The Term 1 Unit of Inquiry is called ‘Ecosystems’ which integrates with ‘Sharing the Planet’. The unit focuses on components of an ecosystem, how they interconnect through form and balance, using visual references of microscopic images, coral reefs and scientific drawings. The Artists we will explore are Rob Lowe/Supermundane, Diane Lublinski and Maryanne Moodie.
The students will complete:
Team Building Activities. Striking Games – Softball/Golf
Focus: Working together as a group showing tolerance and respect for others. Demonstrating open-mindedness and caring for each other.
Refine the basic and complex motor skills of throwing, catching, fielding and striking in a selection of games. Begin to evaluate the performance of a partner during games and provide constructive feedback based on performance criteria to assist skill development.
Focus: Our interactions with other cultures contributes to a harmonious world. Explore the traditional music of Africa including African drums. The students will:
Sing songs promoting respect and a positive attitude
Make use of music as a language of expression
Explore body movement as a means of expression
Become familiar with the tone colour and playing techniques for tuned and untuned percussion instruments
The children are timetabled weekly, to borrow books from the Library with their classroom teachers. During these borrowing sessions, they will gain a better understanding of Library locations and the borrowing/returning procedures. The focus will be on reading for enjoyment, interest and information. The children will have the opportunity to consolidate their literacy skills and further their development in literature appreciation. The Library program also supports and extends the Units of Inquiry being studied in each year level and provides classrooms with resources to enrich the units offering varied forms of information.
The Term Two Unit of Inquiry is called ‘Natural Disasters’ which integrates with ‘How the World Works. The Unit focuses on the four natural elements fire, earth, water and air and how they are represented through art. Artists to explore are Hokusai, Jan Senbergs and David Hicks.
FOCUS: Gymnastics: The aspects of Gymnastics being covered will be balance (handstands/pyramids), rotations (cartwheels/round-offs) and flight (mini-tramp/vault).
The children will work in a variety of groups and perform sequences of movement, with and without equipment, individually and as a group.
Invasion Games - AFL and Touch Football
Refine basic and complex motor skills with attacking and defensive strategies in game situations. The children will refine the skills of punt kick, handball, marking, passing and various ball manipulations. They will then be incorporated into team games and activities. They will begin to evaluate the performance of a partner and provide constructive feedback based on performance criteria to assist skill development.
Concepts: Causation - the way they respond to others influences how they respond to us.
Attitudes: Cooperation, empathy, tolerance and integrity.
Learner Profile: Discussions amongst the class after each lesson and the demonstration of specific Learner Profile attributes identified.
How The World Works
Changes to the earth’s surface impact human lives – the sea
PYP Profiles: Knowledgable and reflective
Introductory song related to Sharing the Planet
Make use of music as a language of expression
Explore how music has form
Become familiar with the tone colour and playing techniques for tuned and untuned percussion instruments as well as orchestral instruments
The Term 3 Visual Arts Unit of Inquiry is called “Poster Art and Design”, which integrates with the Transdisciplinary theme - “How We Organise Ourselves”. The Unit focuses on the concepts of design with the use of composition, scale, colour and balance, inspired by the poster art of the Russian Constructivists.
FOCUS: Athletics - running, hurdling, long jump, high jump, discus and shot put.
Create-a-Game: The children work together to create their own group game.
Invasion/Striking/Net Wall Games. Base the games on rules and concepts they have learnt in Physical Education. Concepts to include when planning: scoring, participation, umpiring, safety and enjoyment.
Concepts: Function - how we use our body to perform particular movements.
Attitudes: Cooperation - the ability to work together and collaborate ideas.
Learner Profile: Caring - showing sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others and have a sense of personal commitment to helping others.
Write a greeting card to Japanese children (AKADA MINAMI Primary School in Osaka): name, age, grade, what they like and nationality.
Hiroshima project - learn a SADAKO story, fold paper cranes to pray for world peace and send them to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and draw a picture on the theme of WORLD PEACE.
Calligraphy competition - organised by JLTAV (The Japanese Teachers’ Association of Victoria)
Accent/dialect - what are they? Accents and dialects in Japanese/ English
Vocabularies and grammar
Where We Are in Place and Time
Previous musical styles contribute to the music we have today
Learning Intentions - I will develop an understanding of