Year 1

Year One

English

Mawson Primary promotes a balanced literacy approach to teaching English with integrated inquiry units providing authentic contexts for learners to develop and use language.

The individual literacy learning needs of students are catered for through differentiation. A variety of strategies, resources and support mechanisms are used to scaffold student success and allow every student to achieve.

The skills needed to become a proficient reader, writer, speaker, listener and viewer are taught explicitly across all areas of the curriculum. We use quality literature, both fiction and non-fiction, as a platform to explicitly teach and model using reading strategies to the students.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation are an important part of our literacy sessions and opportunities to teach these are purposefully planned in authentic contexts. In Year 1, these are taught in the context of a ‘Big Book’ and/or using quality literature, as well as practised within our writing sessions.

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

Proficient writing skills underpin all forms of communication and are of paramount importance. At Mawson Primary we foster a love of literature and language by engaging in the enjoyment and appreciation of all forms of literacy.

Year One students engage in Literacy Learning  each morning between 9-11.15am.

Maths

The Year 1 Mathematics program  is built around developing a strong understanding of content and knowledge of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Teaching and learning experiences at Mawson Primary provide students with opportunities to explore concepts in various ways and encourage student collaboration and investigation. The four proficiency strands Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning, as outlined by the Australian Curriculum - Mathematics are integrated into  these experiences.

Through effective maths teaching, we develop the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provide the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built. The Australian Curriculum - Mathematics guides our teaching and connections are made between Content Descriptors where appropriate. We use ‘enVision MATHS’ as a resource to support the delivery of the Australian Curriculum.

Based on our knowledge of how students best learn mathematics, we use a balanced numeracy approach. This framework includes 5 - 10 minute warm up activities, whole class explicit teaching, differentiated group work and whole class reflection. Students explore mathematics within real world contexts to strengthen their learning. Within all mathematics lessons there are opportunities for students to construct meaning from direct experiences by using manipulatives, problem solving and through conversations.

Integrated Inquiry

Throughout the year we will be integrating the subject areas of HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences), Science and the Arts to teach integrated inquiry units. The inquiry units provide students with a ‘big idea’ focused on a topic that is relevant to them. It supports students to engage with their world and apply knowledge to explore concepts that are relevant to them. It gives them opportunities to make connections across a variety of themes and ideas. Students will engage in higher order thinking, active problem-solving and research.

General Capabilities

The general capabilities play a significant role in the Australian Curriculum in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. The general capabilities encompass knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions. Students develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively and appropriately in complex and changing circumstances, in their learning at school and in their lives outside school.

General capabilities are taught, together with curriculum content, to encourage students to become confident and involved learners, as well as effective communicators.

Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) & Mandarin Lote

In 2019, the Year 1 cohort comprises 2 Mandarin Immersion Programme (MIP) classes and 1 Mandarin LOTE (Languages Other Than English) Program. MIP classes are taught in Mandarin for one day each week and the LOTE classes learn Mandarin for one hour each week.

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Sarah-Jane Brown

Jenine Whennan
Jenine Whennan

Ms Whennan

Welcome to 2019! This is my third year at Mawson. I’m really looking forward to working closely with families. I hope that parents and carers feel welcome to help in the classroom to support your child’s learning journey.


Charlotte Foster
Charlotte Foster

Mrs Foster

Hi, I am Charlotte. I have been teaching for 8 years but this is my first year at Mawson. My goal this year is to start learning Mandarin and I am looking forward to this year of learning for my class, it’s going to be wonderful! (Tuesday to Friday)


Jacqueline Perks
Jacqueline Perks

Mrs Perks

Hello every-one, this is my first year at Mawson Primary and I am really looking forward to getting to know your children in my class and exploring some wonderful inquiry topics this year.


Lily Ang
Lily Ang

Mrs Ang

Welcome back! This is my eighth year at Mawson Primary and this year I will be teaching the Mandarin Immersion Program to year one on Monday and Tuesday. I look forward to partnering with families to have a fun and fulfilling year together.

  • Year 1 Mandarin Immersion Teacher (Monday & Tuesday)
  • Email: lily.chen@ed.act.edu.au