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English – Prep
In the first year of school, students view, listen to and enjoy texts that entertain and inform, such as picture books or, rhymes. They begin to learn to read and create texts.
Typically, students will:
·       communicate with others in familiar situations
·       read stories with one or more sentences, pictures and familiar vocabulary
·       recognise rhyming words, syllables and sounds
·       recognise letters and the most common sounds the letters make
·       listen to, read and view picture books, stories, poetry, information books, films and performances
·       write some words
·       recognise some words and develop skills in ‘sounding out’ words
·       create their own texts such as giving information orally or in writing; presenting a narrative, which may include pictures.
In the first year of school, students develop a sense of number, order, sequence, pattern and position in relation to familiar settings.
Typically, students will:
·       connect numbers, their names and quantities up to 20
·       count numbers in sequences up to 20, continue patterns and compare lengths of objects
·       use materials to model problems, sort objects and discuss answers
·       group and sort shapes and objects
·       connect events with days of the week
·       develop an understanding of location words, such as above, outside, left.
Through exploration and observation, students learn how science works. They explore their world to find answers to questions.
Typically, students will:
·       explore the needs of living things
·       investigate the properties of everyday materials
·       explore changes in our world, for example, the weather
·       explore how things move.
HASS – Humanities and Social Sciences
By experimenting, practising and playing in familiar situations, students use their natural curiosity to make sense of their world, and to develop history and geography knowledge and skills about people and places.
Typically, students will:
·       explore their personal world, including personal and family histories
·       investigate places they and their families live in and belong to
·       find out about other places through stories told in books, or by family members and other people, and how people feel about places
·       explore why places are special and how students and other people can care
English – Year 1 and 2
The English curriculum for Years 1 and 2 places a strong focus on the development of literacy. Students listen to and enjoy texts that entertain, inform and persuade, such as picture books, non-fiction and film. Students grow into more independent readers, learn to create a range of different texts and become more confident when they communicate.
Typically, students will:
·       listen to, read, view and talk about simple information books, stories, films and some online texts
·       independently read books and discuss what they have read or viewed with other students, teachers or family members
·       sound out or recognise words
·       use simple punctuation, such as capital letters and full stops
·       write about their experiences, tell a story or talk about topics they have covered in the class
·       spell a number of common words correctly and write in sentences
·       add pictures to what they write
·       produce their texts using computers or other devices
·       listen and give talks to the class about a topic they are interested in
·       develop readable handwriting.
Mathematics in Years 1 and 2 places a strong focus on the development of numeracy. Students are introduced to mathematical symbols and language to communicate and explain mathematical ideas; they pose basic mathematical questions and develop simple strategies to investigate and solve simple problems.
Typically, students will:
·       describe number sequences and locate numbers on a number line
·       represent simple fractions using pictures
·       learn about Australian money
·       describe and draw shapes and objects, and use units to measure length
·       learn to tell the time from an analogue clock, and use a calendar to determine the date
·       describe the outcome of a chance event
·       collect and investigate data collected from simple problems.
In Years 1 and 2, students learn to investigate by observing and exploring the world around them and by posing and answering questions. They learn to organise their observations, look for patterns and make predictions about their world.
Typically, students will:
·       learn about living things and the environment; look for patterns that occur in life cycles of living things
·       explore how they can change or combine everyday materials
·       examine how light and sound are produced
·       investigate simple systems, including water systems, in our environment and how these affect the way we use water.
HASS – Humanities and Social Sciences
In Years 1 and 2, experimentation, practice and play in personal and familiar situations aim to harness students’ curiosity about people, places and how things work, to make sense of their world and develop history and geography knowledge and skills.
Typically, students will:
·       investigate family life now and in past generations, and how families are diverse
·       investigate natural and human-made features of places, how the world is represented on maps, and students’ connections to other parts of the world
·       explore changes in their lives and their environment, such as change of seasons and how people celebrate
·       explore how technology affects people’s lives at home, work, play and in other ways, now and in the past.

 Junior Curriculum