Discovery Learning Grade 1

Grade 1

Term 1: Learning to learn/Families over Time

Grade One students will spend the first part of the term getting ready to learn. We look at what makes a good learner and how we can get organized to maximize our learning. We explore their physical and emotional needs so they are ready for the rest of the year.

Then we look at the family unit within the context of their world. We look at similarities and differences in family life by comparing the present with the past. Are the family’s roles the same or have they changed over time? How can we show this change over time?


Term 2: Weather/Taylors Lakes Geography

We begin this term by looking at changes in the sky and the landscape. We talk about the seasons, the different weather patterns and what happens in the night sky. The local environment is explored by observing all its different features and how we can care for them. We will be looking at maps and photographs of the area to identify features and how best we can utilise the resources that Taylors lakes has to offer.


Term 3: Light and Sound/Change 

This term sees Grade One learning about how light and sounds are produced. Where does light and sound come from and how do we detect them? We explore the sun as a light source, our five senses, musical instruments and other ways sounds are made and detected.

We get to experiment with everyday objects and how they can be physically changed in a variety of ways through bending, stretching and twisting. What happens to objects when they are heated or cooled? Do they change or stay the same? Lots of fun experiments this term and we concentrate on recording and interpreting the data from them.


Term 4: Plants and Animals

Animals and their features are the main focus for this term. We look at their different needs and how they adapt to their environment. What do they all have in common and what is different about them? We look at their different habitats and how they can survive if their habitat changes. Animal needs are compared to plant needs. What are the main features of a plant and how do they contribute to their growth?