Year Level Newsletter

17 February 2020
Term 1/2020
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 Louise Pickering, Mr Corio, Mrs Daniela Dal Santo and Mrs Daniella Polites. Your child’s learning will additionally be supported by our Learning Support Officers, Mrs Mary Cerra, Mrs Chris Karalis, Mrs Anita Arslanian and Mrs Gora Vulic. We are delighted with how the children are settling into their new routines and their learning. We trust that your child is coming home sharing their new adventures, friendships and 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 part of the school and parish community.
  • 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,  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.
  • Social behaviours, eg sharing, turn taking, speaking nicely to others, developing classroom rules and appropriate social behaviours.

Our Learning This Term

ENGLISH

The English Block is a daily focused two-hour session. This  is designed to support 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, modelled reading, language experience, 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, songs, poetry and nursery rhymes.

Each child is regularly monitored in their reading to ensure they are reading texts that are appropriate to their level. The focus always emphasises reading for meaning and promoting a love of reading.

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. 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.

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 point 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.

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 Data and  Representation (Collecting Data) and Time.

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.

RELIGION

In Religion, the Foundation students 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 and songs. We are learning to make the Sign of the Cross, as well as talking with and listening to God.

The students will learn to retell and explain stories about Jesus, and will begin to interpret stories as examples of how Jesus Christ loves and cares for us. Towards the end of Term 1 we will learn about Holy Week and the Easter Story and present the story of Palm Sunday to the school community.

INQUIRY

This term, our Inquiry topic is This Is Me! The Foundation students will be learning about themselves, their family, what makes them happy, how to be a good friend and how to express their feelings.

Students will also learn about our classroom, school rules and how behaviour choices make an impact on our safety. The students are learning to explain how our routines in the classroom help us to do our best, as well as 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.  We are learning to recognise these in our friends and classmates too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. – Mr Tyndall
Music - Ms Sivasubramaniam
Art - Mrs Bartlett

All Foundation classes will have specialist lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Please remind your child to wear their sports uniform (blue shorts and yellow shirt) and runners on the appropriate day.

  MONDAY TUESDAY
ITALIAN FC FD & FP
P.E. FP FC & FD
MUSIC FC & FD FP
ART FD & FP FC

 

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
Each day, your child will bring home a book in the blue reading pouch. Please ensure that the 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. 
 

Specialist Program News

Italian

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 through varied oral activities. 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.

The students will also be taught to introduce themselves with his/her name.

Come ti chiami?..........Mi chiamo

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

 

P.E.

During Term One in Physical Education, students will be learning how to follow instructions and work as individuals and in small groups. They will participate in a range of individual, partner and small group activities focusing on a number of fine and gross motor skills.  Some of these skills include underarm throwing, catching and using small and big objects (bean bags, tennis balls etc).  Additionally, students will have the opportunity to join in before school activities such as running club, skipping and cricket club. Year Six leaders also run fun activities on a Friday at recess that the foundation students can join in and be a part of. The overall emphasis will be on promoting physical activity through fun, engaging and motivating activities.

Peter Tyndall

Art

In Foundation for this semester, children will be creating pictures and designs using various mediums such as acrylic paints, crayons, chalks, water-colour pencils and textured papers to represent familiar figures and objects. They will begin to discover that lines can have a variety of qualities and can make different shapes. They will be working with shapes that have a variety of characteristics to help them become aware of the 3D nature of form in objects such as volume in a toy, a box, an animal. They will create texture using a variety of tools and recognise primary colours and tones. They will develop an awareness of patterns in nature and in their visual surroundings such as clouds in the sky, bricklaying, raindrops in a puzzle. They will also develop their cutting and pasting skills.

Cathy Bartlett

Performing Arts

The Foundation students are exploring their voices and how their bodies move to the beat using creative movement and untuned percussion. They are exploring ideas for characters through dramatic role play and games.

The students have begun the year exploring and keeping the beat through movement and are singing the following songs:

  • Der Glumph
  • Che Che Koolay
  • Fiddle Diddle Dee
  • Five Little Ducks

Please click on the LINK for information about the classes and to find some links to the songs to sing at home.

Please select the link to ‘Foundation Classes’ and  use the ‘Guest Area’ password: sacsF

Mrs Siva

Key Dates

Wednesday 12th February

Foundation Literacy and Numeracy Interviews - No Classes

Sunday 16th February

11:00 am Welcome Mass and BBQ:

Staff Commitment, Year 6 Leadership, Blessing of Foundation students and Year 5 Buddies

Wednesday 19th February

Foundation Rest Day- No Classes

Wednesday 26th February

Foundation Rest Day- No Classes

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 4th March

5:30 - 7:00 pm Better Buddies Evening and BBQ - Welcome 2020 Foundation students and Year 5 Buddies 

Friday 6th March - Colour Explosion Run and Harmony Day

Monday 9th March

LABOUR DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL   

Tuesday 10th March

School Closure Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday 19th March

5:00 pm  Twilight Athletics Foundation to Year 6

Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews

Monday, March 23⋅2:00 – 7:30pm

Tuesday 24th March 

2:30 pm  Foundation Palm Sunday Liturgy

Wednesday 25th March 

2:30 pm   Year 3/4 Last Supper Liturgy

Thursday 26th March 

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

Friday 27th March   Year 5/6  Good Friday,

The Stations of the Cross Liturgy - 9:00 – 9:30am

2:30 pm      Dismissal - Last Day of Term 1

Year 1/2

Welcome

Dear Parents,

We hope that you had a restful and enjoyable break and welcome you to the new school year.

We look forward to educating your children and celebrating their many achievements and progress throughout 2020.

Our Learning this Term

ENGLISH

We have opened the term with the genre of Recount writing and have enjoyed reading about the holiday period. We now move to the reading and writing of Narrative texts with a specific focus on fairy tales and feel that this is an engaging way of introducing students to the genre of Narrative with the structure of an Orientation, Complication and Resolution.

In our reading groups we will focus on a wide range of strategies including the use of words and illustrations to make predictions, identifying and breaking up sounds in words, making connections between the experience of the child and those of the characters in the text, along with, locating specific information within a text.

Children have started bringing library books home and over the next couple of weeks readers will be sent home. It’s very important that children engage in reading at home.
Reading with your children at home has many benefits, including fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading comprehension, vocabulary and establishing essential foundational literacy skills.

We welcome Parent Helpers into the classroom to assist us in the teaching of English.

Please ensure that you have a current Working with Children Check as this is a legal requirement. Please inform your child’s classroom teacher of your availability.

MATHS

We have begun the term with a two week unit  on Data representation and interpretation.The students have created simple graphs individually and as a class. They have been learning about choosing simple questions and gathering responses and representing data through the use of objects and drawings. The students have been reflecting on information from their graphs to make conclusions about the data.

Over the next two weeks students will be learning about Time. This includes the order of the days of the week and specific activities we engage in on certain days. We will be telling the time using analogue and digital clocks. Furthermore, the students will learn about  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, the seasons and using a calendar to identify the date and number of days in each Month.

RELIGION

We have begun the term with the students exploring which groups and communities they belong to and ultimately reflecting upon how we all are a part of God’s family. A large part of being a member of a family and community is the ability to demonstrate compassion and forgiveness during challenging times.

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. 

INQUIRY

Our topic for this term is "St Andrew’s School – Who are we?” We have started the unit by reflecting on the qualities of Saint Andrew. Students have taken a tour of the grounds of the school and this has inspired them to consider words to best describe the environment including “green”, “welcoming” and “peaceful”.

Students will be learning about the history of St Andrew’s and recognising that the Parish is a large part of the story of the school.

They will be investigating their role as a student and friend, as well as, investigating healthy relationships and how their choices and actions can make a difference to the lives of others.

B.E.S.T.

In Term One, we are revising the values of BEST including: Be Respectful, Encourage Others, Strive to do your BEST and Think Safety. This will begin with a safety tour around the school where students reflect on the safest way to use equipment in the playground and move around the school. We encourage students to follow expectations of the BEST program at all times inside and outside of the classroom.

Classroom Organisation

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

  • 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
  • Being punctual to class and ready for learning. After 8:50 a.m students must report to the office to be registered as being late for the day.

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.

Library

The days and times for this Term’s Library Sessions are:

1/2DW and 1/2M: Monday

1/2S, 1/2G and 1/2R: Thursday

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

School assemblies 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

Sunday 16thMass with families of Foundation & Yr 5 Buddies along with Year 6 (11.00 a.m)

Wednesday 19th - Education Board Meeting (7.00 p.m)

Thursday 20th - Parent Classroom Helpers Session - 9am-10am & 6pm -7pm

Friday 21st - Paddy Edwards & Callum Mills travel to Philippines Friendship School                                         

Saturday 22nd - Working Bee 8.30am-10.30am

Tuesday 25th - Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 26th - Ash Wednesday Mass 11.45am

Thursday 27th - School Open Day Tours

March

Wednesday 4th - School Open Day Tours

Friday 6th - Celebrating Harmony Day & Colour Fun Run

Monday 9th - Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday 10th - School Closure Day

Wednesday 11th - School Open Day Tours

Friday 20th - Reconciliation Reflection Day (9am)

Friday 20th - National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Monday 23rd - Parent Child Teacher Interviews (2.00 p.m)

Tuesday 24th - Palm Sunday Liturgy - Foundation (2.30 p.m)

Wednesday 25th - The Last Supper Liturgy - 3/4 (2.30 p.m)

Thursday 26th - Garden of Gethsemane Liturgy - 1/2 (2.30 p.m)

Friday March 27th - Good Friday Liturgy - Year 5/6 (9.00 a.m)

Friday March 27th - Term One Concludes (2.30 p.m)

How to Contact Us

Michael McDonough                    mmcdonough@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Rachel Gurvich     rgurvich@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Sarah De Guzman - Wettenhall    sdeguzman@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Maggie Sproul        maggie@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Natalie Rando         nrando@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Kathy Cunningham                      kcunningham@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

 

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

Specialist Program News

 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. 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, papà- dad  fratello-brother sorella-sister nonno grandpa .They will be exposed to the picture story book Il Mio Fratellino which explores the relationship between brothers and sisters.

The students will be encouraged to talk about their family orally, to 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. 

 Signora White    

     

Physical Education

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), skipping club (Wednesday Morning) and cricket club  (Thursday Morning). Year One and Two students can also join in Wednesday Soccer fun at Recess in the hall and Friday fun activities  organised by Year 6 House Captains in the hall.

Peter Tyndall

 

Art

In Art for this semester the Grade 1/2 children will enjoy looking at objects in the environment in a more focussed way and interpret what they see in a more representational way. They will gain a greater awareness of how space is organised and some ability to show people in action in their drawings and paintings. A growing sensitivity to colour subtleties will become evident, recognising harmonious and complementary colours. They will experiment using various mediums such as crayons, oil pastels, acrylic paints, water- colour pencils and soft chalks. They will continue to develop their cutting and shading skills to create some 3D designs. Work will be enriched by opportunities to see how other artists express ideas.

Cathy Bartlett                           

Striving to do Our Best

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 B.E.S.T.

 

Year 3/4

Welcome

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our termly curriculum letter for Year 3-4. Firstly, we would like to welcome you back to another exciting school year, after what was hopefully a restful and relaxing summer. Our aim is to keep you informed of your child’s learning and suggest how you can support your child at home. If you have any questions throughout the course of the term please see your child’s class teacher and we will do our best to assist you.

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

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 are looking forward to working with you to ensure your child achieves their best this year.

Regards

Sue ter Kuile, Angela Palombi, Stephanie Barbuto, Paddy Edwards, Daniella Polities and Peter Tyndall,

 

Our Learning this Term

ENGLISH

In English this  term we are continuing to build on the skills of reading and writing and applying these through a variety of learning tasks.

In Writing our focus will be Persuasive Writing 

In the coming weeks students will be developing individual goals related to their reading and writing. 

 

Homework:  Reading Daily

Students are expected to read each night for 20 minutes and to record their reading in their diary.

Please record reading using the following format

Title:

Time Read:

Pages”

Parent signature

It would benefit your child once reading has been completed to talk about what they have read.

 This ‘verbal processing’ helps them remember and think through the themes of the book.

Ask questions before, during, and after a session to encourage reading comprehension.

 For example:

  • Before: "What are you interested in about this book? What doesn't interest you?"
  • During: "What's going on in the book? Is it turning out the way you thought it would? What do you think will happen next?"
  • After: "Can you summarize the book? What did you like about it? What other books does it remind you of?"

You may also like to visit the local library and select books that are of interest to your child.

Literacy Helpers:

We would like to invite all parents to assist with Literacy in the classroom if you are available. Literacy blocks run each morning from 9.00am-11.00am

A literacy helpers session will be held on Thursday February 20th- The Parent Helpers Information Session will be held on the following times 9:00am and 6:00pm. We hope to see you at one of these sessions.

MATHS

In Mathematics this term, staff will be consulting with specialists Jo Pringle and Jan Walker from (Catholic Education Melbourne) to further develop the teaching efficacy of Mathematics within the school.

Focus areas for the term will be Data and Representation and Time.

Students will be introduced to Mental Mathematics card games throughout the term. Parents are encouraged to play these games at home regularly to foster a love of Mathematics in their child.

There are many activities that you can do at home to develop your child’s numeracy skills.

Below are some suggestions of activities-

  • How long do your favourite sport games go for in minutes and seconds? How is the time in the game divided? Into halves, quarters or something else?  What are the shapes of different playing fields and courts? Talk about edges and angles.
  • How can you estimate the perimeter and area of a playing field?
  •  How many cars could be parked on the MCG field? How could we work this out?
  • Find a seven-day forecast, then record the actual temperature for each day and compare. Ask your child if the forecast was accurate. Ask them what similarities and differences they notice.
  • Collect and read recipes and discuss the use of fractions, millilitres and grams. Encourage your child to make accurate measurements using measuring cups and spoons.
  • How would you spend $40 from a catalogue? How many products can you buy for $40?
  • Select five products from the catalogue, then calculate what the cost would be if there was a 50% sale. Does it make a difference if you add up the items, and then deduct 50%, or if each item is reduced by 50% then totalled?

Connecting online

Here are some other useful websites you can access from home or the local library. Some are also available to download as apps on various devices:

https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au (select Primary Students tab)

https://education.abc.net.au

https://www.wolframalpha.com/

 (start with the Elementary Maths link)  http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

https://www.scratchjr.org/

 https://www.kodable.com/parents

 

RELIGION

In Religious Education we will be preparing for Reconciliation and Easter. In our Religion unit of work, we are focusing 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 student understanding of Reconciliation and how it affects their relationships with others.

 

INQUIRY

In Inquiry we will be focusing on:

-identity and my place in society.

- who is St. Andrew’s

-cyber safety and digital citizenship

When using technology the students will be expected to be SMART, ALERT, STRONG, KIND, BRAVE

To use the Chrome Books ALL students need to have discussed and signed the Digital Technology Agreement and return it to the class teacher.

B.E.S.T.

The Year 3-4 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 Year 3-4 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 Year 3-4 students will be learning about Being respectful through a series of lessons involving role-play, stories and other fun activities.

CLASSROOM ORGANISATION

Specialist Teachers and Timetable

Italian – Signora White

P.E. – Mr Tyndall

Music - Mrs Sivasubramaniam

Art – Mrs Bartlett

 

Art Grade 3/4 2020

All Year 3/4 classes have specialist lessons on Tuesdays.

Students are to  wear sports uniforms with runners only on Tuesdays.

 

LIBRARY

Students should return their library books in their library bag on their allocated library days. Students will be borrowing their take home reader  from the library each week.

Library Timetable

3/4TK     Tuesdays

3/4E  Wednesdays

 

3/4P  Wednesdays

3/4B  Wednesdays

 

 

 

School Uniform and Hat

Hats are compulsory during Terms 1 and 4. Full summer uniform should be worn each day throughout Terms 1 and 4.

Key Dates

Tuesday February 11th - Cyber Safety Incursion and  Cyber Safety Parent Workshop 6:45pm-8:00pm- Strongly recommended that your child attends this.
Thursday February 20th- Parent Helpers Information Session - 9:00am and 6:00pm

Saturday February 22nd - Term 1 Working Bee
Monday February 24th - Thursday March 5th - Yr 3/4 Swimming Program at Clayton Pool
Saturday February 29th - Reconciliation Commitment Mass 6:00pm 
Tuesday March 3rd - Reconciliation Workshop Evening 6:00pm

Friday March 6th - Colour Fun Run 1:30pm
Monday March 9th - Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday March 10th - School Closure Day
Thursday March 19th - Twilight Athletics 5:00pm-7:00pm
Friday March 20th - Reconciliation Reflection Day
Monday March 23rd - Term 1 Parent, Child and Teacher Interviews
Wednesday March 25th - 3/4 The Last Supper Liturgy 2:30pm
Thursday 26th March - Sacrament of Reconciliation 6:00pm
Friday 27th March - End of Term 1 students depart at 2:30pm

How to Contact Us

All of the 3/4 team members are able to be contacted on the following emails. Please be aware that teachers may not respond after working hours. We will attempt to reply as soon as possible.

Paddy Edwards- pedwards@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Sue ter Kuile- sue@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Angela Palombi- apalombi@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Stephanie Barbuto- sbarbuto@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Peter Tyndall- peter@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Daniella Polites- dpolites@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Meetings can also be organised with teachers before and after school. Please contact your child’s teacher via email to organise a time, if necessary.

Specialist Program News

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.

Years 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 centred on the life of an Italian scientist Galileo Galilei. Students will engage with a simple imaginary text in many varied class activities and games.

The emphasis will also be on group work, creating and writing a script for a role play for presentation to the class. Through scaffolded lessons the students will also prepare two main written tasks; one in English at the beginning of the unit and then one in Italian at the end of the unit.

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.

 A particular focus will also be on correct pronunciation and expression of key phrases in Italian.  During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing interactive tasks on Languages Online.

 

To help your child practise his/her Italian, please access the following LINKS :

https://www.google.com/search?q=galileo+galilei+facts&oq=gaalileo+galilei&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l7.15117j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&safe=active&ssui=on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5vezYaOpC4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REUdlA44vuY

Buon lavoro e ciao a presto. 

Signora White                         

  

Physical Education 

 This Term in Physical Education the Year 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), skipping club (Wednesday Morning) and cricket club (Thursday 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.
Peter Tyndall

 

 Art

This Semester in Art the children will be drawing with greater detail and with a more developed sense of context. They will enjoy painting and drawing, from direct observation, subjects to include still life, views of their surroundings or a classmate. Devices such as overlapping will be used to create space and depth on a page. They will be mixing more complex colours and tones and will recognise and experiment with warm, cool and complementary colours for the effects they create. They will enjoy inventing their own cartoon characters. They will also draw and paint their own futuristic fashion, designing and sketching a 3D model with moving parts. They will continue to experiment mixing different colours to create shadings and tones using acrylic paints, water-colour pencils, crayons and pens

Cathy Bartlett


          

Year 5/6

Welcome

Welcome parents, guardians and students to an exciting new year of learning in Years 5 and 6.

As a means of communication between the 5/6 teaching team and home, this publication will be sent out each term. The newsletter aims to provide a summary of what will be happening in the 5/6 Classrooms as well as the broader community. The 5/6 team for 2020 is as follows:
5/6 M
Callum Mills – (Monday - Thursday)
Netty Howe – (Friday)

5/6P
David Preston – (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Daniela Polites – (Wednesday)

5/6A
Bella Aranda

5/6 C
Liana Caligiuri


Netty Howe – Curriculum Enhancement Teacher
Rosemary Restaino – Learning Support Officer
Annette Prete – Learning Support Officer

Our Learning this Term

ENGLISH

Each day our students will participate in a 2 hour Literacy block. The morning Literacy 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. This term our Reading and Writing will link closely to our Inquiry learning and will feature a range of non-fiction information texts. Over the term students will continue to read a range of texts to build their reading skills. Students will also be working in Reading Groups with their peers where they will complete targeted small group activities and participate in regular sessions with their classroom teacher.

 

WRITING

Our first Writing topic for the year is “Information Texts”. Students will explore a range of different types of non-fiction texts and will learn about the structure and purpose of.

 

MATHS

The students will complete a daily one hour maths lesson. This year we are lucky enough to participate in  a CEM project in our Mathematics subject area. Jo Pringle and Jan Walker from the CEO will be assisting and supporting the school over the year in Mathematics. Staff will be attending ten days of Professional Learning from Jo and Jan. We are beginning the year with Data Representation, followed by a Time unit.

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).  Students are encouraged to practice these at home to ensure these are known.

 

INQUIRY/RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Throughout Inquiry and Religious Education this semester, students will be focusing on how to establish and maintain relationships with their peers, teachers and their faith. They will investigate how Saint Andrew came to be our patron saint, the values in which the school abides by, key members of the school community and how they play a part in the creation of our school culture

While journeying through Lent, students will participate in liturgies with a focus on Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving and Forgiveness. 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.

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 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.

The Year 5 Students each have a new Foundation Buddy to support with developing these values and to guide their buddies through their first year at St Andrew’s. It is always an exciting time for the Year 5 students.

The BEST values are also reflected in class each morning during the Circle Time. It is important that all students arrive  before 8:45 AM 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.
  • It is expected that students complete 2 ½ hours of Reading at home per week with the following recorded in their personal diary (Title, pages read/duration of reading, parent signature)
  • Sports shoes are only to be worn on a Monday 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

Important dates to remember for Term One

Tuesday February 11th - World Safer Internet Day

Tuesday February 11th - Cyber Safety Incursion 11:45 AM

Tuesday February 11th - Cyber Safety Parent Information Evening 6:30 PM

Sunday February 16th - Staff/Year5&6/Foundation Mass 11:00 AM

Friday February 21st - Mr Mills & Mr Edwards depart for the Philippines

Saturday February 22nd - Term One Working Bee 8:30 AM

Tuesday February 25th - Bentleigh District Swimming Carnival

Tuesday February 25th - Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday February 26th - Ash Wednesday

Wednesday March 4th- Yr 5 Buddy/Foundation BBQ

Saturday March 7th - Mr Mills & Mr Edwards return from the Philippines

Thursday March 19th - Twilight Sports

Monday March 23rd Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

Friday March 27th - Good Friday Liturgy 9:00 AM

Friday March 27th - End of Term 1

**Please also check the Newsletter, Social Media & the Skoolbag app for dates  

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:

Bella Aranda: baranda@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

David Preston: dpreston@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Netty Howe: ahowe@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Liana Caligiuri: lcaligiuri@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Callum Mills: cmills@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au

Daniella Polites : dpolites@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, 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. The students will engage in a unit of work which aims to introduce them to the city of Melbourne. Melbourne continues to be a vibrant, creative, and multicultural city with a strong historical presence. It will allow students to gain an understanding of some of the basic historical facts of the city and how it has changed overtime. They will gain a deeper awareness of the landmarks and tourist attractions that the city has to offer. Through carefully scaffolded lessons, they will be creating and writing a brochure highlighting all that Melbourne has to offer to overseas tourists as well as creating a dialogue using directions, for presentation to the class.

They will learn about some celebrations that are unique to Melbourne, encouraging an understanding of why these events are important to each of the community groups.

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.

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.

A particular focus will also be on correct pronunciation and expression of key phrases in Italian.  During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing interactive tasks on Languages Online.

To help your child practise his/her Italian , please access the following LINKS :

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect19/index.htm

https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/discover/things-to-do-in-melbourne/attractions-and-landmarks

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/italian/sect21/index.htm

 I also encourage everyone to keep up with the Duolingo program and Languages Online in order to increase their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.

Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.

Signora White

 

Physical Education

This Term in Physical Education the Year Five/Six students will participate in two units of work involving fitness and Hot Shots Tennis.

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 Tennis unit students will learn the newly introduced inter-school winter sport of Hot Shots Tennis. They will be instructed in the rules and skills by an accredited tennis coach over a three week program.

Students will participate in Summer Sports such as volleyball, basketball, cricket, flag rugby and softball.

Students can attend before school activities such as running club (Tuesday Morning), skipping club (Wednesday Morning) and cricket club (Thursday Morning). Additionally students can participate in lunchtime clubs each  week. Students will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country and Swimming teams in their respective age groups.

Peter Tyndall
 

Art

During art Year 5/6 sessions in semester one we encourage independent thinking that will enable children to develop their ideas and express these in an appropriate manner in their art pieces. This development is very prominent in the experimentation phase in our sketches. It is our aim to give children full ownership of their art works and provide them with the confidence to explore, experiment and make their own decisions. They will be concentrating on outline drawings, silhouettes, shapes, tones, textures using acrylic paints, charcoal, water-colour pencils, oil pastels and various construction papers.  We encourage children to search for hidden meanings in pieces of art works and images or anything that gives us inspiration. They will have lots of opportunities to work from observation to draw aspects of their surroundings, to arrange and draw or paint a still life. They will continue to develop their ability to mix warm, cool and complementary colours to create textures, colours and tones.

Cathy Bartlett

 

Performing Arts
The Year 5-6 students are exploring themselves in relation to others through dramatic role play and team challenge games. 
They will engage with text and character to explore the question, "Does a shared space mean we live together and see the same story?'
Next term the year 6 students will begin discussing and sharing ideas about “GP2020” - the graduation performance and will collaborate to choose songs and themes!
Please click here  to see more information about the 5-6 Performing Arts program!
Select the link to ‘Year 5-6 Classes’ and  use the ‘Guest Area’ password: sacs56

Mrs Siva

 

 

Year Level Newsletter
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