Stage 1

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Parent Information

Stage 1- 2019, Term One

Welcome to Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Students have settled beautifully into their new classes and we have many happy faces, including students and staff. We would like to introduce you to the stage 1 teachers for 2019;

Year 1 Classes                                                                                                                           

S1J      Mrs Jo Turnbull (Relieving Assistant Principal)

S1T     Miss Lauren Thomas

S1R     Mrs Pauline Richmond

S1H     Miss Lauren Harvey

Year 2 Classes

S1W   Mrs Deanne Witchard (Assistant Principal/Stage Supervisor)/ Mrs Merryn Handley (Wednesdays)

S1C    Mrs Rachel Cameron/Mrs Merryn Handley (Thursdays)

S1D    Mrs Dyan Toledano

S1M    Mrs Kylie McIntosh

What are we covering in Term 1?

ENGLISH – Students will participate in reading groups, reading levelled texts at their individual level. Teachers will be discussing the author’s purpose of texts (to persuade, inform and entertain). Students may bring home the same reader a few nights a week. This is to develop fluency which is a crucial part of reading.

Teachers will also be developing student’s comprehension skills of predicting and making connections.  

Students are expected to be reading a levelled 17-18 text by the end of year 1, and Level 22 by the end of year 2.

In writing, we are working on sentence structure. Students will also be continuing formal handwriting, using letters of consistent size and shape.

Students have been assessed in spelling and have been placed in spelling groups according to what skills they need next. Blackwell uses the resource “Words Their Way” to provide students with individual word sorts.


Yr 1 –

  • Counting forwards on a number line is adding one each time
  • Counting backwards on a number line is subtracting one each time
  • Add and subtract single digit numbers with counters and on a number line
  • Addition is commutative (3+4 is the same as 4+3)
  • Direction from own perspective and other’s perspective e.g. left and right
  • Identify the number of items in the part that repeats in a pattern
  • Friends of 10, through addition, subtraction and commutatively
  • Place value of teen numbers, “teen means ten” (17 = 1 ten and 7 ones)
  • Partition single-digit and teen numbers
  • Sides on two-dimensional shapes
  • Measure length using multiple and single informal units

Yr 2 –

  • Adding and subtracting, counting by 10s on and off the decade
  • Measuring length using a tape measure of informal units
  • Place value of three-digit numbers
  • Count by 1s, 10s or 100s from three-digit numbers
  • Friends of 100
  • Partition 10s numbers (e.g. 43 is 4 tens and 3 ones)
  • Add and subtract 10s, bridging to 100
  • Add and subtract two-digit numbers (we do not learn the algorithm in stage 1!!!)
  • Two-dimensional shapes, curved lines, sides and vertices

SCIENCE – “Push, Pull”

Forces are at work in everything we do - we push to open doors and pull to tie ropes. Gravity pulls on things to make them fall or to keep them down. Scientists and engineers study forces to design better bridges and faster aeroplanes, and to reduce the forces that affect people in car accidents. The “Push, Pull” provides the opportunity for students to explore pushes and pulls. Through investigations, students observe and gather evidence about how these forces act in air and water, and on the ground. Students identify the effect of the pull of gravity and learn that both air and water can ‘push’.

GEOGRAPHY – “People and Places” (Semester one unit, history is covered in Semester 2)

Students use geographical tools (atlas, globe, map or a digital application such as Google Earth) to locate and name the continents, oceans, Equator, North and South Poles, Northern and Southern Hemispheres. They describe Australia’s location in relation to the world. Students examine the scale of places and why places have an address. They examine how places, including streets, are given names. Students investigate the meanings of the names of places in their local area.

CAPA – (Creative and Practical Arts)

Stage 1 teachers will teaching a particular area this year (Music, Drama, Dance, Music) and all classes will have the opportunity to visit each teacher for a number of weeks during our CAPA hour held on most Monday afternoons when there are no assemblies.


Messages for the teacher/parent concerns - It is very important that teachers start their day on time (and students too), when parents hold up teachers in the morning to give them a message, it impacts on class routines and programs. If some information is required for that day, please write a note to the class teacher and forward it with your child. Otherwise a message can be left at the office for the teacher. If you would like your child’s teacher to call you to discuss something, please arrange a time, outside school hours or in their RFF time. Mrs Witchard (stage supervisor) always has an ‘open door’ and you’re welcome to drop in before or after school.

School Pack - Please pay for your child’s school pack as soon as possible. It has everything they require from pencils and glue sticks to whiteboard markers and books to do their school work in. The school pack also includes four incursions held throughout the year. For the first child it is $80, the second child $60, the third child $40 and for every child after that, it is free! Our school pack also includes a library bag.

Crunch and Sip - Students participate in “Crunch and Sip” each day in the morning session. There is no set time for this, as it is scheduled at an appropriate time for the class. Students are only permitted to have fresh fruit or vegetables and/or water. The portions, however, need to be small so that they are consumed quickly and class disruptions are minimised. A very large apple can take a child a very long time to finish so if possible, please cut the apple into quarters/eighths as this is more manageable for them to eat.

School uniforms - Please label all items brought to school by your child. We ask that students not wear nail polish or jewellery to school (sleepers/studs and watches/Fitbits excluded) and that they adhere to the uniform as close as possible. This includes black shoes (no bright shoelaces please). Ribbons or bows in the hair should be school colours – navy, blue or white.

Scripture – Scripture will be starting soon. Please inform the school office in writing if you wish to change your child’s scripture group.

Extra equipment - Please provide your child with a paint shirt and a box of tissues. Donations of bottled hand soap, paper towel or antiseptic wipes are also very much appreciated.

Sport - We ask if students could wear joggers on the following days, so they are comfortable to participate in sport/exercise;

  • Sport for Yr 1 is on Wednesdays and Yr 2 on Thursday.
  • Dance for Yr 1 is on Tuesday and Year 2 is on Fridays.  

Banking Day is on Thursdays (if your child has a Commonwealth bankbook). 

Money Procedures - All money sent to school should be in a labelled envelope and handed in at the school office.

Library Day - Our school library is open every afternoon and every morning with the exception of Tuesday. Books can be borrowed during this time as well as during class library times. We encourage ALL students to be regular book borrowers. Students will receive their library bag once they have purchased the school pack.

Book Club - Book Club orders should be in a labelled envelope and returned to the office by the first Monday after being handed out.

Absences - The Department of School Education requires a note to explain all absences within 7 days. Please send a note to school with your child upon returning to school.

Homework - Blackwell has a no homework policy, however home reading (this may include sight word lists) is still expected on a daily basis. Students will be bringing home a “Home Reading Log” where you will be required to enter the title of the book they bring home from school. Sometimes they may bring the same book home two or three nights in a row; this is to develop fluency and expression.

Facebook – For up to date information and to answer questions, please join “Blackwell Public School” on Facebook. Please do not send teachers a “PM” (personal message) or invite teachers as ‘friends’. You can also email the school - (your email will be forwarded to the person you wish to contact).

Assemblies – Combined Assemblies are held in our hall from 2-3pm in weeks 3, 6 and 9 each term.

School Newsletter (“Blackwell Post”) – is emailed to parents every fortnight. Please make sure your email details are up to date in the office. Please read front page and the Stage 1 information page!

Parent Helpers - Some classes will be providing opportunities for parents/grandparents/relatives to assist in our classrooms throughout the year by helping with reading groups, maths groups, listening to children read books, words or sounds, covering books, making classroom games (provided by the Teacher).

Assistance provided, even if only for an hour per week or fortnight delivers great benefit to the learning of all students. We would be very appreciative of your assistance and the children will enjoy having you as part of the teaching/learning program.

Please see you child’s class teacher if you can lend a helping hand.