Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Crestwood Public School Term 1 2022

Overview of Teaching & Learning

Programming is the process of selecting and sequencing learning experiences which enable students to engage with syllabus outcomes and develop subject specific skills and knowledge. The process of programming is typically shared and offers an opportunity for collaboration, professional reflection and evaluation.


  • reflect the needs, interests and abilities of students
  • are based on syllabus outcomes and include a variety of teaching, learning and embedded assessment activities, strategies and resources to address the learning needs of all students
  • are flexible and dynamic documents that change in response to student learning needs, school context, teacher evaluation and feedback


Spelling: Students link letters to a range of sounds. Students will review the sounds taught in Kindergarten and explore letter combinations to spell words using long vowel sounds.

Writing and Representing: Students are refining their sentence structure skills. They are developing their understanding of the need for correct punctuation and working towards writing compound sentences.

Reading and Viewing: Students gain proficiency in the comprehension skills predicting, visualising and questioning which are explicitly taught and modelled through whole class and group activities. In guided reading, students decodable readers and read fiction and non-fiction texts, appropriate for their individual ability. Teachers support students to develop reading skills such as phrasing, fluency, expression, monitoring, re-reading and self-correcting as well as comprehension strategies to build literal and inferential meaning. As well as this students engage daily with quality texts for enjoyment, to build a love of reading.

Speaking and Listening: Students will engage in critical thinking activities. They will use stimuli to discuss problems and questions as a class, in small groups, in pairs and independently. Students will deliver informal talks to their classmates on topics relating to the the history unit past and present.

Handwriting: Students develop a clear and consistent writing using the NSW Foundation Style to fluently write unjoined upper and lower case letters. Students will focus on downstroke and clockwise letters.

Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary: Students develop and consolidate understanding of the grammatical concepts adjectives, nouns, noun groups and verbs.


Whole Numbers: Students develop confidence with number sequences to 100 by counting forwards and backwards from and identifying the numbers before and after given two-digit numbers. They use place value to partition two-digit numbers into tens and ones.

Addition and Subtraction: Students use concrete materials to solve simple addition and subtraction problems involving one- and two-digit numbers. They solve problems using a range of strategies including counting on, partitioning and rearranging parts. Students use the terms add, plus, take-away, minus and equals and record the symbols that represent these.

Patterns and Algebra: Students investigate and describe number patterns formed by skip counting and patterns with objects.

2D Space: Students recognise two-dimensional shapes including triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and octagons. They classify shapes using obvious features such as sides and vertices. Students explore different types of lines including horizontal, vertical and parallel.

3D Space: Students recognise three-dimensional objects including cones, spheres, prisms and pyramids. They classify objects according to their obvious features including faces and edges.

Position: Students use positional language for example, left, right, between and behind to give and follow directions to familiar locations.


Living World: Students will investigate how plants and animals are used to satisfy our needs for food and fibre. They will develop their understanding of how living things and their environment play a central role in the support for and survival of humans.

Human Society and Its Environment - History

Past and Present Family Life: Students identify and describe important dates and changes in their own lives. They explain how some aspects of daily life have changed over recent time while others have remained the same. Students respond to questions about the recent past by collecting and interpreting information and data from observations and from sources provided. They sequence personal and family events in order. They share stories about the past, and present observations and findings using everyday terms to denote the passing of time and to describe direction and location.

Personal Development, Health, Physical Education

Health, Wellbeing and Relationships: Students will explore the concepts of uniqueness, strengths and differences. They will discuss how these qualities shape who they are as a person and contribute to their development. Students explore the concept of having a growth mindset and how this develops resilience. They will practice the skills and concepts of having a growth mindset including mistakes, challenges, effort and perseverance.

Grade Sport: Students develop confidence and competence to engage in physical activity. They develop an understanding of movement concepts and the features of movement composition as they engage in a variety of planned sports and games.

Be Skilled Be Fit: Students will engage in 60 minutes of physical activity with sports teachers per week.

Creative Arts

Visual Arts: Students will make artworks representing both real and imagined situations exploring a range of techniques and media. They discuss qualities of artworks such as subject matter and technique, recognising that artists create artworks for different audiences.

Music: In music with Mrs French, students will be revising the School Song and the National Anthem as well as investigating the concepts of rhythm, beat and pitch.


This unit focuses on consolidating library routines and promoting good borrowing practices. Students are shown different areas of the library where they are able to borrow from and specific series of books suitable for their age and reading level. Students are also encouraged to participate in the 2021 Premier's Reading Challenge as part of their school home reading program. Students are shown how to logon and enter books via the website.

The texts chosen for shared reading are around the theme of Summer and the Sea which most children could relate to personal experiences during the Christmas holiday break.