Year 1 News

Miss Hansson's ELC2 Superstars

Highlights from this Week

This Week:

  • Wednesday: First Day
  • Thursday: We have begun a new library skills project for the term, on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl

Next Week:

  • Wednesday: Students need their baby photo

Student's Baby Photos Needed

For this terms Health program Ms. Barrett is asking all the students in ELC2 to bring in one of their baby photos for the next health lesson on Wednesday 30 July. The students will be using their photograph and mirrors to analyse how they have changed as they have grown.

Morning Sessions

This term the students will be working in groups to practise learnt literacy and numeracy skills. To support and run this program we will need three parent helpers. If your are available please sign up on the door.

  • Helper 1: Listen to Reading and comprehension 1-on-1

Sit with the students one at a time. Listen to them read their home readers and ask them comprehension questions to check for understanding.

  • Helper 2: Run a Reading Group of 4 students

With the group at the assigned table run a Key Links Reading activity (All scripted questions and activities are in the books)

  • Helper 3: Listen to Sight words 1-on-1 and group spelling test

Work 1-on-1 with students on reading their sight words. When working with the whole group show the sight words on flash cards, hide it as the students write it on their white boards. The students then check the flash card and correct their spelling.

To get the full benefit of this program I encourage all students and parent helpers to be at school at 8:20. The students sight word reading and spelling will be tested by me in the afternoons.

ELC2's New Timetable

Cross Setting for Semester 2:

We have found cross setting has successfully catered for individual students developmental and academic needs. We are continuing with cross setting for literacy and numeracy. As you are aware the students have been fluid between groups. This semester, this now extends to teaching staff instructing a different group. This adjustment utilises teacher’s expertise, interests and curriculum delivery to maximise student’s learning opportunities.


This term for library skills the students will be listening to and doing a project on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl.


This term the students will be learning about and using ipads in conjunction with the year one biological science curriculum content.

Cross-Curriculum Project:

As a part of the cross curriculum priorities project this term the focus is on sustainability. The sustainability project is on learning about the importance of water and becoming a water wise school.

Learning Areas for Semester 2:

The students will now experience different teachers expertise in curriculum deliver for science, technology, art and geography. The new timetable is seen below. The students are now going to Mrs Parke in a class swap for geography (Tuesday) and art (Friday) and learning about science (Friday) and technology (Friday) with me.

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Book Week

We will be celebrating Book Week in Week 3 commencing 4 August, this term. There is a permission note attached.

We will have Scholastic books on display in the Library during that week and lots of other book celebrating activities. Scholastic book sales will take place every lunch time and after school until 3.30 from Monday to Thursday and lunchtime only on Friday the 8 August. Children will be given the opportunity to view the books and stationery prior to sales on the Monday afternoon.

Our annual Dress-up Assembly is on Thursday August 7 commencing at 9:35am. So please help your children start thinking about how to dress up as their favourite book character. We'll have lunchtime story telling in the library all week.

On Monday September 1 we have organised a musical incursion “Worlds Apart” celebrating the end of our Book Week activities for 2014. "Worlds Apart" references some wonderful stories including:

Treasure Box by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood, Song for Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt,Silver Buttons by Bob Graham and Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan.

More information on the incursion will follow. There is a $6 fee for the incursion.

Date: Monday 1 September

Years K - 2 11:45 start

Years 3 - 7 1:35 start


NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For NAIDOC week $1-$3 items will be on sale for the students to purchase.

Virtue of the Fortnight - Courtesy

Courtesy is to be polite and have good manners. It is a way of acting with people which makes them feel valued, cared for and respected. It is important to show courtesy with friends and family, not just people we are meeting for the first time.

You can practise courtesy at home by:

  1. Greeting people with a smile
  2. Treating others as if you value and respect them
  3. Making requests instead of demands