Topic outline

  • General

    Early Stage One

    Talking and Listening, Reading, Writing
    Students mix and talk informally with peers, teachers and known adults. They give short talks and interact effectively in the classroom and in groups. Students listen with attentiveness to follow simple instructions and ask relevant questions. They express ideas clearly, demonstrating an emerging awareness of how people use spoken language for different purposes.
    They explore the way familiar spoken texts are constructed and the features of these texts.
    Students develop reading, viewing and comprehension skills and strategies using context, grammar, word usage and phonics in short predictable printed texts on familiar topics. They recognise, discuss and respond to the different kinds and purposes of various written and visual texts. Students explore and identify some language features of written and visual texts.
    Students write with an increasing awareness of the nature, purpose and conventions of written language. They produce simple texts that demonstrate an awareness of the basic grammar and punctuation needed. Students know and use letters and sounds of the alphabet to attempt to spell known words and use most lower and upper case letters appropriately to construct sentences. Students explore the use of computer technology to construct texts.
    Working Mathematically,  Number Patterns and Algebra, Measurement and Data, Space and Geometry
    Students ask questions and explore mathematical problems. They use everyday language, materials and informal recordings to demonstrate understanding and link mathematical ideas.
    Students count to 30 and represent numbers to 20 with objects, pictures, numerals and words and read and use ordinal numbers to at least ‘tenth’ place. They manipulate objects to model addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.
    Students divide objects into two equal parts and describe them as halves. They recognise coins and notes.
    Students recognise, describe and continue patterns that increase or decrease.
    Students identify length, area, volume, capacity and mass and compare and arrange objects according to these attributes.
    They name the days of the week and the seasons and they order events in a school day, telling the time on the hour.
    Students use objects and pictures to create a data display and interpret data.
    Students manipulate, sort and describe 3D objects using everyday language. They manipulate, sort and describe 2D shapes, identifying circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. Students give and follow simple directions and describe position using everyday language.