Grade 1 - 2018
Grade One Teachers for 2018 are:
Mrs Andree Gloury (1G) - Room 8
Miss Millie Strong (1S) - Room 7
Mr Brett Pattison (1P) - Room 6
Important Dates for Term 2
Important upcoming dates for Term 2 are:
We hope you are enjoying the benefits of Class Dojo. If you are having any problems using Class Dojo, please contact your class teacher or check the Class Dojo Parent Troubleshooting page using the following link -
https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/200185365-For-parents.The school has now moved to an automatic notification system to notify parents about student absences. Therefore the school's preferred method of notifying us if your child will be absent is by contacting the office instead of sending a dojo message to classroom teachers.
Reading and Homework in Grade 1
Parents are welcome to come along to reading sessions. Please see your child's teacher regarding session times and to put your name down if you are interested in attending.
Throughout the year your children have been learning about the decoding strategies detailed below along with others strategies for improving comprehension and fluency. When reading at home they may be demonstrating these strategies to you... and sometimes even explaining them to you!
Homework expectations - Grade 1 students are expected to complete reading at home 5 nights per week and must have their yellow reading journals signed by parents.
Spelling - Spelling lists have gone home and are to be kept in student's Reader Bags. A list of activities that can be completed at home in order to practise list words in preparation for the weekly test has been included. Children may also access the Sound Waves webpage and practise their spelling by playing the interactive games containing their list words. Whilst spelling homework is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to support you child's confidence during tests and to develop their awareness of the various graphemes (letter/s) that can be used to represent phonemes (sounds) in words.
Soundwaves - Spelling Program
Grade 1's have begun the exciting new spelling program called Sound Waves.
Each week the students will be introduced to a new phoneme (sound) and the grapheme/s (letters) that can make those sounds. Students will be completing interactive activities at school each week. They can also access the website from home if they wish to do more practise of the phoneme/graphemes of the week.
STEM (Science, Technology. Engineering & Maths) Activities
The Grade 1's have recently taken part in a STEM activity based on one of the Fairy Tales they have been learning about.
Students were given the challenge to build a bridge between two table, spanning 30cm, that would hold the Billy Goats Gruff... firstly, one at a time and then altogether. Students worked in team to discuss their design idea and then had to construct the bridge using only marshmallows and toothpicks.
Here are some photos of the excitement...
PepperGreen Farm Excursion
Friday the 11th May saw the entire Junior school host an exciting fun-filled morning to celebrate Mother's Day. All students got to invite their mother or special friend or relative to come along to their classrooms and enjoy some time together.
The morning was very well attended and saw students reading to their guests and guests reading to the children. Following on from that, guests and children had a 45 minute challenge to create a floral bouquet from paper and any other materials they had brought in from home. The creativity was tremendous and resulted in some truly amazing arrangements. Well done!
After the stress of the challenge guests were treated to a relaxing massage.
Thanks to everyone for coming and working so hard... and from all the grade 1 team, have a very Happy Mother's Day!
More photos coming soon....
School Cross Country
After postponing our School Cross Country event due to rain on Friday 4th May, we were lucky enough to have excellent conditions on Wednesday afternoon the 9th May for the event.
The sun was shining and excitement levels ere high!
All students made a tremendous effort and we congratulate all those students who completed the course. A special shout out to the winners of each age group. Well done!
Fraser were the overall winners for the day. Congratulations Fraser!
Best of luck to the older kids who will now be participating in the Division Cross Country at the Bendigo Racecourse on Wednesday the 23rd of May.