The Junior Homestead
What a busy year it is shaping up to be in the 1/2 Homestead! We work as independent classes for most sessions, and often join together during our Inquiry sessions. We also ensure we make time for a Homestead singalong, which often culminates in assembly performances! We also meet up with the Prep classes regularly, which leads to easier transition for Preps and offers leadership opportunities for grade 1/2s.
Our students love our literacy sessions, developing their reading and writing skills. We offer a number of ways to learn through individual, partner and group work. Students love using our Beanie Bear characters to assist with reading strategies. Using personalised goals, students are catered for at point of need to become the strongest reader they can be. We teach many writing genres and often link it with our Inquiry topics or special school events to boost engagement. Furthermore, we include set lessons from ‘Jolly Phonics’ to teach spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Each class follows the same numeracy lesson structure – a structure designed to get the most out of each day’s session. We begin with number fluency tasks to warm up and practise automatic recall skills. Following this, we explicitly teach and model the current skill, then hand it over to the students through a range of hands on activities and personalised tasks. Finally, students are given an opportunity to reflect on their learning, with their thoughts catalogued in class numeracy journals. We use a mixture of materials and utilise digital technologies including interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads to assist with teaching.
Digital Technologies is formally taught once a week, covering both cyber-safety and a skill based sessions throughout the year. We also incorporate technologies in all areas of the curriculum and our teaching.
Each term we have a different Inquiry topic. Our topics this year are ‘I’m Special, You’re Special’, ‘The 1/2s Guide to Getting Fit’, ‘Reduce, Reuse Recycle’, ‘Australian Animals’ and ‘Toys’. During this time, students explore and research the topic and a project is usually included as a chance for students to showcase their learning.
The Kids Matter and Bounce Back programs help to form our wellbeing sessions, which include circle times, discussions and role plays to help students develop their abilities to look after the general wellbeing of themselves and others. We incorporate our school values of respect, responsibility and resilience to help group sessions with a similar focus each term.
We look forward to a fun filled year full of learning!
On Friday the 28th of July, the 1/2’s and the rest of Frankston Heights Primary School went down to Wallace Reserve to plant trees with David Cross, a member of ‘Friends of Wallace Reserve’ and a few of the local rangers. The 1/2’s learnt all about the history of the reserve, the animals that live there and the plants that are indigenous to the area. All up, Frankston Heights Primary School planted 420 plants on the day!