Year 1/2

 

 

Learning Communities:

At St Elizabeth’s we work within learning communities. A Learning community ensures that individual children’s needs are being met more effectively.


1/2BK – Ms. Donna Burke & Ms. Rebecca Kealy

1/2HL – Ms. Delphine Hesse & Ms. Hollie Zachariassen and Ms Louisa Chalk

 

 

St Elizabeth’s Developmental Learning Approach

Investigations

Investigation time is a time to widen interests, broaden vocabulary and develop new concepts that reflect the particular needs, interests and strengths of the individual child.

During this time students will be given an opportunity to explore a variety of ‘learning areas’, which will integrate literacy and numeracy. These areas will also encourage rich oral language for all children.

 

Examples of Areas:

  • Sensory
  • Collage
  • Writing 
  • Dramatic Play
  • Construction
  • Tinkering
  • Science and Nature
  • Box Construction
  • Maths
  • Reading Corner.

 

At the beginning of each Investigation time there are 3 focus children, a reporter and a photographer selected. (Changes daily). The structure is as follows:

  • Tuning In – Time when learning of the day is made explicit to children.
  • Investigations – 3 focus children chosen each day that the teacher will work one-on -one with and discuss their learning.
  • Reporter and photographer records what other children are doing.
  • Reflection – Focus children and reporter report back to group.

 

Discovery Time

Students will be given time to investigate something that interests them based on a topic within our Inquiry focus.

 

Students will learn the skills of researching using iPads, placing information into key words and discovering different ways to present their findings.

 

Students will also present their final project to their classmates to further develop their skills in speaking to an audience.


Newsletter

Our Level Newsletters will be included in the whole school newsletter in Week 2 of each Term. They will include important dates and an overview of what the students will be covering that term.

 

It is important to read this as it will include all relevant information for your child.

 

The whole school newsletter is available on the school’s website.

 

As a level we will communicate through Tiqbiz, so please make sure you download the app. 

All information and forms regarding excursions will take place through CareMonkey.

If any details need updating – please do so through CareMonkey .

 

Timetable

This year the specialist timetable operates on a weekly basis. The specialist subjects your child will take part in are:

PE (Sport) – Mr. Andrew

Performing Arts – Ms. K

Media – Mr Gary Young

Design, Creativity & Technology (DCT) – Ms. Howe

 

Students in Ms. Hesse and Ms. Zachariassen’s classes will need to wear their runners on Wednesdays and students in Ms Burke and Ms Kealy’s wear their runners on Thursdays.

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Organisation

 

It is an expectation that all children to carry their own bags and organise their readers, lunches and hats each morning. This will promote independence and responsibility.  It is also part of the Victorian Curriculum and will appear on your child’s report.

 

Could we please ask you to double check that you have labelled all of your child's belongings to ensure that they can be returned if they are misplaced.

 

Year 1/2 children, will use a Blue Communication Bag. The blue bag is very important and needs to come to school every day! The bag will be used to carry home newsletters, notices, school work, readers and diaries

All students have been given a diary that will be used to record your child’s nightly readers and any notes to be communicated between home and school.

 

Health Policies

 

Throughout the day there are two allocated eating times. We ask you to provide 2 mini lunches. At recess, students are encouraged to eat half their sandwich and a healthy snack and at lunch time they can eat the rest of their sandwich and any treats.

This year we have introduced Brain Food at 10am.  This snack needs to be a fruit or vegetable only.  Students will not be able to eat any other food at this time, strictly fruit and vegetables only. 

 

In our communities we do have children that are severely allergic to nuts and avocado . We ask you not to pack products that have nuts or avocado in them, this includes Nutella. If your child does have nut products in their lunch, a note will be sent home and your child will eat the item at the office and wash their hands before returning to their class.

 

Any medication brought to school must go to the office with a note signed by a parent/guardian explaining what has to be done. This includes clear instructions as to how the medicine is to be kept and dosages and times. Medicine without written permission cannot be administered.

 

Birthdays

 

We understand that your child might like to bring something in to share with the class on their birthday. We would encourage nut free items such as small cupcakes, small lolly bags, healthy party packs or small items that are easily distributed and eaten.

 

Please note these items will be sent home for consumption in your child’s lunchbox. The children are not permitted to eat these items until they are at home, to protect those children with food allergies.

Reading

 

Students are expected to read to a parent or guardian for a minimum of ten minutes each day. After reading, please encourage your child to discuss the story, and question them on the characters and events to ensure they have understood what they have read.

 

Students must then record the name of their book in their diary and a parent/guardian will need to sign it.

Please note: the nightly reading should be a text that your child can read independently to encourage their enjoyment of reading.  

The diaries will be signed by the class teacher EVERY Friday.

 

Year 1/2 Spelling

 

Students are given spelling words targeted at their developmental spelling level. They are expected to look, say, cover, write, and check every night. Children can also be encouraged to play games with their words,such as memory or snap, finding dictionary meanings or putting the word in a sentence. Parents are to sign the spelling sheet every night and spelling books must be returned on the testing day, which is EVERY second Friday.


Students will also be set up with a ‘Literacy Planet’ and ‘Mathletics’ accounts which will be used at home and school. These programs allow the students to further develop their skills in all areas of literacy and numeracy.

 

Reminder

 

Please send three boxes of tissues and a set of labelled headphones to school if you have not done so already.

 

If there are any changes to your contact information, please update on CareMonkey.

 

If a student is absent from school, this needs to be recorded on our roll along with a reason. Therefore we need some sort of communication. Please use TiqBiz to notify the school of any absences.

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