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UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015Parent/Teacher Interviews
Tue, Mar 17th, 2015Primary School Free Dress DayFree dress day with a gold coin donation - all funds raised go to supporting our World Vision child Francesca!
Fri, Mar 20th, 2015, @8:30amYear 2 Camp Day
Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015, @8:30amYear 3 Campto be held from 23 March - 24 March 2015
Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015, @6:30pmLongreach Trip - Parent Information eveningCommencing at 6.30pm in the RGC Meeting Room.
Thu, Apr 2nd, 2015, @8:30amCulminating DayCulminating Day to be held in Primary Classrooms at various times.
Thu, Apr 2nd, 2015, @8:40amGrandparents and Special Friends' DayGrandparents and Special Friends' are invited to join us in the RGC from 8:40 - 10:00am and visit classrooms afterwards.
Sat, Apr 18th, 2015, @8:30amYear 6 China Tripto be held from 18 April - 1 May 2015
Sun, Apr 19th, 2015, @8:00amYear 6 Longreach Tripto be held from 19 April - 24 April 2015
Fri, May 8th, 2015, @8:40amPrimary Mother's Day ChapelMother's Day Chapel to be held in the RGC from 8:40am - 9:20am
Wed, May 13th, 2015, @8:30amYear 4 Campto be held from 13 May - 15 May 2015
Wed, May 20th, 2015, @12:00pmUnder 8's DayUnder 8's Day to be held in Primary classrooms and playground from 12:00 - 1:00pm (Prep - Year 3)
Thu, Aug 20th, 2015, @6:00pmPrimary School Musical PerformancePlease join us for our performance of "Annie" at The J
Thu, Aug 27th, 2015, @6:30pmYear 6 Canberra Information Nightto be held in the RGC Meeting Room at 6.30pm
Fri, Aug 28th, 2015, @8:40amBook Week ParadeBook Week Parade in the RGC from 8:40 - 10:00am

ENQUIRIES

40 Peregian Springs Dr, Peregian Springs, QLD, 4573

PH: 07 5471 5555
enquiries@saac.qld.edu.au

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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1LS


Welcome to 1LS!

Hello! My name is Mrs Stiller and I am very excited to be a part of so many beautiful children's learning journeys. We are going to have so many amazing learning adventures together in 1LS. We will be very busy this year investigating, exploring, discovering and creating many super things. We will also do wonderful activities during our Literacy and Maths groups.


You will be able to access all of the exciting and wonderful things we do in Year 1 through our class web page. It also includes our timetable, special work we will be doing, upcoming events, birthdays and special awards. Please check it regularly for all of the latest news and beautiful photos of your children. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at lstiller This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Take care and keep smiling!


EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT OFFICERS

The Year One teaching team includes two important Educational Officers,

Liz Hammacott and Tiana Mercer.

Both Liz and Tiana will be working alongside the Year One teachers to provide support and enrichment opportunities

for our students in all three classes.

 


UPDATED: 1st March

New! THE 1LS CHILDREN LOVE INVESTIGATIONS!

Learning specific skills and concepts, developing resilience, problem solving, social interactions, effective communication and self expression can be seen daily. Here are a few action shots...enjoy!


NEW! Fortnightly; STATEMENT OF LEARNING INTENTIONS
Numeracy: Students will count collections to 100 by making groups of ten, break down 2 digit numbers into tens and ones and carry out simple additions to 10 using counting strategies.
Literacy: Students will use words at the beginning of sentences that show that time has passed and recognise the wh and ph sounds and the bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl blends. They will identify the main events when reading a text and demonstrate whole body listening skills.

Science: Students will identify external features of different living things and explore changes in living things.

Humanities: Students will use plans and maps to represent places.

 

NEW! HOME READING

The children are becoming such fantastic readers! Your daily assistance is necessary and so worthwhile. Thank you for helping your children become such successful literacy users! I would just like to remind you of the simple steps which help your child to becoming a fluent and independent reader. At this stage lovely Mums and Dads you should not be reading any part of the reader to your child!  If you can follow the below 5 steps, your child will show you how fantastic and clever they are.  Step 2 (Walking and Talking) is the key!  This is the time where you should be discussing the pictures and getting your child to focus on certain vocabulary.

 

TUNING INTO READING – Introduce text to your child: discuss title and author

BOOK INTRODUCTION – Walk & talk through the book: discuss content, book concepts, picture cues

INDEPENDENT READING- Allow child to read on own

DISCUSSION – After reading ask questions to check comprehension

ORAL READING – Listen to your child read

 

If you have any questions come and see me or come and see the children in action during reading groups.

 

New! PARENT HELPERS

Thank you to all of the lovely parents who have volunteered to help and assist the children with their Literacy learning during our Reading Groups. Please, please if you are available during any of the below times your help would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to many more parent names appearing on our Parent Helper Roster on our front door. Thank you!

 

Monday: 9.45am - 10.25am

Tuesday: 11.00am – 11.40am

Wednesday: 8.40am – 9.20am

Thursday: 2.15pm - 2.55pm

 

UPCOMING EVENTS!

MONDAY 9th March - Parent Teacher Interviews commence

WEDNESDAY 1st April - Prep to Year 2 Swimming Carnival

THURSDAY 2nd April - Grandparent's and Special Friend's Day + Culminating Day


PARENT REPS

Thank you so much to 2 our lovely Mums; Karla (Toby’s Mum) and Emma (Lachlan’s Mum) who have volunteered to be our 1LS Parent Reps. They will shortly be organising a Class Contact List that will be helpful for parents with birthdays, play dates etc, so look out for a form to fill in soon on our class front door.

 

DONATIONS

Our Dramatic Centre is about to be transformed into a Vet this week. Thank you so much to Oscar’s family who have donated many interesting props. To assist us further in creating a vet we still need; old stuffed animals, cages, plastic fish tank etc.
The children have also shown an interest in flowers. I would like to display flowers in our Art Centre. Any real or fake flowers would be amazing to continue and encourage this love of beauty and nature.
I would also like to change our Tinkering Table by adding some hammers. If any wonderful families have access to wood cut offs I know they would be well used. Oh just another idea...I would love to create an outside garden area out the front of our room. If anyone has an old wheelbarrow, any spare pots or plants to help go towards this project I would be very grateful!
I would just like to thank all those lovely families who brought in heaps of construction materials throughout last week. The children’s creative juices are definitely flowing. Please continue to collect...especially any little boxes eg perfume, make-up, cream ones etc...these seem to be super special to the children.
Thank you also to the amazing families who have brought in things for our Science Centre and Tinkering Table. Much excitement and interest has been shown.

 

SO IMPRESSED!

The children are doing a fantastic job and have settled well into the 1LS routine. “Oscar Organisation” is very impressed with them unpacking their bags and sharpening their pencils in the morning.  I thank you for your assistance in guiding them to do this.

 

MORNING ROUTINE

I would just like to ask for your assistance with regards to helping your child get “OSCAR ORGANISED” for the day. Could I please ask that your child:

1. Unpacks all their belongings in the morning. For example: they take out their Red Fred Bag, Reading Folder and check for any notes and put them in the appropriate boxes / chair bag.

2. Also to put his/her brain food (fruit), morning tea and lunch in the correct boxes/fridge.

3. After they have done this could you please encourage your child to sharpen his / her pencils each day.

This procedure benefits the children immensely and gets them prepared for the days learning events.

When your child finishes sharpening their pencils they can then choose to play outside on the playground or go to our lounge area either to read a book, access the computers or play with the resources that have been put out on the mat. Thank you for encouraging your child to the mat area as our learning centres have been set up for our investigations.

 

HOMEWORK

Thank you for assisting your children with his/her spelling homework. Just a reminder that each week the children will study specific digraphs and learn certain spelling rules and every student will have an individual spelling list based on his/her phonemic knowledge and skill development. Students will be required to practice their spelling words using various tasks in class and using the LSCWC method for daily homework. (Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check.)

Please... please... can I ask for you to ensure that your child’s spelling book comes to school every Thursday! This is super important as the children use the back of the book for their spelling quiz so that you can see how they went. Please note that the spelling book will stay at school on Thursday and return home on Friday for your child to complete his/her new homework.

Can I please ask you to assist your child to rule up the spelling book?  Each double page needs to be ruled up into 6 columns with the headings;  Letterland, Words, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4. It would be wonderful if you could please complete the next 7 double pages. Thank you!

 

RECYCLE, REUSE, CREATE!

Most of you are probably old hands at providing junk materials to stimulate the creative spirit of your child!  Year One children are very good at recycling and would appreciate greatly any of the following; egg cartons, buttons, lolly wrappers, plastic lids, sequins, glitter, yoghurt containers, cardboard rolls, pieces of tinsel, ribbon, tissue boxes, small and large boxes, old birthday cards, magazines etc…

Please place any of the listed items in the big silver box marked “Construction”. It is hidden under our collage trolley. Thank you!

 

CURRICULUM INFORMATION

 

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

Numeracy: Students will count collections to 100 by making groups of ten, break down 2 digit numbers into tens and ones and carry out simple additions to 10 using counting strategies.

Literacy: Students will use words at the beginning of sentences that show that time has passed and recognise the wh and ph sounds and the bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl blends. They will identify the main events when reading a text and demonstrate whole body listening skills.

 

Science: Students will identify external features of different living things and explore changes in living things.

Humanities: Students will use plans and maps to represent places.

 

LITERACY

TEXT TYPE FOCUS: Recount Writing




LETTERLAND SEQUENCE

1. alphabet revision

(pre-testing)

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) consonant + l (bl, cl, fl)

8. ph (phone) consonant + l (gl, pl, sl)

9. igh (light) s + consonant (sc,sm,sn,st)


MATHS

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)
8. Revision

9. Assessment


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.




SCIENCE

 

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
*Coming soon


VISUAL ARTS

Students will explore our local environment – our school campus, focusing on the flora and fauna we share with our school space. Students will visit the St. Andrew’s chickens, creating initial drawings and then later artworks. Observational drawing techniques will be developed looking at different subject matters.

YEAR 1 VISIT TO THE ST ANDREW’S CHICKENS

Year 1 students in Visual Art have been beginning to draw and observe our surrounds and campus. Students drew chickens from memory in the art room, before discussing what shapes they could see in chickens and ways to draw them. We then visited the chickens and drew them in their natural surroundings, using our developing observational skills. Some of the students took great interest in collecting the discarded feathers and we will draw them in coming weeks.

CHINESE
*Coming soon


CLASSROOM NEWS

 

1LS SPECIALIST TIMETABLE

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

- Assembly
- Christian Studies

- Art

(even weeks)

- Music

- Library

- Chinese

- P-3 Sport

- Physical Ed

(coloured shirt)

(Term 1 -

swimming)

 

- Chapel
- Year 5 Buddies

(fortnightly)

 

UNIFORM SCHEDULE - Term 1

Monday - Red shirt

Tuesday - Red shirt
Wednesday - Red shirt
Thursday - Coloured house shirt 
Friday - Red shirt

 

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


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.

 

 

HEALTHY EATING

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:

Suggestions include:

  • 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.

CURRICULUM

For the Year 1 2015 Curriculum Parent Guide, please click here. For St Andrew's Primary School curriculum, teaching and learning questions, please contact Sue Bambling, Primary Teaching and Learning Leader at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


WEBSITES
Click on the links below to take you straight to these great websites!

Kind regards,

Lara Stiller

Year 1LS Class Teacher