There has been some talk of late about the school curriculum and the changes it is going through. These changes, like any change, cause ripple effects of anxiety on students, teachers and parents. But what are the learning expectations of our young students?
I have been looking at www.australiancurriculum.edu.au for some guidance just so I, as a tutor, am aware and aligned with expectations. I would advise popping onto the website and having a look. Meanwhile I will give a brief summary focusing on maths as this is the area parent seek the most guidance from tutors.
By the end of Year One a school student is expected to know the numbers to one hundred; skip count by 2, 5 and 10; and be able to locate numbers on a number line. Simple addition is accomplished by counting on, re-arranging or performing partitioning. Fractions are introduced as they learn to recognise “1/2” and be able to tell the time to the half hour.
I mentioned only a small area of the curriculum as these are the areas I see most when a student is presented for tuition. At this stage of learning any short-coming in these areas may be made up by parents sitting down with their little one and turn learning into some form of game. There are a number of aids available from various websites and suggestions on the Australian Curriculum site.