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Year 1

We’ve developmentally designed our K-2 school programs to complement your child’s school curricula perfectly. Our supportive, dynamic, and rich learning environment helps set them up as independent, lifelong learners who are both confident in the classroom and focussed on maximising their results.

How we help students succeed

  • We set goals early

    When you know where you’re going, it’s easier to succeed. We believe parents, students, and tutors should agree by setting clear goals each term. This helps us track student learning and measure success.

  • We check-in frequently

    Receive a comprehensive lesson report outlining what your child learned and how they’re progressing towards their term goals. We’ll also regularly reach out to check everything’s going well and you’re happy with their progress.

  • Exam specific prep

    We can work ahead of your school classes because we’re so familiar with the curricula of the local schools our students attend. Treat school like revision and interact with the class and your teacher with greater confidence.

Our Year 1 Courses

In English class, we’ll cover the fundamentals of reading, writing, listening and speaking and encourage students to read widely. Our program emphasises the sound (phonology), sight, and construction (morphemes) of words, vocabulary building, and visual literacy. 

Exploring and becoming fluent in maths in early development puts your child on track for a successful future. We’ll help get them started on their way with a practical, hands-on introduction to recognising, describing and solving mathematical ideas and problems.

What our Year 1 students develop

Introduction to reading

Recognising simple sight words and alphabet sounds is crucial to your child’s early learning success. We’ll teach them to recognise syllables and sounds in spoken words and how to spell some common words accurately.

Student Writing

Writing skills

We’ll teach your child basic writing skills, including how to hold a pencil, good posture and hand movements, writing simple sentences and understanding punctuation basics. 

Greater confidence at school

Your child will learn appropriate and effective in-class communications to help them express ideas clearly, present short, descriptive talks, how to stay on topic and how to ask for help when they need it. 

Numerical literacy

We support your child in learning mathematical basics, including counting aloud to 30 and recognising numbers from 0 to 20, adding and subtracting, using counters, understanding money, telling the time and identifying shapes.

Lesson Breakdown

We ensure your child masters a concept before moving onto the next. One-to-one lessons and small classes focus on each student’s unique learning habits so they can achieve their goals at their own pace. As their knowledge builds, and they can acquire, process and understand new ideas and concepts, class learning speeds up to work ahead of school curricular and maximise results.

  • Reflect.

    Together we’ll revisit any Capra homework you’ve found difficult and reinforce what you learned last lesson. Working memory decays fast, so we’ll use this time to solidify your knowledge for the longer term and ensure you’ve mastered it before moving to the next concept.

  • Theorise.

    Your tutor will introduce new concepts for the week based on your prior knowledge and level of mastery. We like to do this in a hands-on and interactive way, so you’re fully engaged with the subject matter.

  • Review.

    At the end of the lesson, we’ll assess how you’ve understood the new concepts covered and if you can apply your newfound knowledge in practice with minimal support. This ensures you can complete your homework for the week.

Some of our amazing teachers & tutors

Georgia V

Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths

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Georgia Velis has been tutoring at Capra since 2008 and has taken a special interest in helping to prepare motivated students for the selective schools and scholarship tests. Georgia studied Microbiology and holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Sydney.

Nicole K

Economics, English, History, Maths

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Nicole is currently in her second year at Harvard University studying Economics and Computer Science. She graduated in 2017 from Sydney Girls High School with an ATAR of 98.65 and Band 6 results in 13 units. At Harvard, Nicole works both as a Research Assistant for the Departments of Government and Economics, and as a Writing Tutor for the Harvard College Writing Center. She believes that the key to academic and personal success is the ability to cater to individual learning styles, something she thinks can only be achieved by building rapport with a student.

Nell G


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Nell (B.A. English (Hons) Sydney Uni., Dip. Ed. (Primary) Armidale Uni.) has been teaching and tutoring for over thirty years in primary and secondary schools in Sydney. She has many years of experience as an HSC and Naplan marker. In her teaching, Nell seeks to develop the literacy and critical thinking skills of her students, while fostering an enjoyment of print and film literature.

Christina S

English, Maths

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Christina is studying a combined degree of Arts (International Relations) and Laws at the University of Sydney. She completed Year 12 at Kambala in 2017, achieving an ATAR of 99.85. She believes that every individual has different strengths, passions and personal goals, so her approach to tutoring is to encourage students to create their own success in a style that works for them.

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