Children have well and truly settled in to life at school by the beginning of Year 1. The students now know the daily expectations and routines of the classroom, as well as the layout of the school and most of the teachers. They also have a beginning understanding of transitioning between year levels and meeting a new teacher each year. This is the children’s first experience at school of being in a new class with children that may not have been in their classroom last year in Prep, so it is a terrific opportunity for social and emotional learning.
In Year 1 a big focus is on developing independence; for example, children being responsible for changing their own books each week to take home and read, carrying their own bag to and from school, and looking after their belongings.