Welcome to Year 1/2 at Mawson Primary School


In 2018, Year 1/2 comprises of 6 classes:



Team leader

Laurel Rodrigues

1/2KM Mandarin Immersion Program

Kirstyn Millar and Dongmei Yang

1/2JW Mandarin Immersion Program

Jenine Whennan and Chad Birks


Nicole Watkin

1/2FS Mandarin Immersion Program

Fiona Stevenson and Chad Birks

1/2L Mandarin Immersion Program

Wenyan Liu


Tanya Sheppard

Students in Year 1 and  2 continue to build on their basic reading, writing and mathematics skills through a variety of activities. General capabilities are taught, together with curriculum content, to encourage students to become confident and involved learners, as well as effective communicators.

English lessons occur in the morning session from 9.00 – 11.00am with explicit reading and writing blocks.

We explicitly teach reading strategies to the students by using a variety of quality literature, both fiction and non-fiction.

We encourage student’s ownership over what they read and teach them how to select suitable books to read.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation are an important part of our literacy sessions. In Year 1 and 2 these are taught explicitly and in context of a big book and quality literature, as well as practised within our writing sessions.

Speaking and listening will also be incorporated within our English program. News opportunities will provide public speaking practice.

The 1/2 students will have opportunities to understandings of all Mathematical strands through a range of stimulating and challenging activities.

Throughout the year we will be integrating our inquiry units across the subject areas of History, Geography and Science. The inquiry unit provides students with a “big idea” that will help them process their world and apply knowledge. It gives them opportunities to make connections across a variety of themes and ideas. Students will engage in higher level thinking, active problem-solving activities and research.

In 2018, the Year 1/2 cohort comprises 4 Mandarin Immersion Programme (MIP) classes. MIP classes are taught in Mandarin for one day each week and the other classes learn Mandarin for one hour each week.

Useful resources

Information for Parents. The Australian Curriculum-Years ½

Reading Eggs - use your login available from your teacher

Matific- use your login available from your teacher