by Primary teachers
We are so proud of the Kindergarten
students who have completed their first term at big school! This term the students have learnt how to add numbers, make patterns and we have explored 2D and 3D shapes in Mathematics. The Kindy students have been learning about what good readers do and the strategies they can use to problem solve when reading. In Writing, the students have discovered how they can use the letter-sounds they have been learning to write words and record our ideas! How clever are they! This term has seen lots of play based learning where the students have formed friendships and developed their social skills through the problem solving, questioning and critical thinking they have engaged with during Investigations. A highlight for the children was bringing in their 'moving toy' and sharing and exploring the different ways they can move with their peers.
In Year One, we have been learning about so many exciting things! In writing, we are learning about persuasive texts using high and low modality words, linking it with our space investigations topic to write about what we think is better - day or night. In reading, we're learning about strategies to make us good readers, by asking ourselves, "Does it sound right? Does it look right? Does it make sense?" We had such an exciting term learning about space and the changes in the Earth during Investigations. To finish off the topic, students created videos for different real life scenarios, needing to dress up and act out what they would do in certain situations. For example: a birthday party, in winter, while it is raining! What would you need to bring with you, and why? How can you prepare for changes in the Earth? In Religion, we are focusing on our driving question "Who is Jesus?", learning about the person of Jesus, his miracles and his teachings. In Maths, we started with solving tricky number problems, as well as learning about how to make and interpret patterns. We've even started skip counting to make number patterns. Year One students were being excellent mathematicians when it came to Multiplication and Division. The students had to 'share' Easter eggs evenly in groups and had to explain their thinking. We then looked at chance and data where students collected class data on their favourite fruits! Would you believe that mango is a top favourite in Year One? We have had such a busy and exciting term and both Miss Messina and Ms Espiritu are so proud of the efforts of each student.
The students in Year Two have enthusiastically engaged in learning experiences where they inquired, discovered and deepened their understanding of various minibeasts. They have also been writing information reports to produce and present facts about their favourite creature. In Creative Arts, they have designed and created a diorama that represents the habitat of their chosen minibeast. In Religious Education, students have been developing the concept of how they can show love towards their neighbour through the teachings of Jesus. They have also learnt about the Liturgical Season of Lent and have prepared for the celebration of Easter. In Mathematics, Year Two students have really enjoyed problem solving to measure the length, perimeter and area. They have learnt how to estimate and measure using informal units - like their shoe, paddle pop sticks and square counters. They have also been applying their addition and multiplication strategies to find the total perimeter and area in an efficient way.
After a term full of joy, laughter, learning and inquiring the children are looking forward to a well deserved break! They have been trying new things and really challenging themselves. Have a blessed Easter and we look forward to seeing you all next term.