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Grade 1 Leatherwood

Grade 1 Leatherwood - 2015


Welcome to Grade 1 Leatherwood!

Class Teachers: MrLauren Oakley 

                            Mrs Sharni Rickards

  We are looking forward to the year ahead and are sure that it will provide many positive experiences for us all. We strongly believe that education for our children works best if there is close communication and support between school and home, so if you have any concerns at any time please do not hesitate to contact or drop in to see us.

School Office: 62477104



Home-reading Routine

Home-reading should be done on a nightly basis. It should consist of a levelled reader (to be recorded in Home Reading Log). Students will also be given their levelled words that they are learning to read and spell in class. These also need to be practised on a regular basis.

Show and Share

Show and share for Leatherwood students will take place first Term only. Students are encouraged to bring items to school that they have rehearsed at home. Things like photos, books and other treasures are a great idea. Toys are not encouraged.

Star of the week

This year in Leatherwood we will be focusing on some specific areas of building on student's self-confidence, creating positive self-image as well as identifying positive attributes in other students. One aspect of this will involve students having a turn at being the class 'Star of the Week'. In this role 'Star of the Week' will have special responsibilities in the classroom and will be invited to bring photos, a favourite toy and some special items along to set up their own display. Throughout the week classmates will help to compile a 'What makes me Special' portfolio about that student as a keepsake.

Specialist Lessons

Tuesday-         Music with Mrs Leigh Jabs

Wednesday-   Library (bring library bag)

                         Chinese with Miss Flora cheng 

Thursday-       PE with Mrs Liz Graham (wear sports uniform)


The Grade 1 Curriculum

Grade 1 is an extremely important year, particularly for the development of literacy and numeracy skills. Your child will continue to practise skills such as learning to co-operate, problem solve and become independent and confident. Our aim is to provide an environment that is safe and supportive where children can make mistakes and learn from them. All efforts are praised!


Our literacy program is based on the Australian Curriculum and consists of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, speaking and listening. Students will be given weekly individual spelling lists of up to 10 words in first term and these will be practised formally at school on a daily basis.


Our numeracy program is based on the Australian Curriculum and is divided into Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. A particular focus is problem solving and using open ended tasks. Grade 1 will be particularly concerned with developing number sense (place value) and using basic operations with numbers.


Religious Education

Our Religious Education program aims to enhance and nurture each child’s spiritual development whilst learning about the Catholic faith. Our curriculum is based on the document ‘Good News for Living’. We regularly attend Mass and participate in school liturgies.


Integrated Studies

Our Integrated Studies program encourages each student’s social growth and awareness of the world around them. It incorporates History, Geography, Science & Technology, Health, Drama and Art. We cover many interesting topics this term including identity, healthy bodies and chemical changes. ICT activities are integrated across all learning areas.

Healthy Eating

Each day we stop for a fruit or vegie break at around 10.00am so please send along something for your child to eat. Following this, morning tea is at 10.55am. Lunch is at 12.50pm, it is always supervised and children are encouraged to eat their sandwiches/rolls first and then other treats.

Parent Help

Parent help is valued and most welcome! We would encourage any parents who are able to commit to being a regular classroom helper to let us know. Alternatively, if you are available to assist on a casual basis there is a roster on the window for you to add your name.

Naming Items

We strongly recommend that everything your child brings to school is clearly named. Please check uniform items as sometimes tags can fade or fall off!

Parent Teacher

Parent/Teacher meetings are held in March and July. Written reports are distributed in June and December.


Class Notices:

Leatherwood Letter

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