Year 1/2 Home Learning Statements

Term Two

Writing

This term we are focusing on Procedural and Narrative writing. Students will also be practising forming lower case letters correctly using Victorian Modern Cursive Script.

 

Procedural writing is the recording of any procedure, most often seen in real life examples including recipes and instructions of how to build different things. Important features of procedural texts:

  • Verbs
  • Lists
  • Sequenced steps

 

To support your child’s learning at home:

  • Follow some procedural texts at home
  • Discuss what might happen if you didn’t follow the procedure
  • Identify verbs in their reading

 

Students will be explicitly taught the structure of Narrative writing (orientation, complication, resolution), as well some ways to make their writing more interesting.

 

To support your child’s learning, you may:

  • Encourage your child to write narratives.
  • When reading a story with your child, ask them to identify the characters, setting, problem and resolution.
  • Point out descriptive language.

 

Mathematics

This term we will move from teaching addition and subtraction to multiplication and division. We use concrete materials and encourage mental methods for solving problems. Discussing the strategies students are using is very beneficial.

 

To support your child with multiplication you may:

  • Practise skip counting, first by 2s, 5s and 10s and then by other numbers.
  • Encourage students to think in groups of equal numbers.
  • Looking for arrays in their environment (things organised into equal rows and columns).

 

To support your child with division you may:

  • Practise solving division problems by sharing items equally by 1s (if I have 8 items and I need to share them out to 4 people, I give one item to each person until everyone has an equal amount)
  • Practise solving division problems by sharing items in groups (if I have 8 items and I need to share them out to 4 people, I give two to each person until everyone has an equal amount)

 

Term One

Reading
Students will practise reading at school every day and it is important for them to practise reading each day with an adult, or a fluent reader.

 

To support student reading at home:

  • Your child should read a take home book aloud to a fluent reader every day, to develop fluency.
  • Ask your child questions about the texts they are reading such as ‘Why do you think the character behaved that way?’, ‘What do you already know about this topic?’, “What did you learn?’, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ This will support comprehension.
  • You may choose appropriate texts to read to your child, in addition to them reading to you.
  • Your child will be given a goal by their teacher. Please read, discuss and practice this goal with your child.
  • Fairfield Primary School also has a subscription to ‘Reading Eggs’. You may wish to use this resource at home. Login details will be pasted in your child’s take home reading journal.

 

Mathematics
This term our focus in number is Counting and Place Value. Counting is an essential skill that underpins the understanding of number and algebra. Students should be able to count forwards and backwards by 1s as well as skip counting (e.g. 2, 4, 6). Place Value is the ability to know the value of each digit in a number. This is an essential skill for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

 

To support student numeracy at home:
Counting:

  • Count by 1s, or skip count as you walk to school. For example, you may count by 1s to find out how many steps it takes you to walk to school or, you may count the letter box numbers to count by 2s (e.g. 242, 244, 246).
  • Play board and card games such as ‘Snakes and Ladders’.
  • Play a game such as ‘Beat your Score’. Students choose a counting pattern to count by. They count for 1 minute and record their counting. When the timer goes off, reset the timer and students count by the same counting pattern; trying to beat their previous score.

 

Place Value:

  • Use playing cards to make two or three digit numbers and ask your child to read the number and say the value of each digit. You could extend this by asking them to find the number that would be 10 more/10 less.
  • Play ‘Guess my Number’. Choose a secret number, and students have to guess the number using place value to describe the number. For example, “Is there a 2 in the hundreds place”