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Kindergarten TERM 1 NEWSLETTER 2020

Welcome to a new school year at Anzac Park Public!

The teachers are excited to welcome our new 2020 Kindergarten students and families! We are further looking forward to strengthening our school community with the addition of many APPS siblings in this year's cohort. Our innovative teaching and learning programs have begun and we are getting to know the students. Kindergarten is a wonderful year of growth and discovery, which we look forward to sharing with you. Our Term 1 focus areas for learning are outlined in the newsletter below. Welcome to the Anzac Park Public School family!

CONCEPTUAL LEARNING

At Anzac Park, we use a conceptual approach to learning. This involves students engaging in learning experiences based around key concepts rather than subject-specific content in isolation. The Big Question being explored across the school this term is, 'What shapes the way we see?'

Sport and Library Days

Kindergarten students asked to wear sports uniform on the following days:

  • Blizzard, Surf & Sky- Monday
  • Forest- Tuesday

Kindergarten will also require library bags for borrowing on:

  • Blizzard, Surf & Sky- Thursday
  • Forest- Friday

Important Days & Dates

  • Thursday 6 February: Meet the Teacher Evening
  • Tuesday 25th February: Kindergarten Home Reading Information Session
  • Friday 28 February: Welcome BBQ
  • Friday 20 March: National Day of Action Against Bullying
  • Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April: Parent & Teacher Conference Week
  • Thursday 9 April: ANZAC Day Assembly & Last Day of Term 1

ENGLISH

Concept - CONNOTATION, IMAGERY & SYMBOL

This term Kindergarten students will begin to develop their literacy skills through explicit learning experiences.

Students will develop their fine motor skills and begin structuring simple sentences based on familiar topics during targeted writing lessons.

They will further develop their understanding of the alphabet and the sounds that letters make during synthetic phonics lessons taught using the Sound Waves program. In addition to this, students will begin to build their sight word knowledge through the Open Sight Words program.

During literacy groups Kindergarten will begin to apply their understanding of sounds and familiar words to read simple, repetitive texts.

Students will also explore the concept 'Connotation, Imagery and Symbol' through a study of rich literature. Connotation, imagery and symbol enrich a text by making words and images mean more than one thing.

To assist your child with developing literacy skills and with reading at home, please attend our Kindergarten Parent Home Reading Workshop on Tuesday 25th February at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!

For more information on the Anzac Park PS Home Learning policy, please follow the link below:

MATHS

Concept - Part-Part Whole

This term Kindergarten will explore the Mathematical concept of ‘Part-Part Whole’. This is a major contributor to mathematical conceptual development in the primary school years as students learn to understand a whole and its parts in all their representational forms.

Through engaging in explicit instruction and differentiated activities, students will build their mathematical understanding across skills and topics. Students will be regularly assessed and monitored for understanding, and activities will be targeted to support and challenge them at their individual level of learning.

To support your child in developing their growing numeracy skills please see the link below:

Below you’ll find some fun, educational math websites that can be accessed at home:

HISTORY

Concept- SIGNIFICANCE & PERSPECTIVE

In History, students will explore the conceptual question, 'How do we understand and perceive significance of my family’s history?' Perspective is the position from which we see, understand and assign significance to our world.

Our students will investigate and share their family heritage and celebrate the heritage of others.

For ways to be involved in developing your child's understanding of their heritage please see the link below:

CREATIVE ARTS

VISUAL ARTS & DRAMA

Concept- Connotation, Imagery & Symbol

During Term 1 students will focus on drama and visual arts through exploring the concept 'Connotation, Imagery & Symbol'.

In visual arts and drama students will investigate, experiment with and develop an understanding of how words, signs and symbols can represent or suggest things in creative mediums.

PDHPE

Concept - Identity

Kindergarten will participate in targeted sport lessons to develop their gross motor skills. They will also work together to solve problems they may encounter during games, with a focus on collaboration and team work.

During health lessons students will investigate the different aspects of their identity and what makes them unique.

Should you have any further questions please contact your class teacher or our Early Stage 1 Assistant Principal:

Miss Melanie Shields- melanie.shields9@det.nsw.edu.au

Credits:

Created with an image by Susan Holt Simpson - "Alphabet blocks aren't only for letters! Every set also includes number blocks."