2017 Curriculum outline Grade 1

TERM 1 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

GRADE 1

Classes: 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D                                                         

Teachers: Stephanie Dimovski, Anna Lam, Carmel Post and Nick Stubbings

English

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Decoding strategies such as reading on, chunking, blending and stretching of sounds and using synonyms.
  • Building our literal and inferential comprehension skills
  • Developing reading fluency and accuracy.
  • Developing and expanding our vocabulary.
  • Oral retelling, summarising, paraphrasing and linking texts to our own personal experiences and knowledge.
  • Main Idea: identifying the main idea and supporting details in fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Predicting: making predictions before, during and after reading in fiction and non-fiction texts, predicting topic-specific vocabulary that we may encounter in non-fiction texts, and being able to clarify unfamiliar vocabulary by using the glossary and context cues.

 

Writing/Word Study

In Grade 1 writing this term, we will be looking at procedural texts and acrostic poems. We will look closely at the structure, features and purpose of each text type.  In addition, we will be developing our skills in the following areas:

-Grammar: adjectives, synonyms, adverbs, commands and action verbs, and compound sentences.

-Punctuation: using commas as a list and to add extra information, and using full stops and capital letters correctly.

-Editing: students proofread and edit their own written work for meaning, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

- Handwriting: This term, Grade 1 students will be introduced to dotted thirds, the 4P’s of handwriting (posture, paper positioning, pencil grip and pressure) and the 4 Magic Tricks (formation, sizing, CBNT – close but not touching, baseline). Each week students will undertake a targeted handwriting session, focused on correct letter formation and sizing, and writing legibly with growing fluency.

 

Spelling

Children will be given an individualised program and will take home ten spelling words from the Oxford Wordlists to learn and practice each week. Children will learn a spelling strategy weekly including: VCV words, bossy ‘e’ sound, all words have a vowel/vowel sound, recording initial consonant blends, removal and substitution of initial single sounds. Children will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns including –ir, er, ur, long e sound (ee, ea, a_e , silent e), oi and oy, long a sound (ai, ay, a_e).

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will be focussing on:

- Speaking clearly with appropriate pitch and volume.

- To listen for and reproduce letter patterns and letter clusters.

- Listening to other students sharing their ideas and views.

- Taking part in pair and group work.

Mathematics

-Number and Place Value:

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

-Patterns and Algebra:

*Investigating number sequences to and from 100 by ones from any starting point.

* Skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and10’s starting from zero.

-Statistics and Probability

* Data collection, asking simple questions to gather responses, describing data displays and pictographs.

-Measurement and Geometry (Time):

*Naming and ordering the days of the week and months of the year.

*Describing duration using months, weeks and days.

 

-Measurement and Geometry (Location):

* Giving and following directions to familiar locations using directional location. 

Integrated Topic

This term we are learning about our family, people and the community. In this unit of study, students will learn that: 

  • They belong to a family and other groups within the community.
  • Individuals and cultural groups are similar and different.
  • Family and community members have many roles.
  • There have been important people of the past that have impacted today.

 

Students will also have the opportunity to interview a family member to learn a little more about their life and to also understand their family history.

TERM 2 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

GRADE 1

Classes: 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D                                                         

Teachers: Stephanie Dimovski, Anna Lam, Carmel Post and Nick Stubbings

English

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Decoding strategies such as reading on, chunking, blending and stretching of sounds and using synonyms.
  • Building our literal and inferential comprehension skills
  • Developing reading fluency and accuracy.
  • Developing and expanding our vocabulary.
  • Oral retelling, summarising, paraphrasing and linking texts to our own personal experiences and knowledge.
  • Main Idea: identifying the main idea and supporting details in fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Predicting: making predictions before, during and after reading in fiction and non-fiction texts, predicting topic-specific vocabulary that we may encounter in non-fiction texts, and being able to clarify unfamiliar vocabulary by using the glossary and context cues.
  • Identifying Cause and Effect within texts and asking why things have happened in a book.

Inferring – using both the pictures and words, together with our own knowledge to guess that what the author is trying to tell us.

 

Writing/Word Study

In Grade 1 writing this term, we will be looking at recount and information reports. We will look closely at the structure, features and purpose of each text type.  In addition, we will be developing our skills in the following areas:

-Grammar: sequencing words, time connectives, collective nouns, adjectives and adverbs.  

-Punctuation: explanation marks, bold text, and using full stops and capital letters correctly.

-Editing: students proofread and edit their own written work for meaning, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

- Handwriting: This term, Grade 1 students will continuing to practice with the dotted thirds, the 4P’s of handwriting (posture, paper positioning, pencil grip and pressure) and the 4 Magic Tricks (formation, sizing, CBNT – close but not touching, baseline). Each week students will undertake a targeted handwriting session, focused on correct letter formation and sizing, and writing legibly with growing fluency.

 

Spelling

Children will be given an individualised program and will take home ten spelling words from the Oxford Wordlists to learn and practice each week. Children will learn a spelling strategy weekly including: VCV words, bossy ‘e’ sound, all words have a vowel/vowel sound, recording initial consonant blends, removal and substitution of initial single sounds. Children will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns including –ilong a sound (ai, ay, a_e). long I (I, ie, y, igh, i_e), oo, aw, au, or, and long o (ow, oa, o_e)

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will be focussing on:

- Speaking clearly with appropriate pitch and volume.

- To listen for and reproduce letter patterns and letter clusters.

- Listening to other students sharing their ideas and views.

- Taking part in pair and group work.

Mathematics

-Number and Place Value:

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

* Develop addition and subtraction strategies, such as counting on, bridging 10, doubles, near doubles, make all count all and known facts.

-Patterns and Algebra:

* Investigating number sequences to and from 100 by ones from any starting point.

* Skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and10’s starting from zero.

-Statistics and Probability

* Students will be learning to identify the outcomes of familiar events and describe them using everyday language such as ‘will happen’, “won’t happen” and ‘might happen”.

-Measurement and Geometry:

* Investigate how to measure item effectively.

* Compare and order different objects using informal units of measurement.

* Investigate the capacity of objects and describe how full they are and order them from most to least.

 

Integrated Topic

This term we are learning about Australian animal. MAIN IDEA: The world is teeming with animal life. Even the most unexpected places can host a diverse range of creatures. As humans, we share our planet with many other animals; big and small.  In this unit, students will be provided with opportunities to investigate animals and develop the understanding that animals have needs, features and functions that are related and can change over time.

 

KEY UNDERSTANDINGS:

  • Animals move, feed and protect themselves in different ways
  • Animals live in a variety of habitats
  • Animals can respond and adapt to their environment to meet their needs
  • · Animals have special external features that help them to survive in their habitats

Animals take different amounts of time to grow and change

 

INQUIRY QUESTIONS:

These questions will be answerable by students on completion of the topic.

  • How do animals bodies help them to survive in their habitats?
  • What makes a native Australian animal?
  • Why are some animals endangered?
  • What do living things need to survive and thrive?
  • What is a habitat?
  • What can we do to help native animals in our community?

 

TERM 3 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Classes: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D                                                                

Teachers: Anna Lam, Carmel Post, Stephanie Dimovski and Nick Stubbings

English

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Sequencing events in fiction and non-fiction texts by using time connectives.
  • Reading visual information and diagrams contained in information texts
  • Identifying topic specific vocab found in non-fiction texts

 

Writing/Word Study

In Grade 1 writing this term, the two text types we will be focussing on are recounts and narrative texts.

 

In addition, we will be developing our skills in the following areas:

-Grammar: using verbs that show something is being said, showing the relationship between a noun or pronoun and another word and to use present, past and future verbs to tell when an event happens.

-Punctuation: understanding the components of a sentence. We will be focussing specifically on using quotation marks, exclamation marks, using time and text connectives to create flow in our writing and writing compound sentences.

-Editing: students proofread and edit their own written work for meaning, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

-Handwriting: focused on correct formation and sizing, and writing legibly with growing fluency. Clockwise lower-case letters will be the main focus (Mm, Nn, Rr, Xx, Zz, Hh, Pp, Kk).

 

Spelling

Children will be given an individualised program and will take home ten spelling words from the Oxford Wordlists to learn and practise each week. Children will also learn a new spelling strategy weekly including: stretching of the sounds in words, making sure the initial and final sound have been recorded, recording initial consonant blends (e.g. sh, ch) and removing or substituting initial or final sounds. Children will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns including: long u sound (u, ue, u_e, ew), long a sound (air, are, ear), long ‘i’ sound (ire, ier) and the long o sound (ou, ough)

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will  be focussing on:

- Speaking clearly, with appropriate pitch and volume.

- To listen for and reproduce letter patterns and letter clusters

- Listening to other students sharing their ideas and views.

- Taking part in pair work.

Mathematics

 

Subtraction

Represent and solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies including count back, count down to, count up from, partitioning and rearranging parts

 

Time

Tell time to the half-hour

 

Skip counting and number patterns

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

 

2 and 3D shapes

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

 

Integrated Topic

This term we are learning about communication ‘Then and Now’. In this unit of study, students will:

Explore the past and present of how school has changed over time. Discover how familiar communities and historical sites evolve and flourish by stepping back in time. Student will participate in a variety of activities that highlight differences and similarities between the past the present.

 

Students will learn…….

  • Differences in family structures and roles today, and how these have changed or remained the same over time.
  • How the past present and future are signified by terms indicating times such as ‘a long time ago’, now and then, old and new, tomorrow as well as by dates and changes that may have personal significant, such as birthdays, and celebrations.
  • Differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and life during their parents grandparents’ childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications.