Parent Workshops

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Thank you to all the Year 1 parents who joined us for the second in our series of New Parent Workshops. Please see a copy of the slides below:

Parent Reading Workshop 2

The next workshops will focus on:

Supporting your child with Early Mathematics: Thursday 16th November 8:30 – 10am

Supporting Early Reading a workshop for DOMESTIC WORKERS: Thursday 30th November 8:30 – 10am

Digital and Information Literacy in Year 1

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The use of technology is carefully considered and purposefully planned for in our Year 1 classrooms. We receive in class support from the Digital Literacy Coordinator and assistants, as well as for Information Literacy from our PYP Teacher Librarian.  We follow the Scope and Sequence guidelines for ESF to determine what is appropriate for the year level. Digital and Information Literacy is planned and taught through learning areas such as literacy as well as our Units of Inquiry. It is used to expose children to skills through multiple modes.

In the first 8 weeks of school, children have used Ipads to;

  • record and share their understanding in inquiry through Seesaw,
  • ‘Listen to reading’ as an important aspect of literacy,
  • Practice handwriting in an alternative mode,
  • Complete independent research through Pebble Go.


Becoming fluent with digital technology is vital in preparing students to work, live and contribute towards communities and society as a whole. Digital and Information literacies enables students to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize and be responsible for their own learning and actions.

Below you will find some of the goals of Digital and Information Literacy for Year 1.


Through Communicating, learners:

  • communicate information and ideas to audiences using a prescribed variety of media and formats.

Through Managing and Operating, learners:

  • are introduced to developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology., icons and symbols.
  • describe the uses of a variety of age­ appropriate digital tools and select tools or resources from those available to effectively accomplish a variety of tasks.
  • begin to perform basic hardware and software operations.
  • begin to demonstrate the ability to navigate in electronic environments
  • identify common problems that occur during everyday use.  

Through Digital Citizenship, learners:

  • follow the school’s LT responsible use agreements.
  • collaboratively develop simple essential agreements for the care and maintenance of digital tools and environments
  • appreciate that technology helps with learning at school and in the wider world.

Through Investigating, learners:

  • understand that digital tools are available for locating and recording information.
  • with the teacher’s help, find and organise information with technology, learners then share it with others
  • locate specific information using prescribed resources.

Through Creating, learners:

  • identify features of simple programs such as drawing and text editing and make connections with skills and tools they have experienced before.
  • follow simple instructions and use basic tools to create products as a means of personal or group expression, following a given set of instructions.
  • reflect on the ways they have used ICT as a learning tool.

Sight Word ACTION!

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We have been thrilled with the amount of action taken at home by families and children in learning their sight words in a wide variety of ways! Thank you for sharing them with your teachers! The photos below might inspire some more action or trying a new way of learning the next sight words that will be sent home. Please click on the photos to see what amazing ideas have come from home!


Reading Workshop for Parents

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Thank you to all the Year 1 parents who joined us for the New Parents Reading Workshop last Tuesday. Please see a copy of the slides below.

Reading Workshop Session 1 Slides

The next workshop on ‘Building a Reading Team – Creating a Home-School Partnership’ will take place after the mid-term break. Also, later in the term we will be holding a session for domestic workers on supporting children with reading. Dates will be confirmed soon.

Supporting Reading and Writing at home

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Making Early Reading and Writing Fun at Home…

Reading: To support learning high frequency words we recommend creating your own word cards from the word lists in the small yellow books that have come home recently.

  • Write the words onto cards ready for your child to practice.
  • Use the cards for hopscotch,
  • passwords( to be able to go through doors, put on shoes, open the fridge),
  • 10 pin bowling (use water bottles with the cards stuck on),
  • memory match/ concentration.

Your child can;

  • paint the words,
  • write the words like a rainbow (write over the top of each word again and again in different colours),
  • make the words with playdough,
  • use magnetic letters to make the word,
  • use thick popsticks to make sight words dominoes (two words on a stick – one at each end).

We would love to see what ideas you come up with so please share with your child’s teacher (photo or send it in!) of what creative ways you are using to learn sight words at home.

Writing: Children are enthusiastic writers when they are enjoying and having fun. Children love to have their own special notebooks, diaries, mini whiteboard to write messages to family members, lists (shopping, things to do, places to go, people), cards, post it notes are also a great tool to encourage writers.

Passwords are great fun!