Class Overviews

With a strong focus on the individual, a broad curriculum caters for a wide range of interests and abilities.


Catholic schools teach the same curriculum as government schools. However, there is a strong religious dimension across the curriculum which is most obvious in the subject of Religious Education. Expectations of achievement and conduct are high.

This page provides information detailing what is being taught this term at St Matthew's Primary.

What students are learning

Term 3 Overview

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to another great term of learning experiences.

Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas that will be covered this term in Early Stage 1.



Key Learning Areas


Religious Education

One topic will be studied this term: ‘1KC5 A Community That Celebrates God’s Love’. Students will learn about the distinctive characteristics of the parish as a Catholic community, who celebrate, serve and grow in faith and love together.

A Project Based Learning (PBL) will also be centred around this unit of work with students demonstrating their understanding of the features of a church in the form of a proposal for a portable church.

 

English

The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. All three strands will be covered each term.

Mathematics

All strands of Mathematics will be covered this term. Students will continue learning to: count forwards and backwards from a given number; recognise, describe, create and continue repeating patterns; model addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems using a variety of materials. Students will learn about time, length, data, position, 2D shapes and 3D objects. Students will be taught to use a variety of problem solving strategies across all strands.

History

HSIE will be covered again in Term 4.

Science & Technology

In the Science PBL unit, ‘Paddock to Home’ students will be investigating the basic needs of living things. Students will observe a range of farm animals, farm products and services and will conduct experiments on plants and develop ideas about what living things need. We will be participating in a Dairy Incursion conducted at school on Thursday 2nd August (Week 2) as part of the unit of study.

We will also be going on an excursion to explore Calmsley Hill Farm on Monday 6th August (Week 3).

Students will work in small groups to answer the focus question: How can we as designers and builders, create places or spaces for farm animals and plants, so that we can provide them with all that they need?

During the second half of the term, students will study the unit, ‘Let’s Get Moving’. Students will explore how things move. Students will conduct a number of experiments using familiar objects, such as toys, that focus on sliding, rolling, spinning and bouncing. They will examine that the way something moves is highly dependent on its size and shape.

PDHPE

In the Health unit ‘I am Special’, students will learn to identify how people grow and change. Students will talk about things that they like to do and explore similarities and differences in appearance, experiences and abilities. Students will investigate the physical changes that have occurred since birth, along with basic human needs. They will learn about external body parts and their functions (eg. ears are for hearing) and how we use our senses.

Kindergarten will participate in a Gymnastics program delivered by specialist teachers each week on Wednesday.

Students will also engage in Sport sessions every Friday with specialist teacher Mrs Brand. Students will be supported in gaining skills that will enable them to participate in a variety of games and sports and emphasise the importance of leading an active lifestyle.

Creative Arts

Visual arts

Students will have the opportunity to focus on the artworks of Vincent Van Gogh. They will learn about Van Gogh’s style of colour, texture and form and create landscapes and still-life based on the concepts explored

Music and Drama

Students will participate in Music and Drama activities on Fridays with Ms Pollack. They will learn about a variety of dramatic and musical skills and concepts



Homework


Home Readers

Students will be required to continue to read their home reader each night. We ask that students continue to bring their note pouch and home readers to school every day for guided reading groups conducted with the teacher and for independent reading time in class. Reading Eggs and Mathletics are also available for children to complete at their own pace.



Other Notes


Notes

Any notes for the teachers or those that need to be returned to the office can be placed into your child’s note pouch. Note pouches will continue to be collected and checked each morning.

Sports Days

Wednesday and Friday – Full sports uniform is to be worn.

Library Days

Thursday – Students bring their blue Library bag to school.

Assembly

Infants Assemblies will take place on Mondays in Even Weeks (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10) at 2:45pm in the hall.

Kindergarten will present at the following assemblies this term:

  • Monday 30th July (Week 2)
  • Monday 10th September (Week 8)

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us.

Our warmest regards to you all,

Mrs Sarah Galea & Mrs Annette Larnach
Early Stage 1 Teachers


Term 3 Overview

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to another great term of learning experiences.

Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas that will be covered this term in Early Stage 1.



Key Learning Areas


Religious Education

Baptism

Students will be learning about the Sacrament of Baptism and how we are welcomed into God’s family.

Senses - A Gift From God

Students will explore how their senses are important and how they help them express their love and care for others.

English

Writing

Students will be involved in creating a range of informative, imaginative and persuasive texts. Modeled writing and independent writing will happen daily. Students will be evaluating their own work and setting personal writing goals. Students will also be encouraged to think more about the purpose of their writing (to inform, to persuade or to entertain) and sharing their work with others during reflection.

Reading

Daily practice of: independent reading, modeled reading of a shared text, guided reading sessions with teacher and targeted reading activities to meet student needs.

Speaking and Listening

Students will talk and listen to each other about their learning and participate in structured speaking and listening activities.

Library

Library borrowing will be every Thursday. Students must bring their Library bag if they wish to borrow books.

Mathematics

Students will be engaged in open ended, rich tasks that will develop and extend each student’s mathematical knowledge. Activities will cover Number, Measurement, Space and Geometry and Data. This term we will have a particular focus on Multiplication, Money, Fractions, 3D space and Place Value. Students will be encouraged to explain their thinking and to provide a range of valid answers.

History

Students will engage in Project Based Learning to explore the changes and continuity in family life through historical inquiry.

Science and Technology

Push and Pull: Students will be describing “push and pulls” they encounter in everyday life. They will be participating in guided investigations which provide opportunities to investigate push & pulls in air, water & on land.

PDHPE

Health: Safe Living

Students will learn about ways they can keep themselves safe in water.

Sport

Students will be involved in modified sports and games taught by Mrs Brand on a Thursday. Students need to wear their sport uniform on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Creative Arts

Visual Arts

Students will use a variety of techniques to create art works.

Drama and Music

This will be taught by Miss Pollack on Thursday afternoon.

Japanese

This will be taught every Tuesday by Mrs Athanasiou.



Homework

Home readers will be changed each week during Guided Reading sessions. Students need to ensure their books are kept in their pouch and in their bag every day. We ask that parents sign the reading log to indicate the books have been read.


Other Notes


Assembly

Infants assemblies are in Weeks 2,4,6,8 and 10. Year 1 will be presenting in Week 6.


Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the office staff.

Kind regards,

Miss Viviani
Year One Teacher


Term3

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term 3 for 2018! An exciting term is planned ahead and we cannot wait! Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas covered in Year Two for Term 3. If you have any queries please make an appointment with the office or through the Skoolbag App if you wish to speak with one of the Year Two Teachers.



Key Learning Areas


Religious Education

Reconciliation: Living in a forgiving community

This unit explores the human experiences of forgiving and being forgiven. It introduces students to the sacrament of Penance where we celebrate our reconciliation with God and one another.

Eucharist: Celebrating God’s Love

Students demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the Church as a special community described as God's family.

English

The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and comprehension are areas we will be focusing on this term. During writing, students will focus on writing for different purposes including to entertain, to persuade and to inform. This terms read-a-loud focus will be Matilda - Roald Dahl.

Mathematics

All strands of Mathematics will be covered this term. The children will be completing activities in the areas of Whole Number, Chance & Data, 2D Shapes, Patterns & Algebra, Fractions & Decimals, Measurement and 3D Space . To achieve our school focus of Multiplicative Thinking we will be engaging in Multiplication and Division activities for 2 weeks throughout the term (Weeks 2 and 6).

History and Geography

Blast from the Past

This unit will develop knowledge and understanding about the nature of history and key changes and developments from the past. It provides opportunity for students to research, explore and experience what school and family life was like for people in the past. This PBL unit focuses on technology, school and family life by comparing and contrasting how they have changed over time. There is an excursion to Rouse Hill House and Farm where students will experience first hand what school and family life was like in the past.

Science and Technology

Water Works

In this unit students will be investigating the different sources and uses of water within our school and at home. They will learn where water comes from and how the water cycle works by completing a series of experiments and will construct a model of the water cycle in groups. Students will also learn about the importance of water conservation and wastewater treatment.

PDHPE

Medicines and Me

This unit will allow students to explore their understanding of different medicines and the ways in which we use medicine safely when we are unwell. Students will also learn about the safety risks in different environments and the safe choices that they can make in these environments including; the home, near water, on the farm and when playing at school.

Creative Arts

Students explore the subject matter, scale and purpose of their work, experiments with the properties of different drawing and paint media and tools such as colour pencils, fibre tip pens, crayons, paint, brushes, rollers, scrapers, sticks and computer applications in drawing to create particular effects in an attempt to capture likenesses of things depicted.



Homework

  • St Matthew’s Homework Policy consists of reading and Mathletics activities only. Mathletics activities will be open for students to choose, based on the units covered in class. Activities will be checked regularly throughout the term. The log-ins for Mathletics are the same as last year and have been sent home earlier in the year. If you require new passwords please let us know.

  • Upon request from a number of parents last term, we will also be sending home a grammar and spelling overview for Term 3 so that you are aware of the weekly grammar and spelling focus being taught at school. You are not required to do anything at home with this, it is simply for your information, however if you would like to reinforce these concepts with your child at home please do.

  • Students will continue to bring home the guided reading texts that have been introduced to them in class to practice at home. We ask that these are returned to school each day in their reading folders. These texts will be at an instructional level for students, which means they will be able to consolidate their use of reading strategies at home.


Other Notes

Sports Days

Students will be required to wear full sports uniform every Wednesday and Thursday.

Gymnastics will be on Wednesday each week this term.

Library Day

This term, Library will be on a Thursday morning. Your child will be required to bring in a library bag to carry their books in.

Please Note: No Library Bag, No Borrowing.

Assembly

Even Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10.

Tissues and baby wipes

If possible, can we please each child to bring in 1 box of tissue and 1 packet of baby wipes for the remainder of the year.


Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us.

Our warmest regards to you all,

Thank you,

Mrs Jessica Moussa, Mrs Alyssa Bennett & Mrs Emma Worrall
Year 2 Teachers


Term 3 Overview

Dear Parents,

Welcome back for another exciting school term! We are looking forward to a great term of learning experiences.

Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas covered this term in Year 3.



Key Learning Areas


Religious Education

This term, students will explore Gospel stories in Genesis and learn that by appreciating nature, they will come to know God. They will understand their responsibility to care for and to conserve our world. The students will learn more about Mary and her example of faithfulness to God. They will have opportunities to honour Mary through liturgy and prayer. The students will be preparing for their First Penance during the term through a Parish based program, which will also be supported at school.

English

The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. All three strands will be covered each term. Students will be taking a particular focus on the aspects of NAPLAN and understanding the testing process in the first two weeks of Term 2. Within the preparation for this, students will be engaged in comprehension tasks with a focus on Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. Students will be exploring the structure of and creating their own Imaginative, Informative and Persuasive texts. This term our shared story is a narrative text - ‘Wonder’ by ’ R.J Palacio.

Mathematics

Throughout Term 3, students will be covering strands of Number, Measurement and Space & Geometry. Students will be completing activities within the areas of Whole Number, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, Fractions & Decimals, Length and 2D Space. The students will also participate in a range of Warm Up activities and reflecting on their learning and the strategies they have used.

History and Geography

In Term 3, students will be completing an integrated PBL on National Parks. In this unit, students will choose an Australian National Park needing to be saved. Students name and locate natural, built and heritage National Parks in Australia and describe their significance. Students will be able to explain the importance of National Parks in Australia and the importance of protecting National Parks. Students will describe the Flora & Fauna that lives in their chosen National Park. They will be able to build on their skills to locate their chosen National Park on a map, and use geographical terminology.

Science and Technology

The unit studied this term will integrate with the HSIE unit ‘National Parks’. Students will understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things through the ‘Ecosystem’. Students will identify some factors in the local environment that are needed by plants and animals for survival, outline the relationship between plants and animals, investigate the role of living things in a habitat and predict the effect of natural changes in the environment on some relationships between plants and animals.

PDHPE

This term, students will be learning about Road and Bike Safety. Students will take part in a local walking excursion to the library looking at various signs and road crossings. Students will learn and discuss bus safety rules in relation to road safety. At the end of the term we will head to Campbelltown Bicycle Education and Road Safety Centre to experience and interactive lesson on bike and road safety rules.

Creative Arts

This term the students will be studying the works of the Australian artist- Albert Namatjira. They will interpret and reproduce some of the techniques used in nature by the Aboriginal people. The students will also use recycled materials to build their own ecosystems and make an animal from their ecosystem.



Homework

Homework will be reading for 20 minutes each night, Mathletics and Reading Eggs.



Other Notes

Sports Days

Wednesday and Friday (full sports uniform to be worn)

Library Day

Thursday

LOTE - Japanese

Tuesday with specialist Japanese teacher.

Assembly

Assembly will continue to be Monday afternoon every even week. Year 3 will be running assembly in Week 3.


Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us or email us on:
rsant3@parra.catholic.edu.au or aclimpson@parra.catholic.edu.au

Our warmest regards to you all,

Miss Rosemary Sant, Mrs Ann Climpson and Mrs Karen Brand
Year 3 Teachers


Term 3 Overview

Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas covered this term in Year 4.



Key Learning Areas


Religious Education

In Religion we will study the unit ‘Reconciliation of God’s Healing and Forgiveness’ which explores the Sacrament of Penance and we will be studying The Prodigal Son. We will be also investigating The Bible A Special Book where students will be encouraged to interpret the meaning of the Bible and its passages.

English

All three aspects of Literacy; speaking and listening, writing,and representing and reading and viewing will be covered each term. All our learning in literacy will integrate with our PBL projects. In small group reading time we will focus on improving our comprehension skills. Our writing will begin with persuasive and informative texts as well as imaginary writing in the form of journaling and focus on improving our general composition and writing skills. An emphasis on purposeful talk will underpin our learning with students participating in presenting a news article of their choice from current local, national or world topics and asking deep questions to help develop critical thinking.

Mathematics

In Mathematics we will investigate,Wk1 Addition and Subtraction , Wk2 Multiplication and Division, Wk3 Position - mapping and coordinates, Wk4 Time, Wk 5 Volume and Capacity, Wk 6 Multiplication and division-Multiplicative Thinking.

History and Geography

During the first 5 weeks of Term 3, our PBL will be an investigation of the journey of Early Explorers in Australia. Our Driving question is “How can we as Historians create a film to explain the journey and impact of Australia's First inland Explorers?

Science and Technology

Later in the term we will be looking at how people interact within built environments and what factors are considered in their design and construction.

PDHPE

Personal Health Choices

In this unit students will describe and practise personal Health choices including nutrition and personal exercise.

Sport

This term students will participate in a variety of Netball and Touch Football skills as well as skipping skills and games.

Creative Arts

Visual arts

The integration of the HSIE and Science Project Based Learning assessment is the inspiration for our Visual Arts unit this term. Students will design a T-shirt to wear when presenting their sustainability unit and use a variety of techniques to create art work related to the PBL units.

Music and Drama

Students will participate in Music and Drama lessons, conducted by Miss Abbey Pollack on Fridays.



Homework

Mathletics and Reading Eggs.Home reading with novel of choice.



Other Notes


Sports Days

Wednesday and Friday - Sports uniform.

Japanese

Tuesday with Mrs Lauren and Mrs Athanasiou

Library

Thursday - Library Bag

Assembly

Year 4 Assembly - Monday (Week 7).

Dates for your diary

Week 4 15th August- Zone Athletics Carnival
Week 6 Tuesday 28th August- Netball Gala Day
Week 6 Friday 31st August Father's Day Breakfast.


Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us.

Our warmest regards to you all,

Mrs Ann Burke, Mrs Fiona Baldock and Mrs Rhona Hughes (Thursday and Friday)
Year 4 Teachers


Term 3 Overview

Below is an overview of all the Key Learning Areas covered this term by Stage 3.



Key Learning Areas


Religious Education

Our first unit explores a variety of expressions of Christianity within Australia, including Catholicism. Students will become more aware of the traditions, community life, styles of worship and forms of ministry of the Anglican and Uniting Churches in particular. They will be introduced to the work of ecumenism in attempting to restore unity amongst the Christian churches.

The second half of the term the unit explores the call of baptised Christians to live as Jesus teaches in loving service of others. Students demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Christian life as responding to God's love of us and of all creation, through the strength of the Holy Spirit.

English

This term in writing we will focus on speeches for the upcoming Voice of Youth Public Speaking competition.We will also have a focus on writing informative texts. We will look at the specific language features and techniques that are used in these texts.

Mathematics

Each day our warm ups will have a whole number focus ensuring this vital strand receives constant teaching and revision. Each week we will have a different focus topic and this will be reflected in the Mathletics homework tasks set. We will continue to use an open ended, problem solving approach to Mathematics, requiring students to use a variety of mathematical techniques and solutions, with an emphasis on the students explaining their reasoning skills.

History and Geography

This term students explore the impact bushfires have on Australian people, places and environments and propose ways people can reduce the impact of bushfires in the future. Our driving question is “How can we, as an Emergency preparation team, inform the community through a pamphlet, about how they can prevent and minimise the effects of a bushfire?

Science and Technology

In Stage Three we use a project based approach to learning. Here students are given a real world problem to solve, requiring not only deeper learning, but creative thinking and collaborative learning skills. This term our focus will be around our mini fete that will be taking place on Thursday of week 9.

PDHPE

This term students will examine key factors that contribute to a balanced lifestyle and keeping fit and healthy. They examine nutritional information and they identify behaviours that impact on wellbeing. Students look at taking responsibility for personal decisions, recognising the effects that decisions have on themselves and others.

In PE students will apply, adapt and vary movement skills taught in gymnastics. They will show an understanding of the elements of movement and compose and perform movement sequences with control and coordination in various contexts.

Creative Arts

Visual Arts

This term we will continue on with our dance unit week 5 and then we will focus on advertising using various art media in preparation for our mini fete.



Homework

It is expected that students read for 20 minutes a night. They are to record the book they have read and the number of pages read in their homework diary.

The students are also set Mathletics tasks that focus on topics previously covered in class. This is set on a Friday and the students have a week to complete these set tasks. The students can write what Mathletics task they complete in their homework diaries also.

We do ask that parents sight and sign your child/children's diary before the students bring their diary to school every Friday to be sighted by the teacher.



Other Notes

Sports Days

Wednesday and Thursday

Library Day

Thursday

Assembly

Our Stage 3 assembly this term is in Week 5 - Monday 20th August.


Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with us.

Our warmest regards to you all,

Mrs Sharon Williams, Miss Lauren Schembri, Miss Jacqui Mortimer and Mrs Rachael Usher
Stage 3 Teachers



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