Kindergarten

Kindergarten - Term 2 Overview 2017

Welcome to Term 2, 2017

  • Earth Enthusiasts, taught by Miss Nicole Lazarakis
  • Planet Protectors, taught by Mrs Katie Fleming

Important dates

  • 26th April - First Day of Term 2
  • 26th April - ANZAC Day service
  • 27th April - Cross Country
  • 5th May - Bear Hunt Excursion
  • 22nd May - Kinder Health Screening
  • 12th June - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
  • Week 9 - Term 2 Reports go home
  • Week 10 - Parent Teacher Interviews

Welcome back to all our Kindergarten families. Second term gives us an opportunity to secure and develop skills and learning from Term 1. We spend more time applying these skills to increase our knowledge in meaningful contexts. Our theme for the term is “Celebrations”.

English

Reading to Self, Reading to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work and Work on Writing. More structured reading and writing begins to take place and the children have more freedom to choose books of their own from the library. The children will have the opportunity to change their readers during class time on Mondays and Fridays. If you would like to change your child's readers more often, please do so with your child in the mornings or afternoons. It is important to read with your child each day.

Work on Writing

This term we will focus on ‘writing to describe’.   The children will be recounting their holidays and looking at words that can help us describe objects. We will be consolidating their understanding of how to write a simple sentence using correct punctuation marks.

Speaking and Listening

News will recommence in Week 2. This is an essential part of literacy learning and helps develop important speaking and listening skills. Students are expected to make informal presentations throughout the term. These presentations will continue to be based on our integrated topic “Celebrations” and will further develop students’ understanding in this unit.  A guide to weekly presentations will be provided, along with a suggested template of how to help children organise their ideas.

Mathematics

We are learning to represent the numbers to 20 in different ways including: drawing, tally marks, written words and symbols, tens frame and number lines. We will be talking about 2D and 3D shapes and where they are found in our environment. We will also be looking at our “Friends of Ten” and using these facts to help with addition and subtraction problems.

Japanese

This term in Japanese students will continue to learn about Japan and its language and culture. They will further develop their language skills in basic greetings and counting and also begin to learn the colours in Japanese. Students will be exposed to the different Japanese writing systems.

Science

Students this semester will be exploring Biological Science working on an inquiry unit ‘Staying Alive’. Through this unit the students will have the opportunity to investigate the needs for survival. The students’ understanding will be developed through interactive activities. Living things have basic needs including food and water for survival.

Kindergarten students will also be actively involved in our school grounds planting, harvesting and maintaining our environment.

Library

The library day for all Kindergarten students is Friday. Please help your child remember to bring their library bag and books each Friday and to return their books in a timely manner.

Health and Physical Education

Physical Education will happen each day. Our focus for this term is ‘kick’. Dedicated gross motor sessions occur on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure your child wears appropriate shoes for P.E. games. Mrs Martin will be taking the kindergarten classes on Wednesday for a 45 minute lesson of Physical Education.  The focus of our lessons this term will be on the locomotor skills of running and jumping.  These skills will be developed through cooperative games which will help the children to continue to learn to move and play safely and develop their personal and social skills when doing activities with others.

Social Skills lessons are given explicitly on Tuesday and informally every day. We are using circle time and lessons from the Friendly Schools Plus resource to enrich our social skills program. This term our focus is ‘Self-awareness’. We also put a strong emphasis on Protective Behaviours; identifying the early warning signs and safe places.

Notes and information

Each child will be provided with a blue folder to place any notes in. These folders will be sent home each Friday with all relevant notes.  Please ensure that the blue folder is returned as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss any deadlines. Additional or spare notes are available from the kinder room. It is also highly recommended that you read the newsletter and download the Evatt School app in order to remain up to date with important information.

Eating at School

Eating well is an important part of Kindergarten. Having healthy things to eat at school improves a child’s mood, physical stamina and mental ability. Packet foods such as chips, lollies and cakes are taught to be ‘sometimes foods.’ They do not help your children learn or support the active lifestyle of a 5 year old.  Ideas for the lunch box are: fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, yoghurt, fresh cheese and crackers. Children are also encouraged to bring a water bottle to school every day and to use it regularly.

At the beginning of B1 and B2 all children are given 10 minutes to eat their food in their classroom area. Please make sure that all food containers are clearly labelled.

As an allergy-friendly school we ask you not to send any products with peanuts, sesame seeds (or either of these oils) in the ingredients list! Within the kindergarten cohort we do have children who have severe allergies. Students are also not to share food with other children. Your cooperation with our allergy-friendly policy is much appreciated.

Term 2 is another busy but exciting term for us in Kindergarten. Please remember, if you have any concerns come and see us, and if necessary we can make an appointment to discuss these matters further.

Katie Fleming

Nicole Lazarakis