Teachers: Anna Plackett, Lucy O'Dea & Kate Foley
As people of faith, students will tune in to the prayers at the Whole School Mass. Students will be given time and opportunity to listen, practice and develop wonderings about being prayerful. Students will develop thinking about ‘Who is Jesus?’ and listen to stories about Jesus, such as the Easter Story.
Students will tune in to the whole school scripture, Isaiah 43: 1- 2. As a way to strengthen and build the students Catholic Identity, they will dialogue about the importance of their name and make connections to their identity.
Social and Emotional Development
In term one, students will learn to identify good choices and distinguish between right and wrong. Students will be exposed to ‘Brain Breaks’ and the ‘Zones of Regulation’ to learn to be resilient and a good self-manager. The children will discuss our school rules and classroom expectations, to ensure a safe and happy learning environment for all . The students will discover ways to be a good friend and explore how their actions can affect how others feel. The children will explore the idea of ‘belonging’, by sharing different experiences and groups they belong to, such as, their family; the Church; soccer teams; etc.
In reading and viewing students are engaging in a variety of teacher focus groups, including phonics, reading strategies and comprehension skills. Students will participate in shared reading, guided reading and independent reading.
Students will participate in writing focus groups to learn how to structure recounts. Students will be strengthening their awareness of correct letter formation and identification. Students are learning to reread and edit their writing to improve the meaning of a written text.
Students will be supported to ask meaningful questions and express feelings in effective ways. Students will develop their speaking and listening skills by listening and responding to spoken instructions. The will discuss opinions and practice problem-solving strategies.
In Number and Algebra students will develop their knowledge and understanding of number, using concrete materials. Students will use counting strategies to solve problems that involve comparing, combining and separating amounts. Students will develop their problem solving skills to continue and create number patterns.
In Measurement and Geometry students will learn to order events, explain their duration, and match days of the week and months of the year to familiar events. Students will identify simple shapes in their environment and sort shapes by their common features.
In Statistics and Probability students will learn to express and sort events that ‘will happen’, ‘might happen’ and ‘will not happen’. Students will collect data and classify outcomes to create a variety of data displays.
Inquiry - Prep/1
As inquirers, students will explore “Identity”. They will develop skills as a learner to think about themselves, their emotions, their physical characteristics and preferences for example, their favourite animal, colour and food. The children will explore the importance of their name, where it comes from and how names connect families. The children will be exploring how each person in the world is wonderfully unique and will learn to celebrate diversity.
Inquiry - 1/2RM
During Term 1 the students learnt about staying safe and taking responsible risks, healthy food, expressing their emotions clearly, and dealing with conflict. They discussed how they have changed in their life and reflected on the things that they will be able to do in the future.
As users of technology, students will identify the features of an iPad and Laptops. Students will be given the time to develop skills to search and use apps, such as a Quick Response (QR) scanner and Popplet. Students to practise the skills for using a keyboard and touchpad.
Students will develop their design algorithms as a sequence of steps for carrying out instructions, for example becoming expert at using and uploading pictures to Seesaw. They will use their problem-solving skills and coding skills to accurately move Beebots (small robotic devices) from a starting point to an end point.
Library will occur on Monday’s for Prep/1’s and Wednesdays for 1/2 ‘s - library bag needs to be brought in those days. Students borrow and return appropriate books from the library on a weekly basis. They are encouraged to select texts of interest, for research and at their level.
Health and Physical Education (Thursday) with Mrs McLeary
This term students will practice and refine the fundamental movement skills of run, jump, hop and skip. They will practice these skills using different body parts and in a variety of settings. Students will also develop their understanding of basic games emphasising the need for rules and safety.
Mandarin (Thursday) with Yanlong Tai
Students are immersed in listening to, viewing and reading Chinese. They become aware of Chinese as a separate language to English and that other languages exist within their own classroom, their country and overseas. They begin to recognise the importance of tone in Chinese speech and observe that the sounds of Chinese can be encoded in Pinyin using familiar letters.
Art (Thursday) with Ms Briony
Prep and Year One
In Prep and Year One, we will begin the year by discussing art room expectations. Students will then create two collage/mixed media artworks. The first will be of a pig to celebrate Chinese New Year and The Year of the Pig. The second, will be of an art smock. During Term One, Prep and Year One students will further develop their skills in cutting, pasting, creating a collage and combining different art mediums, i.e. various types of paper and oil pastels.
Year One and Year Two
In Year One and Year Two, we will begin the year by discussing the art room expectations. Students will then create two artworks inspired by the artist Claes Oldenburg. In their first artwork, students will create a 2D paper collage of food on a plate. Year One and Year Two students will conclude the term by creating a 3D food sculpture using magiclay. During Term One, Year One and Year Two students will further develop their skills in paper collage, cutting and pasting, modelling and construction using magiclay, as well as painting a 3D object.
Music (Thursday) with Ms Belinda N
Students will develop their sense of beat and rhythm through movement, rhymes, call and response songs, chants and singing games. They will also explore their responses to different types of music. Students will develop their understanding of pitch by distinguishing patterns in high and low sounds. They will respond to music and discuss the emotional connection we can have with music through matching music to emotions.