Year One


Our Team:

  • Brenda Petkovic & Jessica Cooper (1/15)
  • Kristen Whitehead-Bell (1/17)
  • Sue Anderson (1/18)
  • Jo Smith & Jo McNeilly (1/28)
  • Sharna Dean-Wright (1/29)

Our Specialists:

  • Physical Education – Sue Burt and Franca Peluso
  • Visual Arts – Danielle Barrett and Melissa Hamilton
  • Music – Di Pendlebury and Erica Eichner
  • Indonesian – Alena Schneider and Sally Wilson
  • Performing Arts - Alena Schneider and Jenny Barnett

Our Focus:

This term we will continue to set personal learning goals for both Literacy and
Numeracy. Talking about these with your child will help build a strong link between
home and school and promote education as a positive experience.

We will endeavour to consolidate and extend your child’s understandings in the areas of
English, Mathematics, STEM and Physical and Personal development. Each teacher
has high expectations and will expect your child to do their best at all times.

We encourage and expect your son/daughter to:
- produce work that is interesting in content, correct and well presented
- use good manners at all times
- show care and concern for others inside and outside the classroom
- display a desire to learn, share and cooperate with others
- show respect for their peers, teachers and other children’s belongings (no trading or borrowing of personal items/equipment please).

Below is an overview of our structures and programs that aims to help inform you of
what we teach and how we teach. If you’d like to find out more about any of these
programs, please pop in for a chat.

Specialist Timetable:









10:00 Wednesday

10:00 Wednesday





9:00 Wednesday




9:00 Wednesday

9:00 Wednesday



10:00 Wednesday


2:30   Monday










12:00 Tuesday

1:00  Monday

10:00 Tuesday

10:30 Tuesday

11:30 Tuesday

Performing Arts




10:00 Wednesday




Key Dates



Week 5

Book week parade

28th and 30th August

Incursion - Full Steam Ahead

Thursday 6th September

Grade 1 Team Professional Practice Day

Week 9

Green Week: All children will need to bring their own gardening gloves

Friday 21st September

End of term 3: Early Dismissal at 2:30pm

Parents Helpers:

Thank you to all our parent helpers. We really value your time and support. The time
you put in really helps our students with their learning growth and helps our classes
operate in a smooth manner.
If you are not on our parent helper list and would like to participate please see your
child’s teacher- remember a current Working With Children’s Check is needed.

Class Dojo messages need to be kept short. Please make a time to talk with your child’s
teacher via the phone or in person, if you have lengthy issues to discuss. Please let the
office know if you are going to be late for school pick up or have made different
arrangements as sometimes messages are not read during teaching time. Messages
will be read and responded to between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm each weekday.

LPPS has a highly successful reading program following the CAFE structure, which
focuses on Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. The take
home reading program provides time for students to enjoy and practise reading.
Children will bring easy to read books home each day. Research shows that the
greatest growth occurs when students read ‘good fit’ (easy) books as it allows them to
practise and develop effective reading strategies. We engage with harder texts at
school to explicitly teach effective reading strategies. Please read with your child
every day and return the satchel to school daily (even if you have not had the
chance to hear your child read).
The Premier’s Reading Challenge will conclude this term. Each child has already
received an individual code to log their books. Keep on supporting this initiative by
reading lots of books and logging them on.

The Year One spelling program will continue in term 3. Children will be working through
individually assigned common spelling words each week and will be tested on these
words every Friday. You can help your child to succeed in this area by encouraging
them to practice their spelling words each night and ensuring they bring their spelling
folder to school every day. It is important for your child to write their spelling words down
as part of their practice as the weekly test is written.

Our writing genres this term will be Narrative (story) and Persuasive We will continue to
focus on the fundamental aspects of writing including punctuation i.e. when to use full
stops and capital letters and how to make our writing interesting through the inclusion of
WOW words and sizzling starts.
We will be continuing the ‘Big Write’ writing program this term. Once a fortnight the
children will be provided with a ‘Big Talk Homework’ topic. We ask your family to talk
about the writing topic by sharing ideas and writing down key words that the students
can take into class. This will prepare your child to participate fully in our dedicated ‘Big
Write’ writing session.

In Term 3 we will be focusing on:
● addition and subtraction,
● place value,
● measurement,
● graphing and statistics and
● chance.
In Year 1 we help children develop their mathematical knowledge, language and
understanding through encouraging mathematical talk and using a range of materials
such as counters, math games, unifix cubes, number charts and base-ten materials.

The Year One integrated topics for Term 3 are Science (Biological) and Design &
Technology. The Science curriculum focus is on the identification of common features
of plants and their needs to be able to thrive. The Year 1’s will take part in “The Great
Potato Challenge” and each grade will plant their own potatoes in the hope that their
grade will end up with the longest stem or the most potatoes. They will also be involved
in various experiments involving plants and change.
Our unit on Design and Technology will focus on the concept of Transport. The children
will be exploring which forces are required to make an object move. This will be
celebrated near the end of term with parents invited to attend a “Year 1 Expo” to look at
the moving vehicles the children have designed.

Digital Technologies:
We have an exciting ICT program with mini iPads available in each classroom and
regular access to laptops in the ICT Lab. Interactive ICT resources are incorporated
daily throughout the curriculum. ICT programs including Reading Eggs and Mathletics
are an important component of our programs and children are encouraged to access
these at home too. If students haven’t yet paid we encourage you to do so, as they are
used regularly in class. Once payment is made students will be provide with an access

During Tuesday afternoon Wellbeing, each class will engage in a range activities
designed to develop Respectful Relationships. Our school is involved in a new and
exciting local school network initiative – THRIVE. Our focus for Term 3 is Relationshipsand
working together (cooperation, problem solving, teamwork, and social skills)
T ry Your Best
Be H ealthy
R elate Well
Get I nvolved
Live Your V alues
Enjoy Positive E motions

Reading every day with your child for just five minutes a day has a profound impact on
their ability to read. We encourage you to read with your child each night, and later in
the term we ask you to revise the spelling of commonly used words in preparation for
their spelling tests.