to see children confidently sorting foods into their groups; cereals and grains, vegetables, dairy, fruits, meats.

A big thank you to all the parents who assisted on the day of the excursion. We really appreciate you giving up your time to make student learning interesting and valuable.

Have a great weekend

The Year One Team


April 23, 2017
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Welcome back to Term Two!

It has been a great start to school this term. All the students have settled back into routines and have enjoyed sharing about all the exciting things they did on the holidays.

This term we will be looking at narratives. We have been enjoying some Fairy Tales and will be sharing some Aboriginal Dreamtime stories this week coming.

Don’t forget that in week three we have our excursion to the Royal Botanic Gardens. A notice went home earlier in the week with some very important information about how to pack snacks and lunches on the day.

We hope you all enjoyed the break.


The Year One Team.

March 31, 2017
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Have a Hippity Hoppity Happy Easter

In a blink of an eye term one is over. What a fantastic start we have had to Year One. The students have investigated what makes them happy and healthy and then they put on their lab coats to discover some scientific facts about light and sound.

Next term we will be looking very closely at some little creepy crawlies and visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens.

To finish the term all of Year One spent the morning on an Easter hunt. In groups of four the children read clues, which lead them around the school hopping and skipping in search of some special letters.

Once all the letters were found the group had to work out what the letters spelt!

Have a safe and happy holiday.

from the Year One Team


March 17, 2017
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It’s a busy time in Year One!


Our school year is full steam ahead and by now, your child should be bringing their take home folder home with them. Reading at home is fundamentally important to children’s literacy development and it is crucial that you partake in this routine with your child every day.

During reading lessons, teachers expose children to a variety of text types, allowing them to expand their vocabulary and concept knowledge.
This, in turn, is best achieved by allowing the children to read extensively within a particular level before moving on to the next.

From time to time you may feel that your child is ready to move onto the next level. Feel confident that his/her classroom teacher is carefully monitoring your child, observing whether he/she is empolying appropriate strategies such as:

  • Self correcting when meaning is lost
  • Rereading to confirm, search, maintain meaning, or to self-correct
  • Reading on after an unknown word to search for more clues about the word, etc.

Take home books provide opportunities for the children to practise their reading skills with ease and enjoyment, promoting expressive and fluent reading.
Always make reading time with your child a positive, interactive time, rewarding their efforts.

On the inside cover of your child’s take home folder, there is detailed information on how to read with your child to ensure it is a positive and rewarding experience for you both.

In addition to that, it is recommended to ask your child a range of questions with each book they bring home and read, to further extend their understanding and reading skills. Below are some questions you can ask your child during and after they have read their book.

Characters What else can you tell me about so-and-so?

Who else was in the story besides the characters you’ve mentioned?

Events What else happened in the story?

What happened after such-and-such?

Where/when did such-and-such happen?

How did such-and-such happen?

Plot Why do you think such-and-such happened?

What was so-and-so’s main problem?

Theme How did you feel when such-and-such happened?

What do you think the author might have been trying to tell us in the story?

Setting Where/when did the story take place?

How was this important to the story?

Going Further What do you think would happen next? What makes you think that?


Please keep in mind that reading at home is meant to be easy, to maintain confidence, ensure a feeling of success and importantly build fluency so that they are good readers. If you are having concerns about reading with your child at home feel free to make an appointment and to discuss these with your classroom teacher.

Happy Reading!


What’s happening in Maths in Year 1 at Laburnum this week?

It is literally hands on, as we have been using our hands and even our feet and eyes to learn skip counting.

What is skip counting? Think about counting by fives (a hand), tens (our feet), and twos (our eyes). Now think about counting by sevens or twelves. Now think about counting backwards from 100 by fours. This is skip counting. Skip counting is critical to having a great number sense. It develops fluency in calculation and provides great opportunities for children to put on their detective eyes and find patterns.


We have also started learning about ‘Probability’. The students have discussed the chances of an event  happening. Some of the language that we have been using is listed here:

  1. Certain
  2. Possible
  3. Likely
  4. Very likely
  5. Unlikely
  6. Very unlikely
  7. Impossible

What are the chances you will have a wonderful weekend? Hopefully we all do for certain.

Have a restful weekend,

The Year One Team


March 1, 2017
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More Great Mates

On Thursday 24th February the Year 1 students had their first incursion for the year. Our Great Mates incursion focused on how to be a better friend.
Some of the discussion revolved around:
– How to play with others
– Positive words we could use with our friends
– Find other’s that have the same interests as you so you have things in common with your friends

When we got back into our classrooms we had discussions about what would you do to be a good friend and what are some things you could say.
Some of the examples included:
– If I saw someone sitting on the friendship seat, I would ask them to play.
– I really like the work you’ve done today.

We tied in all these elements with our school values of being respectful, optimistic, honest and trustworthy as well as understanding tolerance and inclusion. The Year 1 students had a fantastic day and had many great takeaways!!

This week take home books have started coming home. Please make sure these are returned in the take home notice folder. This helps to protect books.

Have a wonderful weekend

The Year One Team

February 24, 2017
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Great Mates

This week in Year One we have continued to investigate what makes us happy and healthy. The students went on a walk around the school and created lists of things they saw such as; the running track, marble pit, playground equipment and Friendship Seat.

On Thursday the students attended an incursion called, ‘Great Mates’. The Values for Life session focussed on the qualities of a great friend. The students enjoyed participating in poetry and role play.

Have a great weekend,

The Year One Team

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