Year Level Newsletter

21 February 2019
Term 1 / 2019
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 Foundation at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School. Our teaching team consists of Mrs Angela Palombi, Miss Natalie Rando, Mr David Preston, Miss Stephanie Barbuto and Mrs Jasminka Jalsovec. Your child’s learning will also be supported by our Education Support Officers Mrs Cathy Wise and Miss Mary Cerra. We are delighted with how the children are learning their new routines and settling into their learning. We trust that your child is coming home sharing their new adventures, new friendships and new knowledge learnt throughout the day. 

We wish to build upon your child’s transition into school by providing further information about the Foundation year and its programs. In order to achieve the greatest impact on your child’s education, it is vital that school and home work together to help your child reach their full potential. We welcome contact with you to discuss concerns, achievements and pathways to success. Throughout the year, many opportunities will be available for assistance in the classroom, on excursions and with other special events.

Whilst this information covers the whole year, it is crucial that we elaborate on the important elements of the first term:

Settling Into School’.  During first term, our focus is on:
A sense of belonging – learning names of class members, developing a relationship with the teacher, knowing where things are within the classroom. 
A sense of being a part of the school and parish community. 
Establishing relationships with teachers, peers and buddies. 
Participating in the Better Buddy program. Establishing a supportive environment for Foundation and Year 5 buddies.
Establishing a daily routine – unpacking bags, lining up, being able to discern between snack and lunch. 
Establishing learning routines, eg take home books, using stationery and writing books, working in groups, collecting materials and getting ready to begin tasks. 
Developing friendships – role playing, how to ask someone to play. 
Resilience (problem solving), play, what to do when someone says “No!” Role playing and circle discussions about dealing with situations in the yard and the classroom, eg finding a yard duty teacher, solving issues. 
Social behaviours, eg sharing, turn taking, speaking nicely to others, developing classroom rules and appropriate social behaviours. 
 

Our Learning This Term

ENGLISH

The Early Years Literacy Program is a daily focused two-hour session. This program is designed to improve children’s early literacy achievement. Activities include: reading, alphabet and word games, word recognition, letter names and sounds, comprehension, and writing. The classroom reading activities include whole class, small groups, guided reading, shared reading, listening tasks and independent reading experiences.

A large variety of resources are used including non-fiction and fiction materials, presented in many formats, including books, song, poetry and nursery rhymes.

Each child is regularly assessed in their reading to ensure text levels are appropriate for him/her and the focus is always on reading for enjoyment and meaning. 

Phonological awareness is a key focus in our literacy program. Phonological awareness is an essential part of the students’ ability to learn the English language. Students are enthusiastically learning sounds through Phonics in Context and A Sound Way programs. Children will have regular phonological awareness instruction in letter sound knowledge, word awareness/syllables, rhyme, and eventually first and last, middle sounds, vowels and consonants. The word study is designed to cater for children’s needs. The students will continue to develop their knowledge and skills of language structure. As they learn more about the structure of the written language, they will learn more about letter patterns in the English language.

Writing sessions will initially focus on recount writing. Students will be encouraged to draw pictures that represent an element of a past event that they have experienced. Each student will be encouraged to use their oral language skills to describe their illustrations in sentences. Teachers will model writing and expectations of independent writing will vary depending on each child’s points of need. Students will also be given instruction in handwriting, learning the beginning strokes and shapes needed to use Victorian Modern Cursive handwriting. This includes developing the correct posture and fine motor skills needed to create well-formed letters and a steady pencil grip.

RELIGION
In Religion, the Foundation students this term are learning about Jesus, The Good Shepherd. We have learnt about our prayer table and prayer space in each classroom, and have been enjoying beginning and ending each school day with prayer songs. We are learning to make the Sign of the Cross, and about talking with and listening to God. 

Throughout this term, the students will learn to retell and explain stories about The Good Shepherd, and will begin to interpret this story as an example of how Jesus Christ loves and cares for us. Towards the end of Term 1 we will learn about the Easter Story and present the story of Palm Sunday to the school community.


MATHEMATICS
The Mathematics focus for Foundation students initially is on number. Concepts and skills are taught through the use of concrete materials and experiences relevant to the children’s lives. The Numeracy Program involves a lot of ‘hands on’ activities, open ended investigations and real life mathematics. Counting and number sense will lay the foundations of your child’s maths learning in future years.
Throughout the term we will also cover the following concepts: Capacity, 2D shapes, Data and  Representation (Collecting Data) and Place Value.

Each Mathematics lesson begins with activities and games designed to teach and practise Mental Strategies such as first counting to 10 then building on to 20, and breaking up numbers to 5. 

Below is a list of activities that you can do at home in order to support your child’s Mathematics development: 

Make counting part of your everyday life. For example, count toys, shells at the beach, fruit at the grocery store or trees on the street.
When you’re out and about, encourage your child to compare sizes of stones, bushes and trees, and describe shapes of leaves, colours of flowers or sizes of birds.
Go for a walk down your street and point out how each house or block has a number in a series. Count the steps between one house and the next.
Use a growth chart or marks on a wall to measure your child’s growing height, and describe to your child what you’re doing.
Involve your child in cooking. Your child can help stir, pour, fill and mix. This will help your child learn to count, measure, add and estimate.


INQUIRY
This term, our Inquiry topic is Ready To Learn! Throughout the term, the Foundation students will be learning about our classroom and school rules and how the behaviour choices that we make impact on our safety. The students are learning to explain how our routines in the classroom help us to do our B.E.S.T. learning and how we can create a safe and fun learning environment. 

Through books, roleplay and games we have begun to explore the different emotions we might experience at school throughout the day, and how we can recognise these in our friends and classmates too.


 


 

Specialist News

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

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

Dear Parents, welcome and Happy New Year. May it be a happy and successful one.
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 tosimple 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

 

MUSIC with Ms Tomomi

In Music, their focus in Term 1 is:
To develop motor skills through singing and movement activities.
To improve rhythmic skills through learning dance patterns and explored different ways of moving the body to be able to  move in time with the beat.
Please find some of the songs on my blog.

http://musicwithmstomomi.global2.vic.edu.au/2019/01/31/term-1-assembly-foundation-action-songs/

B.E.S.T.

Across the school, we are working through our BEST Program which is aimed at developing confidence, respect and a positive learning environment for all. B.E.S.T. stands for Be respectful, Encourage others, Strive to do your best, and 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. We are also using the Berry Street education model as a way of developing your child’s social and emotional wellbeing. We begin each day with a class circle time session where all students and their teacher share a greeting. Students then participate in a range of short mindfulness and brain stimulating activities to get their mind and body ready for a day of learning and fun. 
 

Classroom Organisation

 

Specialist Teachers and Timetable 
Italian – Signora White 
P.E. – Miss Barbuto
Music - Ms Tomomi


All Foundation classes will have specialist lessons on Fridays.
Please remind your child to wear their sports uniform and  runners on Fridays.
                   

                                        FP                         FJ                               FA

ITALIAN           10.15 - 11.00          9.30 - 10.15           8.45 - 9.30

PE                        8.45 - 9.30           10.15 - 11.00          9.30 - 10.15

Music                 9.30 - 10.15          8.45 - 9.30             10.15 - 11.00


Action Based Learning
All Foundation classes will participate in Action Based Learning in the School Hall on Mondays with Mr Tyndall. Please remind your child to wear their sports uniform and  runners on Mondays.

Library
All Foundation classes will visit the school Library on Tuesdays to borrow one picture book each. Please ensure that these library books are well-looked after at home and returned to school in their library bag by the following Tuesday.

Reader pouches
Your child will bring their nightly reader book home each day in their blue reader pouch. Please ensure that this blue reader pouch returns to school each day.

School Uniform and Hat
Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child’s name, preferably in permanent marker.

Meet and Greet
Please note that classrooms are open from 8:30 - 8:45 am for our Meet and Greet time. This is an important time for students to get themselves organised for their day of learning. It also gives students the opportunity to establish and maintain relationships with peers. Please ensure that you arrive during this time to give your child the best possible start each day.

Fruit Break
During the middle teaching block, the Foundation students will have a Fruit Break to ‘refuel’ on vegetables, salad or fruit and ‘rehydrate’ with water. Please pack something extra in your child’s lunchbox for them to eat during this time. Students who are not hungry and are well hydrated perform better in the classroom and show increased concentration. 
 

Key Dates

Sunday 17th February
11:00 am        Welcome Mass and BBQ:
                           Staff Commitment, Year 6 Leadership, Blessing of                                                  Foundation students and Year 5 Buddies

Wednesday 20th February
Foundation Literacy and Numeracy Interviews - No Classes

Friday 22nd February
2:30 pm   School Assembly  

Wednesday 27th February
Foundation Literacy and Numeracy Interviews - No Classes

Thursday 28th February
5:30 - 7:00 pm   Better Buddies Evening and BBQ - Welcome 2019 Foundation students and Year 5 Buddies 

Tuesday 5th March
9:15 am    FA attending Parish Mass  

Wednesday 6th March
11:45 am   Ash Wednesday Mass - Whole School

Thursday 7th March
9:15 am      FP attending Parish Mass       

Friday 8th March
2:30 pm      School Assembly

Monday 11th March
LABOUR DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL   

Wednesday 13th March
9:15 am        FJ attending Parish Mass             

Friday 22nd March
2:30 pm        School Assembly

Monday 25th March
SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

Thursday 28th March
5:00 pm   Twilight Athletics Foundation to Year 6

Monday 1st April
Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 2nd April
2:30 pm    Foundation Palm Sunday Liturgy

Wednesday 3rd April
2:30 pm     Year 3/4 Last Supper Liturgy

Thursday 4th April
2:30 pm    Year 1/2 The Washing of the Feet, The Garden of Gethsemane Liturgy

Friday 5th April
1:30 pm    Year 5/6  Good Friday, The Stations of the Cross Liturgy

2:30 pm     Dismissal - Last Day of Term 1

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 1/2

Welcome

Dear Parents,

Welcome to all and we wish you a very happy, healthy and successful year in 2019. We look forward to working with our new students and their families and hope they settle into this school year with ease. 
We look forward to engaging in some interesting and challenging work with the students throughout this term.

Our Learning this Term

ENGLISH

During this term we will be reading and writing Recount and Narrative texts. We will focus on strategies to assist our students in becoming fluent readers including the use of picture cues, making predictions and using initial blends. We will include gaining understanding of punctuation such as exclamation marks, question marks and how authors create interesting texts. 
To assist in the students’ comprehension we will encourage them to make connections between the text and their personal experiences and retell information orally and in writing.
Students will use past tense verbs in their writing and include capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and proper nouns. 
Children have started to bring home books from the library. Over the next couple of weeks take home readers will be sent home. It’s very important that children engage in reading at home.
Reading with your children at home is very beneficial in fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading comprehension, vocabulary and establishing essential foundational literacy skills. Please see the attached link for an interesting article about the benefits of reading with your children. http://theconversation.com/research-shows-the-importance-of-parents-reading-with-children-even-after-children-can-read-82756
RELIGION

This term we continue teaching the students to follow in the path of Jesus, both in their words and actions as well as in their treatment of one another. We encourage them to be patient, caring and respectful individuals. 
We will be starting to learn about Lent and the students will write Lenten Promises where they choose a specific action that they would like to engage in over the Lenten Season. These promises will benefit the students as well as  their family members and classmates.
We will conclude the term with the representations of the events of Holy Week. 
MATHS
We have begun the term with a unit about Counting and Place Value. Students have been making numbers using base ten blocks and bundling with icy pole sticks. They have partitioned numbers and written them as words and numerals. 
We look forward to the teaching of Two Dimensional Shapes next week and classifying them using their properties. 
Our other main foci for the term will be Addition and Subtraction where students will be introduced to a variety of strategies in solving equations. Finally we will develop our understanding of Data Representation and Interpretation where students will identify questions, gather data and reflect this in simple graphs.  
INQUIRY

Our topic for this term is "I am Cyber Smart”.
We have introduced the year with a focus on emotions. The students will name and act out  emotions they have experienced and the situations that caused these feelings to be expressed. They will learn to be able to recognise and manage several contrasting emotions. Students will identify when they are experiencing safe and unsafe emotions and take appropriate actions when they feel unsafe. This will lead into digital technologies and understanding ways to keep safe when using them. 

B.E.S.T.

In Term One, we are focusing on “Think Safety”. This will begin with a safety tour around the school where students revise the safest way to use equipment in the playground and move around the school. We encourage students to follow the values of the BEST program at all times in the classroom.

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 classroom teacher or a note handed to the teacher.
Please remember that every Wednesday the students are expected to wear their runners to school for P.E. 
On all other week days it is important that students wear their school shoes. 
Please ensure that your child has a St Andrew’s school hat.
Sunscreen is provided in classrooms if you choose to have your child use this.
Please advise your child of how to apply sunscreen as this will be their responsibility. 

The days and times for this Term’s Library Sessions are:
1/2DW: Monday
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

FEBRUARY
Fri 15th -     Beginning of Year School Mass 11.30a.m.
Wed 20th -   Education Board Meeting 7.00 p.m. 
Friday 22nd -  Whole School Assembly at 2.30 p.m.
Sat 23rd -      Working Bee 8.30am-10.30am 
Thu 28th -    School Open Day 

MARCH
Fri 2nd – Reconciliation Commitment Mass at 6.00 p.m.
Wed 6th – Ash Wednesday Mass at 11.45 a.m.
Wed 6th – School Open Day
Fri 8th – School Assembly at 2.30 p.m. 
Monday 11th – Labour Day Holiday
Tuesday 12th – School Open Day
Wednesday 13th – Parish Council Meeting at 6.30 p.m.
Friday 15th – National Day of Action Against Bullying
Friday 15th – St Patrick’s Day
Tuesday 19th – Education Board Meeting at 7.00 p.m.
Friday 22nd – School Assembly at 2.30 p.m.
Monday 25th – School Photos
Thursday 28th – Twilight Athletics at 5.00 p.m.
APRIL
Monday 1st – Parent Child Teacher Interviews at 2.00 p.m.
Thursday 4th – 1/2 Washing of Feet/Garden of Gethsemane Liturgy at 2.30 p.m.
Friday 5th – Term One concludes at 2.30 p.m.
 

Specialist Program News

MUSIC

In Music, Year 1 and 2 students will be focusing on:
the music elements such as sounds of different pitch, duration, dynamics and tempo by drawing sound shapes and express these elements when singing.
the motor skills through singing and movement activities.
Songs and dances that relate to Harmony Day and Anti-bullying Day and discuss the messages of the songs and perform at the assembly.
Please find some of the songs on my blog.
http://musicwithmstomomi.global2.vic.edu.au/2019/01/31/term-1-assembly-year-56-anti-bullying-rap/ 
P.E.

One/Two- This Term in Physical Education the Year One and Two students will participate in 3 units of work involving fitness, body co-ordination and also a throwing and catching 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. All students can attend before school activities such as running club (Tuesday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday Morning). Year One and Two students can also join in Thursday lunchtime activities organised by Year 6 House Captains in the hall


L.O.T.E. Italian

Ciao a tutti e felice anno nuovo. Bentornati a scuola.
Dear parents, welcome back and Happy New Year. May it be a happy and successful one.
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.
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 first newsletter for Year 3/4, 2019. We are looking forward to sharing the learnings of each student. 

The year has started with some wonderful student focus activities enabling all students and teachers a chance to know each other and talk about our school values. 

Just a friendly reminder that all 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 during the course of the term.
Regards 
Liana Caligiuri, Sue ter Kuile, Kathy Cunningham, Netty Howe
 

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. In our Writing, our focus is on Persuasive (convincing the reader to accept another person's opinion). In the coming weeks students will be developing individual goals related to reading, writing and behaviour. We are focussing on developing student’s letter/sound knowledge and letter/pattern through our spelling activities.


RELIGION
In Religious Education we will be preparing for Reconciliation and Easter. In our Religion unit of work, we are focussing on ways to develop relationships with each other and taking responsibility for our actions and consequences. This will lead to ways we develop and maintain our relationship with God. We are introducing and building on the students understandings of Reconciliation and how it affects their relationships with others.


MATHS
In our Mathematics sessions , the students will continue to consolidate their knowledge in key learning areas. We are starting the term with Place value and Counting and further developing strategies to understand the value of numbers.
In the coming weeks we will investigate Addition and Subtraction, 2 & 3D shapes, Data - collection and representation of information visually (graphing). 
Students develop their Mental Mathematics strategies on a daily basis.  Some of these strategies include building to ten, doubles, near doubles, breaking numbers into parts and so on.


INQUIRY
In Inquiry we will have a strong focus on: 

  • cyber safety and digital citizenship
  • learning to learn with technology
  • fluency in using Chromebooks & G Suite 
  • home-school partnerships

As a result this will set up students up for sustained success.
When using technology the students will be expected to show Respect and Responsibility for themselves, Others, Copyright and equipment.

B.E.S.T.

Be Respectful

Encourage Others
Strive To Do Your Best
Think Safety

 

CLASSROOM ORGANISATION

Year 3-4 Specialist Timetable every Monday
LIBRARY 
Tuesday - 3-4 LC  & 3-4 tK
Wednesdays - 3-4 KC
Thursday - 3-4 H
 

Key Dates

FEBRUARY 
Thursday 14th- Beginning of school year Mass - 11.30

MARCH 
Saturday 2nd March Reconciliation  Commitment Mass  6pm
Monday 4th - Reconciliation Parent/child workshop 6pm - 7pm
Wednesday 6th Ash Wednesday Mass 11:45 am
Monday 11th - Labor Day holiday
Thursday 14th  - Reconciliation Reflection day Year 3s
Thursday 21st - SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION 6pm
Monday 25th- School Photos

APRIL       
Monday 1st  - Parent Teacher Meetings 2.30 - 7.30
Wednesday 3rd April - Easter Liturgy - Washing Feet/Last Supper - Years 3 & 4 - 11.30
 Friday 5th  - End of Term 1  2:30pm   
 

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

 

Specialist Program News

Music

In Music, their focus in Term 1 is:
To develop physical skills through learning dance patterns and explored different ways of moving the body
To learn/improve to follow and play on the recorder. 
To deepen their understanding of  Harmony Day and Anti-bullying Day through songs and stories by performing at the assembly.
Please find some of the songs on my blog.
http://musicwithmstomomi.global2.vic.edu.au/2019/01/31/term-1-assembly-year-34/ 
Art

In Art, their focus in Term 1 is:
To  increase awareness of symbols and meanings in visual culture through making visual artworks using a range of equipment and techniques. 
To experiment about ways to use the elements of art and focused on creating repeating patterns.  
To grow creatively and self-awareness, and reflect on individuality. 
to communicate their understanding of concepts and express their ideas by relating their work to other areas of the curriculum.
P.E.

This Term in Physical Education the Yea Three/Four students will participate in 2 units of work involving fitness and basketball.  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 an eight minute run and 4 lap time trial as part of their fitness testing.  In the basketball unit students will learn the basic skills involved in bouncing, passing, catching and shooting a basketball. They will be involved in mini basketball games to learn basketball rules and teamwork skills.  Students can attend before school activities such as running club (Tuesday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday Morning).  They can also participate in lunchtime clubs which happen every week. Students in Year 4 will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country and Swimming teams in the 9/10 age group.
 

L.O.T.E. Italian
Ciao a tutti e felice anno nuovo. Bentornati a scuola.
Dear parents, welcome back and Happy New Year. May it be a happy and successful one.
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.
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

Welcome parents, guardians and students to a new year of learning. As a means of communication between the 5/6 teachers and the home, this publication will be sent out each term. The newsletter aims to give a summary of what will be happening in the 5/6 Classrooms as well as the broader community. The 5/6 team for 2019 is as follows:

Daniela Dal Santo - 5/6 D (Monday - Wednesday, Friday)
Peter Tyndall - 5/6D (Thursday)
Michael McDonough - 5/6 M (Monday - Tuesday, Thursday - Friday)
Nella LoPresti - 5/6 L (Tuesday - Friday)
Callum Mills - 5/6 CM (Monday - Wednesday)
Paddy Edwards - 5/6 E (Monday - Friday)
Daniela Polites - 5/6 L (Monday), 5/6 M (Wednesday), 5/6 CM (Thursday, Friday)
Bella Aranda - Curriculum Enhancement Teacher
Rosemary Restaino - Learning Support Officer
Annette Prete - Learning Support Officer
 

Our Learning this Term

ENGLISH

This year the school is implementing a 2 hour English block to start each day. The block has designated times of 1 hour for Reading and 1 hour for Writing.
READING

Students will complete whole class Reading sessions with a range of focuses from the term including Making Predictions, Visualising, Summarising and Making Connections. All classes have begun reading a John Marsden text, ‘Staying Alive in Year 5’ which involves transition into a new school year. Over the term students will continue to read a range of texts to build their reading skills. Each student will also be allocated a Reading Group where students will complete targeted small group sessions with a teacher.

WRITING

Our first Writing topic for the year is “Narrative”. Students will learn that a story should include an Orientation, Problem and Resolution. This topic links closely to the Reading texts that will be chosen throughout the term. Students will learn how to make their story engaging through the use of strong sentence starters and character development in the story.
RELIGION

This Term students will explore the concept of Human Dignity and what it means to forgive. This links to the theme of Reconciliation and the need to rebuild relationships with others.

While journeying through Lent, students will participate in liturgies with a focus on Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving and Forgiveness. They will explore Social Justice issues around the world through the work of Caritas. Students will investigate the events of Holy Week and Easter, analysing the characters and actions throughout these events. The Year 5/6 students will also present the Passion of Christ as part of the Holy Week Celebrations in the last week of term.
MATHS

The students will complete a daily one hour maths lesson each day. The topics for Term 1 include:

  • Length
  • Time
  • Place Value
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Data 
  • Types of Numbers (Prime, Composite)

It is expected that all students have a good understanding of timetables from 1-10 (This is listed by the end of Year 4 in the Victorian Curriculum). It is encouraged for students to practice these at home as much as required to ensure these are known.

Students will also complete a 20 minute Mental Mathematics session each day to consolidate the understanding of the four processes of Mathematics (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division).

INQUIRY

As part of the school’s Digital Technology Program, the 5/6 cohort will be receiving brand new Google Chromebooks.
Throughout Term One, students will participate in a program that will see their skills and understanding of the functionality of this new technology improve.
There will also be a strong focus on cyber-safety and respectful use of this new technology. Students will aim to progress from their L Plates to their P Plates during Term One.
We request that parents play an active role in helping their children become ‘Responsible Digital Citizens’.

B.E.S.T.

The school’s BEST program will continue to be implemented this year. The program relies on the four school values of ‘Be Respectful, Encourage Others, Strive to do your Best and Think Safety’. Students are rewarded when they display these values with our very own St Andrew’s tokens. Certificates are awarded for milestone achievements for the students to take home.

Each week, a student from each class will be awarded a ‘BEST Award’ for the displaying specific examples of the Value. These students names are placed in the school newsletter, recognised at assembly and receive a certificate to take home.

To assist the students display these Values the Year 5 Students each have a new Foundation Buddy to guide through their first year at St Andrew’s. It’s always a exciting time for the Year 5 students. For the year 6 students, they will each participate in a Leadership program as part of a team. These sessions occur fortnightly on Friday afternoons.

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

The start of the year is always busy in regards to the classroom organisation. Below are some items of note:

Each student is asked to bring one of the following; a box of tissues, bandaids, chux wipes or paper towels to contribute to the classroom.
Homework will be distributed on a Monday and is due the following 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 (PE) and Thursday (Interschool Sport). Please see the dates previously sent home in regards to match venues.

Please see your individual class timetable in regards to specialist times, library and art lessons.
 

Key Dates

Friday February 15th: Beginning of Year Mass 11:45 AM
Sunday February 17th: Foundation, Year 5&6 and Staff Mass 11:00 AM
Saturday February 23rd: Working Bee
Tuesday February 26th: Bentleigh District Swimming Carnival
Wednesday March 6th: Ash Wednesday Mass 11:45 AM
Monday-Friday March 11-15: Catholic Education Week - Growing Young in Christ
Monday March 11th: Labour Day Holiday - No School
Friday March 15th: National Day of Action Against Bullying
Friday March 15th: School Leaders Excursion to St Patrick’s Cathedral
Monday March 25th: School Photos
Monday April 1st: Teacher, Parent and Student Interviews 2:00 PM
Friday April 5th: Year 5&6 Good Friday Liturgy - Time TBC
                                    End of Term One - School Concludes at 2:30 PM

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

How to Contact Us

We would like to see ourselves as the first point of contact in regards to your child’s learning. Please feel free to contact us by the following:

School Phone: 03 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

L.O.T.E. Italian
Ciao a tutti e felice anno nuovo. Bentornati a scuola.
Dear parents, welcome back and Happy New Year. May it be a happy and successful one.
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. Celebrations are an important aspect of human existence. They allow for an expression of community and/or religious feeling, or are an acknowledgement of
significant events in an individual’s life. This unit aims to introduce students to some celebrations that are unique to Italy, encouraging an understanding of why these events are important to Italians with a focus on Carnevale. It also allows students to study some of the important celebrations which Australia and Italy share, exploring how and why they may be different in each country.
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 e.g:
Pulcinella, Pantalone, Colombina etc and their origins. 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.
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

MUSIC

In Music, their focus in Term 1 is:

To learn to sing songs that relate to Harmony Day and Anti-bullying Day and discuss the messages of the songs and perform at the assembly.
To deepen and demonstrate their understanding of Harmony Day and Anti-bullying Day at the assembly through role-play, powerpoint presentation, interview videos, Visual Art and Dance.
Please find some of the songs on my blog.
http://musicwithmstomomi.global2.vic.edu.au/2018/04/23/harmony-day-2019/ 

ART

In Art, their focus in Term 1 is:
To refine ideas through art and design practice. 
To explore and create work with more deliberate planning and increasing skills in selecting technique and style for their expressive needs. 
To discuss art and design works in cultural contexts.
To grow creatively and self-awareness, and reflect on individuality. 

P.E.

This Term in Physical Education the Year Five/Six students will participate in 2 units of work involving fitness and basketball.  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 an eight minute run as part of their fitness testing.  In the basketball unit students will continue to develop the basic skills involved in dribbling, passing, catching and shooting a basketball. They will be involved in basketball games to learn strategy and teamwork skills.  Students will participate in Summer Sports such as volleyball, basketball, flag rugby and softball. Students can attend before school activities such as running club (Tuesday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday Morning).  They can also participate in lunchtime clubs which happen every week. Students will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country and Swimming teams in their respective age groups.
 

Year Level Newsletter
BEST.pdf
BEST.pdf