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Literacy

Students participate in guided, shared, modelled and independent reading and writing activities.

In shared reading, Big Books are used to explore spelling strategies, word families, grammar and conventions of print.

In K/1 the reading strategies of predicting, inferring, connecting and comparing are the major focus. In 1/2 the reading strategy focuses are skimming, scanning, determining importance and re-reading. These strategies are explicitly taught and modelled through the use of Big Books. Students also participate in speaking and listening activities to further develop their oral language  skills.

Numeracy

Whole Class Learning Intentions (LIs) come from the key focus areas below. Students continue to have personal number LIs that are communicated home.

Kindergarten

Number concepts: identifying half of a whole e.g. half of a shape, half of a quantity, matching number representations for teen numbers.

Addition and subtraction: subtraction sentences. Measurement and Geometry: 3D shapes, identifying full and empty, exploring volume.

Time: ordering events, ordering the days of the week, writing on-the-hour times.

Year 1

Number concepts: working with tens and ones, two digit numbers, exploring repeating patterns, comparing quantities, and two digit numbers, skip counting, analysing 100 and place value.

Addition and subtraction: doubles, comparing addition strategies, friends of ten, bridge to ten addition strategy, commutative addition strategy.

Multiplication and division: working with equal groups for both multiplication and division, sharing and working with 'amounts left over.

Measurement and Geometry: 2D shapes, horizontal, vertical and parallel lines.

Year 2

Number concepts: number patterns, identifying missing elements from number patterns.

Money: adding multiples of 10c

Addition and subtraction: count on strategy, jump strategy, split strategy, relating strategies for both addition and subtraction, doubles facts, bridge to ten and addition patterns.

Measurement and geometry: formal units of measurement for length, working with metres, volume and mass, drawing, naming and combining 2D shapes, investigating flips, turns and side turns.

Integrated Studies

Each term, students investigate a unit of work that incorporates other areas of the national curriculum, such as science, history, geography and the arts.

Physical Education

Students participate in structured fundamental movement skill sessions. These skills are incorporated in modified games. Students also participate in Bluearth sessions.

Library

Classes visit the library on a weekly basis.