Term 3 Overview
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Wednesday and Friday – Full sports uniform is to be worn.
Thursday – Students bring their blue Library bag to school.
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