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Year 1

From the Teachers
In Year 1, homework is designed to complement in class learning. It is important that students engage with learning at home including a range of Literacy tasks. Children are also encouraged to investigate topics of interest with the support of their families. A reminder that work completed through the Home Extended Learning Portal will not be assessed by teachers and therefore does not need to be sent into school. 

English

At Garran Primary school we believe that literacy learning should feature in all learning areas of the curriculum and be interwoven through everything we do. Literacy is the means by which we communicate, whether by comprehending the thoughts, ideas and intentions of others, or in communicating our own thoughts, ideas and intentions. With this in mind we must build receptive skills (listening, reading and viewing) and expressive skills (speaking, writing, visually representing), as outlined in the Australian Curriculum.

Mathematics

At Garran Primary School we believe that learning Mathematics creates opportunities for, and enriches the lives of, our students. We believe that having a sound understanding of Mathematics is essential for our students to make sense of the world around them, enabling them to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently. We nurture our students to see themselves as capable mathematical thinkers, who can apply mathematical reasoning skills and understanding in their everyday lives.

Wellbeing

A strong sense of wellbeing provides children with self-confidence and optimism which can maximise learning potential. It includes feelings of life satisfaction, happiness, and social adaptability as well as good physical health. A strong sense of wellbeing encourages children to explore their environment, interact positively with others and can create a sense of agency in students.

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Curriculum Overview

Receptive modes (listening, reading and viewing)

By the end of Year 1, students understand the different purposes of texts. They make connections to personal experience when explaining characters and main events in short texts. They identify that texts serve different purposes and that this affects how they are organised. They describe characters, settings and events in different types of literature. Students read aloud, with developing fluency. They read short texts with some unfamiliar vocabulary, simple and compound sentences and supportive images. When reading, they use knowledge of the relationship between sounds and letters, high-frequency words, sentence boundary punctuation and directionality to make meaning. They recall key ideas and recognise literal and implied meaning in texts. They listen to others when taking part in conversations, using appropriate language features and interaction skills.


Productive modes (speaking, writing and creating)

Students understand how characters in texts are developed and give reasons for personal preferences. They create texts that show understanding of the connection between writing, speech and images. They create short texts for a small range of purposes. They interact in pair, group and class discussions, taking turns when responding. They make short presentations on familiar topics. When writing, students provide details about ideas or events, and details about the participants in those events. They accurately spell high-frequency words and words with regular spelling patterns. They use capital letters and full stops and correctly form all upperand lower-case letters.

 

English Resources

Reading Eggs
ABC Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Every Student in Kindergarten and Year One are provided with an account.

Storyline online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Wushka
Wushka was developed with the aim of providing a digital reading program that supports best practice in the everyday teaching of reading, reflecting the reality of literacy teaching with printed books, reading groups and take-home readers. Students have a username and password assigned to them by the classroom teacher. 

Dance Mat Typing 
studen start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. You’ll soon be touch typing like an expert! At the end of each level you can test your typing speed and get a fun reward.

Starfall
Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

​Jarjums
Jarjums is the NITV programming dedicated to children. Catering to all kids and kids at heart we have fun and educational Indigenous and First Nations content from Australia and around the world

ABCya Literacy
ABCya provides over 300 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Our activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun.

ABC Education Literacy
ABC Education brings you high-quality educational content to use at home and in the classroom. All our resources are free and mapped to the Australian Curriculum, covering English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, The Arts and Technologies, including STEM.

Mathematics

Curriculum Overview

By the end of Year 1, students describe number sequences resulting from skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. They identify representations of one half. They recognise Australian coins according to their value. Students explain time durations. They describe two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects. Students describe data displays. Students count to and from 100 and locate numbers on a number line. They carry out simple additions and subtractions using counting strategies. They partition numbers using place value. They continue simple patterns involving numbers and objects. Students order objects based on lengths and capacities using informal units. They tell time to the half-hour. They use the language of direction to move from place to place. Students classify outcomes of simple familiar events. They collect data by asking questions, draw simple data displays and make simple inferences.

 

Mathematics Resources

Mathletics
Mathletics can provide valuable maths learning for students throughout their entire school journey, from the start of primary school to the end of secondary. As students mature, so does the program, providing updated visuals, challenges, and activities that will keep them captivated with maths. Every Student at Garran Primary has an account with Mathletics

ABC Education
The ABC education website has hundreds of games, articles, videos and digibooks. It is easy to navigate, you simply selecting your age group and subject area and numerous resources are at your fingertips.

Toy Theatre 
Have fun while developing early maths facts, numeracy, and a love of learning. Toy theatre playfully teaches conceptual mates with online interactive games and activities that have real educational value.

Khan Academy
Khan academy is a free resource for students, teachers and parents. You can create an account by adding an email address, username and password. You child may already have a school account in which case they can use this at home. Kahn is easy to navigate with ‘how to’ videos, games and challenges for Kindergarten to Year 6. Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning.
 
Topmarks 
Topmarks is a leading independent educational website for children, teaching professionals and parents. Topmarks gives children the opportunity to learn online, through safe, fun and engaging games and activities.

ABCya Numeracy
ABCya provides over 300 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Our activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun.

ABC Education Maths
ABC Education brings you high-quality educational content to use at home and in the classroom. All our resources are free and mapped to the Australian Curriculum, covering English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, The Arts and Technologies, including STEM.

Dr Paul Swan
Dr. Paul Swan is an inspirational mathematics consultant from Western Australia, who shares his exciting ideas, videos, and resources on his site. His website has plenty of free maths resources and games for students of all ages and abilities. There is also a FREE teaching at home hub full of exciting maths games and resources.

Wellbeing

 Overview

At Garran Primary School we strongly believe that the best learning takes place when student's have a chance to not only focus on curriculum but also on their own personal wellbeing. This may include getting a good nights sleep, eating healthy food, exercising, having time to decompress and debrief at the end of the day and spending quality time with family, carer's and friends. Looking after ones wellbeing will look different for everyone.

 
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Wellbeing Resources

Cosmic Yoga

Cosmic Kids Yoga was created to introduce the benefits of yoga and mindfulness while kids are having fun. They use stories, role-play and a good portion of silliness to make yoga and mindfulness fun for kids. Cosmic Kid's Yoga encourages children to move and stretch their bodies. It also teaches a focus on breathing, relaxation and visualisation. 

Smiling Mind

Learning mindfulness does not start or end in the classroom, parents and family members also play a key role. Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.

Sleep Meditation Stories for Kids

This playlist includes Guided Sleep Meditations and bedtime Sleep Stories for kids with the specific aim to aid with sleep and relaxation. These soothing stories are perfect to help little people relax before bedtime. The playlist also available on spotify.

Kidspot Kids Cooking

Get the kids in the kitchen and making these fun recipes that will keep both their hands and brains busy!

Best Colouring pages for Kids

Mandalas bring relaxation and comfort to people all over the world. This webpage allows you to print out mandalas of varying difficulties for your children to colour.

Mindful

When we teach mindfulness to kids, we equip them with tools to build self-esteem, manage stress, and skillfully approach challenges. Explore the guide on how to introduce mindfulness and meditation to your children... at any age.

Hey Sigmund

Every day there are stunning new insights into the human mind and the way we work, love, play, behave, relate, think and feel. We are learning more and more about what it means to be human, and how to master the art. Now more than ever, anybody who is any version of human has something to gain from the science of psychology. This website contains the latest research and news in psychology. It attempts to bring psychology into the mainstream, unfolding the brilliance that happens within the scientific realm. The website contains videos that help explain anxiety to children and adults alike as well of ideas for coping strategies for all different ages. 

Highlights Kids

highlights kids help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning. These include, puzzles, games, articles, recipes and craft ideas.

Australian Curriculum Resources

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All Learning Area Achievement Standards

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Information for Parents and Carers
of Year 1 Students