YEAR TWO NEWS
This term, in Religious Education, we began by focusing the children’s attention on how God created everyone uniquely. We have explored and discussed our similarities and differences, leading to the understanding that we all belong in God’s family. We have composed prayers to God thanking Him for our special friends and highlighting why they are important to us.
Our learning during the Lenten season relates to the three ‘pillars’ of Lent - they are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We discussed how we can make a difference during Lent and the children have set goals for serving God and others for this Lenten season.
During our daily English sessions we immerse ourselves in reading, writing and word study. As well as the mechanics of the written word our reading program primarily attends to comprehension. The children are building strategies to assist them with literal and inferential comprehension.
Our Word Study program has two aspects. Firstly in class we undertake the Study of Words to provide the children with opportunities to investigate and understand the patterns and features in words.
The learning of Spelling Rules is undertaken as part of the Word Study lesson. Using a problem solving approach the children are supported to discover rules and exceptions to the rule.
The spelling process is separate to word study. According to research Spelling is learnt as it is used in context, in order for it to have meaning and purpose. The key principles are:
- Effective spellers use a number of different strategies interactively in order to spell correctly.
- Independence and self-evaluation are essential for spelling development.
- Learning to spell is part of the developmental process of learning to write.
- Errors can be viewed as developmental signposts of children’s awareness of the spelling system.
- Spelling should be taught in context with meaning to the child and purpose to why it needs to be learnt.
In writing this term the children will be creating narratives, recounts and retells. For each writing style a specific structure is used. For example, when writing a narrative the children are progressing from the concept of a ‘beginning, middle and end’ to writing an ‘orientation, complication and resolution’.
During Mathematics, we continue to support the children to explore number and place value. They look at different ways of representing numbers and identifying number patterns. There are also opportunities to group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000, in hundreds, tens and ones, to facilitate more efficient counting and to assist in developing a deeper understanding of place value. We will also be exploring number sequences and initially those increasing and decreasing by twos, threes, fives and tens. The children enjoy working in small groups with concrete materials to consolidate their learning. A sound understanding of number and place value will provide a solid foundation for the ongoing development of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.
In Measurement we will have explored the concept of calendars and the role they play in our daily lives. We have examined and recorded data on a calendar and used one to find out useful information about our day. We have also identified, sequenced and categorised the months of the year according to seasons.
In the Social Sciences and Humanities the focus this term has been examining the history of Saint Mary MacKillop and the impact of her life in our lives today. We have also identified and discussed her connections to other places in Australia. To further develop our understanding and make links to our prior knowledge, the children are now exploring their impact on society and their own connections to places in Australia and across the world.
YEAR ONE NEWS
This term, we focus on three Religious Education units. The first being ‘I Am Special’ which explores ways that each of us are special, and how we differ from those around us. The second unit is called ‘Growing and Changing’’. This unit enables the children to discover how, for Christian people, life is ultimately a gift of God. Throughout this unit the children will discover how they can become members of God’s family through Baptism. The third unit is ‘A Special Holy Time’ gives the children the opportunity to wonder at God, who creates new life. This unit familiarises the children with the Easter Story and how we celebrate that Jesus was raised to new life.
Each morning during our English time our focus is reading, writing and word study. Our shared reading sessions focus on ensuring the children understand what they read and get meaning from written text.
In Writing we are exploring narratives. Throughout the term the children will have looked at a range of narrative texts which has provided them with an understanding of the structure of a story. The children used the pictures and words to gain meaning. Focus is placed on documenting sounds and using correct letter formation, to create meaning, as well as sentence formation.
Our Word Study focuses on expanding the child’s knowledge of sounds and letters, therefore enabling the children to use this knowledge in their everyday writing.
Our Individualised Reading program focuses on the development of each child. The children select the book and read for pleasure or for information. The important aspect is that this it is directed by the child and they have ownership of their reading. This program assists the children at their developmental stage of reading and comprehension strategies are incorporated to help with meaning.
In Mathematics we have been focusing on Number and Algebra and Measurement.
In Number and Algebra, the children use concrete materials to assist in developing their counting abilities using one to one correspondence. They will develop confidence with number sequences to and from one hundred. Throughout the term the children will be working towards recognising, modelling, reading, writing and ordering numbers to at least 100. In Measurement and Geometry, the children have explored, measured and compared different lengths and capacities using non-standard units of measurement.
This Humanities and Social Sciences program consists of History and Geography. This is a new learning area developed for the Western Australian Curriculum and mandated by the Government. It combines History and Geography into one learning area. Through Integrated Studies the children have learnt about how places have distinctive features. They have identified natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location on a pictorial map and how they may change over time.
This term the Infant Jesus Choir have been working hard, studying effective vocal techniques to improve tone production and paying particular attention to the blending of voices to produce a seamless choral tone. They have also delved into learning successful performance skills and how it is imperative to work together as a team. The Choir had their first Choral Performance at the Assembly this morning and we are looking forward to many more performances.
This year will bring the 28th Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and College’s. The Infant Jesus Choir, Band and Year Four Music Classes have commenced work upon their Performance pieces for the Festival.
Entries for the Festival are now open. If your child studies voice or learns an instrument and would like to perform in the Festival this year, please contact me on [email protected]
Also please see attachment for Jazz for Juniors coming up at His Majesty's Theatre for children aged 4-7 years.