Year 1 Newsletter | Term 2 Week 4

The past two weeks have been overbrimming with learning in Year 1. Reading groups, phonics, pronouns, conjunctions, writing descriptions, handwriting, writing the sentence of the day, using calendars to explore duration and of course… mealworms! We have also had our class photos this week and the Year 1 students all looked fantastic on their photo day. 


We have been busy exploring durations of time over the last week. Measuring how long activities take in in both informal units (it takes approximately 16 claps to sing Happy Birthday!?) 

Year 1’s have been categorising events and activities that could take seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and even years! A helpful exercise to do with your child is to regularly look closely at a calendar. Write in special upcoming events, ask questions such as: “What is the next month?”; “How many days are in this month?”; “On what day is the first day of the month?” Making this a fun and relevant activity will certainly help to increase your child’s confidence and understanding. Our next unit will be investigating 2D shapes. We will be recognising 2D shapes, classifying them into groups and describing them using features such as edges and corners. 


This week we have been learning and practising the reading skill ‘Activating Prior Knowledge’. This strategy helps the children to think about what they already know about the topic and identify new learning. In grammar, we have been learning how to use pronouns in our writing and are moving onto using conjunctions to write compound sentences. We will continue to practise all these skills in a variety of ways through our weekly Literacy Rotations. 


The buzzword in Science continues to be mealworms. We have been discussing the characteristics of the mealworm in the larvae stage and are excitedly awaiting our mealworms to morph into pupae, the next stage of the life cycle. Through controlled experiments we were able to examine elements which mealworms need in order to survive, and using this information students were able to create their own habitats which could support the life of a mealworm. We will be using this knowledge of what a living thing needs to survive to observe a variety of plants and describe characteristics which help them to survive.

Premier Reading Challenge

Time is racing past and we have been reminding students to log in their Premier Reading Challenge books so that they can receive their special certificate from Australia! If you have any questions please ask Mrs Nicole Atkins in the Library or your classroom teacher. 


The weather is certainly changing and it is getting warm out on the field. When out at playtime, PE and PMP, students are required to wear their hats. Please ensure that all pieces of uniform are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 

The Year 1 teachers are so enjoying the excitement and enthusiasm that is whirling around our classrooms. We can’t wait to update you on the next stages and discoveries that our classes make next! 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions. 

Have a fantastic weekend! 

Year 1 Team

Lynda Lemmon (Head of Year 1), Jamie Dy, Sarah Galvin, Jack Wolfreys

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