2018 Kindergarten Class
The Sugar Gliders - Ms Amanda Samuel
Our student centred literacy and numeracy programs continue each term and build on students prior knowledge and skills. We are exceptionally fortunate to have the latest technology in our classrooms. Our students have regular access to iPads, interactive whiteboards and great technology resources including Reading Eggs and Maths Online.
In Our Classroom:
Student centred, hands on and interactive experiences ensure that students are accessing the curriculum and enhancing their knowledge and skills in Speaking and Listening, Writing and Representing, Reading and Viewing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary, Reflecting and Thinking imaginatively and creatively.
Through engaging, fun and relevant learning experiences students are building knowledge and skills in all areas of the Mathematics syllabus. We look at Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability and Working Mathematically.
In Term 1, students are participating in the unit, Personal and Family Histories. In this unit students 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.
In Term 2, students are participating in the unit, People Live in Places. In this unit students develop their understanding of place. Students start to explore their feelings about places by talking about their own special places, and what makes them special. They develop an understanding of the Countries/Places that Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples belong to in the local area and why they are important to them. Students explore the places in which they live, but also investigate more distant places.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education:
In PD students are learning about the safe use and storage of medicines as well as sun safety concepts. They participate in PE and Sport weekly . These sessions aim to instil healthy exercising habits as well as learning fundamental movement skills which are necessary for many sports and games.
In Term 3, students are participating in the unit, Paddock to Plate. In this unit students observe a range of farm animals and farm produce, and explore ways farm produce is packaged before being moved from the farm to places where the food is sold or made into other products for sale.
In Term 4, students are participating in the unit, Move it. In this unit students
students will explore our world and how everything in it constantly changing and moving. They will investigate concepts of movement and change though exploring toys and objects. Students will have the opportunity to consider how pulls and pushes can make things move. Students will also participate in activities to develop an understanding of the concepts of force and energy.
Students in Term 1 bring home a story they have chosen for a parent or carer to read to them. This is exposing the children to a range of quality literature and developing a love of books. In Term 2, the students will bring home a home reader each night that they will read to you. By Term 2, students are beginning to develop various processing strategies for reading and it is enjoyable to listen to them reading books for themselves.
Thank you to our wonderful parent helpers. Your assistance in and out of the classroom is very much appreciated by us all. If you would like to come in and help or help from home, please come in and see us, we love visitors.
Kindergarten is an important year of schooling as children formally begin to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Our whole school community will help your child adjust to school and help them to feel comfortable.
When to start school
Your child can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five on or before 31 July in that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday.
When to start your child at school is an individual decision. You may want to discuss this with us or with your child's preschool teacher, carer or doctor.
Transition to school
We have a set of planned activities to assist your child to make a smooth transition to Kindergarten. Research indicates that children who settle quickly into school are more likely to be socially competent and achieve better results. Contact us to find out about our activities and how you can be involved.
Preparing for Kindergarten
You can help your child prepare for Kindergarten and be organised for the first day. Watch what happens on a typical day in Kindergarten classrooms. Visit our school to help your child feel more comfortable and to start getting to know people there.
Best Start Kindergarten Assessment
The best start assessment is a tool to help teachers assess your child's skills as they enter school, and to tailor teaching to their individual needs. Teachers will sit with your child when they start school to assess your child's literacy and numeracy skills so that they can develop an appropriate teaching program that caters for your child.