Early Stage One

Early Stage 1 – Term 2 Overview

English

 

Children will continue to be introduced to a different letter/sound of the alphabet each week.

The focus at this stage is the sound.  Below is a table of the sound sequence that we follow and the high frequency words introduced each week.  Most of our classroom activities, including literature and related reading activities, will centre on the focus sound.  The literacy program will consist of a number of components which continue to assist children to develop understandings in reading, writing, talking and listening. In addition, we have programmed activities that will aim to develop higher order and creative thinking. Enrichment and support activities will also be provided.

 

Week

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

Sound

 

 

i

 

f

 

d

 

r

 

o

 

g

 

l

 

h

 

u

 

c

 

High Frequency

Words

I

a

am

the

at

look

in

my

can

do

to

up

see

go

is

it

we

like

and

mum

come

are

some

on

little

here

dad

went

for big

you

was

has

me

said

home

play

going

have

fun

 

The children continue to write in their diaries most days.  It is an enjoyable way to record their ideas and special events that are happening in their own lives. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about each other.We also introduce innovative writing which has a grammar focus and it is generally related to the literature for that week.  Fine motor activities and handwriting continue throughout the term.  In Term 2 children will participate in communication activities and games in the Talking and Listening program. Individual news items can be brought to school on your child's nominated news day in Week 3, 6 and 9.

Mathematics

 

 


Count Me in Maths groups begin in Term 2 with 1 session each week on Wednesday morning from 9 to 9.30am.  Children were assessed last term and have been grouped according to their stage of development.  They participate in games that will help develop their numeracy skills and consolidate their understanding of number concepts.  Other activities in the number strand involve representing numbers 11 – 20 with objects, pictures and numerals. In the Space strand children will manipulate, sort and describe 2D shapes.  In the Measurement strand children will participate in activities which involve time, e.g. naming the days of the week, order events in a school day etc and identify, compare and arrange objects according to their mass.

Human Society and it's Environment

 


 

Topic : This is me!   In this unit the children will examine characteristics common to people and be able to describe some of the similarities and differences.  They will acquire this information by direct observation, talking to others and by viewing, reading and listening to texts.

 

Science and Technology

 


Topic : What is that energy?  The children will explore and identify ways some forms of energy are used in their daily lives (e.g. light, sound, heat).  They will use their senses, questioning, sharing ideas and identifying simple cause-and-effect relationships.

 

Creative and Practical Arts


 


Activities relate to the focus sound and related literature.  Children will use a variety of media and techniques to produce their artworks.

 

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

 

 

 


Social skills are an on going part of our class room program. These skills help children to establish good relationships with their peers and the adults in their lives.  These skills include, active listening, speaking, personal space, working in groups – sharing and taking turns, dealing with conflict. Pedestrian and Road Safety will be covered during their Library lesson this term. A Tri-Skills program will take place on Thursdays (KB, KC, KF) and Friday (KM) in Weeks 6 - 10. Please ensure you child wears their sports uniform on that day. As we will be taking our shoes off for Tri-Skills please teach your child how to take their shoes off and put them back on again.

 Other class activities include locomotor skills, manipulative skills and team games. These activities are in preparation for the Athletics Carnival later this term.

 

Excursion

 


We will advise the details of the excursion at a later date.

 

 

Homework

 


Kindergarten homework in Term 2 includes

§  Homework Grid – one per term

§  Home reader  - sent home each day

§  Homework book – sent home on Mondays, to  be returned Fridays

§  High Frequency Word Booklet – sent home Mondays, to be returned Fridays

§  High Frequency Words – copies of words  sent home to be used in games etc 

Please refer to the information notes that have been sent home previously for full details about these activities. 

 

 

Regards,    

Michelle Barron, Ros Childs, Rebecca Ford and Sue McKay

 

EARLY STAGE ONE TERM 1 OVERVIEW

 

 

English

 

Nursery Rhymes have been chosen as the basis of our literature unit from Weeks 4 -7 in Term 1. 

The Nursery Rhymes are usually well known to most children and the familiarity of the theme helps build their confidence in reading. Each child receives a small booklet of the Nursery Rhyme and it is hoped that parents will be able to read through the booklet with their child.  Children will be developing their pre-reading skills by reading from left to right, pointing to word segments as they read the rhyme etc.  Literature activities are related to the Nursery Rhyme of the week.

 

From Week 8, children will be introduced to a different letter/sound of the alphabet each week.

Although some children will know sound and letter name, the focus at this stage is the sound.  The sound sequence that we follow has been included in the table below.  Most of our classroom activities, including literature and related reading activities, will centre on the focus sound.  The literacy program will consist of a number of components, which continue to assist children to develop understandings in reading, writing, talking and listening.

 

Nursery Rhyme

Sound Sequence

Week

4

 Week

5

 Week

6

 Week

7

Week

8

 Week

9

 Week

10

 Week

11

 

Humpty

Dumpty

Little Miss Muffet

Jack and Jill

There was an old woman

Aa

Mm

Ss

Tt

 



 

Kindergarten children participate in a Fine Motor program 4 days each week where students rotate through 4 different activities which involve, fluency patterns, cutting, tracing and manipulative skills.

 

Children participate in diary writing most mornings.  At this stage many children usually draw a picture and the teacher scribes their sentence.  Some children are aware of initial sounds of words and they are encouraged and supported to use this knowledge in their writing.

 

Talking and Listening activities are incorporated in the English program and are integrated across all Key Learning Areas this term.  The Talking and Listening program will vary each term.

Mathematics

 

 

 

 


In the Number Strand students participate in activities related to 1 : 1 matching and the numbers 1 -10. They count to 10 and represent numbers to 10 with objects, pictures, numerals and words. Students are also introduced to the foundations of addition and subtraction. Others areas of mathematics covered in Term  1 are recognising, describing and continuing patterns in Patterns and Algebra Strand, identify, compare and arrange objects by length in the Measurement Strand, describe position using everyday language in the Space Strand, and sort objects and pictures in the Data Strand. The Working Mathematically Strand is integrated across all areas of maths where they use everyday language, materials and informal recordings to demonstrate understanding and link mathematical ideas.

 

 

 

 

Human Society and it's Environment

 

 

 

 


Topic : School Days.   This unit provides opportunities for students to explore the school environment and the roles and responsibilities associated with school life. The unit focuses on classroom routines and responsibilities which will promote a happy, healthy and safe classroom.

 

Science and Technology

 

 

 

 


Topic : What is around us?  Students explore and identify ways in which built environments (home and school) suit their users. Students participate in activities which involve using their senses, questioning, sharing ideas, making and using technology. All kindergarten classes have a 90 minute lesson every fortnight in the computer lab with Mrs. Weeks and the class teacher. Computer use in the classroom is integrated in all Key Learning Areas.

 

Creative and Practical Arts

 

 

 


Visual Arts activities relate to the HSIE, Nursery Rhymes, introduced sounds and related literature.  Children will use a variety of media and techniques and these activities will assist in developing their fine motor skills.

In Drama, students engage in roles through imaginative play and dramatic situations. Drama skills and processes occur in many of the nursery rhyme activities and complement the acquisition of skills in other curriculum areas.

Each class has a music lesson with Ms Camille Hollingdale each week.

 

Personal Development, Health and Physical  Education

 

 

 

 


Social skills are an important focus in Term 1. There are daily discussions of classroom/school rules and how children can participate in safe and caring interactions with their peers. Kindergarten children meet up with their Foster Buddies (Year 6 students) in Weeks 3 - 6. Senior students assist Kindergarten children in organised activities.   Kindergarten children participate in Gross Motor activities which include non-locomotor, locomotor and manipulative skills in Term 1.   A social skills program is run in weeks 7 – 11 throughout the school.  Topics include friendship, positive self esteem, listening skills and cooperation. 

 

Excursions

 

 

 


There are no excursions planned for Term1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

 

 

 

 


Kindergarten children begin homework in Term 1.  The Kindergarten homework grid is based on a model where students practice concepts learnt at school and participate in activities which are part of family life. It will hopefully be an enjoyable experience for all concerned. Homework related to the sound of the week begins in Week 8. Please see the separate note that will be sent home. Children will also bring home a "Home Reading Book" each day beginning in Week 8.

 

 

Additional information

 

 

 


  • Please see information notes that were sent home on Thursday 10th  February.
  • Munch and Crunch is a Healthy eating initiative adopted by our school, taking place across Kindergarten to Year 6. The children will eat their healthy food during news time on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Interviews are held at the end of Term 1. Further information with regard to date and times will be sent home at a later date.
  •  KC and KB visit the Library on Fridays.  KM and KF visits the Library on Thursdays.  Children need to bring their Library bag on the relevant day.
  • Sports Houses - There are four houses at Abbotsford Public School. Lyrebirds (yellow), Magpies (black & white), Kookaburras (blue), Emus (red).

 

      Your child is in the ________________________________ house.

 

      Points are given to the children for different activities at school, including sporting events.

     The winning house for the week is announced at morning assembly and the house banner

      can be seen in the school office. Children can wear their house colours at the athletics

      carnival later in the year. Houses are also used for grouping the children in sporting

      activities.