Year 1

All Year 1 classes will have an individual blog. To gain real insight into what is occuring in your child/ren's classroom please subscribe to the relevant blog. Blogging is an online, interactive space that allows for the upload of ideas, happenings and questioning with the hope that those watching will engage in the conversations and become part of our learning space. This in effect breaks down the classroom walls and provides you with a closer look at how learning is taking place at school. 

Year 1 teachers will be blogging to let parents know all about the learning experiences in the classroom.  All you will need to do is subscribe to the site so that you receive notification of any new items posted and start interacting. Blogging guidelines have been placed in the Banksia Bulletin and are available online on the site. Please read them carefully. All comments are read first and approved before being posted to the site. Any inappropriate use of the site will not be tolerated.


Year 1 Curriculum

The Year 1 curriculum continues the development of the children’s skills and knowledge  and is part of the “Foundation Years” so we continue to build a base of knowledge and skills in all areas.


The content of Level 2 English is taught over a two year period, from the start of Year 1 until the end of Year 2.



The main task of our Reading program is to develop the children’s enjoyment of reading and the children learn to recommend books they have enjoyed to other class members.

The take home reading material that your child brings home should be at an easy level for them to read.  Teachers will give your child more challenging books during a teaching focus group which involves specific guided reading instruction.


We begin by discussing their feelings about the books they are reading. Then we increase the number of strategies the children use to work out unknown words.

We don’t use sounding out each letter in a word but encourage the children to....

Look through book before reading and suggest words that may be found in the book.

  • Gain cues from the pictures in the books.
  • Get their mouth ready with the starting letter of the next word.
  • Say a word that keeps the sense then check the word looks right and read on.
  • Go back if it doesn’t make sense.
  • Look at Chunks in the word e.g. to- day, go-ing. back-yard.

We look more closely at the features of the books the children read and they record their responses both in class and in a Journal they take home and complete each day. We look at...

  • Differences between real and imaginative text
  • Different styles of illustrators and authors.
  • How characters feel. Consider what if events were changed?
  • Motives
    of characters.
  • Would you do the same thing as the character?
  • Using the front cover to predict content.
  • Times the story took place.
  • Settings and plots of imaginative stories
  • Suggesting alternative endings

Reading with fluency and expression is developed throughout the program.

We invite parents to enjoy reading with the children daily and ask them to express their thoughts on books with the children.

Reading Recovery is offered to children who have not met the benchmark reading standards after their first year of schooling. This a daily lesson with individual tuition in reading, writing and spelling.



The writing program includes writing for a variety of purposes and audiences. The kinds of writing we include are recounts of events, diary of observations, letters, lists, writing procedures or instructions, imaginary stories and poetry. We develop the knowledge of....

  • Sentence structure, nouns, verbs and varying sentence beginning.
  •  Adjectives and adverbs to help create more interest and a ‘picture’ for the reader of the sentence.
  • Articulating sounds in order and represent the sounds with appropriate letters.
  • Generating plausible attempts at spelling using simple spelling patterns and rules e.g. V Power.
  • Learning of the Most Common Words used in writing.
  • Capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and apostrophes to indicate possession are punctuation marks introduced in Year 1.
  • Combining writing with drawings to support meaning.
  • Editing -Reread their own writing to check sense and correct spelling of some high frequency words.

Speaking and Listening

The children are given many opportunities to speak and listen to others in the classroom. They develop ..

  • Listening behaviour including eye contact.
  • Taking turns to speak.
  • Speaking clearly so all audience members are able to hear.
  • Recall and describe personal experiences in sequenced order using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Recall what others say.
  • Make a picture of what you hear.
  • Ask questions of the speaker.




The content of Level 2 Mathematics is taught over a two year period, from the start of Year 1 until the end of Year 2.


Number (Year 1)

  •  Counting forwards and backwards using materials and number lines.
  •  Skip counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s and recognising patterns.
  •  Making, naming, ordering and recording numbers to 100.
  •  Recognising odd and even numbers.
  •  Using arrays to model numbers.
  •  Doubling and halving groups.
  •  Ordering and making money amounts in dollars and cents.
  •  Adding and subtracting numbers using concrete materials.
  •  Making equal groups of objects to model multiplication.
  •  Equal sharing of objects for division.
  •  Dividing objects into equal parts. (simple fractions as part of a whole)


Space  (Year 1)

  • Naming of shapes. (circle, rectangle, square, triangle, rhombus and      hexagon)
  • Key features of 2D shapes. (edges, faces, vertices)
  • Key features of 3D shapes and solids. (boxes, balls, pyramids, cones and cylinders).
  • Making and following directions, informal  maps .


Working Mathematically (Year 1)

  • Using language and symbols to describe their work with numbers, shapes and objects.
  • Modelling and describing familiar events using materials and diagrams.
  • Learning to use a calculator to check estimations and solutions.


Measurement, Chance and Data (Year 1)

  •  Day and date, week and month.
  •  Telling the time using analogue and digital clocks.
  •  Using informal units to measure length.
  •  Judging capacity of objects by eye.
  •  Comparing weights by hefting.
  •  Playing games of chance and describing the likelihood of everyday events.
  •  Describing temperature. (hot, cold and warm)



The Inquiry topics during Year One are based on the same values that are studied across the school


  • IDENTITY Term 1

Celebrating Me-  ‘How did I get to be me?

The children become aware of the differences and similarities between themselves, family and friends and that people came to Australia from all countries of the world and begin to look at their family history.


talent show



Environment-  ‘How does your garden grow?’

The children grow plants and ‘Grasshead ‘characters and make observations of the growth of their own plants. A visit to our local historic garden Heronswood delights the children and they are amazed at the variety of plants. Heronswood is a sustainable garden and demonstrates all that the children have studied about sustainability. 




  • COMMUNITY Term 3

Games - ‘What do people do in their spare time?’

We look at the games played by all family members and the part the community plays in providing places for us to stay active. Highlights of our study this year are our ‘Potato Olympics’ to celebrate the London Olympics, the visit by grandparents or family members to share their favourite games and the designing and making of their own game. All the children proudly explain the rules of their game and enjoy playing it with others.

  • CHANGE Term 4

Weather - ‘How does weather change life?

Recording the weather daily creates interest in the way it changes our plans and activities. We make our own instruments to measure weather at home and share the results with class members. Our study of how weather may have been responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs is heightened by a visit to the Melbourne Museum Dinosaur Exhibition .



We study Interpersonal development throughout the year in all activities. We gain understanding in these areas....

Building Social Relationships

-appropriate behaviours in a range of social situations

-feelings and needs of others

-consequences for behaviour and actions

Working In Teams

-assigned roles

-share and take turns

-complete tasks

-reflect on learning  


We teach the skills for “Organisation, Persistence, Confidence and Getting Along” the foundations of the You Can Do It Program.

Year 1 children participate in the “Fun Friends Program” which enables the children to recognise feelings in themselves and other, dealing with conflict, being brave, changing negative thoughts into positive thoughts as well as building self esteem and coping strategies. Children needing extra help socially are offered the “Social Skills Program’ which they attend with a friend.


Specialist Subjects

Music, Physical Education, ICT, Languages and Art are the Specialist programs that are taught at every Year level at our school. Times for each session vary but every child particpates in at least one session per fortnight.


Year 1 children participate in all extra activities and special days celebrated by the school including fundraising events and dress up days, Gold for Green Day, Jogathon, Numeracy and Literacy Week and Footy Day.



The children are expected to read to their parents for ten minutes daily, learn weekly spelling words and are encouraged to complete activities on the Mathletics website.

We also encourage the children to explore, question and investigate topics of interest in everyday life.