Year 1 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 8

It was an absolute delight to see Year 1 students share their learning and classroom with their parents with such excitement and vigour last Friday. It really is a time to celebrate your child’s achievements and learning so far as well as discuss a clear goal for them in Term 4, as well as how to achieve it. It was wonderful to have families back in the classroom and a return to some more normality, thank you for joining in. 

Year 1 Assembly

We are very pleased to share that Year 1 will be hosting their own Assembly next term on Friday 29 October at 8:30-9:00am in the Auditorium. Parents of Year 1 students are invited to attend, however, due to social distancing and regulations, we will unfortunately not be able to invite extended family. This will not be a streamed event. More information will come your way closer to the date. 


In English, we have wrapped up our narrative writing unit and have moved our focus onto exploring a variety of different procedural texts. Students have been practising identifying the key features of a procedural text and putting a series of commands in a sequential order. Our grammatical focus has been on using the correct punctuation for commands and revising time connectives. We have linked this to our Material World Science unit so that students have experiences applying procedures in real life contexts. You and your child can explore procedures at home using recipes to cook a delicious new meal or play a board game as a family. In reading we have had a particular focus on the strategy of questioning. When reading with your child at night, get them to practise this by posing a thin (right there/literal question) or a thick question (information that is not in the text but relates to it or is inferential). A thick question may start with, ‘What do you think…?’ or ‘Why did…?’


In Maths, Year 1 has been exploring addition and subtraction mental strategies. We have been focussing on understanding numbers and their relationships among other numbers and number systems. This includes understanding meanings of operations and how they relate to each other using strategies such as doubles, splitting, and halves. Some of the activities that we are doing in the class are showing different ways to represent addition and subtraction, and working on our mathematical thinking through reasoning with addition and subtraction strategies. The Year 1 students are also making connections on the association of addition and subtraction to other mathematical topics such as measuring length and counting money. 

Things you can do at home: SNAP! Game – with a deck of cards, take out the kings, queens, and jokers. Ace has a value of one. Each game has two players. Split the cards between the two players. Players take turns drawing their cards. When both players draw the same number, for example 4 and 4, both players call out the amount of the number when doubled, in the case of 4 and 4, the both players call out 8. 


In Science, we have been exploring how we can physically change things by twisting, stretching, squashing and bending. Through an investigation, the students were able to categorise objects according to whether they could be physically changed or not. Ask your child about which material could be physically changed in the most ways. Next week we will be exploring how heat can physically change a material so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend and as always please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions. 

Important Dates

  • Week 10: Monday 20 September onwards – Chinese Week
  • Week 10: Friday 24 September – Last day of term AND Chinese Costume Day

Year 1 Team

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

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