Term 2 Overview

PARENT INFORMATION FLYER

Foundation 2017 – Term 2

 

“Learning to Grow at St Anne’s”

Teachers
Julie McLachlan

jmclachlan@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Jan Kerr

jkerr@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Frances Owen

owenf@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Julie: Prep MD

Monday all day

Tuesday 11:30-3:30pm

Wednesday all day

Thursday 12:30-3:30pm

Friday all day
Jan: Prep MK

Tuesday 9:00-11:00am

Thursday 9:00-12:30pm

Frances: Prep O

Full time in classroom

    • Home readers (F-2) – Students select one book each day to read at home. You will have noticed that the books have a coloured dot or star. This equates with the reading level that each student is familiar with. Teachers are engaged in ongoing monitoring and assessment of Literacy skills, therefore, it is the classroom teachers who determine if a change is required to any child’s take home level. Recording the title of books read in the Take Home Reading Journal is the responsibility of parents. Inside the folder each student has a copy of high frequency words that can also be practised at home.
    • Literacy Parent Helpers – Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help out in the classrooms. We really appreciate your time and effort. At times, you may be asked to assist and support in either room.   
    • Important Dates:  Foundation O Class Mass on Thursday 8th June at 9:00 am in the Chapel
    • Fitness (Mon – Thu) and Meditation (Fri) both activities commence as soon as the 8.55am bell sounds. Please try to ensure children are regularly here for these activities.
    • Please ensure that the mail bag is in your child’s school bag each day, making sure that you check each evening for any notes.
    • Lunch orders are collected on Wednesday and distributed on Friday. No icy-poles this term.
    • Hats are to be worn this term on days when the UV rating is 3 or above. It is important for hats to be kept at school.
    • This term we would like to encourage the children to be more independent, especially at drop off and pick up times. Just a reminder that there is always a teacher on yard duty in the mornings, therefore the children should be dropping their bags at the door and then proceeding to the upper play area. Children are not permitted to be playing or waiting on the soccer pitch before school.
    • We continue to encourage all students to be responsible for carrying and unpacking their own school bags.
  • Please remember that if you need to speak with us regarding your child, please let us know and we will arrange a time that is suitable.
Physical Education / Sport Lesson Information Communications Technology Performing Arts Italian Library
Tuesday with Mrs.Kay Livingstone

(All students to wear sports uniform)

Wednesday with Mrs. Lauren Rennison Tuesday with Mrs. Barbara Green Tuesday with Maria Cannorozzo Foundation MK- Friday with classroom teacher

Foundation O- Wednesday with classroom teacher

(Please return library books each week)

 

Curriculum Overview

 

  • Literacy

 

 

During the Reading block this Term (9:00-10:00) the children will be working in mixed groups across both classrooms for reading activities. They will begin with shared reading in their own classroom and then move to a location within the learning space for the group activities, including Guided Reading with the teachers. At the conclusion of the reading block all students will gather for Share Time during which they might be asked to share and articulate something about their learning.

The Writing block then follows as separate classes with Modelled or Shared Writing. This term students will be introduced to Procedural Text for example recipes and other “How to…” texts.

Later in the term another genre to be introduced will be Transactional writing, which refers to letters and invitations.

 

 

  • Numeracy:

 

Number: Students will

  • Further develop their understandings of the language and processes of counting by naming numbers in sequences, initially to and from 20, moving to and from any starting point
  • Connect number names, numerals and quantities, including zero, initially up to 10 and then beyond.
  • Continue to subitise small collections of objects
  • Compare, order and make correspondences between collections, initially to 20, and explain reasoning
  • Represent practical situations to model addition
  • Develop new knowledge about money and financial transactions
  • Copy, continue and create patterns with objects and drawings

Measurement: Students will

  • Make direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is heavier or holds more
  • Understand mass as how heavy things are
  • Use simple mathematical language to compare mass

 

Time: Students will

 

  • Compare and order the duration of events using everyday language of time
  • Sequence familiar events in time order using ordinal numbers
  • Recognise and order days of the week and connect them with familiar events

 

Location: Students will

  • Understand and interpret simple language of location such as next to and between
  • Describe position and movement
  • Follow and give simple directions

 

Statistics and probability: Students will

 

  • Ask simple questions about familiar topics to elicit yes or no responses
  • Interpret simple displays of data

 

  • Social Emotional Learning:

 

The students will continue to identify the qualities of a friend and demonstrate care for other students. They will begin to understand how their actions may affect others. In Circle Time we will focus on restoring friendships after a disagreement. Students will identify their own feelings and emotions.The students will also identify their likes and dislikes, needs and wants, abilities and strengths. Bucket filling behaviour will continue to be encouraged, discussed and acknowledged.

 

 

  • Education in Faith:

 

 

In our first few weeks the focus will be for students to continue learning about Jesus Christ’s passion, death and resurrection through New Testament stories which explore these events. The students will learn about the events that occurred after Easter as they listen and respond to the story of Pentecost Sunday.

In our second unit of work, the students will learn about religious imagery, the church building and its furnishings, and the gestures used in liturgy. They will learn more about the name and location of the local parish, and the role of the priest in the parish. They will explore the celebration of the Eucharist through a focus on key liturgical actions and objects used.

 

 

  • Inquiry

 

 

Our Inquiry unit for Term Two will focus on Diversity and Identity and our central questions:

What makes me an Australian?

How are Australians the same?

Why do people want to be an Australian?

 

The curriculum provides the opportunity for students to begin to explore similarities and difference in cultural practices. They begin to understand the concept of cultural diversity.

 

The students will develop the following understandings:  

  • We have an Australian identity
  • Individuals belong to cultural groups
  • Living with difference is integral to life in modern day societies

 

 

  • Specialist classes

 

 

Language Pathway: Italian

 

In Italian during Term 2 the students will continue to learn the numbers and colours.

They will practise personal personal and social skills with others to interact with others and will learn to ask “Come stai?” and to answer this question appropriately.

They will also begin to identify and describe emotional responses people may experience in different situations through expressions such as “sono contento/a”, “sono stanco/a” and “mi piace”, “non mi piace”.

In working collaboratively, the students will begin to identify actions that promote safety and wellbeing in the classroom.

 

Physical Education

 

In Physical Education, students will participate in individual and partner activities that incorporate the fundamental motor skills of catching and throwing (underhand and overhand).

Students will also participate in the Jump rope for Heart program where they will attempt different challenges using both a long rope and an individual skipping rope.

Each class will continue to focus on signals, boundaries, personal space, correct use of equipment and encouraging others.

 

Performing Arts

 

This term the primary focus for Performing Arts is Music. The students will participate in a variety of learning activities, listening to and learning songs together. They will demonstrate their aural skills by matching pitch as well as practising and performing beat and rhythm. They will create music with untuned percussion instruments, copying rhythms and creating their own simple musical patterns.  

 

Information and Communications Technology

 

This term, the Foundation students will continue to practise their typing skills and learn how to use basic word processing functions. They will contribute to a class Google Slides presentation to share cybersafe information about themselves. On the iPads, they will also revisit how to use the camera to take photos and videos.

 

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