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Kindergarten nEWSLETTER TERM 2, 2020

Welcome back to Anzac Park for Term 2. We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing break at home. The Kindy teachers have been busily working on our Term 2 programs and are looking forward to a wonderful term of learning, both on-site and from home. This newsletter will outline our learning programs for Term 2.

Conceptual learning

The Big Question being explored across the school this term is, 'Why is it like this?'

LEARNING FROM HOME IN TERM 2

Please see below the suggested curriculum time requirements for students in Kindergarten as stipulated by DoE NSW during Phase 0 and Phase 1. Students in Kindergarten should be engaging in approximately 2.5 hours of learning per day, with the primary focus on Literacy & Numeracy.

We understand parents working from home and caring for younger siblings will be busy supporting their child each day to complete the designated 2.5hrs of learning. We also understand others may wish for additional content to work through with their child. As such, the Kindergarten weekly timetable will include a simple 'Must do ⭐' and 'Can do 🤙🏻' system. Activities marked with a '⭐' will indicate a 'Must do' task. Activities marked with a '🤙🏻' will indicate an option 'Can do' task. Please see a sample timetable below:

Sample Timetable Only

Within learning tasks parents and students will also sometimes see the 'Must do ⭐' and 'Can do 🤙🏻' symbols to provide further options.

Please follow the link below for further DoE advice and resources for parents and carers to support student learning when learning remotely.

To support Parents and Carers with managing learning behaviours at home we have further put together a support kit attached below with positive behaviour strategies. We hope you find it helpful!

As the majority of students in Kindergarten will be continuing to learn from home at the beginning of Term 2, the teachers have been researching new programs to allow home learning to become more independent. While we will continue to use Google Classroom as our main platform for sharing learning, Stile is one program we will be using regularly throughout Term 2 to support parents and students working at home. Please see the Parent User Guide attached below. Your classroom teacher will share your child's Stile class code through Google Classroom.

ENGLISH

Concept - LITERARY VALUE & AUTHORITY

This term, students will develop an understanding of the concept 'Literary Value and Authority' by studying a variety of classic and much-loved Australian texts recognised for their aesthetic value and the significance of their message.

Through a study of these rich texts, Kindergarten students will learn that texts of literary value can be enjoyed many times. They will deconstruct the tools great authors use at a sentence and word level to create popular texts and apply these tools in their own writing.

Students will engage in synthetic phonics (Sound Waves) to develop their reading and writing skills. In addition to this, students will continue to build their sight word knowledge through our PM sight words program.

Please follow the link below for some useful information supporting your child in understanding phonics:

HOME reading

Kindergarten students are encouraged to read every day. This can be a combination of instructional home readers and quality literature. For a huge variety of wonderful online books please see our new subscription to Story Box Library (Username & Password both: anzacpark)

MATHematics

Concept - COMPARISON

In Mathematics, Kindergarten students will develop their mathematical skills through the concept of 'Comparison'. This concept involves identifying similarities and differences in numbers, measurements, shapes, objects and data.

In Number and Algebra, students will recognise and order numbers according to their value. In multiplication and division, they will develop their understanding of equal and unequal grouping and sharing. Students will consolidate their understanding of fractions when learning about halves.

In Measurement and Geometry, students will develop and apply their understanding of length, area, volume & capacity, 2D shapes and 3D objects when designing and building our final Inquiry project, a shelter for a possum.

In Statistics and Probability, students will ask questions to collect data and interpret this data into simple picture graphs to determine the least and most popular outcomes.

SCIENCE

Concept - CAUSE & EFFECT

In Science this term, students will explore living things through the concept of 'Cause and Effect'. Through this concept, students will understand the interactions and relationships between living things and their environment.

Students will observe and experiment with different materials to develop their understanding of where materials come from, their properties and purposes.

Students will participate in a design thinking project as they consider the needs of living things and how they can create a shelter using their understanding of materials, to protect a possum.

To assist students with creating their possum shelter we ask parents to start collecting recycled materials such as: cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, jars, cardboard tubes, recycled fabrics. These items can be kept at home for the time being.

CREATIVE ARTS

Concept - ARTISTIC VALUE

In Creative Arts, students will investigate how composers create artforms with particular focus on music & drama. By appreciating the artistic work of others, students will understand that artworks and performances can appeal to the senses.

In music students will respond by creating their own compositions using instruments & body percussion. In drama, students will take on roles from texts we are exploring in our English unit to convey stories, events and feelings using the elements of role play and character hot-seating.

PDHPE

Concept - Cause and Effect Movement In Physical Activity

In Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Kindergarten will focus on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills important for building respectful relationships, enhancing personal strengths and exploring personal identity to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.

In Physical Education, students will be continuing to develop their locomotor and non-locomotor skills such as walking, running, galloping, hopping, jumping, skipping, rocking, side rolls, swinging, turning, sliding and leaping. They will furthermore be practicing their dance skills by responding with movement to stimuli such as rhythm, beat, music and words.

Should you have any further questions, please contact your child's key teacher.

Assistant Principal- Melanie Shields

melanie.shields9@det.nsw.edu.au

Credits:

Created with an image by David Clode - "A squirrel glider enjoying eating some fruit. These animals can stretch out their limbs, and the flap of skin between their limbs acts like a wing and helps them to glide between trees."