Grade 1

Welcome to Term 3 in Grade 1

The teachers in Grade 1 are Masa Music, Leah Morgan, Breannan Drew, Shelley Marthick and Hayley Kus.

Literacy – Reading

The Grade 1 teachers will work alongside each student to ensure that they have an individual reading goal based on the C.A.F.E Literacy program (C.A.F.E being an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary), focused at their point of need. Teachers will monitor each student’s progress in regards to their reading goals, through participation in twice weekly guided reading sessions.

This term, our foci in reading sessions will include:

  • make a picture or mental image (visualising)
  • using prior knowledge to connect with a text
  • tuning into interesting words (expanding our vocabulary)
  • using beginning and ending sounds to help us work out how to pronounce words

Literacy - Writing

Writing sessions will focus on narrative, persuasive and procedural text types. Conferencing and needs-based groups occur most sessions, thus enabling teachers to identify students’ areas of improvement. This will ensure that each child is catered for on an individual basis.

Big Write and Writer’s Workshop sessions provide the structure for our writing focus. Students will participate in fortnightly Big Talk on Wednesday, followed by a Big Write on Thursday, and concluding with editing on Friday. Students are encouraged to use the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the week to produce a piece of writing. In addition, Writer’s Workshop sessions will encourage students to write about topics that they are passionate about.

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds groups will begin early in the term. In Letters and Sounds, students learn a range of common graphemes (letters) and phonemes (the sounds the letters make). Students will be encouraged to utilise their knowledge of the graphemes and phonemes to improve their reading and writing skills.


Mathematics will focus on the following areas:

  • number and algebra (addition, subtraction, and place value)
  • measurement and geometry (2D and 3D shapes, and length, mass and capacity)

Students will consolidate their mathematical knowledge by relating what they learn to real life problems and to other areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to use a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems.

The Grade 1 teachers will work alongside each child to encourage them to develop skills and concepts through explicit teaching in both whole class and small focus groups. Mental calculation and the teaching of efficient strategies is a priority. Students are encouraged to develop skills in estimation, with the use of concrete materials used to support their mathematical explorations.


This term’s Science focus is Physical Sciences – Push and Pull. Students will learn about forces through push and pull, and through scientific investigations, they will increase their knowledge of how different objects use forces to move. An incursion by Swinburne University’s PrimeSci will assist in furthering students’ understanding of forces.

Integrated Studies

Our Integrated Studies unit is ‘Toys and Technology Through History’. Students will learn about how toys and technology have changed throughout history, specifically focusing on toys from their grandparents’ and parents’ generation.

Parent Communications

Student diaries are an invaluable tool for collaborating between the school and the home. Parents are encouraged to use their child’s diary to communicate important information to their child’s teacher.

Information, regular updates, and resources will be posted through the app Konnective and on the school website at All forms and notices are available in their PDF form on the school website.

Parents will receive updates on their child’s learning and areas for improvement in all areas of the curriculum via the Seesaw app.

Dates for Your Diary

Friday 3 August          'Silly Hats for Matt' JSC Fundraiser

Wednesday 8 August   PrimeSci 'Toys in Motion' science incursion

Thursday 9 August      Student-led Conferences  4.00pm to 7.00pm

Friday 10 August         Student-Led Conferences 8.00am to 12.30pm (no students except for their conference time)