Beaumaris North PS

15 February 2018
Units Of Inquiry - Prep, 2018
How we organise ourselves 
    Who we are 
How we express ourselves 
Where we are in place & time 
How the world works 
Sharing the planet 
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193
AU

How we organise ourselves 

PREP - TERM 1A, 2018
 
​CENTRAL IDEA

Schools are organised to help us learn and play together

This term the Prep students will begin Show and Tell on Fridays. Each student will be allocated a Friday to bring something related to our Unit of Inquiry. This item could be a book, game or special toy etc.

Concepts

  • Function
  • Causation

Lines of Inquiry

  • The school buildings and grounds
  • Why people go to school
  • The people who work at our school and their roles, routines and systems
  • The ways we can get along with each other

Action

Action in the PYP is initiated independently by the student as a result of the learning process. Action may be bringing a book or artefact related to the inquiry to school, or student initiated drawings/posters/research. We celebrate our students’ ACTION every day in our classrooms. If you see your children taking independent action at home encourage them to share their action with their class.

Skills

  • Respecting others
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Organisation
  • Time management
  • Codes of behaviour

Attitudes (Whole-school Focus)

  • Respect
  • Enthusiasm

The Prep Team

Miss Kate Waller, Miss Sue Evins, Miss Tess Durham, Mrs Beth Lawrence, Mrs Kristy Smith & Ms Jessi Maddison

 

 

 
 
Who we are 

PREP - TERM 1B, 2018
 
CENTRAL IDEA

Many people teach us how to be healthy and safe

Students will be asked to bring in items for Show and Tell that are related to this Unit of Inquiry. For example: bike helmets, goggles, high visibility vests etc., and speak about the importance of these items.

Concepts

  • Knowledgeable
  • Balanced

Lines of Inquiry

  • The things we can do to keep ourselves healthy and safe
  • Personal physical and social health
  • The many organisations and people that keep us healthy and safe
  • Identifying dangers in our environment

Action

Action in the PYP is initiated independently by the student as a result of the learning process. Action may be bringing a book or artefact related to the inquiry to school, or student initiated drawings/posters/research. We celebrate our students’ ACTION every day in our classrooms. If you see your children taking independent action at home encourage them to share their action with their class.

Skills

  • Self-management 
  • Safety
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Informed choices

Attitudes

  • Enthusiasm
  • Independence

The Prep Team

Miss Kate Waller, Miss Sue Evins, Miss Tess Durham, Mrs Beth Lawrence, Mrs Kristy Smith & Ms Jessi Maddison

 

 

How we express ourselves 

PREP - TERM 2A, 2018
 
​CENTRAL IDEA

Senses help people express their ideas

Throughout this Unit of Inquiry the students will undertake many activities involving group work, exploration of their outside environment and experimenting with a variety of materials to discover their senses.

Concepts

  • Function
  • Reflection

Lines of Inquiry

  • The five senses
  • The different ways in which we use our senses
  • The way  our senses help us function

Action

Action in the PYP is initiated independently by the student as a result of the learning process. Action may be bringing a book or artefact related to the inquiry to school, or student initiated drawings/posters/research. We celebrate our students’ ACTION every day in our classrooms. If you see your children taking independent action at home encourage them to share their action with their class.

Skills

  • Communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and non-verbal communication

Attitudes

  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Appreciation

The Prep Team

Miss Kate Waller, Miss Sue Evins, Miss Tess Durham, Mrs Beth Lawrence, Mrs Kristy Smith & Ms Jessi Maddison

 

 

Where we are in place & time 

PREP - TERM 2B, 2018
 
​CENTRAL IDEA

Family histories provide insight into culture

During this Unit the students are asked to speak to their families about their own family traditions and events they celebrate that makes their family special. They are also asked to talk to their grandparents about changes over time and may like to bring in a special artefact for Show and Tell.

Concepts

  • Change
  • Form
  • Perspective

Lines of Inquiry

  • The family tree
  • The way we are influenced by your family history
  • Changes in family life due to evolving technology

Action

Action in the PYP is initiated independently by the student as a result of the learning process. Action may be bringing a book or artefact related to the inquiry to school, or student initiated drawings/posters/research. We celebrate our stu-dents’ ACTION every day in our classrooms. If you see your children taking independent action at home encourage them to share their action with their class.

Skills

  • Communication: listening and speaking
  • Thinking: acquisition of knowledge and comprehension

Attitudes

  • Appreciation
  • Curiosity

The Prep Team

Miss Kate Waller, Miss Sue Evins, Miss Tess Durham, Mrs Beth Lawrence, Mrs Kristy Smith & Ms Jessi Maddison

 

 

How the world works 

PREP - TERM 3, 2018
 
​CENTRAL IDEA

Climate and the type of materials available determine the structures that can be built.

During this Unit the students will be looking at different structures and the materials they are made from. They will look at the differences in buildings all around the world and the impact climate and the materials available has on the structures that can be built. The students will investigate materials through their own building experiences and discover the importance of using appropriate materials for the right structures.

Concepts

  • Function
  • Form

Lines of Inquiry

  • The different materials used to build structures
  • The way these materials influence the design of the buildings and structures
  • The effect climate has on the design of a house

Action

Students in Prep are encouraged to share their ideas and thoughts about different structures including structures such as houses, buildings and bridges, during show and tell sessions. Action in the PYP is initiated independently by the student as a result of the learning process. Action may be bringing a book or artefact related to the inquiry to school, or student initiated drawings, posters and research. We celebrate our students’ ACTION every day in our classrooms. If you see your children taking independent action at home encourage them to share their action with their class.

Skills

  • Communication: listening and speaking
    Thinking: acquisition of knowledge and comprehension

Attitudes

  • Tolerance
  • Creativity

The Prep Team

Miss Kate Waller, Miss Sue Evins, Miss Tess Durham, Mrs Beth Lawrence and Ms Jessi Maddison

 

 

Sharing the planet 

PREP - TERM 4, 2018
 
​CENTRAL IDEA

People’s use of the sea impacts upon the creatures that call it their home​.

As an International Baccalaureate world school, authorised to teach the Primary Year’s Programme, we explore six transdisciplinary themes each year.

 

In Term 4, the Prep students will be investigating their final unit for the year. During this Unit the students will be looking at their actions and the way human use of the ocean and other waterways can affect the sea creatures that live there. Students will learn to become responsible for their actions and understand that everything they do affects the ocean.

Concepts

  • Responsibility

  • Reflection

Lines of Inquiry

  • Human use of the sea

  • Our responsibility to the environment

  • Impact on creatures and their habitats

Action

Action in the Primary Years Program is initiated independently by the student as a result of the learning process. Action may be bringing a book or artefact related to the inquiry to school, or student initiated drawings/posters/research. We celebrate our students’ ACTION every day in our classrooms. If you see your children taking independent action at home encourage them to share their action with their class.

Skills

Communication Skills

  • Speaking—students will give a short presentation about a sea creature of their choice (following their visit to the Melbourne Aquarium).
  • Listening

Thinking Skills

  • Acquisition of Knowledge

Attitudes

  • Commitment 

  • Integrity

The Prep Team

Miss Kate Waller, Miss Sue Evins, Miss Tess Durham, Mrs Beth Lawrence and Ms Jessi Maddison

 

 

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