Year 1/2

Term 2 Overview

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends.

Please find an overview of what the Grade One’s and Two’s will be studying this term.


In literacy this term the 1/2's will be exploring the text structure and language features of Poetry and Information Reports. During our Poetry lessons, students will be exposed to a range of different poetry and will begin to explore how the introductions of punctuation and word choice enhances their writing. Students will also learn the purpose of Information texts and consider improving how their word choice and vocabulary makes their Information Reports more interesting.

These genres will feature in the reading, writing and oral language experiences throughout the term.

Reading is a major focus at FNPS and students will continue to build upon their comprehension skills to improve their reading. Students will be exposed to whole class and small group lessons to improve comprehension skills such as visualising, questioning, sequencing and summarising. They will work on developing their independence when working on their reading goals and will continue to collect and record evidence to demonstrate their thinking.

This term in Spelling, students will investigate long vowel sounds (a, e, i, o, u) each week. Spelling words will be incorporated into weekly homework tasks. Spelling activities will enable students to develop and extend their vocabulary and use this new vocab in real life contexts.

Handwriting practice will be ongoing throughout the term. There will be a focus on the correct start and end points for each letter. This is to help ensure students are able to produce neat and legible work.


We will begin Term 2 consolidating our addition skills and knowledge, then move our focus to Subtraction. Students will be given the opportunity to build on their current skills through a scaffolded approach to learning. Students will also be encouraged to use concrete materials such as Unifix to help embed their understanding and will also be extended by investigating different strategies to solve problems.

We will also investigate Shape and Time during Term 2.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

During Term Two, students will be developing their social and emotional wellbeing through, discussions and experiences relating to ‘Character Strengths’, ‘Emotional Literacy’ and ‘Self- Regulation’.

The Character Strengths that the 1/2 students will be focusing on this year are: Teamwork & Fairness. Honesty & Kindness. Bravery & Perseverance.

Emotional literacy is an essential skill that children need to develop in order to manage their feelings. Learning an emotional vocabulary helps children to express how they are feeling, correctly identify and label their feelings and this has been shown to have a very real impact on the brain.

Lessons and discussions will also centre on developing the skills needed to be able to self- regulate their emotions, especially during difficult situations.

Children who understand their own and other's feelings and learn to manage their emotions have been shown do better in their lives in several ways. These skills are important for getting along with others, staying alert and engaged in activities and for solving problems peacefully.

Integrated Studies - Lifecycles
This term students will investigate scientific concepts such as life-cycles, composting, nutrient cycles, herbivores, carnivores and food chains. Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about lifecycles with a visit to the Melbourne Zoo in Week 3.

Guiding Questions

  §  What are some of the different Life Cycles of different living things? (plants and animals) 

  §  What do living things require from others and their environment to survive? 

  §  What is a herbivore? 

  §  What is a carnivore 

  §  What are the different body parts of insects and spiders? 

  §  What do Minibeasts require for survival? 

  §  What is the human impact on Minibeasts and their habitat? 

We look forward to a busy term of learning ahead and discussing your child’s achievements at the end of term. However, if you have and questions please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher should you have any questions.


Nick Antoniou, Valda Grimston, Tracy Walker, Maria James, Cara Booth and Tess Severin.


1/2 Term 1 Overview 2018


Welcome to 2018. The 1/2 team would like to welcome the students and families of Footscray North Primary School to the new school year. The kids look like they have come back from the holidays refreshed and ready for stimulating year of learning ahead.


Introduction of the team

Like last year, the 1/2 team will consist of six classes. The classroom teachers are as follows:


1/2A – Nick Antoniou (Team Leader)

1/2B – Valda Grimston

1/2C – Tracy Walker

1/2D – Maria James

1/2E – Cara Booth

1/2F – Tess Severin


During the first two weeks of term, the students will be engaging in our school wide start up program. This is where students and teachers work together to set up and practise effective classroom processes as well as unpacking our school values and how they are demonstrated in the classroom and in the yard.



This term the 1/2’s will be revising and practising independent reading routines and expectations. We will also be focusing on letter-sound relationships and monitoring and self-correcting when reading.


All students will be given a reading goal in which they will need to practice during independent reading at school and a home. These goals are set with the student and teacher during a reading conference. Students are then encouraged to collect evidence to demonstrate they are working towards achieving their learning goal.


Our writing focus this term is Recount writing and Autobiographies. Students will be exposed to high quality examples of these text types and will explore the text structure and language features necessary to build students understanding of writing to inform or entertain.


For spelling we will continue to build upon students understanding of frequently used words through the Oxford word list. We will explore letter sound relationships, vowel and consonant blends with a focus on spelling investigations such as word families to develop students’ understandings.



Our Maths focus for this term is Place Value and Addition. Place Value is where students will explore the ‘value’ of each digit of a number. Addition lessons will focus on addition strategies to assist students when solving problems. Concrete materials such as Unifix, paddle pops sticks and counters will be used and open-ended questions will support students in developing their understandings of key concepts. 


Classroom routines are also being implemented where students’ build their knowledge of collecting data, exploring probability and learning about time. This will help build their knowledge of these subject areas and front load them before we explore these topics later in the year.


Bounce Back 

This term we will be focusing on continuing to explore our school values, Respect, Responsibility, Inclusion and Excellence. We will also deliver wellbeing lessons that develop students understanding of the qualities that make a ‘caring person’ as well as promoting a growth mindset where students’ realise that it’s ‘Ok to make mistakes’.



Integrated Studies ‘Multicultural Communities’.

Students will about what it means to be a part of a Multicultural Community.


Key Understanding:  

  • Cultures have traditions and social norms that guide the way they live their lives.
  • Students recognise that their local community is part of Australia and explore how different cultural groups make up the local community.
  • Students will study personal, family and local history. Students learn about their own history and that of their family, including stories from different cultures and other parts of the world.
  • Students use sources (physical, visual, oral) including the perspectives of others (parents, grandparents) to describe changes to daily life and the significance of people



Please feel free to come in and speak to your child’s teacher should you have any questions.





Nick Antoniou, Valda Grimston, Tracy Walker, Maria James, Cara Booth and Tess Severin