Years P, 1 & 2

P1A and P1B Term 2, 2021 newsletter

12A Term 2, 2021 newsletter

OVERVIEW: Term 2, 2021


Fine Motor

Students will continue to  participate in a range of Fine Motor activities which focus on skills such as:
threading, pincer grip (using pegs, tweezers, puzzles, peg boards, spinning tops), push and pull tasks such as lego, playdough, manipulating pipe cleaners into shapes and working with their teacher to learn real life skills such as how to tie their own shoelaces and focused scissor practise.
It is also wonderful to see how much the students love it!



136,143 Fairy Tale Illustrations & Clip Art - iStockThis term we will be continuing to build our reading skills. Learning the sight words and decoding CVC words (consonant/vowel, consonant words such as cat, dog, mug) are at the top of the agenda!
We will be also be developing our comprehension, fluency, accuracy and vocabulary through a selection of explicit and focused reading strategies. We are excited to explore a range of  fairy tales within both our reading mentor texts and writing activities.

To support our understanding of fairy tales we have booked two fantastic incursions for later this term; a performance of Cinderella and ‘Fairy tale Fiasco’ where students will be able to dress up and re-enact some wonderful fairy tales themselves. We can’t wait!



This term our Numeracy focuses are:

- Shapes—learning names of shapes and features of shapes.

- Pattern—patterns using shapes and numbers (counting by 10’s, 5’s and 1’s)

- Addition - how many are there altogether? Counting on, using number lines

- Subtraction - how many less are there? Counting back and using number lines.

- Days of the week and months of the year—we focus on this daily as we complete our
calendar each morning.

Throughout our topics we will be using hands on materials to develop our students understanding; we will also be completing some challenging tasks to stimulate our thinking.

What can you do at home? Play board games, practise counting by 1’s and 10’s, point out numbers, chat about the days of the week and months of the year. 

P1A and P1B Term 1, 2021 newsletter

12A Term 1, 2021 newsletter

OVERVIEW: Term 1, 2021


We are using the Daily 5 and CAFÉ program framework for developing our literacy skills this year. The Daily 5 program allows every student to develop their reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening skills in every literacy lesson. The five elements of this framework include:
 Read to self
 Read to someone
 Listen to reading
 Work on writing
 Word work

We will also be creating personalised reading and writing goals for every student. This will ensure that every student’s specific learning needs are being met and encourages independence.
First off though of course, we are learning to recognise all letters and sounds.



We are using the Karingal K4 model for our Numeracy lessons this year. In the junior school we believe it is essential to our Numeracy teaching and students learning and exploration to use hands on materials; so in our lessons you will see counters, teddy bears, number lines, flash cards, games, dice and lots more!
What our lessons will look like:
 Number fluency—quick games to warm up our thinking.
 Launch—discussion and modelling of our concept we are learning about.
 Discovery—where the real learning happens—exploring the concept.

 Summary—sharing our thoughts and ideas and modelling some of our work together.


This term we are learning to make numbers, recognise them, put them in order, learn the days of the week, the seasons, beginning to tell the time, explore number patterns and locate numbers on a number line.