Year 1 Parent Information 

15 February 2018
Information Booklet
English- Reading
English- Writing
How to help your child with English
How to help your child with Maths
Teaching and Learning Support
Units of Inquiry
Important Dates:
Communication and Programs
 Specialist Timetable
Black Rock Primary School
(03) 9598 2293
71 Arkaringa Crescent
Black Rock, Victoria, 3193




At Black Rock Primary School we aim to cater for the individual needs of all children and provide an innovative program that promotes learning in a positive and interesting environment.


We strive to foster a love of learning in all children and present a wide variety of educational experiences for them.


Our curriculum is based upon the Victorian Curriculum.


The following information will provide you with an overview of the Year 1 curriculum.


The Year One teachers for 2018 are Anna Robertson, Sam Jones, Harriet O'Connor and Sally Kemp.



Full Day Absence


A key feature of the COMPASS App is that it allows parents to quickly and conveniently notify the school of your child’s absence. Notification via the app (or browser version of COMPASS) will automatically update the class roll and provide a documented explanation of your child’s absence and is the school’s preferred method. Alternatively, please phone 9598 2293 or send a note to enable us to document absences. Otherwise, absences will be recorded as ‘unexplained’ for DET records.

Parent approvals for absences can be entered using the app for any time period up to 28 days long and can be entered ahead of time or retrospectively – where possible, approvals should be entered prior to the absence occurring.

There is no need to change the default times of 8am – 5pm when reporting full-day absences.

A record of absences can be viewed in the browser version of Compass by clicking the ‘Profile (Attendance, Schedule, Reports)’ link on the Home page and selecting the ‘Attendance’ tab.

Lateness or leave during school hours for appointments etc., are reported via the V-Pass system on the iPads at the Office when you sign your child in/out - NOT via Compass!


Late Arrivals: Sign your child in via V-Pass and collect a Late Arrival pass from the Office for children arriving after 9.00am. These are then given to your child’s teacher.


Early Departures: Please report to the School Office to sign your child out via V-Pass and obtain an Early Departure pass form to be handed to your child’s teacher.



English- Reading

Literacy Overview

English is divided into Reading and Viewing, Writing and Speaking and Listening. There is a 2 hour Literacy session taken each day. Specific Speaking and Listening activities are also undertaken.

A Literacy session starts with a whole grade shared reading activity. The teacher will focus on a particular skill or feature of the text. This is followed by independent work and guided reading with the teacher. 

Writing follows using the same format of whole, independent work and small group/individual work with the teacher.

Whole class share time.  The children are brought back together to reflect upon, discuss and celebrate their learni



In Reading, word decoding strategies and skills are built on, extended and practised. Through Guided Reading activities,  students are taught strategies such as: sounding out words, chunking letter clusters, predicting what the word could be, looking at the first and last letter to see if they know a word which might fit, and asking does it look right/sound right.  

 Gaining meaning from their reading becomes a focal point as students become independent readers. They are involved in activities which demonstrate their understanding/extend their thinking and assist them to self monitor their reading.

The children are encouraged to predict, question and alter their predictions as they read. Using evidence from the text,  students show their understanding of the characters, the plot, setting and the author’s style, through activities such as retells, story maps, character profiles and What if …? activities.

Home reading books can be changed daily. We encourage the students to become independent and accept responsibility for this.

We will continue to use reading strategies from CAFÉ. (Acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding vocabulary)


English- Writing


Writing involves spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and writing text. The students are involved in writing different styles of text such as, narratives, poetry, reports, descriptive text, recounts, persuasive and procedural text. These are introduced through modelled and shared writing activities.

Punctuation and grammar are taught both formally and informally with a focus on specific needs and relevance to students. Students are taught punctuation and grammar skills during modelled writing sessions and one-on-one student conferences.

Spelling activities involve blending, word building, onset and rhyme, word families, topic words, high frequency words, etc. Students are encouraged to use their Useful Words Book and to also look back to previous work when unsure of spelling.

The VCOP program, (Acronym— Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation ) will continue to be implemented.

Students work on various aspects of the writing process such as, planning, composing, recording, revising and publishing during independent writing. 

Whole Class Share Time: sharing, reflecting and celebrating learning is an important part of the writing program.


In handwriting, we will continue to encourage correct pencil grip. Correct size and formation of letters is a focus of formal handwriting sessions and in all written work.

Using correct starting and finishing points, in forming letters, is essential for joining writing in Year 3.



Speaking and Listening

News Reports will begin in Term 1. Students will be encouraged to develop their speaking skills in a supportive setting. They will speak to the class on a subject  based around the Inquiry unit topic of the term, as well as a ‘Free Choice’ topic.

How to help your child with English


1. Read to your child.

2. Let your child see you read.

3. Read every night: home
reading books and other texts i.e. library books,
recipes, comics, magazines, etc.

4. Discuss books read and ask your child to retell the story in their own words.



1. Encourage your child to write notes, letters,    messages, lists, stories, emails, etc.

2. Encourage correct spelling.

3. Encourage your child to do their best handwriting and to take their time.

4. Games such as Scrabble are great for spelling.


Speaking and Listening

1. Take time to talk to your children and listen to them.  Encourage them to use correct grammar and pronunciation and add details when speaking.

2. Encourage your child to ask questions.

3. Encourage your child to make eye contact when speaking and listening.

4. Rehearse or talk through News Reports.




The areas covered throughout the year are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.

Children participate in an one hour Maths lesson each day. This includes a tuning in session followed by a whole group session where the focus and concepts are introduced and modelled.

Children then practise the skill both independently and collaboratively before coming back together to share their strategies and approaches.

The teacher also works with individuals or a particular group to consolidate or extend their  understandings of the given concept.

Students are encouraged to develop their  understandings through independent practice, games, concrete materials and real life experiences. This enables children to make links with their learning and develop a positive attitude to Maths.

Mathematical concepts to be introduced,
consolidated and extended in Year 1

*Develop confidence with number sequences to and from 100 by ones from any starting point. *Skip count by twos, fives and tens starting from zero.

*Count collections to 100 by partitioning numbers using place value.

*Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to at least 100. Locate these numbers on a number line.

*Represent and solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies including counting on, partitioning and rearranging parts.

*Represent practical situations that model sharing.

*Recognise and describe one-half as one of two equal parts of a whole.

*Recognise, describe and order Australian coins according to their value.



*Investigate and describe number patterns formed by skip counting and patterns with objects.

*Recognise the importance of repetition of a process in solving problems

*Measure and compare the lengths and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal units.

*Tell time to the half-hour.

*Describe duration using months, weeks, days and hours.

*Recognise and classify familiar two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects using obvious features.

*Give and follow directions to familiar locations.

 *Identify outcomes of familiar events and describe them using everyday language such as ‘will happen’, ‘won’t happen’ or ‘might happen’.

Choose simple questions and gather responses.

*Represent data with objects and drawings.


How to help your child with Maths

Here are a few ideas....

1. Let your child help with shopping.  Check prices and quantities.

2. Encourage estimation of time, quantities, length, groups of items.

3. Cooking is a great activity.  Weighing, mixing, and checking cooking times are great ways to show maths working in the home/kitchen.

4. Setting the table helps children work out left and right concepts.

5. There are many activities to reinforce time concepts, e.g. Reading the clock, bedtime, teatime, how long it takes to get to places, calendar dates.



6. Games with money help children to understand the differences in our money system.

7. Growth charts are good for length concepts.

8. Practice number facts to 20, e.g. 6 + 4 = 10, 16 + 4 = 20.  Encourage counting on, e.g. 16 + 4 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20) = 20

9. Skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

10. Play games such as Snakes and Ladders and  Monopoly.

Photo: Teaching and Learning Support

Teaching and Learning Support

Photo: Teaching and Learning Support

Krystal Frazer
Foundation - 2

The Teaching and Learning Support Leader will assist teachers and students in achieving the best educational outcomes throughout the year. They will work closely with the year level teachers to plan and implement rich literacy and numeracy activities where students will be both extended and supported. Depending on the students’ needs they will be exposed to a variety of learning environments, such as 1:1, focus groups and whole class activity. The Teaching & Learning Support Leader will work closely with teachers during curriculum and assessment planning, ensuring more support for individual needs.


Units of Inquiry

Units of Inquiry 2018


These are our Units of Inquiry for 2018.


Term 1: Where do I come from? (History)

Students will explore the differences and similarities between their daily lives and perspectives of life during their parents and grandparents’ childhoods. This includes looking at family traditions, leisure time and communications.


Term 2: Schoolyard Safari (Biological Science)

Students will explore insects and spiders leading to a better understanding of how their adaptations help them survive in their habitats. Through investigations, students learn how animals move, feed and protect themselves.


Term 3: Where do we come from? (Geography)

Students develop an understanding of how to identify and describe features of places and their changes, at a local scale. They identify and describe natural features (for example, hills, rivers, native vegetation), managed features (farms, parks, gardens, plantation forests) and constructed features (roads, buildings) by locating them on maps of their local area.


Term 4: Bend it, Stretch it (Chemical Science)

During our Chemical Science Inquiry unit “Bend It, Stretch It”, students explored how everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for different purposes. They predicted, investigated and compared how the shapes of objects, made from particular materials, can be physically changed through different actions. For example, bending, stretching and twisting.



NB: You will be notified of incursions/excursions when bookings have been confirmed.


Important Dates:

Term 1

Tuesday 20th & Thursday 22nd February - Parent-Teacher Interviews


Monday, March 12th - Labour Day Public Holiday


Tuesday 6th March - School Photos 


Thursday 29th March  - Easter Bonnet Parade (TBC) and end of Term 1. 


Further events held during Term Two, Three & Four will be included in each Term newsletter. You will also be informed of special events through the Black Rock Primary School
fortnightly newsletter.



The Year 1 teachers are looking

forward to a fantastic year ahead!


Communication and Programs

Student Diaries

Your child has received a school diary. You are welcome to use it as a way of communicating with us. We encourage the students to keep it in their take home book bag, along with their home reading book.


At Home Tasks

The Department of Education has set a maximum time of 30 minutes homework each week night from Year 1 through to Year 4.

Of this 30 minutes, at least 20 minutes is to be reading. Supervised reading, be it reading aloud, shared reading or being read to by an adult will greatly strengthen so many areas of your child’s literacy development.

Children will select books from school, however books from home and the local library can also be read.


Fruit Time

Fruit Time takes place during the morning. We encourage your child to bring in a piece of fruit or vegetable as well as a drink bottle. This is for water only please. Don’t forget a healthy snack for playtime as well.





 Specialist Timetable

Specialists Timetable



Tuesday —   Chinese & Music

Friday — P.E. & Art


Tuesday —  Music & Chinese

Friday — Art & P.E.


Tuesday —  Art & P.E.

Friday — Music & Chinese


Tuesday —   P.E. & Art

Friday — Chinese & Music


*Please ensure your child wears appropriate clothing and sport shoes on the day of their P.E. lesson.  A drink bottle is also a good idea (water only).















Year 1 Parent Information