YEAR ONE NEWS
The children in Year One have had a wonderful start to the term and are very excited about their upcoming adventures. They have settled back into the routines and are looking forward to continuing their learning.
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Ms Jessica Lucas, our new Year One Blue teacher, who has taken over from Mrs Archer this term. We hope that she settles in well and we wish her all the best as she joins our Infant Jesus Family!
Here’s a short letter of introduction from Ms Lucas!
My name is Jessica Lucas and I will be your child’s teacher for the remainder of the school year. I am originally from the sunny state of Florida in the United States of America. I am coming to your lovely school from the far northern remote community of Halls Creek. I have been teaching since 2003, when I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. As a teacher, I firmly believe that all of my students are capable of achieving their personal best in all subjects. I look forward to working with you this year to assist your child’s academic and social growth.
Thank you for being so welcoming during my first week in your child’s class.
This term the children will investigate the changes in the world around them, as well as how their choices affect the environment they live in. The children will build upon their existing relationships with one another and discover how their choices can impact on other people.
Our Religious Education program for this term will focus on the following three units of work. We begin with Wonderful World. This unit will help us explore how Jesus wants people to experience the joy of Creation. The second unit We Make Choices, enables the children to realise that Jesus wants people to make loving choices, such as choosing to be friends with one another. The third unit Friends Together, gives the children the opportunity to wonder at God. The children will become familiar with Bible stories that support them to wonder at how we can live like Jesus and be loving and caring towards each other.
In English, the children will continue to develop their reading and writing skills. When writing, they will explore narratives, informational texts and recounts. Throughout the term the children will learn the structure of each text, how they are written and what makes them different. They will be exposed to an array of texts within each genre to immerse them in a language rich program.
The reading program has two aspects. During class time our focus is on teaching the children to read for understanding. Aspects of this include accuracy, fluency and decoding. Each child is involved in the Individual Reading Program which focuses on each child's development ensuring they build upon their comprehension, fluency and expression. In Word Study this term we will continue to build on our sound and letter identification. The children will learn familiar blends, which will support both their reading and writing development.
In Mathematics we will be exploring Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Location and Transformation.
In Number and Algebra, the children will continue to develop number sequence skills to and from one hundred. They will count collections to 100, partition numbers using place value, explore different number combinations and identify symbols associated with adding, subtracting and reading a total amount. Throughout the term the children will be working towards recognising, modelling, reading, writing and ordering numbers to at least 100. The children will locate numbers on a number line and continue to develop their confidence in counting forwards and backwards.
This term in Humanities & Social Sciences, the children will build on their knowledge of families and family structures. They will explore the past and observe some of the changes that have occurred in our world through growing and changing. They will describe differences in family structures and roles today and how these have stayed the same or changed over time. They will also compare the differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and the life of past generations.
History and English will be integrated with our Design & Digital Technologies program this term. Miss Phoebe will be assisting the children in learning how to use some amazing new apps to allow them to imagine what they may look like when they are older! They will also make some slideshows based on how they have changed from birth to present. The children will compare toys from the ‘olden days’ to the toys they play with today and then following the engineering design process; (Think, Design, Create, Evaluate, Share), they will create their own toy.
During their Science learning time, we will be working with the children to build upon their existing knowledge and understandings of the changes that occur in daily weather. They will consider the reasons linked to why we change our behaviour, the way we dress and how weather conditions can affect animals (i.e.: pets, animals that hibernate etc). The children will investigate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interpret concepts of time and weather patterns.
The Health program, we will help the children to focus on their own personal strengths, as well as the strengths of others. They will explore their own individual achievements, sharing how they felt and how it influenced personal identities. The children will participate in games and activities which will encourage them to observe how other’s strengths contribute to successful experiences. From this the children will learn the importance of positive encouragement towards others.
CATHOLIC PERFORMING ARTS
Entries have now closed for the 28th Catholic Performing Arts Festival. Thank you to all the students who have entered this year’s Festival. I am sure all students will represent Infant Jesus School with excellence and we shall all look forward to expecting great things from the participants.
The Choir have been working diligently this term in readiness for the Festival and will be performing at the next scheduled Assembly on Thursday 18 May when they will also receive their badges.