Routines at school and home support

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In this edition of the blog you will find new information under Updates, English and Flourishing Learners.

Routines in Year 1

After 9 weeks of school, the children have made some impressive leaps in their independence and ability to follow routines at school. We aim for children at school to be independent in all aspects of their school day. For children to be successfully independent at school requires help and support from all adults and older siblings at home.

School bags

For children to unpack, pack and organise their belongings at the start and end of the school day, they need to do this at home so they recognise how everything can fit inside their bag, especially now as the reading folder is an additional item in their bags.

Lunch and Snack

Eating times are also a key time of independence at school. Children need to be able to recognise what is to eat at snack and the same for lunch and be able to open their containers. We encourage positive interactions at lunchtime between children so there is opportunity for them to sit with friends and chat as they enjoy lunch. For this reason there is no use of the interactive whiteboards to listen to or watch. We encourage acceptable table manners such as keeping our eating area tidy, eating carefully and cleaning up our mess as best we can. Support from all adults at home for mealtimes by restricting screen time to engage in conversation, ensuring children are not fed by an adult, and allowing them to assist with cleaning up the table afterward would be greatly appreciated.


Children at school are independent when using the bathrooms. Children are able to go from the classroom unaccompanied to the Lower Ground toilets should they need to go during class time provided they have told the teacher. There are also many opportunities during the school day where the whole class might also go to the bathroom area together, especially when children are transitioning to another class such as Specialists.

Uniforms in cooler weather

Now that the mornings are starting to cool down, children are beginning to wear long sleeves as part of their uniform. Our classrooms are kept at a comfortable temperature during the colder months and children still remain very active during PE and playtimes and the days are still very warm.  A school jacket such as the PE jacket (light weight zip up jacket) is recommended to be worn to school should you feel your child needs an extra layer. As children need to be independent with taking on and off clothes, it is much easier for them to take off a jacket than to try and take off underneath layers of clothes. Please be reminded that extra layers do need to be the school uniform purchased through the PTA and not other clothing.


Community Engagement with Year 9 Students

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In this blog post you will find new information under;

  • Flourishing Learners,
  • English,
  • How We Organise Ourselves (under Unit Of Inquiry)


A quick blog tip; please click on the photos to see a much clearer image throughout all the blog posts.


Community Engagement with Year 9 students

All our Year 1 classes have been very fortunate to have many Year 9 students join us from 8am three mornings a week as part of their Community Engagement.

In the IB Middle Years Programme students explore the nature of various communities, their needs and how to take principled action to serve a need in the community.

The students have been leading various small group activities to support current Year 1 learning.


Welcome to the Year 1 Blog

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Welcome to the Year 1 Blog. During the course of the year we will be using this space to share information about the exciting learning taking place in Year 1. You will find new posts under all the tabs along the top of the blog.

We will send you an email when new information has been uploaded. We hope that this blog will be a useful tool for keeping you informed about life in Year 1 and also support regular conversations with your child about what they are doing in school.

Shared Play

Your child may have come home excited about ‘Shared Play’ in Year 1. This is often the highlight of the week for many children. Shared Play occurs two afternoons a week (Monday and Thursday), and involves all Year 1 classes opening their doors and other learning areas of the school such as our shared common area and outdoor spaces for an active and engaging afternoon! All learning engagements in Shared Play are purposefully planned to ensure all aspects of play are incorporated. This includes social cooperative play, manipulative and construction, dramatic play and role playing, and creative play. Engagements are planned to strengthen current classroom learning. Children have the opportunity to interact with new and old friends from other Year 1 classes and are developing the skills they need to expand their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive abilities.