Term 2 Overview

PARENT INFORMATION FLYER

Foundation 2019 – Term 2

 

“Learning to Grow at St Anne’s”

Teachers
Julie McLachlan

jmclachlan@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Annette Amato

annette@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Frances Owen

owenf@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Julie: Foundation MA

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Annette: Foundation MA

Monday

Tuesday

Frances: Foundation 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. Please see our Level blog for some information about helping your child to learn these sight words 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 30th May at 9:00 am in the Chapel.
    • Foundation MA Class Mass on Thursday 16th May at 9:00 am in the Chapel.
    • Reflection at Assembly will be the following day to each class mass day.
    • Show and Tell at Assembly: Foundation MA  Friday 10th May. Foundation O Friday 14th June.
    • Fitness (Mon – Thu) Fitness sessions are be held during the day. Children will enter school as soon as the 9:55 am bell sounds.
    • Meditation will continue on Friday mornings at 8:55 am. Please try to ensure children enter the building quietly if they are a little late.
    • 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 or hot dogs 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.
    • Morning routine: 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 Digital Technologies Performing Arts Italian Library
Wednesday with Mrs.Kay Livingstone

(All students to wear sports uniform)

Foundation MA Tuesday

Foundation O Wednesday

with Mrs Lauren Rennison

Wednesday with Mrs. Barbara Green Wednesday with Mrs. Maria Cannorozzo Foundation MA- Friday with classroom teacher

Foundation O- Tuesday with classroom teacher

(Please return library books each week)

 

Curriculum Overview

 

  • Literacy

 

 

Thank you to all our classroom helpers who assist in our learning space during the Literacy block. We really appreciate your assistance. During the Reading block this Term (9:00-10:00) the children will continue will to be working in mixed groups completing reading activities. They begin with shared reading as a class group then move 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

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

 

  • Personal and Social capability:

This term learning will focus on students identifying their own feelings and emotions.The students will also identify their likes and dislikes, needs and wants, abilities and strengths. We will continue work on building positive social skills and learn about positive self-talk strategies in order to build confidence and positive self-esteem. We will learn about having a growth mindset and to acknowledge challenges as an opportunity to learn. 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 the concept of Identity and Diversity and our focus questions will be around:

Who am I?

How am I the same or different to others?

How do we become the people we are?

What shapes the way we think, feel and act?

How does “who I am” affect the way I see and treat others?

The curriculum provides the opportunity for students to explore how

  • People have different cultural backgrounds
  • People have unique features, characteristics, traits, abilities and qualities, likes and dislikes
  • Some people might have features, characteristics, traits, abilities and qualities, likes and dislikes that are similar to mine
  • People belong to different groups
  • My family shares traditions, routines and activities
  • Families share in traditions that might be similar or different to mine
  • Our families influence who we are

Specialist classes

Language Pathway: Italian

During Term 2 in Italian, the students will continue to learn functional language including avanti, seduti, in piedi, in circolo, ascoltate, ai tavoli, scusa, per favore, grazie, si and no. We will also continue to reinforce names of body parts in Italian.

The students will learn to count to 15 in Italian and will continue to use greetings including ciao and buongiorno. We will also begin to name the colours in Italian.

The students will learn to ask and answer the question, ‘Come stai?’ and will begin to speak about emotions through expressions such as, ‘sono contento’, ‘sono stanco’, ‘mi piace’ and ‘non mi piace’

 

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) using different sized balls and a variety of objects.

Students will also focus on skipping with ropes and attempt different challenges using both a long rope and an individual skipping rope. These skills will then be showcased in the ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ multi age activity.

The Foundation students will continue to focus on teacher signals, boundaries, personal space, correct use of equipment, taking turns and encouraging others.

 

 Performing Arts

This term our focus of our Performing Arts program is Dance. The students will be asked to respond spontaneously with their bodies to a variety of stimuli e.g. sounds, words, songs, props and images. They will perform basic locomotor skills e.g. walk, run, gallop, jump, and hop and learn to understand and respond to a range of opposites including:  high/low, forward/backward, wiggle and freeze. Through games and activities, the students will learn about spatial awareness and body control; learning to be aware of themselves and others in general space. The students will be given opportunities to create, as well as copy some simple dances to enjoy together. The importance of warm-up and cool down activities will be emphasised in each lesson. I’m looking forward to a fun term of learning with the students.

Digital Technologies

In Term 2, the Foundation students will continue to learn about the school iPads. They will insert photos into different apps on the iPads and learn conventional symbols that are often used to represent instructions in computer programs (such as recognising the + symbol means to add new media or documents). They will also begin saving and retrieving their work to continue working on a project over a number of weeks.

 

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