Fun in Grade One!


Provided to us by Xenia, feel free to download and read this social story with your kids about wearing masks publicly. Something we all have to do from now on to keep us safe and healthy!

Seeing other people wearing masks SOCIAL STORY

Windows book
Wednesday July 22nd 2020, 4:39 am
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Hi all,

Term 3 has gotten off to a wonderful start! It’s been great touching base with the students each morning for our daily morning meetings!

So good to see the kids’ faces!

As shared with the students this morning in the morning meetings, here is the link to the book ‘Windows’ if you would like to listen to it again.

Such a heartwarming book, and so relevant to what we are experiencing now.

Look after yourselves and keep safe.

Miss G, Ms Ryan, Ms Elsbury and Christine.

These group of girls have persisted in their free time since we came back to school for 3 weeks now!! They worked together and finally finished making this super dooper LONG paper chain for our classroom!

It was so nice to see the smiles on their faces; the positive language and team work they used to achieve their goal of creating something together to decorate our classroom and spread some colour and cheer.

Thanks girls!

Inferencing using pictures
Thursday June 11th 2020, 12:23 am
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These last 2 weeks, Grade 1 students have been learning about inferencing as a comprehension skill. They have been viewing various pictures, riddles and texts and using clues within these to draw their own conclusions and make guesses to show their understanding.

Inferencing is an important skill, sort of like ‘reading between the lines’ to gain meaning. Looking at various sources such as images, text and riddles has enabled them the opportunity to have discussions as a class, and from these, they have reslised how we can often have differing perspectives and this is based on our prior knowledge and differing backgrounds and life experiences.

Each lesson has been insightful and interesting, and the kids have enjoyed developing this reading skill.

This morning was no exception; students showed AMAZING teamwork and collaboration through discussions by doing an inferencing scavenger hunt. In pairs, students found hidden pictures that had been stuck all around the room and they found the pictures and discussed what they thought was happening in each. They recorded these down on a sheet. It was so lovely to see the children help one another to spell words and come up with ideas together.

Truly heartwarming stuff! Very proud moment for us as their teachers!

Narrative writing skill development
Wednesday June 10th 2020, 8:29 am
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Today in our writing lesson, grade 1B and 1C came together to brainstorm lots of describing words they could use in their stories when thinking about characters.

Have a look at how many awesome adjectives they came up with! Incredible thinking grade 1s!

Maths games to practise addition
Friday June 05th 2020, 3:37 am
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Grade 1s have worked hard all term to learn about addition. They explored a variety of ways/ strategies to solve simple and some more complex addition problems.

Here are some great online games that your child can use to practise building their fluency and ability to add numbers efficiently using mental strategies. Some of the Grade 1s played some of these games today on the iPads in our maths lesson.

Maths Playground

(Alien Addition, Galaxy pals and Monster Maths addition are good on this site)



Looking at non fiction text features
Wednesday June 03rd 2020, 6:07 am
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Last week in class time we did some revision on concepts that were taught during our time of home learning. One such reading concept was looking at non fiction texts and some distinct features.

Some of these include:

  • Table of Contents (or Contents page)
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Labels
  • Headings
  • Sub headings
  • Graphs
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Diagrams

Students looked though a variety of books and tried to look for non fiction features.

The main features that most students found were contents pages, photographs, glossaries and headings.

It was a great lesson and lots of fun!


Thursday May 28th 2020, 8:06 am
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Yesterday in our maths lesson, the triangles and squares groups were building on their knowledge on addition. During home learning time, they were exposed to and practised Mental strategies such as doubles, doubles plus one, doubles near doubles and the split strategy to solve various types of addition problems.

A new strategy they were introduced to was the ‘compensation strategy’ where they round one of the numbers up to the nearest ten and compensate by ‘borrowing’ the balance from the other number in the equation. Students worked collaboratively in pairs to work out and problem solve the answers using drawings and their knowledge of Place value.
A super productive lesson with some very hard working mathematicians!!


















































The Circles group also continued building on their bank of mental strategies when they were introduced to ‘number facts to 10’ with the use of the ‘rainbow’ to help them remember all number facts that make 10, such as













Reconciliation Week: Sorry Day
Tuesday May 26th 2020, 8:43 am
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Today students learnt about the significance of this important day as we commemorate an important event in history with ‘Sorry Day’ as it is Reconciliation Week this week.

We talked about the events within Australian History, and touched on the Stolen Generation. Students were unsurprisingly shocked and saddened to learn of these events, and that they happened in our country many years ago.

We discussed how the government at the time thought that the removal of children from their families was the right decision at the time. This lead to many wonderings of why this happened.

We then discussed how the first Sorry Day was a chance for our government to reflect on the past events and take steps towards making amends and ‘reconciling’ with the Indigenous Australians, and all of those affected by the removal of children.

Students then made some displays for the school to commemorate this very significant day.


First day back for Term 2!
Tuesday May 26th 2020, 8:33 am
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What a wonderful day it was at school today!! Lots of excitement and smiling faces! It really was delightful to be reunited back in our classrooms. The kids have impressed their Grade 1 teachers with their positive attitude upon their return after so long. They also seem to have not grown in height, but their hearts and minds too, have grown.

Thank you for supporting and guiding your children with their easy transition back to school today.

If you can spare a box or two, we would love and appreciate some tissue box donations please as we head into the colder winter months. You can imagine how many of these we go through!

All students are now able to use the ‘epic’ and Sunshine Classics websites for home reading, until we have red satchels and home readers back in action. Levelled readers will be added to student ‘epic’ accounts when we can.

Again thank you for a wonderful first day back. Please comment under this post to let us know how your child felt about returning to school today. Hopefully they had a great welcome back experience!

Attention Global2 users: Department-funding for Global2 is being discontinued.

The Department of Education and Training will not be funding the use of Global2 past the end of the current contract on 31st of December 2020.

Please refer to FUSE for further details on the discontinuation of funding and transition options available for schools.

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