Grade 1/2


Numeracy

 

Numeracy has never been more important. The rapidly evolving nature of knowledge, work and technology, demands stronger understanding, reasoning, strategic and problem-solving skills.

 

The Victorian mathematics curriculum is based on three sub strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.

 

The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are fundamental to learning mathematics and working mathematically and are applied across all three strands.

 

Each week numeracy consists of a combination of whole class lessons and needs-based groupings designed to:

  • Foster a love of mathematics
  • Cater for individual differences
  • Monitor and assess individual progress
  • Provide classroom cultures where the students are encouraged and rewarded to take risks and experiment
  • Provide students and teachers with comprehensive and up to date resources and materials
  • Be stimulating and relevant to real life

As well as the daily explicit teaching of mathematics Mentone Primary School provides the children with a wide variety of programs and special events, such as Maths mind benders, Family Fun Maths Night and whole school Numeracy Week activities and challenges that celebrate mathematics.

 

Literacy

 

Language & Literacy Approach

To teach reading and writing skills in Grade 1 and 2 students are exposed to a diverse range of reading, writing, speaking and listening activities for authentic purposes using high quality literature. Students explore story and sentence structure and analyse and examine the use of language features in written texts. They are encouraged to include what they have learnt in their own writing. Students are provided with lessons that enable them to learn beyond their independent reading ability.

 

Read Write Inc.

Read Write Inc. is a whole school approach to teaching early reading and writing, designed to ensure progress for every child. It connects word reading, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly.

 

CAFÉ Reading

We also teach the Cafe reading strategies to help your child read.

C stands for Comprehension, A accuracy, F, fluency and E Expanding vocabulary

 

Home Reading

Students are supplied with reading texts to take home to practice their reading with parents. These levelled readers are one level below instructional. At home the reading should be fluent. The emphasis should be on discussion of the content and building comprehension.

Parents are encouraged to use sounds, not letter names, use Read Write Inc. Fred Talk to read and spell words, listen to your child read every day and read stories to your child.

 

At Home

Parents are encouraged to assist their children with:

  • Home reading
  • Practicing the 100 sight words
  • Using online programs such as:
    • Literacy Planet
    • Essential Maths and Essential Literacy
    • Sunset Maths
    • My Numeracy
    • My Literacy

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