Anna Plackett [email protected]
Lucy O’Dea [email protected]
Urania Rivas [email protected]
Rachael Mandarano [email protected]
In Religious Education students will learn scripture from the Bible, such as Noah’s Ark and various parables. They will participate in daily prayers, weekly liturgies and whole school mass giving them the chance to become more familiar with Catholic traditions. Students will learn about the sacrament of Reconciliation as they explore what this means to the Catholic faith and compare it to other religions and beliefs.
During Term Two students will participate in various Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) lessons that focus on strategies students can use to reduce stress, such as belly breathing, brain breaks and de escalation activities. Students will develop a class “focus plan” to help them prepare themselves to be ready to learn in the classroom. They will be learning how to be present, centred and grounded in the classroom.
In reading and viewing students are engaging in a variety of teacher focus groups, including phonics, reading strategies and comprehension skills. Students will participate in shared reading, guided reading and independent reading activities. Students will be exposed to a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts and will learn to identify and categorise the features of both text types.
Students will participate in writing focus groups to learn how to structure information reports and procedural texts. They are learning to reread and edit their writing, using word lists and dictionaries to improve the meaning and structure of a written text. Students will be strengthening their awareness of correct letter formation and identification.
Students will engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening strategies. They will learn to contribute ideas, add information and ask questions. Children will practise taking turns and recognising the contributions of others in discussions. They will explore different ways of expressing emotions, including verbal, visual, body language and facial expressions.
In Number and Algebra students will extend their ability to recognise, model, read, write and order numbers. Students will locate missing numbers on a number line and investigate number patterns formed by skip counting by twos, fives and tens starting from zero.
In Measurement and Geometry students will learn to order events, explain their duration, and match days of the week and months of the year to familiar events. Students will learn to tell the time using o’clock and the half-hour. Students will identify simple shapes in their environment and sort shapes by their common features.
In Statistics and Probability students will learn to express and sort events that ‘will happen’, ‘might happen’ and ‘will not happen’. Students will collect data and classify outcomes to create a variety of data displays.
Inquiry - Prep/1
As inquirers, students will consider change through the lens of Science, Geography and History. They will consider how their community has changed over time, how the seasons and the weather change, and how living things change in order to survive. Students will participate in an Inquisitive Kids Weather incursion to deepen their understanding and extend their learning about Change.
Inquiry - Grade 1/2
During our Inquiry unit “Stimulating Science” students will consider changes that we experience in our lives through the lenses of biology, earth and space science, chemistry, and physics. They will make predictions and scientific observations throughout the unit. Students will show what they have learnt by identifying 'science' in their classroom and record their understanding of each branch of science.
As users of technology, students will identify the features of an iPad and Laptops. Students will be given the time to develop skills to search and use apps, such as a Quick Response (QR) scanner and Popplet. Students will practice the skills for using a keyboard and touchpad. Students will use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including how to care for their environment.
Students will develop their design algorithms as a sequence of steps for carrying out instructions, for example becoming expert at using and uploading pictures to Seesaw. They will use their problem-solving skills and coding skills to accurately move Beebots (small robotic devices) from a starting point to an end point. Students will design solutions to simple problems using a sequence of steps and decisions. They will create and organise ideas and information using information systems and share these in safe online environments, such as SeeSaw and Google Classroom.
Library will occur on Monday’s for Prep/1’s and Wednesdays for 1/2 ‘s - library bag needs to be brought in those days. Students borrow and return appropriate books from the library on a weekly basis. They are encouraged to select texts of interest, for research and at their level.
Health and Physical Education (Thursday) with Mrs Rachel McLeary
This term students will be participated in games and physical activities with and without equipment while cooperating with others. They will developed their hand eye coordination by practicing different ways to kick, throw and catch using a variety of balls. Students will also develop their understanding of minor games emphasising the need for rules and safety.
Music (Thursday) with Ms Belinda Nechwatal
In Term 2 Prep Foundation students will consolidate building their repertoire of known chants, songs and rhymes. They will distinguish between their speaking and singing voices. They will be introduced to the concept of Pitch; recognising high and low sounds and Tempo; describing music as fast, moderate or slow. The students will also further explore their emotions through music, discussing their responses to different pieces of music and exploring how music can sound happy, sad, scary, and exciting.
This term, Year 1/2 students will play a range of music and movement games, and explore the expressive possibilities of using their voices and instruments. They will begin to read simple graphic notation scores. They will move their bodies in response to changes in tempo.
Mandarin (Thursday) with Mr Qing Yang
In term two Prep to Year two students will be learning about animals and their habitats in Chinese. They will also explore the how to express weather and seasons in Chinese.
Recognise Chinese characters as a form of writing and Pinyin as the spelled-out sounds of spoken Chinese. We will also learn how to interact with teachers and peers in social and class activities, exchanging ideas and opinions, using correct tones.
Art (Thursday) with Ms Briony Moylan
In Term Two students will explore a visual arts unit on The Sea. Students will create three artworks focusing on animals of the sea. The three pieces include a mixed media, oil pastel and watercolour painting, a collage based on the book Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and the final artwork of the term will be a 3D clay sculpture of an underwater animal.