Year Level Newsletter

13 May 2019
Term 2
Foundation
Year 1/2
Year 3/4
Year 5/6
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169
AU

Foundation

Welcome

Welcome to Term 2! We hope you have all had a wonderful break and we are looking forward to the amazing term ahead! The Foundation students have now completed their first, very busy, term of school and have become familiar with the routines of their class and the school. They have been involved in many fun Literacy and Numeracy activities and Specialists’ programs. Whole school activities such as the Twilight Athletics Carnival and the Holy Week presentations and Easter Hat parade were also highlights of Term 1. An enjoyable time was also had at the Foundation and Buddies Family BBQ Night.

This term will be another busy term and we look forward to delving more deeply into our Literacy Learning and further developing our reading and writing skills, building our sense of number and mathematical concepts, and exploring science in our Inquiry topic, ‘We are all a Piece in the Puzzle’.

Our Learning This Term

ENGLISH
This term we will continue to expose the students to a variety of text types and structures during the Reading and Writing block. We will consider the purpose of writing and how an author conveys meaning in a text, and will write to retell and construct an information report, focusing on the structure of this text type. The students will focus on correct letter formation and on beginning to include punctuation in their writing.
In our Reading rotations the children will be consolidating their learning about letter names and associated single letter sounds, book orientation, sequencing events, story structures and high frequency words, all of which create the foundation for future learning. They will also continue to build their oral language skills and vocabulary, and be exposed to rimes and onsets, comprehension skills and a range of explicit reading strategies and skills.
Reading is well under way and the children have a book to read each night and it should be returned each day. 
It is very important that all children read each night. At present most children are reading by memory while some are beginning to use the pictures as clues to assist them. The use of pictures to gain understanding should be encouraged. (Don’t cover them up). 
Encourage your child to use the pictures and ask “Do the word and picture match?” Pictures help to confirm that the word being read makes sense. Illustrations can provide hints to help students decode a word. Help your child at home with this strategy by ensuring they are reading books with pictures. Have your child read the book using the pictures first, and then re-read using the words. 
When reading their library book spend time modelling how to look at pictures, maps, graphs etc. Stop at full stops. Point out full stops and encourage them to “stop and take a breath.” Predict what happens next. Spend some time looking at the front cover and discussing what 

they think the story will be about. Also, at the end you could ask “What do you think might happen next? Why?”

In the classroom we are learning to recognise the M100W common sight words through our Whole Class shared reading experiences and in our small group teacher led focus reading groups. These words have been sent home and the students need to practise reading them each night. New words will be sent home when your child can confidently read their current list. Please ensure that the M100W word cards remain inside your child’s reader pouch.

 

LITERACY HELPERS
Literacy groups will continue this term and will run every morning in each class. Thank you to the helpers who have already assisted us during the Literacy block. If you are able to help on any of these days please contact your child’s teacher.

 

MATHEMATICS
Term 2 is a very busy term in Mathematics. We have begun learning about Algebra by identifying different patterns in the classroom and making our own repeating patterns. The Foundation students have enjoyed making their own patterns with coloured blocks, shapes, toys and anything they can find in their classrooms. This term we will also learn about Time, Days of the week and the Months of the year. Our hands-on Mathematics learning will also cover Mass where we will use sets of scales to compare and measure different objects in the classroom. In our Mathematics learning we will also begin to look at Addition, Place Value and numbers up to 20. 
Each day the Mathematics lessons begin with a variety of activities, games and songs designed to develop students’ ability in number sense and counting. We encourage you to support your child’s Mathematics learning by practising writing numbers and assisting in simple everyday tasks that may involve mathematical problem solving such as adding, recognising numbers at the supermarket, and using clocks to identify specific parts of your daily routine.
 

RELIGION

In Religion, the Foundation students are continuing with The Easter Story and are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus – Alleluia, Jesus is Alive! The students are learning about the love Jesus has for them through the relationships they themselves have with their own family and friends. We will build on this with the celebration of Pentecost.  
Throughout the term the students will learn about belonging to family and how the church and school community are part of the family of God. Sharing their experiences of family and friendships, they will reflect on how they live as part of a family, school and the family of God. The students will learn about some of the people in Jesus Christ’s family and some of the gospel stories concerned with his childhood.
The Foundation students continue to enjoy prayer and song at the beginning and end of each day. Learning about the different ways in which we pray and why we pray will allow them to learn about the relationships they have with God and each other through prayer. Religion this term will link closely with our Inquiry Learning which explores the world around us, as we also learn about The Creation Story and God’s great love for us.

 

INQUIRY

In our Inquiry topic this Term ‘We are all a Piece in the Puzzle’ the Foundation students will examine the differences between living and non-living things and will learn about how different environments sustain plant and animal life. We will explore the world around us and gain an awareness of self and our local community. We will learn about The Five Senses and conduct experiments in the classroom to understand how science is a process of asking and solving questions about the world around us.

We will observe patterns of growth and change in the world around us, including weather, seasons and living things. Students will also explore differences between day and night, and learn about how the earth and moon move.

This Inquiry unit is sure to provide students with some wonderful hands-on learning experiences throughout Term 2!
 

B.E.S.T.

The Foundation students continue to learn about how they can demonstrate our school B.E.S.T. values in the classroom and on the playground. In the classroom, students are collecting and tallying up their B.E.S.T. tokens that they have been awarded by their teachers for doing their best in different aspects of their learning. Each week, the Foundation teachers are on the look-out for students Being respectful in their relationships with others, Encouraging others with kind words and friendly actions, Striving to do their best in learning activities, and Thinking safety as they move about the classroom and playground. In the weekly school newsletter and at our school assemblies, students in each of our classes are recognised for doing their best and should feel very proud to have received these B.E.S.T. awards. This term in particular, the Foundation students will be learning about Being respectful and Encouraging others through a series of lessons involving role-play, stories and other fun activities.

Classroom Organisation

Specialist Teachers and Timetable 

Italian – Signora White 

P.E. – Miss Barbuto

Music - Miss Holsinger

Art - Mrs Bartlett

All Foundation classes have specialist lessons on Wednesdays, and also Action Based Learning on Thursdays. Please wear sports uniform with runners every Wednesday and Thursday. If you are available to help out in our Action Based Learning on Thursday mornings (9:00-10:30) please contact your classroom teacher.
Library
Students should return their library books in their blue or yellow library bag each Tuesday.

Reader Pouches
Reader pouches must be brought to school each day. Please keep your Kluwell reading log, M100W word cards and nightly reader in your reader pouch. Reader pouches will also be used to bring home completed school work and notices, please check your reader pouch daily.

School Uniform and Hat
Hats are no longer compulsory during Terms 2 and 3. Full winter uniform should be worn each day throughout Terms 2 and 3. Runners are only to be worn on Wednesdays and Thursdays when students have P.E. and Action Based Learning.

Specialist Program News

L.O.T.E. Italian with Signora White

Ciao a tutti e felice anno nuovo. Benvenuti a scuola.

Dear Parents,

Here are some of the topics we are learning about in Italian this Semester. I have included some Internet Links to enable the students to practise their Italian outside the classroom to help them grow in confidence and knowledge.
Foundation- Primina     
This semester in Foundation the focus will be on introducing Italy and the Italian language and developing the students speaking and listening skills. Also, how to say and respond to simple greetings – I saluti:
Buongiorno - good morning / hello
Ciao - hello / hi, good bye

Arrivederci - good bye

Languages Online - I saluti

The students will also be learning how to express thanks and apologise.

Grazie- Thank you
Grazie mille- Thank you very much
Mi scusi- Excuse me.
Perdono- Forgive me

The students will be introduced to the numbers 1- 10.

During the lessons the students will be participating in singing songs, playing games, reciting chants. They will learn how to follow simple instructions and understand basic classroom language.

To help your child practise his/her greetings and numbers, please access the following LINKS :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T77a-k5xVg
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/topic01/index.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6eX74hrueI


Best wishes
Signora White  
 

Key Dates

Friday 10th May
2:15-3:15pm        Whole School Mother’s Day Celebration

Saturday 11th May
8:30am            Working Bee

Friday 24th May
2:30-3:15pm        School Assembly

Wednesday 29th May
9:15am                      FP attending Parish Mass 

Wednesday 5th June
9:15am            FA attending Parish Mass 

Friday 7th June
11:30am        Whole School Pentecost Mass

Monday 10th June
Queen’s Birthday public holiday – no classes

Tuesday 11th June
School Closure Day – no classes

Wednesday 19th June
9:15am            FJ attending Parish Mass 

Friday 21st June
2:30-3:15pm                    School Assembly

Monday 24th June
2:30-7:30pm        Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences (optional early dismissal 2pm)

Wednesday 26th June
3:30-6:30pm                    Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences 

Friday 28th June
2:30pm            Early Dismissal - Last Day of Term 2

Year 1/2

Welcome

We welcome back all children and parents and hope that you had a relaxing holiday and lovely Easter. We look forward to an exciting term of learning and engagement with our students. 

Our Learning this Term

ENGLISH
We have opened the term with a week featuring texts about Anzac Day including Anzac Biscuits where a girl’s Father is fighting in the First World War and her story in the kitchen in Australia contrasts with his uncomfortable and dangerous environment in Turkey. We have revised the Letter Writing genre as the students have put themselves in the place of the girl and written letters to their Father during the war. We have also read Anzac Ted where the children have identified an old, dirty teddy bear as an unlikely mascot and hero of World War I.
 This term we will be focussing on Non Fiction texts and their features including a title, subheadings, an index, glossary and text specific language. We are starting to look at Information Reports and the reasons as to why we write these texts, when we write them and the process of writing them.

The Information Report is divided into three sections: The Beginning or Classification, the Middle or Description and the Ending or Conclusion. Specific language features include writing in the present tense, use of action verbs and specific nouns relating to the topic. The main part of the Information Report includes descriptive language as the students use a wide range of adjectives. Over the next couple of weeks the children will describe a Season of their choice.

In our reading groups we continue to focus on strategies including predicting, visualising, making connections and using the illustrations to add meaning to the text. We continue asking the students literal questions where the answers are written in the text and inferential questions where they need to consider what they have read and think beyond the written words of the text. 

 

MATHEMATICS
We have begun the term with a unit about Time and have learnt about the order of the days of the week and discussed the specific activities we engage in on certain days. We have been telling the time using analogue and digital clocks and focussing on durations of time and ordering events from those that take minutes to those that last for months. We will be naming and ordering the Months of the Year and the Seasons and using a calendar to identify the date and number of days in each Month.

We then move on to Multiplication and students will recognise and represent this through the  making of groups, arrays and repeated addition. We then revisit Counting and Place Value where students will make numbers using bundling, base ten blocks and unifix. They will partition numbers and write them in words and numerals. We will revise counting patterns including the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s. Counting with your children at home is a great way to reinforce their learning at school. 

Towards the end of Term Two we will learn about three-dimensional objects and recognise and identify them within our world. We will describe the properties of these shapes including their number of edges and vertices.

We conclude the term with a Unit about Chance with students describing outcomes of situations as “will happen”, “won’t happen” or “might happen” and scenarios as being “likely”, “unlikely”, “certain” and “impossible”. This is a fun topic to end the term and the children enjoy thinking of “impossible” examples!

 

RELIGION
We have started this term by revisiting the events that took place on Easter Morning and the children sharing unique experiences of Easter with their families. We look forward to learning about the 7 days of God’s Creation and writing prayers of Praise, Thanks and Petition. We will reflect on human impact in our world and ways in which we can be Stewards and protect our environment. Students will be learning about the parts of the Mass and the ways in which we communicate with God during Mass. This will be compared with the practices of other religions.

 

INQUIRY
This term students are learning about the weather and Seasons and the very different environments during each Season. They will discover the ways in which we change along with the weather in our choices of clothing and the activities we engage in.
We look forward to teaching about the various phases of the moon and the names associated with each phase. The children are excited about their excursion to Scienceworks on the 21st of May where a session of this will be the viewing of a 3 Dimensional movie about the phases of the moon called Tycho to the Moon.
 

B.E.S.T.

In Term Two we continue to focus on the values of our BEST program:
BE RESPECTFUL
ENCOURAGE OTHERS
STRIVE TO DO YOUR BEST 
THINK SAFETY.
Students continue to be rewarded for demonstrating behaviour associated with each value and this is acknowledged at our fortnightly assemblies and through a certificate specifying the action demonstrated.
 

Classroom Organisation

It is important for the students in Year One to develop independence. Students are encouraged to develop this at school through such things as being responsible for:

  • Lunch Orders 
  • Unpacking of bags at school
  • Organising their own reading folders
  • Their personal belongings
  • Handing in any notes
  • Bringing back library books on their assigned day
  •  Arriving early enough to settle in for class.  After 8:50 a.m students must report to the office for a late pass.   

If your child is absent from school it is a requirement that we receive notification of this in writing either via the Skoolbag App, an email to the Office or classroom teacher, or a note handed to the teacher.

Please remember that our Specialist timetable has changed and every Monday the students are expected to wear their runners to school for P.E. The students now have all of their Specialist classes on Mondays including Italian, Music, Art, and P.E. 
On all other week days it is important that students wear their school shoes. 
 

The days and times for this Term’s Library Sessions are:
1/2DW: Wednesday
1/2S:     Tuesday
1/2G, 1/2P and 1/2C: Thursday

Please remember to return all Library books prior to or by the day of your child’s Library Lesson.

School assemblies now take place on a fortnightly basis commencing at 2.30 p.m. in the School Hall. You are very welcome to attend!

Key Dates

Friday 10th - Mother’s Day Celebration - Footsteps Dance Company - 2.15 p.m.
Saturday 11th - Working Bee - 8.30 a.m.
Sunday 12th - Mother’s Day
Monday 13th - School Tour - 12.30 p.m.
Tuesday 14th - Walking Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 15th - Skipping Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 15th - Parish Council Meeting - 6.30 p.m.
Thursday 16th - School Open Day
Tuesday 21st - Year 1/2 Excursion to Scienceworks
Tuesday 21st - Walking Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 22nd - Skipping Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Friday 24th - School Assembly - 2.15 p.m.
Tuesday 28th - Walking Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 29th - Foundation 2020 Enrolment Forms due
Wednesday 29th - Skipping Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
June
Saturday 1st - Year 1/2 Mass - 6.00 p.m.
Tuesday 4th - Walking Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 5th - Skipping Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Friday 7th - School Assembly - 2.15 p.m.
Monday 10th - Queen’s Birthday Holiday
Tuesday 11th - Walking Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 12th - Skipping Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 12th - Parish Council Meeting - 6.30 p.m.
Tuesday 18th - Walking Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 19th - Skipping Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Thursday 20th - Reports distributed to parents - 9.30 a.m.
Friday 21st - School Assembly - 2.15 p.m.
Monday 24th - Parent Child Teacher Conferences - 2.30 p.m.
Monday 24th - Dental Van - Link Health
Tuesday 25th - Walking Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Tuesday 25th - Dental Van - Link Health
Wednesday 26th - Dental Van - Link Health
Wednesday 26th - Skipping Club - 8.00 - 8.30 a.m.
Wednesday 26th - Parent Child Teacher Conferences - 3.30 p.m.
Thursday 27th - Dental Van - Link Health
Friday 28th - Dental Van - Link Health
Friday 28th - Term 2 Concludes - 2.30 p.m.

How to Contact Us

Louise Pickering                          lpickering@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Rachel Gurvich                            rgurvich@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
SarahDeGuzman-Wettenhall sdeguzman@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Maggie Sproul                             maggie@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Rosario Corio                               rosario@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Natalie Rando                              nrando@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
                

Specialist Program News

Physical Education

One/Two- This Term in Physical Education the Year One and Two students will participate in units of work continuing on with their work involving fitness, body co-ordination and also a balls skills unit.  They will learn the fundamental skills involved in movement with and without objects. Students will use different materials such as bean bags, tennis balls and hoops to practise co-ordination skills. For fitness they will do games and relays to learn to follow instructions and to work together successfully as a group. In the balls skills unit they will look at bouncing, catching and kicking different types of sporting balls. All students can attend before school activities such as AFL club (Tuesday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday morning). Year One and Two students can also attend fun activities Thursday at recess run by the Year Six house captains.

 

LOTE - Italian 
Year One/Two – Prima/Seconda

The students will begin the semester by revising previously acquired language. They will introduce themselves to the teacher and to each other.“Mi chiamo Claudio” (My name is Claudio). See Languages Online - Come ti chiami?  They will also revise how they are feeling, ‘Sto bene, sto male ‘( I am well, I am unwell) as well as the colours and numbers 1-20.
The focus will be on further developing the students’ speaking and listening skills. They will talk about themselves using the word ‘Sono…ho…abito’ (I am…I have ….. I live), and give factual information about themselves as well as personal likes using the correct noun ending. Sono italiano e parlo italiano.
They will be also working on the topic Family focusing on Grandparents and their role in an Italian family. Family in Italy is very important; very few significant events take place or important decisions are made without much and varied input from family members. Mamma- mum, papa- dad  fratello-brother sorella-sister nonno grandpa.
The students will be encouraged to talk about their family orally, describe family members using adjectives and will be invited to draw comparisons between their family and a typical Italian family. They will learn the different words for the and my in Italian eg la mamma (the mum)  mia mamma(my mum) and agreement of adjectives eg bella (beautiful) (bello) (handsome).They will be encouraged to reflect and make observations about similarities and differences in family cultural practices. During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing written and oral activities.
To help your child practise his/her Italian, please access the following LINKS :
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/topic03/index.htm
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect13/index.htm
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect05/index.htm
https://youtu.be/yHaDc5tsmpM
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/topic03/no_03/no_03.htm
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/topic14/index.htm
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect04/index.htm

I also encourage everyone to keep up with Duolingo and Languages Online program in order to increase their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.
Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.  
Best wishes,
 Signora White          
 

Dear Parents

At St. Andrew’s Catholic Primary School, we strive to develop strong partnerships with our parents and wider parish community in order to promote the wellbeing and learning of our students. We want our students to learn care for self, care for others and care for the world in which they live.
St Andrew’s School recognises the presence of Jesus in each student. At our school we believe that every child is important. Together we aim for a safe, secure and caring environment where everyone is accepted. The wellbeing of every student at St Andrew’s Primary School is at the heart of our school.
 We aim to act on these beliefs by:

Showing respect for everyone
Making our school a friendly place where everyone is welcome
Developing self-management skills to help students do their BEST
Being positive and forming positive relationships with others

At St Andrew’s we work together to live the gospel values as reflected in our BEST.

B - Be Respectful

E - Encourage Others

S - Strive to Do Your Best

T - Think Safety 

These values come from our Catholic values of care and compassion, generosity and service to others. They link to our Religious Education Program, Social Justice Actions, Prayers and Liturgies. When students are displaying elements of these B.E.S.T. values in their learning or play at school, they may be rewarded with tokens. As part of our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, students will be taught skills to achieve these B.E.S.T. values. Upon reaching significant milestones in the accumulation of their B.E.S.T. tokens, students will be recognised with a certificate and celebrated at assemblies with the whole school community.

Attached is a copy of the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support matrix, outlining the specific skills that students will be learning about. If you would like any more information about our B.E.S.T. program please feel free to contact your classroom teacher.

This is How l do My BEST

 

Year 3/4

Welcome

Dear Parents, Greetings and welcome to our second  newsletter for Year 3/4, 2019. We would like to welcome to our team Stephanie Barbuto who is our Curriculum Enhancement Teacher who will be working with teachers and students in our 3 /4 Level.
We, again, would like to  remind you that the doors in the Year 3/4 area are always open for parents and guardians to come in and help with our learning activities. All parent helpers are required to have a current ‘ Working with Children Check.
We look forward to seeing you and exchanging ideas during the course of the term.
Please read the Newsletter weekly as there is a wealth of information regarding news and events about the school.
Regards,
Netty Howe, Sue ter Kuile, Liana Caligiuri, Stephanie Barbuto and Kathy Cunningham

Our Learning this Term

ENGLISH
In our English sessions we are continuing with building our skills in reading and writing and applying them through a variety of learning tasks. Some of these tasks include working in pairs and small groups with the teacher to further develop student reading comprehension skills.
In our Writing, our focus is on Narrative and Information Report writing. We will explore the structure of these text types throughout the term. The students will be further developing their skills in grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.

 

MATHEMATICS
In our Mathematics sessions , the students will continue to consolidate their knowledge in key learning areas.
We have started the term with Multiplication and  Division. Followed by Fractions, Decimals Time and Chance. 

Students will further develop their Mental Mathematics strategies on a daily basis.  As our focus is Multiplication and Division we encourage you to support your child to further develop and fine tune their times tables facts.  Other strategies include building to ten, doubles, near doubles, breaking numbers into parts and so on.

 

RELIGION
In our Religion unit of work, we are focussing on the Sacrament of Eucharist as some of the Year 4 students will be making their First Eucharist this term. We will develop student understandings of belonging to the Church community. They  will investigate the events of the Last Supper and our celebration of the Eucharist at Mass. We will also develop our understandings of the different parts of the Mass.

 

INQUIRY
This term the students will be investigating  a Science based unit called, ‘Changes to our Earth’s Surface’.  
The students will be researching and exploring natural disasters of the Earth’s surface and how they are changed by nature and/or human activity. After the investigation students will reflect and present  a single action to show how they could improve the environment in their world.
 

B.E.S.T.

Be Respectful

Encourage Others

Strive To Do Your Best

Think Safety

Students will continue to develop their understandings of these values through discussions and daily routines. They will implement these understandings through their daily interactions with teachers and students in the classroom and the playground.

CLASSROOM ORGANISATION

Students are expected to:

  • Be at school before 8.45 each day. We emphasise punctuality each morning, as it allows students the opportunity to organise their work spaces in readiness for the start of the working day.
  • Please ensure all items belonging to students are labelled clearly with their names. 
  • Students in Year 3/4 are expected to read each night and record their reading in their diaries. 
  • They will also have a homework sheet to be completed by Friday and returned to their teachers for correction. 

Pencil Cases

  • Due to damage to some desks it is advisable that all students now have a single large A4 size pencil case. Having this one pencil case will also enable a clear desktop for the Chromebooks and exercise books  as we have limited space on the desks.

Specialists day has changed to every Wednesdays for all year 3/4s. (Students need to wear their Sports uniform and runners only on Wednesdays.)

Library Days 
3/4 tK - Tuesdays
3/4 H - Wednesdays
3/4 KC - Thursdays
3/4LC - Thursdays
 

Key Dates

Week 2 - Mothers’ Day stall 3th May
Week 3 - Mothers’ Day Assembly Friday 10th May
Week 4 - Naplan testing Year 3 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th May
Week 4 - Commitment Mass Year 4’s Eucharist 18th May 6pm
Week  8 - Public Holiday June 10th
Week 8 - Closure Day June 11th
Week 9 - Parent Workshop 18th June
Week 9 - Reflection Day 20th June
Week 9 - Sacrament of Eucharist 6pm 22nd June
Week 9 - Sacrament of Eucharist 11am 23 June
 

How to Contact Us

There are a number of ways that you can contact the Year Three/Four teachers: 
Mrs Caligiuri, Mrs ter Kuile, Mrs Cunningham, Mrs Howe
You may use your child’s diary to send a message however you need to tell your child to bring the note to the teacher’s attention.
Please come to see us between 8:30 - 8:45 am however we will need to commence class at 8:45, or see us at 3:15pm for short meetings please be aware there are staff meetings at 3.25pm on Monday and Tuesday .
If you need to contact us urgently please ring the office and we will call you to make an appointment.
sue@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
lcaligiuri@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
kcunningham@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
ahowe@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

sbarbuto@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Specialist Program News

Physical Education 
Three/Four- This Term in Physical Education the Year Three and Four students will participate in units of work involving fitness, sofcrosse and European handball. They will learn the fundamental skills involved in being prepared for fitness sessions by stretching and warming up correctly. For fitness they will do stretching, running, sit ups, push ups, star jumps and many fun fitness games. They will complete a standard junior beep test as part of their fitness testing.  In the sofcrosse unit students will learn the basic skills involved in throwing, passing and catching. They will be involved in modified sofcrosse games to learn basic game play and teamwork skills.   Year Four Students will finish of the term with a unit on European handball. They will learn the skills involved in running, throwing and catching with the European handball and will finish off with modified games. Students can attend before school activities such as AFL club (Tuesday morning) and skipping club (Wednesday morning).  They can also participate in lunchtime clubs which happen every week. Students in Year Three and Four will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country in the 9/10 age group.

 

LOTE -  Italian
Year Three/Four – Terza/Quarta
The students begin this semester by revising previously acquired language with written and oral activities. They will use the vocabulary and grammar associated with the weather and  the seasons. Che tempo fa ? Fa freddo, fa caldo. They will use sentences and the verb ‘to wear’ to describe the clothing they are wearing. Mi metto la maglia/ mi metto il cappello.
They will continue to develop their skills in Italian and build their vocabulary knowledge in a unit of work which is centered on Italian fashion and fashion designers – La moda italiana  Gli stilisti italiani. Students will identify ways in which the Italian culture has impacted on Australia in the world of fashion over the years and the students will showcase their learnings in a Fashion Parade -La sfilata di moda. The emphasis will be on group work, creating and writing a script and presenting it. The students will be able to consolidate previously learnt language and they will learn new topic vocabulary in structured activities thus extending their personal knowledge of grammar and language structures. The focus will also be on reading for comprehension, by predicting from clues and about plural of nouns and adjectives.
During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing written and oral activities.
 
To help your child practise his/her Italian, please access the following LINKS :
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect26/index.htm                                                                        
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect28/index.htm
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect31/index.htm

Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.  
Best wishes
Signora White                                    
 

Year 5/6

Welcome

Hi again Parents, it’s Term Two already! After a successful and productive Term One, we again look forward to working with you to support your child’s learning here at St Andrew’s. 

A major event for the Year 6 Students in Term Two is the annual camp to Portsea. 
The Year 5 students will be partaking in NAPLAN Online - again the dates are listed below. 
As mentioned in the Whole-School Newsletter, the staff undertook two days of professional learning on Days 1 and 2 of Term Two with a focus on incorporating Digital Technologies into the curriculum to enhance student learning. As part of this, students will be presenting how a range of tools have been implemented to enable them to showcase their learning via the 3-Way Interviews held in the final week of Term 2.

Regards - Michael McDonough, Daniela Dal Santo, Callum Mills, Nella Lo Presti, Paddy Edwards, Daniella Polites, Bella Aranda & Peter Tyndall

 

 

Our Learning this Term

ENGLISH

Daily reading sessions will continue to be conducted in the first session of the day. During Term Two, the students will be participating in Reciprocal Reading. The concept of Reciprocal Reading involves students focussing on the specific skills of Predicting, Clarifying, Questioning and Summarising. The session involves the teacher modelling how to perform these skills for the students to then apply them to their own purposefully selected text.

The writing focus for Term Two will be explanation texts to accompany the learning throughout the Inquiry unit. Students will be investigating the structure of explanation texts and describing causes and effect of geological events. Students will be guided through the process before independently creating an explanation text on a chosen natural disaster.

The Speaking and Listening aspect of the Curriculum is covered during formal and informal sessions. Students will be develop their speaking and listening skills in class discussions as well using Chromebook extensions such as screencasting and flipgrid to enable students to explain their learning through voice recording and video.


MATHEMATICS

The topics for Mathematics in Term Two are as follows:

  • Multiplication & Division
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Chance 
  • Angles and Lines

Prior to the commencement of each topic, students complete a short online Pre-Test using the website ‘Essential Assessment’. From these results students are allocated different ‘mini lessons’ throughout each topic to address the point of need for each student. The breakdown of these lessons can be found in your child’s Mathematics Google Drive folder prior to the commencement of the unit.

Mental Maths sessions will continue to be completed to assist with the understanding of place value and the four main processes of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. These are often taught through games involving playing cards and apps or other resources. 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The Religion Focus for Term Two is exploring the sacraments of the Catholic Church with an emphasis on the Eucharist. Students will learn about the different parts of the mass;

We understand that sacraments are sacred rituals of the Catholic Church that bring God’s love to all.
We understand that the sacraments welcome, heal and help people to live in service to the community.
We understand that in the Liturgy of the word we listen to God’s message and reflect on what it means in our lives.
We understand that in the Liturgy of the Eucharist we share in the body of Christ.
We understand that the traditions of the Catholic Church have changed over time.

Students will also explore what it means to be a steward of God’s creation and will:

Explain the concept of justice from a variety of different viewpoints.
Interpret church teaching of human dignity in relation to a local or global issue.
Reflect on how to be a steward of God’s creation by ethically contributing to the local community.  


INQUIRY

The Inquiry studies of Term Two focus on Earth Sciences in regards to our Solar System and Natural disasters caused by Geological changes. Students will complete a project to display their understanding of a natural disaster of their choice. Below is the learning intentions for the unit

  • We are learning to identify geological changes
  • We are learning to describe a geological change
  • We are learning to use evidence to explain simple cause and effect relationships 
  •  We are learning to explain how scientific understandings are used to inform community decisions
  • We are learning to represent our knowledge through visual models 
  • We are learning to explain our responsibilities as global citizens in relation to sustainability

B.E.S.T.

Students will continue to strive to display our school’s BEST values. Each student is responsible as a ‘ leader’ to enact these values at all times.

Students will begin to reach the first milestone of 100 tokens during Term 2 and the weekly BEST awards will continue to be shown in the school’s online newsletter,

These values are also reflected on during the Morning Circle time in each class. It is important that all students arrive to school before 8:45 am each day to ensure a smooth start to the day.

 

Classroom Organisation

Below are some points of note to help with the smooth running of our classrooms

  • Please ensure students Chromebooks are fully charged each night and at school the next day
  • Homework will continue to be distributed on Monday and due back on the Friday 
  • It is expected that students complete 2 ½ hours of Reading at home per week
  • Sports shoes are only to be worn on a Tuesday (Specialists) and Thursday (Interschool Sport).
  • Interschool Sport will now happen in the afternoon session on Thursdays. Please refer to the school newsletter and Caremonkey for game details
  • Specialist times have now changed and are every Tuesday so please see individual class timetables for more details.
     

Key Dates

Below are some important dates during Term Two...

May 7th: Years 3-6 Cross Country Carnival - Bald Hill Park (1pm)
MAY 8th-10th: Grade 6 Camp
MAY 10th: Mother’s Day Celebration in the school hall
MAY 10th: Grade 5 Excursion to BOSCH factory to learn more about Digital Technologies
MAY 11th: Working Bee #2
MAY 14-16: Year 5 NAPLAN
JUNE 10th: Queen’s Birthday Holiday
JUNE 20th: Semester One student reports sent home
JUNE 24th and 26th: Parent-Teacher Conferences (in the hall)
JUNE 28th: END OF TERM TWO!!!

Please ensure you have downloaded the Skoolbag App to stay up to date with all coming events
 

How to Contact Us

 Please feel free to contact us by the following:

School Phone: 9551 5094   

Teacher Emails: 

Paddy Edwards: pedwards@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Michael McDonough: mmcdonough@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Daniela Dal Santo: ddalsanto@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Nella Lo Presti: nlopresti@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Callum Mills: cmills@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Daniella Polites : dpolites@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Bella Aranda: baranda@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
Peter Tyndall: peter@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au


We politely request that there is an understanding that emails may only be responded to during working hours.

Specialist News

Italian

Ciao a tutti e felice anno nuovo. Bentornati a scuola.
 
Dear Parents,
Here are some of the topics we are learning about in Italian this semester. I have included some Internet Links to enable the students to practise their Italian to help them grow in confidence and knowledge.
Years 5 and 6 - Quinta e Sesta:
In Years Five and Six the students will begin with revising previously acquired language through different activities and games. They will use familiar language to talk about themselves, to share information about their families, school, hobbies, likes, dislikes and preferences. They will also be creating personal profile cards to use in class for “Chi sono?” game. (Oral comprehension)
To practice describing your features and aspects of your appearance visit: Languages Online: Colours: describing hair and eyes.

The focus will be on further developing the students speaking and listening skills as well as reading and writing. The students will be "travelling "to Venice this month to be part of the carnival -Carnevale a Venezia that takes place in this city in February. They will learn about the origins of this festival, what happens during this time and why people disguise themselves. They will be introduced to the various famous masks eg: Pulcinella, Pantalone, Colombina etc and their origins they will learn to describe Venice and the masks using more complex sentences, adjectives and appropriate verb forms. Venezia è grande ed è molto bella. Venice is a big city which is very beautiful.The focus will also be on reading for comprehension, gathering information from a range of sources and creating simple bilingual texts. They will be encouraged to reflect and make observations about similarities and differences in cultural practices and will be able to reflect on cultural connections between themselves and others as well as Italy and Australia.
They will be looking at various aspects of Venezia including:
Dov’è Venezia?  - Where is Venice?
Che cosa c’è da vedere a Venezia?  - What is there to see in Venice?
Cosa c’è da fare a Venezia?  - What is there to do in Venice?
Cosa c’è da mangiare a Venezia durante Carnevale? What is there to eat in Venice at carnival time?
During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing written and oral activities.
 
To help your child practise his\ her Italian , please access the following LINKS :
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect19/index.htm
 
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect21/index.htm
I also encourage everyone to keep up with the Duolingo program in order to increase their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.
Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.

Best wishes
Signora White
 

Physical Education

This Term in Physical Education the Year Five and Six students will participate in units of work involving fitness, Thunder Hockey and Netball. They will learn the fundamental skills involved in being prepared for fitness sessions by stretching and warming up correctly. For fitness they will do stretching, running, sit ups, push ups, star jumps and many fun fitness games. They will complete a standard junior beep test as part of their fitness testing.  In the Thunder Hockey unit students will learn the basic skills involved in hitting, passing and game play. They will be involved in mini Thunder Hockey games to learn game sense and teamwork skills. Year five and Six Students will finish of the term with a unit on Netball. They will learn the skills involved in passing, catching and shooting with a netball and will finish off with mini netball games. Students can attend before school activities such as AFL club (Tuesday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday Morning).  They can also participate in lunchtime clubs which happen every week. Students in Year Five and Six will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country in the 11 and 12/13 age group.
 

Year Level Newsletter
BEST.pdf