Year one and Two
St Thomas More Primary School follows the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) used by all Victorian schools. It provides the framework to deliver teaching and learning programs that support children to develop a range of capabilities to confidently manage themselves and their relationships with others, to make sense of the world in which they live and effectively participate in the world.
VELS level 2 extends across Year 1 and 2. At this level, the curriculum focuses on developing knowledge, skills and behaviours in Literacy, Numeracy and basic physical and social capacities that underpin all future learning.
The Curriculum therefore covers;
1. Discipline-based learning, which includes:
- Religious Education
- English – (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking)
- Mathematics – (Number, Space, Measurement, Chance and Data and Mathematical Thinking.)
- The Humanities – (Geography, History)
- The Arts – (Creating and Making, Exploring and Responding)
- LOTE— Italian – (Languages other than English )
2. Interdisciplinary Learning which includes:
- Information and Communications Technology
- Design, Creativity and Technology
- Thinking Processes
3. Physical, Personal and Social Learning which includes:
- Health and PE
- Interpersonal Development (focusing on socialisation)
- Personal Learning
- Civics and Citizenship
We use “To Know, Worship and Love” and VELS to provide an important, purposeful RE program.Our Catholic beliefs underpin everything we do and every aspect of our School Life. We begin our school year by learning our class prayers and come to recognise that praying together in our special place is a sacred time.
During the year children are encouraged to compose their own prayers and share their thoughts with others. They are led to discover the relevance of our classroom rules and how they effect the treatment of others. Our attendance at Mass gives the children an opportunity to participate, share in and enjoy the liturgy. The children will continue to develop their relationship with Jesus Christ through scriptures, play, signs and symbols, praying and celebrating together.
Social Justice is an important aspect of our Religious Education Program. The students are encouraged to look to the needs of others in our wider community and even other countries. Our Rice Line is one way that the students are able to discover the joy of working together in our STM community to reach out to others in need.
The children will be involved in a two hour Literacy block each day.
During this time they will develop skills in the three areas of Literacy;
- Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged to read each night and change their Take Home book each day. In some levels, the books can be quite long and therefore may be read over several nights. However, we still ask the children to bring their Take Home book each day. We encourage the children to choose their book carefully by reading the blurb. When selecting their own book they can base their choice on their interests and this is beneficial to the child’s enjoyment of reading.
Your child will have a short list of 5 spelling words to learn at any given time. These words are taken from the 200 most frequently used words and also from students’ individual writing. We will include these words in the yellow book. It can be beneficial to practise these in a number of ways. Spelling aloud, writing the words down, playing hangman, finding words within words (eg: father has ‘fat’ and ‘her’) or other games can be a great way to learn them. Spelling revision should be quick and fun—no more than 5 minutes revision per night.
Your child’s reading level is determined by an on-going assessment by their classroom teacher and any change of level is written in their Take Home yellow diary. Your child may not always move to a new level because assessment takes into consideration the many different aspects of reading.
The basic writing focus is to encourage the children to enjoy expressing their thoughts and ideas. We explore a variety of text types and follow the process of brainstorming, recording, revising and publishing.
Over the year we explore what it means for the children to be active members of our school and other groups within the community.
The focus is on gaining
- Skills to successfully interact with others
- The ability to solve new problems and
- The desire to gain knowledge.
As part of this area (and our RE component) we have weekly class meetings to discuss issues, help our school and class run effectively and learn to work cooperatively. Students are encouraged to talk about their feelings in a productive environment.
- Measurement, Chance and Data
- Working Mathematically
Learning is relevant, related to real life and fun.
The Mathematic assessment is ongoing and this allows classroom teachers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each child to establish starting points for classroom and small group instruction. Students are taught according to their needs.
We recognise that students need to build concepts in a sequential order and our programs cater for different abilities and pace of skill development.
In the classroom we use games, concrete materials, the Interactive Whiteboard and Tools like calculators, rulers etc.
At home you can make counting, number games, number puzzles a regular part of daily life.
At the end of the day – Pick up
Students are collected from the Sails area and when parents arrive we encourage students to tell us that they are going. On wet days, students will be collected from their classrooms. Students who have not been collected by this time will be taken to the office where your child can wait supervised until you arrive. After School Care is available for parents who need later care for their children. Click here for more information on afterschool care.