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TERM DATES for 2015
Term 1 - Wed 28 Jan - Thu 02 Apr
Term 2 - Mon 20 Apr - Fri 19 Jun
Term 3 - Mon 13 Jul - Fri 18 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 6 Oct – Wed 2 Dec
TERM DATES for 2016
Term 1 - Wed 27 Jan - Thu 24 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 11 Apr - Fri 17 Jun
Term 3 - Mon 11 Jul - Fri 16 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 4 Oct - Wed 30 Nov
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Welcome to 1LS!
My name is Mrs Stiller. I am very excited to be your Year One teacher in 2015. We are going to have so many amazing learning adventures together in 1LS. I am really looking forward to getting to know you and your family.
You will be very busy this year investigating, exploring, discovering and creating many super things. You will also do wonderful activities during Literacy and Maths groups. I can’t wait to listen to you read and I absolutely love creative writing. Oh and we will definitely laugh a lot with our friends!
Not many more sleeps to go until our school year begins on Wednesday 28th January 2015. I am having a great time preparing lots of interesting topics for you to learn about and your classroom environment is looking incredible!
Have fun getting all of your things “Oscar Organised” for Year One and enjoy the rest of your fabulous summer holiday! I look forward to hearing about all your holiday experiences and meeting you on the first day of school.
Take care and keep smiling!
FIRST DAY DETAILS
On Wednesday morning I encourage you to arrive a little bit earlier than usual to help your child settle in. Please bring all items on your booklist, including books and stationery, with you on Wednesday morning. There will be labelled boxes for you to place everything in to.
As you walk through the 1LS main door you will enter through a little kitchen area .Many things will be stored here. Lunch boxes will go into our fridge and extra containers will be placed out to put your child's 'fruit box' and 'morning tea box into. Drink Bottles can be placed on the table near the front door.
Our bell will sound at 8.25am and class will then commence at 8.30am. Please reassure your child that you will return to collect them at 3pm ready to hear all about the adventures they've had during their day. Please note that some little ones will take time to settle into a new environment whereas others will take the change confidently in their stride.
I will endeavour to keep in touch with you about how your beautiful child is settling into ‘Big School,’ and look forward to sharing their beautiful work and stories with you.
THE WALKER LEARNING APPROACH
At St Andrew's our goal is for all students, "to be educated not just in Literacy and Numeracy, but in resilience, problem solving, social interactions, effective communication and appropriate self-expression. The Walker Learning Approach (WLA) places the child at the centre of the curriculum and teaching strategies; it ensures authentic personalised learning. Formal, explicit instruction of academic curriculum areas such as literacy and numeracy are still retained, alongside active engagement of children working on their own investigations.
The WLA is based on the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and is a mix of active investigation and formalised instruction. The students will build knowledge based on their experiences rather than through passively receiving information."
At times, students will be allocated a special role during these investigations - Focus Child, Photographer & Reporter. The teacher works with the focus children each day using their interests to extend, scaffold and support them with their investigation to ensure ongoing engagement in all areas of learning. Class rosters for each of these roles will be available on the Parent Noticeboard outside our classroom. For more information on Walker Learning, please visit the website below.
Early Life Foundations (2014) Downloaded at www.walkerlearning.com.au
Fortnightly Statement of Intent
Literacy: Students will
Numeracy: Students will
Science: Students will
Humanities and the Social Sciences: Students will
1. alphabet revision
2. sh (shop) y saying i (my)
3. ch (cheese) y saying e (happy)
4. th (unvoiced - three) ff (puff)
5. th (voiced – the) ll (hill)
6. wh (what) ss (miss)
7. wh (who) bl (blind)
8. ph (phone) fl (flag)
9. gh (bought) pl (plan)
1. Number (pre-testing)
2. Number & Place Value to 20 (counting & writng numbers)
3. Number & Place Value to and beyond 20 (counting & writing numbers)
4. Number & Place Value to and beyond 20 (comparing & ordering)
5. Place Value 10's & 1's (representing & understanding 10 frames)
6. Place Value 10's & 1's (counting & writing numbers in different ways)
7. Addition Strategies (counting on, adding 1 more & adding doubles)
HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Like all communities, each school is made up of different types of places, people and rules. In this unit, each student will examine the the natural and built environment of St Andrew’s Anglican College. Each student will discuss that as a member of the College, he or she can impact and care for the school environment. The students will learn about the physical features of the school environment, the changes that can occur to this environment, and looking after their school environment.
The world is teeming with animal life. Even the most unexpected places can host a diverse range of creatures. As humans, we share our wonderful planet with many other animals. Taking the time to really look at another species can provide a window into the similarities and differences among living beings and can help us to appreciate how we are all part of a single, gloriously complex ecological system. This unit looks at the features and behaviour of small animals. Students will explore small animals which will lead to a better understanding of how their adaptations help them survive in their habitats. Through investigations, students will learn how animals move, feed and protect themselves.
FANTASTIC FRIDAY ACTIVITIES
1LS SPECIALIST TIMETABLE
- P-3 Sport
- Physical Ed
(Term 1 -
NEW! Uniform schedule - Term 1
Monday - Red shirt
Tuesday - Red shirt
Wednesday - Red shirt
Thursday - Coloured house shirt
Friday - Red shirt
NEW! *Waiting in front of the Classroom
We would like to ask all of our parents and caregivers to be mindful of our last 15mins of the day when waiting to collect students. This is often when we are packing up, sharing highlights of our day and making learning connections. Our little ones are very easily distracted by seeing loved ones and the conversational noise that floats inside. Walking up the stairs right on 3pm would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your support with this...
NEW! Parent Helpers
Our little ones really love having Mums and Dads pop in to assist in the classroom. Our roster for classroom help will go up on our front door in the first few weeks of Term 1.
Being a parent helper also carries with it a high degree of confidentiality, so if you have any questions about your child's progress please pop in and ask Mrs Stiller directly.
Thanks so much!
NEW! *Homework Diaries
Thank you in advance for checking and signing your child's diary each week. This diary is a very important communication tool for our class. Each week we write down on what day we have our specialist lessons and we also write down any important information we need to communicate to parents.
WEDNESDAY 2nd January - First Day of Year 1
TUESDAY 3rd February - Year 1 Parent/Teacher Meeting
FRIDAY 20th February - Rainbow Charity Fun Run
MONDAY 9th March - Parent Teacher Interviews commence
TUESDAY 3rd February - Prep tp Year 2 Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to our wonderful.....
Student of the Week
Super ..... and Amazing ........ were our wonderful stars of the week :-) Congratulations!
We highly encourage healthy Morning Tea/Lunch Boxes. Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children. It is important to offer healthy lunch box choices. Tips include fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables and a combination of protein, dairy and carbohydrate foods.
Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn. However, healthy eating changes are not always easy to make. Try to set a good example with your own lunches. Encourage children to help choose and prepare their own lunch. They might like to make a list of the foods they enjoy. Praise your child when they choose healthy foods for their lunch box.
Foods to put in a lunch box:
- Fresh fruit.
- Crunchy vegetables.
- A meat or protein food such as slices of lean meat, a hardboiled egg or baked beans.
- Dairy food such as a cheese sticks or slice, grated cheese, milk or yoghurt.
- Starchy food such as wholemeal bread/roll, pita or flat bread, rice salad or pasta.
Year 1LS Class Teacher