Kindergarten Class Page





Welcome to the Kindergarten Class Page.
KR - Mrs Kylie Hertsch
KB - Mrs Leah Galea


Important:
Parent Helpers Needed: 
Reading: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm in Term 3. This decision has been made to minimise interruptions to the morning block and to ensure children aren't missing their learning of important concepts at this time.  

Fundamental Movement: Friday Mornings 9.00am - 9.40am.

Term 4
Wk 1 - 9th Oct - 13th Oct
Mon 9th Oct - Pupil Free Day
Tues 10th Oct - School Returns (Summer uniform)

Wk 2 - 16th Oct - 20th Oct

Wk 3 - 23rd Oct - 27th Oct
Fri 27th Oct - Kinder Excursion to Symbio (parents are very welcome)

Wk 4 - 30th Oct - 3rd Nov

Wk 5 - 6th Nov - 10th Nov 

Wk 6 - 13th Nov - 17th Nov

Wk 7 - 20th Nov - 24th Nov

Wk 8 - 27th Nov - 1st Dec

Wk 9 - 4th Dec - 8th Dec
Thurs 7th Dec - Teddy Bears Picnic with Yr 6 Buddies

Wk 10 - 11th Dec - 15th Dec
Fri 15th Dec - Last Day of Term 4 


Term 3
Wk 1 - 17th - 21st July
17th July - Students Return (Winter uniform)

Wk 2 - 24th - 28th July
Tues - Kinder Sport has been changed just for this week, children to wear sport uniform on Tuesday this week and normal school uniform on Wednesday.
Wed 26th July - Grandparents Day: Celebrations start at 9.30am - Liturgy, Open Classrooms and Morning Tea.

Wk 3 - 31st July - 4th Aug
Mon 31st July - Dapto Little Athletics Visit
Thurs 3rd Aug - Dragons Development Program (sport uniform)

Wk 4 - 7th - 11th Aug
Thurs 10th Aug - Dragons Development Program (sport uniform)

Wk 5 - 14th - 18th Aug
Thurs 17th Aug - Dragons Development Program (sport uniform)
Fri 18th Aug - Mrs Galea at Wakakirri Performance Day

Wk 6 - 21st - 25th Aug
Mon 21st Aug - St. Pius X Feast Day Celebrations - Huff and Puff (Unanderra Oval)
Fri 25th Aug - Hotdog Meal Deal (P&F Fundraiser)

Wk 7 - 28th Aug - 1st Sept
Tues 29th Aug - Athletes Foot Visit (learning to tie shoelaces)
Wed 30th Aug - Bookweek Parade and Celebrations
Thurs 31st Aug - Father's Day Stall, gifts are $5 each.
Fri 2nd Sept - Yr 6 and Kinder Mass @ Immaculate Conception 9.30am.

Wk 8 - 4th - 8th Sept
Literacy and Numeracy Week
Fri 8th Sept - Short Assembly/Read for Australia @ 2.10pm in hall.

Wk 9 - 11th - 15th Sept
Tues 12th Sept - Community Mural project 3.30-5.30pm (behind the MacKillop Centre)

Wk 10 - 18th - 22nd Sept
Last day of Term - Fri 22nd Sept


Term 2
Wk 1 - 26th - 28th April
26th April - Students Return (Summer or Winter uniform optional)
         - Easter Liturgy 8.50am
28th April - ANZAC Day Assembly Yr 2, 2.10pm

Wk 2 - 1st - 5th May
4th May - School Cross Country 

Wk 3 - 8th - 12th May
11th May - Mother's Day Stall
12th May - Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day (whole school mass 9.30am - parents are welcome to walk down to the Church with Kinder. We will leave the school at 9am)
        - Kindergarten Mother's Day Assembly: 2.10pm

Wk 4 - 15th - 19th May
15th & 16th May - Mrs Galea &  Mrs Hertsch at Professional Development 
- Phonemic Awareness.

Wk 5 - 22nd - 26th May
22nd May - Students to be in Full Winter uniform
24th May - Simultaneous Reading Day: 'The Cow Tripped over the Moon'- 10.50am in the hall (students can bring in a cow, dog, cat, dish/spoon, fiddle etc to school).

Wk 6 - 29th - 2nd June
Reconciliation Week
29th May - School Photos (Full Winter uniform) Bring in envelope on the day.

Wk 7 - 5th - 9th June
7th June - Athletics Carnival 
8th-9th June - Mrs Hertsch at Spirituality Professional Development

Wk 8 - 12th - 16th June
12th June - Public Holiday
13th & 14th - Mrs Galea &  Mrs Hertsch at Professional Development 
- Phonemic Awareness.

Wk 9 - 19th - 23rd June
Parent Teacher Interviews - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Book online (see newsletter for instructions)

Wk 10 - 26th - 30th June
NAIDOC Week
Term 2 ends - Friday 30th June
29th June Thurs - Kindergarten Reward day (students will watch a G rated movie and can bring a soft toy/and or pillow). Popcorn/chips will be provided. 
30th June - NAIDOC Week activities and Assembly.

Term 1
Wk 2 - 30th Jan - 3rd Feb
Best Start Assessments throughout the week

Wk 3 - 6th Feb - 10th Feb
Kinder students commence - Monday 6th February 8.50-3.10. You are welcome to pick them up from 2.30pm as the children will be hot and tired. 

Wk 4 - 13th Feb - 17th Feb
School will commence at 8.50 and dismissal will be at 3.10pm from now on. 
Kinder Parent Information session - Wednesday 15th February from 5-6pm. 
Wed 15th - P&F Meeting in the library at 6.30pm.

Wk 5 - 20th Feb - 24th Feb


Wk 6 - 27th Feb - 3rd Mar
Clean Up Australia Day - Friday 3rd March (students to bring gloves to wear)
Ash Wednesday Liturgy for Infants 12pm in hall (parents welcome)

Wk 7 - 6th Mar - 10th Mar    
Catholic Schools Week

Tues 7th March 
8.20-8.50am - "Read with Me". Feel free to drop into the school library to share a book with your child before school. 
2.30-3.00pm - Reading Workshop for new parents.

Wed 8th March
2.00-3.00pm - Open classrooms for all classes.
Clean Up Australia Day - please send in gloves for your child to wear (weather permitting).

Thurs 9th March
9.00-10.00am - Open classrooms for all classes.

Fri 10th March
2.10pm - Whole School Assembly.

Wk 8 - 13th Mar - 17th Mar
Fri 17th March - St. Patricks Day. Students are invited to wear GREEN to acknowledge this day. Please ensure all students wear closed in shoes and appropriate clothing. 
Reading Folders will go home this week.

Wk 9 - 20th Mar - 24th Mar

Wk 10 - 27th Mar - 31st Mar
Thursday 30th March- Cross Country Day.  Children can wear their sports uniform or a shirt the same colour as their House.

Wk 11 - 3rd Apr - 7th Apr
Last Day of Term - Fri 7th April

TERM 2 Begins Wednesday 26th April

* Religion workbooks sent home in Week 5. This is a chance to celebrate your child’s learning.

Dismissal - please ensure that a teacher gains eye contact or gives you a wave to acknowledge that they have seen you before they allow your child to leave.

Absences - If your child is sick, please keep them at home. When notifying the school of an absence, please provide a written note, email or phone call.
An Exemption from school form is required for absences that are for 10 or more days. Please contact the office. 

Parent Interviews
Reasons: Academic, social, emotional or behaviour. (Please make a time so we can give the issue the attention it needs, as opposed to on the run catch-ups). Parents can make an appointment through the school office or by contacting the teacher directly. 

Please be aware teachers have staff meetings on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. The teachers are not available at these times.

If your child is having a birthday, they are welcome to bring in lolly pops or similar items. Please be aware that many children have allergies and are not allowed to eat cake with egg, gluten or items with traces of nuts. Please do not feel that you have to send anything in.

Sport:  Wednesday and Friday        
Library:  Monday    
Mass:  No Kinder Mass in Term 1             
Assembly: Mother's Day Assembly - Term 2 (date to be announced)

Please ensure that your child has all of their belongings clearly marked. 

Munch and Crunch: This is a snack that the children will have in the morning session during English time. Please ensure that your child has fruit or vegetables only and nothing that is too messy/sticky, eg. oranges etc. They may prefer that you have it cut up and put in a container so that it is easier to eat. 

Kindergarten Calendar:

Kindergarten


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Term 3 Overview


Religious Education
Unit Title: God's Great Family

In this unit students will learn about Abraham and Sarah. It is a story of promise and trust and formative to our identity as the People of God. Jesus’ Family is also introduced and students learn about two short stories of Jesus as a boy. The story of the people of God begins a new chapter in the person of Jesus. The unit focuses on belonging both in the family and with all the people of God.



Unit TitleGod Is With Us

This unit introduces children to three figures in the Old Testament: Moses, David and Jonah. The stories told in this unit highlight the love and faithfulness of God. God is with the weak and vulnerable, and even raises them to important places. God’s love and graciousness is for all people. It is universal.


English 
Unit Title: Exploring Imaginative Texts (The power of imagination)


In this unit the students will share imaginative and creative texts, including visual media for enjoyment and pleasure. They will understand that imaginative texts are composed for a range of audiences and purposes, using different media.

They will use their own imagination to represent aspects of an experience using written text , drawings, performance  and other visual media.


Letter/Sounds and Sight Words

Week 1: 

Revising Letters and Sounds - y b g j d p q

Vowels: a, e, i, o, u


Weeks 2/3: 

'sh' and 'ch'


Week 4/5:

'th' and 'wh'


Week 6/7:

'ck' and 'ph'


Week 8/9:

'qu' and 'er'


Week 10: 'ar'


Sight words: here, come, like, will, your, said, have, they.


Mathematics

Working Mathematically

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Reasoning


Number and Algebra


  • Multiplication and Division - In this unit of work students will manipulate concrete materials. The emphasis will be on modelling groups of the same size and describing them. Students will  acquire the concept that fair sharing means all shares are equal. After students have shared objects equally, the process will be reversed to begin to develop the link between multiplication and division (Weeks 1/2).

  • Whole number - counting to 30, and ordering, reading and representing numbers in the range 0 to 20 (Number Sense at the beginning of each lesson). Looking at numbers beyond 30 (Weeks 9/10)

  • Addition and Subtraction - In this unit, the concept of addition and subtraction is reviewed. Students will use concrete materials or fingers to model and solve simple addition and subtraction problems. They will use visual representation of numbers to assist with addition and subtraction. They will learn to count forwards by 1 or 2 to add and backwards by 1 or 2 to subtract (Week 5/6).

Measurement and Geometry


  • Three-Dimensional Space - Students will learn how to manipulate, sort and represent three-dimensional objects and describes them using everyday language (Week 3).

  • Area - Students identify, visualise and quantify measures and the attributes of shapes and objects, and explore measurement concepts and geometric relationships, applying formulas, strategies and geometric reasoning in the solution of problems (Week 4)

  • Volume and Capacity - Students explore measurement with a focus on volume and capacity. Throughout the unit students use informal units and they will work with continuous substances such as water and sand as well as discrete substances such as beans, blocks and cubes to determine ‘full’ and ‘empty’. Through hand on activities the attributes of volume and capacity become more familiar for the students (Week 7)

  • Time - In this unit, students will work with the idea of learning to read clock times on the hour (Week 8)

Statistics and Probability



Human Society and Its Environment
Unit Title: Special Places

This unit provides opportunities to students explore the places they live in and belong to. They develop an understanding of what makes a place special and how this may differ for different people. Students learn about the importance of looking after places. Students explore how the location of places can be represented.




Science and Technology
Unit Title: What's Alive?

This unit explores living things. Students will investigate what are living things and their basic needs.


Key Questions
  • To identify the features of living and non-living things.
  • To identify the four needs of living things.
  • To identify why living things need oxygen.
  • To investigate how plants make oxygen.
  • To identify why living things need energy.
  • To investigate how energy makes things move.
  • To identify why living things need water.


Personal Development Health and Physical Education
Personal Development / Health 
Unit TitleActive and Healthy

What is a balanced lifestyle?

How can rest, relaxation, physical activity and healthy eating produce a balanced lifestyle?


Physical Education and Fundamental Movement
Unit Title: Throwing Skills and Gymnastics

Children will focus on basic skills to increase competence in throwing skills. Once skills have been taught these skills can be moved to a sport where their skills can be put to use. (Soccer). Gymnastics movements will be focused on to show actions and use of the whole body.



Creative Arts
Unit Title:​ 'When I Get Mad I Beat My Drum' (Music)

This unit provides a sequence of learning based on the chant ‘When I Get Mad I Beat My Drum’. It uses repertoire as a vehicle for exploring the rhythmic nature of words through speech and developing the students’ feeling for beat through their ability to chant and play rhythmically. It also provides opportunities for innovation on text.


Term 2 Overview


Religious Education
Unit Title: The Easter Story
This unit focuses on two Easter stories. The first tells of the women at the tomb (Lk 24:1-6) and the second of Jesus’ appearance to his disciples on the shore of Lake Tiberias (Jn 21:1-14). Students will hear about and respond to the Easter message of the Resurrection: Jesus is alive.

Unit Title: Belonging to God's Family
This unit introduces the students to religious imagery, to the church building and its furnishings and to gestures used. The unit then introduces the celebration of Eucharist through a focus on key liturgical actions and objects used.


English 
Unit Title: Exploring Imaginative Texts (The power of imagination)


In this unit the students will share imaginative and creative texts, including visual media for enjoyment and pleasure. They will understand that imaginative texts are composed for a range of audiences and purposes, using different media.

They will use their own imagination to represent aspects of an experience using written text , drawings, performance  and other visual media.


Letter/Sounds and Sight Words

Weeks 1/2: 

Vv    Ww Ee   

Sight words - on, had, went, and


Weeks 3/4: 

Pp Jj    Xx    Yy

Sight words - see, look, me, my, mum, love


Week 5:

Qq Zz Revision - d, k, g, t

Sight words: do, not, all, be


Week 6:

Revision - h, j, p, t

Sight words - went, can, on, will, have


Week 7/8:

Vowel Sounds: a, e, i, o, u

Sight words - saw, but, love, have




Mathematics

Working Mathematically

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Reasoning


Number and Algebra

  • Whole number - counting to 30, and ordering, reading and representing numbers in the range 0 to 20 (Number Sense at the beginning of each lesson)

  • Ordinal Numbers - Students learn that ordinal numbers can assist in ordering numbers and groups of objects, eg. 1st - first, 2nd - second etc (Week 10)

  • Addition and Subtraction - This unit emphasises the combining idea for addition and separating for subtraction. The students will practise the concept of combining and separating a quantity to determine the total. They will learn about this concept by using concrete and pictorial models (Week 1 & 2).

  • Patterns and Algebra - In this unit, students will learn how to recognise, describe and continue repeating patterns (Week 5).

  • Fractions and Decimals - Students are encouraged to visualise dividing a region into two halves and then to identify and make cuts to show one half of a region or shape (Week 9).

Measurement and Geometry

  • Two Dimensional Shapes - Students explore 2D shapes. The students visualise 2D shapes by thinking of the outline of the shapes as the picture for distinguishing them. Specific geometric shapes (such as squares, circles, triangles and rectangle) and shapes with everyday names, such as (hearts and stars) will be used. The students will name, make and match shapes and determine the specific characteristics of them (Weeks 6 & 7).

  • Position - Students will learn how to describe position and movement and give simple directions (Week 8).

Statistics and Probability

  • Data - students deal with data using concrete and pictorial sorting. They then gradually begin to represent information on charts and simple yes/no graphs. The students collect, describe and interpret information from graphs. Answering questions about the information on the graph will support data analysis as part of mathematical reasoning (Weeks 3 & 4).


Human Society and Its Environment
Unit Title: Personal and Family Histories 
This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn about their own history and that of their family; this may include stories from a range of cultures and other parts of the world. As participants in their own history, students build on their knowledge and understanding of how the past is different from the present.



Science and Technology
Unit Title: Whatever the Weather
The weather influences our daily decisions about the things we do and what we wear. This unit allows children the opportunity to explore through their senses and hands on activities how changes in the environment affect them and other living things.

Big questions:

  • What are the seasons and weather?

  • What makes the seasons different to each other?

  • How does the weather change?

  • How do seasons influence animal behaviour and plants?

  • How do seasons affect human choices?



Personal Development Health and Physical Education
Personal Development / Health 
Unit Title: Medicines and Making Safe Choices
Students make simple decisions in relation to health and safety and identify medicines and how to store them. They describe balanced eating habits and healthy personal habits as well as safe and unsafe situations at home, on and near roads, travelling to and from school and near water. Students identify people who can help and describe actions such as ‘no, go, tell’ that might be taken in unsafe situations.

Physical Education and Fundamental Movement
Unit Title: Locomotor, Non-Locomotor Skills and Manipulative Skills
This unit see students participate in various games and sports to support an active lifestyle. The children will learn to use a variety of equipment in order to gain confidence and increase skill level.



Creative Arts
Unit Title:​ 'Exploring Colour' (Drama)
Students will explore the technique of painting by experimenting with and enjoying the use of colour. Students will also use colour and marks to express mood. They will learn the 3 primary colours and how to mix these colours to make secondary colours.



Term 1 Overview

Religious Education
Unit Title: Welcome
This unit establishes simple prayer routines with a focus on the Sign of the Cross. Key symbols and religious objects in the school and parish environment are explored. The unit introduces sacred space, a prayer place and the importance of time to pray. Through the use of the Christ candle, children are introduced to the image of Jesus, as the light of the world. The foundational image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd is also presented through the story of the Good Shepherd.

Unit Title: Lent and Holy Week
This unit presents the stories of ‘The Lost Sheep’, ‘The Washing of the Feet’ and ‘The Last Supper’. Through these stories, and in keeping with the season of Lent and Holy Week, the students are introduced to Jesus as the one who loves us, who seeks out the lost, who humbly serves others and who provides nourishment. This unit is the foundation for later exploration of the Lenten season and the Last Supper.
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English 
Unit Title:  We Love Stories
This Term students will explore their own point of view and that of others as 

they respond to a variety of quality literature. They will identify favourite stories, 

authors, characters and illustrators, making comparisons with their own life. 

They will understand that texts are created by authors who tell stories and share experiences that may be similar or different to their own experiences.


Letter/Sounds and Sight Words

Weeks 3/4: 

Aa    Mm Tt    

Sight words - I, can, the, am


Weeks 5/6:

Ss Ii Ff    Dd

Sight words - I, am, at, big, is, this


Weeks 7/8:

Rr    Oo    Gg     Ll

Sight words - he, she, me, we


Weeks 9/10:

Uu Hh Cc Bb

Sight words: up on


Week11:

Nn Kk

Sight words:




Mathematics

Working Mathematically

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Reasoning


Number and Algebra

  • Whole number - counting to 30, and ordering, reading and representing numbers in the range 0 to 20.


Measurement and Geometry

  • Length: In this unit, students will identify the attribute of length as the measure of an object from end to end and explore the direct comparison of objects to learn about the measurement of length.


  • Time: In this unit, students will work with the idea of change or growth over time, that time is duration, moments of time and as a sequence of events. The days of the week are studied and the students write those days in order. They will discuss activities that take a long time or a short time, as duration of events relates to their everyday lives. This unit will also support students in learning to read clock times on the hour.



For more detailed information visit - http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/mathematics/mathematics-k10/content/ 


Human Society and Its Environment
Unit Title: School Days
This unit provides opportunities for students to explore the school, its surroundings and its people. The unit focuses on classroom routines and responsibilities and provides some opportunities to find out about other schools in other places and times.



Science and Technology
Unit Title: Our Environment
In this unit students will explore natural and built environment around them and how to care for them. They will then study how schools are made and what they are made of.  They will design a building in a school for a particular user, eg Library, office, classroom



Personal Development Health and Physical Education
Personal Development / Health 
Unit Title: PALS Program (Social skills)
This unit students will investigate what makes us special.  They will learn strategies to develop good relationships with family, friends and others. 

Physical Education and Fundamental Movement
Unit Title: Games, Sport and Mindful Stretching
This unit see students participate in various games and sports to support an active lifestyle.


Creative Arts
Unit Title:​ 'Colour My World'
This unit: Students will explore the technique of painting by experimenting with and enjoying the use of colour. Students will also use colour and marks to express mood. They will learn the 3 primary colours and how to mix these colours to make secondary colours.

Artist Study: Ken Done is an Australian Artist who designs simple, brightly coloured images of Australian landmarks and other well known Australian symbols. Students will learn about his artwork and create images of their own using Ken Done’s work as a stimulus.