Welcome to the first term of 2020! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday break. The Year 1 teachers are looking forward to a wonderful year of teaching and learning across all curriculum areas. This newsletter outlines the Year 1 learning targets for Term 1 and provides practical strategies to support your child at home.

Conceptual learning

At Anzac Park, we use a conceptual approach to learning. This involves students engaging in learning experiences based around key concepts rather than subject-specific content in isolation. The Big Question being explored across the school this term is, 'What shapes the way we see?'

Term 1 Conceptual Wheel

what's on - term 1, 2020

  • Thursday 6 February: Meet the Teacher Evening
  • Friday 28 February: Welcome BBQ
  • Thursday 5 March: Year 1 Excursion- The Gruffalo's Child @ Riverside Theatre
  • Friday 20 March: National Day of Action Against Bullying
  • Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April: Student-led Conferences
  • Thursday 9 April: ANZAC Day Assembly & Last Day of Term 1


Students in Year 1 will participate in both Physical Education (PE) lessons and Year 1 sport. Please ensure your child wears their sport uniform on the following days:

  • Emerald: Tuesday (PE and Year 1 Sport)
  • Jade: Tuesday (Year 1 Sport) and Thursday (PE)
  • Jungle: Tuesday (Year 1 Sport) and Friday (PE)


Year 1 students will require their library bags on the following days:

  • Emerald: Friday
  • Jade: Friday
  • Jungle: Wednesday



This term, students will develop an understanding of the concept 'Connotation, Imagery and Symbol' through a study of rich literature. Connotation, imagery and symbol enrich a text by making words and images mean more than one thing.

By exploring a variety of texts that contain connotation, imagery and symbol, Year 1 students will understand the many ways language can appeal to the senses. They will learn to use simple figurative language and word play within their own texts to enrich meaning for their audience.

Students will engage in synthetic phonics (Sound Waves) to develop their reading and writing skills. In addition to this, students will continue to build their sight word knowledge through the Open Sight Words program. They will refine their reading and writing skills further in daily literacy groups.

Please follow the link below for strategies and tips to support your child in writing and spelling at home:

HOME reading

Each Stage 1 student should be reading for at least 10 minutes per night. This can include a mix of home readers and quality literature, and consist of parent reading, student reading and reading together. For helpful information on supporting your child during home reading (including building comprehension), please follow the link below:

For more information on the Anzac Park PS Home Learning policy, please follow the link below:


Concept - Part-part-whole

In Mathematics, Year 1 students will develop their mathematical skills through the lens of 'Part-Part Whole'. Part-part whole relationships involve seeing mathematical concepts as being made of two or more parts.

In Number and Algebra, students will develop confidence with counting collections and partitioning numbers using place value. They will use this knowledge to solve simple addition and subtraction problems. Students will explore fractions and recognise that halves and quarters are equal parts of a whole.

In Measurement and Geometry, students will measure and compare the volume, capacity and mass of different objects using informal units. They will recognise and classify 3D objects and describe their features. Students will learn to give and follow directions to familiar locations.

In Statistics and Probability, students will explore data by asking simple questions and organising the responses.


Concept - Significance & perspective

In History, students will explore the conceptual question, 'How do we understand and perceive significance of my family’s history?' Perspective is the position from which we see, understand and assign significance to our world.

Students will investigate the many ways family life has changed over time. They will explore how the past is different/similar to the present and learn to describe the sequence of time.

Please follow the link below for activities to support your child in describing time sequences:



In Creative Arts, students will investigate how artistic forms and elements carry many meanings. By appreciating the artistic work of others, students will understand that artworks and performances can appeal to the senses.

Students will respond by creating artworks about real and imaginary things, using a variety of media to express different ideas. In drama, students will take on roles to convey stories, events and feelings using the elements of drama.


Concept - IDENTITY

In Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, students will learn that our identity is all things that define who we are, including our thoughts, ideas, feelings and attitudes. In Personal Development and Health, students will recognise and describe their own strengths and understand how these contribute to their personal identity.

In Physical Education, students will identify rules and fair play when participating in physical activities. They will develop an understanding of how to participate safely and fairly during games and sport.

For more information on the NSW Primary Syllabuses, please follow the link below:

The Year 1 teachers are excited for a terrific year of learning. We look forward to working with you and your child throughout 2020!

Should you have any further questions, please contact your child's key teacher or the Year 1 Assistant Principal: Cassie Hide (cassie.hide2@det.nsw.edu.au)