The Preps will continue to work on developing persistence, focusing specifically on recognising that problems or challenges are a normal part of life and that there are actions that can be undertaken to manage problems. They will be supported to describe the emotions they experience when interacting with others and assisted to use appropriate language to describe what happens and how they feel when experiencing positive interactions or conflict. During the term, they will also be establishing and naming the skills required to work in collaborative groups.

In English, the Preps will be focusing on three different text types: recounts, information texts and narrative retells. They will continue to develop their phonics skills in their ability groups and will participate in various reading activities including listening to and acting out stories, reading aloud, answering comprehension questions and choosing books from the classroom library.

In mathematics, the Preps will continue to count, read, write and order numbers to 20. They will explore concepts such as addition and subtraction, using ‘one more,’ ‘one less,’ ‘facts of ten’ and ‘counting on and back,’ as well as learning how to share objects equally. They will work on sorting and describing 3D objects and identifying which objects are heavier and lighter, and which containers can hold more or less. The Preps will also be learning to give and follow directions in order to move to a given location.

In integrated studies, the students will explore different types of jobs and the important role they play in our community. They will listen to guest speakers, engage in role play, read a range of texts and write their own information reports about jobs they are interested in. In Asian Studies, the Preps will be learning about Indonesia through craft and cooking, by exploring different landscapes, plants and animals, looking at photos and listening to folktales.

Term 2

This term, students will continue to focus on building positive relationships and experiences to support their long-term development, learning and wellbeing. Students will focus on building emotional resilience and persistence, while also learning how to understand their own emotions and ways to manage their wellbeing.

In English, the Preps will continue to develop their awareness of written language by participating in reading lessons, including guided reading, shared books, comprehension, sequencing, retells and picture books. The focus will be on expanding each student’s understanding of letters, words, sentences and punctuation. For writing, there will be a major focus on the alphabet with students continuing to learn to letters and sounds. Students will be given the opportunity to speak in a clear, audible and confident manner through class discussions, games, share time, rhymes, songs, stories, giving directions and interaction with others. They will listen to, ask questions and respond to stories, interact with peers and follow instructions.

In Mathematics, for Number and Algebra, we will continue to practice recognising, counting, making and ordering numbers from 1 to 10, but this term we start looking more at two-digit numbers. We will start with numbers in the 40s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, then move to the 30s and 50s, and then to 20s and ‘teen’ numbers. Students will begin learning about patterns by copying, continuing, and creating numbers using materials, sounds, movements and drawings. Students will work on identifying the core element of a pattern (the part of the pattern that is being repeated). In Measurement and Geometry, students will revisit their knowledge of 2D shapes and will begin learning about 3D objects and their features. In the middle of term two we will be looking at concepts of time, which includes the ordering and duration of events, and learning about the days of the week. Later in the term, we will be learning about location and describing position.

In Integrated Studies, our topic is ‘Me & My Family’. By the end this term, students will be able to identify members of their family, compare their family to others by discussing similarities and differences within and between families and share special celebrations. At the end of the term, students will open up a museum to families and share special family items. In Asian Studies, the students will be learning about Chinese culture through craft, cooking, looking at photos, videos and folktales.

Term 1

A child’s first term at school is an exciting and engaging time. One of the main focuses of this important period is the building of positive relationships and experiences that will support a child’s long-term development, learning and wellbeing. This involves developing skills that assist students to work and play together in a group, including taking turns and sharing, as well as listening to others and beginning to understand how actions affect peers. Students learn about respect, fairness and the concern for others, and how to recognise rules and why they are needed.

In the area of Integrated Studies, students will come to celebrate each other’s strengths, engaging in activities that will require them to reflect on how they are similar or different to those in their classroom, the similarities and differences between kinder and school, what they come to school to learn about, and how to be a good friend.

In English, students will develop an understanding of how sounds are represented alphabetically, and begin experimenting with these sounds and letters to form words. Students will listen to a range of simple texts, including books read aloud, audio tapes and digital texts. Students will respond by sharing their thoughts about events and characters, and will learn how to retell stories they have heard, and how to listen while others speak.

In Mathematics, for Number and Algebra, students will learn to count, read, write, make and order numbers to ten. They will learn counting rhymes and will be sequencing numbers. Some students will focus on counting using one-to-one correspondence. For Measurement and Geometry, students will sort and describe 2D shapes, learn to copy, continue and create patterns, and compare and measure the length of objects using informal units (such as hands, popsicle sticks and paper clips).