Grade 1/2 Semester 1 Learning
In Literacy this semester we have focused on a range of text types, specifically narrative, procedural, recount, persuasive and information texts. The students have experienced and explored both the content and format of these texts types. In our Procedural Unit students were provided with a range of hands-on experiences and followed the procedure to create written instructions. In reading groups students had the opportunity to respond creatively to a variety of texts. When writing students have been encouraged to use their spelling strategies they have learnt, these include chunking and blending. Spelling instruction has focused on long vowels and silent letters.
They explored a variety of reading strategies focusing on summarising, predicting and making connections. All students were encouraged to read daily using our home reading library which is targeted to specific reading levels. Students have been immersed in a wide range of texts through our weekly visits to the library.
Students have been given opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills by contributing ideas to discussions and delivering short oral presentations to their peers. Students have been encouraged to ask questions in response to information given by others, take turns during group discussions and discuss connections between a text and their own experiences.
This semester in Spanish we have established the classroom routines with greetings and farewells, as well as referencing the calendar and the time of day in each lesson. With an approach to learning a second language through the most used structures, students are building a bank of the most frequent question words, verbs, adjectives and nouns that they can encounter in daily interactions.
The learning focus at this level is for student to listen to Spanish. They also have had the opportunity to read words and key sentences, and are beginning to produce language both in oral and written form. The methodology we use in Spanish involves structure repetition and storytelling (via written or visual texts), and students participate and add to each story, often dramatizing it in class. The stories we have created have focused around likes and dislikes, the things we find in a classroom, following instructions and a boy called Jorge who visits his grandmother. We have also worked on letter sound recognition, in order to enable students to progressively start reading in Spanish with ease.
This semester students have had mathematical instruction in English and Spanish. The Victorian curriculum learning strands delivered in Spanish have been Measurement and Geometry, as well as Statistics and Probability. The Number and Algebra learning strand has been delivered in English.
In Number and Algebra we have been identifying and ordering numbers and learning to solve simple addition and subtraction problems. Students have participated in hands-on activities using a range of different materials such as number charts, counters, blocks and number expanders to assist with their understanding, as well as using iPad apps to reinforce concepts.
In Measurement and Geometry we have been focusing on 2D and 3D shapes, time, symmetry and length. Students participated in identifying and naming basic 2D and 3D shapes and identify their properties. Students have been learning how to tell the time to the hour and half hour. They have also looked at different times of the day and what a typical day for them might look like, and learnt how to read a calendar. Students have been comparing lengths by using different informal units to measure the length of different objects, and they compared their height with others students. In Statistics and Probability students have collected data and represented this data in the form of bar and picture graphs.
Throughout the semester students have worked together as a class in small groups and individually, to share ideas and further develop their knowledge and understanding of these mathematical concepts.
Semester 1 in Inquiry we have focused on two units of work, one discussing Change and one Multiculturalism.
During our investigation of Change we explored how living things change over time and how to look after our bodies with a healthy diet and taking responsible risks. Students had the opportunity to reflect on how our bodies and abilities evolve and they enjoyed making and presenting their personal timeline to the class. During this unit, we worked on developing students’ critical thinking skills by asking interesting questions and researching their answers, as well as positive habits of mind while working cooperatively, e.g. listening attentively.